Hunting in a stand in a tree I settled on a few years ago. It was my first trip to that tree this year. It was a beautiful evening, as it has been the last several days, I slipped down a dry creek bed and got settled in around 5:45. It was very quiet except for the occasional thrashing of leaves as a squirrel jumped from tree to tree knocking a few acorns down as he went. I caught a flash of movement through the leaves and saw a doe slipping to me in a canopy of undergrowth. I first spotted her from less than 20 yards. It didn't take long from there. She took a few more steps and turned broadside, stopping just a few yards from my tree. I had come to full draw as she had just passed the last tree. I settled my 20 yard pin a little low and released. As she took her first step I saw where the Rage had hit her and knew it was good. She ran about 70 yards and fell, still in sight.
This morning I sat in a sweet gum in a funnel between a pond and a house. A cool 57 degrees was just right. The wind kept shifting from north to south probably due to a hill to each side and one in front a hunted yards ahead. I like the north wind because it carries my scent over the pond. About a hour in a doe and two fawns came by to the right but the doe stayed behind the cover of the trees. I settled my 20 yard pin on one of the little ones but let down slowly. The bigger doe never presented a shot. My buddy a few hundred yards away was itching to leave around 9. We were texting back and forth and I was going to get down and walk to him. As I stood and placed my pack on the seat and returned my arrow to the quiver that was hanging from the side of the tree, not even trying to be quiet or stealthy, I caught some movement and the deer were returning from the direction they had gone earlier. I grabbed my bow and nocked an arrow. I drew just as they disappeared again. They had pass by me at ten yards and I was not prepared. I sent my friend a text that three were headed down the creek to him. I grabbed my grunt call and removed the barrel to move the O-ring to fawn. Four or five bleats and I readied myself. Not 20 or 30 seconds had passed and they were approaching quickly. While the biggest stepped into an opening I tried to imitate a bleat. She stopped and I released. She had stopped thirty yards from the tree when I shot. The arrow stuck her and she made two leaps then stopped again, began to sway and fell.
124 pound doe.
She came in out of a creek bottom and mixed pines to feed in an oak flat beside a cow pasture. I drew on her at thirty yards and she went behind some limbs so I had to let down. As she worked closer the next and last chance I was going to have due to her direction of travel was a 5 yard shot. I took it and she went about 60 yards.
In Alamance County on November 12th I was watching the sun peek over the horizon from a Gorilla Scout tree stand I had just hung in an oak I had climbed with my tree gaffs. I had a new rifle and pistol I had recently acquired that I was wanting to try out on a couple deer. Shortly after sun up a small doe came running down a hill towards me. I grabbed my pistol and grunted loudly as she turned and ran in front of me at 15 yards, but never stopped. She turned back up the hill and ran a circle back to the top, across the ridge and started back down. After seeing this I thought she might be being followed by a buck so I put up the pistol and grabbed my rifle. As the doe came back down the hill I watched the ridge top looking for movement. She ran back to me and stopped ten yards on the down hill side of my stand. After a short wait feeling more confident that she was alone I decided that being too risky to try to switch guns again I would see what the new rifle would do. I settled the crosshairs and squeezed. At the shot the doe went 40 yards and expired. Only moments later a saw a large bodied deer come down the hill on the far side heading to my friends stand. I knew from it's size that it had to be a buck, probably the one that had the doe running around. I texted my friend to give him some heads up on the deer. I watched the deer disappear around the edge of a cutover and waited for the sound of a shot. After a few minutes I texted him back and told him that that buck should be all over him by now. He replied that he never saw a buck but a couple does should be coming back to me around the cutover and he couldnt get a shot on them. I listened intently and began to hear the footsteps approaching. As they got closer I could hear grunting, constant grunting. The grunting stopped and six large does stepped out from the thicket and started milling around. I waited...nothing, waited some more...still no sign of a buck. I drew my pistol and picked out a doe twenty yards away. I was surrounded by does. I placed the crosshairs on the doe