Shot this big doe yesterday afternoon. Had three come out and didnt act spooked or anything. I think they where aready bred. I wouldn't think that three does in heat would be together, and they where all the same size. Someone tried to get her earlier in the season cause she had buckshot in her around here backbone and a couple pellets in the one of her hams. The wounds had mostly healed but you could tell it was from this year. People say the bucks are tough, but I think the does are tougher...lol. She couldn't run from the 270 hitting her in the neck though. Almost added one of the other ones but when I chambered a new round they took off. I think the rut here in Johnston County is off this year or started earlier or something. Seen a few small bucks but let them go for another year, hope they make it. Well got to get back to making jerky and sausage. Goodluck everyone!
So I went hunting this afternoon with my cousin at a place we usually see a lot of doe's looking for some meat for the freezer. I didn't see any deer but had this Im thinking bobcat come out and put its paws on the first stepp of the ladderstand and start sniffing. Then it got down and started walking out to the field, thats when I got the pic and I was going to shoot it but when I lifted the gun up the sling hit the railing and made the slightest little ting and he looked up at me and shot off like a rocket. This thing was big for a cat probabely 25 or 30 pounds and honestly it had me a little worried when it was at the bottom of the stand. Not the best pic but it was taken with my phone. GT if you read this get out your technology and see if this a bobcat or is it mixed with something. Do bobcats get that big? the tips of its ears had the white triangles on them and he had some black lines and splatches on his body. I mean look at the shadow he left also.
Decided to give it a try Friday afternoon. So I hit the stand around 3:15. The wind was howling and it felt like I was on a roller coaster. At 3:30 had 2 does come out and mess around the corn and taters for for about 20 mins then they went back in the woods. Sat there watching the squirrels gathering there nuts for the winter and about 5 or so had 4 more deer show up withing 15 yards, 2 big does and 2 fawns. Watched them wonder around and then they went down to the feeder to eat. They walked off with about 30 mins of light left. Then within 5 mins of them walking off they walked back across the lane to the other side and in. Then they done it again 5 mins later. So I made my mind up I was going to take a doe since I haven't got anything yet this year if they came back out. With about 10 or 15 mins of shooting time left I was looking at the side the went on and I saw this big body deer, I was thinking to my self that can't be a doe with a body that size. So I got the scope on him and it looked like a good deer. I put the cross hairs behind the shoulder and squeezed the trigger and he hit the dirt. When I got down and got to where he was I noticed how tall his rack was and that he was the same one I seen at the end of last year but he put some mass and length on this year. I figured he was around 4 to 5 years old if you go by the teeth. They where wore down to about nothing. He is probably my 4th biggest buck I have ever taken. Wish he would have been a little wider but he looked like that last year also with his tines about touching in the front. He has some character thats for sure. He is a 8 pointer and he probably weighed close to 180 or so he had been eating good thats for sure. Sorry bout the book but just figured I had a decent story with the hunt. Now time to work on some does, would like to get another good buck but Im usually lucky to get one a season..lol. Going to try to post a pic from my phone if I can figure it out.
Anyone got any info on the stripers in Lake Tillery. Are they catching any at all? Heading up there december 3rd for some fishing. Any info would be awesome, thanks.
I hunt in Johnston County NC towards the Wayne County side, on the neuse and was wondering if anyone is seeing any rut activity. I shot a big doe yesterday afternoon and her tarsal glands where white as cotton and had no smell what so ever. Had 4 does all together eating on some sweet potatoes. Haven't seen any scrapes, just a few rubs. Shouldn't the rut be close to full swing right now? This has been a wild year. From what I could tell through the scope, none of the does have went into heat yet. All There glands where white as could be, it looked like a cotton field for a second. Just wondering if anyone else is seeing the same thing or if the rut is just off this year.