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Jay's Ohio hunting adventure
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Contributors to this thread:
JayG@work 04-Nov-18
GLP 04-Nov-18
Hawkeye 04-Nov-18
Southern draw 04-Nov-18
WV Mountaineer 04-Nov-18
Bou'bound 04-Nov-18
RK 04-Nov-18
standswittaknife 04-Nov-18
BigOk 04-Nov-18
JayG@work 04-Nov-18
Bou'bound 04-Nov-18
Medicinemann 04-Nov-18
Medicinemann 04-Nov-18
JayG@work 04-Nov-18
midwest 04-Nov-18
JayG@work 05-Nov-18
T Mac 05-Nov-18
Paul@thefort 05-Nov-18
JayG@work 05-Nov-18
BOWNBIRDHNTR 05-Nov-18
Mule Power 05-Nov-18
Timbrhuntr 05-Nov-18
JayG@work 05-Nov-18
stick n string 05-Nov-18
EmbryOklahoma 05-Nov-18
midwest 05-Nov-18
T Mac 05-Nov-18
JayG@work 06-Nov-18
JayG@work 06-Nov-18
Boreal 06-Nov-18
Carcajou 06-Nov-18
bowhunter24 06-Nov-18
JayG@work 07-Nov-18
Rut Nut 07-Nov-18
GLP 07-Nov-18
Brotsky 07-Nov-18
Bou'bound 07-Nov-18
ohiohunter 07-Nov-18
JayG@work 07-Nov-18
stick n string 07-Nov-18
JayG@work 07-Nov-18
Jack Harris 08-Nov-18
JayG@work 08-Nov-18
JayG@work 08-Nov-18
JayG@work 08-Nov-18
Bigpizzaman 08-Nov-18
Pat Lefemine 08-Nov-18
JayG@work 08-Nov-18
JayG@work 08-Nov-18
JayG@work 09-Nov-18
drycreek 09-Nov-18
CAS_HNTR 09-Nov-18
JayG@work 09-Nov-18
Mule Power 09-Nov-18
JayG@work 10-Nov-18
JayG@work 10-Nov-18
WV Mountaineer 10-Nov-18
BigOk 10-Nov-18
standswittaknife 10-Nov-18
Bou'bound 11-Nov-18
GLP 11-Nov-18
midwest 11-Nov-18
JayG@work 11-Nov-18
JayG@work 11-Nov-18
JayG@work 12-Nov-18
WV Mountaineer 12-Nov-18
Mule Power 12-Nov-18
midwest 12-Nov-18
JayG@work 12-Nov-18
From: JayG@work
04-Nov-18

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Well I got out to camp yesterday afternoon. Kelly's dad and cousin were out there and it was great to see them. They told me that there was a lot of trees down on the trails, so as soon as was possible, I grabbed my chainsaw and went out to check my stands and put out game cameras. I got a couple done and ran out of light, so instead of going out in the morning unprepared, I decided to sleep in and finish in the morning. I did that and spent the morning hanging out with Don, Kelly's dad and just visiting with him. It feels very strange with Kelly not here. So this afternoon I got out my bow and even though my draw is totally jacked up, I can get it back, so I am going to hunt with that until something happens to where I have to use my crossbow. My surgery is scheduled for a couple days after I get home from here, so once that is done, hopefully I will be able to raise my arm and then get my shoulder fixed. I hope to be able to not need the crossbow for many many years,, but we will see. Anyhow, it is a beautiful day to be in the woods. Wish me luck. Good bless you all.

From: GLP
04-Nov-18
Good luck!! Keep us up to date with info. Greg

From: Hawkeye
04-Nov-18
Good luck!

04-Nov-18
Good luck!

04-Nov-18
Good luck man

From: Bou'bound
04-Nov-18
Go get em jay

From: RK
04-Nov-18
GOOD LUCK JAY !!! RK

04-Nov-18
Will be watching

From: BigOk
04-Nov-18
Good luck!!!

From: JayG@work
04-Nov-18
I just had 3 does come in. Two of the does were within 20 yards. The other one, I have no idea how she got in, started blowing, towards the other ridge. They all took off. So as of now, no bucks, but it is only the first day of the hunt I am optimistic.

From: Bou'bound
04-Nov-18
Being optimistic on the first day of a hunt in the rut makes sense. You will do well jay

From: Medicinemann
04-Nov-18
Jay, Keep your nose in the wind and good luck!!

From: Medicinemann
04-Nov-18
Jay, Keep your nose in the wind and good luck!!

