yeah i m first weeeee
oh got me some trout today at the fishing farm in Urbana
was pretty good. couldn't eat all of it
can't wait to fish this spring
i m not one to ice fish. Waaaaayyyy to cold for me brrrrr
anyone got the Cabelas catolog yet
I think i got Bass Pro but not Cabelas
Went to Gander Mt pphhttt nothing their . I just didn't like anything thier
Cabella's catalog? I get one every 3 days. I swore this year I was going to keep track and have a huge box to put them all in. I must buy too much from them.
Yes, the booty fly is a little difficult to put in. I did find though that it was easier to cut the "smile" , add facing to the cut edges and then insert the zipper. It would be worth the money to have a pro do it. Just use a really heavy zipper that runs smoothly.
The term "booty fly" I came up with, but someone else here told me to put a zipper in my suit. (when I have time, I will go back through the 60 mile long thread and see who it was). I did contact Cabelas a couple months ago. Said that because they work with designers, this might be something to consider. They wrote me back and said they would pass on the information. I cannot believe they have not addressed this issue before.
A nearby sports/hunting shop had camo crockpots half price. Boy oh boy, venison roast in a camo crockpot tastes twice as good.
Camo crockpots--lol, that would have been neat back when hubby and I used to be in deer camps where we had a "camp shack." Used to like to cook for several other camp members (whoever was there at the time). They would have all gotten a kick out of that. I've never seen them. If they could be found around here, I'm sure one of my kids would have to give me one as a gift.
Cparts, you may want to consider getting a patent on your idea so it isn't stolen. I wouldn't want someone else to profit from an idea you put so much time and effort into!
Sue, just like Cparts I get a Cabela's catalog every 3 days too! Well it seems like every 3 days. We even get the hardback 'limited edition' catalogs. I know we spend too much there. Also, on the other thread you had asked about 'going in the woods'. That is the hardest part about being a female hunter. I even wear coveralls! Basically you have to brave the cold, disrobe, try not to fall down, squat on poison/prickers, don't pee on your clothes (that isn't fun getting a hoody full of pee), and before you freeze, redo all you've undone. Then add a climbing tree stand!I also know women who prefer to hunt in a skirt to avoid this very problem.
Final note there are products available for women to 'pee standing' which would make "going in the woods" easier. They aren't easy to find but are available.
I couldn't wear coveralls and go through all that, even in Alaska we just drop trou, usually sweatpants in the layer of pants if cold enough and rainpants with stretch tops in wet weather or wet brush, as the last layer. I found all about weeing fast on my short flagging career. They don't give you but 15 minutes if that, and you learn to regulate your liquid intake and output in that profession! When you have heavy equipment on the roll, you have to control the traffic, no matter what. Out hunting with the guys, they are directed to "watch for a bear" with backs turned. LOL
You know how carthart coveralls have buttons all the way up in the leg . I wonder if that would be another alternative in womens sports ware . Remember onsies when you kids were babies . Kinda like that idea ? hmmm
hey cparts i think you may be on to something
i would try and patent and do some demos like chickenrancher suggested.
i got a friend in ID her Dh does taxidermey i bet someone like that could advertise for you ? in his shop.
Skirts hmmmm there is an idea. i presume without heels ? lol :)
It is funny, because I do have a nice suit that is pants and a nice coat, but prefer the once piece suit when hunting. It just seems warmer. I was thinking I was pretty sassy every time I used that zipper on the booty. LOL. (after 10 years of dressing and redressing in the blind)
I have seen sports ones too. Like a big football.
DD first told me of the camo slow cookers, a couple years ago, their tv station had a buck pole. Everyday there would be different sponsers there at the station. She emailed me and said "Mom, there are guys here with camo crockpots. Why would you need a camo crockpot?" I instantly wanted one. LOL
It is kind of like when we used the walkie talkies when we hunted. Had to pay extra for the camo. Then I dropped mine and took an hour trying to find it. LOL
I never thought i would where camo , but besides pink that is all i where. Now if only Carharts where in camo.
Hahaha on the walkie talkies
I tried to convince my DH the quad should be camo, he didn't go for it But we did get camo green . solid. a girl can dream.
Our quads are red. Oh well. We do have a camo cover for them though, although we always walk to our blinds.
