Whitetail Deer Hunting Photos & Stories

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Rainy Opener
Jerry Beach

“Whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot; we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, or whether there’s weather or not!”

I don’t know who first penned that phrase, but for those who love the outdoors, it’s often the frame of mind we must have to prevent being stymied every time the weather isn’t exactly as we would like it to be.

Another saying that we hear often in Michigan is, “If you don’t like the weather, just stick around a few minutes – it will change.” I suspect that one is heard in many other places, too.

Maine Memories
Ed T.

As with the night before any opener we were all pumped up and anxious for tomorrow to come. We'd all made the long drive to Maine for our much anticipated deer hunt together. I drove up by myself from Maryland where I was stationed at the time and my Dad and his Buddy Skippy had driven up together after meeting in Connecticut. I'd gotten a day of scouting in, but they would be hunting without having done any, just arriving that evening as they had.

A Whole New Experience
Jerry Beach

What a difference!

The arrow seemed to literally streak off the riser toward the buck as it stood munching an apple.

Even before it sank between the ribs of the animal, I could tell that a whole new world of bowhunting had been opened to me.

I had just shot my very first deer with a compound bow.

Prior to this I had been using a Bear recurve that I had bought many years before. It had a draw weight of 45 pounds.

I had been shooting a bow since I was a kid and was a pretty good shot, shooting instinctively, using no sights.

Things Are Not Always What You Think
Mike Skelly

Saturday morning was the long awaited opening day of firearms season for whitetail deer in my neck of the woods.  I had posted my land last fall after my neighbor’s guest shot a buck I was following.  Not only did I not know the guest but neither he nor the neighbor had permission to be there.  The last straw was when the guy told me what a great place it was for good bucks because my neighbor had filled both their tags “right in here” last year. To the neighbor’s credit he came and apologize for trespassing a few months after the fact and promised not to hunt there again.

A New Method of Deer Hunting
Jerry Beach

There are many methods of deer hunting that are considered normal, or standard: standing, still-hunting, stalking and driving.

But did you ever hear of the method called, “texting”?

Yes, it’s one of the newer methods that was bound to make the hunting scene, given all the advances in technology these days.

I have a friend who is convinced that if it were not for texting, he probably would not have harvested a deer this season.

Here is his story:

Learning Patience
Mike Skelly

This story is for anyone who closed the season empty handed. You are not alone, but it is said that good things come to those who wait.

A Successful Stalk and a Unicorn Buck
Mike Skelly

My boy's first stalk:

Late in 2005, there was +/- six inches of fresh powdery snow muffling my footprints as I hunted. I was hunting my way home and stalked up to 3 does bedded not far from my home. I didn’t have a doe tag. He was just eight years old. I went home and asked if he wanted to see some deer and bundled in our boots, mittens, jackets and snow suit; I brought him within sight of those does. The first he had seen in the woods. We watched them for long minutes and he took several pictures with a cheap disposable camera I carried in my day pack at that time.

A Couple of Classic Misses
Ed T.

I have missed my share of deer throughout the years, heck, maybe even more than my share. However, I have been lucky enough though to have collected four of the six biggest bucks that I've ever seen in the woods. (It does make me wonder about the biggest bucks that saw me  without my seeing them, though.) I do also have had a few misses that still, years later, I can not even come close to explaining how or why I missed, but I also have a few rather interesting and funny ones I'd like to share that were finally "explained".

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Ed T.

Seems we plan and plan and then plan some more as our deer seasons get closer. Once they are upon us though, we simply need to go with the flow, as the saying goes. Perhaps you scouted and placed a stand in a very special location, two weeks before  the start of the season. But when you arrive the day before the gun opener with camper in tow you see a couple of trucks parked near your stand site.

Back Home Georgia Buck
James R. Jones

One cold, rainy October day, after talking to an old farmer friend on a remote gravel road in Georgia, I found myself with access to an awesome piece of property being long time family friends with owner. Diving into an all-day scouting junket of the large acreage, I quickly became aware of the fact that many good bucks called the property home. It was quite clear that I should be able to cherry-pick a couple of large-antlered bucks from the location come November. Hanging a few stands, I headed home, excitedly looking forward to my return visit in early-November.