From: JayG@work
04-Nov-18
I just had 3 does come in. Two of the does were within 20 yards. The other one, I have no idea how she got in, started blowing, towards the other ridge. They all took off. So as of now, no bucks, but it is only the first day of the hunt I am optimistic...... So I got a text from Jason, Kelly's cousin. He asked if I could help him recover a deer he shot. I went over there and helped him bring out what is probably, the dominant button buck for the area. Lol you could throw it over your shoulders and wear it like a stole. Pretty funny. It's going to be some nice jerky.

From: midwest
04-Nov-18
Awesome that you're there, Jay....best of luck!

From: JayG@work
05-Nov-18
So day two of the trip. It rained last night and the woods are really quiet. Jason just had an 8 point go past him. He is hunting out of the same stand that he shot the snack sized button buck from yesterday. This evening it's supposed to be raining with high winds. It's not supposed to let up until tomorrow late morning. We'll have to see what happens then, but as of now, it is nice. A nice peaceful day to be in the woods.

From: T Mac
05-Nov-18
Hey Jay best of luck. You know kelly’s looking down smiling. Hope you get a crack at a nice 114 bob

05-Nov-18
Good luck to all of you.

From: Paul@thefort
05-Nov-18
Jay, lots to think about while in the stand, of past hunts. Good luck. my best , Paul

From: JayG@work
05-Nov-18
Jason just texted me and said that he shot a big buck. He said he had a huge blood trail and then it just stopped. He wants me to go help track it.... This is what Kelly and I used to do whenever anyone couldn't find a deer. We were the ones who would find them. Damn... Well I guess I will just leave all my stuff here in the tree and go help Jason. I'll be back up here in the afternoon.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
05-Nov-18
Keep us posted and good luck!

From: Mule Power
05-Nov-18
Track em down Jay. Best of luck today and all week.

From: Timbrhuntr
05-Nov-18
Maybe Kelly's up there sending the deer out for others to shoot so you have to go track them and laughing his butt off ! Good luck on the hunt !

From: JayG@work
05-Nov-18

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Well we found him. A very nice buck. The G-2s are about 10-11 inches long. Nice mass too...... I just keep seeing does... What rut?? Lol

05-Nov-18
Awesome deal. U have to go far from where he last had blood?

05-Nov-18
Best of luck Jay!

From: midwest
05-Nov-18
Sa-weet!

From: T Mac
05-Nov-18
Awesome your chance will happen!

From: JayG@work
06-Nov-18
Stick n string, at times there was little to no blood, but you see by the gait of the deer that it was hurting. Where there was no blood I just stayed on it's track. On the flat ground, there was little but on the hills, it was dumping. Not to get too wrapped up in the trail, just let me say this. Shoot heavier arrows, if a deer is on full, consider the distance before you shoot. A deer reacts a lot faster than most people believe.... On an interesting note, when I would lose the track, I would ask Kelly where the deer went. Invariably, as soon as I did that, I would see the next sign. It was funny.

From: JayG@work
06-Nov-18

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Okay, next afternoon, go vote. Lol So this morning I didn't go out. It rained stupidity hard last night and I think they said we got like 3 inches in 5 hours. My alarm went off and I heard it still raining, which I found odd, because it was supposed to have ended by then. I opened the door to the trailer and saw that it did stop raining, and the dripping I was hearing was the leak in my roof. Sununabitz!! So I ended up going to Lowe's instead of the woods. I got the trailer squared away, so now I am out. The stand I am hunting is one that Kelly showed me where to set up. It has been my best stand but this past summer there were a lot of wind storms that blew down a bunch of trees. There are a lot of trees down right around this stand and I am afraid that I may be too exposed. We'll see. I'm going to hunt it tonight and tomorrow and then I will see how the deer react..

From: Boreal
06-Nov-18
Good luck!

From: Carcajou
06-Nov-18
Jay, I am enjoying your hunt so far, after meeting you at your place last year and seeing your vids of the bucks you were seeing/shooting, I know you are in a great spot. Love it down there, Good luck, shoot straight

From: bowhunter24
06-Nov-18
Jay was Jason's buck shot in the neck? Wasn't sure from the picture. Kelly was definitely in my thoughts last weekend for my first hunt. We will have cold temps and possible snow this Thursday here in MO maybe it will make it your way as well good luck, kill a big old 114!