Late last year DH started using the quad because of time (got dark so early) and heavy snow for walking. (you get too warm walking, then freeze sitting)
He parked it about 200 yards from the blind and had no problem seeing deer. They didn't seem to mind the big red thing there at all. Then when he shot a deer, the quad was right there for him to bring it to the house.
I might get lazy next year and take the quad sometimes.
Yes, before we had the quads, there were places we wouldn't even shoot deer. If you have to drag them through a half mile of swamp, with downed trees, muck, roots, heavy cover, you woundn't shoot it either.
We set up a system of trails, using deer trails and cutting the least possible amount. The trials help us get to the deer. And make nice walking or quading for recreation too.
In the winter, we break the trails with the quad after a heavy snow. The deer then use these trails, making it easier for them to walk. Some of the trails look like you went down them with hoof studded tires. lol
So how many acres do you have ? or did you tell me that already and as always i forgot ?
or do you have a place out somewhere else on land by you.
i was told not to hunt on our land, but i think the first yr we will. Watch after that and see how it goes.
My FIl wants to put pheasant and qual out thier in our woods. For wild game hunting and some wild turkeys.
With my luck they will go get hit by a car or go on to my neighbors and he gets them lol :)
We are going to put some trails in too in our woods. We have alot of clearing to do. To get the air flow back in so the good trees can grow. and we aren't suffening in the summer with humidity. It is pretty bad back in the woods in august yikes
Why wouldn't you hunt on your own land? The best thing about having land is being able to do on it what you want which includes hunting! Your own well managed land is the best place to hunt. Also, you know who is and isn't supposed to be there. As for the pheasant and quail ... the quail will do well in your woods that is their natural habitat but unless you have some uncut grassland the pheasant probably won't do well. Pheasant are prairie birds.
thats what i thought too chicken . but FIL is pretty stubburn. So i just kinda let him talk
have you ever hunted qual ? for me it is a pretty small bird to put energy into . Imho ,but what do i know. ;)
i don't know why the guy told me that . I htink he was jealous. ?
I would do quail just to do bird watching . i do think they are cute
Best thing is to be able to manage your own land. And to be able to watch deer movement all year round.
We have 110 acres here. There is high land and swamp land, it boarders a river and has a nice ridge running through it. Really nice habitat.
I haven't hunted birds yet. We have some ruffled grouse here and turkeys, but the bobcats seem to be better hunters so far and don't leave all that many. We have the lake/marsh out front where there is pretty good duck/geese hunting, but I haven't done that yet either. Like to watch others hunt out there though. The goose season, is on top of deer season, and it is hard to do both.
Having property is a never ending management. But sure worth it.
cpartschick, you need to be talking to your state Game and Fishery. A lot of states do release programs for game birds in areas where they aren't so plentiful. It certainly wouldn't hurt to ask if they have anything like that available.
That is a good idea. And something to ck. I think though, that it is just our chunk of land. Seems there is a really good pheasant population a couple miles from here, yet, I saw a pheasant on our property for the first time in 20 years on Christmas day.
Down the road a half mile, they have tons of turkeys. We just have a few more preditors here. That is ok, I can share with them. The bobcats, coyotes and fox have not been a problem...yet. Sure wish they would eat some of the squirrels though. Seem to be enough of those guys around.
Well, I know Nebraska has a release program for pheasant, quail and turkey, so assumed your state would have something similar. Pheasant hunting there is big business. I love it and miss that terribly, but don't know if I'm still fast enough and can see well enough to hunt em. Good eating though! They are a real challenge to shoot on the wing.
Much of the pheasant hunting are pheasants that are released for the hunt. Not my type of hunting at all.
I was surprised to hear (from on DG) that there are many pheasants in our county. My brothers used to bring one home for dinner when I was a kid. They are sure good. Now, I think I would rather look at them, as they are such a handsome bird.
They use all kinds of feathers for fly tying.
After we were married DH said he needed to pick up his father's fly tying stuff from a nephew and we needed a truck.
I wrinkled my brow and thought, mmmm, fly tying...some hooks, thread, feathers, fur, maybe a little vise or something, how much stuff could it be.
We went and packed the long box full of boxes. It was a few years before he set up a room in the basement and we unpacked. His dad had enough stuff to open a store to SELL fly tying stuff.