and squeezed the trigger. The Ruger GP100 jumped back and the .357 round found its mark. The doe and one other doe bolted to my right. I turned my head back to look at the other does and there he was, thirty yards away. A tall eight point had been less than fifteen yards from my doe when I shot. He came to attention at the report of the shot and I could see his head and neck above the brush. He cautiously started slipping deeper into the thicket. I cocked the revolver and aimed at the buck three separate times. I just couldnt get settled on him and he was about to vanish. I surveyed the does. One ten yards, one fifteen yards, and two about twenty-something yards away. It was a gamble but the only responsible move. I eased the hammer down and laid the Ruger on the seat of the tree stand while reaching for my Remington 700 hanging from a screw in hanger. Somehow I managed to get the rifle without being detected. I had only seconds left the buck had been quartering away deeper into the cutover step by step. He paused with a basketball size opening in the brush inline with his chest. Once again the Leupold came to rest and I let the .300 Win. Mag. do the rest. As I tried to sort out the scattering deer I realized that the buck had dropped. Lying motionless in the vines and briars I could not make out his antlers. I wanted to know what he looked like. My friend texted me 'Did you get her?', I simply replied 'Yes'. It was only 7:30. I texted him back to sit and I would wait on him to finish hunting. I unloaded my guns and sat. Later we got down to recover my deer and show him my buck.
Got my first handgun deer and a good buck opening day of central rifle. The buck was tending six does. Running them and grunting. 20 yards on the doe, ran 75the yards. 35 yards on the buck DRT.
I guess this story starts three years ago. I was hunting a field behind my house in Guilford County and knew I had a piebald deer around because I had trail camera pictures of it. As it turned out there were peibald twins. One evening I was hunting in an oak tree on the edge of a cut corn field. After some time a doe came out with her twins. The smaller deer fed under my tree but the big doe never came in close. I decided to take one of the small deer. I drew my bow and began to take aim. Just before resting my pin on the deer's shoulder I saw that the deer I was aiming at was a button buck. I held my draw untill the other deer cleared some leaves and took aim on her and released. I had taken a doe with white legs. I saw that button buck often for the remainder of the year. The following year I saw the piebald yearling a half dozen times. This year I saw him the first time in the woods in full velvet at 100 yards. I told my wife he still had a free pass if he could shed his velvet before I could catch up to him. The next day I had an eight point that had rubbed his velvet, a nine point in velvet and the piebald. I watched them feed on beans for nearly two hours at 150 yards. It wasn't until last light that they made it to 60 yards, but it was too dark. I had a friend come the next day to hunt with me. I put him in my oak tree and I went to a stand I had hung last year and only hunted a few times before. It was a good stand but the wind needs to be just right to hunt it, and it was right Saturday. Its a good NE wind so I'm 100-120 yards into the woods hoping that the deer come between me and the field and not from over my left shoulder. A little rain sets in just after sun up and my friend is texting me saying the piebald is 200 yards out from him in the field. He keeps texting: 150yards. 100yards. 90yards. 50yards. headed this way., then he says he turned and walked into the woods. Well I know if he went in the woods there is a nice oak bottom, if he feeds up it, it will bring him right to me. Im on high alert. 45 minutes later Im relaxed and thinking he turned off somewhere. I look over my left shoulder, and when Im turning back to infront of me I catch movement at my feet. With the rain and wind that deer was 10 feet from the tree. He took a few more steps and hit my trail I walked in on. He got nervous and was ready to bolt when a hellrazor hit his spine. I made a follow up shot to be quick. I texted my friend and let him know. He asked if I was still hunting and I replied, I still have tags. No sooner I sent the message, phone in hand, a doe was standing 12 yards looking at the downed buck. The rain was killing all noise. I slipped the phone in my pocket and got the bow, settled the pin just above a large limb that was covering the lower portion of her vitals. When I touched the release she hit the ground as well. Anothe follow up shot was made and I sent another text, Im out of arrows. After three years I took the true twin brother to the piebald doe(her picture is the first one).