From: JayG@work
07-Nov-18
So this morning I slipped in to my stand about 25 minutes before shooting light. Everything was and still is perfect..... Except for the fact that there are no deer moving. I don't know what is going on. This stand is usually the stand where I see most of the activity,, but it has been dead. I'm going to spend the day here and .... Crap,, just had a coyote come by and couldn't get my phone put away fast enough to get a shot... Anyhow, I'm spending today here. If nothing happens,, it's on to plan B.

From: Rut Nut
07-Nov-18
Good luck Jay- sounds like Kelly is right there with you! ;-)

From: GLP
07-Nov-18
Keep at it. I am enjoying following along. Greg

From: Brotsky
07-Nov-18
Good luck Jay! The best thing about this time of year is things can change in the blink of an eye and often do!

From: Bou'bound
07-Nov-18
Keeping us informed is more important than shooting a coyote any day

From: ohiohunter
07-Nov-18
Good luck, I've bumped some nice bucks who like to lay right up against them down trees.

From: JayG@work
07-Nov-18
So I'm back at it, I got down around 1145 and ate some lunch, changed boots and socks and am in the stand again. While I was down I also checked the election results and can't believe the people of NYC were stupid enough to elect a Socialist to Congress after seeing how bad it is having one as mayor.. I guess you can't fix stupid.. This is the reason Northern NY wants to secede from the lower. Anyhow, it's a beautiful day and the winds are good.. Nothing like the 35 MPH gusts we were getting yesterday. Maybe something big will come by... Hopefully something will happen. Lol

07-Nov-18
Good luck jay!

From: JayG@work
07-Nov-18
So I'm back at it, I got down around 1145 and ate some lunch, changed boots and socks and am in the stand again. While I was down I also checked the election results and can't believe the people of NYC were stupid enough to elect a Socialist to Congress after seeing how bad it is having one as mayor.. I guess you can't fix stupid.. This is the reason Northern NY wants to secede from the lower. Anyhow, it's a beautiful day and the winds are good.. Nothing like the 35 MPH gusts we were getting yesterday. Maybe something big will come by... Hopefully something will happen. Lol

From: Jack Harris
08-Nov-18
Good luck Jay. Glad Kelly was able to assist on that recovery. Been a slow rut for bucks in nj. This is the time of year I hope to see does. Well every day I am covered in them. Never seen so many. And nothing is bothering them. This past monday was only day I saw a mature buck in nearly two weeks of vacation.

From: JayG@work
08-Nov-18
So nothing happened yesterday,,, and I mean NOTHING.. I left all my stuff in the tree and came back this morning. I got in about 30 minutes before shooting light. I was moving slowly because I had on a couple extra layers. It was pretty cold this morning and I didn't want to get sweated up. After not seeing anything for the first couple hours, I had a small 8 come through. I got a couple pics and as soon as started to text Jason, a bigger one came through. No pictures of that one though because my bow was in my hands. He was close, but he got to walk... Maybe next year.... So selfies are fun. Look down along my arm

From: JayG@work
08-Nov-18

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Damn, didn't add the picture

From: JayG@work
08-Nov-18

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Another one of the little guy

From: Bigpizzaman
08-Nov-18
Good Luck

From: Pat Lefemine
08-Nov-18
That’s a booner in the Northern Zone!

From: JayG@work
08-Nov-18
Well I went in for lunch, it got really slow. Don, Kelly's dad, told Jason, Kelly's cousin to take me out and show me some more places to hunt. I have been hunting here for 9 years and I haven't seen it all. I have pretty much stayed in my area and learned it well. Anyhow, we were poking around and we went past this stand and I instantly recognized it at the first place that Kelly put me when he had me out as a guest all those years ago. I teared up right then,,, as I am now just remembering that. My God I miss him...... Anyhoo, I am back up in my tree. Winds are picking up and a front with rain is supposed to be coming tonight and tomorrow, followed by a drastic drop in temperature. This may be the start of something big. We'll have to see. .... . So as I was getting myself settled, in the distance I heard a buck popping. If you're never heard it, it is pretty interesting. It starts off with series of low ticks, almost like a woodpecker and gets faster until it turns to a gutteral grunt.. pretty cool stuff.. I tried grunting back but nothing... Maybe something will in a few minutes.

