Weekly Update…

Nov 09 2009

Well, I headed up to NY this weekend to find that the deer population in our area (4G) is really down.  I hunted for 3 days and saw 2 deer!  Anyway, Shawn has been hunting the rut and sent in the following update:

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Last 2 days I have see 11 bucks and 35 does and the rut is on. Today I shot a 5 x 6 with the pics included. Not a huge deer but was one of the bigger that I have seen thus far. He is actually trying to be a 6 x 7 with two little kickers at his bases. When I saw all the points at 20 yards I got an itchy trigger finger. To turn my good fortunes into a nightmare as I was walking out I saw the huge 10 point swamp buck I missed last year at about 70 yards out in the middle of a field. He of course just stood and stared at me for what seemed like forever but was probably close to 5 minutes. This buck is a huge, wide, and tall. He has been seen now 4 times in the last two years. He likes to live in a thick swamp or come out in to the middle of this field. I have tried just about everything to get him and would love to take the .300 ultra-mag Remington to the field one day. Anyway enjoy the pics.

Shawn 11 Pointer
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Updates…

Nov 04 2009

Well…  The Rut is on!  hunted this weekend and past on a 8 and 6.  Shawn Headed out on Tuesday as well and took the buck below:

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Really cool horns on this old sucker.  Shawn is thinking possibly a 5 year old.  He weighed in field dressed at about 210!  Shawn indicated that the bucks were chasing Tuesday morning.  I will be headed up to NY this weekend to try my luck there.  I will post updates on our success next week.

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Bad Start… Good Finish

Oct 25 2009

Well, This weekend started out with a bad start.  Lots of rain and wind with a front that started pushing through on Friday and didn’t clear the area to early in the hours of Sunday.  Shawn and I Headed out an Saturday and both passed on a nice 8.  Pretty sure it was the 8 that was with my 7 I shot earlier in the year(see Below).  Other than that movement was limited with all the wind, but the trail cam has been indicating daily buck movement in the early morning and late afternoon.

This morning (Sunday) had all indications of being a good morning.  The front had come through and brought cooler air in behind it and the skies were clear.  I headed out to my ladder stand in NJ at about 6am to make sure I was in place for a good hour before light.  At 7 am as shooting light just became established I heard the shuffle of feet headed my way.  Quickly I scanned the area for the deer making the noise and locked onto a nice buck.  This buck had been captured on the trail cam before (see Below).

So, when he came out I knew I was going to take him.  He came head on to 10 yards and then began feeding behind some brush.  I patiently waited for almost 10 minutes and then he began to turn and prepare to head away from me.  I cam to full draw and let one fly.  MISS!  Not sure if he jumped the string, I hit a branch in that brush or it was just a bad shot (not allot of light).  Anyway, he then turned and came into a shooting lane at about 20 yards headed away from me.  I quickly knocked another arrow and took aim.  The shot ended up being a 25 yard quartering away shot. ch7_quartering_away

The arrow hit just in front of the hind quarter and the 2 bladed rage broad head did its job.  The buck ran about 40 yards and fell over in a field.  During the gutting of the deer I was able to determine the arrow actually pierced both lungs.  The rest is history.  Below is a picture of the deer and more can be found in the photo section of the site.

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Update – Video (No Kill Shots)

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Archery Update

Oct 10 2009

Well,  Shawn and I have been hunting pretty regularly.  On Wednesday Shawn took a doe with his traditional bow 9waiting on some pics).  Things have quieted down a lot and it seems the bachelor groups have broken up.  Hopefully in the next few weeks the bucks will start to roam.  Downloaded the trail cam pictures.  See slide show below or the trail cam tab:


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It is Official…

May 05 2009

Yes, It is official now.  Sunday bow hunting in NJ starting in September of 2009.  Check out the link to the official article below:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/05/corzine_signs_law_allowing_nj.html

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Sunday Bow Hunting in NJ

May 04 2009

Below is the content of an e-mail I received from a reliable resource:

Congratulations! The Governor has signed Sunday Bow hunting into law!

In only 18 months since anglers, hunters, trappers and conservationists of all types “united” through a grassroots effort and sent two uninformed legislators packing – New Jersey’s “anti” culture has been turned on its ear.

The signing of Sunday Bow is far more than a statement of an extra day for hunting. It is proof that a united outdoor community, committed to the stewardship of our ecology and educating others of the precept of conservation is a successful formula for eradicating the ignorance of the link between fishing, hunting and trapping and environmental stewardship.

The signing of Sunday Bow hunting should be evidence of the momentous voting power of 650,000 outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. It should be a motivating factor for anglers, hunters, trappers and all conservationists to REGISTER TO VOTE and to VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION. It should be a clarion call for each of us to join in the effort to contact our legislators and become involved in protecting and advancing our outdoor interests.


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Kansas Hunt

Dec 21 2008

Its been a while since I updated the site. It is that CRAZY time of the year when you have 2 little ones! Anyway, Pat sent along the following message and pictures.

We had a great hunt in Kansas with both Jim and me scoring good ten point bucks. Jim’s was 152 and mine 140. My neighbor Jim Bey, our connection to Kansas, also scored a ten point which was a twin to Jimmy’s.

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10/26 Update…

Oct 26 2008

Shawn and I have been hitting the stands each weekend.  This weekend I had a few small bucks cruising along and fighting and last week I passed on a decent 7 pointer.  Below is a update from Shawn from this Weekend:

Do It Yourself (DIY) taxidermy is much cheaper. All said and done this euro of the bow kill buck 2008 costs me $40.00 and about 25 hours of work. Turned out nice.

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Speaking of taxidermy bills, almost had a shot opportunity at a massive mature buck this Saturday. I don’t know exactly how big or points and as they say they always look bigger running away from you. All I know was that I am holding out for a huge deer after the early season bucks. This buck was for sure HUGE!

Details-I heard a deer sloshing through a creek bottom. He had already gone passed me through some very thick underbrush. I caught a glimpse of his body and horns. I wanted a better look at him so at about 60 yards I grunted a couple times at him. He didn’t even pay attention to me and I found that odd. So a couple of more grunts later and he kept going. I decided to turn around and scan the area that’s when I noticed this huge buck 35 yards behind me in a clear shooting lane looking up the tree at me. At that time he turned and ran then jumped in and swam the creek and sloshed through the flooded creek bottom. Gone but not forgotten I can only hope that when the rut cranks in he returns. This deer escaped only due to another buck in front of him and an assumption on my part that bucks would be all by themselves this time of year.

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DE Opener….

Aug 31 2008

Well… With less then 24 hours before the DE archery opener we are ready to role.  Shawn and I will be headed out tomorrow morning to see if we can snag some big bucks in velvet.  Last year I took the nice 8 below on the opener:

Samantha has her own 8 pointer.

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Interactive Archery

Apr 01 2008

Ok. So I have seen and done some cool things, but by far one of the coolest this was this interactive archery shoot Shawn and I did. The product is called “TechnoHunt” and is basically a giant video game you play with your own bow. The web site for the product is http://www.technohunt.com and it contains a list of all pro shops that have these units installed. I highly recommend that if you can get to one of these ranges you do so!

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