Since hunting season has left us behind. Wanted to post a few pics from our latest offshore excursions. Wahoos were in South Carolina in April and the marlin was in cabo San Lucas last week. Small wahoo I'm holding was mid fifties based on a mega boga grip. Big wahoo was 72# at the dock. Striped marlin was released. Somewhere around 100#.
Mmm. We're still eating wahoo..........,,
A great man was lost today.
Officer Jason Crisp was one of the most decent and good men to serve in law enforcement in the state, or nation for that matter. I am truely sorry for his wife and children. It sickens me that such a good and decent guy had his life cut short by some jackass that has never contributed one day of his life toward the betterment of society. The pisgah forest lost one of its most passionate stewards today, and it breaks my heart.
Good luck today everyone. Looks like a perfect day here in the triad. 57 and calm. Unfortunately I am working every night and weekend for the next month. Hope to get after some does on Monday morning. Good luck and stay safe in them trees.
PS. If anyone on here in the triad needs doe patrol just send me an email!!! Haha. Had to ask!
Just wanted to applaud the state legislators for passing the hunting apprentice program. I always said this would be a good idea. I have lots of friends that want to go out and try to hunt but can't due to license issues. Hopefully this will get more people involved with our sport!
Anybody used these expandables? Got them at dicks for $15 a pack and wondered what any other users thought. Apparently they are made by rage, and are a blend of a rage and schwacker..... They have the cut-on-contact head of a rage, with the ferrule shape and wing blades of a schwacker.
Figured since it was the off-season we all might share the final products of our 2012 season. THE GROCERIES IN THE FREEZER!!
Add your favorite or most recent wild game dishes in comments! It'll be a good way for everyone to share new ways to enjoy the bounty of the hunting season.
Have been trying to get as much wild on the table as I can lately.
Two weeks ago:
Homemade stew with the velvet bow 8pt... Chunk stew meat with taters, rutabaga, corn, tomatoes, celery, kidney beans, and beef broth.
Pan-fried Lake James squriell hams with black beans and corn.
Fried game lands turkey fingers with brussel sprouts and brown rice.
Caribbean jerk smoked turkey breast with wild rice and broccoli
Meatloaf with the buck from Mitchell River game lands.
Linville Gorge bear backstraps on the grill with taters and onions
Tempura fried Vermillion Snapper filets caught this summer in Charleston with a California sushi roll.
Rolled pepper and onion meatballs from the Mitchell River buck with broccoli and corn.
Tonight was baja citrus backstrap fajitas with onions, peppers, black beans, corn,rice, and chipotle cream.
If it got any better I couldn't stand it!!
Does anyone else have some of their favorite wild recipes or dishes that they just can't go without?!?!?
Had the opportunity to take this guy Wednesday on the Mitchell River game land section. My second nice buck on game lands this year.
Walked up the mountain before daylight in the drizzle, wind, and fog. I hadn't ever been to this property before so I just did what I usually do in the mountains; get out of the wind and still hunt like a snail....
I worked my way around the mountain about 300 yards and bumped a spike. Waited about 20 minutes before moving so he didn't tear the world down and I'm glad I did. I made it up on a tight razor ridge and heard deer across a thick holler on the next ridge about 80 yards away. Got sat down and pulled up the gun to see a dig doe. Behind her all I saw was tines coming through the brush. He tended her around and I couldn't get a shot for about 5 minutes. Then the doe fed over the ridge and he was staying right with her goin out of sight......
Last resort, I picked up my grunt call and gave a quick set of short tending grunts. All of a sudden he came charging back over the ridge stomping and grunting like he was gonna kick my butt.
He then proceeded to terrorize me for 20 more minutes staying in the brush horning trees and grunting but never gave me an open shot. Then I came off the scope to see that the doe had come back over into my holler between me and him. I knew it was on....
I hit another short set of tending grunts and he came stomping down the mountain towards me grunting the whole time. At 70 yards he came through a hole about the size of a basketball and I pumped him quartering to me with my BAR and he dropped in his tracks!!
