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  • Looking for advice on hunting over bean fields. I have hunted over soybeans with success many times. The landowner has wheat standing right now and will harvest within the week and plant late beans. Are these late beans expected to help me in the late season? With being planted late they will no doubt be standing late. The only mast crops (acorns) will be in the thick cutover I have not been hunting since it is so thick, heavily bedded and a good sanctuary. I hope the deer will show in the beans rather than stick to the oaks in the thick stuff. If not, maybe they will at least hit the beans hard when the acorns have gone bad? I have seen deer eat beans best when green or brown, but not much in between. Corn is not worth baiting with to me like it used to be because it is expensive and the deer will gobble it up after dark. I now use very little corn if possible, just enough to keep them interested even when the field was planted in tobacco and winter wheat last year, which worked well. Probably put out no more than 100lbs. total, spreading it thin and killed deer all season. I am hoping to be cost efficient as much as possible and use the late beans to my advantage. Please advise.

    June 15, 2013 at 10:09pm

    My dad started turkey hunting just last year and fell head over heels in love with it! This year he spent lots of time in a blind working on his calling and trying out decoys. The season has been tough, but he stuck it out and it paid off. Early afternoon one day he had taken his attention off of the decoy spread and when he looked back up there were 3 nice gobblers huddled around his foam jake decoy. They were staring down at it as if they wanted it to make the 1st move. In order to keep from killing more than 1 bird, he waited until they separated, while deciding which had the most 'chest hair'. He raised the gun and dropped one of them at 29.5 yards. The old warrior had 6 beards and 1 spur over 1.25' and the other broken off was less than 1.5'. He will look good mounted on the limb in a gobbling position. Way to go, Dad! Congrats!

    May 06, 2013 at 5:50pm

    Took one of my favorite hunting buddies, my little brother, hunting on opening day of turkey season. Had a great hunt. Please keep in mind that he was just being a teenage boy and totally kidding when he made the comments following the shot. I'm so proud of him. He loves to eat what he harvests. It's hard to even find an adult hunter that responsible these days. James took a great gobbler for his 1st turkey last year but our hunting time together is limited so we couldn't pass on a jake. Good times!

    May 04, 2013 at 8:43pm

    I got back my shoulder mount of my muzzleloader buck-of-a-lifetime last week. I am more than satisfied! A special thanks to Wayne Stanley of Holt Lake Wildlife for a quick turnaround and incredible artwork! I couldn't be happier.

    February 22, 2013 at 10:47pm

    This 'book' is worth reading. It is the definition of a television-worthy hunt. As a young man, my dad was a die-hard deer hunter that loved running dogs. I have become equally passionate about turkey hunting. Now, my dad says that deer hunting doesn't hold a candle to turkey hunting.
    We went out to a place we rarely hunt and sat in the fog of the field before daylight, eating corned-beef hash and laughing like school girls about who-knows-what. Then we decided it was time to go get settled in.
    We sat in the backside edge of a decent block of woods surrounded by field with no decoys used. I started some soft clucks and purrs on the slate right after expected flydown and a lone hen came clucking and we let her slip on through. Then we heard very distant gobbles coming from what sounded like where we parked the truck at the road. The gobbler started toward my box calling from about 300 yards away. He sounded like he hung up so we got up and moved toward him, leaving our stools behind. We traded turkey talk en route for about a half hour while moving. Before we knew it we had gone by the turkey through the woods and he was headed toward our 1st spot by field. We then had to go back to where we started, crossing the powerlines running through the block of woods and nearly being spotted by him. We then played cat-and-mouse, with me trying to keep dad between the turkey and myself while I tried to call and sneak away to bring him by to no avail.
    We then sneaked through to our 1st spot since the bird wouldn't come into the woods. I moved away from dad and called with a mouth call while he crawled into a grapevine of cover. I could see the gobbler come around the corner of the island of woods and everytime and cut, he would gobble, strut closer and then feed. Sometimes he would gobble up to five times without a pause between. This was repeated over and over until I got him to come by the grapevine at 25 yards. I qued dad to shoot, whispering, 'shoot him' twice because it was now or never. When he finally cleared the leaves dad could see his head.
    This 23.5 lb. tom fell to dad's 2 3/4' Rem. 1100 that he used for deer in the 1970's. I have been on some amazing turkey hunts, but this was the hunt of a lifetime.

    December 29, 2012 at 7:44pm

    In case you doubted because you haven't seen them, coyote are everywhere now. Even in the suburbs. I was deer hunting 1 morning before work and this female critter was following the track of a grey fox that passed through 5 min. prior to my seeing her. I whistled to stop her before she entered a hedgerow 220 yards away and when she turned to chase again, put 1 in the noggin. The dog fell less than 50 yards from the interstate and behind a rest area. The field is right behind a subdivision. Regardless of how that may sound, the shot was outside of city limits and in a safe direction, toward a thick cutover. I am beyond careful when it comes to knowing what's beyond your target. I have more trail camera photos of other coyote in the same area.

