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11/1/17

Another really slow day. Hunted from first light until 8:45am, them had to take Levi to daycare. Found a new scrape in a little pine grove on the way out. Got back out on stand from 1:30- almost dark, this time deeper back by where I got my bucks last year. Climbed down a little early to check the field on my way out, 2 skippers in the field.
 

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Really unseasonably warm and uncomfortable day. I dropped my son off at daycare and hit the woods with the intent of sitting 10-2. It hit 74 degrees, and I got down at noon. Headed to grab a couple beers and chicken wings with a buddy who killed a forkhorn in the morning. I got back in stand for a 4-dark sit and saw nothing. I was watching the field and at 5pm the farmer drive his truck 30 yards from me and started chainsawing a tree that fell in his field. Lots of sweat today, really crazy warm and the mosquitoes were out.
 

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Another really warm morning. Was 62 and foggy, with temps headed for 76. Sat the field edge stand until 9:30, only deer seen was a button buck. Took the rest of the day off from hunting and spent the day with my son. The weather for tomorrow looks awesome, 38 in the morning and a high of 55. I am hoping for some action! So far I‘ve got nearly 50 hours on stand, and I?ve only seen a handful of skippers, a doe, and the big buck I jumped on my way to my stand last week.
 

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11/4/17

Hunted almost the whole day. Temps started off just above freezing, and it felt like a perfect day to be out. I was back at the spot I killed my Halloween buck last year, and I felt like it was going to be a good day. I made it to 11am, then climbed down and went to check a couple of things out. I found that the annual scrape on the cut opened up recently, so for the afternoon I setup in a tree facing it. I was 8-10 feet up, but brushed in very well so I feel like I am really well hidden. I hunted until dark and saw nothing. I will be back in that spot on Monday.
 

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Another rough day today. Clocks rolled back this weekend, so shooting light is around 6am. I had to take Levi to daycare, and didn?t get on stand until 8:30. I hunted my hang on right behind J and L?s house becaus I had seen 3 bald deer in the field on my to drop Levi off, and thought I might be better off hunting close to them. Plus, the SW wind was perfect. Stayed on stand until 1, no luck. Went back at 3 and sat the edge of the field hoping to see a deer step out so I could narrow down a trail. Nothing appeared. Checked my camera and the big brow 8 is still hanging around, yesterday at 3:28am.
 

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Hunted from sunup to 9:15 today because I had to take my son to the doctor at 11am. I was in stand by 5:30, the weather nice and cool, about 40. At 8:15 a skipper ran past my stand at 100mph, and I though maybe a buck would be behind, but no luck. Got back on stand in the afternoon, and although the conditions seemed perfect, overcast, mid 50s, light breeze, nothing appeared. Watching scrapes sure can be boring.
 

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11/8/17

Dropped my boy off at daycare, and hit the stand by 9am. It feels weird missing first light, and by 11am I was way too fidgety to stay on stand. Got down and poked around a bit, found some decently fresh sign on the field corner. Decided to pull out of this spot and hunt behind my house for the rest of the day. Nice fresh scrape and a couple of rubs had me hopeful. At 4:30 I thought my bad luck was about to change as I could hear running toward me. A big red fox popped out and ran under me. I squeaked at him and he checked me out for a few seconds before running back down into the swamp. It was a chilly day, 40 and rainy in morning, and got up to about 52 with a NE wind. Colder weather headed this way for the next few days.
 

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11/11/17 Veterans Day Doe

After logging a lot of unsuccessful hours the last 2 days, including sitting through 45mph wind gusts and near freezing temps on Friday, today was another very cold morning. 17 degrees at 5am and I stayed home a little longer and drank another cup of trying to muster the courage to go sit in the cold. I got to my spot at 6:15 and saw a doe and 2 skippers in the upper field, a good sign. I went in, walked around a bit and decided I needed to my climber from the gas line to the field. I packed up and then peeked into the field. A saw a lone doe standing in the field 75 yards out. A watched her for awhile, hoping she might wander my way or lure a buck in. After 10 minutes of watching her, a good sized 4 pointer and spike showed up and started sparring on the other end of the field. I watched them disappear into the back corner, and knew right where I needed to be. I moved my climber over to the corner, set back in 30 yard. I had thick bedding behind me and the field in front. I picked a skinny oak that gave me good shooting and then decided I needed to go home to warm up and eat lunch, I wouldn?t be able to make it from 9:30-dark without the pit stop.

