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  • Well bow season has finally arrived and my 12 year old son has been crazy waiting for this to happen. He has passed up a deer the last 2 season and this year he was what my buddy and I called 'River's Buck'. That is my son's name. The last several weeks my son has been monitioring trail cams and we had this deer patterned pretty good. My buddy was going to do the filming of the hunt and decided as much as I wanted to be there with my son. I would go on the other side of the property and sit in another stand and wait for the text. Everything is going good and I'm seeing some deer moving through randomly eating on acorns. A little after six my buddy text me and wants to know if I had moved River's cameras and was I seeing anything. I really didn't think much about it but did find it odd that the message wasn't about the kill shot. A few minutes later I decide to get things going and let an arrow fly at a nice doe. I'm thinking fresh backstraps and me and my son double on opening day. I don't wait long to pack up even though it is still early but I'm still thinking there is going to be a second deer. I go get mine and drag her down the ridge back to the 4wheeler and ease back down to the truck and wait. After an hour wait I hear the 4 wheeler coming from th other side of the property and know my son has not got his deer. When they pull up I can tell something is wrong. My son walks up and says my cameras are gone and someone has trashed the ridge. All the deer are gone. To make matters worst then my buddy says 'yah and I dropped my $3000 video camera off the tree mount and busted it all to Sh@$#. My son got these cameras for Christmas last year and this was his first season using his own stuff and not mine. HE had even gone to the trouble to chain them to the tree and lock them so they could not be opened. 2 locks per camera. At the time I was making fun of all the security. Not only was there the thief and broken video camera but the they discover when they got out of the stand and were looking around in the dark with lights that the thiefs had also put mouthballs all over the ridge where all the acorns are falling. Guess this is why no deer last night. So to the thiefs in Mill's River that stole and ruined my 12 year old's hunt and one of our better property's I want to commend you. We know most of the folks in the area and live here also. When I find you it will not be pretty. You probably consider yourself sportsman also......When I went up to check on my son before bed he said to me ' I guesss my seaason is over and it just started' He was totally commented to this deer and site. It about broke my heart. If anyone knows anything please contact me.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:34am

    I thought with bow season just a few days away I would share a funny video of my son a few years ago when he shot his first archery deer. It was just a doe but he made a great shot and she only went about 25 yards before pilling up. He has killed several since that day with a bow and is only 13 now. Hopefully everyone will experience some 'red bubbles' in the coming season. Stay safe and wear a safety harness if in a tree stand.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:16am

    As much as I love deer hunting with my bow I would love for these to come by in three weeks so I could stick them. The yotes around here are putting a real hurt on the fawns. I got a picture of a fawn last week off one of my cameras that had a huge bite in its thigh. It was one of the lucky ones. My wife is a trail runner and she and the dogs find remains of fawns that the yotes have gotten way to often.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:54am

