Brock Posted November 20, 2012 Share Posted November 20, 2012 Well winter is here along with the cool and rainy weather we get in south.....temps in 50s during day for now which will fall into high 30s and low 40s by Christmas...coupled with humidity and rain makes for miserable riding at the most. Hope to get bike out this weekend but most of my time from end of August through New Years (except for the annual RIDE TO THE BARN event) is taken up with deer hunting. I have been given permission to hunt a little lot of land and now after 3 years finally getting a handle on the terrain and deer movement, turkeys, foxes and neighbors. It is for sale...I cant afford it but if there was a way to mortgage my kids future, sell my soul and get this place I would. 105 acres of cypress and tupelo swamp land surrounded by oak and pine flats with 20 acres of fields and a custom home in the exact center. Anyhow I digress. I am primarily a bowhunter....longbows, recurves, selfbows...shooting wooden arrows that I fletch and also hand sharpen the broadheads with a file. Have hunted this way since around 1990....though I dont give up on the rifle entirely. My wife likes the taste of venison and using it in too many dishes to not keep the freezer full. So usually I am told to get a couple young bucks or a doe for freezer and then "play with my bow and arrows" the rest of the season. Five or six deer in freezer lasts us for the year....and that includes giving some to friends and my daughters family as well. They seem to go through the summer sausage and hot link sausage quicker than I do. This year though....I decided to hunt with bow most of the season and only pull out rifle for the last two or three weeks to fill doe tags. well season started good with about 12 deer within 10 yards of my ground blind...unfortunately they were does and not legal until 15 September...and the little bucks (spikes) were too small for me at this point. Ask me again the last week of December....LOL. Well, bought wife new fridge and freezer combo so she told me....Since it is raining and you dont like to hunt in steady rain with bow as it washes away the blood trails...take your lever action and let the deer get within 50 yards and get me some meat for my new freezer. LOL So I go out and know there are some good bucks chasing does in pre rut....long story short...I grunt and call a buck about 200 yards across the fields from some does to me....he kept getting closer and closer as I sat on ground with back against a pine....I grunt softer and he stomps and comes closer. Finally I have him about 35 yards out and put the .45-70 bullet through him just behind front shoulder. He runs about 20 yards and face plants in field. I have had 6 other small bucks....and two does within 10 yards since then but always something....angling towards me with bad shot...or too small for me to want to shoot. went out Saturday to check game cameras and see if I caught a poacher I chased Monday night last week on film to give to DNR.....and got distracted when I found two huge scrapes and three very new rubs on trees. did not take pics of the new scrapes as I moved a camera there to catch activity and wanted to not disturb it more...but 100 yards away found these trees...so will be back this weekend to see what new buck moved into the area around those fields since I shot his antagonist the end of October. LOL Happy Hunting. Last years largest buck, 7 points (9 points if you count one on base of antler and sticker on right beam) ....about 170lbs. December 2011 How he sits now in my office This years largest so far. 7 point. Oct 2012. Hit once other spots are from me carrying him out to where I can get truck to load him up. About 145lbs I guess. Rubs I found in a line on trees leading from one set of scrapes on one side of field to an older scrape on opposite side. My weapon of choice for this deer season....I change bows every deer and turkey season so none sit on rack too long. LOL Habu recurve, 60# @ 29 inches, douglas fir arrow shafts with barred turkey fletching and 200gr hand sharpened steel broadheads. Not motorcycles but my passion is hunting and being in outdoors ever since I was a kid and got first .22 single shot Winchester M67A at age 7. Still got that rifle and still love being in woods alone hunting. Thanks for letting me waste some time..... 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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