Got myself setup on stand at noon, and settled in for the afternoon. It warmed up to mid 30s, but the NW wind was still blowing a bit and it was a cold sit even with the many layers I was wearing. At 1:30 skippers started appearing in the field, eventually 5 of them munched and bedded until the 4 pointer from the morning showed up a little after 4pm and started chasing the little ones around the field. I hit the cam call a few times to catch his attention, and he eventually heard me. He walked right to the edge of the field and made a scrape. He was 40 yards out, and facing me, but he was on the other side of the barbed wire, and I didn?t have a clear shot. Eventually I saw him walk down the edge of the woods and then try to circle downwind of me. I lost sight of him, but I heard more deer coming at 4:50. I had my bow up and my eyes were looking for the deer. A nice doe got chased right past my stand. I figured there was a buck behind her, and I tried to spot him but couldn?t. Light was fading fast, and I had to make a decision. She stepped out from behind a pine tree, and she was hard quartering away at 15 yards when I took the shot. I watched her run back the way she came, and then 50 yards out I saw the tail of the second deer take off. I climbed down, didn?t see my arrow but the blood trail was ridiculous and gruesome. No doubt she was a dead deer so I started marking the trail. She went into the thickest nastiest tangle of crap, and after 100 yards I decided to back out for a bright flashlight and a buddy to help.

My buddy Keith came to help, and we had no trouble at all following the trail, but it just kept going. The doe went over 200 yards, which was ridiculous for how insane the blood trail was. I switched up my broadheads this year to NAP Killzone specifically because I knew how nasty thick this spot is, and I wanted a good blood trail. It took us 10 minutes to find her. The arrow was found halfway through the blood trail, it penetrated fully but didn?t pass through. Didn?t matter, I nicked the heart and severed the trachea and arteries. She had buck semen leaking from her, so it was a good bet the other deer was a buck. I probably should have waited for the buck, but it was a bird in the hand, and good meat in the freezer. She dressed 105#.

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NY Rifle 11/18-11/21

Hunted the same spot I killed my buck in last year. Had beautiful conditions, dusting of snow and cold weather, for most of the 4 days. Saturday morning I caught the butt end of a deer 150+ yards out, only deer seen all day. Sunday morning was cold but a slight drizzle and it was windy. Forecast was for 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. I waited until light and walked in. The wind was out of the south and I was pretty well sheltered from the wind. I walked around for a bit, grabbed my tree seat from opening morning. I decided to sit near some fresh rubs, the biggest I?d ever seen on this property, and right around 8:30 I looked to my right, through my binoculars, and about 60-70 yards through the trees I saw a beauty of a buck rubbing a tree. He was facing me directly, I cranked my scope up to 9x and waited for him to either come closer or turn. After 2 or 3 minutes, he turned broadside and I fired. He disappeared downhill and I ran over to check for blood. I never found any blood or hair, and my friends Bob and Jason also helped me look. We found the bed the buck was in, just behind where he was standing. Searched for 4 hours, mainly looking for the deer. Hunted the rest of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday until noon and never saw another deer.
 

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2 Exciting Afternoons 11/24 and 11/25- End of bow season

After taking a couple of days off for Thanksgiving following the NY trip, I got back in stand Friday afternoon at 1pm. I was sitting the inside corner of a pasture, same tree I killed my doe from 2 weeks ago. At 3:15 I caught a glimpse of movement across the field, almost 200 yards out. I glassed it and saw that it was a buck I call Big Forks, and he was huge! He hasn?t been on my cameras at all his year, but I had him on camera in 2014, 2015, and last year. He?s big bodied old buck with a really big 4 point rack, so cool. I tried grunting as loud as I could, but he was just too far, and he had 2 does that he was tending. At 4:15 I saw a skipper and a doe come into the field, 100 yards from me. Shortly after a smaller 4 pointer came in the field, but Big Forks never showed.

