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Title: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Mockingbird on November 09, 2007, 09:35:00 PM
Hey, y'all;

Well, here's another deer season come in the Old Dominion; and as usual, Kathy is up in them thar hills, startin' off with bowhunting.

Now, I'll be the first one to admit that I've been remiss in my reporting; but every coin has two sides, and the other side of this'n is that there ain't so much to report. But those of you as knows Killy would probably be interested in what little I've got, so here goes:

We got away late last Saturday. It took longer to find and organize and pack than we had anticipated, and then there was the matter of getting last-minute perishables to go in the coolerator, gas for the vehicles, traffic, etc.; and Kathy and I also paid a brief visit to her father and stepmother on the way out, with family treasures she'd gotten just recently from relatives in PA. There was other stuff, but I won't bore you. Bottom line is that it was getting dark as we approached the general region where we camp. We had been up past midnight Friday into Saturday, getting ready. To add to it, I hadn't slept well, and come sundown Saturday in the Alleghenys, I was dog tired. So Kathy accommodated me, and we stopped in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia for the night.

There's an establishment there called 'Yokum's Vacationland', and we recommend it to anybody looking for accommodations in the area. Carl and Shirley Yokum have been married for 69 years this past October; Shirley still runs the reservations and the restaurant, and Carl still does the maintenance. He's a 91 year-old cancer survivor, and she's 87, and has come through a brain tumor and blood clots, and other stuff. They're survivors of the highest order, and we love and admire them.

Sunday morning, we went ahead to the campsite and set up. There were some problems, but we solved 'em, and by late afternoon, the basics were in place. Tent was up, cook shack was up, and we had lanterns, heat, food and water, and a place for Killy to sleep. As the shadows got long, I headed back for the flatlands.

Kathy called me late Monday afternoon. You have to come down off the mountain to use the phone. She was halfway checking on me to see that I'd gotten home alright, and halfway giving me a scouting report. She'd seen no deer and no sign. Pretty bleak. She gave me a 'shopping list' for my next trip, of a few items we had forgotten to bring up, and that's really about it. No word since Monday.

This isn't any real cause for concern. Down near the end of our phone conversation, she was getting antsy to get back up on the mountain. She wanted to get ready for the next day's hunt, and she had gone up there to be in the woods, not yak on the phone.

So there it is. I take the lack of communication as that she's dug in to do some serious hunting while bow season is still in. With so little to go on as there is up there this year, a person has to hunt hard to have any hope of results, so I expect that's what she's doing. NOAA says a weather front has just moved through the area today, and that often stirs the critters up. Tomorow is the last day of bow season up there, and I figure she's going to be all business.

I'm going back up tomorrow (Sat.) for the weekend. More on Tuesday or Wednesday, when I get back home. Say 'thanks' to a veteran this Sunday.

Regards to all,   C.
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Post by: the Ferret on November 09, 2007, 09:40:00 PM
Have fun Killy and bring us back some stories and pics

Thanks for the update C.
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Post by: 4runr on November 09, 2007, 09:40:00 PM
Thanks for the report. Look forward to Kathy sharing her hunt with us all when she gets back as only she can   :bigsmyl:    :campfire:    :coffee:
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Post by: vermonster13 on November 09, 2007, 09:43:00 PM
Pulling for her to have a great hunt regardless of the outcome.
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Post by: JEFF B on November 09, 2007, 09:59:00 PM
yeah have fun killie. dont get lost now  :campfire:
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Post by: JDinPA on November 09, 2007, 10:01:00 PM
My girl is heading out in the rain in the morning.
She saw two shooters tonight, "drop time" and a "beautiful deer". Let's hope I'm dragging in the morning...

I hope Killy has a great and safe day tomorrow.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Mockingbird on November 10, 2007, 06:35:00 AM
On my way out today, prob'ly around 12:30 so's not to get there in the dark. If she's out, I'll wait until about an hour after last light to start worrying. But given that everything's ok and I don't have to call out the Marines (Bernie, you're the NCOIC), I'll have another report come Tuesday.

I appreciate the comebacks.

