Rockingham does it again....What a season! I was very fortunate to harvest a 130' 8 pt with my Bowtech on the edge of a pine thicket on a beautiful evening in early September. A small fork horn came out 1st and was acting like he'd lost his mind, and just as he bolted back into the timber, this BIG 8 that I'd been watching all summer stepped out at 75yds. After what seemed like hours, he got within bow range, and fortunately I made a good shot and recovery was quick. The 2nd buck I had also seen over the summer, and finally on a rainy day in late September I slipped into his bedroom and a hung a lockon, 2 days later on the 2nd hunt he came by at 20yds. He rough scored 148 7/8. Freezer's full, and saving for my taxidermy bill. Headed to Ohio for a DIY public land hunt next weekend, maybe luck will hold out!
Pretty cool picture, wanted to share it...love is already in the air
I have a 40 acre farm with a combination of hardwoods, mature pines, and agriculture. I am trying to make this spot the best it can be for Quality Deer Management. I have about 10+/- acres in mature pines. They have shaded the understory so nothing is growing on the forest floor, and there is little for the deer to use in this area. I have heard much about clear-cutting/select-cutting to open up the forest floor and create a more deer-friendly habitat. I am trying to figure out when the best time of year is to do the logging. I am new at the QDM stuff, and I want to do it the right way. I would appreciate any advice from my fellow NC Sporsman. Thanks
Bout that time again, glad to see a shooter showing himself during daylight, hope he stays in that routine
Just got my muzzleloader buck back. Dean's taxidermy in Pine Hall, NC. Did an excellent job and got it back in less than 2 months.
wanted to share this picture with ya'll, pretty cool scenery
Checked my trailcam I've got over an active scrape, and this buck was going crazy on the licking branch. Have several young bucks that have hit it in the last week, hoping that big one cruises through soon.
Just wanted to get some thoughts on the rut with this warm front we have passing through and the full moon thursday. I have a good friend who hunts in VA and has killed several (20+) BIG BUCKS over the years, and has about a 170' 11ptr that he is hunting this year. He says the full moon in November is when the rut hits full steam. Wanted to see what you guys/gals think about that, and also how you think the warm weather we are having the next few days will affect the rut. I'm thinking the rut is getting off to a slow start anyway, and that the warm weather will slow it down further, but with a cold front coming in Thursday/Friday, the weekend should be on like a chicken neck bone. Let me know what yall think. Preciate it!
I'm finally on the board! I shot this buck on the evening of Saturday Oct 29th, opening day of muzzleloader here in central NC, on family land in NW Rockingham county, Ellisboro. I have several spots that I've scouted, have trailcams in, corn out, stands hung, etc., and I hunted one of my best on Saturday morning. It was a great morning, rain quit about sunup, it was cold, wind was calm, everything looked and felt perfect, but I didnt see a dogon thing by 10:30 so I got down and headed home to meet my wife's 15 yr old cousin (Tate) who had been wanting to come up and hunt with me for a long time. He had just gotten a new cva buckhorn and was ready to give it a try. I have a cva kodiak promag that I bought from a good friend 2 yrs ago, and hadn't shot a deer with it yet, so I was ready to let the smokepole ring myself. I picked Tate up at noon, we grabbed some lunch, and headed to the farm to put up a ladderstand on a winter wheatfield that I had seen a lone doe in on Friday evening. I mainly wanted Tate to see some deer, and the wheatfield was a good bet, plus the ladderstand was plenty safe for him. We got the stand set, did a little speedscouting and headed home for scentfree showers. We were back at the farm about 3:45. I had planned on hunting a property about a mile away myself, but the wind wasn't right for that stand, and I felt like I needed to be in the same area as Tate in case he needed some help. So I decided to go into an area I hadn't set foot on this year - a hollow funneling from a powerline/pine thicket through a creek bottom/hardwoods toward the wheat field that I had Tate hunting. I was a couple hundred yards off the field so I knew we were safe. I found a good trail through the draw, a small fresh rub, and a suitable tree for my summit viper. I was settled in by 4:30, but the wind was blowing pretty hard, and I didn't really feel good about going into a spot without scouting/planning. I checked my phone about 5:15 and Tate had text me that a cowhorn had entered the field. I told him to sit tight, it was still early, let's see if anything else would move. He text me back at 5 minutes til 6 and said, '2 deer just came in the field and there's a big buck in the woods on the edge of the field' then a minute later, 'they're headed ur way' I stood up and turned facing the tree to watch where they would be coming from. 10 mins later, I saw movement, and 2 does scooted down the ridge behind me. They were very nervous acting, but I thought it was because they could smell me since the wind was blowing my scent right at em, but then I saw why they were skittish. I caught movement in the thicker timber where the does had come from, and then saw horns. I found him in the scope and could tell he was a shooter. I had him in the crosshairs, but there were too many limbs between us to shoot. He just stood there for what seemed like forever, windchecking and acting spooky. I fully expected him to turn back and bolt into the thick stuff, but, and this is why I love late october/november, he looked back toward the does, and couldn't help himself. He stepped towards them and into a clearing, I mouth-grunted, stopped him, and squeezed. When the smoke cleared he was running down the hollow and toward a ridge beside me. I prayed that I had made a good hit, but having never shot a deer with a muzzleloader I was unsure. I was tore up. I sent Tate a text and told him I was going to wait 20 mins and get down to look for blood, but I hit send, waited a minute, and couldn't take it. I had to get down, went to the spot where I shot him, found a bunch of blood and found him 50yds up on top of the ridge. I couldn't believe what had just happened. All the planning, corning, trailcams, and I go into a spot blind and shoot a good buck. I am very proud of this buck, 1st with my muzzleloader, and truly felt like I 'hunted' to get him. He has a lot of character to his rack, and my processor guessed him to weigh 200lbs. I know he was a mature deer, and a trophy in my book. Plus I had Tate there to share the memory, and the dragging. I hated I couldn't put him on one, but we're going to try it again next saturday. Sorry guys/gals, I got long-winded, but if you like the 'play-by-plays' as much as I do on this site, you'll appreciate it. The rut is definately on in Rockingham. Good Luck to Everybody!!!