On Saturday, the last day of bow season, I got to the edge of the field and decided to try to ground hunt where I saw Big Forks the night before. There was a little doe in the field, and the S wind was blowing my scent right to her. Even at 100+ yards, she winded me and disappeared. It was a nice cool morning, but the forecast was for 62 degrees in the afternoon. I stopped hunting at 10, and came back at 2pm. I decided to sit on the ground instead of climbing a tree, and sat in the natural blind I built that I call The Bunker. The wind was SW, which was perfect for my location. At 4:30 I glassed the other side of the field and saw a huge grey body with its head down grazing, 125 yards from me. I tried grunting but my grunt tube wouldn?t work, the reed was stuck. I mouth grunted loudly, and he picked up his head and it was just a big huge rack! I made a snort wheeze and he started to very slowly close the distance. He was moving so slow that it didn?t even look like he was walking, but he was slowly getting bigger. Finally he swung to my right, trying to catch my scent. He got to 60 yards, I had my bow and release ready. However, he just STOPPED. He stopped at 50-60 yards and was facing me directly trying to spot me. It was getting darker and darker, and all I could see was his antlers. Finally he spooked into the woods. Oh man do I wish I had a gun in my hand, he was a beauty. I believe it was the 8 pointer with the big brow times I?ve had on camera a couple of times.
 

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First Bird of 2018 5/1/18

Interesting day today. I had planned on not hunting in the early morning, but I was wide awake at 3:45am so I decided to go to my friends house down the street and give it a whirl. Birds were gobbling on the roost, but after fly down they clammed up and headed down the power line. I was back home by 6:30, and on the way I saw something I’d never seen before. 3 toms were strutting in front of 2 hens that were perched on top of a rail fence. They were right around the corner from my house and decided to see if they could hear me from my yard, but no luck. Dropped my son off at daycare and headed out again at 9. I parked on section of a power line, started walking in and realized I forgot my gloves so up I walked back to the truck and heard 2 quick shots very close. Decided to jump in the truck and head back up to my morning spot, but head further back on the powerline. Got a few poles in and heard a gobble. Got myself set against a tree inside a corner of woods that I occasionally deer hunt, and started calling. He came poking along the edge and when I saw his head at 30 yards I fired. He dropped in his tracks and barely flopped. 22 pounds, 3/4” spurs, and 10” beard. I have killed 3 birds in this spot since 2014.



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5/3/18 MA Bird #2

Interesting morning today. I got to my spot at 4:40 and the turkeys were already really gobbling their heads off. I got set at 4:45 and hunkered down against a boulder in the middle of the powerline. There were gobbles coming from every direction, it was looking like it was going to be a good morning. At 5:05 2 hunters came in and almost stepped on me. I let them know and they continued to head south down the line. The gobbling kept up, and soon I started to hear a hen yelping. I was trying to figure out if was a real hen or the other hunters, but if it was the other guys the were REALLY close. I was doing some calling, but the other “hen” was really cranking, so I decided that I was in the middle between the gobblers and the “hen” and set my call down and let the yelper pull the gobblers out. A hen walked behind me a took off flying north, saw her glide all the way up the line. At 5:48 I texted a buddy telling him about the other hunters and that the gobblers were booming. Literally 2 minutes later I saw 2 gobblers pop out of the woodline and when they separated I shot one. He went rolling/running/flapping into the woods and I had to chase him down. When I popped out of the woods, the other hunters were about 20 yards from where I was sitting, laying belly down trying to call the other gobbler back.

After they gave gave up we talked a bit. It was a father and teenage son that live locally. Unfortunately, they told me they only went down to the next pole to set up. I told them I was glad that I didn’t shoot in theit direction and the dad said “we were behind a rock and so were you, so it wasn’t a problem.” I would have been pretty pissed if they shot in my direction!

Ive been waiting for the chance to get a picture with my son and a turkey. The one I shot on Tuesday was after I dropped him off at daycare, so I didn’t have a chance to. Im looking forward to many years of hunting with my little hunting buddy!

17 Pounds, 7/8” spurs, 9.5” beard
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Kicking Off Deer Season 2018

Due to a switch in careers, this fall has been very different for me in many regards. I’ve been really focused on work and decided that even though the Massachusetts Archery season opener was moved to 10/1, I wasn’t going to do any hunting until November. A couple of weeks ago I put out 1 camera on a scrape, and when I checked it last week I was really excited to see the Big Brow buck I was after last year was still alive, and also there was a really nice 10 pointer as well.