Jeff, she's never lost; it's just that from time to time, she doesn't know exactly where she is...  :p
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on November 10, 2007, 06:46:00 AM
My best wishes to Killie, as always, for a great time on her annual "Rejuvination Hunt/Camp-out". Also thank you, Clark for keeping us updated.
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Post by: Madpigslayer on November 10, 2007, 12:31:00 PM
I wish her luck as well. She has clean Karma, The Deer Gods should bless her.

 :)
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Post by: ber643 on November 10, 2007, 12:52:00 PM
For sure, for sure, Calvin!
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Post by: woodchucker on November 10, 2007, 03:16:00 PM
May The Great Spirit Guide My Sister's Arrows
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Post by: Linc on November 10, 2007, 06:09:00 PM
I hope Killie has a safe and enjoyable time in the mountains.
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Post by: BigRonHuntAlot on November 10, 2007, 06:26:00 PM
Git R Done Killy.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: adkmountainken on November 10, 2007, 07:13:00 PM
heres wishing ya luck Killy!!! i'm sure just time spent in the woods is luck enough.
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Post by: String Cutter on November 10, 2007, 08:27:00 PM
Clark, Enjoy your peace and quiet while it lasts.
Hope Illy kills a biggin... A real big um 5 miles down hill from camp.  :archer:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Pinecone on November 11, 2007, 12:34:00 PM
Hope ya get one, Killy!
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Post by: paleFace on November 11, 2007, 01:51:00 PM
knowing Killie for the short time we got to hang out on the Rough Mountain hunt, she is having a ball.

good luck girl looking forward to the stories when you break camp.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Adirondackman on November 11, 2007, 05:31:00 PM
Killy,
I have a feeling that this will be a very special hunt for you. Can't wait to hear your story.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Mockingbird on November 12, 2007, 08:11:00 PM
I just wrote an update, clicked on the wrong button on the screen, and wiped it all out.  :banghead:   Too tired and too busy to reconstruct it just now, but I promised an update today. So without the embellishments:

Killy and camp are in good shape. She saw deer, and what might've been a small young deer or a coyote, but couldn't get a good look before it disappeared. Had a little snow, but it warmed up and was melted / rained away.

I'll try to reconstruct the full version tomorrow.

Best to all,   C.
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Post by: JEFF B on November 12, 2007, 10:19:00 PM
cant wait to hear this.  :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Mockingbird on November 13, 2007, 09:37:00 PM
i'LL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW.

dARN CAP LOCKS...
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Talondale on November 14, 2007, 04:38:00 PM
Hope her time in the woods goes better than mine.  We're having some real unstable weather out here now and that probably is making things interesting for her.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on November 14, 2007, 05:05:00 PM
I know how much Kathy looks forward to this every year, just being in the woods does her alot of good, like us all. Good luck Killie and have a good time.

Now where's the update Clark!!!  :rolleyes:
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Post by: motormouth on November 14, 2007, 11:41:00 PM
hope shes doin good and gets one i'm coming to Va myself for 2 weeks tomorrow to do some huntin on my grandparents farm.
-motormouth
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Post by: String Cutter on November 15, 2007, 04:08:00 AM
Well, I sure hope she's havin a good time. But I can't wait for her ta get back..Don't ya dare tell her I said so..... Kinda miss havin to look up words just to see if she had insulted me or even what she's talkin about.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on November 15, 2007, 08:15:00 AM
Know that will be a pleasure for you, motormouth - too bad you and Killie won't get to cross paths again while you are there. Hope you really like MT by now.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on November 15, 2007, 10:53:00 AM
Clark,

Headed out to Center of PA to do some small game hunting and just relax.

Tell Killy Dear that old Doc said, 'Hey!"  Can't wait to see you both come Spring at B'mo.

