I put out a tarsal gland from the buck I harvested on 11/6 and this buck came straight in to me. He is a main frame 8pt with two small kickers and he has an 18 1/2' inside spread.
This is second buck I was able to harvest, five days apart from the same stand.
This morning I had a large buck come in on my hard right. I turned as quickly as I could but by the time I got spun around (I'm right handed) I couldn't see him well enough for a shot through the tree canopy. I soft grunted twice trying to tempt him back my way but he was on a mission - I believe he was cold trailing a doe. As I looked hard for him to double back, less than five minutes later, I heard something behind me on the opposite side. As I looked that way, the first thing I saw was this buck's G2's. I spun around with my CVA Optima and made the smoke pole bark. This nice 8pt dropped in his tracks.
On Thursday (11/5) I pulled the cam card and saw this buck for the first time on a pic that was taken around 4:30am on 11/1/15. I had passed on several 120' deer and this pic was the best buck I had seen so far. When I left that evening I sprayed Buck Bomb Doe in Estrus around the area near my stand.
Got in my stand around 6am (just before first light) on Friday morning and settled in, prepared for a long day. As luck would have it, I was rewarded fairly quickly. I harvested this awesome buck right at 8am with my CVA Optima.
He is a 13pt - main frame 10 pointer. He has G2's just under a foot and 11inch G3's. His (unofficial) green gross score is 155 7/8.
Posting for Huntman5 cuz he cant remember his password and the website's password recovery doesn't seem to work.
Dad set me up in his Viper that he set yesterday. He saw a hot doe yesterday evening and thought my chances were good in this location and I did not have to wait long.
Shortly after 7am I heard a loud commotion - it sounded like someone was on the other side of the creek from me beating the ground with a pinetop or something. I stood up to see if I could see what in the world they were doing and then I saw this buck step into the creek. I guess he was thrashing some brush with his antlers. He stepped up on my side of the creek bank. He was behind me on my right. I eased around and he angled straight for me. He stopped in an open spot about 30yds away and I dropped the hammer. He didn't go 50yds and I was sooo happy when I watched him hit the floor.
He's a mature 9 pointer. We put him on the scale and field dressed he weighed right at 150lbs. Great day to be outta school.
Big thanks to all veterans who have fought and died for me to enjoy all kinds of things including hunting.
I ran across this and thought I'd share it with y'all.
Enter to win 1 of 11 trail cams from Moultrie (their newest model).
Here's the link: http://www.moultriefeeders.com/1100i_giveaway
We finally got Huntman's buck back this morning.
This is the biggest of the 2 bucks Hunter shot in the 2012 season. He was 1 month from his 13th birthday. We kept him in the freezer awhile and a friend that does taxidermy mounted him for us. The guy is from this area but moved to Colorado a year ago so he took this buck with him and brought it back. This buck has done some traveling. This guy moved there to work with a taxidermy outfit that does a lot of exotic animals. He did a great job on this buck and only charged us for the materials - can't beat that deal.
Huntman picked out a spot to mount it in his room.
Huntman and I, both green horns to turkey hunting,tried to get Huntman a gobbler last year. We got close a couple times but it just didn't work out.
We went this past Saturday (youth opener)w/ a good friend that was trying to help us get one called in for Hunter. We saw one but it was too far away and we couldn't persuade him to come check us out.
The rest of the week has been full of baseball. We had a game yesterday and when we came home there was a hen and a Tom in full strut in the field in front of our house.
We threw on the leafy suits, grabbed the 20ga and a call, and went into the woods. We tried to pull a big U-turn in the woods and slip up on them. When we got within about 80 yds we saw them cross the road so we slipped past them and went down a trail trying to cut them off and sneak in close again. It was getting near dark and we could see the Tom but at 60 yds he was too far away for Hunter's 20ga. We made a few soft yelps and watched him and a few minutes later he flew up and roost in a tree. At dark we slipped back out a quietly as we could.
This morning we set up just a few minutes before light and the Tom was in a tree to our left about 80yds away. Set 2 decoys at the end of a trail to our right. A few minutes after first light the Tom gobbled and Huntman was excited.
If he came our way I thought we stood a great chance but if he went the other way we might come up empty. About 5 minutes later the Tom gobbled again.
Hunter was leaned up against a stump, had broom straw to the left infront of him but was open on the hard left, directly infront of him, and to his right (where the decoys were). I was tucked in some tree laps behind him and let out a couple soft yelps.
We both saw the Tom on Hunter's hard left and for a second I thought he might pass us by a little too far out reach. But all the sudden you could tell he saw the decoys. He stopped, turned, and ran about half way to the decoys and fanned out just on the other side of the broom straw. Then he started running again to the decoys. When he cleared the broom straw and entered the opening Huntman let the 20ga bark and rolled Ol' Tom.
It was about a 20yd shot w/ a Mossberg (full choke). The gobbler has a 10 inch beard and a 1 inch spur (only has the 1 spur - the other looks like it was broke off some time ago).
Don't know which one of us is happier.
Sorry for being long winded but it was exciting.
This has been a strange season for me - really haven't seen many deer. I wonder if this fella and some of his kin are why.
I was hunting monday morning and caught this rascal slipping through the woods at about 7:30am. I gave him a 30.06 headache and he dropped in his tracks. This is my 1st yote. Put him on the scale and he weighed 42lbs - I don't know how big they get but he seemed like a pretty good sized one to me.
Been hunting hard for the last week but I've seen little action. This has left me with too much idle time to think up crazy stuff.
I've had these pipe fedders for awhile and there white so they kinda stand out in the woods - not that the deer care but I wanted something a bit more concealed so got an idea of how to dress them up a bit.
