Opening Day of Turkey Season 2016

I hit the woods on opening day with a friend of mine, over at Liberty reservoir to hopefully get the opportunity to harvest a turkey.  Got there early, saw some other cars and trucks, but never did see anyone else hunting.   The gobblers just didn’t seem to be talking at all on opening morning.   After walking, and walking, I managed to spook some turkeys that were just coming up on a ridge top as I had no clue they were there.  After that  we were able to get one bird to gobble once.  We headed in his direction and just kept trying to get him to talk, never did happen but around 7am, we walked right up on a tom and jake.  They somehow didn’t seem to know we were there and went about what they were doing.  We spent the next 4 hours playing cat and mouse with these turkeys. We did get the tom to gobble 2 more times later in the morning, but they just didn’t want to come.  We never could get them close enough to shoot with a bow, they always seemed to be just out of reach.  Finally, around 10:30 we were able to get them in range, the down side was they were over a hill and sitting on the ground I could not see them to shoot.  I had the tom at about 25 yards and the jake at 15 yards and knew they were there, but could not get a shot.  Just my luck to have them that close and couldn’t do a thing.  Second year in a row something like this has happened to me.  We finally watched as the turkeys including a hen which we saw for the first time at this point walked about down into the thicket and we decided at 11am that they had won on that day.  We had walked miles, over 6 hours and decided to call it quits.  Another day I will get my chance on those very hard to harvest birds. Awesome day in the woods, great time with a friend, and a great learning experience as I still view myself very much as  novice turkey hunter. I hope everyone else had a good opening day of turkey season and even more so I hope you were able to harvest a...

Happy Easter 2016

Happy Easter from our family to yours! Hope everyone also had a great opening day of trout season yesterday! A post about my opening day trip will be coming early this week!
Opening Day Trout Season 2016

Opening Day Trout Season 2016

Opening day of trout fishing is coming this Saturday!  Being just a couple days away I am getting excited to hit the streams for the first time this year and hopefully catch some trout.  For many people this is a big deal as many people make the trek out into the woods in the predawn hours to be on the river at 5:30 AM when the river opens up.  Many of us have our favorite river, and even down to your favorite pull or “honey hole”.  It’s a great time of year, its a great activity to go enjoy time with friends and family.  This is a great activity to take youngsters out and get them involved in the outdoors.  I started trout fishing at a young age and have been hooked ever since. Just in case you have not seen it, here is the link to the 2016 trout stocking schedule: 2016 Maryland Trout Stocking Schedule I wish everyone good luck this coming weekend and the weeks beyond as more and more stocking takes place until mid May when it slows down for the summer.  I will hopefully be posting pictures of my catches and hope to see pictures of everyone else’s! Good...
Shed Hunting 2016

Shed Hunting 2016

In the wake of a fun but not successful hunting season for me, I finally got back out in the woods after all the snow melted in hopes some deer have dropped their antlers.  Well, I can honestly say that I did not find a single shed yet this season.  I spent several hours walking the woods and nothing.  I did however check my trail camera’s for the first time after the blizzard and noted that all the way up to around the 20th of February there were still deer with their antlers.  This tells me deer are dropping this late this year, or maybe at normal time but later than I want them too.  I will be  checking the trail camera’s soon and hope to see they  have finally dropped but ya never know.  I heard several reports from friends and family members of seeing deer in fields and in backyards over the past week or so that said they are still seeing deer with racks on.  I myself just saw a deer last evening on my way home from work, it was a little 6 point but he too still was wearing his head gear on the 3rd of March. So, the moral of the story, just wait and a little longer and get back too it.  But spring fishing season is quickly coming upon us and turkey season is right around the corner from that. On another note.  While out shed hunting I did find a dead deer that looked like it passed several months ago, no clear cut reason for it’s demise. However, it was a nice find as you can see pictures below, it is a nice 9pt buck I found while shed hunting.  It’s a shame he passed away for whatever reason, he would have been a super nice deer next year had he lived. Anyone else been out shed hunting and found anything? Love to hear from you or see what you have...