Please Sign In


New To Sportsman Network?
  • Last Saturday Oct 18 I got into the box stand in hopes of seeing the tall 8 point that we have had on camera. We new he was in the area and deer had started pushing does around, making their scrapes, and hitting antlers together. Around 5:30 a doe ran across the path at 315 yards followed closely by a small 6 point. About 10 minutes later he walked out right behind the first buck. I steadied and squeezed one off to see him huntch over and take off into the woods where he came from. I felt that I hit him but maybe in the guts by his reaction. My cousin and I went to check for blood and there was nothing. Talking about disgusted. I went back the next morning and found nothing. I was really hoping that I missed and didnt wound the buck.

    The next day I decided to put a ladder stand up where they were crossing and where we had seen him a couple of times before. My cousin sat the stand on Wednesday and he stepped out at 40 steps. Unfortunately he was not ready and the buck saw him before he saw the buck. This relieved me to know he was still alive and still on his pattern. So I decided Thursday to get in the ladder stand at 4:00 and be ready for him to be going to the beans for dinner. at 6:00 a small buck crossed the path in front of me. No sooner that 3 minutes I heard bucks fighting in the woods 50-100 yards in front of me. I grabbed my rattle bag and gently rattled followed by a couple grunts and then a bleat, in hopes of bringing them to me. 5 minutes later with only about 10 minutes of shooting light left he walked out in the lane 30 yards from me. I had already gotten my gun on the rail waiting and after identifying him quickly I stopped him and let him have it. He dropped in his tracks.

    It was very rewarding for us to get this buck on the ground because we patterned him saw him and moved locations to get him. Very good start to the 2014 hunting season. Now on to the next big buck on cam.

    October 26, 2014 at 6:14pm

    This is another photo I had from turkey scouting last week.

    February 20, 2014 at 10:02am

    I finally got my turkey back from the taxidermist that I killed last year. I thought he did a fantastic job. 10 1/2 in beard, 1 1/2 in spurs.

    The next picture is of 3 toms I have on my camera during the last snow storm. Hoping to connect on one this Spring

    February 20, 2014 at 9:51am

    On November 29 my hunting partner and I teamed up and went to Falling Creek Outfitters in Wayne county. We met up with guide Angelo San Fratello at 4:00 that morning ready to be put in the stand in the frigid temperatures. He set me up in a box over looking a winter oat field cut out in the woods and set my hunting partner a couple 1000 yards across the woods. There were sweet potatoes scattered out in the field as well. As the sun crept up and my body temperature stayed down a doe worked her way into the field for all of about 5 minutes. She worked her way out and the sun began to come on up and thaw things out. around 9:30 a button buck come into the field and grazed a bit before leaving. with the sun to my back and my feet frozen I swiveled my seat around to face the sun to try and warm up a bit. Angelo had told me he would be back to pick us up around 11 so I knew the morning hunt was windeling down. Around 10:30 I looked into the field and I saw horns coming out of the woods. A wide rack entered the field and walked out to about 180 yards. He stood and ate facing me the entire time. 3 or 4 minutes seemed like ages. I had my phone on my lap and looked down to put it on the floor so I didn't run the risk of letting it fall off. As I looked back up I saw him walking away. I whistled at him to stop and he turned for a perfect broadside shot. High performed a high leg kick then stumbled. We tracked him 15 yards before finding him in the cutover. I could not be more happy with this buck. Thanks to Falling Creek Outfitters for a successful hunt. My partner shot a nice 8 in the evening hunt and tracked with the dog to the swamp but no luck.

