Again up again at 5 am , weather was cool with light fog in the distance , overcast and damp to the touch , winds were about 15-30 WNW , just right conditions as once out on the deck of the Chalet we stayed in one could here the geese in the near distance , our drive to the Pit Blind #18 was approx 20 min, our Outtfitter escorted us to our field where our Guide Craig was once again very busy setting up the different set up for day two with almost 400 decoy spread set up getting us in just that right propspective of a higher view for miles in this pit blind set up .
We laughed soon as we got our gear down in our spots as the cage hatch got sprayed by a skunk the day prior and our outfitter had scramble for another plus brought out hair spray to spray down the top hatch area just in case there was any residual on upper hatches , luckily non was there , no sooner legal light and few ducks swung around just at that questionable distance and we just passed on them , taking it in stride .
Was late start as first set of birds never showed interest until 8:30 am then the fun began close to 20 mins of Craig calling the birds getting them to split into groups where the majority would not get gun / decoy shy , groups fell in 4 then 4 again then 7 and stayed that way from 11:30 till 4 pm when the birds began to take flight once again , our outfitter never shot with us on first two days , we told him he could but he instead offered up his Berretta A400 to one of us to try out , we were more than happy with his offer to try it out , plus on every hunt he brough out different types of Goose Jerky , Pepperettes and salami that he had procrssed . Damm it was all excellent , lots of getting to know him , and sharing secrets , we provided him on day two with a bit of left overs , smoked pork chops , fried rice and side of apple crisp .
Birds came once again from anywhere but this time we seen them off a mile or more and just covered the hatches and waited for that call to take em down , day two left us easy hour b4 end legal light to get tore down , packed up and head back .
Having once again sounds of Pheasants in the corn , , coffee and lunches in the trench , shooting the breeze about hunting adventures and experiences , talking about big game hunting , and even fishing .
We had birds coming in that either did not cooperate with the calls and other groups that could not resist , with limit again on day two it was clear this trip was everything it was meant to be .
our two sons helping bring in birds for processing
Well not much to say as for hunting it's just that , got up at 5 am , showered , down for breakfast and stool out on the deck for a warm muggy heavy air morning , not a sound out on the river or bay , damm it I said , took cup coffee and stood there listening , hardly a sound unlike both previous mornings , birds were telling you your in for good or bad day .
Our Outfitter ( Reid ) came over and said well Craig is up back same spot wants know if you guys want there or not , unless you want late start to head to Souris 45 mins away you gotta leave now , said we take our chances on the one we said for him to set up on , 100s of birds in that one day prior while we were banging birds across the way from it day before , another Pit blind with trap doors Pit # 24 , said hes there and not making him travel 45 mins more with almost 2 hour set up .
Well it was 9:15 before first rip came thru , 75 - 100 birds , Craig cranked up the called while we watched his movements in direction he watched the birds in direction they moved , telling us the were going smaller group s but not committing to us , then outta no where about 7 landed outside the decoys on downward slope of the potato field , said one walking inside the decoys but dont shoot unless clear shot the others were walking toward us , soon as we came under our pit the lifted for proper shots , I reached out with the 10 and #2 shot and crumpled a hybrid Canada/Snowgoose , at about 65 yards , Craig said what a hit on him , Range finded the bird and said that was something else , we tagged 3 birds whole morning and nothing ekse moved but that set , glassed fields , no shots even down the bay or river . Pheasant guys not having any luck even with dogs down our way of the Preserve . True blue bird day , we got one more chance at 11:45 and damm birds stayed high and circled several times , thougt Craig was going blow a lung out thru the calls , said frig you O.K and apologized for not getting us a shot , cripes we could not been any happier this is what we came for , a adventure , chance to have birds right on top of us on the roof of the pits , we shook his hand and said great job , thanks for the laughs , thanks for just doing best you could , we even said he could shoot with us and he did on day two and three . We called it a day at 1 pm said these birds are not moving due to humid , heavy calm weather with low tides and calm glassy water out on the bay and river . That's waterfowling , that's hunting . Good or bad it was all good , in the end 46 birds came down , cannot complain for 3 days . Brought home some good game table fair , today is Goose Jerky day or start of it .
None the less , back to the chalet and get cleaned up , earlier supper , Rabbit / Partridge pie , Stuffing , Mashed whipped spuds , and gravy all over , damm what a finisher for a meal . The trip was a success for us , lots of food , drinks , talks , laughs , memories and picking up lots of tips from one hell of a guide who as I said can clearly speak goose and sing notes to get those birds .
Told our outfitter we Will
come back on one condition Craig is our guide and we have some venison for him as he loved the meals we sent his way as our way to say thank you for everything he did on his end.
Middle goose is Hybrid as confirmed by Our own DLF Wildlife Technicians ,
Back to trapping on Monday morning , went back to re set my leg holds , as well check trail cams , first batch of 6 went in then over to another trail for an other batch and so on till they were re set , went to check trail cams and activity has gone dark last 3 weeks . Not a single deer nothing but bunnies at my apples .
so on way back around figure i do double check on everything , came back to third last set at top of a hill where 3 trails meet and right at the fresh scent set I just put in couple hours prior is this fella , won't have to worry about this young male bothering the deer anymore .
Not a Grouse or anything on the move , Some fresh Cat tracks in different spots , hoping that changes , got in from evening check on the gear but nothing else , change in weather should help that .
Well to follow up and move with General Deer Season opener , Friday was one angry windy day , being up in the Blind / Hut lmao even that rocked time to time with gusts , nothing was on the move last few weeks the blind site has become stagnant of activity , so off to the big hardwood ridge I headed around 10 am , go a few hundred yards at a snails pace watching for movement and checking for fresh sign , knowing that off to the side of the hardwood is a semi active trail in front of a old ground blind I still keep in good shape , sure enough once made my way about 800 yrds from one of my two main blinds was a huge scrape .