From: JayG@work
08-Nov-18
So tonight ended very interestingly. I had a decent 8 point come in. I am hunting on the head of a draw with really steep sides so the deer use the head to go from one side to the other. It is an awesome choke point. Anyhow, I think that I screwed up. Once the 8 point that came in went behind me, about 5 minutes later, I heard some walking. I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw the 8 point, so I turned my attention to the other side of the hill. I glanced back at the 8 point and that was when I realized, this wasn't the same 8 point. This one was bigger. I watched him for about 3 minutes as he checked the area for does, made a scrape and all. The whole time, I was thinking, "maybe I should shoot him". So I pulled out my binoculars and took a really good look at the deer. By the time I figured that I was going to shoot him, I didn't have a good angle. So he walked. He was,,, I don't know. I really sucks at the whole scoring thing, so I have no idea. I do know that he was standing in front of my game camera for about 5 minutes so I know I have a couple pictures of him at least. Maybe we can do a guest my score thing with no real right answer because the deer is still out walking.. Anyhow, later, as the sun was setting, I had two does come out of the cut to my right and graze in my direction. I was so intent on them that when I went to stand up to shoot, I failed to see the other doe that was coming in from a different direction. She started blowing. All three of them took off and headed over the ridge with their tails flying. I was thinking, Sunumabitz!! So I went to sit back down, a deer,, sounded like a big deer, just blew and galloped off. I used that term because that is what horses do. When it ran off, it sounded like a horse. Unreal.... It was so utterly unexpected that my scentlock suit almost got filled with my excitement. What a day. It went from zero to ninety MPH pretty quick. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

From: JayG@work
09-Nov-18

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If you were going to hunt today you would need to be one of these guys.
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If you were going to hunt today you would need to be one of these guys.
Well this morning is a write off. it started raining at about midnight and it's been raining steadily all the way until now which is about noon time. It is supposed to taper off and stop within the next hour or so. Perhaps I will make it out this afternoon. I took this opportunity to go get a shower at the truck stop in town go to IHOP and go grocery shopping so it's not a complete loss. I have a couple of different options to hunt so we'll see what happens with the weather. One thing I'm not going to do is go sit out in the rain and get pneumonia. Not only that but if I hit one and didn't kill it right away blood trailing in the rain is no fun and hunting is supposed to be fun.. I hope everybody is having a great season. Wish me luck...

From: drycreek
09-Nov-18
Interesting and entertaining thread Jay. Don't second guess that 8 point too much, you're only the about the millionth guy to do that. Kelly wants you to get a bigger one anyhow. Good luck on the rest of your hunt.

Oh.....if Paul@theFort were there, he would skewer those ducks and have 'em for supper :-)

From: CAS_HNTR
09-Nov-18
I wimped out and didn't hunt this am either. In the stand now.....rain stopped and deer should be up.

From: JayG@work
09-Nov-18
So I'm out on a different ridge that Jason showed me yesterday. The rain has finally stopped. I got in late, but my main objective was to get my gear set up for the morning. I am in a cherry tree, about 25 feet up, right on the side of the clear cut. The deer bed and use it for cover during the day and then at night, go down to the fields below. Hopefully something will happen.

From: Mule Power
09-Nov-18
Following your thread Jay. Last time I hunted there it was so thick I told Kelly that a herd of elk and Bigfoot could be hiding out in the thickets and nobody would know. Has that stuff grown up at all and thinned out? Lots of country on that lease. Are there still any hogs around?

From: JayG@work
10-Nov-18
So, here I am in my climber, sitting on a saddle. The winds are... Well, let's just say, high. In fact, stupidity high,,,, but at least it's cold. So I got out this morning and got set up. I came in slow because I was dressed pretty heavily and didn't want to get sweated up. I got up to my stuff which I left in the tree last night. I got settled and about a half hour later, I heard a strange noise about 80 yards to my right. There was a herd of pigs about 15-20 strong and a couple were really big. I would guess over 400 lbs. Anyhow, I was going to shoot one if they came in, but they didn't. Then about an hour later, a doe was walking on the ridge and at about 60 yards, caught wind of me and bolted. Then about an hour after that, I had a real good buck going up the other ridge. I grunted to him but he probably couldn't hear anything because of the roar of the wind. It is crazy. I'm heading down in about a half hour. I'm frozen.