Large jars of all kinds of feathers, plastic shoe boxes full of pelts and whole skins off birds. About 20 large boxes with drawers holding all kinds of thread and hooks. It was crazy. He has this new 14 by 20 room full of stuff.
Now if it was crafts, or yarn, that would be ok.
(I do sneak some supplies sometimes to make "fly fishing earrings" or other projects)
Now...if this is not enough, I now have squirrel tails hanging from the basement ceiling drying, just in case there wasn't the right color I guess.
My husband taught me to tie flies. He was a genius, made all his own tools then made everything from feathers and fur but I'll admit he did buy some of the caribou feathers and a few calf tails (kip tail is what he called it). He evn made teeny tiny little ones for ice fishing. Always had friends(?) begging for them till he put a price on them then all he got was a lot of badmouthing. They did take a lot of time. He even m ade molds for pouring crawdads, nightcrawlers etc long before they were as popular as they are today. And we always recycled broken and torn up ones. Pheasant are released here in Indiana for hunting. A few of them survive the hunt and one will be spotted on occasion. Farmers, although I love and respect them, are making survival next to impossible for much of the wildlife, especially birds and rabbits. Here's a question, my daughter in law saw two cats in the field at the back of their property and grabbed the video. They appeared to be extremely large black housecats. I'll guess from the video they were 1 1/2 - 2 foot tall, based on the corn stubble they were walking through. They called the CO and he said he felt they were just house cats but wanted them to get their video burned onto a CD to send in to the experts. They have seen them one other time. Nobody living nearby claims them and they move somewhat different than regular cats. We dont' have any large wild cats around except an occasional claimed sighting of a bobcat. Any feedback on this?
I can't think of anything ? of hand. There is a thread on a wild cat but i can't remembe what is called
i will look around and see if i can fidn it
your dh sounds like a genious with his flys !!! what an art form .
ahh yes that is what i was thinking and not spelling correctly.
doccat once again , you saved the day . :) thank you :)
my spelling is really bad isn't it yikes
i am not finding the one thread that i think it might be. hmm
to bad we can't see pic of them , that would help alot .
Hmm sure it ain't Big Foot . ?:)
I'm fairly new to the site and just noticed there's a hunting a fishing forum! Yaaaah!
I do both but i'm a better fisher than hunter...lol
With regards to the big cats. Funny you say that. There's a big ordeal in Michigan about whether or not there are cougars here. Many people have reported sitings but there's really no proof yet that I know of. It's becoming a real mystery...maybe the cats were baby cougars...lol
First of all welcome! We have been sharing some great female hunting and fishing tips here. Great to have you around, and another Michigander, yeah!
There was a cougar hit by a car here a couple years ago, and last year a guy from Gladwin had one attack one of his horses. So I went from a non believer to a believer really quick.
Funny though, now that I have a trail camera, I have seen no signs of cats at all. Not even the bobcat sign this spring. (I think January was the last that I saw of bobcat tracks)
Lots of coyote though, been seeing them during the day, even had a pair run between me and DH on the quads at 4 in the afternoon. They were so busy fighting each other and chasing each other, that they were on top of us before they noticed we were there.
Also funny that we noticed turkey numbers and ruffled grouse numbers up almost right away after the cats were gone. Gee, I wonder why, huh?
If the coyote continue to show themselves and so close to the house I may hunt them this year. I always thought them too dog-like to hunt, but after seeing them up close in the wild. There is a huge difference.
Yeah, the coyotes have become a huge problem in Michigan. I have heard of a lot of people who will go out on hunting sprees to thin them out a little...not to sure if that's legal but it was on their property so I think it's ok.
cpartschick...are you on the michigan-sportsman site too? I seem to recall someone there talking about the booty fly as well. If not you'll have to join there too!
Wow this is weird ? i was just thinking of this thread today !! and was wondering about it. I was just thinking of Carol and how fun it was to talk iwth her and her stories of Alaska . :)
and low and behold !! here we are again . yeah. I think Carol would like that . :)
anyone gone fishing yet ? we havn't. With building the new house i have been to busy and with getting the garden planted . just havin't been able to get out. The lake is just 5 miles from us to Whaaaa.
I got my kids poles too. can't wait to get me some crappie and fry them babies up
Glad to have you aboard Kim ! welcome
I m a very very begginer nad have learned alot from cparts and all the ladies. I am hoping this fall my FIL and i can get out this fall.
