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December 2012

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:38 pm
by flipper
December 3rd, Monday - I got my husband to drop me off on the road near the hog farm stand and I walked into it while it was still dark. I got settled in and before long, a really nice 4 point came out of the thicket. I kept looking for brow tines that would make him a 6 point that he looked to be, but there were none. I would have let him walk anyway. He fed in front of me for a while and then gradually walked on. It stayed cloudy most of the morning. A little while after the 4 point left, some deer came running through the woods. Two (buck? and doe) kept going, but the fawn came over to my stand and laid down. It kept looking in the direction his momma had gone and then started looking the opposite direction. Another doe came shooting through the woods and made an abrupt turn, running back behind me and the fawn. I figured she'd wind me and be gone. The fawn finally got up and went in the direction we had last seen his momma. Then I turned around and the other doe was right behind me. She never spooked and walked on off back through the woods. Other than seeing a pretty bobcat, that was it for the hunt. The sun came out and the wind started blowing really hard, so I hoofed it on home, not seeing any more deer.

Re: December 2012

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:03 pm
by Spitfire
Yeah that's the nice thing about hunting , seeing things up close that other poeple rarely see on tv !

December 5th, Wednesday

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:14 pm
by flipper
December 5th, Wednesday - We had a light schedule at work, so I asked for the day off. A strong storm with a lot of rain came through yesterday evening. I did a bunch of chores and purposefully got a late start hunting. It was around 9am and I just planned to walk around the place. I went to the cattle crossing and saw a couple of deer high tailing it across the field across the creek. Another doe and her fawn spooked and ran a short distance nearby, but then they just watched me. I think these are the same two I see frequently. The creek water was too high to cross, so I started walking back down the creek. A couple of more deer blew at me and ran on south with the creek. I got to the road and walked down it and across the bridge, then got back onto our property and walked along the trees next to the road. At the far end of that field, I found a scrape that was made since the rain, mud slung everywhere. I turned north into the wind and followed the field road. When I crossed the 2nd culvert, 4 does scampered into the woods. I had seen a couple of turkeys on this side of the creek when I was standing at the cattle crossing. One appeared to be very still, so I wanted to see if I could find them and see what was going on. I eased over next to the creek and started walking slowly north. I finally saw the turkeys. One was fine, but something was wrong with the other one. I walked pretty darn close before it finally flew. Instead of lighting in a tree, it crashed into the limbs and fell to the ground. The other turkey went running to it. I stood still for a minute and then looked toward the back bean field. I saw a couple of deer cross the opening, then another one. I walked on slowly and then looked at the opening again and saw a doe running hard to the north with her tail down. I was feeling like there was some chasing going on. I continued on toward the opening and when I got to it, I slowed my walking down to a rate of about a mile a week. I may not have been going that fast. As I approached the second thicket on my left, with the woods to my right, I could see through the woods a deer on the edge of them in the field. Then I saw another one and felt like it was a buck, although I never saw it's head. I watched for a while and didn't see them again, so I eased back onto the field road and made a couple of more super slow steps and then I spotted a deer out in the field. Then I saw a bright white rack. Looked good. Nice tines and plenty of them. When he turned toward me, I was disappointed at the spread. I looked him over through the scope and decided not to shoot, but kept looking anyway. I watched him stand motionless except for an occasional reposition of his head. Those antlers sure were pretty. Thank goodness the wind was in my face! Then a doe moved in front of him and he moved too. They came over to the wood edge and I kept sizing him up through the trees. When I counted the ten points, I decided I would take him. As luck would have it, the doe started coming in my direction. Then she spotted me and was about to blow my cover. I rushed my shot on the buck, which wasn't nearly as open as I had previously had, not to mention I was now shaking for some reason. :bash: I fired the 444 and my ball cap dropped down in my face. I quickly peeked from under it and saw the buck and doe running across the field. She stopped on the other side and he kept going. I knew it was a clean miss because if I had hit any place on him that was visible through the trees when I shot, he would have gone down. I moved toward the doe and she ran on into the woods. Then I could see both of them bounding through the trees. I learned a lot from that........ make up your mind and stick with it, and don't take a bad shot....period. I walked on back to the house the long way. The skinning will have to wait until another day, and hopefully it will be cooler.