From: JayG@work
10-Nov-18

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So,,, I went back to camp for a couple hours to thaw out. While I was up in my stand, I was shivering something fierce. While I was shivering, I looked over to my left really far, and during one of my shivers, I blew my back out. It hurt so much, and, I found that I couldn't draw my bow. So anyhow, long story short, I took out my crossbow this afternoon. I know, I know,, Bowsite, I get it, and if you are offended, go ahead and stop reading and just flame away..... Anyhow, I was sitting trying to stay as still as possible so as to not mess my back up any more. The winds started to subside and with the sun on my back, it felt downright balmy,,, in a still below freezing sort of way. So then the sun started to get low and I heard movement from down below me in the valley. I heard hoofs splashing in the creek, and then a nice doe appeared from the creek about 60 yards away. It came straight up the hill towards the saddle that I was in, so I had no shot. She walked in and started to bust at about,, well, straight down under me... I guess one of my hot hands dropped from my pocket and it smelled it. She ran off to 18 yards quartering away. You couldn't ask for a better angle, so I shot her. She ran off and laid down 60 yards from where I shot her. She is a big doe. The shot was perfect and she died quickly. I offered God a prayer of thanks, got down and got her dressed... I texted a couple guys back at camp and they came up and helped me get my gear and deer loaded up and back to camp.......bso okay, a shameless plug.. somehow, my string came off the cam. I called around but it was around 8:00 pm on a Saturday night and nobody was open. Jason told me to go on Facebook and look up a shop and message them with my predicament.. I got messaged back almost immediately. The guy told me to come in and he would hook me up,, tonight. So I went in to Detty Outdoors in Chillicothe and Nathan Hatton fixed me right up.. so here I am in the I HOPE eating a massive omelette and relating my afternoon to you. I hope you all are having a great season. Be well and be safe.

10-Nov-18
Congrats on some great eating.

From: BigOk
10-Nov-18
Congrats

10-Nov-18
Thx for posting and i hope you can not only kill a good one but get your back to work with you!

From: Bou'bound
11-Nov-18
excellent Jay great job

From: GLP
11-Nov-18
Better to hunt with a crossbow than not hunt at all. Enjoying following along. Greg

From: midwest
11-Nov-18
Yum! Congrats!

From: JayG@work
11-Nov-18

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From: JayG@work
11-Nov-18
So I went and got my doe dropped off at the guy up the road who processes deer and stuias we were heading down to the main road, there was a nice 10 point trotting parallel to it.. it was just out there running,, broad daylight. One of the guys in the camp said he saw 4 different bucks, and two of them were shooters.. Things are picking up for sure. Hopefully something will decide to come by here.

From: JayG@work
12-Nov-18
Back up in the tree. This morning has been a decent morning. I got in to the stand and was set up quickly. I left everything in place last night so all I had to do was clib up and make a few minor adjustments and I was good to go. I was set for about 45 minutes and had a six point come in. He meandered around the head of the draw and walked down in to the valley. Then about 20 minutes ago, he came back up. I was watching him and didn't even see the spike that was with him until he was about 10 yards away. They both sort of moved through and went over the saddle and into the cut next to me. I am hoping that something big comes through. I know that the situation can change in the blink of an eye, but man,, seeing no shooters within range for over a week now really sucks. In fact, I have only seen one deer that I would consider a shooter while hunting, and it was the better part of 100 yards away. Usually I would see a buck that I would consider a shooter every day. Not this year I guess... The wierd thing is that since Kelly is gone, it seems not right. I mean, here it is, the peak of the rut, in Ohio, in good whitetail country, and I am the only one here, hunting today. When Kelly was here, the camp would be full.. it just seems odd to me. So anyhow, if I shoot one, it is going to have to be a slam dunk shot since I'm the only one here. It is going to have to drop quickly because I don't know how I will get one out if it goes in the cut. A couple of the guys said to call them if I get one and they will come help,,,, but they are all a couple hours away. I would feel bad doing that. Okay, time to listen and be at one with the woods.

12-Nov-18
Bro, look at the good in life. Don’t worry about the doubts. The Good Lord wants you to enjoy your time here. Don’t let anything take that away from you.

As far as the help, there is only one thing fellow hunters would rather do instead of shoot something. And that is help a buddy who did shoot something. They offered, take them up On it if need be. If they can, I’m a state away and can be there pretty quick. Now, stay in and kill one. Nothing would seal this hunt better then giving it your all. Good luck and God Blesd

From: Mule Power
12-Nov-18
Did you text Kelly and tell him thanks? I still shoot him texts once in awhile.

From: midwest
12-Nov-18

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Jay, get some good game bags. Break the deer down gutless where he falls, hang the bags, pack it out in as many trips as you need. I killed 2 deer last Saturday morning back in on some rough public ground. Took my time and enjoyed the process of taking them out solo.

From: JayG@work
12-Nov-18
Midwest, that was sort of my plan. I figured that I would just quarter it out. I've never done that before but I think I could figure it out. So, a news flash.. it is now snowing/sleeting. It was funny, you could feel that it was getting ready to start. It sorta smelled like it. I figure that I'll stay here for a while longer and then go make a sammich. Maybe a soup and sammich.

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