Monday, September 27, 2010

Lone Hunter...I mean, Huntress

It's the third weekend of bow season. I left Phillip at home Saturday morning (he was “on call” for work so he stayed at the house) and headed to the huntin club. Went to a lock on way in the back of the property. Its right on the property line. It overlooks a little food plot. I'm surrounded by white oaks and a clear cut to my left.  At 7:05am I saw a deer walk from another lock on that is about 100 yards opposite of me.  The deer  walked to me…through the food plot and then right by my stand. It went up the road/path that I come in from. I couldn’t tell if it was a small button head that hadn’t broke skin yet. I let it walk. Then 15 min later a little button head walked right underneath me. He walked to the food plot and nibbled. Then went into the woods. Little while later I took a bathroom break in the stand (LOL). Then 8 something, I watched a small deer in the woods…..just on the other side of our property line. Looked like a small doe. She was too far in the woods and too many branches in the way to make a shot. I got down at 9:30am b/c my bladder was screaming again. Saw some “speed meat” on my way back to camp. Would've shot it but it's not season yet!  LOL

I didn’t go huntin' Saturday afternoon b/c me and phillip went to another county that we hunt and planted 2 food plots. We were hot, nasty, and tired from that. So we went home. It is just too hot right now!!  We didn’t go Sunday afternoon since it was raining. We planted those food plots at perfect timing! Rain will do them some good!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

UPDATE: Bloody Arrow

Well – they found my deer last night.   One of the guys was out there hunting and shot a doe. Upon looking for her they found mine.  She ran 300 yards away from where I shot her. The coyotes already got to her.  One of the guys said I must have gotten excited b/c the entry hole was near her hind quarters on the left side and came out behind the other hind quarters. That would explain no blood trail!

Phillip and I kept thinking about the shot.  One of two things happened:
1 - my face mask deflected the arrow when I squeezed the trigger. Causing it to fly slightly to the right.


2 - One of the mechanical blades on my Ramcat broadhead was popped open and not down. So when I squeezed the trigger to let the arrow fly, that third blade was catching the wind differently - making it steer right.

Either way - I'm dying to get back out there and do it again! Gotta get some meat in the freezer!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bloody Arrow

Saturday morning I headed back to food plot #4 (where I was last weekend). Climbed up the tree and got in the lock-on. Strapped on my safety harness to the tree. Got everything out. Sprayed down again with cover scent. Sat down and the last thing I had to do was put on my face mask. As I slipped it over my head, I realized it was breaking day…..but still dark. As I put my hat back over my head and slipped my pony tail through, I looked down the food plot to my right and noticed a dark spot out there. I sat still for a few seconds and starred at it....trying to see if it was moving or not. Sure enough it was! I didn’t even have time to txt Phillip to let him know I had gotten to the stand ok. I was the only one hunting the new side of the property – phillip and the 2 North Carolina guys were on the other side away from me. So I had it ALL to myself! Anyways --- so the dark spot is moving. I verify it’s a deer. It comes into the food plot down the middle. Slowly. Eating as it walks. It comes towards me and gets closer. I can start to see a little better. Nothing else has come into the food plot. I kept checking its head – no buttons. It’s a small doe. As she gets to my one o’clock position, I decided I will shoot her. I let her walk around to my 10 o’clock. I picked my bow up twice....each time the top cam swipes across the leaves in the tree that come around over my head. She looked around, but NEVER up at me. So I draw back again, put the pin on her shoulder. THWACK! She takes off running around in the food plot. Her tail is tucked and she is running crazy!! Her ears are tucked back as well. She hits the woods to my right and I hear her crashing and running around…..she makes her way further into the woods behind me. I turn around in my stand. I can hear her still crashing, but getting slower. The last sound I hear comes from over my left shoulder. I txt Phillip. I get down 35 minutes later. Got to the ground. Found my arrow on the ground COVERED in blood. It was a sure shot!! But I look around in the food plot and didn’t see any blood on the dirt. So I walked back to the 4wheeler where I had parked it. Rode back to camp on the other side. Put some stuff up. Waited on Phillip and other club members to go help us find her.  All 5 of us looked in the food plot. NOTHING. Couldn’t find any blood. . The woods behind my stand start to slant downhill and go into a creek bottom. We couldn’t find no signs of blood or her. We never could find her.

I shot her at 11 yards. Bad thing was she was quartered TO me, not away from me. I should’ve been more patient and let her turn some more. It was fun and I’m ready to do it again. Just hate I couldn’t find her. The rest of the day we planted 10 food plots. We didn’t leave until 8:00pm. we were very hot, tired, and aggravated! So we didn’t get to hunt Saturday night and on Sunday we didn’t go at all. We needed a break from the heat!

Monday, September 13, 2010

2010 Bow Season Begins

I hope ya’ll can keep a secret! Saturday mornin I didn't see nothin. Neither did Phillip. Saturday evening I went to a food plot on the other side of the property. It had some old left over, knocked down corn stalks. Not many at all. It was a big food plot though. Few peas coming out of the ground and TONS of American Beauty bushes around! I ended up seeing two fawns and a mama. They were fun to watch. Mama just better be glad she had to fawns with her or else she would be at the processor! Then - right at PRIME TIME.....a buck came out to my right. He was 48 yards away. He came to the edge of the food plot. I saw antlers and my heart started racing. He turned and went to his right (further away from me). He ate in some green grass stuff for a while. Had to wait until I didn't see him anymore to get down. Then Sunday night, I watched the same mama and 2 fawns. They ate all around the food plot and in the bushes right below me for the longest time. Then at 8:19pm, I looked to my right and I barely saw 2 dark spots moving. I picked up the binos and quickly saw one of em was a buck! Not sure if it was the same one b/c it was so dark I couldn't tell. Well -- I thought it was still barely daylight b/c the moon had everything lit up! I couldn't tell what the other deer was. If it was a buck, it didn't have antlers like the other one in front of it. So i kept my eyes on the one buck. I put the binos down. Struggled to put my release on my loop cuz I couldn't see. Both deer walked down the middle of the food plot my way. As soon as the buck walked at my 1 o'clock where some brush hid me, I drew back. Then he stepped out into the opening I had....and I went to look through my peep site to put a pin on him...I couldn't see nothin!! I was like "HUH?" so I looked again through my peep -- NOTHIN! so I looked back at him with both eyes - I could see him right there...about 18 yards. I saw him enough to know it was him!! But I looked at my bow and my fiber optic sites weren't glowing at all anymore!! As bad as I wanted to pull that trigger -- I didn't. I let off and was sick to my stomach. But its a good thing I didn't shoot and miss or shoot and wound him. I wanted him so bad! But I didn't mess up this spot. Besides, I didn’t realize it was dark and past the legal shooting time! LOL Dang moon will play tricks on ya! LOL So iInow have me a good huntin spot to keep a close eye on! I'll be back to that food plot again! Keep your fingers crossed for me and say a prayer!!