Now days I don't hunt until the weather cools off a bunch. I used to kill 8-10 deer a Year but now I only want a few. The colder it gets, the better I like it. Glad to see you guys all camoed up. I have killed many many deer wearing blue jeans and wool shirt. I wear camo but mainly to keep other hunters from seeing me. Camo doesn't mean squat if you don't move. Deer hear you, smell you or see you move. If you use the wind, don't make noise and don't move when the deer will see you they will come to within a few feet almost no matter what you are wearing.
Been out only yesterday as the heat has been a butt kicker ( so I go for a run), and on the few cool AM's there has been, Ive had to work (drats!!).... it was muggy/foggy and 67 yesterday AM..I back pack in 40 lbs of stand/sticks and pack each hunt also.... I was drenched in sweat coming out at 10am, it hit 74 by then, 83 in the afternoon.... I may get back out Thurs before work... then I'm off on Fri/Sat.....next week starts a special 1 week draw archery only hunt on a 1200 acre chunk of state land. Its only 7 miles from the house, so I can hunt most mornings before work as weather permits, then my two days off later in the week..... Ive killed several deer off the place in the last 5 years of the draws, and all I'm really after is a big Doe this time of year.. ... heck, its mid Oct. the weather has got to start to cool down some ...
"Plenty of pics of aged hunters, but none of any dead animals. ;-)"
Haven't tagged a deer in a few years, as my main focus was getting my son his first archery kill. Well that happened last year on the first day of archery. I told myself, the first legal buck that comes along..... Well on Oct 2nd this five point came in at 8:05am. Second buck I saw that morning.
I was dumb enough to pack my Summit climber into a spot yesterday evening. It was 84 when I left the house and it was one of the dumbest things I've ever done. It was miserable and of course I didn't see squat.
Took my daughter yesterday evening. Drew twice but the first doe moved her vitals behind a tree, second doe boogered when she drew. Who knew it would be tough to get an 8 year old drawn at 10 yards and only 9 foot off the ground. ;)
"KPC, They are bows people actually hit stuff with, not crutches. :)"
It's all about knowing your effective range Bowfreak. Inside 20 yards, no "crutches" needed. 16 yards, from second story bathroom, through the hall, down the stairs, through the family room, into the bedroom, nothing but tens.
Under pressure? Nothing makes your heart pump harder than using your wife's late grandmother's Birdseye Maple dresser as a backstop.
No worries Bowbender. I couldn't care less what kind of bow a person hunts with as long as it's legal. Heck, I don't even have a problem with crossbows. As long as you're out there, that's all that matters. What someone else chooses to hunt with doesn't affect my hunt in the least.
I have three very, very favorite memories from hunting. The first was in '99. My 10 year old daughter accompanied me on the first day of rifle season. It was just an awesome time, me and her, hot chocolate, saw turkeys and a bunch of deer. Even managed to kill a buck with her along.
The second was when my son shot his first buck during rifle season in 2012. Hunting the mountains of PA, at camp, and he drops a nice eight point during the second week.
The third was last year. First day of archery, we're in stands about 20 yard apart, doe comes in, he makes a perfect 18 yard shot. She went maybe 40 couple yards and dropped.
I have not been in the woods yet. Circumstances cancelled my Elk hunt and have been impacting all corners of life. All in my immediate family are healthy and, in the grand scheme, I am working to maintain true perspective.
However, I have to admit that I am not living up to be the man that I want to be. I am finding myself generally surly. That's part of the reason that I haven't been posting as much. I've found that my attitude is entering into my conversations if I don't keep it reined in. Kind of like how it's difficult to be positive immediately after you've smashed a finger. I have no desire to inflict negativity on others.
But... I have been invited to hunt a good chunk of private land in Pike Co. here in IL and I am REALLY looking forward to it. I just cleared the last scheduling hurdle about an hour and fifteen minutes ago.
I hope to be able to post some good news about that hunt and with my continued problem solving, return to my normally affable self.
I said "contraption," and I hit what I'm aiming at with mine too.
When you're in your treestand, how you pass the time, and what you do with your "doohickey" is of absolutely NO concern to me. None, zero, nada... As a matter of fact, I wish you hadn't even said that.
I know how you feel Link. I wish I could show you a video of my daughter's first...but I can't. And it's not because I didn't try. It's a long story but let's just say I have a great video of the roof of her blind, a loud BANG, and then some frantic whispering.
Its been too freakin warm in Southern Illinois. Finally today it is cool enough to even consider it as far as I'm concerned. I know some guys that have gone out and they all say the same thing, "Only way I'm shooting one is if its a wall hanger! Its too hot!"
"...makes a 130" buck look like he's 134"!" If only that buck was nearing 130". Chuck Adams can pose however the heck he wishes. When you shoot numerous world-record (or nearly) caliber specimens, I doubt there is much need to attempt to deceive viewers with photographic tricks.