I went fishing once. DH went with company over the weekend and they had fun, but not too many fish. The water is still too cold. I caught a couple rock bass, but no large mouth (what we were fishing for)
Just catch and release.
I had forgotten to get a fishing license and went on line and was able to get one and print it right out. It is not pretty, but it works and very convienent.
house is comming along just fine
i got a thread for it in farm life . I am on my little pc and don't know how to do a link on it lol :) i usually am using my apple comp .
Hey i m ight have to try and print out a license that way. good to know.
stormy her this week but am hoping to get out to the lake next week with the kids
I just found this site, and thought I would say hello. I am origianlly from Grand Haven, Michigan, but have been in Texas for more than 20 years now.
I went out day before yesterday and shot a young bull elk, that weighed 200 pounds. Now I have my freezer full of meet. I wish I had a better butcher, because after he cut up the elk, all I had was Back straps, round steak, hamburger and breakfast sausage. No decent steaks or roast. Oh well. Next time.
Just wanted to share my story.
backstraps for dinner tonight...
hey great to have you along.
elk sounds good
To bad on the butcher.
I want to learn to do it myself too.
Took kids fishing for the second time , we caught little blue gills lol :) they were tickled . They are 5 yr twins. So they really had fun with my FIL.
Cpart any fishing ?
how about you LInda
fishing in your blood. ?
Been Large mouth fishing a couple times this year. It has been extra wet and cooler and the fishing has not been great. We are waiting for the river to slow down for small mouth fishing.
For that we just load up the canoe with the dog, a couple of poles and our lunch and make a day on the river. Even if the fish don't bite, it is a fun day. But when they do bite, whoa, it is a blast. We are catch and release on bass. Walleye is our favorite to eat.
Nice to see a few fishermen/women on here. White tails are out of season now here so i can focus on fish now. Freshwater fish have already spawned in these parts so it will take a bit of coaxing to hook up. Anyway, i found a new, well to me anyway, a fishing web-site at----------------------getREELed.com---------------------
Wow, I will probably fit right in here. I have been married to a hunter for 8 years and living with him for almost 13. I am also a hunter of both deer and turkey. I can't say i have ever gotten one, but this past hunting season I saw my biggest buck. And boy was he a beauty.
Hubby muzzleloads, bows and guns. I just do the guns. Most of the time we hunt together unless he's working. Then I will either hunt in my own back yard or go up the road, since we live on a class 6 road and hunt in the woods. I live on just over 2 acres of wooded land.
Thanks for the welcome. I wish I had known that there was a hunting and fishing spot. Because hubby and I also do both fresh water and deepsea fishing.
Im looking forward to this season.
Got deer in my own backyard, racoons, fox , quail , and possom too. MMm gonna be a good crock pot of meat yeah. So as long as i get one LOL FIL is looking forward to it too. MIL cant stop us this season LOL
No fishing this year. Just got to busy iwth building the house and all. Kids are in school this year so i got time yeah on that
How you been Cpartschick ? been a while and i m glad the thread got bumped up again.
Was thinking of doing it myself , someone beat me to it :) lol
I have been good. I got a job after a long time off work. It doesn't pay too much, but I like it and it helps out. It will cut into my hunting time a little, but I am out in the woods too much otherwise. (can there be too much?)
I also can hunt in my backyard, but it is pretty big, LOL. It is nice to just get ready and walk to the hunting blind. We haven't been seeing too many bucks this year, but I have seen some huge tracks and some really extra big does.
It will be nice for you to get out, sit and relax in the woods. You deserve it!
after building this house . i need a vacation LOL .I knew it would be rough but wow not this rough. So many decisions to make uhg. I just can't think of that many things at once , i get dizzy lol
we have so many tree's to move i will be busy. i just hope i fit into my cartharts LOL
I saw one buck running along side my truck several weeks ago ! very cool , he was face to face with my son on the side window. 40 mph . Then he dashed in the corn field luckly not infront of the truck ! yikes
We did see several good size ones over the spring and summer. Oct we will post signs on our property for No hunting. SO we don't get alot of yahoo's coming over asking.
