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2004 Bow Season - December
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FROM THE FOOD PLOT BLIND
In December we
went "live" with the hunt. I ran power and a phone line to the Double
Bull blind by the Food Plot near my home and began updating with pictures
and reports as things came down.
Dec 1 - Not Again!
longer I bowhunt the more I learn. Wild turkeys have their plan for the
day and it doesn't include getting an archery lesson from me. And if I
hadn't learned something new today that's the way it would have been. To
Morning: A bomber,
mature buck was in my food plot. The left beam was broken off and the right
was wide. He was too far away for a pic. An 8-point visited it later.
Afternoon: I zipped
at the Hammer Hole.
Dec 3: Freak!
Morning: The buck
with a broken main beam walks into camera range and that left side is not
broke after all. This buck has a Freak set of antlers. He put on t good
show too and I got the pics. To The Freak!
Dec 4: Freak A Little Closer
Morning: The Freak
came back during good light and gets close so I nail him with my camera
and get good pics of that odd ball rack, including 2 wallpaper full sized
pics that will fit your computer screen background. To
Dec 5 - Where has this big boy buck
were two areas of separate action. Young bucks worked the edge of the woods,
dogging any doe that would let them. Meanwhile bucks and does visited the
food plot, ate, and left. Here are pics
of a few of them.
After sunset picture taking
light got lousy but shooting light was left. Five does were browsing in
the strip of Premier Mix 10 yards from my blind. A doe looked toward the
woods, I could tell something was coming. It stepped out from behind a
tree, a big buck, 35 yards and closing. A real dandy. Big bodied
with a high, heavy, wide rack.
I was ready for this,
bow in hand, focused, as the Dandy lip curled and grunted as came to the
does. But the does ignored the big buck and also stayed between me and
this fine buck.
Light was fading fast, too
fast. When he finally moved away from the does I could not see my pins
clearly anymore. He was hungry and browsed on the food plot goodies for
half an hour . Finally all the deer left. I waited another 5 minutes and
skedadled back to my house.
A 9-point buck, just what
I've been looking for, was less than 15 yards from me and I could not take
a shot without the possibility of hitting a doe. I would've liked it to
work out different but I wouldn't change places with anyone this afternoon.
I love this bowhunting.
Morning: More deer,
a couple of new bucks, mostly young ones. Here are some
Dec 6 - Before daylight
deer were all around. But they moved on before good light.
This afternoon I was in
my treestand early. Just in time for a heck of a rain. A 7 point walked
around in it anyway, no problem.
Dec 7 - Big
Picture Day ... and More
really got loaded up on pictures today. You'd think I was in the deer parking
lot. While I sort out the best ones, here is a full screen pic of Freak
with a doe to give you an idea of what went on. And, oh, he got a lot closer
than this. I'll bring you up to speed on that too. Sizes (1024x768)
Dec 8, Duck Or The Duck's Gotcha
Morning: (9:58) It's
overcast and the temp is holding in the high 40's. I saw 13 does and 3
bucks. Only 3 does came to my food plot, the rest were busy in the woods.
No Freak today.
Afternoon: The Duck
(Don Beckwith) and his brother Paul arrived mid day. Paul hunted a big
oat field and Don went to the Dry Tank. I zipped. To
Back To Dec 7 - Pictures Of It All
The Freak came 3 separate
times before he got up close and personal and there are plenty of pictures
of it and other deer as the morning hunt progressed. Dec
7 Morning Hunt...
Dec 9, Morning
It's overcast and
the temp is holding in the high 40's. I saw 13 does and 3 bucks. Only 3
does came to my food plot, the rest were busy in the woods.
Afternoon: No deer.
Dec 10, Morning - The 9!
Going to the blind in dark
a deer snorted at me and ran. I'm lucky it hasn't happened more. My camera
has a Night Shot mode and I gave it a try at the 2 does and buck before
daylight. The pics (above left is one) were a million time better than
my older camera.
the sun did come up it was awesome, fire in the sky, absolutely all good.
In the first half hour the deer were gone. Pictures: Night
Shot of deer & Sunrise.
At 9:55 I hadn't seen
any more deer and planned to quit at ten and eat a hearty home cooked breakfast
at the Duck's camp trailer. At 9:58 my plans got trashed. I had
my laptop with me and was busy typing and when I looked up a doe was munching
food plot stuff 10 yards from me.
Before I raised my camera
up I checked for other deer. 100 yards away, on the hill by the road, stood
big 9 point. To Pictures & what
Afternoon: It Had To Happen. The
The sun settled into the
trees as the Freak buck walked down the hill. Bucks and does moved out
of his way. A narrow strip of the mixed seed (called PlotSpike
Premium MIx) is 10 yards in front of my blind and the Freak walked
right to it. This was it...