December 2012

PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:21 am
by flipper
December 9th, Sunday - Got my husband to drop me off on the road near the hog farm stand. I was a little late as far as daylight goes, but the sun still hadn't risen yet. After I had been in the stand a few minutes, I spotted movement not far away. I realized that it was a deer and then was surprised to see that it was laying down, facing away from me. I scoped it and saw antlers. That'll make your heart pound! I kept looking and decided it wasn't a shooter. He started nodding and eventually lay his head on the ground. I wondered if he was hurt. A not so distant shot caused him to raise his head back up. I watched as he nibbled at an itchy spot on his back. About 45 minutes had passed and I wondered how long he was going to lay there. I didn't want to spook him, but I had to go home in time to go to church. Finally he stood up and stretched, indicating he was not injured. Then he started feeding and eventually left the area. Time for church.....
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December 2012

PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:53 am
by flipper
December 10, Monday - It was pouring rain this morning. My husband and I enjoyed our coffee in the "sun" room by the electric fireplace as the day began to unfold. He then got ready and departed for his job. I did some household chores and then faced the misty wind to feed livestock, dogs, and cats. It was after 10:00am when I left out to hunt. I crossed onto the lease and hugged the edge of the woods walking into the wind. The horses were making their way onto the lease as well. I glanced down at the fence line and spotted a deer eating acorns under a big tree. I scoped it and saw that it appeared to be a decent buck. I backtracked a little ways, legs shaking from a little buck fever, until I was out of view of the buck and then started walking toward him, trying to keep a tree in between him and me. He was easing back towards the woods, away from the approaching horses. There was a smaller buck there as well. Finally, I was at a tree that I could prop against. He held his head up high in the air and truly did appear to have a good rack with a nice spread. Then he crossed the fence and was quartering away. When he paused, I took my shot. He ran a short distance and then stopped and looked around. My heart sank because I felt like I must have missed. Then he fell over dead. I was very disappointed at how small the rack was when I got to him. How could I be such a poor judge? I will have to be more patient in the future. I do think this is the same 7 point that I passed on earlier in the season when he was closer......
Here he is still on foot....
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Re: December 2012

PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:01 pm
by flipper
December 15th, Saturday - Now is the golden time......when the bucks get a little careless and start coming out in the open during daylight hours....... I am on call this weekend, but still plan to hunt each day. My husband had to work today, so after coffee, I went to feed all the livestock and pets. We have a calf whose momma isn't giving enough milk, so we are supplementing her with a bottle twice a day. I had walked out in the pasture to feed the calf and noticed her momma looking beyond me. I turned around and saw a deer running down through the pasture. It may have been a buck, but it wasn't big if it was. I then went to the barn to feed horses. As I walked down the gravel drive to the barn, I saw two deer on the fence line, and then another one across the pasture. Animals all fed, I went back to the house to get my gun and head out hunting. While I was still in my yard, I saw 3 deer on the hillside, two were antlerless and one was a legal buck, but not a shooter in my book. That made 7 deer and I hadn't even started hunting yet. By 10:00am, I had seen 27 deer and 4 of those were legal bucks, one a shooter, although I wasn't able to get a shot at him through all the trees with either my camera or my gun. It was a great morning! Perhaps the most fun wasn't seeing the big buck, but this young 8 point that was eating acorns under a tree. I watched him for 30 minutes before he ever saw me standing out in the wide open pasture taking his picture. Yes, the golden time is here!
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Re: December 2012

PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:59 am
by flipper
December 23, 2012 - Sunday - I decided I would go for a morning hunt after having a cup of coffee in the sun room this morning. It was in the 50's with a southwest wind blowing. I walked to the cattle crossing and saw a couple of does munching on acorns along the creek. Another was across the field on the other side of the creek by a cane thicket. I stalked up the east side of the field, just inside the woods. After a few minutes, a couple of fawns ran south through the woods behind me. A little while after that, a doe came through. A nice young 6 point was easing up the same side of the field I was on and I turned and saw him right before his caught my scent and bolted across the field. I knew it was close to time to head to church, so I started walking back down the field edge. A decent buck came trotting across the field in the sage, but turned and started walking back. I pulled out my can call, but he didn't react at all to it. He went up in a cane thicket and I could hear some crashing around. When I first saw him, I didn't have anything to prop my gun against, and if I sat down on the ground to steady it, I couldn't see him over the top of the sage. I stepped back a few steps to lean against a tree, but he had already disappeared into that thicket. I walked on back toward the cattle crossing, but spotted a near black doe across the field. She spotted me too and we just looked at each other. Then the buck stepped back out and she looked at him. I sat down and scoped him. The doe blew at me and the buck took a few steps back toward the cane. I aimed just where I could see his neck rising from the sage and shot. I saw antlers running to the left and was sick that I missed, but there was something different about this buck. He was smaller. I watched him vanish and then started walking towards where I had shot. There was a brown blob on the ground, my 8 point. He had dropped right where he stood, legs folded up underneath him. Once again I was disappointed that he wasn't as big as I thought, but a respectable 16" spread. I called my husband to bring my truck and help me load it. Then we got ready for church and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas program by our choir before the task of cleaning the deer which stayed cool enough in the damp chilly wind and shade.
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