Well looks like I am heading to the woods tomorrow. Wanted to try a test post to make sure the blackberry would do the job. Buddy to an awesome 8 from Stokes Saturday morning.
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Sun, 2010-11-21 20:40#61
Well looks like I am heading
Mon, 2010-11-22 06:10#62
Day 1. So I an now sitting on
Day 1. So I an now sitting on the edge of a nice litte corn field at perkins gamelands. Unfortunately, I did not get any scouting time so I had to rely on Google earth for some aerial views to try to minimize my walk time. The spot I went last year didn't work out this season so this is what I have to work with. You take what you can get. It took a little longer to set up than o would like though. This field had a pitch I wasn't expecting so I had to move a litte to find some decent shooting lanes.this is not a bad spot though. Looks like there are maybe 4 trails that converge here. We'll have to see what happens. If anyone else is out today be careful and good luck.
Mon, 2010-11-22 07:19#63
Way to go Tyler! Glad to see
Way to go Tyler!
Glad to see you posting from the tree!
Sounds like you may be on a good spot - send us some follow up on what you see.
Google Earth is a great resource - no doubt. You mighy try Acme Mapper also, it has overlays for topo so you could have known about the pitch of the field - at least to a certain degree.
Hope you got on some deer or at least saw some - which definitely serves to keep the hunt interesting.
Be careful out there and don't let the BlackBerry take up too much of your time in the stand and distract you from the task at hand!
Mon, 2010-11-22 07:42#64
Glad to see you can post from
Glad to see you can post from the treestand...Can you post pics from your phone? I tried but it would work..
Where exactly is perkins? I'm drawing a blank on it's location.
Good luck and show us a brute.
Mon, 2010-11-22 06:43#65
Sorrry for the rant on the
Sorrry for the rant on the earlier post. I had to vent some steam thru some source the other day. I guess my post was the best way to get it out without any further disagreement with my girlfriend.
Sat...started off in a terrible fashion...I get into the woods late for one, only to then, find out the tree a had my stand attached to was laying on the ground. They had some severe storms with gusting winds. Apparantly the winds were strong enough to fell trees in the area. Several other trees around my stand were also grounded. I'm thankful it happened while the stand was unoccupied...meaning I nor any of my friends were hunting it...
Meanwhile, I jokingly text my buddies that they didn't have to push my tree down to keep me from hunting that area. They were perplexed at the text of course...Then I texted a pic to them showing the felled tree with the stand attached...they couldn't believe the stand wasn't broken or mangled...God blessed us in this situation...
Next thing, I get a text from my one of my buddies that the hogs are between us in the cutover moving a particular direction. I moved to intercept them on one side of the cutover while another buddy moved to the opposite side...we listened, heard and hunted them until mid-morning when they bedded for the day....the rest of the morning was spent putting an access path thru our property...
That afternoon had the three of us surrounding the cutover to possible catch the hogs as starting their afternoon ramblings...All three of us saw hogs that hunt but only two of us could get a shot on them...one buddy shot a 80 lb sow...I was lucky enough to shoot a 200 lb sow and a 250 lb boar...that's a lot of sausage to make...but 'um good...tasty...it took the three of us until after midnight to track, recover and dress the hogs...Sunday was spent cubing the backstraps and cutting the hams and shoulders for sausage...the ribs will be tasty this Friday
Mon, 2010-11-22 07:28#66
No worry about the rant,
No worry about the rant, Brother, we all find ourselves in those positions (and attitude) from time to time.
It is the curse and burden of having a better half... most of us would not trade (I would not) but it does require some concessions from time to time.
Yes, thank God you were not in the stand when the tree came down - I have seem some of these wind gust storms come up very quickly before - and you might be tempted to think, if you were in the stand, hey, I can ride this out - it will not be that bad, right?
Wrong, as you have just shown!
I have always seen a lot of deer movement prior to storms and that may create an even greater desire to ride one out... I recall way back when - a summer storm blew up when I was bowhunting one day... in about 30 minutes, I saw at least 15 deer and about a half dozen hogs - all going in different directions.... I guess they were headed to separate areas to ride the storm out... and I saw all of these in a dense thicket where you could see no more than 40 yards in any direction.
On a good note, these blow down areas create great bedding areas for deer - they love to get in and among these downed trees for cover and just lay there. These are particularly good areas when it is hot, as the deer can usually get in the shade and lay on the cool earth.
Mon, 2010-11-22 08:03#67
I had to vent in some
I had to vent in some fashion...better here than at her...
We saw a couple of deer in the am Sat...none Sat afternoon, only hogs...and too many of them...I guess we'll be hunting them in Jan and Feb after deer season...no closed season on them in this part of the state as they aren't recognized as game animals here...only in the western part of the state where they have more of a Russian boar influence...here there are more feral hogs, although the tanner said he had a little strain of Russian in him...he said the hairs on his back is the way to tell...if the hairs are split, then that shows the hog has a Russian strain...I don't know...I'm just happy to have shot a boar...that was the first boar I or any of my buddies have shot....
Good luck with your hunting...
Mon, 2010-11-22 08:26#68
Yes, vent here and not at
Yes, vent here and not at home. Great plan - cause we understand!
I say great job on the boar... I would love to see some photos - at least of the jaws - those tusks are all business.
Some guys just cut the front of the snout off and then make a European mount of sorts - all of the meat, gristle, hair, etc is cooked off, leaving the bone and teeth only... these are wired together in some fashion and placed on a display board and they look very cool.
I do not know exactly how to do it but I bet you can Google or You Tube it and find out how.
I have seen them displayed vertially on the wall and also horizontally on a desk top or book case and both are neat.
At any rate, we are proud of you for making a considerable dent in your current pig problem and are also delighted that you helped to fill the freezer!
PS sounds like you might not be done yet, either!
Mon, 2010-11-22 08:36#69
Unfortunately, I think
Unfortunately, I think they're here to stay...I didn't take any close-up pics of the tusks but I do have some general "hero" pics I'll post...
I plan on shoulder mounting the boar as it is the first boar I've killed...he is being tanned starting today...the taxidermist already has him started...I'll take the skull and boil and paint it for a european mount...so I'll have both mounts to view...
Mon, 2010-11-22 14:54#70
update from the field
Perkins is just west of lexington across the yadkin river into Davie county. No luck this morning but a lot of tracks. They were fairly fresh so I am assuming since I didn't see a thing that they are using these fields at night. Each field is approx 100 yds wide and 400 yds long (2 fields). So there is a lot of groung to watch. I am watching the lower field since it is down wind and harder to get to. So we'll see how this plays out. Can only hunt here 3days a week and my time is limited. Needless to say I will not be real picky. As long as its not a button buck I'll take a shot if it presents itself. Will keep you guys posted.