Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 9:17 am
Today is opening day of the Spring Turkey Season! Work keeps me out of the woods on this opening day, but hopefully some of you could make it out into the woods after one of those hard to find gobblers.
Turkey hunting is something fairly new to me, and as I live in the central part of the state there are less opportunities then in the western or eastern parts of the state. Two of the local reservoirs offer bow only hunting for turkeys and they are Pretty Boy and Liberty reservoirs. I know there are also a few places in Carroll county which offer turkey hunting with a firearm, however, they are done by a first come basis and with a sign-in sheet, due to the fact that this is a hike in the first place from my home to top it off I could be beat there and have no where to hunt I don’t commonly head over there. However, I do know someone who does, and has told me there are birds in several of those locations just like anywhere they are hard to get on and get a shot.
Liberty and Pretty Boy Reservoirs hold smaller numbers of birds then other parts of the western and eastern part of the state, but enough to get out in the woods, hear some gobbling, and surely enough to try to get on one of them!
With work being crazy this time of year, I am not sure when or if I will be getting out into the woods after a turkey, but all of you will surely know if I do!
Anyone else getting out today, or this weekend? I would love to hear of your experience and if you were lucky enough to harvest a turkey we would love to see some pictures!!! Share them in a comment with us or send us an email.
Michael Sawyer left the blow comment, since we are having technical difficulties with the images being uploaded we wanted to go ahead and upload it here for everyone to see. Congrats Michael awesome turkey!
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 4:07 pm
I took this yucky weather Sunday to spend some time in the outdoors with a friend of mine. We decided to try our luck with a little fishing first thing this morning and then went and did a little post season scouting in the woods afterward.
The fishing was as to be expected, slow.. Water temps are still likely in the low 40′s which makes fishing difficult but still not impossible. We were hoping either some bass or maybe a pike or pickerel might be out and hungry on the edges of the deeper water in Loch Raven. No such luck this morning. However, the weather people also said it was going to be mid 40′s and sunny today, not mid to upper 30′s and cloudy as it in fact is. Weather people you haven’t been doing such a hot job this winter.. Had the sun been out and the weather been slightly warmer perhaps the fishing would have been a little better.
Now, we all have the first opening day of trout season to look forward to coming up in 13 days. A little later than normal as it is the 30th of March this year and normally it is between the 23 - 27. Nevertheless, I am sure there are plenty of people whom cannot wait until trout fishing season starts. It gives us all something to look forward to for a good month or so each spring and tides us over until the bass start biting. Also puts some good food on the table for many of us as well.. Nothing like some good fresh rainbow trout for dinner
Well after we decided the fishing just wasn’t too hot this morning we decided to go look for antlers and do a little post season scouting. As we expected we saw lots of deer, didn’t find any antlers and still aren’t sure where all the bucks went last season as there is minimal sign from rut. We only saw a couple rubs and 1 or 2 scrapes left from this past season. Normally this time of year is a great time of year to find all rubs and scrapes and last week when I went shed hunting the area we walked was loaded with rubs and old scrapes. So this tells me the areas where you aren’t loud to hunt are holding numbers of bucks, the areas where we all those numbers are down.
Either way every trip into the woods I learn something about those areas and I use that to put my game plan together for where I want to hunt and when. Next season will be here before we know and in a few short months it will be time to think about getting trail cams back out and working and also time to plant food plots.
Has anyone been out shed hunting or fishing? Done any good at either? We would love to hear from you leave a comment or drop us an email!
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 9:41 pm
Over the last couple weeks I have a headed out in the woods a couple times and and had fifty fifty results in finding a shed. Only found one decent one thus far, but hey we all have got until the grass starts growing. My first trip out I went with a friend of mine somewhere I have never really walked or shed hunted and we found a side off a little 6 point (pictured below). We walked for about 3 hours that day.
My next trip out I went with a different friend to an area I try to visit each year. That trip we found 3 antlers, a side of a 4, 6, and what we assume was a 10 or 11. The 6 and 11 sides are pictured below. We walked for solid 3 hours on that trip and u was pleasantly surprised as normally you are lucky to find 1 let alone 3 in one trip. But I always like shed hunting with someone else, as having two sets of eyes is a good thing for covering an area to feel like you haven’t missed anything. I will continue to go out over the next 3 – 5 weeks shed hunting even leading up to spring turkey season.. It’s always worth looking but commonly by turkey season growth has made it almost impossible to find any deer sheds. I will keep you posted if I or anyone we know finds anything of note! Anyone else been out and found sheds? Leave a comment with a picture!!