Archive for October, 2008

If It Weren’t for Bad Luck…

Friday, October 31st, 2008
My Lucky Hunting Shirt

My Lucky Hunting Shirt

Well, if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.  My bow season is not going as I had hoped, but the good news is, it can only get better from here!

How many of you all have “superstitions” when it comes to hunting?  We are not really superstitious, but we enjoy the running joke of having “lucky shirts”.  I just had to replace my lucky shirt after many years of service, and so I thought I would make one up for me and my dad.  I used Cafe Press, and I think the shirts came out great.  The bad news is, I wore my “lucky shirt” for the first time this morning, and had anything but good luck.  And, once you have “cursed” the lucky shirt, it is hard to shake the kaibosh from it!

I had a small buck come right up to my stand this morning, and thought I had venison in the freezer (don’t every count your steaks before they are cut!)  He turned broad side at 20 yards, and I put my pin behind his shoulder and pulled the trigger on my release.  I watched as the arrow flew right over top of his back.  I assumed I jumped or made some other dumb mistake.  But the buck circled around me, and came back right behind my stand.  Again, he stood broad side at 20 yards.  I put the pin behind his shoulder, and pulled the trigger.  The deer shot out like he was scorched.  I climbed down and looked for the arrow (which had appeared to again fly high).  This time, I had skimmed his back, and only had a little hair and touch of flesh on the arrow–no blood.  Sure enough, he escaped with only a scratch.  I should mention, this is the same buck that Chad has also missed 2 times.  We are beginning to think that this buck has some kind of force field around him.  He may simply be “untouchable.”

Upon returning to the house, I fired a couple of practice arrows and found that my bow is suddenly hitting about 5 inches high at 20 yards.  I have no idea what happened to cause this, but it was consistently high all 4 shots that I took today.  I am going to have to retune it before heading back out into the woods, and see if maybe my luck will start picking up at the first of the week.

Early Season Success…

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
Chads First Archery Kill

Chad's First Archery Kill

I haven’t had any luck yet this year, but my friend, Chad, arrowed his first deer a few days ago!  I just got Chad set up into bow hunting this year.  Last year was his first serious hunting, though he had done some over the years.  Chad has only about 3 acres on his property, but that includes a great bedding thicket, and a nice open wood that connects with some other properties.  He has set up an ideal stand, and has seen bucks every day in his stand.  He stuck this decent 7 pointer (his first buck) Thursday morning.

I do have to teach him all the rest that goes with deer hunting.  I spent Thursday morning helping him clean the deer, and then butcher it.  I only had time to help him debone the meat…he had to work on getting the rest done himself.  Normally, I would have helped him till the job was done, but I had 2 tickets to the WVU/Auburn game Thursday night, and had to get out of here early enough to get to Morgantown by 4:30!  So, it ended up being a very busy day, but we had a very good time (even though my Tigers look terrible this year.)

I think I am going to hang my stand tomorrow afternoon, and get at least a couple hours of hunting in on Monday.  Wish me luck!

West Virginia Bow Season

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Well, our bow season has come in here in West Virginia.  I didn’t even get to go out on opening day.  I did, however, make a trip to our camp for a couple of days of hunting this past Monday and Tuesday.  The deer around camp are plentiful enough.  We drove around (maybe 10 miles from the camp all together) and saw over 100 deer.  But, I only saw 2 deer from my stand.  It was quite depressing, especially since the area I was hunting has been very productive over the last several years.  There is plenty of sign around, telling me that there are plenty of deer, they just decided to avoid my stand for those two days.  Hopefully, I will have better luck later.  It is looking like I may not make it back up to camp until rifle season comes in.

I do have another small area to hunt, as a friend of mine bought a house with a little wood lot behind it.  He saw a small buck up there on opening day, but wasn’t able to connect on him.  I know there are some nice does up there, and would like to tag a couple for my freezer if I get the chance.  I also am hoping to do a bit of scouting around in a couple of local wildlife management areas that are with in driving distance.  With the high price of gasoline, it is harder and harder to drive 3+ hours to get to our camp.  It’s also been very hard to find the time to be able to do that!  It would be great to have a couple of places close by, where I could hunt in the morning, and still have time to get my work done.

I hope you all are having a good season thus far.  I have been out of town working for the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t had a chance to read up on blogs to see who has been successful yet.  If nothing else, I hope you all are enjoying the fall.  Our colors are brighter this year than they have been in several years!