Getting close to hunting season my friends. Its been a while since I posted anything on the site. I do wish all of you a very safe hunting season. Myself, all I can say, thank God for all the wildlife out there for us to keep tabs on and once in a while put in our freezer. My lovely wife thinks that I have lost my mind, 100 degree days, sweating, cutting shooting lanes, filling feeders, setting ground blinds, and brushing them in. Well 38 years married and 41 together, I kinda think she knows what is right around the corner, she just shakes her head, nuts out there this early. She tells me every year, there is no more room on the wall for any more mounts. I always find a spot if the good Lord Blesses me with opportunity. As I have mentioned to you all before, I hunt mostly alone, for the sole reason I like to let them grow. I have been Blessed with a permission of the best opportunity to do that. I see what time grants with whitetails, when they get 4,5,6, and older. I can remember when I was younger, if you were lucky enough to shoot a 8 point, you were the talk of the town, dang near made the news. I find it interesting, the older I get the more fussy I get. Now for the big old Doe that keeps busting you, she fits in freezer very well, tastes good too. Deer management is a number one priority for me, its a must. I'm considering looking for a youngster to show him how it's done, just like it was shown to me. Its hard to find someone that is willing to do the work that is required, the passion of the hunt, its rare to find someone like that these days. Anyway that's just a thought. I do look forward to reading all your posts. I wish you all the best of luck this season, be safe. I have attached a couple over the last few years, no brags, just nice whitetails that made the wrong move and I was Blessed to be there. Take care, God Bless you all.
Hey everyone. I'm sitting back looking at all the post and found this one most interesting to me and looks like its interesting to some others. There is nothing I like to do more than sit about 25ft up a tree with Bow, Muzzle Loader, or Rifle. I do start in September and do not stop until January, end of Deer season, that what I do, it's my passion. I do go to Church, I do believe in God, that's not the topic today. Sunday hunting should be a choice we all should be able to make. I find it very hard to understand for the reasoning why we can't gun hunt on Sundays. My findings are that the Deer here in the South are adapted to the hunter, they figure us out. This time of year in most cases they get very nocturnal very hard to hunt. Sunday hunting with gun would make that 30yrd shot with Bow more like 130yrd shot with gun especially the hard to hunt deer. I do believe if we stand all together on this issue it will happen in the near future. For me if it happens, I will still go to Church Sunday morning and will stay closer to God the rest of the afternoon and evening about 25ft up a tree. That's just my feeling on the topic. Hope all has had a good season. God Bless.
Well to tell you all I have been hanging my head in shame the past few months. I started chatting with you all back in the past 2012 deer season. Showing some of the Whitetail deer I have been lucky enough to put on my wall over the years, also showing some still walking. Normally I'm a closed mouth person, don't like to show off my stuff or brag, if you know what I mean. I think over the years that I have been deer hunting, I have only showed a handful of people my what I call trophy's on my wall. I set out last season as I do every year hunting mostly in Granville County. I get my sights on a big one, either seen by scouting or camera. Then the hunt is on. I will not shoot anything but that deer, of course if one bigger happens to arrive, that is no brainier. I hunted all season's for this one deer, let some real nice ones walk. This deer was very nocturnal, he would show up only in the dark. He would be there well before shooting light, 15 minutes before my shooting time would allow. He showed up once in archery, once in muzzle, and once in rifle, all times way to dark and always in the morning. This is a very low pressure piece of land. I knew I was close to the bed. I hunted this spot only when the wind was right and not to often. One day I decided to hunt a small piece on the other side of the road, have permission for that land also. It was the day after Thanksgiving, sitting in a ground blind overlooking a cotton field. Here is where it starts to work on me. About 2:30pm after sitting all day. I see a deer running to my left about 150 yds heading accost the middle of this cotton field. The deer was not from what I could tell the one I was hunting all season, but this deer had a real big rack, real high points and a lot of them. He was about 100 yds running, fired 308, missed, fired again, missed, I could not believe I missed. The cotton field was snow white, there was no blood. I searched for the rest of the evening, came back the next morning, nothing. I can remember the 2nd shot he picked up the pace a bit, running harder more flat out. Here is the clincher. About a month ago I was scouting that land and found the buck. It looked like he hit the woods and took a hard left rather than straight in the thick stuff, about 250 yds. The deer is a 11 point, very nice deer. When I found that deer I had/have so much remorse, why did I not look harder. Still to this day it haunts me. I need to either get my eyes checked, get a back up to help look for blood, and defiantly shoot more to build my confidence back. Sorry for my pity potty, it helps me to get this stuff off me. I did see where a bunch of you guy's put some very nice deer on the ground, Congratulations. Looking forward for a new season, thanks for this site being available to give me the opportunity to vent. God Bless....
Good morning to you all. I do not mess with Facebook or know anything about YouTube, so it does not look like I will post any video's. I do thank you for letting me know how it is done. I will just share some pic's, that's good enough for me. Tell you all the truth it took me since 2004 just to post to the NC Sportsman. I'm just one of the guy's that sit back and look at and read your posts. I do take some of your knowledge that you all share and apply to some of my hunts. I'm far from a expert on whitetail hunting, but I can assure you all I put my heart and sole into the hunt. I can tell you that I like to hunt the old fashion way. I like very much to scout, find where the deer are moving, find the big rubs and scrapes, put a plan together and hunt. I have never used a camera until I moved to NC. I have never feed deer anything, always hunted food source. The camera's, the feeding, get me all screwed up. We can all count our chickens before they are hatched, meaning that now we seen him on camera it will be easy, that is Bull Crap. I had a nice one on camera last year, had him on the wall opening day, NOT. I hunted almost every day, at least every chance I had, that deer went nocturnal, he would not come near food or camera in daylight. Well,I will share with you, I moved away from camera , deeper in woods, I called it my staging area or should I say his. On November 28th 3:00pm, on a real crappy day, raining very hard, wondering why I was up in tree and not down in ground blind, he showed up. By the way that was the first deer I shot, I missed my opportunity prior, my own fault. That is just a example on the rewards that I get out of hunting. The feeling when you get down out of climber, look at that deer on the ground, it's overwhelming sometimes, brings tears to me eyes. Yup, a 54 year old guy being that thankful, that blessed, that he tears up, man I love that feeling. Tell you guy's it gives me goose bumps talking about it. If you never had that feeling, I pray you do. I believe that some of this chatter and hype can get us off track. I think our ego's gets involved, I have seen my own for sure. Focus on why do we go to so many extremes to hunt, thank God we can. Thank God for every day you get out there whether you squeeze that trigger or not, just hunt like you mean it. God Bless.
I have tried to post video's without and luck. Can anyone give me any suggestions?
The time is near. Some of the big boys are getting a little frisky. They also are only showing there heads at night. The only good thing is, that when in a tree stand I have been seeing a bunch of doe's, you all know what happens soon. I have been trying to put one on the wall with the Barnett Crossbow, Quad AVI 400 awesome bow, I guess just to say that I did. I have been seeing a bunch of big rubs, these are the biggest I have seen here in NC since I moved here in 2004. Also a bunch of very large scrapes, bigger that usual. I'm starting not to sleep well and neck is getting fatter, must be the rut is very near. As you all can see I love to hunt, or should I say I livetohuntnc!!! My Wife thinks that I'm nuts, she could be right. By the way they are falling from the oaks fairly well right now, that's where you probably will find me, 25ft up. Best of luck to you all. Thank you for the warm welcome.
I'm new to this site, looks like some of the big boy's are starting to get on their feet. Looking forward to seeing more nice ones off their feet.