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Tag soup for me and my boy :(

Well, my boy's first year in the field with a tag in his pocket didn't quite end up the way we had hoped.

We only made it out four or five times and every trip, sans one; we were greeted with strong winds!  We went up this past Saturday morning with hopes of getting a few hours in before the predicted storm front hit.  At 0430, I got out of the truck to water the bushes and as I was conducting my gardening, the wind blew my truck door closed.  When I got back in the truck, Trevor said "I don't want to sit in this stuff Dad".  I didn't either so we ended up driving around the backcountry with no deer seen.  Between the 20-30 mph winds, the heavy fog, and the light rain, we didn't really stand a chance in the rifle areas.

We did end up tracking a deer though!  Before we decided to go home, I talked Trevor into making a quick walk in the timber for a chance at a turkey.  We went down in the archery-only area (a place that Ca_Vermonster knows pretty well) and were creeping along a trail.  When we got to a spot on the trail where it splits, I noticed a fresh deer print in the mud and just as I was showing it to Trevor, I heard a noise and looked up.  It was three hunters coming off of a hillside to our left.  One of them asked if I saw any blood!  Apparently, he had arrowed a nice buck but the arrow hit a branch and deflected it high between the top of the lungs and the spine.  They weren't able to find any blood but though they were on its tracks.

I offered my help with the tracking and thought it would be good for Trevor to learn a thing or two.  These guys seemed like pretty cool guys so off we went.  The three of them went in two different directions and Trevor and I went in another.  I ended up getting on the deer’s tracks and eventually found a couple drops of blood and then the arrow.  After not being able to get the shooter's attention, I continued on the tracks and patterned the wounded deer.  The other hunters finally came back towards me and were pretty excited that I had found blood and the blood-covered arrow and we all continued tracking the deer.  After about 3-400 yards of a drop of blood here and there, we eventually lost all sign.  I had to get going so I just gave a little advice on what I thought the deer would do and wished them luck.  I received a PM on another site that they never found the buck but the shooter and his son were going back this week to look some more.

In summary, my son learned a lot this season.

 

 He learned that hunting and killing are two completely different things, and he learned how to track a wounded deer.

Hopefully, I won't have to make another bowl of soup with my late season bow tag! lol

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

 

 

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Sorry to hear that Jim.  Who

Sorry to hear that Jim.  Who was the other hunter?  Someone I know well?  Bummer.

You didn't get a deer, but you got out with the boy.  I still have 4 years or so till they will hunt small game, and 8 years before the first can hunt big game, at least in California.  Hopefully you'll score one next year.

BTW, do you have an A-22 tag?  We still have 6 weeks, so I'll be up there a few more times.  Don't know if I'll get out this week, but next week for sure on Friday.

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They were just some guys from

They were just some guys from Hemet.

 

Yes, I have an A-22 tag and will try to get out a couple of times.

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I am only bummed that I am

I am only bummed that I am busy all this week cause I was going to see if you wanted to team up and try to stick that darn Tom that's been hounding me for 2 years.

I'll be out next week, and I'll let you know.

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Of course you don't want to

Of course you don't want to have to track a deer, but I must admit I thoroughly enjoy it.  I particularly enjoy when you don't see blood and have to look for other signs and sometimes just rely on getting into the deer's head and figuring out where it went.

Last year, the deer I arrowed went into some incredibly thick stuff that I marked, but I decided instead of going into it I would go around it and figure out where he came out if he did.  I was able to pick up his trail and quickly found him.

I am sure your son is much wiser now on the ways of hunting and I wish he got a deer, but he did get an adventure.

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exactly what I told the guy

CVC wrote:

Of course you don't want to have to track a deer, but I must admit I thoroughly enjoy it. 

I am sure your son is much wiser now on the ways of hunting and I wish he got a deer, but he did get an adventure.

 

Funny, that's exactly what I told the guy when I asked them if they wanted help tracking.  He looked at me a little weird when I asked but then I told him that I actually enjoy tracking and that I thought it would be cool for my boy to learn a little.

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Good for you.  It is nice for

Good for you.  It is nice for a parent to spend quality time with their children.  The world needs more of it.  I believe that an important part of being a parent is to give our children happy childhood memories.  I am sure this is a day you boy will fondly remember for the rest of his life.

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Sorry about the tag soup.

Sorry about the tag soup. This year I've already had a deer tag and an elk tag soup. Dancing

I hope to redeem myself at my pheasant hunt next month. Wish me luck. Big smile

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Sorry to hear that Gatorfan.

Sorry to hear that Gatorfan. But atleast you were able to get your boy out there and get him his first taste of hunting big game. And you were able to give him a tracking lesson without wounding the deer yourself which looks better for you in his eyes.  It took me three years for me to get my first big game animal and I think that the anticipation is good for a young hunter. It makes them appreciate it that much more.

I am sure those guys were pretty happy to hear that you liked tracking and that you would help them out. Good thing you did or it sounds like they would have been going in the wrong direction. And it sounds like you still have a tag in your pocket so hope is not completely lost. Good luck to you on your late season hunt.

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