Checked camera today, couple more to add to the Hit List. It appears one has some bad genetics. One week to go.
24 square feet (4'x6') mounted on 4x4 elevator brackets, Comfortable office chair that lifts up and down with reclining ability. Three windows that are tinted and slide either direction. Carpeted flooring, insulated walls, battery operated fan and Mr. Buddy Heater. Couple of Rednecks with Caterpillar skid steer and a fork lift attachment makes it interesting and a little easier. Who's ready for deer season?
Opening Day Success
It has been a while since I posted on here. The 2013 deer season for me has not been one of my best. The season started with me and my Dad opening morning of bow season walking to our stands with high hopes. As I am about 50 yards from my stand I hear a rush of deer heading my way. Now you have to try to piicture this, we walked without any light and i have deer running behind me and in front of me. Not sure of what I should do other than pray i don\'t get run over. When this morning hunt was over my Dad told me he went down the wrong shooting lane and ended up in my field, so he \'blew out\' every deer in the field. Couple of weeks later I had a swing and a miss at one. Now we are in gun season and two weeks into gun season I had another swing and a miss. Went to check the scope on my rifle and found out I was shooting almost 2 inches off. Got that corrected. Now in all this time Dad is having the best hunting year of his life. Earlier in the spring he harvested his first long beard on his 70th birthday and now during this deer season he has one tag to fill before he is tagged out. Something he has never done. About 3 weeks ago I believe my luck is about to change, a large old doe comes out about 100 yards. I sight her in and out the coner of my other eye I see movement and there is another deer with her but this one had just lost it spots and is all about running and playing around \'Mom\' I put my rifle down and just watch her. Just befoe she walked off she looked at me and tilted her head and the just walked off. Now the morning of December 24 and I am up at 2am. After reviewing all my trail pictures and making a strange decision I head to one of our box stands. The weather this morning is not being nice. This is when the last front came through and yes it is raining. I tried to time my walk in between the showers but halfway to the stand i got hit by a heavy shower. Finally made it to the stand at 4am. Get myself dried off and just wait. The rain finally stops around 6am. At 7am about 80 years away I have my chance again. Pulled the trigger and finally on the board.
Couple more for the Hit List
Name that bird. Not the turkey.
Opening Morning started at 0430 with me wishing my Father Happy Birthday. Today is his 70th Birthday and with today being opening day it was already special. Before we headed to our hunting area we said a prayer giving thanks for us to spend the day together, allow using to enjoy another sunrise. We got to our hunting area and set up around 0600. Dad used one of his owl calls and we had one gobble back at us. Just before Sunrise we had one fly in behind us and had he gobble at us twice but he would never show up. I did a couple of calling sets and another Tom that appeared interested but again he did not show up. Around 0900 we were just sitting there have a nice chat when he told me he thought he saw something fly into the field on the 'far' end. I then heard the crows on that end of the field really get upset. I did a couple of assembly calls followed with some pur and cluck. He had two Hens pass in front of him and I could hear the disappointment in his voice. A couple of minutes later it appeared everything got really still and quite and then the quietness was broken by a pump action shotgun that startled me, due to I was not expecting it. When he finally stopped shaking and able to talk he told me he said 'I got him' I asked where was he and he told me he is at the end of the field. I asked hes 'where' he then said at this end of the field. When we walked it off it was a 45 yard shot. Me and my Dad have been able to hunt for over 30 years together and he has been hunting over 60 years. This was his FIRST Thunder Chicken and I am not sure who was smiling more him or me. 18lbs, 1 1/8 inch spurs and 10 inch beard. I have heard of stories like this happening but would have never thought I would have been able to experience something like this with my Dad. Happy Birthday Dad.
It is times like this that will try you. 4 Gobblers at 10 steps under my box stand. Got to love the last few days of deer season.
Good luck to everyone this weekend!!!!
This is one picture I do wish I would have had the video on.
Looks like all they need is a ring.
Hard to believe there are 2 months to opening morning of Bow season.
Trying the Video thing, no sure if it is was done correctly.
Not bad for the coastal area.
Well it appears 'Casper' made it through another spring season and it also appears the boys are getting their head gear ready for the fall.
A 'King' and his court. Not too bad for the coastal region of North Carolina
New Buck recently showing up. Do yall think it is bad genetics or bad early growing season.
It has been a while since I made a posting on here due to being in the woods and getting the freezer filled. I have two tags left to be filled and both of them have been name. Yesterday evening tag number 4 was filled with one of our 'unique' bucks on our hit list. We discovered something on him I thought I would share with other incase someone runs across this. We found what we first thought was 'warts' but after doing some research and consulting with our local wildlife biologist. The 'warts' are actually called Cutaneous fibromas. They are caused by a naturally occurring virus of the deers skin. The virus that causes these unsightly warts in deer is believed to be transmitted through biting insects and/or direct contact with damaged skin. Once the virus enters the skin, warts begin to form. As the warts increase in size, the skin surrounding them is typically hairless and grayish in color. The number of warts on an infected animal can vary from one to several hundred, they can sometimes clump, and can in some cases end up covering much of the deers body. After talking with the biologists this will not affect the meat and was a good decision to harvest the deer. There is not picture of the head due to the decision I made to placed the kill shot. I felt it was not appropriate to post this photo due to some of our younger veiwers to this site. The reason we put him on out hit list was due to the way his rack was growing and did not want his to pass bad genetics on. Sorry so long but thanks for reading.
Finally found rub line, this pic is not one of the best, there are some tress he totally distroyed. Now here a question for the 'experts' What do you think or experienced on hunting rub line?
I know it is still early in the season and we all know that deer will change their habits as the season goes along. This past week I am having deer bedding under my one of my stands. Now when I say under one of my stand I am talking less than 15 yards. We had thought their primary bedding area was in a different location and have this area listed as the sanctuary area. What do all the expects think, do I abandon this stand location for a while or what? We are scent killer fanatics and even take scent killer to the stands with us and refresh about every hour as need so we are not worried about our scent being left in the area, by the pictures the deer are not picking up any scent. Any suggestions are welcome.