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  • Checked camera today, couple more to add to the Hit List. It appears one has some bad genetics. One week to go.

    September 06, 2014 at 2:19pm

    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?

    August 24, 2014 at 3:44pm

    Opening Day Success

    April 13, 2014 at 2:44am

    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.

    December 26, 2013 at 12:14am

    Couple more for the Hit List

    July 14, 2013 at 5:08pm

    Name that bird. Not the turkey.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:47am

    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 he’s '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.

    April 13, 2013 at 7:23pm

    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.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:36am

    Good luck to everyone this weekend!!!!

    September 03, 2012 at 9:53pm

    This is one picture I do wish I would have had the video on.

    July 11, 2012 at 7:39pm

    Looks like all they need is a ring.

    July 08, 2012 at 4:25pm

    Hard to believe there are 2 months to opening morning of Bow season.

    July 05, 2012 at 7:32pm

    Trying the Video thing, no sure if it is was done correctly.

    July 02, 2012 at 6:37am

    Not bad for the coastal area.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:38pm

    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.

    May 25, 2012 at 6:00am

    A 'King' and his court. Not too bad for the coastal region of North Carolina

    March 15, 2012 at 3:33pm

    New Buck recently showing up. Do yall think it is bad genetics or bad early growing season.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:32pm

    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 deer’s 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 deer’s 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.

    November 16, 2011 at 9:13am

    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?

    October 04, 2011 at 5:57am

    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.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:51am
    A comment titled: Turkey Hunter's Prayer in response to a report titled: GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY FELLOW HEADROLLERS THIS SPRING 2012

    As tomorrow morning comes closer and closer I am wishing everyone can experience the best hunt they have ever dreamed of, some of us will come back 'empty handed' but all in all we will come back with something. Below is a little something for everyone to take in the woods tomorrow morning. As I am doing my last minute check on my gear the one Thanks I am expressing is my Father and I are beginning another hunting season again. Good Luck to all and everyone come home safe.
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    I stand here this morning surrounded by Your beautiful creation and watch as the spring sky slowly fades from darkness to light. I have come to pursue the Longbeard, and through Your grace, I have been given this chance to do so.

    As the first sparrow begins it's morning song from the tree above my head, I am reminded of the last time I stood in this spot, leaning against this oak and listening for the first sound of my prey. Only one bird broke his silence that day, but I was persistent and my aim was true. Later, as the sun rose above the treetops, a fine Longbeard lay at my feet.

    I knelt beside him for a time, brushing my hand across his feathers, fanning his tail as it had been when he stepped into my view, admiring the length of his beard and his spurs. Then, as a feeling of remorse washed over me, I lowered my head and thanked You for my life... and for the one I had taken... for the beauty of this world... and for the precious freedom to chase this wonderful creature.

    I am brought back from my memories as the silence is stirred by a distant gobble...

    If this is the last time I stand here beside this oak, the last sound that stirs my heart, if it is my last day on this earth, if this is the last breath that I take... I will use it to thank You for all that I have been given.

    Amen.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:14pm

    Hey GT this is a great report and information. Suggestions on where to find this product?

    March 31, 2012 at 11:34pm
    A comment titled: Mathews - Catch us if you can in response to a report titled: Thinking about bow hunting

    I currently shoot the Mathews Drenalin with Carbon express Maxium arrows tipped with Rage broadheads. It is going to be what you are comfortable with. Have your draw length check and again what you are comfortable with and how much money you want to spend. I plan on parting ways with the Drenalin the end of the year and going to the Z7 extreme for next year.

    December 01, 2011 at 12:42pm
    A comment titled: Rifle of Choice in response to a report titled: Need Advice

    I agree with Viper on shooting the short mag. I have a 300WSM and 7mm Mag. My dad shoots 25-06 and the 7mm Mag also. We load our own rounds and play with the loads to get them shooting flat a possible. My suggestion (this is only my suggestion) is to plan how far you want to shoot and then how comfortable you are at shooting that distance. Remember just because you can hit a paper target at 300 yards it may be a little different what that 10 point drop tine 160 class buck shows up at 300 yards and the end of your barrel is doing the ferris wheel thing. Know your limitations. Just ask yourself what are you hunting for, how far are you comfortable shooting and being able to make that kill shot at that distance. Good Hunting to all.

    October 08, 2011 at 9:40am
    A comment titled: Great Shot in response to a report titled: Long Shot

    Congrats Viper !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2011 at 8:06pm
    A comment titled: Next Time in response to a report titled: Opening Day - Lesson Learner

    It was a great time, not only being able to be in the woods hunting but hunting with my Dad. We have been hunting since I was 10 years old and this will be year 35 we have been hunting as a 'team' Next time my 'pack' will be better supplied, stay in the stand longer and have my release on my wrist. Getting ready for Monday, don't have to be at work until Monday night. GT congrats on putting meat in the freezer.

    September 11, 2011 at 11:19am
    A comment titled: Be Careful in response to a report titled: Rookie Veteran!

    Be careful with the Vanilla and Peanut Butter. We had one member try something similar to this last year and a few days later he had several pics of a nice black bear.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:01pm
    A comment titled: Feeder in response to a report titled: Next Year Turkeys

    The PVC pipe coming out of the bottom is adjustable to where it can be moved up or down to allow for more or less feed. There is also a mineral block at the bottom of the feeder, it has been moved around so much that at the time of the picture it is under the hens legs on the right side of the photo. Sometimes it is a circus running around and under it.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:26pm
    A comment titled: Feeder in response to a report titled: Next Year Turkeys

    It is a gravity / bump feeder we made a couple of years ago. The part that holds the corn is a old LP gas tank we purged and cut in half. Cut a hole in the bottom and attached PVC pipe that can adjust if we want more or less feed to come out. The side rails are old scrap metal we had lying around the garage that are welded to the side of the tank and bolted to the bottom where the feed come out. We made two more this year and believe it or not only takes a weekend to put together. It holds 250 pounds of feed.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:04pm
    A comment titled: Corn in response to a report titled: June Deer and Guest

    Been paying just a little less than that. We buy it by the pallet. At each of our feeding stations we have 55 gallon drums filled with corn and mixed with mineral. The last time we bought corn we bought 800 lbs and paid a little over 200 dollars. Each drum will hold about 350 lbs and last about a month. This makes it a lot easier and able to spend much less time filling feeders and replenishing feeding stations. Would love to have some rain for the clover and chicory.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:14pm
    A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: TAGGED OUT!!!! Life was GREAT today!!!

    I am still trying to tag out myself. Went this morning and this morning was perfect with the exception of where the birds came in. Every other time they had been rosting in a bottom, which is where we set up. This morning they were behind us and when they came off the roost they when the other way. We were able to get them to gobble back at us but they when the other way. Just as we were getting ready to go be 'B' up and his hen had three deer walk withing 40 yards of us. One of them was upset, due to how she or he was stomping the ground. Not sure if she or he was upset at us or 'B' It must has been us because 'B' was just standing there minding his own business. So all in all it was a good morning. That is why they call it hunting and not killin. Congrats again.

    May 03, 2011 at 3:57pm
    A comment titled: email address in response to a report titled: New Hunter Moving to North Carolina

    Welcome to the area, if you will send or post you email address I can give you some help and some possible locations to try to bag a Tom before the end of the season. We hunt Pender County and do have some nice Tom's here.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:16pm
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