Well with all the raucous of the regulations changes behind us, I figured I'd change the subject some and share few couple of my 2010 hog kills. Thinkin maybe I'll go after them again this weekend.
Well the weekend started like any other weekend around our household, getting ready to head to the hunting club. We prepped everything and loaded the red sled thursday evening and got up at 5am and loaded the 4-wheelers on hooked up the trailer. I was supposed to work til noon on friday but my desktop had crashed and with nothing left to do (it's my story) I would have found any reason as I had a plan for this big 8 I had been hunting and I was chomping at the bit to put that plan into action. Buckshotjr was riding into to work with me so we could save time, he had a dentist appointment in Charlotte at 8:30am, while I 'worked' he took my truck to the appointment, so by the time he would be done I would be about ready to roll around noon. Well he got back to my office around 10am and I said let's roll. We got down early, showered and headed to the stand around 1:30pm, I was planning on hunting where I had hope to intersept the Big 8. Let me save you guys some time here, the Big 8 plan didn't work out or at least for this weekend. After starting the season so hot and on deer almost every hunt I had become baffled that I had went 5 or 6 sittings without even seeing a deer. Skip to saturday evenings hunt and I was scratching my head trying to figure out where to hunt that evening. I started to go hunt a big food plot with the crossgun where I could see a little more terrain and boost my confidence with a couple of sightings and look at some different trees for a hunt or 2. But I decided that I'd just be lazy and take a climber to the 'highway stand' which is only 50 yards off the NC52. This spot was also out of the wind that was blowing that evening. Up in the tree and settled in by 3pm, it only took a few minutes before I started getting a catnap or two in. I decide to play with my phone, Brickbreaker was even more boring so I surf a while and I start hearing some movement up the ravine around 4:15pm. This spot had already been a producer earlier in the season when we took 3 does on our first three sittings here. So figured the does were getting up and about a little early. By 4:45pm I hear deer to my right and behind me, I decide not to move for fear I be pegged by a slick ole nanny. Around 4:50pm I hear the first deer coming in and immediately notice that he is a shooter, a basket 10 pointer that I had photos of on the trail cams the day before. I get turned around and into position for a shot but he's facing me the whole time, that and I had climbed a little higher since some of my leaf cover had already fallen so I was trying to out of the line of sight. I then hear the deer that had been behind me walking, I let this deer walk out to get a look and immediately decide this is the one I wanna shoot. He was a solid 10 with some junk. He too is now quartering hard to me, so I'm waiting for a broadside shot. I know the cross gun is dead on at 20 yards, I sited it in inside my trailer the week before at midnight one night that I couldn't sleep at the club. I now have a dead couch as well . Well at 18 yards I'm licking my chops waiting for him to turn, but good ole me lets him get to where he's only slight quartering to me and I decide to let it fly. In slow motion I see the bolt enter dead-on target in the front left shoulder and it exits behind his ribs on his right side. he whirls and runs out of sight, I hear him stop, then the sound we all listen for, THE FLOP. I know he down. There were a few misty rain droplets so I wait the customary 2-3 minutes and shuffle down the tree to get on the blood, just in case I didn't hear what I thought was a for sure dead buck go down. A short blood trail later and I'm thanking GOD for a blessed afternoon in the Carolina deer woods. I start sending text messages and making phone calls. The greatest part of this entire hunt was that I was able to share it with both of my sons. This buck was no monster by any means and he not the largest that have I taken but he is my best during archery season. He'll fit just fine on my wall. We green scored him as an 11 at 121 6/8' gross. He weighed 176 lbs on the hoof. He also has a sticker point off each base that are about 7/8' each, so we call him 13-point by redneck count. We've nicknamed this one Kyle Petty since is archery #45 for me.
Taken on the last hour on the last day of season. I wanted to break this to everyone when my brother called me at 5:45pm on Monday evening, but I wanted to see the picts for myself before bragging. My brother hunted this buck almost everyday for 6-weeks while and had plenty of time on his hands. The short version is that after the rain let up late on Monday, he decided to give the buck one last try. Went to his stand on the edge of a cut corn field, now planted in wheat, at around 4:10pm. After being a ghost all season that only the neighbors kept telling him they had seen, the Ghost stepped out of the woods. Also, the buck was taken about 300 yards from his house. Proof that it ain't over until it's over......Persistance pays off!!!!! Taxidermist has green scored him in the mid-140's. Buck weighed 195 lbs, imagine his weight before going through 2 ruts.
Got another good buck on the trail camera last week. Hopefully he'll still be around come ML season or opening week of rifle. Good luck everybody!
Things will pick in here soon enough Spence. The weather is getting right and the deer will be on the move this weekend. Posts will start to get better. And before you know it the trash talk will start. Trip! Sambow! Where ya'll at???
Missed a nice 7-point on opening day. Took a healthy 4-point this past saturday. Meats in the cooler and now I can wait out something better or a couple of fat does and maybe a pig or two if they show up. Found a large scrape a couple of weeks ago and put a camera on it. To my surprise I got pictures of 6 different bucks that visited the scrape in less than a week. Four were 8's are better and most of them visited several times. As soon as things cool off a little, this is were I'll be spending some quality time in the woods. I'm trying to upload one for everyone to see but I've never tried it. Hopefully, it'll go through.
Just thought I'd drop a note to see if anyone else is starting to see feral hogs in their hunting areas. We used to get the occasional kill every few years, but the pigs have received a helping hand in recent years from some of my neighbors (transplanting). I didn't think too much about when I found out about it until I seen first hand what they can do to a food plot. Does anyone know how to go about getting deprediation permits to shoot them anytime of the year? I've heard that the pigs can be killed year round if they weren't native to the area. And if you can prove that they are causing damage. I can prove the damage very easily.
Anson County, NC