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!
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...

The End of the 2015 – 2016 Maryland Bow Season...

Yesterday brought the end of the 2015 – 2016 bow hunting season for deer in Maryland, and like many I headed out into the woods to try to get that one last chance at harvesting a deer.  I personally ran into the problem of there was a lack of places to park in and around Loch Raven so it made hunting public land a challenge to say the least. I still was able to get out.  I had high hopes for the evening, but even from the start of the hunt when I found it very hard to walk in the snow with all my gear, treestand, and bow I knew it wasn’t going to go well.  I was going in with the goal of finding a concentration of tracks in the snow, which sadly I was never able to find.  I knew that I had  to get close to a bedding area, but the area I was hunting the deer just didn’t seem to be bedding where they normally do when it is not snow covered.  I found a few sets of tracks here and there and I set up on a thicket where there was a 3 or 4 sets of tracks hoping something would come into feed for the evening.  Well, I should have kept walking looking for more trails and more activity, I never saw a thing other than 1 squirrel.  It was a long hard walk to not even see a deer.  But that is hunting and about how my whole season went. I didn’t see anyone out close to where I was hunting and there were no other foot prints from humans, but  did anyone else make it out and see anything? Now as I sit here this evening reflecting back on the season, it was a good, fun, but a disappointing season.  Like every other season, things I thought I knew were wrong, I learned some new things and found some new hunting areas.  But I was unable to close the deal on even  a doe this year. I had early season chances I let go, rut I was after a buck and that allowed me to let too many does walk hoping the buck was behind, and finally late season came and I never saw a deer. The last deer I saw while on stand was early December towards the end of rut, and I blew that chance when a doe caught me drawing my bow.  Now my freezer is sadly more empty than normal, and I have a lot of hours on stand and nothing but new knowledge to go with it. Now I will look forward to trout fishing in just under 2 short months, turkey season in 3 months and hopefully spring fishing at the local lakes and out on the Chesapeake Bay.  Lots more to write about and hopefully give some good product reviews this coming year! How was your hunting season?  Are you looking forward to this...

Tomorrow is the End of the 2015 – 2016 Bow Season...

Tomorrow is the last day of the 2015 – 2016 bow season. I am hoping to get out one last time in hopes of getting some meat for the freezer.  I am going to hit one of my spots in Loch Raven and likely take the crossbow. I love hunting in the snow, so this should be a great hunting trip, but I will just have to wait and see how successful it is.  In snow this deep it can be hard to get in and out of the woods for sure, but it can also be hard to find the deer, and even if you think you find them they can be in one spot one day and gone for days after that. I wish everyone the best of the luck if they are getting out tomorrow and I hope you had a great hunting season!  Soon we will be looking forward to warmer weather and fishing season. Good Luck! Let us know how you...

Past Few Weeks of Hunting

I spent the last few weeks hunting off and on between bow hunting, muzzleloader hunting and today back to gun season.  I must say that I honestly don’t have much to say.  This isn’t my year for hunting.  I haven’t seen a deer while in my stand since back in late November.  It’s been 10 – 15 hunting trips without seeing a deer in the woods.  I am getting pretty frustrated at this point, but I also know it’s hunting and this can happen to the best of us. The way I see it there are many factors that go into me not seeing deer for so long.  So so hunting spots, mostly hunting public land which is hard to start with but even harder this time of year.  That combined with the weather, and just a general good old fashion case of bad luck and it sums everything up. I know that every time I get in a tree now I am second guessing.  Should I have gone to the other spot?  Should I be in this tree or should I be over in my other tree 200 yards away.  On the flip side to this, we will go with the grass is always greener on the other side theory and assume that if I did go to the other spot or the other tree maybe I would have harvested a deer by now. Instead it’s been the season of bad luck. Early in the season, I couldn’t get shots or didn’t see deer. Middle of the season I just kept getting busted or the deer were not close enough to shoot.  Both gun and muzzleloader season I have yet to see a deer. and now that late season is upon us and only 3 weeks left, I really hope my luck turns around and I can get some freezer meat.  If not, I will write this season off as a  learning experience and spending some good time in the woods enjoying nature and a good part of it spending time with friends and family. I would never trade the experiences, just wish some of them had a different ending. How has everyone else been faring in the woods lately?  Has this screwy weather screwed up your hunting too?  Love to hear how others are doing and maybe see some pictures of harvested...