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  • Guys here is a video I made from my recent trip to Arkansas. Make sure to change resolution to 1080 for best image. Used a GoPro camera and Mac editing software. Enjoy!

    January 10, 2014 at 9:39pm

    Had a better than normal season so far this year.

    January 10, 2014 at 6:51pm

    Was reading over on the forums of nc predator hunters association and there was just a hearing at a ncwrc meeting in jan about passing a new law for night hunting with lights for coyotes. Pretty interesting to have a new sport of night hunting come to nc. Here's a link to the forum for more information.

    http://www.northcarolinapha.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=644

    February 06, 2012 at 12:59pm

    Just got back from Helena Arkansas from duck hunting. We couldn't go where we normally do and slay the ducks so we had to settle for this other guys place. The hunting was slow and didn't kill much, my retriever Bonnie had fun getting ducks and all the guys at the camp were fun to hang out with. And have no idea why the pictures are sideways.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:24am

    Well while I'm sitting in the stand today I figured I would share my story of a buck I shot yesterday. I started hunting around 3 yesterday afternoon. The winds were high and didn't seem like they were going to stop at all. So thinking the winds would continue I still had a good feelin about the evening. Asked god to help me out with one of these nice ones running aroun in here. It was still ml season here so this was the last time I was taking it. Espically since I hate shooting my ml. It's on old cheap one and I can't get it to group well at all. So about 100 yards is all I'm comfortable. So this year I decided to switch type of power let bullets I was shooting to see if they worked better, and they didn't. So after shooting most of what I had I went to the woods with one load in the gun and a spare load with the bullet I used last year as that's all I had. So anyway about 5:30 a doe comes out in the edge of a field followed by two smaller does and a nice 7 that I had seen once and had on camera with a non typical buck. I knew it was him as soon as he walked in sight and knew I was going to shoot him. So I try to rotate around to get a shot off to my right. Try standing leaning against the tree seemed to be good. So I squeeze the trigger, watch the deer and the smallest fawn runs off and the others just stand there. As they are staring at the road about 400 yards away trying to figure out what happened I reload. Keep in mind with a load that I have never shot through the new scope I just put on there a few weeks ago. This time I amed a little further back almost at guts, Squeeze the trigger this time and bang he does the mule kick and takes off. Also remember I have no idea now where the shot was. Then a guy hunting near me comes over to help me look for blood. We look for about 10 min an nothing. Then as we walked further we found a good trail going into the woods. We tracked it to the edge and tol him I would come back later, being afraid where the shot might have hit. So about 11 we go back out to look. Walk to the edge of the woods where the trail led into the woods. I noticed a small cedar tree had been knocked over. Told a buddy can be far he's already running into trees. Took another step and there he was. I couldn't have asked for a better shoulder shot. I believe there was a little guidance from the man upstairs on this one. The picture won't upload from my phone right now but will put it up when I get home.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:57pm

    Well guys as some of you know I recently took a trip to South Dakota to do some pheasant hunting. This was the first time hunting pheasant and it was a blast. For all you bird hunters, you should try this at least once, it's like nothing else. The first evening after the plane ride and an hour and half car ride to White Lake, SD we arrived at the big 6 room hotel. Oh by the way population of White Lake - 400!! Yea the 1/4 mile stretch of town was huge. So we went to the camp and they said they had no pheasant, no deer, no nothing. After walking a little we flushed about 40 pheasant and saw some nice deer on the property. This kind of hunting is an 'in your face' situation. While walking in CRP about waist high the birds would flush out just feet from you. The weather was cold and very windy. Sustained wind was about 30 mph with gust to 50. The land out there was very flat and had a significant shortage of trees. They also had the wind farms littering the horizon. (However it didn't seem to harm the wildlife, coming from the article from Andy Crawford) The hunting was challenging and fun. We hunted in a group of about 7 friends and family for 3 days. In the three days we killed roughly 40 something pheasant. All in all it was a good time with great friends and cold drinks. It was good to get away for a while and see a different part of the wonderful country we live in.