    To say it has been a tough year turkey hunting would be an understatement. I have been working real hard this season trying to get my son his first bird. He is very accomplished when it comes to deer hunting and has harvested severel deer with a bow but the ole TZom has eluded him for 4 years. We had lots of birds located back in March and early April and then they all disappeared. The last few weeks the only birds we could find were hens that seemed to be nested up already and no Gobblers talking. Friday I picked him up at school and told him I had a new place to go on a buddies property that had some birds. He was not sure he wanted to go and said yes I've heard that before. HE was getting very discouraged about turkey hunting to say the lease. We arrived at the property and were looking over one of the pastures when he said I see a bird down in the lower part coming out of the woods. I told I would get the stuff and and we would sneak through the woods and set up on it. Before I new what was going on he had grabbed his gun (not his bow)out of the truck and he took off through the woods circling the field without ole dad. About this time my buddy who owned the property came rolling in on his ATV to see what was going on. I told him the deal so we just stod by the fence and watched what happened. I grabbed my binos and found my son stalking through the woods towards the Gobbler who was still working the pasture. I'm thinking this is never going to happen and that bird is going to bust him. Ten more minutes go by and I'm still watching them both. My son gets mutch closer than I ever expected and I'm thinking damn he is close enough for a shot what is he waiting on. Then the bird starts acting nervous and I think it is about to be over when the bird starts to run. The next thing I hear is Boom when the Tom stops for a split second. My son runs from the woods and I had no idea at this point how close he had gotten. He starts jumping up and down and yelling I got him. We waited by the barn as my proud 12 year old comes walking back with his prize. The bird weighed 21.5 pounds had 1' spurs and a 11' beard. Not a bad first bird. Of couse my son said as soon as he calmed down I should have taken my bow. Saturday we were hanging out in my shop when my buddy called to replay the story from the previous day and he says you need to get over here. There is another good bird in the upper pasture that has been here all morning. I had several things on my to do list for the day but decided I would run over with my bow and calls and see. I got there with my son and the bird was gone. I got out of the truck and made some yelps. Nothing. After a few minutes I got out the gobbler call and made a loud thunder. I hear a bird respond over in the next valley. It was a long way off and on property we could not hunt. I set out a few decoys in the pasture and decided to see what would happen. I got set up and started calling every 10 minutes of so. The bird would answer each time but was not moving. After an hour it started moving our direction. He took his time but always responded to the call. After another thirty minutes he appeared on the edge of the woods on the opposite side from where we were set up. He slowly worked his way up the fence line and was looking at the decoys. He was getting close but he would not come out from behind the split rail fence. At 15 yards I was having a decision moment on what to do since the vitals were behind the bottom rail of the fence. I stepped out bow at full draw and when he stuck his heard straigh up I released my arrow between the two rails. The bird went nuts and I felt like I made a great sot but then the bird starts running wide open across the pasture and towards a steap wooded ridge. My son who had his bow makes a 80 yard hell mary shot at a running bird and his arrow misses by a foot. I decide to go back to the truck and get the gun and go after my bird. When I'm at the truck I realise my son is gone chasing the bird. I start over to where I last saw both of them and I hear my son up the mountian yelling for me. I climb the ridge and find him. I'm thinking this bird is gone and I did not make a good shot when my son says he has blood. I have never tracked a turkey by blood trail and still didn't know if I believed him. I get over to him and sure enough the leaves and rocks are sprayed with blood. We stay with the tracking for and hour and things are running dry and its getting late in the day. I look at my son and say I think this bird is gone. He must not be hurt to bad. We had covered over a mile of mountian at this point. I head back to the truck disappointed but my son is persistant and a great tracker. I tell OK but to get back to the truck in thirty minutes because we have a date with mom. I'm back at the truck and the time goes by and no son. I'm starting to get a bit worried and head back up th mountain to look for him when I look down the road and here he comes carry my bird. When he gets to the truck he is tired and hot and out of breath but with a big grin on face. 'I found your bird' 'They sure are tough'. I look at the bird and cannot get over its size or the damage my broadhead did The whole bottom of the troat was cut wide open and the windpipe cut clean throgh. The gapping whole was about 10'. I could not believe how far this bird traveled but did understand the blood trial. This was my best bird ever and with a great story. I will never doubt my son's ability in the woods again. Teh bird weighed 24.5 pounds had 11.5' beard and 1 1/4' spurs. It also had the blueist head I have ever seen. It was a great weekend. Went to a 3D shoot on Sunday to round things out!

