Location: ManitobaHi Team 9.
Thanks again, Bones. Banner is perfect. Good luck out there.
I actually thought HUN10′s doe was yours.
Read his post wrong.
Stay safe out there hunting.
Thanks Dan, when you get a chance take a look at the banner I did for
team 19 it turned out pretty good too, I like yours better myself, it’s got
that WolfMan Jack thing goin’ on, picks and shovels and tombstones.
The bow (pick) is a Monster, the broadhead (shovel) is a Hades,
how Holloween is that ? Very
Not bad for a number cruncher programmer pencil neck geek who cannot
add 2+2. I am not an artsy fartsy graphical designer by any means and can’t
match socks the same color and don’t care nobody sees’em.
I was glad to be of help for both of your teams, it’s a small thing but
was fun for me to do and I think helps in the spirit of participating in the
contest. That’s a good thing.Deer doesn’t open up here again until Nov 1st so I have been getting a few pictures.
Have seen a couple of better bucks, one being in the 145″ range but can’t get him on camera. Maybe he wants a photo with me in it LOL.
HANKWell on sat afternoon was lowering bow and getting ready to come off stand for lunch when a big 8 came out at 30 yards. Raised bow, nocked an arrow and let her fly. Arrow hit a branch and deflected under him, what a bummer. At least it was a clean miss. Then on Wednesday was watching two fawns and a yote came running out after them. Needless to say one less arrow and one less yote!Hank that’s a really nice buck hope you get a shot.
Eirc congrats on the cote.
I got one two years ago out back.
Good luck to you all this fall.
I’ll do what I can, stumbled into a 3 year old+ spike this morning.
Big body but an odd rack.
Wanted to put this buck into a friend of mine but we may not get to
hunt together until next weekend maybe.
Saw 6 turkeys on the way out, they’s just cacklin’ at me as i dove
Ha, Ha very funny.
Some days are just meant to stay in bed;
Joined: 7/7/2009Well Saturdays cold spell payed off. The temps were in the 30s in the morning but with hardly any wind, it was very pleasant out. Nothing but the sound of pump jacks in the distance.
Deer came in early as expected but something I didn’t plan on, dead battery on the feeder even with 2 solar panels on it. So nothing was stopping by to stay. Just had deer wondering around here and there at times.
Took my GoPro Hero 2 camera out with a Rode microphone for the first time and tried to video the hunt while hunting, certainly not an easy thing to do. I think down the road I will look at getting a camera with a zoom since the lack of zoom on this camera doesn’t really capture the up close shots I would like to see. But this is a good trial for me so hopefully when my son is old enough to hunt I’ll be more experienced with filming.
Caught a glance of a buck making his way through the brush the path the doe took and took the opportunity to film him some. Figured he was just going to walk on by and not stop for food, so planned ahead where I though he would go and it payed off.
Got a shot of him through some vines as he was walking broadside and drove the massive 2 blade broadhead through him and buried it over 6″ in the dirt behind him.
Watched him turn and run and within a minute heard him crash in the brush so I knew he was down. Gave him some time to lay down like I always do and then retreived him on film too.
It certainly was an experience. He is not the biggest buck in the area but I have been bow hunting on and off for 15 years and never shot a buck because I always was waiting for a big one outside the ears and 8-points or better.
When I first started bow hunting I was on a lease with my dad and that was the rules of the lease to let the bucks grow up, so I never got one with a bow. As the years went on and I went to college I didn’t ever have the time to make the 1000+ mile trip home and then drive another 300+ miles to the hunting lease, so I never got to see the bucks once they grew up. Years went on and the rancher kept raising his prices considerably and started bringing in paid hunters to hunt our feeders when we weren’t there, so we dropped that lease.
So now on my own, I get to hunt a public piece of land that is leased to a local archery club and although we have to worry about people stealing stuff if they stumble on it, $35 a year for a club membership and hunting privileges if we participate is very nice.
So after waiting over a decade, I figured it was about time I shot my first buck with a bow, so here is my first archery 7-point buck. Would have been an 8 if his other eye guard was longer, but I’m happy with him for sure.
Once I figure out how to edit the video and shorten it and piece the different clips together, I’ll post the video on here for everyone to view.
Maybe you all can give me some tips on how to improve the videos as well.
I already submitted to Vince, so the 12-points for the team should show up sometime.that’s it right there.
With all the hipe these days about the biggest the best, you put down
a buck of a lifetime within 3 years and know first hand what it takes.
To do that.
It’s not easy, it’s not lucky.
Congratulations what a wonderful way to live life.
You got to taste the best and worst of both worlds and what is real.
So has the buck you have slain.
Hang his rack high on your wall and never forget.(the memorys wont fade)
Each one that I laid down, could have put me to shame.First morning, first half hour of light. He came cruiseing by me at 30yds. That would be 15 points for the good guys.
Have one more buck tag and a couple doe tags yet so and I’m off for the next week. Could be a busy week.
HANKWell gents I have a doe down. Will be emailing Vince tomorrow. 5 more points for the good guys!Got a doe this morning. 5 more for the good guys. I’m done unless I find a nontypical.
HANKDoing some math here and if I’m right, by my count once our points are updated we will be at 42. Not to bad so far. Lets see if we all are able to add a few more the month of November!!!!
Location: LouisianaCongrats on the nice bucks guys! I guess I need to knock the safety off the Z9 and help out a little.Man oh man you guys got some nice deer this year.
Congratulations to you all.
