Archive for September, 2013

Blogging From a Tree

Posted: 09/24/2013 in Hunting

I’ll be trying to keep track of this blog, it looks a lot like what I’ve been trying to do for the last year and a half 🙂

Hardwoods Hunter

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I just wanted to throw out a quick hello to everyone on WordPress.  This is going to be one hell of a blog, keeping you posted multiple times a week on my experiences in the woods chasing Indiana’s game animals.   On here you’ll find articles, tips, tricks, photos, and even some jokes and quotes.  If you love to hunt or enjoy the outdoors, then feel free to follow me as deer season quickly approaches!  I may even end up blogging from a tree.

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Ok!  Back from Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area  and I had a blast. It always cracks me up when I camp out, particularly these days, when I tend to obsess over things like eyeglass cleaners, decongestant, salt and pepper, etc. and then forget something big.

Like, oh, a pillow and sleeping bag. 

Yep, I’ve been camping since the early 1970’s – in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.  I was in the Boy Scouts of America for years, and helped as a camp employee one summer, and as an assistant Scout Leader for a while, and I forgot to take a sleeping bag.

One thing to remember, if you read this and aren’t local to Atlanta, is that this time of year, most of the people out camping aren’t worried in the slightest about being COLD.  Honestly, I could have slept in a pair of gym shorts on TOP of a picnic table if it wasn’t for the bugs and the rain.  It’s WARM, so heat isn’t the reason for taking one, its more like an additional layer of padding between me and the ground (I use interlocking shop floor pads in my tent, nice and soft), and someplace to stick my toes in the middle of the night.  But STILL, I forgot the darn thing…  Luckily, the only thing more common than Dollar General stores in that area are mosquitoes.   I picked up a low-cost pillow, pillow case and blanket and those worked just fine.

The original plan was for myself and my buddy Danny (mentioned before, usually during hijinks) to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday down there, but due to a broken water line, he couldn’t make it.  I sent a text to Clay and he let me know that Jim was going to be down there for the weekend, so it turned into Team Bifocals all the way!*

We scouted a bit Friday afternoon, then decided where to hunt and got our gear together.  We hunted the same spot Friday night and Saturday morning, but we knew that storms were rolling in, so we had to skip Saturday afternoon. (I don’t like sitting halfway up a tree, holding a lightning rod while wet and standing on a metal platform if thunderstorms are coming in, silly me…)  Instead, we hung out at the Ranger station chatting with a good ol’ boy from the DNR (I could listen to his Cajun accent all day) and two state DNR rangers, while I made some coffee and soup.

This morning we put our stands in a new location, and around 8:30, Jim sent a text that he had hit a doe and watched her go down.  I asked him if he needed any help and he said ‘no,’ but I decided at that point that if I didn’t see anything, I would come down around 10 a.m. since I drove and he didn’t have keys to the truck. This was Jim’s first kill with his Bowtech Experience, and he loves it!

I timed it just right, he had only been back to the truck for maybe five minutes when I got there.  We loaded the doe up, recorded the kill at the WMA check-in board, and field processed the doe right there so Jim could fit her in a cooler full of ice for the trip home.

Then we went back to camp, cleaned up, packed up, and we both headed home.  I was going to hunt the evening, but it would have put me home around 11pm if all went well, and well after that if I killed a deer, not to mention the whole safety aspect, so I decided to be safe and come home. And take a shower. And spray the mud off o’ my truck, etc. etc.

Enjoy the photographs 🙂  If you have any questions, visit the FaceBook page and ask me!

*(At a cookout after 3D season this year, somebody mentioned that they were letting all of their staff shooters go and starting a new, six-person shooting team named “Team *store name!*” Jim and I both wear bifocals (get off mah lawn!), so I suggested we call ourselves “Team Bifocals!” and so far the name works for us! 🙂 )

I’m headed to Joe Kurz WMA this weekend – and it’s just far enough away that I decided not to drive there and back each day.  So, just like anyone who hunts away from home, I have to come up with a list of gear to take.  This is cracking me up, because the list looks like something I’d make to assault Skull Island:

