My Almost Got a Deer Report

November 4, 2013

After a couple of hours of walking yesterday I stopped at the edge of a swamp on a treeline. Hopes were high that something would come out of that tall grass and thick grouping of birch trees. Trails all over the place in and out and so I setup by a couple of big trees for cover. I pictured this scene where they would come out of that puckerbrush like ghosts floating out in front of me, pausing to check out the treeline and give me a shot as if they were posing for self portraits at the photo studio.

I hear footsteps coming behind me and thought, wow, this guy is noisy. I turned around expecting another hunter then see the tail. I could not tell which trail it was on nor the size as it was on the other side of a shallow depression blocking my view. That is when I realized he was downwind of me – which was about the same time he did as well. He paused (out of sight) then his walk became a jaunt but to my surprise was heading right by me. My heart was beating fast as I was coming to grips with the thought that I was going to get my shot at a giant whitetail. Thick, heavy, stocky build and almost no neck to this big head with 8-10 points. His head was like a perfect triangle. This was a big beautiful brute and even better, IT NOW WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.

What happens next is where I want to go back in time and give myself a little intel and maybe even a kick in the pants. As it was strutting through, I knew I needed to stop it in order to get at a shot. I grab my grunt call (with the hand that also has my trigger finger on it – see where this is going?) and give it one short blow. It stopped and turned to look at me giving me a full broadside shot at him. That was if I was standing and holding my gun ready to shoot. I was not and missed my best chance yet at a big buck.

Lesson learned. …and only took 15 or so seconds. 

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Mothers Day Special

May 12, 2013

Took advantage of the opportunity to fish for a little while while my wife visited family on the north shore today. Only managed one flounder but was good to get out.


White perch madness Saturday!

May 11, 2013

Ryan and I hit a local lake in search of whatever will bite. Well, we found several species willing to bite and they did very well; so did we. We each caught about 30 fish. We know this as we had a contest and ended up with a tie. Lots of white perch, some yellow perch, a bass, and a couple of crappie. One of those was pretty big. All caught on worm chunks.

Another great trip with my son. Would not trade these kinds of trips for any other. What fun!!!!!

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