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Title: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2014, 07:35:49 AM
I'm getting a late start on this but so far there's not been much to talk about. I've made 3 trips to the hunting camp during the rifle season this year so far and seen nothing but little ones and other critters. To give you an idea, last weekend I hunted Thursday through Sunday and saw birds squirrels, a skunk, a really fat possum and one 60lb deer I'm guessing is a button buck since he wanders around alone and I've seen him a few times now.

I'll be leaving for my next trip to the hunting camp about noon today and hunting through Monday, I'm going to be the only one at camp this time so I'm hoping without others hunting I'll have some better luck. When I'm there alone I try to be so quiet that they don't even know I've arrived at camp! Good luck to everyone that is still out there hunting, I'll be at until they close the season Feb. 10th!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2014, 08:09:27 AM
Good luck, Viking, and be careful out there, especially if you're gonna be alone.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2014, 10:06:21 AM
yes be careful and good luck hope you shoot a big one
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 23, 2014, 12:28:04 PM
Back safely, passed on one average size doe with a fawn that I swear still had spots. They were alone so didn't want to take mama and leave the little one all by their self, still a lot of season left. That was it for deer, no shortage of turkeys though, saw 13 Hens in one field and 4 Toms in another from the same stand! Taking the Christmas and New Years weekends off to spend some time with family and friends and then back into the woods Jan 10th weekend and every weekend but one until the season ends after that!

 



Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 23, 2014, 04:10:53 PM
come back safe. I hunt alone a lot. you can never be too careful when alone. good luck
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 23, 2014, 05:53:47 PM
I agree..safety first..I hunt alone a lot as well and always try to be careful...age makes you do that
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 09, 2015, 07:32:00 AM
Thanks guys, heading up this weekend and taking a friend to the camp with me that might become a member next year, this will be his first time at the camp but he's a Bama boy so he should fit right in! There will be 3 of us up there this trip so should be a good time, will report back on Monday on what we did or didn't see and if we shot anythng!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 09, 2015, 03:16:40 PM
 @--0--0101 Viking!! Hope you each get one!!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 09, 2015, 04:30:57 PM
 @--0--0101 Partner Be safe have a good time.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 12, 2015, 10:47:08 AM
Well no luck this weekend, nothing but little deer and turkeys AGAIN! Turkeys every where like they know it's not turkey season and just strut through the field right in front of you! Back at it again this weekend for 4 days with Anthony since he's out of school for 4 days!
 
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 12, 2015, 01:56:45 PM
Keep at it! Sounds like you're having a great time!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 20, 2015, 12:24:13 PM
Well struck out again this weekend, it was oddly quiet of most animals. Hunted Thursday night through Monday morning and vaguely saw one deer Thursday night through the fog but couldn't make a shot due to limited visibility. I will be back up Jan. 30 through Feb. 8th for my last hunt of the season and hopefully by then the rut will have kicked in, really no signs of it yet where I'm hunting in Conecuh county.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 20, 2015, 05:10:04 PM
Hang in there partner. That monster buck is just waiting for you.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 23, 2015, 02:59:14 PM
Hang in there partner. That monster buck is just waiting for you.

I hope you're right partner! Good news is the start of my hunt is going to have some cold weather so hopefully that will get them moving!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 30, 2015, 09:33:49 AM
Wow, very quiet in the Hunting Journal section, I can't believe I'm the only one still hunting1  --7-8-9 Well leaving today to head North for my last 9 days of hunting this season1 Hopefully hunting 9 days in a row will change my luck, time will tell! I should have an update when I get back Feb. 9th, till then you all take care.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 30, 2015, 12:32:25 PM
 @--0--0101  have fun stay safe see lots of big bucks
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 30, 2015, 04:19:12 PM
Wow, very quiet in the Hunting Journal section, I can't believe I'm the only one still hunting1  --7-8-9 Well leaving today to head North for my last 9 days of hunting this season1 Hopefully hunting 9 days in a row will change my luck, time will tell! I should have an update when I get back Feb. 9th, till then you all take care.

Stay at it partner.  @--0--0101

They tell me truck harvests done count!!!!  @--0--0117 RULES!!! GOOD GRIEF!!!  --099-780
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 31, 2015, 10:19:55 AM
Good luck Viking.  I hope the deer finally comes out in groups and give you options to choose which ones to take.

