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  1. #171
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    Default 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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    My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."

  2. #172
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    Default 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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    My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."

  3. #173
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    Default Kicking Off Deer Season 2018

    Due to a switch in careers, this fall has been very different for me in many regards. Iíve been really focused on work and decided that even though the Massachusetts Archery season opener was moved to 10/1, I wasnít 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 didnít want to carry my climber and get all sweaty, so I just went to my hang on stand behind J&Lís. 15 minutes of sitting and I remembered why I hate that stand so much, my butt and back were killing me. Itís 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!
    My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."

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    Default 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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    My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."

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    Default 11/9

    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.
    My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."

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    Default 11/10/18

    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 weíre 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.
    My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."

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