    May 07, 2012 at 9:54am

    Since our season ended 3 weeks ago and I was going to be down in the Wilmington area right after Christmas I decided I would throw in the gear with the bows and some stands. My son and I have access to some private property west of Wilmington so we went Tuesday during the middle of the day and set some stands between a bean field and cutdown down in the creek bottom. My son is twelve years old and has been hunting with me out of trees for 5 years all over the midwest and here. The last 2 years he has been gun hunting because I would not let him bow hunt deer yet due to draw weight. He shoots 3D tournments regularly and this year was ready when the season opened. Several of the guys we shoot with are pros in the industry and they have all been very impressed with his maturity and patience while deer hunting. This season he killed 4 deer with his bow and we tracked none farther than 20 yards. I have always had him close to me this season or both of us in the same tree. I just wasn't comfortable being a long distance yet even though I have full confidence in him and his safty practices. The reason I'm telling you all of this is because I experienced the worst thing a parent can expience this week. Wednesday afternoon was going as planned and I decided to hunt another stand just over a ridge from my son. We were about 70 yards apart but I could not see him through all the thick cover. We both were seeing deer but nothing we wanted to shoot. About 4:30 I heard a scream yelling DAD through the woods. It was like nothing I have ever heard before and I went into a cold sweat as I quickly climbed down from my stand and took off in a hard run through the thicket towards my son. When I broke out of the thicket I was relieved and horified by what I saw. My son was hanging off the opposite side of his stand by his safty harness. I quickly climbed the sticks and clipped in myself and then helped him use his prusik to get back on the stand. He was shaking to say the least. I had him climb down and sit on a log while I got his bow and gear out of the stand. BY then he had calmed down and he said to me I really messed up this hunt. Of course I was not the least bit interested in the hunt at this point but what had happened. He told me that he had a shooter coming in and he was reaching for the bow when he slipped off the edge. When I looked into it I realised I had screwed in his hanger to far for him to reach comfortably. The bottom line folks is his Jr. Hunter Safty System harness saved his life. We all think this will never happen to us but it can. I have preached to my son since he first started to never leave the ground without being secured. Folks is the extra 30 seconds to be secure or the extra $100 bucks to much to spend to save your life? I don't think so. Please folks use the gear that is out there for our safety. I don't want any parent or buddy to expience what I did Wednesday afternnon. On a plus note the hunt ended well for my son. He was hard back at it Thursday morning and kept telling me he would be fine. He killed that shooter Friday morning. It was a decent late season 8 that we scored in the low 120's. It was a good end to the season considering my wife is still mad at me for letting this happen.....

    December 31, 2011 at 2:51pm

    Hey Guys, first time posting here but have been reading for awhile. I have been bow hunting for almost 30 years and have a question concerning the rut here in the western part of the state. I have always felt that the rut really doesn't get started in this part of the state till late November (After I'm back from Kansas and Kentucky). Usually by now the young bucks are showing sign of pre rut with small scrapes and horning trees. So far this year I have not seen or found any sign of this activity. Has anyone else in the mountians found any sign yet of pre rut activity? Maybe the moon this week will fire things up a bit.

    November 06, 2011 at 8:49am

    I've had the these brothers come in on me several times this fall. Hope they stick around till Spring.

    November 05, 2011 at 4:32am
    A comment titled: Shops in response to a report titled: Help

    Not sure where you are located but like previously posted Fuquay Gun & Gold is a great shop. If in this area you might check out Perry's gun shop or Springhill Outfitters. All of these have great service and prices. I call on just about every major gun shop in the state.

    August 16, 2013 at 10:40am
    A comment titled: no problem in response to a report titled: 20 guage

    My son has been using his 20 for the past few years on turkeys with no problem out to about 30 yards. He usually takes his first with the 20 and the second he hunts with a bow. Up here in the mountains several guys I know use 20's to save on weight humping around these hills. 3' turkey loads with #5 shot and a turkey tube will get it done all day. Of course I use a bow but that is a different story....

    March 22, 2013 at 5:33pm
    A comment titled: 3 states in response to a report titled: MOJO Shake-N-Jake Mechanical Turkey Decoy

    GT these are selling well for the dealers that have them so far. Only illegal in 3 states. NC, SC and VA they are legal. Movement is controled by the hunter with a pocket remote. $149.99 retail!!!

    March 10, 2013 at 1:57pm
    A comment titled: loop in response to a report titled: Bowhunting/Archery Forum?

    Using that formula remember to subtract for a loop if using one with a release. about a 1/2 inch.

    February 11, 2013 at 3:39pm
    A comment titled: youth WNC turkey in response to a report titled: Where in WNC can my son 'YOUTH' hunt for his first time?

    Sent you a private message

    February 08, 2013 at 3:12pm
    A comment titled: Great job in response to a report titled: My son's first buck Tues. evening!!!

    That is a great story. I would say with that many opps it was bound to happen. That is a great first deer! You guys will always remember this hunt. I know what you felt when he put this deer down. When my son killed his first deer which was a buck I think I was more excited than he was. He could hardly complete a sentence right after it happened he was so excited. Great job!

    November 14, 2012 at 3:14pm
    A comment titled: Great job in response to a report titled: GT Finally knocks 1 out hunting in Rockingham Co.

    Looks like you finally learned how to aim!LOL! Great shot and one heck of a nice deer even if it young. Way to hang tough GT on what has been a tough season. Now go and get some doe backstraps for the freezer....

