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2015 Rifle Season

Well, I had a great rifle season this year. I shot a buck up by Watersonville then a few days later I shot a doe there as well.

buck_2015When I shot the buck I was approaching a gully where I often see deer on the other side. I heard something coming from behind me so I turned around and saw a buck trotting along about 50 to 75 yards away. With a quick look for points I found 3-points on one side to make it legal then I shot with my 30-06. Its tail dropped and it ran off. There wasn’t any snow, but I was able to track it by the ruffled leaves and spots of blood here and there. My brother saw it then my father got to shoot at it and miss. Then I had a quartering away shot and tried for its head twice, but only hit once. It would go for a distance then lay down until you jumped it again. Finally, just before dark my brother was able to shoot it in the neck and finish it off. My initial shot had been more of a gut shot which was why it had been so much trouble. Unfortunately, it was not as much of a fast clean kill as you would hope for.

doe_2016On the flip side my doe only took one shot and dropped on the spot. I was watching a little ways up the road from where I had shot my buck a few days later with one of my friends. Then as evening came I saw two does come running in the woods about 100 yards away. I was sitting up against a tree so I had a good stead aim and after checking to make sure there were not antlers I shot with my 30-06. The doe instantly fell where it stood.

I had a good season. I never expect to fill my buck tag anymore with the antler restrictions, but I’ve been blessed with a buck two years in a row now.

A Great Day Of Spring Turkey Hunting

No, I did not get a turkey today, but I did have a great hunt. I started this morning off shortly after 5:00 AM sitting under a tree. Then at about 5:30 AM I heard something plop to the ground five yards away from me. At first I did not think much of the sound since it sounded like a bird making droppings then I realized it made an awful big sound for a just song bird. So, I look up into the tree to convince myself nothing was up there. Sure enough there was nothing…wait a turkey sitting about 15 yards up! At first I could not believe I had randomly picked the same tree a turkey was roosted in. Whether the turkey had a beard or not I could not tell because of some leaves, but as it woke up it turned around on the branch revealing a chest devoid of a beard. I watched that hen for almost 1/2 hour before at around 6:00 AM it decided to fly down. Being my first up close experience with a turkey fly down I had a front row seat. Before fly down it never make any clucks or yelps instead it simply took a careful 360 degree survey of the surroundings twice. Once it jumped off the tree branch and begin flying it never flapped its wings making for a noiseless flight. Landing was also made quietly; way less noise than a squirrel might make jumping in some leaves. Where the turkey landed it was out of sight and I never saw it again nor did it make any more noise. Then I left to go home for breakfast at around 8:00 AM.

Later in the morning I returned to the general area with one of my younger brother’s. As we made our way to where we sat a deer moved out of the brush about 50 yards away. It was a buck with tines about as high as the ears and had a wide look to them instead of the straight up look full grown spikes have. The deer also had a radio collar on it, which is a first as far as I know in my area. It will be interesting this fall to see how this deer’s rack will grow. Identifying it should be easy since I would image it to the only deer in this area with a radio collar.

We ended the morning having never heard a single gobble, but with the image of the deer slowly picking its way through the woods in our minds.

5th Day of Buck Season: A Great Day

Today I started my day of hunting, by driving a patch of woods. About halfway through the woods, when I stopped for a few seconds to listen, three does jumped out of the edge of the woods and ran up a field. Now I know of where some does might be hiding for the start of doe season tomorrow!

Then tonight, because I was busy I did not make it back out into the woods until 4:30 PM. The spot I wanted to watch tonight was on the edge of a woods line boarding a field. So, after setting up so that I could see a bit of the field and woods at the same time I waited. However, the wait was not long, for not longer than five minutes later I heard the crunch of frozen leaves. Which was followed moments later by a buck.