I'll be hunting in Arkansas to end my season as well.  Bow season runs through the end of February there.      %^$^

Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on February 16, 2015, 08:57:52 AM
Well I finished the season getting one spike that I shot thinking it was a good sized Doe. His antlers were both broke off. I also missed a nice 8 pointer who made a bee-line to the woods when he heard my chair squeak, my shot was just a tad late as I clipped a small cedar tree branch. Bummed that the season is over but glad to get some venison for the freezer!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on February 17, 2015, 09:50:11 AM
Congrats on the deer! Meat in the freezer is a good thing! Way to stay with it!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on February 17, 2015, 12:03:47 PM
 @--0--0118     ##$%#11

Way to go Viking!  Glad you had deer in range opportunities and have freezer meat.

 -0078
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on November 13, 2015, 11:01:00 AM
Alright, time to revive this. 8 days until rifle season begins and I'll be in the woods trying to improve on last years totals!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on November 24, 2015, 10:14:05 AM
Well great weekend for the opener but not so great as far as deer movement goes. Saw a total of 4 deer, most likely all bucks. 2 never stopped and passed by a field in the woods never stopping to offer up a shot at around 130 yards.

The other 2 gave me an opportunity but scope glare ruined the chance. With about 10 minutes of shooting light left and an orange glow from the setting sun in the sky a small deer steps out in a clover field at about 180 yards away looking West towards where the sun had just set, just behind this small deer is a Buck that looked twice the size of the small deer I now assume was probably a spike since he was hanging with the big boy and we have lots of pictures of Bucks hanging out together. I can clearly see them through my Leopold binoculars but when I go to look through the scope I see nothing but glare, most resembling a thick fog and I can't see the big Buck let alone the field through the scope due to the glare. I never thought the orange glow left behind from a sunset could affect visibility through a scope so bad, I installed a sunshade on the scope hoping it would help but it didn't. It's a Nikon M-308 so not a cheap scope by any means.

So last night when I get home I'm online researching scope glare problems because this is now the second time I've lost a deer with that scope mounted on my Ruger American .308. I thought the sunshade would fix the problem but it did not. After researching online I find that they sell anti-glare devices that go on the end of a scope that has a waffle design you look through and is supposed to help with the glare. I see they run between $50-$100 and I'm thinking I need to buy one but then I read online that the Nikon M-308 should come with one and sure enough I open the box to my M-308 and there it is. Now I just need to test it out this Thursday evening when I head back up there. The glare problem is really frustrating but it was still an enjoyable time at the hunting camp and seeing mature Buck's step out into a field during shooting light this time of year is a good sign since the rut is still a couple months away.

Thursday I'll have an early Thanksgiving meal and then I'll be heading back up there to hunt through the weekend so we'll see if I'll have any better luck.  --09--0

Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on November 30, 2015, 01:13:03 PM
Well no luck this past weekend but with temperatures in the mid to upper 70's it doesn't surprise me, deer seem mostly nocturnal if the camera pics are any indication. I did solve the problem with the scope glare detailed in the thread below. My next trip up will be the weekend of December 11th, hopefully the weather will have cooled by then.

http://www.talkhuntin.com/index.php?topic=43083.0 (http://www.talkhuntin.com/index.php?topic=43083.0)
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 14, 2015, 12:37:06 PM
Well this weekend was another warm one with temperatures in the mid to upper 70's which is 15-20 degrees above normal. I saw a nice doe or spike cross a trail leading to a green field but the deer never stopped for even a second to offer me a shot. It appeared out of the woods on one side of the trail and entered the woods on the other side of the trail in about 2 seconds. 2 of us were hunting some of our most reliable stand sites on 110 acres this weekend and the deer I saw Sunday morning was the only one either of saw over the 2.5 day hunt. I was thinking about going back up Christmas weekend again but it looks like it could be warm again so I might pass.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 06, 2016, 09:52:57 AM
Well I'm starting to believe those old hunting/lunar calendars that tell you when the best times are to hunt and fish. I hunted pretty much all day Friday through when I left Monday afternoon to head home over New Year's weekend and I didn't see a single deer even though the temps were nice and cold by our standards for deer hunting. Calendar said it was a 1 star weekend and I'm starting to believe it! Next weekend Friday to Monday is a 3, 5, 3 & 3 start weekend so I'll be back at it, we'll see what happens, supposed to be warm for the first half of the weekend.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 06, 2016, 05:29:53 PM
they do have some merit 'when all things are 'normal''. once you throw in unusual weather, that trumps the calendar IMO.

good luck
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 18, 2016, 11:37:57 AM
Well things did improve a little over the 3-5 star weekend of Jan. 8-11! On the first day (Friday) my buddy had an 8 point Buck walk out on the food plot at 5:00 in broad daylight, 30 minutes before the end of shooting light, he's now in the freezer! This guy is the luckiest guy at our Camp, he sits for one day and scores a nice 8 Point and others sit in that stand for days and don't see anything. Just goes to show you hunting is a combination of skill and chance. I did see 3 Does on the last morning (Monday) but they spooked before I could get a shot off. I think with the rising sun in my face it may have reflected off my scope or they saw my movement. 2 other guys hunting with us didn't see anything.