    November 09, 2011 at 9:55pm

    Hey guys i know a lot of people use climbing stands often including myself. I am guilty of not using a safety strap while climbing and descending because it takes a lot of time and hassle. As a matter of fact just a few nights ago I almost lost it while coming down out of a tree with a climber. Not real sure what happened but I was barely hanging onto the top part of the climber stretched out all the way. Was pretty scary. But anyway I was searching ebay today for Summit stand accessories and found this and looked them up. I'm pretty sure I will get this and use it on my climbing stands from now on. It one of those.. why didn't I think of that ideas. And i think it's like $15 for the basic system.

    And another thing, the harness they are using is nothing more than a simple rock climbing harness that you can pick up for $40 from REI. Here's a link for it too.

    http://www.rei.com/product/699550/black-diamond-alpine-bod-climbing-harness

    http://www.20feetup.com/

    October 11, 2011 at 8:49pm

    Hey guys just thought I would share my new find/toy. I picked up a 1981 Chevy LUV Diesel with less than 90k miles. When I bought it, it had been sitting for over seven years. I put it on a trailer and pulled it home. Put some injector cleaner in it and fresh diesel and it cranked right up. I changed out all the fluids and turned up the torsion bars and did a home made suspension lift on the rear lifting it about three inches and stiffing it for the weight of the four wheeler. Then I picked up these wheels and tires for$75 and slapped them on for another couple inches. I took the bed off and made this flatbed so the four wheeler could fit in the back. But it looks like I won't be needing a four wheeler with this truck. I took it through a field to put out corn today and never spanned a tire even after all this rain. At almost 40 MPG and $500 invested i think its a good deal. My friends keep making fun saying 'are you gonna put a blind on the back and hunt off it' but honestly had thought about this old port potty I have to make a blind out of. Taking that and doing exactly that? We will see tho.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:32pm

    How do you guys plan in changing your hunting to accommodate this major cold front coming through that will lower temps almost 25 degrees?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:23pm

    Well decided to go into the stand today planning an all dayer. I have never done an all day hunt in a lock on and truly not come out of the stand. And well I will never do it again! The Summit is too comfortable to do that again. And today after spending more than 15 hours straight in a loc on, I saw the grand total of two does two different times. Oh and a but load of squirrels. But.... I guess thats why they call it hunting and not killing. Kinda disappointed all I saw were the two does tho. I was hunting the stand that all the pics have been coming from, but oh well, I'll try it again Monday evening i guess.

    September 10, 2011 at 7:43pm

    Well went today to take down my camera and put out another 100 lbs of corn one last time before season comes in. Luckily the non typical is still coming in quite regular. He also as of early this morning is still in full velvet. I did have the same problem as GT I have one picture of two young kids riding an ATV through my setup. The bucks were still coming in after that tho. Also as I have patterned this buck over the last month his habits are almost exactly the same as last month which would be putting him under the stand at 5:40 AM and 7:47 PM opening day. i hope I can get a stab at him opening day. Good luck to everyone come Saturday.

    September 07, 2011 at 2:00pm

    This is a video we had of a nice buck back in 2006. We believe some one shot him at night under a light on a pole near where we hunted. I thought I saw him one time during muzzle loader season but was very foggy and couldn't make him out for sure. I never saw him again after that.

    September 03, 2011 at 12:07pm

    Here are a few pictures of the bucks I was hunting last year. The 8 is the one I killed, he is also in the trophies forum. I haven't been back here this season, and prob won't go back until next year.

    September 03, 2011 at 11:47am

    Went today to take my camera down from a small 15 ac tract that I have been hunting on and off for the last 6 years. I like to rotate through all the places I have to hunt every couple years to give some type of deer management there. This year I decided to return to see what had grown up while the years passed. I haven't hunted this land in about three years now. Before that I had killed a big 8 and some does but the other stuff were small scrubs.

    So after taking my camera down a guy met me in the field as I was walking out. It was a guy that lived across he street and he works for public works at the same place I work at the FD. So I knew him already we were talking and he just got permission a few weeks ago to hunt the same property. So... needless to say with him living across the street I'm not going to bother hunting out here this year. Especially since I am after that non typical first, he will prob have this one killed before I get out there. Figured I would share the pics anyway, the 10 point is a nice buck. Still young, brow tines very short, but very tall nice rack.