11/1- was a really warm day, about 68 in the afternoon, but I decided to go out for a quick afternoon hunt. I decided since it was so warm, I didn’t want to carry my climber and get all sweaty, so I just went to my hang on stand behind J&L’s. 15 minutes of sitting and I remembered why I hate that stand so much, my butt and back were killing me. It’s a Muddy Outfitter Lite I bought a few years ago, and it is the most uncomfortable stand imaginable. Nothing seen, but good to be out.

11/3- After rain on Friday, and all morning on Saturday, I decided to go out for the afternoon after the weather blew through. It was a really windy afternoon, 40mph gusts, and fairly warm. As I was walking in with my climber on my back, I got to a stone wall and saw a deer on the other side of the wall, 10 yards in front of me. I immediately dropped to a knee, nocked an arrow, and tried to take a peek at what I was looking at. It was a spike buck, and he turned and walked through a break in the wall. I decided to see if I could get drawn on him, and he busted me as I was drawing. I decided I was in a good spot, and climbed a tree 49 yards away overlooking a cart road. I was really thinking that the last hour was going to be exciting if the wind died. The wind never really died down, it did slow a bit though. Unfortunately, no deer came through. It felt good to be up in my trusty Summit Open Shot, with my Obsession Knightmare in my hand!
 

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11/7 and 11/8

I went I prior to a heavy rain storm on 11/6 to prep a tree for my climber hugging the inside corner of a field. Hunted from sunup to 10am on 11/7. Warm and no deer spotted except one running across the field.

11/8 I hunted from noon to dark out of the inside corner stand. Beautiful day, 48 degrees, sunny, and a steady NW 15mph wind. At 3:45 5 bald deer showed up in the field. It felt like the perfect night to kill a deer, but no buck showed up.
 
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Back to the same inside corner and was able to leave work early enough to make it on stand for 2. Nice overcast day, mid 50s, rain moving in, but I was done hunting before it rained. Doe and skippers in the field when I got there, but they vanished. 4pm a half rack fork cruised by at about 50 yards. I could hear him circle me, and he appeared in the field. I climbed down at 4:50, and as soon as my feet hit the ground, a deer crashed off, it sounded very close. Bumped the deer again on my way out.
 

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I had to work 10am-2pm today, so I got out for the first couple hours. It was lightly raining, but supposed to clear out. Hunted from my hang on, and saw 1 doe. Came back out at 3:30 and the wind was hawking, and the temp was dropping fast. It was 46, but felt like 26. Decided to hunt from the ground, and hugged the edge of a field. Doe and 2 skippers we’re out feeding, and I waited for them to get too close. I thought about shooting the doe, but passed when she got close. Right at last light I watched a spike feed his way across the field. I stayed watching him until last light. He got 20 yards out, but it was way too dark to shoot. Tried out my new 16 ounce Kleen Kanteen water bottle today. Worked great. Coffee I put in at 5am was just as hit at 8:30am.
 

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4/29/19 Opening Day MA Turkey Season

Today was the first day of the 2019 MA Turkey season. I dropped Levi off at daycare and hit the woods at 7:45. I immediately spotted a Tom, hen, and Jake in the field. The Jake was pacing my edge so I belly crawled my way forward. The Tom was probably 60-70 yards out so I tried softly calling. The hen did not like that and loudly yelled back and pulled the Tom out of the other corner of the field. I spent the next 2 hours hugging the edge of the field, moving around to where the Tom and hen disappeared. All was quiet until a gobble at 9:15. I saw a Tom across the field peeking in my direction and he wasn’t answering my calls. I needed to get out of the woods to get to a meeting, so at 10:15 I walked out. On my way past the field I saw the Tom standing out in the middle of the field I just left! I turned the truck around, parked, grabbed my gun and ran all the way back. By that time he had worked his way to my edge of the field and I could see him heading my way toward an open gate. I waited for him to close the distance to 35 and got him with 3” Longbeard #6. 19.4 pounds, 1” spurs, 9” beard.

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