Dec 11 - Overcast
and the temp held in the high 40's. I saw 13 does and 3 bucks. Only 3 does
came to my food plot, the rest were in the woods.
Dec 12 - I slept late
for a change and saw the Freak at 5:34 on the afternoon hunt.
Dec 13 - last
(7:20am) Saw 2 8-pts
at first light, 3 does later and a young buck. It's been uneventful since
(11:58am) The wind
is up and it feels like it's getting colder. I've been in the food plot
blind since 6:20.
(2:26pm) Bad news,
when I broke for a fast lunch my coffee maker burned up. Rats, it's
a restaurant one and I'll miss how quick it makes the coffee. Ate microwaved
left overs and a grapefruit. Then I shot a few arrows and got back in the
makes you hit what you shoot at.
are lengthening. Nothing else has moved so far.
(5:18pm) Two bucks
are on the hill checking out the area. Their
(6:32pm) Wow! 10
does came to the food
plot plus the Freak and a sixer. One of the does urinated near the
Freak and he dogged her. So far he doesn't know I am right in the middle
of Freak city. Well, like I said, one day at a time.
Dec 14 - Lets
Try A Scent Trick
morning, Scent Wick, Afternoon buck
(6:56pm) That was
all for today.
(4:46pm) a buck just
came in. He smelt the Scent Wick when he passed near it and filled his
nose several times while he looked around.
(1:18pm) Had a hot
but bland lunch special and then made a scent drag with a Scent Wick dipped
in Excite (both from Wildlife.com).
These wicks are way better than the cotton balls we used to use. I pulled
it around in the food plot and made a trail leading to a 10 yard shot and
hung it on a limb. See
A Full View.
(11:34am) Cold morning.
No more deer. Signing off and going to the Red Barn restaurant for some
warm food and hot coffee. Will rush back.
(7:57am) Two does
showed up at 6:58. I used the Night Shot to take their pics. It is 32,
clear and calm. My breath keeps fogging up my binoculars.
Dec 15 - last
6:05pm - One spike
buck watched the food pot from the woods edge. He was too far for a pic.
2:45pm - More Scent
I did another scent drag
with a Scent Wick and hung it in the same tree. I had to use a new one
because a buck ran off with yesterday's. This time I used Active Scrape
scent (from Wildlife.com)
11:45am - Lunch time.
Be right back.
At 8:14 the Freak
walked up out of the draw and over to near me. (His
pic.) Apparently he was hungry cause he went straight for the leafy
green stuff. After the 1st pic my camera malfunctioned. From the cold is
I slipped the battery out
and wrapped a HotHands warmer around it. (A good product if you want to
warm your hands too.)
At 8:26 he looked
startled and ran to the road, and then I saw him on the tails of 2 does
as they came down the hill into the draw.
Freak was lame, I've seen
him run before and he had no limp. Don't know what happened.
A young buck left
the does trail and come toward the food plot. He stopped at the fence and
smelled the Scent Wick. My camera turned off again and the buck walked
all around, looking. (Close
Up of Buck.)
A doe came to the
plot at 9:54.
(7:48am) A simple,
beautiful sunrise began the day. If you're not hunting this morning I thought
you might enjoy a peaceful sunrise, here
it is bigger. No deer moving so far.
degrees. A little oatmeal, some coffee and it's back to the food plot blind.
Dec 16 - last
6:28pm: Broken Tine
buck finally comes at picture time. More scent tricks. Hunt logs and pictures.
Dec 16 Hunt...
Dec 17 -
Broken Tine Day
To see more & larger
pictures go To Dec 17
Broken Tine is looking for
one good doe at the food plot this morning and he came back at 8:52 for
the 3rd time. This time I nailed him with the camera and definitely got
some cool pictures. The pics are too good to do as little bitty pics for
this pages format. Here are the Pics
& What Happened...
8:41am: Two deer came
to the food plot at 8:19, a yearling doe and button buck. A minute later
sunlight glinted on antlers.
He moved to the edge of
the field, the Broken Tine, and seeing the button head and young doe he
turned and went back into the draw.
along the edge of the woods. The Broken Tine buck. 7:56, I got a pic. He
turned east 50 yards from the NorthStarr tree.
7:33am: I hunted
the hill in the NorthStarr Treestand I just put up. Before sunrise a shadow
moved under my tree and a buck rubbed some low branches and pawed the ground.
The Freak. Then he left.
Once it was light I glassed
him and a young buck in the food plot. When they left I waited 15 minutes
and hurried over to the blind. I don't want to be in the tree where the
Dec 18 - Three does
came to the food plot at first light. The new 8-pt from yesterday afternoon
checked them out. 5 more does were on the hill.
