Walter, you and your son did a fine job of filling the larder. Very nice animals. Always enjoy your hunting adventures.
Congratulations!Good Afternoon each and everyone ,
Time for a update ,
Tuesday Nov, 8
The day started off on a good note as going thru the Micky Ds drive thru and guy in front paid it forward for our order , so in sign of good faith , I said what's the order behind me coming in , she said we did not take it yet , so I flipped a 10 spot and said if anything left take it as a tip . ?
On to my drive out , I picked up my son and we took the time to scan the fields and openings , Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse I said to my son , everything is on the move , cold weather forecast and off and on dirt coming thru , something is going down today . With winds gusting to 50-60 he said but won't they bed down in the wind , I said yes but if hungry enough just might catch one on the move . Plus we have pics of bucks fighting , scrapes , rubs and I got that feeling it 's going to work out after this warm weather .
The trip out we spotted 7 deer in total , a 4 point and 6 does all in different areas , quite a few on the go , really got us in the mood for good days hunt . Moon was high up , giving excellent lighting . By 5:45 it was time to start walking up to the stands , well My son got in with no issues , but I got busted with wind in my face and no flashlight only using moon light to guide my way in I was baffled what happened ( later finding out one was bedded down only 20 ft from the trail ) Listening to the blowing and thrashing out in front as it moved off . I was still in disbelief I got busted so easily taking my time trying not step to heavily .
Morning was basic listening to Blue Jays between wind gusts picking up sounds of grouse moving around below my stand , taking a quick stroll to swap cards and check apple situation around 11 Am , I was happy I had enough coffee and food to stay course in the blind as the previous day deer had been coming and going all day from 10:15 am till hour after dark . Texted my son and said stay put , all day action on this side , He replied same here , all afternoon the 6 point was on the prowl thru the day as well the bigger 6 point and 10 point were here several times . Said well first buck out goes down for some table fare and we still have time and tags to work away on the bigger ones .
Thru the afternoon I read one my books , watching the landscape and scanning away with nothing moving , by 4 pm I said well I'll pack up things and have the pack ready to exit at dark and simply watch more closely . Winds were still 30-50 N/N W , 6 C and several times heavy hail/ sleet / rain mix that at times were deafening but felt so good to simply experience , so much fresh sign , track and pics , that feeling something was going to appear did not go away .
By 4:30 a lone Doe emerged , walking along the brush line , it stopped for couple mins and calmly looked at the apples and seemed unaware of my pressence , staying on track I watched her actions , never taking her focus on the bait pile she moved in , with in a minute a smaller doe emerged , right beside her it was a fawn , and then a second one , all 3 vert tight feeding together , I decided take a pic View attachment 98902
Just then I looked and a 4 th Doe emerged , View attachment 98903
Watching carefully I said ok wheres the boyfriends , then the Doe and Fawns turned to leave and in walked a Spike buck that walked right beside the Doe And Twins , The lone Doe seemed undisturbed and stayed , Given this was just right size for some great table fare and the way food prices are Lmao , I said well I'm taking this one and going work at one the bigger ones . Focused clearly on and sudden movements by any of them , I took a clear kill shot to the head , the .308 erupted and it back flipped and there it stayed . The twins and their mother ran no more than 30 yrds and stayed watching what took place , listening they slowly moved off , the lone doe Bleated away at edge of the clear . My son called and asked what happened and said well that's one tag cut . Took nice 150-160 lb Spike . Meet me at the truck and get the sled , It's going be dark here quick and still gotta dress it and , get the buckets for coyote bait , not cleaning it at the stands . I know head shots are not everyones shot to take , but I'm comfortable , no running , no searching the dark for downed animal and certainly no suffering , Brown went down and It's already hanged , cut , wrapped and in the freezer with family and few friends looked after . After Dressed out it went 123.4 lbs , 87 lbs after hide and head removal . View attachment 98905
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Was bit of late evening by time field dressing , loaded up , cleaned ourselves up some and then drop off my son at home and back in the garage and get him hanged . When that feeling is there and you say to yourself I'll be happy as long as its a buck and meat in the freezer . It's a great day any day out , especially sharing with family , harvesting a animal is the bonus . Still have update for today's hunt that ended at 8:30 with one of the 6 pointers falling to my son's 270WSM
I got the FS460. Pro grade and big enough to cut down 4-6 inch trees lol.No idea what you use for the brush but if you don't own , borrow or rent one of those honda brush cutters with the skill saw blade
My god what a beast and I was cutting alders and even some 4" trees with it and cleaned an acre in one day it would make short work of that trail in the pic
Thanks Tripple D ,Great read Walter thanks for taking the time to post your adventures. Pretty awesome hunting with your kids isn’t it
I hate it myself , I believe this same Doe busted me twice already this yr While I was coming in down wind , Had scent killer on as well , stiff breeze right in my face and she was up wind of me , no way to get scent but none the less , she gets spooked very easy and lets you know it . Last yr was same thing no wind up in stands 10-16 ft high and she leave snorting and wheezing .as much as I hate getting busted, always cool to hear them blowing/snorting over something they dont like.
another great post.
I got busted by a smaller deer last week. Didn't take off crashing through brush, just moved off at a trot after the first little bounce or two. But, I could hear it blowing, at least 10 times, getting fainter the farther away it went.as much as I hate getting busted, always cool to hear them blowing/snorting over something they dont like.
another great post.
Don't always believe it is you who got busted. Been in the situation a few times when I said what the hell, how does it even know I am here. Turned out it was not me. Seen it again this year with a bob cat sneaking up to a doe on my bait pile, the buck in the woods was snorting of the danger. I also seen it happened with two bucks approaching each other.I got busted by a smaller deer last week. Didn't take off crashing through brush, just moved off at a trot after the first little bounce or two. But, I could hear it blowing, at least 10 times, getting fainter the farther away it went.