    September 01, 2011 at 8:20pm

    After putting the gun down for a little while I decided to video a couple of my buddies try to shoot this green head. The duck should consider himself very lucky. Full scree is best view.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:05pm

    Here are a few pics from the last couple years duck hunting in Arkansas. Really awesome place to waterfowl hunt!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:19pm

    Hey guys I finally came up with a large target for long range practicing. As some of you may know I do pool work as a part time job. Well I was trying to come up with ideas for a target. After thinking for anwhile and trying to save some money in this project this came to my mind. I can get a 125 foot roll of 1/4 inch thick foam. It's supposed to be used to put on metal pool walls to protect the liner, but I had other ideas. I bought a roll of it, it stands about 4 ft tall and about 30 inches wide. It comes already rolled pretty tight and the foam seems to be the same thing that the block targets are built out of. Since it is rolled pretty tight from the factory it stops arrows at 10 yards no problem. The best part is it's pretty cheap, around 95 dollars, but try to price a foam target this size and compare. Very light for the size, maybe 12 pounds, and stands on it's own, it doesn't need to hang or anything. Arrows are very easy to remove. Also since it has a circular shape i estimate this thing lasting for many years. If you wear out one place of the foam just rotate it a little since the arrows only go half way through the foam. If anyone is interested in a roll let me know. Shipping shouldn't be too much. I am very happy with it.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:23pm

    Viper, did you make that target we were shooting at the other day or did you buy it from somewhere? I would like one like that for practice. Thanks.

    August 25, 2011 at 4:45pm

    Was wanting some input on if you guys used any type of calls early season to keep deer around until shooting hours in the morning or to pull them in before dark in the evenings?

    August 24, 2011 at 9:19pm

    Fellas I know EVERYONE is itching to get into that special stand Sept. 10th, I know I am. And this is the very reason I am wanting to create this post. I want to share an experience that helped me and hope it might help someone on this site because the information shared in this report works! Please don't flake out on me, try to read everything. I thought that I knew the correct way to practice with my bow. I have always sighted my pins in at 20, 30, and 40 yards. However at this time my comfort level may be hovering around 40 yards. Now please don't misinterpret what I am about to say here. This is about practice, not killing. I am referring all of this post to shooting 3D targets or bag/block targets, what ever you have.

    When I pull out the ol bow and arrows to practice before season I would simply shoot my 20 yard pin and try to group well. Which isn't too awfully hard, practice does make perfect. Next I would move onto my 30 yard pin, which is about where I like to stop for shooting deer. Then I would venture to the 40 yard pin, just to see what happens and maybe one day be able to make this shot? Who knows, if I practice enough I might get it one day? Well as you know my groups aren't as good at 40 yards as they are at 20 yards. Smaller target more bow movement and so on, you know the drill.

    Well, earlier this week I had the privilege to meet with two great guys off this site and they were generous enough to take time out of their day off work to help me improve my shooting and overall performance of my bow. I went down expecting to get some work done to the bow because I knew that it had not been tuned up correctly before. I knew I would have to shoot and was wanting to so I could get advice from other guys with more experience. I knew these guys were known for their long range shooting and I was not opposed to that. I figured that we would end up practicing these longer distances. Why, I didn't know, but figured we would. Maybe just for fun, or maybe just for s---s and giggles (use your psychology lesson you learned here). Whatever it was I was game for it. So after tuning up the bow we started trying out the new set up. At 20 yards for about 12 shots to get the site close, then out to 30 yards for the same thing. After this we did something I wasn't accustomed to. We went to the infamous 150 yard bow range. THIS is where I don't want to lose you guys reading this. This is where the learning BEGINS! Yes I did alright at 30 yards so whats the big deal? Well as we began to shoot I was like we are going to do what? Well, we began shooting at 60 yards next. Was it for them to say look at what i can do? NO! It was for practice! Practice to shoot a deer at 60 yards. Well maybe, but most importantly so that i could concentrate on keeping my bow steady, so I could practice concentrating on the target, and mostly so i could get better at my normal or average range shots. Its not to say look I can do this at this many yards or I can do that, yes a challenge is fun and competition makes it more interesting but it is to PRACTICE! I am going to attach three different pictures (hopefully). The first is a group i shot about a week ago while practicing at 20 yards that I was pretty happy with (that's why i took the pic). The second and third is after practicing shooting anywhere from 60-80 yards for about three hours. The second picture are my groups at 30 yards now. This range is very consistently grouping like this. The third, and last picture is my groups at 40 yards now. And keep in mind I was only confident with 30 yard shots before practicing with these guys. Not to say I am totally proficient at 40 yards with this group, every now and then i will throw a curve ball, but over all this is it. And I do need some adjusting on this pin after tuning my bow at this range. However please look at the before and after picture of my groups, and this is not staged or anything, these are honestly my groups. I am very happy with the improvement that occurred after doing this. As soon as I get a chance to get a little bit larger than just a 3D target I hope to make this a normal routine in my bow shooting practice. I am sharing this only to show what kind of improvement long range PRACTICING can do. Just please don't knock it until you try it. I may be considered a novice at archery, but I know one thing to be true, and that is this long range practice works!