Killy embodies that true spirit of nature that find pleasure in "just being there" that many of us could emulate more.  She'll have good pics for sure when I get back next week, I'll be lookin for some updates!  :)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Forester on November 15, 2007, 11:11:00 AM
I hope camp is nailed down today and Killie is hunkered down on the lee side of a big stump.  It is windy in them thar hills!  Wet leaves and big winds, maybe she is stalking up on one right now  :)  

I hope it is a successful week in every way.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on November 15, 2007, 12:00:00 PM
Good luck to you too, Doc Nock - it'll do you good in any case, buddy.
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Post by: Dave Worden on November 16, 2007, 11:00:00 AM
All the best to Killy.  If she shoots like she did at ATAR, I suspect there'll be a deer down soon.  If it happens to be 5 miles downhill of the camp, I hope is just 20 feet from where the car is parked!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: String Cutter on November 19, 2007, 02:54:00 AM
TTT  :campfire:  
She back yet?????
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Post by: JEFF B on November 19, 2007, 03:01:00 AM
yeah where are ya killie?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on November 19, 2007, 07:40:00 AM
Naw - still got at least one week, I believe (she goes for three weeks as I recall).
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Post by: Roughcountry on November 19, 2007, 09:29:00 AM
Bernie's right, I beleive she said 3 weeks in a email.

Here's hoping her time in the woods is 100 percent quaility. Watch out folks, she gonna be typing with a recharged battery  :thumbsup:    :campfire:
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Post by: String Cutter on November 22, 2007, 07:32:00 PM
hOPIN YOU HAD A GREAT TURKEY kILLY
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Post by: String Cutter on November 25, 2007, 09:06:00 AM
tttt
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Post by: Mockingbird on November 25, 2007, 07:34:00 PM
jUST GOT BACK. i f@#%&*(%*%$ cap LOCKS!!!!
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Post by: Mockingbird on November 25, 2007, 07:40:00 PM
Oh Clark...did you REALLY say that??
OK, it was me. A blatant identity thief. I will have to review my notes on how to log in here again, so for now, Mockingbird will have to take responsibility for the content.

At any rate, my truck is down in a dark parking lot in MY part of town (not good!)..unlocked and loaded to the gunwales with weapons and other tasty treats. I am sure that you good people will be kind enough to wait for me to secure the important stuff before pouring out my heart and the unedited-and-undownloaded pictures.

Motormouth, ApplePie says "Hi!"

Killdeer  :wavey:
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Post by: adkmountainken on November 25, 2007, 07:43:00 PM
WELCOME BACK!!!! we missed ya!
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Post by: Dano on November 25, 2007, 08:01:00 PM
Oh Baby!!! looks like the lady had a good time, can't wait for the particulars.
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Post by: ber643 on November 25, 2007, 08:14:00 PM
Welcome Home, my dear friend.

Clark, get that silly grin off your face -   :bigsmyl:  

   :biglaugh:
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Post by: Osagetree on November 25, 2007, 08:24:00 PM
:wavey:
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Post by: 4runr on November 25, 2007, 08:27:00 PM
Hi Killie!
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Post by: the Ferret on November 25, 2007, 08:43:00 PM
Ahhh Killy's back, The world is right at Tradgang once again. Whew, it was bizarre for about 3 weeks around here.   :bigsmyl:  

Missed you girl   ;)  welcome home
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Charlie Lamb on November 26, 2007, 08:07:00 AM
Cool!! I'll go clean up the "to pee or not to pee" thread and a couple of others and prepare to grin.

Welcome back Killy!  :campfire:
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Post by: Littlefeather on November 26, 2007, 08:56:00 AM
Yea man, it was getting strange around here. Glad your back girl! Where's the story? CK
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Post by: katie on November 26, 2007, 10:16:00 AM
Can't wait to hear all about it!
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Post by: Tom Leemans on November 26, 2007, 01:42:00 PM
I got Carly Simon singing "Anticipation" in my head!!!
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Post by: JEFF B on November 26, 2007, 01:46:00 PM
yeah come on killie we want story and pics.  :biglaugh:  clad ya back safe.
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Post by: Hunter John on November 26, 2007, 01:54:00 PM
As always I am looking forward to your adventure.
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Post by: Killdeer on November 26, 2007, 04:19:00 PM
I still haven't found my journal...  :o
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Post by: Forester on November 26, 2007, 05:14:00 PM
No pressure from us Killdeer.  Don't ruin a good hunt/annual rehab worryin' about get the stories and pics too quick.  I'm sure you'll find your journal somewhere there in Fibber M's closet.