Sat in the ground blind from 10:30 till 1 pm when I was it was just at that time for late lunch , backed outta there slowly and double checked for fresh sign , or activity . Lots of fresh deer track by passing the apple / mineral set up due to high acorn accumulation at the hard wood , so out for lunch and made the decision to go hunt the ground blind for that evening and watch the side of the ridge hoping see something on the move .
Yet nothing moved and took the time to slowly stalk my way back out around 6 pm , by time made it to Cottage trail it was almost dark . And still very windy , tried putting that wind to my advantage with NE winds swirling made for not easy day and bitterly cold at times .
Even during my lunch break , was eating on the move checking trap gear and re scent/ re bait dirt holes if needed . Made for long day
Next morning was dead calm , day break started with two Ruffed Grouse perched up the tree next to me with one walking after few mins on top my blind , squawking away both were till one flew straight out in front of me and other off to my left . Nothing on trail cams over night or any movement thru the morning . Evening time after lunch and trap checking back to the hardwood ridge I went , well let me tell ya sitting there till almost dark was great , quiet and pure peaceful could even hear the shrews and mice move among the leaves covering the ground . Winds day prior knocked down lots of cover of the trees . Making better for watching for movement , that evening sat out on the deck and listening to the coyotes open up with howls and barking calls , could even hear the big owl up back calling out . It's not always about bagging game , its also about enjoying yourself and fresh air and exercise good food after long day and just being at peace .
Nothing exciting those two days , yet lots of time to think , explore and enjoy whats out there .
Hoping more will chime in and share this years travels and experiences .
For those following and reading , thanks , Truly hope you enjoy some of the travels and times spent out doors this season I will document in this thread
Just a somewhat average day today or maybe not !
Any day to take one these buggers out is a good one !
Another one bites the dust , this young male fell victim to same set and his buddy did only week ago , going in and checking sets , could clearly see putting that set back into action with almost same scent post style .
Was going deer hunt this evening but wind conditions at the blind was not the best out here , seems the edge of the hardwood stand gets wind at a moments notice , plus gave me time to process this guy #5 of the season , even the yotes are moving differently and doing some stuff ive never seen b4 including taking down a beaver dragging it onto the trail where I came in early and disturbed their kill that they did not get to enjoy . Not much of the beaver to process except bait.
So here I am prepping for deer hunting in the morning , hoping something has decided to start daytime visiting as most are either hour to two after dark or before daylight , coyotes have kinda pushed them off as all Sept and part of Oct I've had does visiting all times of the day with few button bucks
Hello everyone ,
Would like to start out and congratulate Digby21 on a very nice deer and thank them for sharing with us .
Well lets say yesterday was quite the day weather wise , it poured it's heart out where I spent the day from a forecast of 1-3 mm early Tuesday to at least 20-30 mm as brooks rose , trails flooded and pathways I use were waterlogged into small run offs . Trapping gear got soaked , no matter what I did to keep it covered in my morning run.
My day started off at 4:30 am and get the fire on for some heat and hot water , got showered, good breakfast ( eggs , ham, toast ) and of course coffee , walked out on the step and light sprinkles , said well get the rain gear and lets go so I can deer hunt the afternoon and evening . Headed out and into my 4th set snagged a 23 lb Female Coyote , said well #6 is in the books , the #3 and chain drag/log drag worked well hopefully weather has made more movement .
After that it was blanks till I got to 3 rd last set and found my trap neatly piled up on top of its chain extension next to the steel stake on a mound set , fresh Cat scat all around and fresh boot prints at the set , just after passing a guy on a ATV who took a turn off once I approached , the evidence said it all , POACHER ! ! This guy kept his helmet on whole time and no plate on the bike , You see trail cams work wonders catching illegal chitt , clearly showed him taking a Bob Cat outta my leg hold and then trying take the trap too but he got spooked , must heard me coming in the Trail head with the truck . None the less I know who to watch for next time .
Yeah I was P. Off , but what can you do the risk of having gear in the woods , pretty bad you gotta set trail cams to watch over it all .
So finished up my checks back to the cottage for change of gear and fresh thermos of coffee , said damm it poured, but it's letting up so should be good afternoon / evening , got some lunch and my rifle and headed up to one of my stands. A question I've asked myself numerous times , and talking b4 technology took over everyones lives, what do others do to pass those long hours in the stand and yes I still stalk and sit when weather cooperates , yesterdays did not , it started pouring straight down again at around 1:30 pm and continued on till dark raining steady . So as for myself I really like to read to pass the time besides indulge on some treats of course , a favorite of mine is Bridge Mixture , brings back memories of my Grandfather sharing a box of them with me as a child. Anyways back to my newest book that I recently had chance at flea market to pick up another copy that got destroyed in a flood in 2016 , seemed like this 1970s copy was never read , just stuck some where and forgotten about , read it in my early yrs several times , none the less still a good book
Lmao , how ironic of a book to take along , but I've taken others on outdoors , survival and game prep over the yrs . As the afternoon went by and scanning the landscape, Nothing but few Blue Jays and the odd squirrel had moved . As last hour closed in the rain had stayed with me , listening to it hit the roof and saturating everything . I sat watched and listened , soon as I seen it hit that point where taking a deer would be too risky I quietly backed out and down my trail as it darkened even more on my exit of the woods .
As for today the morning was drying everything out and it will be a afternoon trip checking gear and watching for a certain ATV and its rider . .
Man the low life out there today
I hope you catch him Walter and have him charged. I know you want to pound him but not worth jail time today
Cannot even imagine someone doing that to a trapper
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