Getting Ready For Deer Season

Deer Season starts next Monday! Well, buck does anyways here in WMU 2D this year we do not get a chance at the does until the first Saturday.

This year will be my first year that I am not a junior hunter which will mean that I will have to abide by the antler restrictions placed by the PGC. With the antlers restrictions a legal buck for me will now need at least 4 points on each side. There have been bigger bucks in recent years, so hopefully I will be able to find one the fits the description.

Well, I need to get my things around and set my alarm for tomorrow!

Update On My Trapping — More Duke Traps — Fox and Coyote Tracks

So far this season I have caught the fox, I previously posted about, and a possum I caught just last Wednesday. There have been a lot of fox tracks around though so the fox are there. In preparation for deer season I will be pulling most if not all of my traps that way I will not needlessly stir the deer up during the season. Also its not as much fun checking traps in the middle of the night when you are tired from hunting all day. After deer season I want to put out more hay sets for fox and expand my water trapping.

A couple weeks back I added to my collection of traps 1 160 and 6 110 body gripping traps in hopes getting started in water trapping, which I have never done before. I also bought 6 #1 1/2 duke coil spring traps to help make lots of hay sets for fox.

Currently, I have the 160 trap at the end of a slide on a creek bank where I saw raccoon tracks in the snow the other day. The 110s, however, I am having trouble finding muskrat sign to set on. Whether the stream or just the part of the stream I am trapping does not have them, or I just am not seeing their sign I do not know. After deer season I plan on trapping more of the stream, hopefully I will find muskrat sign to set on then.

On a path going through a field I have been noticing mixed among the fox tracks a few larger canine tracks. While, I have never really seen any coyote tracks, in the area where I trap, before I think I might have a coyote to trap judging from the tracks. Either I will have to wait until cable restraint season or buy some bigger traps though, since I have nothing big enough to hold anything, but a small coyote.

Saturday, First Day Of Fall Turkey Season

Last Saturday, marked the beginning of fall turkey season. On that day, I managed to get into the woods while it was fairly dark. However, it might not have been quite dark enough, because as I was entering the woods near I was planning to hunt I spooked some large sized bird out of a tree. Whether it was a turkey or an owl I do not know, for it flew directly away from me, which caused trees to block my view of it.

After, I got settled in at the base of the tree, I tried out my slate and box call. After about an hour or so of hearing nothing I saw a squirrel, so I decided I might as well try for it. While it was sitting on a log about 50 yards away, I put the scope of my .22 magnum on it and fired. Then it jump off the log no worse for wear and hid. Soon, it reappeared and I tried another shot at it, this time though it was smarter and after scampering off it stayed hid.

Since, I had not heard any turkeys I decided to move on, after I checked for the squirrel just in case I hit it. On the other side of the woods, there there is a field so I move over there and sat awhile, but still heard nothing. Before I left for home, I walked to the end of the field and found two nice animal trails leading out of the woods to the corn in the field. As I was assessing the spot to see if I wanted to trap it, I saw that about where the trails intersected in the field, where two piles of fox manure. Not only were there two piles, but one looked a few days older that the other. Right now I have my traps set up close to my house, but once I get permission again this year to trap there, that will be a good place for a couple of sets.