Guys here is a video I made from my recent trip to Arkansas. Make sure to change resolution to 1080 for best image. Used a GoPro camera and Mac editing software. Enjoy!
Had a better than normal season so far this year.
Was reading over on the forums of nc predator hunters association and there was just a hearing at a ncwrc meeting in jan about passing a new law for night hunting with lights for coyotes. Pretty interesting to have a new sport of night hunting come to nc. Here's a link to the forum for more information.
Just got back from Helena Arkansas from duck hunting. We couldn't go where we normally do and slay the ducks so we had to settle for this other guys place. The hunting was slow and didn't kill much, my retriever Bonnie had fun getting ducks and all the guys at the camp were fun to hang out with. And have no idea why the pictures are sideways.
Well while I'm sitting in the stand today I figured I would share my story of a buck I shot yesterday. I started hunting around 3 yesterday afternoon. The winds were high and didn't seem like they were going to stop at all. So thinking the winds would continue I still had a good feelin about the evening. Asked god to help me out with one of these nice ones running aroun in here. It was still ml season here so this was the last time I was taking it. Espically since I hate shooting my ml. It's on old cheap one and I can't get it to group well at all. So about 100 yards is all I'm comfortable. So this year I decided to switch type of power let bullets I was shooting to see if they worked better, and they didn't. So after shooting most of what I had I went to the woods with one load in the gun and a spare load with the bullet I used last year as that's all I had. So anyway about 5:30 a doe comes out in the edge of a field followed by two smaller does and a nice 7 that I had seen once and had on camera with a non typical buck. I knew it was him as soon as he walked in sight and knew I was going to shoot him. So I try to rotate around to get a shot off to my right. Try standing leaning against the tree seemed to be good. So I squeeze the trigger, watch the deer and the smallest fawn runs off and the others just stand there. As they are staring at the road about 400 yards away trying to figure out what happened I reload. Keep in mind with a load that I have never shot through the new scope I just put on there a few weeks ago. This time I amed a little further back almost at guts, Squeeze the trigger this time and bang he does the mule kick and takes off. Also remember I have no idea now where the shot was. Then a guy hunting near me comes over to help me look for blood. We look for about 10 min an nothing. Then as we walked further we found a good trail going into the woods. We tracked it to the edge and tol him I would come back later, being afraid where the shot might have hit. So about 11 we go back out to look. Walk to the edge of the woods where the trail led into the woods. I noticed a small cedar tree had been knocked over. Told a buddy can be far he's already running into trees. Took another step and there he was. I couldn't have asked for a better shoulder shot. I believe there was a little guidance from the man upstairs on this one. The picture won't upload from my phone right now but will put it up when I get home.
Well guys as some of you know I recently took a trip to South Dakota to do some pheasant hunting. This was the first time hunting pheasant and it was a blast. For all you bird hunters, you should try this at least once, it's like nothing else. The first evening after the plane ride and an hour and half car ride to White Lake, SD we arrived at the big 6 room hotel. Oh by the way population of White Lake - 400!! Yea the 1/4 mile stretch of town was huge. So we went to the camp and they said they had no pheasant, no deer, no nothing. After walking a little we flushed about 40 pheasant and saw some nice deer on the property. This kind of hunting is an 'in your face' situation. While walking in CRP about waist high the birds would flush out just feet from you. The weather was cold and very windy. Sustained wind was about 30 mph with gust to 50. The land out there was very flat and had a significant shortage of trees. They also had the wind farms littering the horizon. (However it didn't seem to harm the wildlife, coming from the article from Andy Crawford) The hunting was challenging and fun. We hunted in a group of about 7 friends and family for 3 days. In the three days we killed roughly 40 something pheasant. All in all it was a good time with great friends and cold drinks. It was good to get away for a while and see a different part of the wonderful country we live in.
Hey guys i know a lot of people use climbing stands often including myself. I am guilty of not using a safety strap while climbing and descending because it takes a lot of time and hassle. As a matter of fact just a few nights ago I almost lost it while coming down out of a tree with a climber. Not real sure what happened but I was barely hanging onto the top part of the climber stretched out all the way. Was pretty scary. But anyway I was searching ebay today for Summit stand accessories and found this and looked them up. I'm pretty sure I will get this and use it on my climbing stands from now on. It one of those.. why didn't I think of that ideas. And i think it's like $15 for the basic system.
And another thing, the harness they are using is nothing more than a simple rock climbing harness that you can pick up for $40 from REI. Here's a link for it too.