Welcome home, I hope you had a great and relaxing adventure!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Linc on November 26, 2007, 05:42:00 PM
Welcome back Kathy.  :bigsmyl:
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Post by: adkmountainken on November 26, 2007, 08:59:00 PM
hello is this thing on???   :bigsmyl:
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Post by: JEFF B on November 26, 2007, 09:02:00 PM
oh stop that killie no excuse  :readit:    :goldtooth:    :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 26, 2007, 09:35:00 PM
I find it hard to believe that there is a demand here for an account of a hunt with no kill in it. Not only no kill, but only rare sightings of any game whatsoever.

The old place is not the old place it started out to be, but then again, none of us are. I began hunting there over twenty years ago, a naive young woman and the woods thick with deer, like fleas on a dog. The camp was also clogged with hunters. Campers clustered along the roads, tents huddled in the hollow, day hunters driving up from Harrisonburg, and Pennsylvanians staying in the motel ten miles away.

I bumbled in at dusk one Saturday, in my '66 Dart. I asked the camper at the crossroads if I was where I thought I was. Light was fading fast, I was wet and muddy from rehanging my muffler twice on sleety-cold rutted logging roads.

"Well, yeah, this is the place. But, you don't want to go down there, little lady. That place is full of  hunters !"

I zipped on down the road.
The camp was jammed full, every semi-flat place beset with a tent. Fires were a-birthing in the gloaming. In the open yard before a venerable log shelter, complete with plastic sheeting across the front, I pitched my pup tent. I kept a respectful distance as I placed the ground sheet over the unseen pile of smart pills. In the dusk I did not see that this was also the slight declivity that all the rainwater from the camp would be  using to get into the creek.It was full dark by the time I got my makeshift fly over the tent and laid out my sleeping bag, left over from childhood. I don't believe I ate anything, but cocooned myself in for a very long night. It was 6:00.

Morning was the most welcome thing I had ever seen. I sat up in the bag, and ice crystals rasped into my hair. I crawled out and reached for the water bottle. It was frozen.

I have been there every fall ever since.
Killdeer
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Post by: Dano on November 26, 2007, 10:10:00 PM
I love the beginning of this story!!!
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Post by: vermonster13 on November 26, 2007, 10:14:00 PM
Been waiting for this....
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Post by: ber643 on November 26, 2007, 10:43:00 PM
Killie, you sure learned to camp wiser, didn't you? -   :D
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Post by: Killdeer on November 26, 2007, 11:32:00 PM
Things have changed, all right. Camp has gotten a bit more, mmm, ornate.
For a good many years, I availed myself of the chestnut shelter there. Tarps across the front and a floor heater kept high winds and the drifts of nor'easters off of me and the mice. Still cold, but not frozen. Many people had sheltered there since it was built in '33, and their carved names and dates gave me lots to read and think about. Who was this woman who had been there in "1P35"? Who was the person who scrolled his initials so elegantly on the doorpost the year the shelter was built, in 1933? Pennies were hammered into cracks, 30-30 shells into log ends.
And in front, a huge fire pit, where the pyre fit.  :D    :campfire:  
Those years were good, and I progressed in my quest. I took my first deer, the only deer I have ever taken from a tree stand. Then I killed bigger deer, and more deer every year. I started letting eight-points walk because they were not any bigger than anything I had already killed.

I got a little blase about it, it became almost formulaic, and so I began to bowhunt for real.

Killdeer

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5060ClydesPoint2.jpg)

This is what remains of the old tree stand where I shot my first deer, Clyde. He had half-inch spikes. The mumping old cherries seem to be talking amongst themselves. I hope they are kind about it.
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Post by: JEFF B on November 27, 2007, 02:55:00 AM
and? ya cant do this to us killie we need more i just put my feet up and started to drink my hot cup of milo. and this happens ya stopped.  :campfire:    :mad:  just kidding
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Post by: Tom Leemans on November 27, 2007, 09:17:00 AM
A 66 Dart? Sweeeeet! Did it have a slant-6 in it?   ;)
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Post by: katie on November 27, 2007, 10:40:00 AM
Man Killie this is great.  Three weeks out in camp sounds like heaven to us that get 2 hours in the wood once a week.  Can not wait to read more.
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Post by: Jeff Holchin on November 27, 2007, 12:56:00 PM
She's using those fancy words too....keep 'em coming, please.
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Post by: bentpole on November 27, 2007, 06:06:00 PM
I like it already.
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Post by: Killdeer on November 27, 2007, 06:17:00 PM
Slop-6 225 that I helped rebuild when it ran out of oil and wiped a bearing. There was one just like it in an episode of "The Fugitive", Doc hid in the trunk. A Dart is a trunk with a car attached to it. The trunk lining was blue-black and white plaid...