That was it for the day.
6:18 - it's 34 degrees.
calm & clear. Nice morning. No deer so far.
At 8:28 two
does came from the draw to the food plot. 10:06 - 5 does in the woods
and on the hill. Afternoon - zipped.
Dec 20 (Last Update 5:27pm)
"Never underestimate the
power of good choices or dumb luck." Both of those things went to work
this morning when the Freak walked into my shooting lane. To
Dec 21 (Last Update 7:34pm)
Morning: At first
good light I saw the Freak half way up the hill. He went into the draw.
15 minutes later a lone doe pursued by 2 bucks ran all over the hill. At
7:20 another doe came over the hill and a buck came out of the draw and
Last Update, 9:43am -
The hill got the play this morning.
Before eight 2 does came
over the hill, then 3 does walked briskly out of the draw and went over
the hill, then 5 does came out of the draw. At 8:28 a yearling doe and
a longhead doe visited the food plot.
My mouser cat walked up and
they got nervous and kept their eye on him. Meanwhile he made a painfully
slow stalk a few yards from my blind and suddenly snagged a dove, and killed
it and took it away to eat it.
The Duck hunted his
Double Bull blind at the Canyon. He heard wild turkeys about 8:00 and a
flock walked by at 10 yards. Don had the windows down and the sun was on
him and the turkeys saw him and flew off. Ten minutes later another flock
came down the same trail. There were 2 big jakes. But the Duck decided
to let them grow.
Double Bull and Innerloc ... Awesome" (The Duck)
"BowTech, Double Bull
& Innerloc ... Awesome", said the Duck after his wild turkey hunt
this afternoon. To The Hunt...
Dec 22 (Last
Afternoon: It's a
cold one. GO.
10:46am - Another Buck,
can you see it?
The wind just laid and now
only gusts occasionally. I saw a deer on the edge of the woods and had
a thought. Lots of people tell me they are following this online hunt and
log on several times a day. So if you are one of those folks see if you
can find the buck I just saw. GO.
10:02 - Bad weather.
Every time things let up bucks show up, which has been twice. Here are
the pics and what happened. To Dec 22...
8:52 - HAIL !!!
Before Daylight -
Half way to the NorthStarr stand on the hill it started raining. So I changed
plans and went to the blind, that's another advantage of the Double
Bull, you're out of the weather.
Dec 23 - Cold
But Busy Morning
degrees and gusty before dawn. A doe came into the food plot and I saw
something out of place on the woods edge. I binoculared it. A buck with
a high heavy rack. To Dec 23....
Weather Now: light
cloud cover, blues skies, 36 degrees. It could be a good afternoon.
4:42pm - Two does
are at the top of the hill.
Dec 24 (Last
A Bomber 10 Point - It's
A Shoot Day
I glassed the buck, a big
10 that I haven't seen before! To Dec 24, So
Dec 25 - A White
Two does gave me the perfect
Christmas card for you at daylight. And the hunting wasn't bad either.
Dec 26 (Last
Morning: A 25 degree,
clear, still morning. I started out to the NOrthStarr tree and got snorted
so I went back to the Double Bull blind. 2 does and a lone doe came to
the plot. Around 8:00 A big 8 came on the hill from the east, the sun lit
up his antlers as he went into the draw and came out with a doe. They went
east. Four more does, a pair and 2 solos, also used on the hill. Then a
6-pt came to the plot. He left minutes ago.
Afternoon: Back in
the blind. First, I put more Special Golden Estrus in the Power Wick. It's
58 degrees, clear with periodic light gusts. 3 does in the plot at 4:10.
They left after a button head came. A larger buck stepped out of the wood's
edge and checked out the button, and left.
(4:51) I see deer
in several places and a signing off for now.
(6:43) 5 deer moved
through the area. JimboTX saw 4 does at the NorthStarr stand on the
Dec 27 - 10 Point
Morning: The 10 point
came back. This time I reached for the BowTech instead of the Sony. To
The Hunt ...
Dec 28 - Broken
Morning: Before daylight
a deer came from behind the Double Bull blind and walked close to me. It
was only a deer shaped shadow in the dark, but a big one.
Still to dark to shoot at
7:00 but I could make out it's antlers with my binoculars, it was the Broken
Tine buck. To The Hunt &
Hunting for gobblers and
does. To The Hunt
Dec 30 - Afternoon
Wild turkey action this
afternoon. And a new one for the "I've never seen that before" category.
Dec 30- Robbed
From The Sky
A good shot, more wild turkeys,
and a bad thing happens. To The Hunt...
Dec 31 - In the
trees & on the ground
Setting a new treestand
in an old favorite spot. Another turkey dance at the Point. To
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