Hey guys just thought I would share my new find/toy. I picked up a 1981 Chevy LUV Diesel with less than 90k miles. When I bought it, it had been sitting for over seven years. I put it on a trailer and pulled it home. Put some injector cleaner in it and fresh diesel and it cranked right up. I changed out all the fluids and turned up the torsion bars and did a home made suspension lift on the rear lifting it about three inches and stiffing it for the weight of the four wheeler. Then I picked up these wheels and tires for$75 and slapped them on for another couple inches. I took the bed off and made this flatbed so the four wheeler could fit in the back. But it looks like I won't be needing a four wheeler with this truck. I took it through a field to put out corn today and never spanned a tire even after all this rain. At almost 40 MPG and $500 invested i think its a good deal. My friends keep making fun saying 'are you gonna put a blind on the back and hunt off it' but honestly had thought about this old port potty I have to make a blind out of. Taking that and doing exactly that? We will see tho.
How do you guys plan in changing your hunting to accommodate this major cold front coming through that will lower temps almost 25 degrees?
Well decided to go into the stand today planning an all dayer. I have never done an all day hunt in a lock on and truly not come out of the stand. And well I will never do it again! The Summit is too comfortable to do that again. And today after spending more than 15 hours straight in a loc on, I saw the grand total of two does two different times. Oh and a but load of squirrels. But.... I guess thats why they call it hunting and not killing. Kinda disappointed all I saw were the two does tho. I was hunting the stand that all the pics have been coming from, but oh well, I'll try it again Monday evening i guess.
Well went today to take down my camera and put out another 100 lbs of corn one last time before season comes in. Luckily the non typical is still coming in quite regular. He also as of early this morning is still in full velvet. I did have the same problem as GT I have one picture of two young kids riding an ATV through my setup. The bucks were still coming in after that tho. Also as I have patterned this buck over the last month his habits are almost exactly the same as last month which would be putting him under the stand at 5:40 AM and 7:47 PM opening day. i hope I can get a stab at him opening day. Good luck to everyone come Saturday.
This is a video we had of a nice buck back in 2006. We believe some one shot him at night under a light on a pole near where we hunted. I thought I saw him one time during muzzle loader season but was very foggy and couldn't make him out for sure. I never saw him again after that.
Here are a few pictures of the bucks I was hunting last year. The 8 is the one I killed, he is also in the trophies forum. I haven't been back here this season, and prob won't go back until next year.
Went today to take my camera down from a small 15 ac tract that I have been hunting on and off for the last 6 years. I like to rotate through all the places I have to hunt every couple years to give some type of deer management there. This year I decided to return to see what had grown up while the years passed. I haven't hunted this land in about three years now. Before that I had killed a big 8 and some does but the other stuff were small scrubs.
So after taking my camera down a guy met me in the field as I was walking out. It was a guy that lived across he street and he works for public works at the same place I work at the FD. So I knew him already we were talking and he just got permission a few weeks ago to hunt the same property. So... needless to say with him living across the street I'm not going to bother hunting out here this year. Especially since I am after that non typical first, he will prob have this one killed before I get out there. Figured I would share the pics anyway, the 10 point is a nice buck. Still young, brow tines very short, but very tall nice rack.
After putting the gun down for a little while I decided to video a couple of my buddies try to shoot this green head. The duck should consider himself very lucky. Full scree is best view.
Here are a few pics from the last couple years duck hunting in Arkansas. Really awesome place to waterfowl hunt!
Hey guys I finally came up with a large target for long range practicing. As some of you may know I do pool work as a part time job. Well I was trying to come up with ideas for a target. After thinking for anwhile and trying to save some money in this project this came to my mind. I can get a 125 foot roll of 1/4 inch thick foam. It's supposed to be used to put on metal pool walls to protect the liner, but I had other ideas. I bought a roll of it, it stands about 4 ft tall and about 30 inches wide. It comes already rolled pretty tight and the foam seems to be the same thing that the block targets are built out of. Since it is rolled pretty tight from the factory it stops arrows at 10 yards no problem. The best part is it's pretty cheap, around 95 dollars, but try to price a foam target this size and compare. Very light for the size, maybe 12 pounds, and stands on it's own, it doesn't need to hang or anything. Arrows are very easy to remove. Also since it has a circular shape i estimate this thing lasting for many years. If you wear out one place of the foam just rotate it a little since the arrows only go half way through the foam. If anyone is interested in a roll let me know. Shipping shouldn't be too much. I am very happy with it.
Viper, did you make that target we were shooting at the other day or did you buy it from somewhere? I would like one like that for practice. Thanks.