Oh, bowhunting. I had shot bows since I was 8. Somewhere in my high school..no, first year of college, I shot at a crow. I collected a tail feather and lost my home-made black bird bolt. Thus starts my hunting career. My first true love from my still-sacred past gave me his Bear Grizzly, and I had poked around with it in the late eighties or early '90's. In 1996 I bought my first brand-new bow, a Jeffery Mity-Mag Classic. Laminated riser, red elm limbs, 52" one-piece. I shot that thing all the time. I watched a very talented man at the Baltimore Trad Classic knap a stone point in 1997. I finagled the point from him, a fair trade, I might add, and as Ed Wentzler handed it to me he made me promise to hunt with it.

Please don't throw me into that br'ar patch!  :bigsmyl:  

I mounted it onto an ash shaft from Allegheny Mountain Arrow Woods, and fletched it with wild turkey from my beloved hunting spot, a gift from one of the locals. A few things were written on it and its mates, and off we went. My fourth year carrying it brought me fulfillment. I named my doe fawn "Ashly", 'cause that's how she came to be mine.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/Ashly.jpg)

It seemed that that year was the last of the fat years up there. My tried and true stand sites no longer reliably offered up the big deer. From my PeeWee stand, I could usually count on seeing a racked buck sometime during the season, walking the ridge and scenting out does in the bedding areas below it. No more. All I could manage to bring home were does and some spikers, and these were with a muzzleloader or rifle. I was not alone in my experience, the hunter numbers were falling off rapidly. Some of the old-timers were still coming, out of habit and love for the old familiar places, but they were fewer, more sporadic as time went by.

What the heck was going on here?  :confused:  
Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 27, 2007, 06:43:00 PM
We would hear rumors of winter die-off, and bluetongue. A game warden told me once that they found a bunch of deer dead down by the branch that all the little creeks run into. Cutting open the femurs, he said that there was no fat in the marrow. The snow does pile up out there. A bowhunter friend, Pete, who has moved west, said that the snow banks on the sides of the road were taller than his car in the late bow season. He drove a tiny car, but still...

Now we have a full-blown resident population of coyotes to factor in, too. I have not heard them, but a fellow I ran into said that he had been awakened by them, and stepped out of his camper and yelled at them to make them shut up and disperse. They did not obey, and I think one of them actually made a rude gesture and sneered back, "I ain't Fido!"
One day he shot one, but he still gets the finger.

And so, on my first full day in camp, after a freezy night of ice pellets that emptied into a dead-calm dawn, I went out a-scouting with my bow.
I eased along the trail, checking out changes from the year before, noting spruce and laurel clippings, and felled trees where the chainsaw-armed trail maintenance folks had taken umbrage at their encroachment. To the left, I noticed an orange flash of flagging tape. I went on, but at the second or third one, each about 30 yards off the trail, I had to go investigate. At the base of a large, flagged, red pine was a pile of white stuff, a little powdery, a little sandy-looking, and a little old and mussed by the weather. Was it a bait? One of those miracle buck attractants that would have Pope-and-Youngers milling about your stand, pestering you to show them the does or shoot them? I dunno. Maybe a big pile of Peters Professional fertilizer? I didn't want to stick my finger in there, much less taste it. So I ended up hunting flags to see where they went and why. I found more flagged trees, some with white stuff and some without. Then the line ended.I dropped back down onto the trail to sit and think about it, and to glass Mac's Ridge. Blue skies sailed gaily over golden-leaved oaks, and the landscape was devoid of critters.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 27, 2007, 07:00:00 PM
I wended my way through Spaghetti Junction, and went up the no-name drainage that comes out the bottom of the bowl of the Shelter Ridge. A ruffed grouse flushed thirty yards out, and I got to watch it for about thirty more yards. It was a warm, red bundle of nerves that had probably seen too many dogs. Further uphill, where there were vicious scrapes and brutalized trees last year, I was hard-pressed to find a single deer bean. I slowly worked my way almost to the top, where I insinuated myself into the stand I call the Pawn Shop. It was warm and quiet, with only chickadees for company. I ate my lunch, but I couldn't sleep. I was wondering where all the rodents were. This was just not natural. There are, normally, roughly 14 chipmunks per square yard of this part of the National Forest. Naturally, they are not ALL out at the same time, save for stand occupations, birthdays, impromptu Hunter Ed classes, warm spells and other special occasions.