To me in my mind a big rack or an old doe weights just about the same.
But a 2 year old is more tender.
So, it’s a call we all have to make, at the time.
Want to appogize for kind of bailing out at peak rut, work gets in the way.
It does every year.
I still go out when I can (just dont know when) and will put up points for
our team if I’m blessed.
Mean time I’ll check in when I can and read about your success.
If I can I’ll put a few pts. on the board for us. Workin’ on it.
Bucks keep gettin’ in the way!Wow 55 points look at us go! We could really do this!
Joined: 7/7/2009Well I wasn’t sure I’d see much Saturday with the 20-30 MPH winds and the low only being in the 60s with the high up to the 80s.
Things certainly were a roller coaster Saturday as the day went from not expecting much to great to bad and then finally to awesome.
Lets just say this day had many lessons in store for me with the first one being never to take a quartering towards shot on a buck from an elevated tree stand (that is me trying to get the rifle hunter out of me, since broadheads don’t always fare well on heavy bone) and the 2nd lesson to trust your instincts and don’t give up.
It all started out the usual morning with this one particular squirrel always trying to figure out what I am and crawling down the limb in front of my tree stand down to my stand and acting like he would leap on to me tree stand with me on it. I like usual would just lift my leg to scare him away.
About 8:20am a buck that I have never seen in person appeared in the brush walking with a doe to my feeder. Just a glace at his rack had me shaking in my boots and I had to look away to gather my composure.
I later realized that this buck was one I had gotten a video of last year at my feeder, but this was the first time I had seen him in person.
I had no shot angle at him under the feeder because I have 2 massive limbs between me and the feeder to help me be behind cover when I draw. He jumped out of the fenced area instead of moving around where I would have a shot, and it appeared he was going to leave with the doe. He walked off before I had a shot at him but then walked back towards me and turned slightly. It was this instance I had to make a decision and having shot a doe quartering towards me from ground level, I thought from a tree stand would be ok too. I was wrong.
The shot hit him hard and I heard him crash through the brush and I thought maybe he was down, but then saw him appear at 40 yards limping off slowly. Seeing him limp off like that made me sick to my stomach.
I had to thinking what to do now. I waiting 15mins and then slowly climbed down the tree and slowly and quietly got to my arrow which was sticking in the ground.
Apparently my 500+ grain arrow had hit his front shoulder and glanced down and stuck in the ground several inches. This is a BIG 4 blade broad head that I remove the bleeders from and use it as a 2 blade. The broadhead ferral was bent bad with the tip flattened and both blades were gone completely. Now I felt even worse; no penetration.
The only thing I new for sure was he was limping and moving slow, so there was a possibility that an artery may have been hit on the front leg.
I slowly crept towards where I last saw the buck and glancing through the brush I spotted him about the same instant he spotting me. He was standing about 25yds away but it was thick with vines between him and I so no shot. I noticed he turned his head to lick his leg so I crept forward to try to get a clear shot. Then he started walking away. He was walking to my left and the area opens up that way so I decided to turn back and try to head him off.
Walking back in the area by the feeder I encounter dry leaves, so I knew he probably heard me. So back I went to where I last say him since I figured he could have changed his mind and headed right.
I crept back to where he was standing when he was 25yds off and I caught movement to my right. I moved that way and 15yds away 2 small hogs ran by in the brush. I paused and decided he go back to where he was last standing and caught his blood trail and sure enough he had gone to my left, but he then cut through the brush to avoid the more cleared area and crossed the small grown up trail.
I took a more clear route to the trail and then turned back to hit his blood trail crossing it. I got about 15yds from where it blood trail was to be and a big hog snorted in the brush to me left off the grown up trail. I saw him appear and drew my bow back but before I could settle my sights on him to walked off too his left in the brush, so I let down.
I then continued up the old trail and spotted the buck to my left in the brush hunched up and slowly walking. I made my way around the vines and tried to get closer and I noticed he could hear me cause his pace sped up. As he made his way broadside I took a shot at him 20 yards away.
Unfortunately, my arrow must have hit one of the many vines between us and I saw my arrow kick sideways in the air and hit him high. I thought at that point I had a solid shot and watched him take off. He went about 30 yds and hit the ground. I thought I had him. Later I found out the arrow did not even penetrate. It must have slapped him sideways cause it only made a gash entrance but didn’t even pierce his side enough to bleed (unusual for a Montec G5).
Well I got up to him on the ground and thought he was down for good, but noticed we was still breathing so I drew my bow from about 15ft away to finish him, but to my suprise he jumped up instantly and tore through the vines and brush like a rino like nothing would stop him. It was at that instance I realized he could have just mowed me down if he would have ran at me.
He once again hit the ground about 30yds away, so this time I crept up and got a clear shot and from a distance put a montec under his leg through his lungs and watched him take his last breath.
It was at that moment I realized what I had to go through to get that buck and finally the feeling of accomplishment was there.
I was going to walk back to get my back pack with my cleaning stuff I left hanging in my tree but then I spoted another really big hog 15 yards away snorting and walking my way. I grabbed my bow and nocked another arrow, but he darted off.
I was somewhat worried if I left the buck the hogs would tear him to shreds before I got back so I searched for phone service to get a text to my father-in-law to bring the truck and keep the hogs at bay while I got my stuff from back at my tree stand.
Anyways here is my 2nd buck with a bow. A very nice 9-point buck.
I already submitted the info to Vince for the team points upgrade.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Click here to log into your account.