Hunting With Matthew

Vermont 8 Pointer

By Richard Wixson

Our morning started out in one of our spots that we usually hunt every year. Soon after entering the woods we split up as we worked out way through the trees. I was trying to jump something down to Matthew but that didn’t work and we came back together on the trail.

 We started back up the trail and looked up on the side hill in the oaks about 150 yards out and I noticed a deer with his head to the ground cruising. I told Matthew it was a buck that he should get ready. He came within 40 yards and picked his head up when he stopped by a log picked. It was a 1 horn spike about 8″ long. The other side was completely broken off. Matthew was so bummed and couldn’t believe why that didn’t happen during youth season. I said it wasn’t meant to be and we continued with the hunt for the morning.

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2014 NH Archery: Late Season Doe

IMG_0076Last Friday afternoon I was able to finish up work with just enough time to race to my stand for a last minute bow hunt in NH. It was the night before the muzzleloader opener in Vermont and I was hoping the deer were moving before the incoming nasty weather the next morning.

I didn’t have time to change out of my work clothes so I threw my hunting jacket on over coveralls and hiked up the ridge to a permanent ladder stand we set up 4 years ago. We’ve seen many deer from the tree but haven’t been able to close the deal on many of them. I climbed up the ladder at 3:10 and hung up my bow and back pack on the tree hooks already in place. Just as I finished brushing the ice crusted snow off the seat I heard the sound of deer running. Much to my surprise I turned around and saw three deer crest the top of a small rise and run right for my stand.

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VT Rifle 2014: Hunts 1 & 2 – Success!!

IMG_2282Around 10 am on opening day I met up with Dad who was sitting in his typical spot in a big open hardwoods. “Not much happening,” I said bleakly to him. As is my opening day custom, I had just covered a lot of ground in hopes of getting a feel for where the deer were spending their time but hadn’t seen a single track in the fresh snow. The afternoon before Dad and I had checked a trail camera that had a number of decent bucks on it, including a couple new bucks, but the excitement over those pictures had since faded after my uneventful morning.

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Kaidin’s Magic

Kaidin's Buck

By Larry Gauthier

Well, it all starts with the snow fall on Friday morning. As a hunter this made me feel like I was 15 again. I was all excited so I took off the day of work (I’m a self employed contractor) so it was pretty easy to go check out our hunting grounds for fresh deer sign.  After four and a half hours and covering 1200 acres I never cut a fresh track, so I told my oldest daughter (Kaidin) that I thought we would have better luck in NY the first morning. She agreed and off we went Saturday morning. We were up early with hopes of big bucks. It was only 19° when we left the house at 5:00 AM and the morning was uneventful without a single deer sighting. So, it was off to soccer practice for her and with my youngest (Keana) at a birthday party it was my time to hunt so I decided to hunt Vermont.

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NH Muzzleloader: Hunt 1 – Opening Day Action

MuzzleloaderAfter a month and a half of chasing deer with a bow there is something exciting about heading to the woods with a gun over your shoulder. That’s precisely why I need to fix the sling on my muzzleloader.

Anyway, Saturday morning was met with enthusiasm as four of us headed to our stands for a chance at connecting with the elusive whitetail deer. Three days of doe season increases the excitement level even if you’re not one to shoot a doe. Just knowing any deer you see could soon be hanging in the shed is enough to get me going.

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