  • Bow, arrows and release
  • Cooler
  • Tent
  • Tent Flooring (I use workout mats and the interlocking ‘shop floor’ foam squares)
  • Bug spray
  • Tree stand
  • Rope
  • Camp Chairs
  • Fire Ring
  • Firewood
  • Bucket and lid
  • Knives (I am a believer in what Logen Ninefingers says in Joe Abercrombie’s books “You can never have too many knives.”)
  • Knife sharpener
  • Cameras
  • Tripod
  • Shaving kit (soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Backpack
  • Bypass trimmers
  • Cover scent (Big Deer Hunter’s Dirt cover scent)
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bag (Kind of a joke, I’m from 30 miles south of Canada – I certainly don’t need to stay ‘warm’)
  • Pillows
  • Apples
  • Granola bars
  • Camp stove
  • Coffee
  • Coffee pot
  • Target (I have a smaller Hips Archery Target to take with me)
  • Hunting seat
  • Binoculars
  • Rangefinders
  • Archery tool kit
  • Canned chili
  • Canned soup
  • Toilet paper
  • Immodium
  • Decongestant
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cell Phone
  • Car Charger
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Screw in bow hanger

…and the sad, sad part is, I know from experience that I’ll get down there, get in the tree, and think “Oh, damn, I forgot to bring something.”

Oh well. 🙂

Open Season TV shared this on FaceBook this morning – and honestly, I think it’s a damn good idea for folks to know this information, since a lot of you are in the woods or will BE in the woods soon.

Click the image for more information on venomous spiders in America.

Click the image for more information on venomous spiders in America.

*Sigh* I’ve been in the process of moving to a new department at work, and since the universe likes to shove a pineapple up my backside every single chance it gets, I’m training my replacement the three weeks I’d rather be bowhunting, including one week I’d planned to spend at Joe Kurz WMA.  So, instead of having nine out of twenty-one days to hunt, realistically, I’ll have two.

Yay.

Property of Nina Paley - Click the image to go to her site.

Property of Nina Paley – Click the image to go to her site.

Never Forget

Posted: 09/11/2013 in News
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From Team Realtree’s FaceBook page:

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Mmmmm! We ate every bite of my 2010 Maine black bear!

One of the things I love to do is promote LOCAL business – that’s why I shoot for a Gable Sporting Goods, promote Big Deer Hunters’ products and other local businesses.  On of my friends started a game call business last year, Collum Right Game Calls.

Collum Right Game Calls

Tony is a great guy, and his veteran-owned business is just starting out – he doesn’t even have a web page at this point, just a FaceBook page, but LOOK at the fantastic game calls he’s making!

Head over to FaceBook and give Tony’s “Collum Right Game Calls” a look, hit ‘Like’ while you’re there!

I’d love to be able to budget another good bear hunt, but it won’t be this year or probably next year…

ON TARGET in CANADA

It often amazes me what people do in their stands while in wait.  Some nap, some eat, some even make shadow puppets….not Jamie, nope not Jamie.

Jamie’s hunt began just like everyone elses, with optimism and excitement.  He knew what he was waiting for and he was prepared for what to do when it got there…..boy did it take its time!!

As he sat scanning the forest around him for any sign of movement, he spotted something from the corner of his eye.  I little red squirrel was climbing down the tree that was just six inches from his left.  Slowly this little red fellow crept while keeping a watchful eye on Jamie.  He made his way slowly onto the branch directly by his face and looked him in the eye.  Jamie gave little notice at first until he realized that this critter wasn’t leaving…he was perfectly happy to size…

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I used to be fairly good with an atl-atl, but it’s been 20 years since I used one.

Running Sunflower

One word describes last weekend: adventures.

On Saturday, I participated in my first weekend archery shoot. Shifting from lower-key Thursday shoots to a bigger weekend one meant it wouldn’t just be my boyfriend and I meandering from target to target – we would be in a group with four or five other people. All of them more experienced than I.

Oh well! I was determined to have fun and to not take things too seriously. Learning = good; fretting = bad.

Well, wouldn’t you know, we were assigned to shoot with the best archers at the range. I kid you not. One of the guys ended the day with a score that more than tripled mine.

Wince.

Honestly, though? I didn’t mind. I made a conscious effort to keep my focus on fun, and it worked. And the guys in our group were great, keeping the mood light…

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