These are 6 inch pvc pipe (5' long), knock the lid ring off of a gal paint can and that makes a perfect top.
First I painted the pipe flat black with a shaker can.
Then I attached some treebark with Loc-Tite adhesive (caulk tube) - I looked @ Liquid Nails but it says not recommended for pvc or plastic.
Check it out - I thought it turned out pretty good and cost me about $15 for the paint and adhesive.
I have a new property owner next to me this year that decided he'd hang a stand right on the property line and about 30yds from a feed station we had set up. I'm sure he saw our corn and that's why he decided to set up there. Ain't nothin I can say, just kickin myself for putting it there in the first place but we've had a set up there for 5yrs or more and never have seen anyone.
So last weekend we decided to relocate the feed station a good ways away from the property line. I wanted to check the cam we had set up there to see if anything was coming in to it and found this fella on the cam. We had not seen this nice 8pt before - pretty nice I think and I love finding surprises like this on my cam.
Now if we can just see him in daylight...
Well folks I know absolutely nothing about all of these social media things - DramaBook, Instagram, etc but I guess it's a good thing for Hunter that his mom knows that stuff.
Sportsman Mag had a thing where you send a 'shout out' via Instagram for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the online store. So my wife sent this pic of Hunter's 1st bow kill and his photo was selected. I guess I'm stating that right and have no idea what the criteria was for the selection. All I know is Hunter was happy at the Fair yesterday when he beat me & won the turkey @ the turkey shoot and even happier today that he gets to do some shopping @ the Sportsman Store.
Gonna see if I can work a shirt in there for me. lol
Thanx Sportsman Mag!
We went this morning and I handed a parking ticket out to a doe but my son didn't see anything.
I thought it was too hot this afternoon but my son really wanted to go so guess what - we did. Got in the stands @ 4 and about 6:45 he text me that he just shot a doe. I told him to sit tight and I'd come to him when I got down at dark. When I got down I went to the house, got the 4wheeler, and went to his stand. It was dark at this point and as he was telling me how the group of four does came in I easily found blood where he shot but no arrow. Started following the blood trail and in 20yds we found 1/2 of the arrow. Went another 5yds we found the other half. Went 20yds further and the blood trail dried up on us. Scanned around but couldn't find anymore blood. So I told him to stand at the last blood we saw and I headed same direction we had been going. I got about 10yds and saw the reflection of eyes in my light so I called Hunter to where I was. We watched the eyes go up every now and again about another 20yds in front of us and I told Huntman that it was his deer but that the deer just hadn't given up yet. Well we watched this for about 5 minutes and I thought this just didn't seem right. The deer wasn't going anywhere just head up and then back down or so I thought. I told Hunter to stay there and I eased closer then all the sudden I realized what I was seeing so I clapped my hands together and ran a darn coyote off of Huntman's deer. I haven't ever had that happen before but that joker had gotten on that doe quick and luckily we got there before he could do any damage. Sure wish I had my gun with me.
Anyway Huntman made a great shot on this doe - his 1st bow kill - with his Hoyt Banshee shooting a 100 grain Rage Chisel Point broadhead. He hit the doe great and I was really surprised that it went as far as it did. I guess maybe because he didn't get a total pass through - not sure but doe down at any rate.
Good luck to everyone. Stay safe and have fun.
Just a lopsided goofy lookin' buck. It's a shame too - looks decent on one side and has a corkscrew on the other.
Looks like this little fella is tryin' to get an early start but coming up a little short. lol
Any of you members of the NCBHA? What advantages have you gained from your membership? I'm looking for 'regular members' input not President, etc etc.
Well I feel like I learned quite a bit in this process. Like when the bluing kit says 'don't short cut the preparation process or you'll regret it later' is NOT an exaggeration. LOL
When I first tried this it did not turn out very well. So I started over, and spent extra time sanding every little nook & cranny and then tried bluing it again.
The pics show how it turned out and how it looks after I put it back together. And best of all, when I test shot it all of the pellets went out the correct end of the barrel. LOL
My only regret is that I did not take pics before I started cuz this Featherlite was rusty and probably not worth $50 w/ the way it looked.
It ain't perfect but the ol' Ithica Deerslayer is in much better shape than it was.
Season is gettin' closer and I believe I might have to try to sling a sharp stick at the 9pt if he gives me the opportunity. lol
Huntman and I have been talkin' about gettin' a nice pellet rifle and recently bought a Gamo Bull Whisper (Bone Collector). It was $200 bucks and came with a scope (it does not have iron sights). Got it all set up and started trying to get the scope (Gamo 4x32) sighted in. I ended up having to get about 20ft from the target to start seeing where the pellet was even hitting. It was about 5 inches to the right and no matter how many times I turned the left/right dial adjustment it never changed. I figured something is wrong with the scope and call Gamo's customer service. I had the pleasure (not) of talking to a complete idiot who has obviously never sighted in a scope as he kept telling me that I needed to back off to 25yds in order for the adjustment on the scope to work properly. (what?)
He did in the end tell me that I could ship the rifle and scope to them (at my expense) and they would take a look at it. I told him that I would just take it back to the store where I got it before I did all that.
We ended up finding a cheap Bushnell 4x32, got it sighted and now we're hitting a water bottle at about 35yds.
I just wasn't impressed w/ the crappy scope the include in the 'package' and even less impressed with their 'customer service' (or lack there of).
I wished I would have had the $$$ for one of the compressed air Benjamin Air Rifles but some of them are a bit pricy.
Just a heads up - these stands are currently on ebay for $175 w/ free shipping.