Was wanting some input on if you guys used any type of calls early season to keep deer around until shooting hours in the morning or to pull them in before dark in the evenings?
Fellas I know EVERYONE is itching to get into that special stand Sept. 10th, I know I am. And this is the very reason I am wanting to create this post. I want to share an experience that helped me and hope it might help someone on this site because the information shared in this report works! Please don't flake out on me, try to read everything. I thought that I knew the correct way to practice with my bow. I have always sighted my pins in at 20, 30, and 40 yards. However at this time my comfort level may be hovering around 40 yards. Now please don't misinterpret what I am about to say here. This is about practice, not killing. I am referring all of this post to shooting 3D targets or bag/block targets, what ever you have.
When I pull out the ol bow and arrows to practice before season I would simply shoot my 20 yard pin and try to group well. Which isn't too awfully hard, practice does make perfect. Next I would move onto my 30 yard pin, which is about where I like to stop for shooting deer. Then I would venture to the 40 yard pin, just to see what happens and maybe one day be able to make this shot? Who knows, if I practice enough I might get it one day? Well as you know my groups aren't as good at 40 yards as they are at 20 yards. Smaller target more bow movement and so on, you know the drill.
Well, earlier this week I had the privilege to meet with two great guys off this site and they were generous enough to take time out of their day off work to help me improve my shooting and overall performance of my bow. I went down expecting to get some work done to the bow because I knew that it had not been tuned up correctly before. I knew I would have to shoot and was wanting to so I could get advice from other guys with more experience. I knew these guys were known for their long range shooting and I was not opposed to that. I figured that we would end up practicing these longer distances. Why, I didn't know, but figured we would. Maybe just for fun, or maybe just for s---s and giggles (use your psychology lesson you learned here). Whatever it was I was game for it. So after tuning up the bow we started trying out the new set up. At 20 yards for about 12 shots to get the site close, then out to 30 yards for the same thing. After this we did something I wasn't accustomed to. We went to the infamous 150 yard bow range. THIS is where I don't want to lose you guys reading this. This is where the learning BEGINS! Yes I did alright at 30 yards so whats the big deal? Well as we began to shoot I was like we are going to do what? Well, we began shooting at 60 yards next. Was it for them to say look at what i can do? NO! It was for practice! Practice to shoot a deer at 60 yards. Well maybe, but most importantly so that i could concentrate on keeping my bow steady, so I could practice concentrating on the target, and mostly so i could get better at my normal or average range shots. Its not to say look I can do this at this many yards or I can do that, yes a challenge is fun and competition makes it more interesting but it is to PRACTICE! I am going to attach three different pictures (hopefully). The first is a group i shot about a week ago while practicing at 20 yards that I was pretty happy with (that's why i took the pic). The second and third is after practicing shooting anywhere from 60-80 yards for about three hours. The second picture are my groups at 30 yards now. This range is very consistently grouping like this. The third, and last picture is my groups at 40 yards now. And keep in mind I was only confident with 30 yard shots before practicing with these guys. Not to say I am totally proficient at 40 yards with this group, every now and then i will throw a curve ball, but over all this is it. And I do need some adjusting on this pin after tuning my bow at this range. However please look at the before and after picture of my groups, and this is not staged or anything, these are honestly my groups. I am very happy with the improvement that occurred after doing this. As soon as I get a chance to get a little bit larger than just a 3D target I hope to make this a normal routine in my bow shooting practice. I am sharing this only to show what kind of improvement long range PRACTICING can do. Just please don't knock it until you try it. I may be considered a novice at archery, but I know one thing to be true, and that is this long range practice works!
I would like to end by giving credit where credit is due. If it weren't for Inferno and Viper I would still be satisfied with longest range being 30 yards (WHICH THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BUT YOU BEST BET I WILL HAVE EVERY ARROW TOUCHING IN MY GROUPS NOW!)and my 40 yard groups being nearly 10 inches! So if you ever have a problem with your bow Inferno is the man you need to contact. He is loaded with so much information about archery and setups that I believe he could answer about any question. And with the help of viper these guys could instruct a blind man to hit a target at 30 yards every time. From now on when these guys talk about archery, I listen! Thank you both again for all your help and advice.
And finally if you made it this far the whole point of this is -- (big breath) -- if you are not satisfied with your groups at ANY range, add another 30 yards to that, practice that for a while, then return to your starting yardage and tell me there is no difference in your groups and I will kiss your ____ ! That is my challenge to everyone reading this! This was my challenge a few days ago and I'm glad i was put up to it! And as Nike says, JUST DO IT!