2015 Hunting Journal: VT Archery Update 10.12.15

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This weekend I was able to get out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. On Friday, I went with my friend, Christian, who invited me to sit in a stand overlooking his new food plot. I finally saw something…

Since I’d never been to his food plot, we walked in together so he could explain where I could expect the deer to come from. He pointed out the ladder stand which was set up on one end of the plot in an old pasture pine. Given the terrain and openness of woods behind the stand, it was fairly exposed to a deer that might be eating in the plot.

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Porcupine Deer

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Last fall I found myself slowly working through a mix of hardwood and softwood trees at daybreak on the second day of rifle season in New Hampshire. The weather was perfect – no wind and dry leaves – one of my favorite conditions to hunt. I love having the ability to hear deer coming from a long way away. For one, it affords the time to be ready when they show up, and second, hearing the sound of approaching deer hooves in the leaves is exciting!

There were five of us out hunting that morning – my dad, my brother in law Josh, and two others. The previous evening Dad had shot a deer but we hadn’t been able to locate it before nightfall. We left the trail at dark and decided to pick it up in the morning with a game plan in place to see if we could connect with another deer while on the search. Dad and Josh hung back by the parking lot until daybreak, while myself and the others, were positioned out ahead of their future direction of travel. I made a wide loop to avoid spooking any deer that might be between the parking lot and the area we had left the blood trail the night before and the other guys sat in permanent stands about half a mile away. Regardless of the fact that the blood trail was there, it was also a great place to hunt. With Dad and Josh slowly walking to meet up with me I was in a good position if they happened to bump any deer my direction.

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Greatest Trail Camera Pics

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For many, trail camera season is in full swing, but I’ve yet to have an opportunity to set any up this year. After looking back through some pictures, it’s obviously time to buy some batteries and hang some cameras! Until then, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites (like the three bear cubs above) from over the years.

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