I do have to find our property lines with our neighbor. His buts up to ours. Just don't want him thinking i m a deer when i m out walking around with the kids this fall/winter
Stil havin't gotten my bow :( but maybe this christmas ?
Mmmm, carharts are deer colored, so I would be carefull. I try not to wear anything brown in the woods for walking the dog during season, even though we have private posted property. I figure if someone sneaks on your land (which they do) they are the ones to shoot anything brown.
I even put an orange kerchief on the choc lab.
Can't wait to hear the new deer stories this year. The one you got, or the one that got away. Both types of stories are great to share.
Labs are great dogs. I love mine. My hubby walks the dog on the road during deer season. If I take him for a walk, it is in the woods, but with an orange scarf. I get to check out deer movement and ck for people sneaking on our property. I see no more or no fewer deer if I walk the dog on the trails. Seems that I do it every day any other time so it is ok.
I wear only an orange hat when rifle hunting, then I take it off in the blind. During bow season, we do not have to wear orange, so I do not.
My hunting starts off first with turkey. I'm not sure if I will do it in my own yard or go out side of my yard. Where I live, you can hunt on your own property. My lab is too young at the moment to takie out during any season. She see's a deer, she will go after it. She loves to bark.
It was hard to get our lab to stop chasing deer. He was 2 1/2 when we got him and never had been in the woods. He was really good until we got a deer that fall. He sniffed it and you could see his eyes glitter "oh, you want those things? Well, I can get you some" After that it was chase, chase chase.
If he saw a rabbit, he ignored it. LOL. Took us nearly a year to break him from chasing deer. He is older now and stops and thinks before chasing anything. You can see him figure his chances of catching verses the pain later. LOL then he just watches it run away.
He still is a good deer hunter though (we do not use him for hunting) as far as he will put his nose up in the air when there are deer around. Also he is great at finding a shot deer when it is raining or other tracking problems.
My Sammy will be 2 in December. It's bad enough she loves to chase the cats. She looks at the turkeys funny. Last year we raised two turkeys. We got them when they were babies. DH held one of them infront of her and she basically took it in the mouth. Didn't hurt the bird, just figured, "Oh isn't this what I am suppose to do" it was too funny. I will never raise turkeys again. Too big. Too smelly. I'm not sure I want her hunting animals though.
LOL, yes, our baby doesn't hunt either. But he sure has fun THINKING about it. You should she is dejected look when I leave the house to go deer hunting. He won't even look at me, then when I come back in, I get sniffed to see if I got one. LOL He acts like he deserved some credit for the kill. I guess he does, he stays in the house and out of my way.
We have a good view of the goose and duck hunting on our end of the lake. It is wonderful to watch a good hunting dog at work. They will move their head right in sinc with their master. Sometimes they look like they are watching a tennis match.
Raising turkeys does not sound like fun. Sorry you had a bad experience.
The sniffing my my Sammy big time. She can tell if you picked up a cat to pet or did something else. As soon as I come in the house she's all over me. DH works at a shop where they have a germain shepherd. If' he's been around the dog, Sammy can tell because she's sniffing his legs. Then he's like, "do you smell Luke?" It's too funny. Where I live, we have woods all around us. During the winter time with snow on the ground, you can see the deer or where they have been. We've had deer in our driveway before. They are so pretty.
Well today starts bow season for deer. Turkey season starts next month for me. Then I will be in deer season for the gun. DH is doing bow, muzzleloader and rifle this year. So he has more of a chance to get a turkey and deer than I do. At least this time I can get either sex turkey.
We had a young fawn in our driveway at our new house . The one time i was in the quad going up to the house and kids screaming in the backround !!! it darted away :( and i mean young fawn too.
We usually walk . poor thing was soooo scared . I felt bad for scaring it.
Not the smartest mommy deer putting her little baby in a construction zone duh what was she thinking ?
You think that's bad, a few weeks ago DH and i went to Cornish Fair in Cornish, NH. On the way back DH decided to drive along the Connecuticut River to go home. Right along a really busy highway in the middle of construction zone were 2 fawn eating and Momma no where around to be seen. It was different to see that.
You are right. It is harder to see deer in the woods than in a subdivision or on a road or in a field.
We live at the end of a road with quite a few houses together, you go down a hill to get to our house, so it is quite secluded, then the property is to the side of the house a half mile down the river, is all woods. The deer love to hang out around the houses.
