A Thanksgiving to Remember!

A Thanksgiving To Remember!

New Hampshire 8 point buckBy Aaron Benware.

To say I was a proud papa would be an understatement. I had dreamed about this day for a long time. Nicole started going out hunting with me when she was about 10 years old. We started with youth waterfowl season and progressed into youth deer season. After a couple years, she decided she didn't want to hunt deer anymore. When I asked her why, she said "You know Dad, I have a hard time being quiet." Fair enough. Then when she turned 16 years old, she decided on her own to get her hunter safety. I was really stoked.

We hunted deer her first year holding a license, and she actually saw her first deer in the woods. It was carrying the mail when it went by, but she was hooked.

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2015 Hunting Journal: NH Rifle Season 11.12.13

New Hampshire Doe 2015

 “It’s just a doe,” I told my wife when I called her. The words didn’t feel right when I said them because I was happy with the doe, and I didn’t mean to diminish the accomplishment – or the doe. I won’t lie – I was hoping for a buck – but I was ready to shoot a doe. That’s what I did.

There are a couple of reasons I was willing to shoot a buck or a doe. First, I’ve hardly seen a deer this year and with Vermont Rifle Season right around the corner I wanted to make sure I put some venison in the freezer. Second, my wife really wanted venison.

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2015 Hunting Journal: Archery Update 10.29.15

Muzzleloader practice

I officially hit the low point earlier this week. Then I hit it again for good measure this afternoon when sighting in my muzzleloader this afternoon in preparation for the opener in NH this Saturday. I’ve never boxed anyone, but I imagine my week has been similar to receiving a swift upper gut followed by a right hook. I also imagine that if I was a boxer I’d be like Rocky. I keep taking hits, but I keep getting back up. Soon enough I’ll deliver a knockout punch of my own.

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2015 Hunting Journal: Archery Update

IMG_1896Friday night found me sitting in a ladder stand overlooking Christian’s food plot. In what would be my last archery hunt in Vermont for the year, I was hoping to encounter some venison on the hoof. I had actually planned to hunt NH all weekend, but a call from Christian changed my mind. He told me there had been a lot of recent activity in the food plot, even some right before dark. As it turned out, I was the only activity in the food plot on Friday night.

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