AcornWell, let’s just say it’s been a slow start to the season. The busyness of the summer had left me with no time to scout so when the archery season opened on the 15th I headed to the woods with only the history of previous years to use in determining where to sit. When I arrived at the property I noticed a heavy crop of apples. Normally this is a good thing –but after a few hunts I am not so sure. Here is a recap of my first four hunts and what I have learned so far.

Hunt 1: September 15th – When opening day arrived I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to hunt. On Monday's my wife has to work late so that means I am on childcare duty but a last minute offer by my mother to watch Sam allowed me to head to the woods. With no scouting under my belt my gut was telling me to head to a permanent stand that has produced many deer in the past. However, my sore toe told me to head to another permanent stand a little closer to the truck so that’s what I did. I ended up seeing three deer that evening. One was a spike still in velvet and I couldn’t tell what the other two were. The evening ended without any of them wandering close enough for a shot and I headed home wondering what I’d find when I eventually made it further into the woods.

Deer poopHunt 2: September 17thOn this evening my toe and my gut told me to head back to the same stand. After all, I had seen three deer from it the evening before and there were droppings all around it. Surely something would come in.  But as darkness fell and with no deer sightings for the evening I left still wondering what was deeper in the woods. I had arrived a little earlier than the last hunt which gave me some time to scout around a bit, although still not very far from the truck. I discovered an oak loaded with acorns which made me even more curious. Acorns are a double edged sword in my opinion. ...continue reading

Checking Cams with Sam

 Some days are just fun. Last Saturday was one of them. I love my little boy and last weekend we were able to spend a morning together in the woods "hunting". The night before he was so excited for his hot chocolate that he didn't fall asleep until 10 pm. His normal bedtime is 7:30, but around 9:30 when Steph went in to his room to try and quiet him, I overheard him tell her about the cup of hot chocolate he was going to have the next morning. :) 

 

First Taste

This was Sam's first sip of hot chocolate. It's funny he was so excited the night before because he hadn't ever tasted it before and I'm not even sure he knew what it was! ...continue reading

When I see pictures like this I imagine myself walking up on this buck after the shot. Now I can't wait until Muzzleloader season! How about you? Happy Hunting Everyone! 

Richard Otis 1 Richard Otis shot this great buck back in 2011 during the muzzleloader season in New Hampshire. That's a great buck! Thank you for sending in your picture!

 

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James Schneider

Jim Schneider is a Vermont hunter who travels to Missouri from time to time in search of big deer. On this particular hunt Jim was able to connect with a big fella and he was kind enough to share his story with us. Thank you, Jim, for sharing your story and exciting all of us with your success!

Jim's Story:

It's 5:00 in the morning on the third day of the Missouri rifle season and I am staring straight up into the darkness, my insides a mixture of anxiety and anticipation.  Random thoughts drift through my mind:  "This is 'Brad's stand'…I am afraid of heights…he must have been inspired by the eiffel tower when he built this thing…It has already yielded two big bucks in the first two days of the season."  I start to climb.  ...continue reading

 

Jim's deer

Yesterday Colin shared with us what he has learned about tracking over the years (click here to read yesterday's post). In Part two he shares a story that explains why it excites him so much. Enjoy the read!

A Novice's Guide to Tracking: Part 2
by Colin Temple

Now for story time with Uncle Colin...

It all started that first year at camp on Newark Pond. At about 10 AM, on a cold sunny day with 3-4” of fresh powdery snow I picked up a track of what appeared to be a buck and a doe on a mission. They had been jumped out of the swamp we hunt by another guy in our hunting party so when I picked the tracks up and they were basically headed single file towards a gap between two small mountain peaks. The larger of the two was a nice track, but I wasn’t 100% sure it was a buck. After following the tracks for approximately half a mile they turned directly uphill and led me to a rub on a 4-5” diameter tree. At that point I knew I was not only tracking a buck, but a pretty good one at that.  ...continue reading