This dude's speaking his mind, or yawning one
Fox cruising by this morning
Flying coon spooks buck
Thanks guys, hope I see him this week! Good Luck!
Been seeing this deer on camera for a few weeks. He has the biggest body of any of the bucks I've seen, but the racks on the younger looking deer are more impressive. Can anyone tell me about how old this deer might be? I'm thinking with the big belly, swag in his back, and thin rack, that he may be past his potential. I appreciate the help. Good luck with this cold front we got coming, they should be on the move!
Thank the Lord for a cold front! I know you've all been watching the weather and have seen the 20+ degree drop in temps we're about to have by the weekend. I'll be hunting as much as I can this week. Was just wondering what yall thought about the weather front. I always like hunting as a front is approaching, but with it as hot as it is today, and the moon still bright, wonder if anything will move early? I know there's no way to tell for sure, and I'm like most of you, anytime in the deer woods is a great time, deer or not, but wanted to get some expert opinions. Thanks and good luck to everybody!
These two bucks starting to get into it a little
Buck's about had enough of this coon eating his corn
It was back in November of '05, and I had only been hunting a few years, and had never killed what I considered a big buck. A buddy of mine and myself had just started hunting some property his grandmother owned in Stoneville, NC (Rockingham county). It was about a hundred acre farm with big hardwoods, hayfields, and river bottoms nearby, and best of all nobody had hunted it in a long time. Not knowing much about the area, we decided to hunt out of an old homemade ladder/treestand that overlooked one of the hayfields. We had hunted it a few times only seeing does and young bucks, until this particular afternoon. My buddy had a shotgun full of buckshot in case something came in close, and I had my 30-06 for longer shots. We were watching the field when a big doe trotted out into the field all by herself. She stopped, looked back, and here came ol big boy. He was about 150yds away, trailing the doe with his head low. I raised my rifle and got a good rest on a tree limb, centered my crosshairs just behind his shoulder, and when he finally stopped, I squeezed the trigger. There he stood just looking in our direction, unscathed. I grabbed the bolt and loaded another round, the whole time he's just standing there looking toward us, but with the distance he couldn't really see or hear us. I refocus, carefully trying to squeeze the trigger, BOOM, and again, nothing. The old buck twitches his tail, turns toward where the doe had gone and trots off. I'm blown away, not sure what to think actually, but heartbroken. My buddy's ragging me the whole time, talking about 'let me shoot next time, you couldn't hit the broadside of a barn', that sort of thing. Afterall what are friends for right? Well it's still early, so we sit tight, and about an hour later, the doe comes back across the hayfield, with the bruiser in tow. I swear I won't miss this time, get my gun up, focus, deep breath, squeeze, and the same scenario. This time they didn't give me a chance for another shot. I got out of the stand and went to the truck, disgusted to say the least. I missed the buck 3 times that afternoon, and never saw him again. I was young, and thought I probably jerked the gun or something, but after shooting at some paper, realized my scope was off a mile. I guess it had gotten bumped or something before the hunt. I learned a valuable lesson, and am always cautious about my scoped guns and how I handle them now. Just took my cva out to make sure it was still zeroed in for the upcoming muzzleloader season and I blew the bullseye out with my 1st 2 shots. Guess I learned something from the misses! Good luck guys and careful how you handle your guns.
These bucks were moving early last Monday. I shot a doe on another farm about the same time these dudes stepped out on this farm. Had the wind been right, I'd have been here, but there's always next time. Hope the wind is right this week
don't know much about deer movement and moon phases...need to look into it, but just wanted to ask you guys what your thoughts were. What's best moon phase to hunt morning/evening?? Thanks in advance for the knowledge