Ive been chasing Redfish for a few years now, and have wanted to land a bull for a while. Finally landed a 40' beauty of a fish yesterday.
Friday Afternoon I, Scout and Judson Brock headed to their farm lease in Halifax County. After Judson and my double on opening day, our main goal was to fill one of Scout's tags and frankly, to have a good time camping out and getting away before Finals for Scout and I and before Judson's fishing charters picked up back in Wilmington. We all scouted Friday evening, and Scout glassed what looked like very nice birds going to roost in an open Cypress bottom overlooking an extensive cow pasture. We agreed that I would set up with scout and Call a bit and Judson would hunt with our buddy Griffon. 5 came early and we got a jumpstart on the sunrise to avoid spooking the birds on the Roost. Scout took us to where he saw the birds roost, and as we sat down after setting decoys and the stake blind up, I made a few cuts on the slate call. Immediately a bird gobbled three times on the roost by what shortly sounded like a second bird not far away. We looked at eachother grinning knowing we were in the right place. We heard air on wings as multiple birds came off of the roost behind us into the woods. Scout saw the first gobbler and got my attention as the second Tom was just coming out into the pasture behind him. A few clucks was all it took and the lead bird headed into the decoys. The rear bird strutted every bit of the way in, and as the birds closed into shooting range We simultaneously fired, and after the shortest hunt of my life. We had two stud longbeards on the ground. The birds had 10 And 11 inch beards, and 1.25 and 1.5 inch Spurs at over 20 lbs. The coolest part was this was Scout's first bird, and a heck of a Tom to start off with. Thank the Lord for this one, again.
A good buddy of mine, Judson Brock of Muddy Fly Guide Service and I headed to Ivanhoe, Nc for the opener saturday morning. We set up facing a Pine Savannah with a long lane that extended 300 yards to our left with a freshly turned over plot in front of us and another lane to the right with a grown up field behind us. Daybreak came with many different gobbling birds, and it was obvious we had several birds in the area. The birds gobbled on roost for twenty minutes, responding to a loud cut on the slate call. When they shut up for a few minutes i told Jud that I suspected that they were off the roost and to be ready. Three heads appeared down the lane to our left, and as they closed in to about 150 yards we could tell they were all mature gobblers. A few subtle clucks and purrs was all it took as the big boys strutted and moved towards the small field facing us on a fast pace. We agreed that if the shot presented itself we would take a double, and at 35 yards as all of the birds were in full strut we took our shots. At 6:40 we had two mature toms on the ground after what was one of the coolest hunts either of us had been on. Both birds sported 10' beards with 1 and a half inch spurs and were both over 20 pounds. The only regret was not having a camera to film this epic hunt. Gotta love NC, we are blessed with it all here, and the good Lord for the opportunity.
Recently moved to Wilmington for college and have quickly fallen in love with Saltwater and inshore fishing in particular. Have been chasing These beautiful fish since i got here and finally was blessed enough to hook up on this awesome fish tonight in the surf. Right out of the inlet in the breakers, fish hit cut bluefish. Put up one heck of a fight and left me with the infamous RedFish addiction. So pumped to have landed this big guy.
I was able to harvest a pretty 9 point last Monday morning and dad got his 8 point Saturday evening. Both Archery Deer. South Eastern Granville County. Dad's 8 was a very old buck, he was on the way down. Huge body close to 180 pounds. Deer looked to be on the way down, diminishing brow tines. Mine was about 150 pounds, deer in his genetic line have smaller bodies. He was mature also. Kicker off of his G2. We have both let nice bucks walk in hope they survive gun season later on to reach their potential next year. It was a great week
I decided on late notice to go on an afternoon turkey hunt on saturday afternoon. I called for a while on a high ridge overlooking a creek bottom. After about fifteen minutes i heard some movement so i did some quiet clucking and called a tom right to me.