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Third Day Of October Muzzleloader Season

A good day of hunting today; I saw 5 turkeys, 6 grouse, and 2 deer. One of the deer was about a 4 point buck and would have given the nicest shot ever had it been an anlterless deer. The other deer I saw just before quitting time running away as I left the woods, I was not able to identify it. All of the grouse but one I saw when they flushed, the last one I saw before it flushed all puffed up with its tail fanned out.

I had two deer cross in front of me on the road on the way home in the truck. One was a small antlerless deer, but the other was a buck, a very very big buck, however, the ground where both of them were at is posted ground for a private hunting club.

Fall break ended for me today so its off to college tomorrow. Hopefully, I will make it home for a Friday evening and Saturday hunt before the season ends.

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.

The Last Day Of Deer Season — A Deer!

The last day of deer season has come and gone and I have a deer!

After hunting on a SGL with no success, my father, brother and I drove to another of our hunting spots. My father decided to do a drive that would hopefully push deer into a small patch of woods by a power line. After dropping my father off, I got into my position on the power line and waited. In about 1/2 hour my father appeared and I had not seen any deer, the drive had failed to produce a deer. However, my father was not done, he walked another small circle into the nearby woods where deer like to lay. Suddenly dashing towards me on the power line was a lone deer! Putting my gun on it I made my now habitual glance for antlers, finding none I clicked the safety off and fired. Just one shot that day is all it took, but added to the last two days it took ten shots to get my deer!

While I am thankful for the deer, it is slightly on the tiny side. It was a button buck, which is a buck in its first year that has not yet grown antlers (so it is antlerless). Its small size should at least make for tender eating.

Deer Season — Fired My Gun Again!

After a long hard day of hunting with my dad, I again got to shoot at a deer.

My father and I were walking back to our car when I saw two deer running in the woods in front of us, so I walked out into the field where I could see while my father walked into the woods. Pretty soon five deer came running out of the woods about 150 yards away. After confirming that the lead deer was antlerless, I proceeded to fire all five bullets that were in my gun at that one deer. However, the deer did not as much flinch as it ran down over the roll in the field out of sight. After pushing a new clip into my gun, I crossed over the roll in to field so I could see the other side. Then there were the deer just standing by a woods line!

My father then walked the deer tracks into the field, past the point where I had shot at the deer. Seeing that he found nothing, I fired off two more shots at the deer as just as they spooked. I walked across the field and checked for blood, nothing. Nine shots in two days, and no deer with one day of hunting left.

Deer season — Finaly Fired My Gun — But No Deer

Today, after nine long days of hunting I finally fired my 30-06.

Today my Father and one of my brothers and I took turns driving a section of woods today. While in the woods we saw a lot deer sign, but no deer. After had finish driving the woods and were thoroughly soak from the rain, my Father decided to walk with my Brother through a brushed over field while I watched from the wooded hill side above. About twenty yards into the field a single deer jumped out and started running towards me, quartering away. A quick glance with my eyes gave me a 35% assurance that it was antlerless, so I looked at it through my rain filled scope to get be 100% sure of its lack of antlers. In the time of the 1/2 a second look, the deer ran about 3/4 of the way to the woods where it would be safe. After making sure that it was antlerless, since it was one deer by itself, I released a 150 grain bullet from my 30-06, while looking past the rain in my scope. The deer, however, did not respond and kept running. Just as I chambered a new round the deer then reached the brush line of the woods, allowing me to get one more shot off at it.

We then, checked where the deer had been and followed its tracks in the mud for 100 yards are so, but did not find any blood or any indication of a hit. The tracks seemed to be that of a tiny sized deer, so hopefully the deer can safely hide for a couple more days, so it can live to grow bigger.

Well, I still have two days of hunting left in the season, so I’ll keep trying!

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!

The Last And Best Day of 2008’s Spring Turkey Season

Turkey season is now over, but I had a very good last day. On the morning of the last day, I walked into the woods on an ATV trail to a spot near the area where I had spent the last Saturday hunting. After almost reaching the field, I set up next to the ATV tail. Because of the short ranges of the open areas near by me, I decided not to set up my decoy.

Around 7:30 am I heard a gobble about 200 yards away, so I answered him with my mouth call. Then the next time he gobbled he sounded a little closer. As before I answered him, but when I did I heard some other sound, but it did not register in my mind what it was. Then another gobble sounded out and as I answered I heard that sound again — it was a hen, but it was between me and the gobbler! I remembered how that some times if you copy a hen it will get worked up so much that it will come in to try to find you, some times towing the gobbler in behind it. So I start calling doing just what the hen did. This cared on for quite awhile, and as time went on I started thinking how much the hen sounded like another hunter using a box call. That thought worried me, because if it was another hunter, we were probably both over calling which would scare the gobbler away. After thinking that, I quit calling and so did the hen. Awhile later I started hearing the sounds of something walking in the woods, soon two turkeys appeared. The combination of 50 yards and the thick woods made it impossible to tell if either of the turkeys had beards. A few clucks from my mouth call made the lead turkey stop in its tracks and stare me down for a minute of two, after which it just mozied on, not paying any more attention to me. They proceeded to walk past me and go behind me purring as they went

A good while after the turkeys were gone I decided to walk in the direction of were I had heard a faint gobble, I set up but never heard anything more. After walking in a big circle I came back to where had I started out in the morning. Instead of having some one pick me up in a car, I decided that with a half hour left till noon and the end of turkey season I might as well walk home. On my very hot walk (1 mile+) home I jumped one deer in the edge of the woods by a field, I did not see if it was growing any antlers or not.

Spring turkey season is now over, but I look forwards to next year with more knowledge on hunting them.

Seeing and hearing turkeys

Well, the past to days have been good hunting days compared to the rest of turkey season.

Yesterday morning when I was walking through a field, I looked ahead of me and saw three red necks sticking out of the grass, at about 100 yards away from me, and running fast. So I set up in the field hiding in the edge of some tall grass with my decoy out in front of me in the open. After waiting awhile I did some calling with both my box call and mouth call, but to no avail. I heard no answering gobble nor did I see anymore turkeys.

This morning I went out into the same field, but this time I stayed in the woods by the field moving very slowly and calling as I went. After setting up at a couple different trees I found a tree with a nice view. After sitting there for awhile, I heard what I think might have been a turkey shock gobbling at some crows in the distance. Then right after that there was a gobble in close — closer than all season. He sounding like he was around 300 yards away (kind of hard to tell though). I tried calling some, but he never answered. Later on in the morning I heard a couple of really distant gobble in a walkable direction. So I started walking that direction some so that I could get in close enough for the turkey to have a chance to get to me by noon time. The turkey never gobbled again though, so I just sat a by a tree to decided where to go next with about 1 1/2 hours left till noon. Suddenly this deer came running out of a fence row, and into the woods in front of me. Next time I called the deer came out from behind a tree about 20 yards away from me. It focused all it’s eye and ear power on me for an instant then bonded off with a snort. It kind of surprised that it was able to identify me in such a short time (unless it had caught a good smell of me), because I was dressed in full camouflage except for an orange hat. Hmm, maybe deer are not color blind after all!