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"Live from the Tree" Updates

Guys and Gals,

The rut is fast approaching and most of us deer hunters will be afield soon - if you are not already.

I was thinking of starting some "Live from the Tree" updates...

Maybe those of us that have devices that can access the web mobile can provide trip anbd hunt updates, just for the fun of it?

It is 9:35 now... I am 18 feet up in a holly tree watching the edge of a beaver swamp in Hampton County SC.

No deer this morning but I am having a terrible year so far - so no surprise!

Leaving for Illinois in 13 days - maybe it will get better there!

JimBob in SC

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I just gotta get me one of

I just gotta get me one of the multi media phones.  Too cool that you can be posting from the stand.  One of these days someone will post streaming video from a stand before they even climb down to get their deer.

Hope you stick something!

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Hey again, ca - Actually, I

Hey again, ca -

Actually, I was using a shotgun and not a bow - but you know that already!

I have seen a lot of photos that got posted directly from the tree stand... I have even seen guys take a photo with the phone - of a buck that was captured on a deer cam - and post it to the web.

Getting to websites like BGH is easy - as long as you have cell service, you can post away.

I guess the hidden danger is the distraction that these devices create.... I used to read paperbacks in the stand all the time and let a great buck get past me one morning about 5 years ago - so I cut that out altogether.

Now, I am constantly checking email, getting text messages, reading sports scores, etc... so it is not much better than a paperback - and may be just as bad.

Come on Brother - join the fray - then I can distract you with text messages when you are hunting!!!

Jim

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Not me,did'nt get up in tree

Not me,did'nt get up in tree stand to get on PC....Whistling

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Jim, I found this thread just

Jim, I found this thread just now. I guess you're updating Illinois thread.
The deer here are in lock down. Nobody is seeing anything.

I had to stop posting...I had a hog walk out...I shot her and she stumbled and ran into cutover...we have them surrounded..maybe we can get s couple more...

Back to the deer, everybody was seeing bucks chasing does last weekend thru Monday but Tuesday thru Friday...no sightings of any deer from 6 of my hunting buddies. 3 of the 6 had off from work and hunted all week, so I would say the rut is peaking here.
Let me get back to hunting before it gets dark.

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Hey ECU Hope you got the

Hey ECU

Hope you got the pig!

The deer here in Illinois are not in lockdown but I have never seen so many hunters in one place in my life!

I will do some more bowhunting up here but will not do shotgun season again.

I am looking forward to getting back to my quiet black water swamps in SC where no one walks in on you

I had forgotten how valuable that was - I have not hunted public land in many years...although I knew that was a risk coming up here

Keep the updates coming - I will be out of the woods for two weeks

See ya

Jim

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I am watching Swamp People on

I am watching Swamp People on the History channel tonight.  Back to back episodes.  Is the swamp in SC anything like Lousianna?  These guys make their living hunting gators.  Looks like a hard way to make a living, but it is pretty cool to hunt gators everyday during the season.  One guy just got a twelve footer.  Huge head.

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I think in Louisiana they

I think in Louisiana they have bayous and deltas that span real wide areas.

The black water swamps of GA and SC are not really like that.

Ours are meandering creeks - many of them - that eventually form larger versions of meandering rivers.

The run of the river occasionally changes over the years and this creates oxbow lakes that are the old river run.

Also, for the smaller rivers, it is not unusual at all to find five or six runs of the river.

The swamp itself - even for a river that is only twenty to thirty feet wide - may be a full mile across.

It is full of blowdowns, ditches, small islands, etc.

It is also full of gators, snakes and every manner of biting and stinging bug you can imagine.

When we get heavy rains, the runs disappear and the entire bottom floods - it is water from one side to the other.

When it is not flooded, woe is the man that gets lost in one of these swamps at night - I know because I have on several occasions!

Oh yeah...these swamps are also FULL of deer!!

At any rate, we are not LA, we are SC and GA!!

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Interesting insight into your

Interesting insight into your part of the country.  I know if my wife read it she would be creeped out, but as I read it, I thought, wow, that would be a cool place to hunt provided I was with someone who knew the area.  I wouldn't try it by myself because I have the worse sense of direction and I am sure it is easy to lose your bearings in the swamp.

Thanks for sharing and yes, it is not LA!

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The good news is - if worst

The good news is - if worst comes to worst and you know how far the next road is... the water is only flowing one way.

I have used this on some occasions to get out of the swamp when I got really lost... but the question then becomes - what is between you and the road and how far the walk back around to your original spot is gonna be!

Regardless, you will likely be soaked when you reach the road if you have to take that route... you can just hope it is not cold! The probability is that you will have to end up crossing a deep run - or swimming across one.

Navigating in the swamp is not much different than dry ground... we often say - I am gonna turn right at the second run - or something like that.

We use reflective markers and put two on a tree where you are supposed to turn... that sort of thing.

We also use GPS - the newer ones really keep a good signal even in heavy cover - as long as you can follow the GPS you will end up at the intended stand location or back at the 4 wheeler or truck!

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One time I was hunting a

One time I was hunting a stand and right at dark, the field filled with deer.  They were there for the night so I decided to back out which meant climbing down the bank and walking the creek.  i knew the creek was there but I never used it in the light so my night excursion was my first experience.

And it was dark as I made my way up the creek.  I had to navigate away from deep holes, but I was doing good.  It was taking longer than I expected to get to the road and then I came to a fork in the stream.  Now I was confused and a glancing blow of fear hit me.  I simply said, big deal, if you the wrong way all you have to do is back track.  Fortunately i took the right branch and was soon at the bridge that crossed the stream. 

I couldn't imagine doing it with deadly creatures lurking in the water. 

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