    I would like to end by giving credit where credit is due. If it weren't for Inferno and Viper I would still be satisfied with longest range being 30 yards (WHICH THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BUT YOU BEST BET I WILL HAVE EVERY ARROW TOUCHING IN MY GROUPS NOW!)and my 40 yard groups being nearly 10 inches! So if you ever have a problem with your bow Inferno is the man you need to contact. He is loaded with so much information about archery and setups that I believe he could answer about any question. And with the help of viper these guys could instruct a blind man to hit a target at 30 yards every time. From now on when these guys talk about archery, I listen! Thank you both again for all your help and advice.

    And finally if you made it this far the whole point of this is -- (big breath) -- if you are not satisfied with your groups at ANY range, add another 30 yards to that, practice that for a while, then return to your starting yardage and tell me there is no difference in your groups and I will kiss your ____ ! That is my challenge to everyone reading this! This was my challenge a few days ago and I'm glad i was put up to it! And as Nike says, JUST DO IT!

    August 24, 2011 at 7:56pm
    A comment titled: Last pic in response to a report titled: Good duck season so far

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    January 10, 2014 at 6:55pm
    A comment titled: Leaky waders in response to a report titled: banded woodie

    Jocohuntr go to your local hunting or fishing store and get some aqua seal. I got a tube for about $8 at dicks and this stuff works wonders. I had about a 3 inch gash in my boot. Put this stuff on it and overnight it was set up ready to hunt the next morning.

    January 13, 2013 at 6:05pm
    A comment titled: iPad in response to a report titled: A Neat little Idea for you Guys/Gals

    My wife and I recently bought an iPad and that's what I use to retrieve pictures from my cameras and clear the card before putting it back in the camera. Works great with an 8 1/2 by 11 picture that is much clearer.

    February 02, 2012 at 3:39pm
    A comment titled: Drop away in response to a report titled: Fletchings

    Like everyone has said, get away from that whisker biscuit. They also have drop away rest with capture systems that will hold your arrow in place when in stand by mode. There's plenty of archery knowledge floating around this site. How's things going viper? Haven't heard from ya in a while?

    January 31, 2012 at 8:23pm
    A comment titled: Ghost deer in response to a report titled: Where are the Deer?

    It has been pretty slow these last few weeks. Between chasing a huge non typical and work among other things this year has been one of my worst as far as numbers. I killed two, one being a nice 7 an the other a decent doe, it has been slow. I have to work or have other things to attend the rest of the week so the last days I have to hunt will be Sunday and Monday the 2nd. So if any you guys in Alamance county want to shoot a decent doe to thin the heard and don't want to mess with it then let me know. I'll take the whole thing pick it up and do everything to it. I'll take as many as I can get since I process all my deer meat.

    December 27, 2011 at 10:42pm
    A comment titled: Summer sausage in response to a report titled: Any good summer sausage recipes?

    Go to gander mountain and get the hi mountain season summer sausage mix and follow the directions. I have never gotten a complaint about the sausage and keeps everyone coming back for more.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:13pm
    A comment titled: Gt in response to a report titled: where are the ducks?????????

    Yea unless he is at the coast duck seasOn is out right now. But no the nt seems to have skipped town? I haven't heard of anyone killing him yet. Hers some people talking about a huge buck with points going everywhere that wasn't too far away so I'm assuming it was him. But I'll be hunting there Tuesday before I head to Arkansas to do some duck hunting there for a few days.

    December 04, 2011 at 6:14pm
    A comment titled: Duck season in response to a report titled: where are the ducks?????????

    Mps- may want to check the dates in duck season. It went out November 29 and will come back in the 14th. Hope you ment another day other than yesterday. Glad things are picking up tho.