I'll be heading back up to hunt Jan. 22-25, hopefully the rut will be starting and things will improve even more as far as deer sightings go.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 26, 2016, 10:32:56 AM
Well with only 2 weeks left in the season I finally scored an average Buck! He will do good at starting to fill the freezer. Shot him Saturday morning at 8:15 am when he was checking out a green field I was watching.

This weekend marked the start of the rut in our area I think. Sunday night I saw a Doe get chased by a Buck and Monday morning I seen one of the biggest Bucks I've seen where I hunt come down and check the same green field I shot that 5 point at but he didn't stick around long enough for me to pick up my rifle and make a shot. You could tell he knew it wasn't a good idea to sit out in the open and quickly disappeared back into the woods when he figured out there were no Does in the field.

All in all it was a great weekend of hunting, scored a decent Buck to put some meat in the freezer and saw enough action to motivate me into going back up this weekend which means I'll be hunting the last 2 weekends of the season. I'll post a pic up once the email arrives from my phone, seems to be a hang up this morning with sending pics to my work email!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 26, 2016, 02:27:40 PM
Congrats on the buck, Viking.  Better late than never.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 27, 2016, 08:42:13 AM
Here's the pic, leaving Thursday to head back up to find the monster I saw Monday morning!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on October 12, 2016, 11:24:53 AM
Well I never did see that monster again last season nor any other deer worth shooting! The good news is bow season opens up Saturday and I've never shot a deer with a bow. I'll probably just hunt the mornings due to how warm it's going to be in the afternoons.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on November 29, 2016, 11:57:44 AM
Well didn't get any hunting in for bow season but started Rifle season off with a bang! Hunted Sat. thru Tuesday before Thanksgiving and then Friday thru Sunday after Thanksgiving.

We were seeing a lot of mature Does with young fawns so we let them pass. Then this past Saturday morning I lean forward in my chair and see a medium size Doe for our area and a Fawn not 50 yards away at 6 am. Then this bigger Doe walks out, one I would consider a shooter if she has no fawns which she doesn't. I go to line her up for the shot and medium size Doe chases her offer trying to kick her. The big Doe leaves the field to the left and the medium size Doe and her fawn exit right, don't see them again that morning.

That evening hunting the same stand a fawn comes out at 3:25 pm and leaves at 3:30 pm. Then at 4 pm after I had just got down to pee and was climbing back up in my stand and putting my jacket on a big Doe for our area walks out at the end of the field about 110 yards away looking straight back in my direction. I'm still standing on the ladder not completely through the trap door and in the shooting house. I slowly slide up into the shooting house staying low and slide into the chair. Doe puts head down to eat some greens and I grab my trusty Marlin 30-30 and line her up and Bang, she jumps in the air and trots into the thickets.

I wait 5-10 minutes pretty confident I hit her since she jumped straight up. When I go down to where she was standing I find good blood and start trailing her through the thicket, she must have changed directions 4 or 5 times and went through openings I never thought a deer would choose. After about an hour of trailing this zig sagging blood trail I kneel down and shine my flashlight in a circle and see a white belly not 20 yards from me, yes, I found her! She's been dead a while, good shot just behind the shoulder though both lungs with a chunk of rib missing from the hole on the exit side!

God her back to camp and we guess she weighed about 100 lbs based on past deer her size shot, the scale broke weighing her so maybe she was 200 lbs LOL! Anyways, great to have fresh deer meat in the freezer,, going to make the rest of the hunting season pretty stress free! 
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on November 29, 2016, 12:36:08 PM
Viking, you need to drill a hole in the floor of your shooting house, preferably in a corner.  Then run a length of garden hose to about 6-8" off the ground.  fasten it to one of the legs of the shooting house with large staples, or conduit clamps.  Stick a funnel on the end that's in the shooting house, and just pee away.  Won't have to leave the shooting house.  lol.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on November 29, 2016, 02:06:10 PM
LOL, that's been done, the one stand we did it in is called the Urinal Stand! Rodents chewed the funnel and hose up. It was the perfect setup. funnel attached to a hose and run down the telephone pole into the creek behind the stand!

