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Author Topic: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?  (Read 341 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:52:58 AM »
Finally had an opportunity today for a morning bowhunt, first one all season.  No deer unfortunately, but a beautiful morning to be in the woods (aren't they all?)   Stumbled across a nice looking Hen of the Woods mushroom in the dark on my way to the tree, so I brought him home when I came back out.  Weighs about 8 pounds - yum!

Then I decided to take a stroll around the edges of the CRP ground on this place to see if I could see any rubs/scrapes before I came home.  Was seeing a few saplings torn up (all small stuff) and no evidence of scrapes.  Then I came upon this old cedar tree - - if the old adage of "the bigger the tree, the bigger the buck" holds true, I need to get serious about figuring this dude out.  This cedar has a diameter of about 9-10".  The rub is relatively low to the ground in the photo, but the deer would have been standing in a bit of a depression below the tree when he did this.  Found several small scrapes in the general vicinity, and found an ideal place to create a mock scrape within about 20 yards of a great stand location - anxious to see if I can get him out in the daylight - may be very difficult given the way in which the surrounding land is being developed, as I'm pretty sure he's bedding in an area which he would be reluctant to leave early enough to get to where these scrapes/rubs are in the daylight.

All in all, a good morning!

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Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:52:58 AM »
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2014, 10:53:54 AM »
Oops - forgot the second attachment (mushroom)
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
Duh, third time's a charm??? @--0--0129
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2014, 12:25:48 PM »
that is a good size mushroom, some good eating there
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2014, 06:43:30 PM »
That is one large mushroom...I would have not idea that you could eat that! I love mushrooms but I'll get mine at the store as I have no clue which kind you can eat or not!

What is it about cedar tree as deer love to rub them? About 10 or so years ago I was hunting an area that was a cedar grove next to a big swamp. One morning while sitting in a stand I watched a spike with around four to six inch horns approach this really large cedar tree. He started rubbing the tree with his spikes and worked on that tree for 10 to 15 minutes and when he was finished that was the most amazing rub I'd ever seen. It was the rub dreams are made of and if I'd hadn't seen it with my own eyes I would of just known that it was made by the "Godzilla of Deer". All rubs are not a good indication of how big the buck is. A cedar tree has such soft bark if really doesn't take much to do some impressive damage. On the other hand I get excited when I find a tree that has been rubbed and broken off. This type of rub tells me that I'm dealing with a deer with a rack that has thanes and he's got the sapling hung up in them and broke the tree off. Those get my attention as well as a good hardwood with a nice high rub. The bottom line anytime I find a rub or scrape it gets me fired up...
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2014, 08:17:45 PM »
can you get a cam pointed at that tree? that's a great rub. I bet a stud buck made it. good luck
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 07:44:27 AM »
Seeing that rub on land I hunt would have me all kinds of excited!
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 07:44:40 AM »
 Nice Rub !  Great shroom.  Was out this past weekend and didn't see any scrapes yet ??  Did see nice 1/1/2 yr fork horn.  Nice frosty morning on Sunday.  Good luck catching that buck Madgomer, and happy eating. 

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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2014, 09:14:19 AM »
At least you did not come out of the woods empty handed.
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Re: Hen of the Woods, and perhaps Horse of the Woods?
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2014, 07:22:17 PM »
Yep, Saturday was a good day.  Had seen those Hen of the Woods shrooms off and on over the years, but never felt comfortable trying one until a couple of years ago at a campground when I ran into a guy who had just picked three of them.  There are some really good images and info on the internet about these, and apparently these are hard to mistake for any poisonous species once you know what to look for.  I fried some up as I was cleaning it, then made some mushroom/sausage/black bean soup on Sunday afternoon - tasted good, and I'm still kickin' so must have done OK.

Back to the deer side of the story.  Oddly enough, I went back out Saturday afternoon to sit, thinking about how I was going to start going after the buck that left that big cedar tree rubbed up about a quarter mile away.  At about 5:45 a big dude showed up, moving through the brush at about 45 yards.  Got a few decent looks, but no way to shoot that far through this stuff.  Not a tall rack, but a wide and heavy 5X5 - a shooter without a doubt.  He moved off in the direction where I hung a camera earlier that morning, maybe I'll get lucky & find his smiling face on it.  If that happens to be the same buck that made that rub, it just goes to show once again how wrong I can be - I would have guessed he was spending the daylight hours bedded down on the opposite end of the farm based on how I've traditionally seen the deer moving on that place over the last 25 years.  Obviously could be a different buck too (I'm happy either way!)
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