This deer was chasing a doe and feeding in a bean field. I saw three does at daylight, a coyote, and about 8am he chased a doe into the field and they started feeding.
fri evening piebald doe
third deer with a bow this year.
One week till BP season!!!!
got in the tree late around 720 and shot the deer about three minutes later
these two left today.
looks like a dandy with spilt g2s and 6 inch g4s
got a persimmon tree on the backyard dropping already, if you look you see the archery target. The date and time is off on the camera. I put the camera out sunday so these were from yesterday
Well, its almost that time again. I plan on getting one or two days of dove shooting in then its time to hit the woods. I have a few nice deer on my trail camera to try my luck at. I have also seen a few nice trail cam pics posted on here from a few of you. Best of luck to all of you and thank you for your buisness in the past, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Feel free to check out my add on craigslist, http://greensboro.craigslist.org/spo/1331629320.html
and my photobucket picture gallery, http://s731.photobucket.com/albums/ww316/sandts_taxidermy/
Just copy and paste these links to your browser.
Thanks and Happy Hunting
its like that older country song, (Alabama I think)about watching them grow up in pictures. I only hope they keep their daylight patterns.
these are the same three guys from a couple weeks ago, look close to find the third one over the back of the second buck
Ruff and Ready charters out of Topsail
this was 8/1/09 for the guy in the white shirts bachelor party
we had a great time and cought grouper sea bass and grunts
almost shooting light, and they still have about 6 or 8 weeks to grow
here are some pics from winter (Jan 2 2009)so if no A-hole spotlighteg them, they made it and the hunt will resume in a couple months. I just put my cameras out so we will see what they capture.
Check out my taxidermy add in the classifieds
The new regs are in the right hand side with bold text 'DIGEST NOW AVALABLE'
The following is copied from a june 1st email from the NCWRC. It has some of the reasons the rules were not accepted.
'N. C. Wildlife Update Regulations | Legislative | Boating | News
Dear Wildlife Stakeholder,
This email is part of our ongoing effort to share important information with our constituents. We hope these outreach efforts will help North Carolina's wildlife stakeholders learn about current issues and that the open communication will enhance our constituent partnerships.
Chairman Seegars and I are committed to ensuring that every stakeholder has access to information about policy development and agency programs. We have posted summaries from the March 3, 2009 committee meetings and minutes from the March 4, 2009 commission meeting on our website at www.ncwildlife.org under 'Hot Topics' and we will continue to place important information on our webs! ite for our constituents to review and download.
In this update, we have included the latest news regarding the status of proposed regulations, proposals in the General Assembly, boating safety and links to recent press releases. We hope these updates will help you stay connected to your wildlife agency. As always, we are interested in hearing from you.
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
'The North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digests' are being printed and should be available online by July 1 and through license agents shortly thereafter. Please note that the effective date has been delayed for several rules adopted by the Wildlife Resources Commission at its March 4, 2009 meeting. Although the delayed rules were approved by the Rules Review Commission (RRC) at their April 16, 2009 meeting, they were referred for legislative review because the RRC received 10 or more written objections requesting review by the legislature. The contested rule changes will not be implemented this year and will not be reflected in the regulations digest.
Temporary Rulemaking- We have received a number of inquiries regarding temporary rulemaking as an option to implement the contested rules this year. In accordance with General Statute 150B ‑ 21.1, the WRC may adopt temporary rules when immediate adoption is required by the need to establish any of the following:
a. No wake zones.
b. Hunting or fishing seasons.
c. Hunting or fishing bag limits.
d. Management of public game lands as defined in G.S. 113 ‑ 129(8a).