    December 29, 2012 at 7:16pm

    My buddy and I drew permits to hunt at J. Morgan Futch waterfowl impoundment this year. As usual, the weather was bluebird-beautiful-terrible for duck hunting. But we both also drew swan permits and boy, were we glad we applied. Taking down these 2 giant birds was worth the trip. They were the only thing we got to shoot at that day. A flock of 4 were heading to join another flock and we timed our shots after determining who would shoot which bird. They were our 1st swans and both were large and mature. If you hunt waterfowl down east, it's always worth applying for a swan tag. You never know what might happen!

    December 29, 2012 at 6:58pm

    I desperately wanted to film my 14 year old brother's 1st turkey kill. We had a great youth day hunt the previous year that would have made good video even though James missed the gobbler. My dad and brother gave me some Eyecam glasses as a gift before the following youth day. My dad was new to turkey hunting but picked out a stumphole for us to sit in the morning of youth day. We roosted this gobbler, knowing he was a boss. After some light calling the morning of the hunt, the tom gobbled and flew down. I heard him spit to our left and gave James the queue to cock his shotgun. I had him wait until a shot would be presented. As I told my brother the day before, it's best to move when a strutter is facing away and he did just that. The gobbler ran in and whooped the decoy before getting wise to the impostor strutter. I gave the go ahead to shoot and he made a perfect shot! With 1 1/4' and a 10.5' beard the gobbler was a very impressive 1st harvest. I was so proud and honored to be a part of this hunt.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:53pm

    On the rainy opening day of muzzle-loader season, I looked over my shoulder through the blind window just in time to catch this buck bounding out of the end of the tobacco (which normally would have been picked) row about 85 yards from me. He looked back at me as if he knew I was there. He had gotten downwind of me on his way through the tobacco, headed toward a hedgerow separating the field from I-95. I had just enough time to grab the gun, take a knee and stick the barrel through the window. When the smoke cleared he was laying where he had recently stood. I had 1 trail cam photo of this buck 5 min. before dark and an hour and a half after I walked by the cam the same day. I did not know just how big he was until I got close to him. He was my 1st black powder kill and I couldn't be any happier, especially since he was taken near home in Johnston County! There is no way I could have taken this buck without the help of the Lord Almighty. It all fell together so perfectly and quickly, that my heart rate didn't have time to get up while staring a 10 pointer in the eye and the shot was great. God is good!

    October 18, 2012 at 8:03pm
    A comment titled: congrats from a fellow vet in response to a report titled: Mountain Brute

    hey buddy nice story. thanks for your sacrifice and you deserve a beast as fine as that one. good story, great buck!

    December 01, 2013 at 9:57pm
    A comment titled: God Bless Johnston County! in response to a report titled: Veteran's Day 8pt

    Congrats on an awesome JoCo buck. Even with all the folks moving in and places to hunt getting harder to find, there are still some fine bucks to be taken by the persistent hunter.

    December 01, 2013 at 9:55pm
    A comment titled: Whoa in response to a report titled: A Doe? A Deer? A 140 Doe?

    Not many velvet bucks killed with a rifle in NC that are legal and that is for sure!Especially one of that caliber. Very cool. I had a trailcam pic of a freaky buck last year in Oct that was still in full velvet. That was the last I saw of him to this day. He had a fully developed 4pt side on his right and a full-length main beam with only a brow tine looking to be 8+' on his left. Congrats on a extraordinary kill.

    November 21, 2013 at 10:08pm
    A comment titled: johnston county bucks in response to a report titled: 11 pt split G-2 & brow tine, JOHNSTON COUNTY

    man, joco. that is a fine buck. congrats. gotta love them joco bucks, especially with split tines.

    November 16, 2013 at 5:45pm
    A comment titled: Way to go, Chad. in response to a report titled: High Tower

    Congrats, man! Couldn't have happened to a more deserving bowhunter. Working hard and doing it honest pays off. I just happened to be checking out the posts and saw a huge velvet buck in the thumbnail. Did not know it was you. I hope the whole family has a great season. Was this a local deer or out of town? Either way, heck of a trophy. Stay thirsty!

    November 06, 2013 at 10:29pm
    A comment titled: bruiser-to-be in response to a report titled: Boneheads

    Looking like that in June means that ole' boy is gonna be nice! The belly tells me he is a old stud. Lots of width for this early. Can't wait to see him in 2 months. Please follow up with more pics of him. I hope you knock him over. Good Luck.

    July 09, 2013 at 10:01pm
    A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: Boys are looking great!!!!

    big 10 is nice but mr 8 is wiiide. I love them wide spreads. I hope you get a bbd. good luck. thanks for sharing.