It was the same deer that I had seen on the second day of the season! Which, also meant I could not shoot it, because of the antler restrictions since it is 6-point. Then as it walked along it started staring at me, so I went into total freeze mode. Soon, I realized why when I started to hear the crunching of frozen leaves again, but this time from behind me. As the deer walked behind me I decided that the non-shooter buck in front of me, would not spook if I moved my head slightly so I could see the other deer slightly, which might be a shooter. Well, I was right about the 6-point spooking, but the deer behind me did not follow my preditction. It took off running leaving me with a 1/8 of a second look at its head that left me with the impression that it was antlerless, however, I may have missed the antlers in that short of a glance. Now buck in front of me, decided the other deer had good sense in vacating the area, so, it to raised its tail and took off running.

Since I still had a little while until quitting time, I decided to stay on despite the spooked deer. Soon it was getting dark enough to the point that I was starting to think of heading home. But then I again heard the rustling of leaves behind me, this time though the sound was that of a lighter animal. Again I turned my head slightly and again the animal spooked. It sure would be nice to have eyes on the back of your head! The small animal turned out to be a fox, which streaked off into the woods about 50 yards away from some of my traps. For a few fleeting moments I waited for the sound a snap from one of my traps, but it did not come.

After a couple more minutes I went home, it had been a good day of hunting, despite the fact that I did not get anything!

Two Does Sighted On 4th Day Of Buck Season

Today was the second to last day of buck season, for Saturday marks the beginning of does season here in 2D, finally!

Since, I still have a few traps out to check, when I checked them today my father suggested that I keep going and make a horse shoe to drive deer back to him. So, after checking my traps (nothing in them) I snuck along a ridge line in the woods, then circled back like I was supposed to. Then as I was walking along a fence row looked ahead and saw two deer a good 300 yards out running as fast as they could. Cracking my scope up to 9X I got on them to see what they were, both antlerless and the one looked like a button buck, maybe.

So, that means at least I shall have deer to hunt, when Saturday comes around, instead having to count points.

My father also saw a deer; that he jumped off its bed as he was finding a place to sit. He, was not able to get a good look at it, but it at least had antlers he said.

Saw Five Deer Today, The Second Day Of Buck Season

Today made up for the lack of deer yesterday! Today I had a total of five deer sightings, most of them accompanied by their white flags.

The first deer I saw was either a six or a five point buck that came by me in the morning presenting wonderful shots more than once as is causally walked along. I think it was taunting me because I am no longer a junior hunter this year and could not shot it, because of the antler restrictions.

The next two deer I saw, were just after the buck came by me. I heard some sounds so I stood up since I was sitting down and turned around and looked back into a field just in time to see two white tails raised up high on the skyline. One of the deer broke left showing me a head, empty of any antlers, the other went down over the hill without showing its head. The lesson learned which I already knew — move SLOWLY even when you think there are no deer watching you.

Then tonight after watching a field until I decided it to be dark to see, but still with a good 20 minutes of shooting time left, I started for home. After coming through a strip of woods I looked over into the dark and just barely made out two white tails waving in the wind going a good 1,000 MPH.

Well, at least I saw deer!

Success in the first week of rifle season

Well, I had a first week of deer season with a lot of walking, but it paid off. On the Friday of the first week I shot a 4 point buck.

I shot the buck on a very steep hill side that has three or four benches on it. I was standing on the highest bench that is right below the top of the hill. My Father and brother were driving the hill side towards me.

As I was standing on the bench, I saw a deer with antlers, walking towards me on the same bench as I was on. As soon I saw it I pulled my gun up on it before it ever saw me. Since I had both my buck tag and my doe tag, I did not bother to confirm it had antlers nor did I bother to count points. I just put the crosshairs on the deer’s chest and fired at it from about 40 yards away. The deer did an instant crash dive down the hill. As it ran down the hill there was to much brush to see it well, but it looked like it tripped on a bush and fell down. Then I saw from behind a tree the deer sticking just its head out. I tried to find the deer in my scope twice; then right before my third try I saw the deer fall over. I walked down the hill to where the deer was, it was still alive but not mobile so I gave it one more bullet to finish it off.

To clarify for anyone wondering I am a junior hunter, (hunting his last year as a junior hunter) other wise I would not have been able to shoot this four point buck by PA law.