That's awesome, hawkeye270! Coincidentally, I was talking with a guy this past weekend (after my own unsuccessful hunt - found tracks, but nothing standing in them...) About an area he knows to hold birds, but it is about 3 miles from any road. Got me wondering if anyone has ever "packed in" for a turkey hunt? Imagine my surprise to read your story the next day! Sometimes, if they can't come to the hunt, you have to take the hunt to them! Congrats! Great story and great bird!
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...