Of course as steep as the mountain was he started to slide like a bobsled down the mountain. I felt like a golfer trying to talk to my ball saying PLEASE STOP. Over a hundred yards later he finally lodged against a tree but that made the pack job that much harder back over the top and to the truck.
Definitely one of the most exciting hunts I've had in a long time since I got to talk to him and watch him for as long as I did.
This is the second good buck I've taken on game lands this year, along with two does, on three different properties.
Glad to be in a state where we have such great public land if you're willing to work for it.
Long post but it was a crazy fun day, had to share.
So i checked the weather and saw that it was gonna be perfect for my favorite still hunting mountain in Watauga on Wednesday. Wanted some doe meat since I only have one buck tag left.
28 degrees at daylight and no wind. Left the house at 3:15 and parked the car at 4200 feet at 5:30. Made the 1.5 mile trudge up the mountain to 5300 feet then back down the other side to 5000 feet on my favorite ridge right at good light.
Look down the ridge and bam, big fat doe at 120 yards. Line up... BOOM... and the deer takes off. Got down there and found a locust shot in half. Miss number one. No blood, hair, no harm done so I slip on out the mountain.
Next I see a little basket 4pt, eased by him and about a hundred yards later look down through the woods and there stands a 14in wide 8 point at 30 yards with a doe........Thought he was worthy of my last buck tag so I pulled up, got on his shoulder and BOOM.... smoke clears.....no deer. Go down there to look for blood...nothing. Then I see him down the hill still running this same doe. MISSED HIM DON'T KNOW HOW....
So miss number two for the morning and I was mad, like red-faced break my gun in half mad. So I get on the phone and call my brother to tell him the story, still on the phone, a big fat doe runs up to me at 20 yards. Told my bro to hold on, phone hits the lap and gun hits the shoulder. BOOM....DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!! dropped in her tracks. Made the buck miss sting a little less. Went over and got to work on her. One of the biggest does I'd ever killed.
I was almost done butchering her and turned around to bag a piece a meat. Looked up the hill and there stands 3 does at 30 yards. Knife goes down, gun comes up.... BOOM... down she goes.
This makes three shots fired in one spot and the deer are running around everywhere!! To top it all off, this doe is for sure the biggest doe I've ever seen. Im guessing 150 pounds but not sure. You can see her size in the picture considering it was a full size Knight muzzleloader laying on her. So I get to work on her and right when I get done, look up and the 8pt that I had shot at first was standing at 20 yards just looking at me. Didn't shoot him cause I figured I had enough on my hands as it was, but good to know he was OK.
I felt like I was hunting on a deer farm the whole day!
Stuffed my pack with meat, tied my clothes on all over like a gypsy, and headed back down the mountain. Took an hour and a half to make my way back to the car with all that weight in such steep woods. Didn't want to break a leg.
Boneless meat wound up being right at 60 pounds on the scale when I got home. Got the freezer filled, jerky and hot sticks are made, and I'm a happy hunter glad to be able have fun in the wild NC mountains.
Been hunting all week near home in the Pisgah NF. It has been super slow. Hunted all of our stand-by spots and haven't seen anything but a few does. I walked 5+ miles over the past few days and haven't gone more than 30 yards without crunching acorns. In the 15 years I have been hunting this area there has never been near this many acorns. All a deer has to do is open his mouth and look up! Also no scraping at all so far. Hopefully by the time I come back in Rifle season the bears and turkeys will have some of the acorns eat up and the deer will start doing what they're supposed to do.
If anyone decides to take a trip up to the mountains keep it in mind I guess.
Side note: After hunting all day Monday in the drizzle, I got home and there was a wide shooter 8 standing in the foodplot behind the house about 20 minutes after light. Aint that about right?
Late Report. Just moved to Winston-Salem in August This 8-pt came from the Perkins game land in Davie county. Shot him on 9/12 at 15 yards from my climber eating acorns. This is the only deer I've seen in 3 sits at this property. Saw his tracks near the same oaks during late August, and lucky for me he came out sporting all his velvet. Double lung and he went 120 yards. First buck for my Diamond, and first deer from my new home turf.
