hunting, deep snow, vermont, muzzleloader

I’m starting to question my manhood. Taylor Swift is constantly on repeat and I’m in my PJ’s by dinner each night. I’ve resorted to shooting at miniature deer with Nerf guns and I’ve discovered that I’m a horrible shot. I’m about to go crazy. This cabin fever business is for the birds! It’s clear I have too much time on my hands. Go away, Winter!

Last fall I was dealing with some of the same problems (minus the PJ’s and Nerf Gun). Since the beginning of archery I’d been in the tree eight times and I’d sat seven hunts in a row without seeing a thing! There was so much food on the ground that the deer were impossible to pattern. In all my years of hunting I had never seen such an abundance of food. Apple trees strained under the weight of apples and walking under an oak tree was akin to a hard hat only area thanks to the constant rain of acorns. I was putting in plenty of time but had zero to show for it. I was growing impatient with each hunt and about to go crazy.

My increasing impatience is a direct result of the world we live in. It’s filled with how-to articles informing us of ways increase our odds of success on Mr. Buck and we have access to hours of action filled hunting shows at the touch of a button. It’s a recipe for impatience and one we mix up every day.  We live in a fast paced world and throw our hands up in disgust when we come up empty after a hunt. How can this be?!?!

So what is the answer?  The answer is “Time”. Hunting takes time. Tagging a deer takes time. In a world that thrives on instant gratification that can be a hard pill to swallow, but if you are a deer hunter you better get used to it.  Use that time to better yourself as a hunter and be patient. Momentum can change in an instant. Not long after my eighth hunt my luck started to change. In total, I put four deer in the freezer this year between Vermont and New Hampshire; a personal best. Some of this was due to luck – just being in the right place at the right time and some was due to a little bit of skill (or so I’d like to think). Whether my success was a result of luck or skill it all came down to the amount of time spent in the woods. If you don’t put in the time don’t expect to consistently fill tags.

 

After five rounds of intense voting we've made it to the the championship round! Congratulations to Christina Dillingham and Frank Warren for submitting some great pictures and for making it to the championship! One of you will soon be recieving a brand new Eyecon Storm II trail Camera. Awesome!

As always, the winners will be announced on Facebook tomorrow. 

Championship

 F. Warren vs. C. Dillingham

Submitted by: Frank Warren                               Submitted by: Christina Dillingham
State: Vermont                                                       State: Vermont
Caption: First Buck                                     Caption: First Deer! Youth Weekend 2014


 

3rd Place

L. Gauthier vs. A. Rodgers

Submitted by: Larry Gauthier                                Submitted by:  Aaron Rodgers
State: Vermont                                                         State: South Dakota
Caption: One Happy Girl!                                       Caption: Just a quick selfie before I                                                                                                            leave


 

Thank you for voting and taking part in the fun during this years Photo contest! Happy hunting!

Like trail camera pictures? Please take a moment to show some gratitude to our contest sponsor, Eyecon Trail Camera's, by heading over to their Facebook Page and giving them a like. You can do that by clicking on this link: Eyecon Trail Cameras. Tell them The 4 Pointer sent you!

 

After four rounds of intense voting we've made it to the final four round. Congratulations to our four contestants from each region and good luck today and tomorrow. You are almost there!

After today's votes the championship match up will be established along with the match up for 3rd and 4th place. Voting on those will occur tomorrow (Tuesday the 30th) and the winners will be announced on Facebook the following day. 

Eastern Foothills Region vs. Northeast Kingdom Region

 F. Warren vs. L. Gauthier

Submitted by: Frank Warren                               Submitted by: Larry Gauthier
State: Vermont                                                       State: Vermont
Caption: First Buck                                                Caption: One Happy Girl!

 


 

Western Foothills Region vs. Mountainous Region

C. Dillinghamvs. A. Rodgers

Submitted by: Christina Dillingham                      Submitted by:  Aaron Rodgers
State: Vermont                                                         State: South Dakota
Caption: First Deer! Youth Weekend 2014    Caption: Just a quick selfie before I                                                                                                            leave

 


 

Thank you for voting!!! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the championship! See you there!

Like trail camera pictures? Please take a moment to show some gratitude to our contest sponsor, Eyecon Trail Camera's, by heading over to their Facebook Page and giving them a like. You can do that by clicking on this link: Eyecon Trail Cameras. Tell them The 4 Pointer sent you!

 

Round 4 of the tournament continues today and we have 2 head to head match ups to vote for in this post! Voting is very simple... Decide which picture you like best and then click on the name of the person (in the blue box underneath the photo) who submitted it to cast your vote. Winners will be announced tomorrow on Facebook. Make sure you vote on all 2 contests!

Eastern Foothills Region

Vote 1: J. Miller vs. F. Warren

Submitted by: Jason Miller                                   Submitted by: Frank Warren
State: Vermont                                                       State: Vermont
Caption: A hunters heart-giving thanks             Caption: First Buck


 

 

Western Foothills Region

Vote 2: C. Dillingham vs. B. Dix

Submitted by: Christina Dillingham                       Submitted by: Brian Dix 
State: Vermont                                                          State: Vermont
Caption: First deer! Youth weekend 2014            Caption: Southern VT Beauty


 

Thank you for voting!!! Voting on the final four takes place tomorrow and the winners will be voted for on Tuesday the 31st. 

 

Like trail camera pictures? Please take a moment to show some gratitude to our contest sponsor, Eyecon Trail Camera's, by heading over to their Facebook Page and giving them a like. You can do that by clicking on this link: Eyecon Trail Cameras. Tell them The 4 Pointer sent you!

 

Round 4 of the tournament starts today and we have 2 head to head match ups to vote for in this post! Voting is very simple... Decide which picture you like best and then click on the name of the person (in the blue box underneath the photo) who submitted it to cast your vote. Winners will be announced tomorrow on Facebook. Make sure you vote on all 2 contests!

Northeast Kingdom Region

Vote 1: L. Gauthier vs. T. Cochran

Submitted by: Larry Gauthier                                            Submitted by: Taylor Cochran
State: Vermont                                                                     State: New Hampshire
Caption: One Happy Girl                                            Caption: Welcome to Hunting


 

Mountainous Region

Vote 2: C. Melendy vs. A. Rodgers

Submitted by: Cliff Melendy                                   Submitted by: Aaron Rodgers
State: Vermont                                                          State: South Dakota
Caption: 2 Brothers looking for their                    Caption: Just a quick selfie                                      next meal.                                       Before I leave.                                                                                                                                    


 

Be Sure to come back tomorrow for to Vote on the second half of round 4!