I managed to get down and Pee without a problem, it's when I was standing on the ladder to put my jacket on that almost got me busted. The shooting houses have no more than a 5' roof on them so at 6'4" tall it's much easier to stand up on the ladder through the hatch door and put my jacket on when temps start drop in the evening!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on December 14, 2016, 12:45:55 PM
Well the December Lull where I hunt definitely exists! 2 weeks ago I hunted and saw deer almost every time I sat on stand. This past weekend there were 3 of us hunting and the only time any one of us saw deer was on the first morning, a medium Doe and a couple of fawns were spotted but that was it for the rest of the weekend, I didn't see a single deer myself.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 04, 2017, 05:05:05 PM
Hunted last weekend leaving on Monday and saw a few fawns, a young Spike and a young Doe. The Spike seemed to a bit interested in the Doe so maybe they're getting close to rutting. If I'm lucky the cold weather this weekend combined with the upcoming full moon gets them going. I'll be in the woods Jan. 6th thru Jan. 16th hoping to catch the rut on Jan. 12th. Last year on got my Buck on the morning of the full moon!

I'm really happy Anthony will be joining me this weekend, he's going to hunt with me for a few days before heading back to Troy for his second semester of college!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 04, 2017, 05:13:06 PM
good luck.

I went to troy for my first national competition. it was one of the prettiest campuses I've ever seen. good luck to him
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 08, 2019, 11:50:28 AM
Well I see I've neglected this thread LOL! In summary I shot a nice Doe hunting on my Florida lease the first 90 minutes of hunting last season and didn't get another deer the rest of the year. Like last year I'll be going up with a friend to hunt in Attala County, MS near Goodman, MS, leaving tomorrow morning and hunting through at least Sunday. Now that I know the property better hopefully I'll have better luck this year, going better prepared too!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 11, 2019, 07:56:30 PM
Good luck! When I hunted Geiger, Al 2 hours east of you it was prime time to see bucks moving! I hope that will be the same in MS
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 15, 2019, 11:42:51 AM
Shot a Doe this past Thursday in MS, finally some deer meat back in the freezer! No Buck but do know there are a few still hanging around, going back up next Thursday to hunt for 5 days to close out the season. Will be brining my climber so I can post up in the heart of the area a couple of big bucks have been hanging out. Going to hike my climber in quietly!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 15, 2019, 02:46:54 PM
good luck. finish strong!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 15, 2019, 10:23:57 PM
Now your talkin'!  Wish I could still use my climber, that was the most enjoyable hunting when I was a little bit younger.  Ease into a place, ease up a good tall pine tree and enjoy God's creation and maybe even give Bambi a ride home in the back of the truck.  Good luck, find a good one!
Treefarmer
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 16, 2019, 02:32:15 PM
Thanks guys, the tree I've identified is a middle aged oak with a very straight smooth trunk, I don't have to do anything to it to slide up it with my climber! I have a river behind me so the area creates a kind of funnel as the older bucks like to travel along the levee. I've planned this trip with the weather forecast in mind, looks like when I get up there next Thursday evening I'll have 4 days of sunny weather with highs in the upper 40's, no bugs, just great hunting weather in the great outdoors!  -0078
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 16, 2019, 07:07:45 PM
Great plan, go for it and good luck!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 23, 2019, 03:45:26 PM
Well, just about time to head to Mississippi. I have to work 4 hours in the morning early tomorrow and then I'll be hitting the road for my 5.5 hour drive! Should be able to make it by dinner time and in time to prep for a Friday morning hunt. Owner of the property told me to bring hip waders and he'd put me in an area of the property I'd be sure to see some nice deer! Evidently nobody has been hunting the area due to how wet it's been in there but if I bring hip waders I'll be able to get back in there, time will tell! Planning to hunt Friday thru Wednesday so we'll see, will report back when I return!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 23, 2019, 04:01:41 PM
I've done that for turkeys before Viking.  Throw on my waders, put my gear in a small kayak and pull it behind me.  Get to the other side, ditch the waders, then hopefully kill a bird and drag him back in the kayak.  Sometimes there's enough water to paddle, sometimes you have to walk a lot of the way.  If it's along a river be careful to understand the river level forecast so you don't get stranded.
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 23, 2019, 04:28:10 PM
I've done that for turkeys before Viking.  Throw on my waders, put my gear in a small kayak and pull it behind me.  Get to the other side, ditch the waders, then hopefully kill a bird and drag him back in the kayak.  Sometimes there's enough water to paddle, sometimes you have to walk a lot of the way.  If it's along a river be careful to understand the river level forecast so you don't get stranded.

I'll be relying on the locals for river information, they know the river well. I'll be keeping track of this most recent rain through my farmlog app too. The good thing is the rain is happening now and it is going to clear out tomorrow. I'll be arriving after a full a day of drying out and won't be going into the wet areas until Saturday at the earliest when the property owner gets there. I'm super excited, should be a good time in the woods regardless of whether I kill something or not!
Title: Re: Viking1204's Hunting Journal
Post by: [Blocked] on January 23, 2019, 05:05:02 PM
good luck and safe travels