Well I made the bold statement in March that I would kill a bird with the bow before picking up my gun this year...... It has been a long 5 days. Since Saturday I have had 7 toms and 5 jakes within .410 range, and only got drawn back once on Sunday morning which ended in a small amount of putting ;)
This boy was out with a hen this afternoon preening and I saw an opportunity. I crawled for about 20 minutes to slip within 20 yards in super tight woods. I got between the tom and his lady, which proved his demise.
I called one short light sequence with the diaphragm and he slipped into a 12 inch shooting lane. I let it fly and the shot locked him down with a spine hit right over the drumsticks.
I was shooting Muzzys out of my Diamond compound on the ground with no blind. One of the more exciting hunts I've had in a while. 10' Beard and 1 1/8' Spurs
For anyone who is tired of knockin' heads at 50 yards with the gun. Get out there and do it with the bow. It takes a lot more time and patience, but the payoff is sweet.
Hey GT..... does the first NC archery Tom posted get one of those sweet Spursuaders? HAHA...jk
I know it took a while but here is the report for my '2011' bear kill even though it happened on the last day of season (1-2-12).
Kill was in Linville Gorge Wilderness at home in Burke Co. We had run this same bear during two previous days of hunting but it hung the pack in the rocks both days. This day, we turned loose on the track and the bear went for a nosedive down into the gorge about 1000 ft in elevation so I hit the trail. I was running so fast I only hit the high spots as I broke down under the rim. I slowed up in a big hollar and brush starts to break in the laurels above me. The bear had done a figure eight on the dogs and came running down my throat. It winded me at first and broke out above me at around 80 yards. I let my BAR bark once and the bear didn't move. I had to have missed. So i centered up and put one right through both lungs and the crazy thing was still standing there. I sent one more downrange and the bear started breaking brush coming towards me when I lost sight of it.
So I stood my ground and it rolled out at about 2 yards from me. I shot twice more, both hits, and the whole ordeal was over. After I tied the dogs back, I noticed that my gun was hanging wide open and empty.
Good thing I didn't need one last shot.....
The bear was above average for the area at 250lbs. Not the biggest in the woods, but plenty big enough for me to get pumped about. As far as the number of hits the thing took (4 in center mass), I have witnessed 500 pound bears drop at the first shot, and I have seen 200 pounders take 5, so it all comes down to the toughness of each animal. And in case you didn't know, they are ONE TOUGH CRITTER !!
Sorry for the pics, but a nice pretty digital camera doesn't mix well with these mountains, so the cell phone will have to work.
Hope you enjoy the story, and for anyone who hasn't tried bear hunting over hounds......
DO IT !!!!!!!
Went out for a freezing cold day of grouse hunting on Saturday. We went up to hunt off of the Parkway, but after 2 miles and the snow that piled up 3 inches while we were there, we came back off the mountain and went up into the Gorge where we heard some birds drumming during deer season. After about half a mile, my dog started hunting hard in a big blow down. I looked up on the side of the mountain and saw my dog break into point. Right then I saw the bird running from her on a big rock ledge. She repositioned one more time and locked down.I sent her on in and the bird flushed and flew straight out to me at 15 yards. One shot from the Benelli put him into the fryin' pan.
We had a great day even though we had to deal with blinding snow and temps in the teens to start with.
The other pic is of my dad from the bird he killed in January.
Has anybody else on here been grouse hunting much this season. We just got started after a rockin' bear season. (pics coming...). We've hunted one morning and killed the only bird the dog pointed. We're going tomorrow so we'll see whats shakin.
Just seeing if anyone else is having any luck on grouse or quail.
Just wanted to share an opening day tale.
Hiked 5+ miles on Grassy Bald in Mitchell County to find lots of Hog sign but not many deer.
We pulled out after lunch and went to the Roaring Creek section of Game Lands near the Cranberry Comm. in Avery County. After walking for a few miles I sat down in an open spot near some Beech trees and an old Apple tree. At about 7:05 I got up for the hike back to the truck to get there at dark. When I looked up there was a doe standing at 30 yds. I pulled back the string on my new Diamond Outlaw and let it fly. One problem, in my rush to take the shot I said to myself.....(Oh Crap there's a deer!!!) 30 yds, 3rd pin...... Not so fast..... 3rd pin is my 40 pin.