    December 05, 2013 at 8:47am

    Well one of the bucks that I have been watching all summer made the wrong move on Thursday. I eased into my stand Thursday about 4:30. As I was going in I busted a small buck off of the corn pile. This was so discouraging but decided to stick it out and see what happened. My stand is in the edge of the woods with a bean field to my back. I have limited view of the field but none the less can see a little into that field. around 6:30 I see a deer running in the woods. Its a doe and two yearlings who finally settled down to come get a little corn. After eating for only 5 minutes they moved out of sight but I could still hear them. I sat a few more minutes then I heard a limb break back in the woods. Tried looking through my binoculars but could not catch a glimpse of anything. I heard deer walking as the sun began to fade. I had realized I was racing time and light. The sounds were closing but going to my left. I come to the conclusion that the deer were headed to the bean field. Right before dark I told myself I had to get down and just glimpse into the field before last shooting light. As I got down and looked in the beans there he stood 50 yards with several other deer. I put the TC up on a tree and squeezed. The rest is history he fell directly in his tracks. AS the smoke settled I could see is horns laying in the beans. Could not be any more excited with this buck. Hope you all enjoyed the story. Sorry for being lengthy but cant enjoy it without all the details. Good luck in the woods.

    October 06, 2013 at 8:09am

    Well one of the bucks that I have been watching all summer made the wrong move on Thursday. I eased into my stand Thursday about 4:30. As I was going in I busted a small buck off of the corn pile. This was so discouraging but decided to stick it out and see what happened. My stand is in the edge of the woods with a bean field to my back. I have limited view of the field but none the less can see a little into that field. around 6:30 I see a deer running in the woods. Its a doe and two yearlings who finally settled down to come get a little corn. After eating for only 5 minutes they moved out of sight but I could still hear them. I sat a few more minutes then I heard a limb break back in the woods. Tried looking through my binoculars but could not catch a glimpse of anything. I heard deer walking as the sun began to fade. I had realized I was racing time and light. The sounds were closing but going to my left. I come to the conclusion that the deer were headed to the bean field. Right before dark I told myself I had to get down and just glimpse into the field before last shooting light. As I got down and looked in the beans there he stood 50 yards with several other deer. I put the TC up on a tree and squeezed. The rest is history he fell directly in his tracks. AS the smoke settled I could see is horns laying in the beans. Could not be any more excited with this buck. Hope you all enjoyed the story. Sorry for being lengthy but cant enjoy it without all the details. Good luck in the woods.

    October 05, 2013 at 9:53am

    Have this guy on cam a few times but cant tell if his right side is split at the brow or is double main. What you think?

    September 04, 2013 at 8:01pm
    A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: Six year old's First Deer

    Congratulations to you and your daughter on her first deer. I am sure it is a very special thing to see your daughter so excited. Thanks for sharing.

    October 06, 2013 at 8:07am
    A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: First Archery Buck

    Congrats to you and your daughter! Glad you were able to be there with her to enjoy it together. Good luck the rest of the season!

    September 09, 2013 at 6:40pm
    A comment titled: NICE in response to a report titled: Opening Day Monarch!!!

    Very nice buck Knight! Great way to start the season!

    September 09, 2013 at 6:38pm
    A comment titled: BUCK in response to a report titled: big 10

    Beautiful buck, and tons of deer it looks like. Looks like to me a good first day is in order tomorrow. Good Luck hope you see the big boy!

    September 06, 2013 at 5:23am
    A comment titled: Sense in response to a report titled: Big 6 fresh out of velvet

    That makes sense my friend. I may just have to swap my cameras I guess changing AA batteries would be better that D's and C's in other cameras. Thanks for your input!

    September 05, 2013 at 8:37pm
    A comment titled: Cam in response to a report titled: Big 6 fresh out of velvet

    I asked you on the other thread but figured you may see this quicker. What is the difference in battery life using video versus pictures. I see you have a Bushnell. Good looking spot. Good luck!

    September 05, 2013 at 8:18pm
    A comment titled: VIDEO in response to a report titled: Split Brow or Double Main?????

    You are right... I see you use a Bushnell, How much faster does it use your battery life up using video versus pictures?

    September 05, 2013 at 8:10pm
    A comment titled: THINK YOU ARE RIGHT in response to a report titled: Split Brow or Double Main?????

    I think you are right but it is really hard to tell. The picture is a lot better than it was when I posted it. He is def unique but you can definitely tell by his long legs he is a young buck. Look forward to see what he produces in a year or so!
    Good luck Saturday!

    September 05, 2013 at 3:28pm
    User has no ads at this time.