I am from Norfolk and hunt deer in Lancaster county (its eastern middle of the state on the bay), North hampton county (the south county on the eastern shore) and Accomac(north county on estern shore).
I also hunt ducks in Virginia beach on the north landing river. and in accomac where I hunt deer also.
Cant wait till tomarow for Muzzle loader. this is my first year hunting with a ML. 8)
I went bowhunting friday evening at my grandparents in lancaster. sat on my stand and had not seen anything the feild it was near had just been disced and I had hunted early int he week with no luck from the same stand. I had no confidence in this stand any more. so saturday morning came and I was thinking about hunting in a reveene near the stand from the ground hoping to see something. On the way I did not see any deer in the fields so I was not expecting to see anything. I was headed to the reveene and thought I should just give this stand a try this morning any way. So I took my chair and stuff up in the stand. capped my gun and took the lens covers off my scope. I had not even put on my face mask and I could hear one walking through the woods to my so I grabed my gun and I could see the doe and "I thought man is it legal shooting time yet?" the doe looking at me got a little spooky and ran about 10 yrds between me and the field. it gave me a chance to check my watch so I saw I was about 5 min in to legal shooting time. the doe came walking back towards my stand and at about 20 yards I shot it. stumbled about 10 yards and fell over out of my line of site. I waited about 15 min looking around where it had fallen took make sure I didn't need to do a follow up shot. I climbed down and glassed the deer and darn if it didnt grow a 7 piont rack outside the ears. It has a pritty cool rack 3 pts on one side and thin and the other side had 4 and a 5th little thorn poit grwing out of one of the tines and it was a good bit thicker. My dad shot some nice pictures when I get them I will post. I hunted that evening from the same stand and had a small doe come through raigh at the last min of legal and I thought about all the work I had done earlier between skinning and 1/4ing I decided I had enough fun with processing the one earlier that I would let it pass.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...