So, over the back goes my Muzzy and the deer wheels around to the edge of the clearing.
I pulled back another arrow, settled on her lungs with the 50 yd pin and let it fly.
I watched my fletching blow through her like a hot knife through butter.
Got to the spot, stepped off at 48 yds, and there was about a pint of blood on the ground. 30 yards is as far as she went.
So that was my story, and I'm happy to have begun the backstrap boogie here in the mountains on the ground on Game Lands
Sorry no pics. Phone was dead from roaming all day and I was so far from the truck I dressed her in the field. Too bad I can't get one of those fancy T-shirts! ;)
Good Luck to everyone!
Well guys, I haven't had much time to hunt this season since I've been preoccupied with finishing up my Construction Management degree here at Appalachian. But, today at home in Burke county I finally got to take a shot on a Tom out of a group of birds I've been on since Tuesday. After passing long shots on Tuesday, and brushy shots on Wed., I finally got the shot today. Put down a nice Tom stalking a big strutter.
I got a call-shy bird to respond, but he hung up. As I crawled to close the distance, I saw two other birds that were part of the group. I figured a bird-in-hand was the best option. One shot later I had a nice bird down with an 11 1/8' beard and decent 1' spurs.
Glad I could finally get it done with a few days left.
Hope everyone has their birds roosted tonight. Its gonna be a nasty one tomorrow. I went this evening and put four Toms to bed. There's a flood watch here so I hope they don't float away. Looks like its going to be a poncho kinda day.
Here is a pic from a bird harvested by a friend in Burke County on opening day. I haven't ever seen white bars on a fan like this. The bird was 9 5/8' with 1' spurs. Im not sure if its genetic or if these birds have interbred with domestic stock turkeys (which there are a lot of around here).
Has anyone ever seen white fans like this, or have any thoughts on what would cause it?
Had a great last day hunting Grouse up here in the mountains. Flushed 7, shot at 3, killed 2. The dog had a good day with 3 solid close holding points, and a winding point about 15 yards from a double flush. Lots of walking. Her Astro GPS collar logged 14 miles.Our GPS logged 7, with over 1600 ft elevation gain. Beautiful day to be on the mountaintops.
Hey guys, I'm trying to find land owners here in the NW Mountains (Watauga/Ashe) who are looking to get rid of some Coyotes. There are plenty of dogs on the game lands around here but hiking to a good setup is getting old in the snow. If any of you know of some farmer/ranchers who need a hunter just post on here and let me know. Also, if you have any hot leads on some land to Grouse hunt I'm always looking for birds. Thanks
I was hunting over Thanksgiving near home in Northern Burke. The family shot a few good bucks over the week (including my niece's first buck). On Saturday the winds were blowing in the 40's on the mountain so my dad and I decided to hike down under the rim of the mountain to find a good deep hole to watch some oak trees. Right at daylight 2 does and a button buck fed in from my right and went out of sight to my left. Minutes later, they came back into view. At 80 yards (a long shot in the laurels) I raised my .30/.30 to look at the deer when this buck came into my scope HORNS FIRST. Didn
t have a shot at first due to his angle. He came in and bumped the hot doe off the mountain into the wilderness. He wheeled to follow her and I took the shot quartering away in my LAST little shooting lane. He took the shot and flew around the mountain. I sat there for half an hour knowing I had just shot at my biggest buck. My dad made my way to me and we went down to look for sign. No blood, no hair, nothing..... For another half hour we crawled around the mountain looking for sign and NOTHING. Needless to say I was down and out. I picked a set of tracks in the leaves and set out in the direction I saw him run. About 50 yds later, I looked up to see his hams sticking out behind a pine tree about 10 yds from being GONE into the wilderness. About the blood... I blew out both lungs and the liver on a quartering away shot for the 200+ lb deer, but he was so big my slug was under the skin on his off side. He was 18' wide, fully mature, and as big as a horse. He may not be the biggest buck around, but he surely is a trophy for my neck of the woods and a fine example of what game lands can produce.