Every time I see them on the road I yell, "get back in the woods where you belong" They just stare at me like I am crazy.
doe permits? I guess that's one thing we don't have to worry about here. When rifle season comes, we have I believe 4 days of any deer. Then it's buck only. I went out in my back yard today and I'm not sure if it was fresh droppings from deer or old. They like to sleep behind the chicken coup.
That sounds like a good place to sleep. Then do they get up with the chickens? ha
Yes, we need a special license to take a doe. You could just buy them (up to two per hunter) the last few years, but this year they are making you apply for them for an extra 4 dollars. And you could only apply for one.The extras go on sale tomarrow, I hope there are a few left. I decided not to spend the extra money. Each county has different number of permits, also depends on private land and public land. It is just nutty.
You see lots of people out hunting especially when it comes to muzzle and rifle, but they don't close down school for it. They do have a special day for youth to go hunting with the father. Quite a few youth have gotten deer or turkey.
Oh, I understand. DH gets up at 5 too. He also works 1 hour away. (with 2 hours travel, makes 11-13 hour days)
I am lucky to have a job that is only a few miles from home. Doesn't pay much, but it helps with his gas costs.
We knew what we were getting into when we moved here. It is paridise to live on the water with all the woods and privacy, but you have to travel for a job.
Makes it that much nicer to come home. It is like being on vacation every day when you get out of work.
Yep. Where we use to live was all town/city life. Constant noise and we heard the fire trucks go out and come back everytime since we lived at the other end of the street from them. Plus the horn from the fire station that went off a 8 in the morning and 8 at night. The only horn we hear is the 7 in the morning, noon time and 5 for closing on one of the companies a few towns over. Other wise it's nice and quiet at night. Thank goodness for alarm clocks lights though. Our first few times sleeping here was really scarey. It was pitch black out side and it gave you the willies. Now I'm ok with it. The end of next month makes 2 years we've been here.
I just started living in the woods . we move in Monday ! good to know on the night time. My Dh used to live in Georgia and he said it was so dark he couln't see his hand in front of his face ! yikes.
Ok so i can get you ladies to give me advice on living in the middle of woods LOL . We have dense racoon 's !! hmmm i am thinking hats . The early spring i can here them cooing sounds .
or at least i think that is what it is. cuz it sure don't sound like no bird ?
MIL cant stop us this year Muwhahaha
If the raccoons give you a problem, go to your local outdoors store (it is a way for us) and ck with a trapper there. There are usually at least one on staff. I trapped some raccoons in the early spring and tanned the hides and made a couple nice hats. They are so warm you cannot wear them unless it is below zero.
Well hunting this year has been for the birds. We only had 3 days for any deer on firearms and it rained most of the three days. Heard the deer out walking, but didn't see any. Then yesterday DH was telling me how he saw a deer while going to work. Then last night as I was going into town, I saw 3 deer running the runway of a small airport here in town. And there was a fawn in that little group. You could barely tell because it was so dark. I saw their shadows running. Hopefully sometime before December 7 we see a buck.
No luck here either. I usually have 2 by now. This is the first year I have been skunked. The season is not over though. The weather has turned great. 20' light snow and perfect for hunting. Now I just need a day off and some deerseeies.
We haven't attempted any hunting this year. Been busy with the house and kids keep getting sick. We have a buck with 4 points who keep comming around. Hope he comes around when he is a 10 pt :)
Just enjoying watching all the deer in our yards . Hopefully can get out soon . Weather is mighty cold 20 today and no sun. brrrrr.
Cparts i thought of you and the bootie fly . Several days ago i really needed to go. ( I was out walking and tracking a deer trail ) and i mean BAD !!! . I had my Cartharts Bibs and several other layers of clothes on and was thinking " man i wish i had a booty fly right about now, its to darn cold to drop trouse and squat !! " brrrr." Oh," i lost my balance and Ba Donk a Donk, right on my tush on snow . Man that was cold !!!
Ha, sorry to laugh, but that was me before the booty fly.
I was telling one of the ladies I work with about it today and she was very interested. She thought it was very smart. (it does make my butt look big though) LOL Who cares? My life is soooo much better in the woods now.
Is your hunting over in Ohio? Our's is still going on til Dec. 7. It's Buck only, but it's better than nothing. I just don't go out on really cold days unless we have snow on the ground. This past week has been really cold.