There have been reports that all of the contested rule proposals are eligible for temporary rulemaking. Those reports are inaccurate. Of the contested rule proposals, the only regulation changes clearly eligible for temporary rulemaking are portions of the white-tailed deer rule. Specifically, regulation proposals H3 through H9 adopted by the WRC on March 4, 2009 meet the seasons and bag limits criteria. Further, implementation of temporary rules should only be used when we can clearly demonstrate that there is a need for immediate adoption. This provision should be used judiciously to serve compelling resource management objectives.
The contested changes referred to the General Assembly are:
H1) Require persons harvesting deer through the Deer Management Assistance Program to use tags provided by the Commission and report their harvests, whether those deer are antlerless or antlered. Allow harvest of deer on DMAP areas under the big game harvest report card and the bonus antlerless deer harvest report card, where applicable.
H2) Change the description of where bonus antlerless deer harvest report cards may be used from 'private lands' to 'lands other than those enrolled in the Commission's Game Land Program' in order to permit the use of these cards on military installations, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands that are NOT game lands.
H3) Remove the daily bag limit for deer.
H4) Allow hunters to use archery equipment to harvest deer during the muzzleloading firearms season on game lands.
H5) Shorten the bow season by one week and open the muzzleloader season one week earlier to create a two week muzzleloader season.
H6) Deer seasons in the Northwestern deer season will be changed so that the regular gun season is extended through January 1. Deer seasons in the Eastern, Central, and Western deer season structures will remain unchanged.
H7) Deer seasons on game lands in the Northwestern deer season will be changed so that the regular gun season is extended through January 1. Deer seasons on game lands in the Eastern, Central, and Western deer season structures will remain unchanged.
H8) Open all private lands in the Eastern, Central, and Northwestern deer seasons to the maximum either-sex deer season.
H9) Assign all of Moore County to the Eastern deer season.
H25) Allow falconry on Sundays, except for migratory game birds.
H26) Allow bow hunting on Sundays on private lands only, except for migratory game birds.
H28) Allow the use of crossbows, without permit, anytime bow and arrows are legal weapons.
H48) Disallow the selling of live foxes and coyotes taken under a depredation permit to controlled hunting preserves.
H50) Allow a landowner with a valid depredation permit to give away the edible portions of deer to anyone. Require the recipient to retain a copy of the depredation permit.
H51) Eliminate the requirement that a landholder must get a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit for the taking of migratory birds before getting a Commission permit to do so.
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The budget outlook for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is very similar to that of all other state agencies. Approximately 1/3 of the WRC budget is derived from an annual transfer of state sales tax revenues, which are down substantially. We are working to preserve our sales tax funding, while implementing measures to reduce costs and eliminate non-essential expenditures.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is supporting passage of five bills in the General Assembly that have direct impacts on fish and wildlife management. The bill titles, a brief description, and the General Assembly bill numbers are:
Antlerless Deer Tag Fee
An act to provide for a fee for bonus antlerless deer tags.
Hunting License Exemption for Special Events
An act to authorize the Wildlife Resources Commission to provide exemptions from hunting license requirements for special events.
Migratory game Bird Season Authority
An act to authorize the Wildlife Resources Commission to adopt season structures for migratory game bird seasons and to allow the use of unplugged shotguns and electronic calls.
Amend Trap Sizes
An act to amend the law governing the sizes of traps for taking of wild animals.
Standardize Wild Boar Seasons/Swine Study
An act to standardize wild boar hunting season and the harvesting of feral swine and to direct the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study issues related to the importation of feral swine in North Carolina.
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North Carolina Targets Boating Under the Influence on June 26-28
As part of Operation Dry Water, wildlife officers of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and cooperating law enforcement agencies will join a nationwide initiative to detect intoxicated boaters and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws.
Officers will conduct BUI-focused enforcement, saturation patrols, checkpoints and educational efforts throughout the state's waterways.
For more information, go to North Carolina Joins National Operation Dry Water Campaign. '
the new regulations are online