4PT16.11 – Oh So Close!

4PT16.11 – Oh So Close!

Maybe it’s the changing weather or the feeling of hunting with a firearm in place of my bow, perhaps it’s both, but I feel more excited to hit the woods this time of year than any other. Daybreak on Saturday morning found me huddled up against the base of a mature pine tree trying to stay dry in the light drizzle. As the day wore on, I was sure thankful I decided to throw on my work rain suit at the last second before leaving my truck. I looked a little silly but was dry, so I wasn’t complaining.

I was hunting the area where I’d shot the doe the previous Tuesday. There had been fresh buck sign in there at that time, and the area serves as a travel route for deer as they make their way to bed down after a night on their feet. It was the logical place to begin my 2016 New Hampshire Muzzleloader season.

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Tim and Sam’s Squirrel Hunt!

Tim And Sam’s Squirrel Hunt!

Saturday was a great day. Sam and I had been looking forward to our squirrel hunt for a long time and we were finally able to go. His new camo sweatshirt had arrived in the mail only days before adding to the anticipation of our great hunt.

Always the realist (pessimist), I was convinced we would come home empty handed. I’d been seeing a lot of squirrels each time I’d been out deer hunting, but trying to convince a 5-year-old to keep quiet long enough for a squirrel to show its face seemed like a long shot. But my main goal was to have a good time, squirrel or not squirrel.

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I Have Some Big News

I Have Some Big News

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Thanks to social media, it’s hard to keep things quiet for very long these days. News has a tendency to spread like wildfire, but for those of you who haven’t heard, I was recently selected by my wife to run in a 5k race. That’s right! I’ll be earning a participation award for running in the Shamrock Shuffle in Lebanon, NH on March 19th.  It’s a grueling course that begins at the green in Lebanon and includes a turnaround point somewhere near Concord, NH, I believe. My goal is simply to survive and not lose to my wife.

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“I’m a Meat Hunter.”

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I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I’m a meat hunter!”  I’d have a lot of pennies, probably enough to buy one of those fancy, disgusting coffees at Starbucks. The other statement I love is, “You can’t eat the horns!” That’s a true classic. 

This rhetoric typically appears whenever one hunter makes a comment towards another hunter for shooting what they have deemed to be a small deer. Or, it will show up on forums and Facebook pages when talk of imposing antler restrictions is mentioned. Either way, it exposes an unfortunate divide that exists among hunters today.

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2015 Hunting Journal: VT Youth Weekend 11.9.15 [VIDEO]

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Finally some action! Thank goodness Gannon wanted to participate in Vermont’s Youth Deer Hunt this past weekend. Otherwise, I would have just been sitting in New Hampshire with my muzzleloader staring at trees again.

Last year was Gannon’s first year of hunting, and I was able to properly introduce him to hunting in Vermont. We didn’t see a thing, we got cold, and we went home empty handed. Despite that fun introduction, Gannon wanted to give it another try this year.

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