    November 08, 2012 at 1:56pm
    A comment titled: surprised in response to a report titled: Found game camera

    I would be surprised if it was one of ours that got stollen right before bow season but it was in WNC near the Buncombe/Henderson Co line. One was a M80 and the other was my sons Cuddy. Good luck and its great that you are trying to find the owner.

    November 08, 2012 at 9:46am
    A comment titled: Good job in response to a report titled: young buck

    Diane hang in there it will happen, great job on letting the young ones walk. It will pay off in a couple years.

    November 03, 2012 at 3:30pm
    A comment titled: Hot in response to a report titled: Live from the tree. Pender county

    Set up this afternoon on a ridge with lots of oaks. What happen to the cold and snow. Damn it is hot today

    November 03, 2012 at 3:27pm
    A comment titled: awesome in response to a report titled: PERSON COUNTY my 11 year SONS old first blackpowder kill

    Way to get it done guys. I remeber when my son shot his first buck. It was something I will never forget. Memories like this is what it is all about. Great job getting your son outside and spending time together.

    November 01, 2012 at 11:57am
    A comment titled: good looking buck in response to a report titled: Johnston County Buck

    You are correct. He has some character. Nice and tall. Good luck filling the freezer with some doe meat.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:53am
    A comment titled: Great Job in response to a report titled: Sarah's 1st Deer of The Season

    Way to go Sarah on some good eats and great shooting. It's nice when you watch em drop.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:20am
    A comment titled: Great Job in response to a report titled: First Deer with Bow

    Diane sorry I have not replied sooner but I have been at sales meetings for the last 12 days up in Cleveland, Ohio. That is just awesome. I told you had nothing to worry about. I knew you could shoot and get the smackdown on one. Did you get this down at your Dad's or up here at home? The gobblers had better look out come spring time. You will be pinning a long beard to the ground.

    October 09, 2012 at 9:41am
    A comment titled: @ creek in response to a report titled: KANSAS

    Pm me your email address and I will call my cousin and have him get gold of you. The drought this year has really effected the seer locations and movement. Hopefully your huys have some oroperty near some water. The big river runs through their oroperrty and the deer have really been focused on the river bottom. They are real close to Kingman
    Good luck

    September 22, 2012 at 9:01pm
    A comment titled: @ GT in response to a report titled: Lesson of the day!

    GT, for backcountry I use the silverbacks you mentioned with either muddy or leverage climbing sticks. They are light and quick to deploy. I also use 5 of the silverback XL when I plan on long sits in the tree. They have a larger platform and bigger seat for those all day sits. I also use the XL where I plan on leaving stands up for the season. The XL is still only 15#the so they are not heavy. Nice thing about gorillas is one strap for quick hangimg. I use my safty strap around the tree with a caribiner and my haul line to position the stand while attaching the strap. Keeps me from having to fight with the stand and gravity while standing on climbing stick with my linesmen belt. Hope this helps.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:56pm
    A comment titled: Pratt in response to a report titled: KANSAS

    Creek i remember that now from your trip last year. My cousin is Jared Glenn. He knows your guys well. He is right outside Pratt. Your guys will know him. Good luck

    September 22, 2012 at 5:07pm
    A comment titled: Stay with it in response to a report titled: No Luck Again

    Diane, so far it has been tough on everywhere here in our area. Have you got any oaks on the property that are dropping white acorns. If so they will be there right now. Stay with it and it will happen. Good luck next week down east!

    September 22, 2012 at 2:07pm
    A comment titled: climber in response to a report titled: Lesson of the day!

    Great job of staying the course. It paid off even with all the frustration. I'm not a big fan of climbers for this very reason but will use them on ocassion. I prefer a hang on with climbing sticks. If I'm packing in I carry one of my lightweight hangons and a set of muddy climbing sticks. I can be set up faster and quieter than with a climber and get back to the ground quietly if need be. Yes carry more than 2 arrows in the quiver. You never know what might happen......

    September 22, 2012 at 10:14am
    A comment titled: Creek in response to a report titled: KANSAS

    Which part of Kansas you hunting? My Uncle runs an outfitter business on his ranch. I've been going to Kansas for years. Awesome place to hunt and huge deer. I've already recieved pictures of some booners killed this week off the farm this week. Good luck to you brother.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:03am
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