Yeah its still hunting but i don't rememeber when bow and rifle, then muzzle ,then its bow again for a few days after Christmas . If i remember right . Last year we got in a few extra days for bow . Deer herds are overpopulating so hunting was extended.
You can do either at any time buck or doe . To many deer around , just look in my front yard LOL
Yes its pretty cold here this last week. Yesterday was 19 * brrrr today we had a heat wave of 40 ! LOL but it was windy so it was 30ish
I wish i could go out more and hunt but yeah its pretty cold .
I still want to try bow , never have . Just not in the budget right now for me to get a new bow, on the look out for a good used one .
I thought it was time to revive this thread. Some really great stories here.
Due to heath reasons I have not hunted in 5 years. I did some this year but didn't get the bow out. I'm not sure I can pull it back anymore. I did go out the last weekend with my husband's muzzle loader. It has a small scope on it but it is not in the right place for me. I had to keep moving my head forward to see through it. I figured I would never hit anything with it. I had a a tough time with this deer because he was chasing a doe. I still can't believe I hit him at 140.yds. What a rush. After I found him I thought oh no he is not big enough to make our criteria. The guys around the camp all told me they didn't care because it was good to see me out hunting again. Well after hauling him in to our official scorer he did make it. He was a young deer so I really wish I had not taken him. Wow what he would have been in a few years with bases like that at 3. What is is as my husband likes to say.
River that is a good shot !!
I spent our hunting season inside :(
i did help out a guy with his doe's . He said he would bring me some summer sausage but haven't seen any yet ? oh well
i wish you luck in your next hunt
next year DH said i can have a bow ! and not have to borrow my neighbors anymore weeeeee.
That was a great shot! And a deer to be proud of. If it is a good year you are gambling for next year and it is "bigger" There are auto accidents, sickness, predators, who knows if you would ever see that deer again. He has a nice rack and those younger ones are better eating.
This past year they changed our law and if you are 50 or older you can use a cross bow during bow season. I have not given up my regular bow yet, but DH used a crossbow this year and extended his season. He did not take one this year with it, but there is always next year...
funny thing around our house, i only see the bucks in jan ? and that is it . May see them in beggining of Nov but very rarely. then poof they are gone .
we are in a zone 4 area. 3 doe and 1 buck.
i think that is a good law to let 50 and over use the cross bow. Deer are getting out of hand here in Ohio. I have 4 groups living in my 45 acres. I m sure they roam over more land but ... they are doing damage to my woods.
Not to mention eating my hosta's !!
You can get as a crossbow at 50 here too. This is new for us too. I have had a permit for several years due to disability. I opted for the stick that you can cock your bow with on the ground. I have never used it because I got too sick to hunt. I called the WL and F the first year I got it to see if it was legal since I had a permit for the crossbow.. They told me no I had to buy a crossbow. I did not want to go to that expense plus I was not ready to give my bow up. Go Figure what was the difference. It is legal now to use the stick. My biggest problem with bow hunting now would be using a climber to get close to there feeding or bedding areas. That changes all during the season. Sitting in a stationary stand limits the chance of taking a big buck. I have a blind but have never shot my bow from it. I am nearly sixty and my options are slimming as to what I can do. I will adapt and hunt anyway I can as long as I am able.
Large bucks tend to be nocturnal except during the rut. Most of the time if you have a planted field you will see them slip out there after shooting light. During the rut their brain is controlled by need to breed. They take a lot more chances out in the open chasing does. I would think your rut would be before Jan but you can find out by googling. Ours is in late Dec early Jan. We are a lot warmer here. Some are still chasing now as verified by the picture of the buck.
Deer can certainly become a menace when they are allowed to multiply with not enough season to thin the herds.
Thank you all for the congratulations. It felt so good to get out there again. It was 29 degrees and I have laughed about when the babies and doe showed up I wasn't cold because it took my mind off the temp. When the bucks showed up I was hot. LOL
This is just one of the babies I was watching
Great pictures. We did not see lots of deer until Jan too. Where did they all go!
I never bowhunt from a tree. I have a tentblind that is portable and use that. The deer will walk by and sometimes brush the tent as they go. I even had one stick her head in the window. (laughing out loud, will scare them off)