    December 04, 2011 at 1:36pm
    A comment titled: Ducks in response to a report titled: where are the ducks?????????

    Only been hunting a couple times this season but both times have been average for NC. Lot of ducks flying high. Might still be a little warm up north.

    December 02, 2011 at 1:40pm
    A comment titled: Rediclous in response to a report titled: tresspassing

    Coldfeet- that sucks finding all those stands. I really lie the idea call if you want it back.

    Gt- ill give ya $75 for the stand. Lol.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:57am
    A comment titled: Rediclous in response to a report titled: tresspassing

    Coldfeet- that sucks finding all those stands. I really lie the idea call if you want it back.

    Gt- ill give ya $75 for the stand. Lol.

    November 28, 2011 at 10:33pm
    A comment titled: Interesting in response to a report titled: My big ol'cow horn deer!

    Now that is the widest cow horn I have ever seen. That is an impressive and old deer. Also was a great kill to take out of the herd. Congratulations.

    November 19, 2011 at 12:19pm
    A comment titled: Dang in response to a report titled: You Are Not Going To Believe This!

    Dang brother sounds like me with the ml. Congratulations on the kills. Sounds like an experience you'll never forget. Wonder what's wrong with that Bushnell Elite? That's the same thing I use on my .270 and love it. Hope you get it all worked out.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:17am
    A comment titled: Bad Advise in response to a report titled: Not my first choice, but second best

    Yes GT it was not a good thing to shoot him with a load that I had not tested before the season. But good lord wiling he placed it where it need to be. However I wouldn't advise trying this and I myself won't do it agin. (I hope)

    November 12, 2011 at 8:37pm
    A comment titled: Well, Well in response to a report titled: Ive been waiting on this one!!

    Dang nice buck there, the women are showing us up bad. Maybe the females attract the 4 legged bucks too? What county are you hunting in?

    November 09, 2011 at 9:17pm
    A comment titled: NT in response to a report titled: big non typical

    Well fellas as of right now I think he is still alive and walking. I have seen him only once while hunting which was Oct 6th. After I watched him for about 30 min I texted GT, Viper, Creek, etc. But he was at 40 yards tearing up a tree and there were about three limbs in my way. If those limbs would not have been there or if it would have been gun season he would be dead now. But I never expected him to come from that way and leave the direction he did, but after that I moved my stand a little and made sure I had a shooting lane. That is the only time I have seen him with my eyes and man is he nice. I also saw the big 7 that is in one of the other pictures just last Saturday midday hunting. I texted viper to see when a good time was that day he said midday and was he right. I saw a spike sneak in from a field behind me and that big 7 came bolting by. I heard some (house) dogs barking just a few min before I saw him come by and I couldn't stop him. But if he would have stopped he would have got an arrow slung at him. He was also all over top of me when he came in but at a full sprint a bow shot is kinda tough. As of right now my strategy has been to hunt hard out there just before full moon. That seems to be when he is most present around that particular area. So Tuesday morning when I get off work I'm going to try to hunt a few hours. Then I am leaving for South Dakota for a pheasant hunting trip until the following Sunday. So when I get back the second week of ML season I will have more time to hopefully kill the NT. But if anyone else kills him I will know and will get a picture of him again. I just hope it's me. Good luck to all.

    October 29, 2011 at 7:41pm
    A comment titled: Keep looking in response to a report titled: Need some Pro advice

    Hey bud, if this is the largest buck you have shot and the first one with a bow then I would keep looking. As far as the shot goes, with the speed of a crossbow a shot to the shoulder at 20 something yards should kill the deer eventually. Too bad you went in so soon. We all learn from our mistakes tho. Good luck finding him. At least you will have the antlers now.

    October 27, 2011 at 6:56pm
    A comment titled: GL in response to a report titled: Good luck

    Yes good luck to everybody in central season Saturday. Ill be stuck working all day. I might go with a bow on Sunday, and then gotta work Monday. Then, Tuesday morning when I get off work I MIGHT be able to sit in the woods for a few hours before leaving to go to Wilmington to catch a flight to South Dakota to hunt Pheasant next week. So my ML season will consist of about three days the second week of the season. Good luck to everyone, keep me updated while in SD.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:34pm
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