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Author Topic: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?  (Read 597 times)

Offline treefarmer

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Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« on: April 10, 2020, 08:56:59 PM »
Good evenin', Fellers.
I've stopped by all along and scanned the forum but just quit posting and sharing on the forum for some unknown reason. @--0--0117  I've been faithful to my pocket knife forum and our outdoor forum specific to Florida outdoors has all but dried up. :(  Hope y'all will have me back to chew the fat and share some of our Florida Panhandle outdoors.
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2020, 09:25:14 PM »
welcome back. it's been a while
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2020, 09:40:32 PM »
Hey there, glad you're back - fill us in on what's happening down there.
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2020, 10:52:56 PM »
Welcome!!  Glad to have you back!!
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2020, 11:30:54 PM »
Glad to have you back , pull up a chair .
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 06:04:54 AM »
Sure thing, pull that log over to the fire and join back in with the chats!   @--0--0134   ##$%#1118


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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2020, 06:25:04 AM »
Welcome back old friend, always good to hear from everyone and what you have been up to.

The fire is still going here, throw on another log and join right in.  ##$%#1118
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 09:07:11 AM »
 ##$%#1118  nice to have you back how have you been
time for food plots deer season is coming 10/1/20




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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2020, 09:57:04 AM »
Of course, you can come back. Glad to have you back!
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2020, 04:23:35 PM »
Welcome back Gater !
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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2020, 04:40:54 PM »
Thank y'all for the approval!

I suppose old age is gettin' to me a bit.  I used to give them ol' deer trouble back in the day.  We ran deer hounds on horseback, 4X4 buggies, airboats, tree stands, you name it, we did it.  About 47 years ago we moved from central Florida where we had been raised to the Panhandle of Florida.  Things changed immediately most for the better.  Got away from the influx of tourists coming to see Mickey Mouse, the unreal expansion that was slowly devastating old Florida as we had known it the 1st part of our lives.  In the Panhandle deer hounds were still used but most of the terrain was so different I lost interest in fooling with hounds.  I had began to learn to hunt from a tree stand before we moved and found it very satisfying. 

Fast forward 35 years on one job, add about 11 years of retirement plus row crop farming, a small cow/calf operation and pine trees and that is where I find my self today.  I've killed my share of deer here in the Panhandle.  I've had some wonderful invitations to hunt some properties that were unbelievable.  At 1st we had to drive a good distance to deer hunt but in the last 25 years the deer population has increased to the point of being a danger on the roads and a pest in the farm fields.  I've hunted on the same small timberland lease for at least 25 years and now prefer to hunt in our backyard so to speak.  I built an elevated shooting house 20 years ago and have used it every year.  It sets on four power poles, the floor is about 14' off the ground. The house on top is 5'X7' with 7' ceiling and 2 old office chairs.  Hurricane messed it up back in 2018 when I was still posting here on the forum.  There are many tales I could share from just this one stand but I'd like to report on this past season maybe to catch up and get back into the swing of things.  Not much has changed with me, I'm still a conservative, a Life Member of the NRA, a Bible believing Christian that loves to eat venison!

This year's season wasn't too bad, got plenty of meat in the freezer.  The grandsons weren't successful at Thanksgiving time as the year before.  I killed a doe on the last doe weekend in December with my .243.

On January 9th I shot an 8 point late in the afternoon here on our farm.  He ran into the downed timber and I figured I'd get the dog and she would go right to him.  When I shot the deer, there were 5 or 6 other deer in the field and the dog went nuts with all the scent.  I found the blood where he was standing and another place at the edge of the woods and I could see no more.  Stomped all over that block of downed timber with a light and the dog running back and forth just as happy as she could be.  I stuck a stick up in the 1st blood that was in the food plot and went to the house.  The next morning bright and early and fairly cool too, I went back with the dog and stuck her nose in the blood, she walked about 30 yards and stopped and looked back at me.  There he was.  He had turned back once he hit the downed timber and ran a few yards the other direction than the one he started in.  The bullet destroyed the lungs and liver but never exited the carcass, therefore no blood trail.  When I hung him and opened him up it was unbelievable the amount of blood that poured out.

The next buck came strolling out of the woods on February the 18th, about a half hour before dark.  He came from the opposite direction from the earlier buck.  He was looking for the girls but the .243 found him.  He dashed off into the downed pines but I saw him flip.  Still got the dog to keep her in practice.

The rut was still going strong when the season went out on March the 1st.  We have a late M/L season the last week and I decided to give it a go.  I hadn't even messed with my M/L rifle since last season, couldn't find "possibles bag", had to go buy another powder measure and just after opening the package I found all my stuff!  I decide to go to the lease as there was not going to be a shot further than 85 yards.  I usually work on my rifle and tune it up at a hundred yards but this time I just set a milk jug full of water at 85 yards and saw the jug explode.  I don't recommend such but it does work.  I wiped the bore with a patch and headed for the lease.  Right at dark, legal time was over a whole wad of deer came into the clay pit I was watching. They milled around and messed with the feed and a deer I couldn't identify came up in the bunch and seemed to be in charge.  I felt like this was a buck.  The next afternoon, February 25th, about 4:30, I was watching the same spot, when a doe and a yearling came to the little corn pile and began to feed.  All of a sudden the old doe took off.  The wind was in my favor, I hadn't moved and the yearling was still there. Then the yearling took off and I figured something was fixin' to happen.  A little 5 point stepped out and the when the smoke cleared there was white belly.

So I had a pretty good season, still have to grind our burger meat and make sausage.  The real good shoulder and neck goes into burger, the trimmings from the hams, the rib meat, shanks, are frozen separately and will become sausage.
That catches me up to the present and I'll not start fussin' about the corona virus and all the craziness of our country.
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Offline treefarmer

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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2020, 04:45:56 PM »
Well it looks like I've got to brush up on my posting skills, I've double posted a picture and left one out! @--0--0117
This is the one that I had to find the next morning.
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Offline dave 1211

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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2020, 05:04:39 PM »
 ##$%#115 love the info you have been blessed my friend
time for food plots deer season is coming 10/1/20




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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2020, 05:55:36 PM »
Great story. Welcome back.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Can this ol' redneck get back in the community?
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2020, 06:14:22 PM »
Hey, those are some nice Florida bucks - it'll keep you busy grinding all of that for sure.
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