    July 09, 2013 at 9:56pm
    A comment titled: splotchy in response to a report titled: Blueing

    I have done 3 or 4 guns with the same kit. The 1st had splotchy effect on barrel and I learned that you can't let the blue run. It has to go on evenly, all at once, as quickly as possible. I am not familiar with the paste that GT mentioned but would like to see it. I had the same issue with receiver that you had and it was more difficult. Not sure why. I used steel wool after the 1st splotchy coat and went over it again and luckily it turned out ok. Can't say it will always work. I may have gotten lucky. Good Luck! It is fun and cheaper to do yourself.

    July 09, 2013 at 9:53pm
    A comment titled: Nice prospects in response to a report titled: Growing

    Good pics. They will make some nice bucks. Hopefully like the one in your profile pic. Good Luck.

    June 22, 2013 at 11:20pm
    A comment titled: LMBO! in response to a report titled: He's still at it.............

    That deer is going to be the baddest in the woods if he keeps that up. Amazing. The look on Wiley's face...PRICELESS! Better stick to groundhogs and rabbits or you are gonna go hungry, you ole dog! Got a feral cat problem around here lately. I wish the yotes would make themselves useful and clean 'em up and leave the deer alone.

    June 22, 2013 at 11:18pm
    A comment titled: Work of art! in response to a report titled: Latest Cape Mount

    Wow, that looks great! I actually like your idea better than a hanging dead body mount. It doesn't stand off the wall but shows every feather in full display, including wings and tail. Great idea. Nice work. I liked your pic in the recent mag.

    June 22, 2013 at 11:13pm
    A comment titled: Thanks for the good advice in response to a report titled: deer in the soybeans

    Thanks guys. I have known the deer to feed heavier around the edges which is great considering my stand placement near a hedgerow that joins 2 pieces of woods. Sounds to me like the later planting will work in my favor, but the beans will be not be any more useful in the late season. Sounds promising.

    June 22, 2013 at 11:09pm
    A comment titled: Amen!!! in response to a report titled: SPURSUADER Dream season of 2013 in NC among friends

    GT, I know just what you mean about the newbies. Great to see up-and-coming advocates but the tough hunts make you appreciate the easy ones even more! Terrible weather during the season, too. I texted my buddy today that 'it finally feels like turkey season'. He said he was driving in Enfield and saw a tom strutting with 3 hens.
    Well, GT. We have made it through the 2 most depressing weeks of the year. The 2 weeks after turkey season closes! Hang in there, buddy. We have much to look forward to. 2014 is going to be another good 1.

    May 23, 2013 at 7:24pm
    A comment titled: Unbelievable!!! in response to a report titled: SPURSUADER Dream season of 2013 in NC among friends

    Looks like something out of my wildest dreams. Man! What a season!

    May 22, 2013 at 9:39pm
    A comment titled: Tony, in response to a report titled: Dad's 6-bearded gobbler!

    I know that the main beard was right at 11' and he also had a 7' and 6'. 2 were smaller, I think 2'-3'. The 6th beard was not even 1'
    I talked dad into mounting him gobbling out of a half strut on the roost so it would show off his beards. The taxidermist said he could bring all of them out except the smallest. That's ok. We all know it is there! Lol

    May 07, 2013 at 7:24pm
    A comment titled: Too funny! in response to a report titled: Dad's 6-bearded gobbler!

    GT, that is what makes turkey hunting the best. You never know what may happen. Lol. Yep, that's exactly the pose I suggested and when he visited the taxidermist, he chose it after seeing an example. It's gonna look great. Funny thing, My dad was one of the most passionate deer hunters ever and I killed a buck this past season bigger than he had ever seen. Then this turkey season, his 2nd year, he killed a gobbler I can only dream of seeing on a farm I have hunted the last 5 years and I've been turkey hunting hard the last 8 years. I'm glad to have been around to see the results. Man, what a turkey!

    May 06, 2013 at 9:09pm
    A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: Dad's 6-bearded gobbler!

    I know Diane, I saw that! You guys had a great hunt and that is some bird! Beautiful fan, too!I took my 1st double beard last year about 20 yards from where dad took his 6 bearder. Yeah, he took his 1st gobbler last year and was excited all year up to this season. It was the hunt of a lifetime. Turkey came 300 yards gobbling and strutting all the way. Weighed 23.5 lbs. He is on fire for turkeys now! Way to go on your bird! You have sure been blessed!

    May 06, 2013 at 7:33pm
    A comment titled: Great story, GT! in response to a report titled: ROCKING in Rockingham with Don and Diane!! What a WEEK!!!

    Man, what an adventure! Fun and funny! Congrats. That's the stuff turkey hunting is made of!

    May 06, 2013 at 6:35pm
    A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: James vs. Jake (turkey hunt)

    Not at all. I didn't know why it didn't have the link available. Thanks a lot.

    May 04, 2013 at 10:12pm
    A comment titled: Age in response to a report titled: A place to rest his head....

    Wayne also saved the jawbone for me. I have compared it and it does resemble a 4.5 or 5.5 year old buck. I would lean more toward 4.5 years old. I'm glad he dodged cars and other hunters long enough to meet me. God makes some amazing creatures. Thank you, Lord.

    February 22, 2013 at 11:02pm
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