Well, here I was, weapon nearby, on a warm midday, and not a peep. These self-appointed wardens of the wild are usually an annoyance on the level of a black fly hatch, but there was peace in the valley, and all was quiet on the western front. I couldn't stand it. I looked up at the top of the bowl and saw a piece of orange flagging...

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Ernie Black on November 27, 2007, 08:34:00 PM
We do have some talented writers on this site.
Please continue and thanks for sharing!
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Post by: Shaun on November 27, 2007, 08:59:00 PM
Reading your prose is a treat, thanks and welcome home Killy.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on November 27, 2007, 09:23:00 PM
I don't like how this "orange flagging" is headed, and Killie you sound aweful nostalgic.  "[dntthnk]"
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Post by: adkmountainken on November 27, 2007, 09:26:00 PM
i was thinking the same Dano.   "[dntthnk]"
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 27, 2007, 09:36:00 PM
I guess nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
Killdeer  "[dntthnk]"
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Whip on November 27, 2007, 09:56:00 PM
Killy, you capture the essence of the hunt as well as any writer I've had the pleasure of reading.  You don't need to kill anything to keep us highly entertained.  While this tale may not turn out to have a big last minute happy ending, we will enjoy the journey with you all the same.
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Post by: IB on November 27, 2007, 10:20:00 PM
I expect it WILL have a Last Minute Happy Ending Joe. Depending on what we're callin the ENDING  :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: paleFace on November 27, 2007, 10:34:00 PM
glad to see you back on here Killie, if you get a free day and want to roam around back up at Rough just let me know..... in the mean time keep the story coming.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: LC on November 27, 2007, 11:10:00 PM
Don't post much if at all just lurk. But this post is one of those posts that prove a couple points. Some of the very best writers in the world A. are hunters and  B. are never known to the general population. Can't wait to read the rest Killy.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Marvin M. on November 28, 2007, 09:31:00 AM
Quote
Please don't throw me into that br'ar patch!  
Ha!  I don't know if anyone else caught this reference or not, but I sure did.  I loved those old Bre'r Rabbit tales.  The Tar Baby was my favorite.  

Were you raised by my Mom Killy?  You must be that other sister I didn't know about.

Great story!  Keep it coming.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Shaun on November 28, 2007, 10:31:00 AM
My favorite Bre'r Rabbit quote. "I's earnin' a dolla a minute!"

Tell me a story Killdeer...
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on November 28, 2007, 12:45:00 PM
Good writing comes from sound minds...well, wait...well-read minds anyway.   :)    That and regular 3,000 mile oil changes. Killy knows more about flora and fauna than most... Every walk in the woods is a total adventure for her.

Killy Dear, sorry to hear of the encroachments. Just got back from up with Preacher Carl. We'd found a nice quiet spot w/ several buck trails radiating out and fresh worked scrapes...and on game lands yet. Then, opening morning, in true 8th Dwarf Fashion in comes a guy on a 4 wheeler on the game lands trail...and his kid it appeared, on a 2nd one!! All illegal. Totally immoral and screwed up everything! And they got shooting and skidaddled in the rain afore I could get a pic of them in daylight for the bush cops.  Argggggg...

Hunters, in the true sense are becoming more scarce than the quarry we seek, Gal. It's all about cuttin corners and cheatin...seems like anyway...  "[dntthnk]"  

Good on you for finding at least solace if not some measure of heartache and bittersweet.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Izzy on November 28, 2007, 01:20:00 PM
Hang in there Killie your grounds will revert to good again.I hunted my old stomping grounds this year for the first time in about 5 years after being run out by logging and slobs.This year the land was devoid of hunters and chock full of deer and turkey.The conditions you speak of will run the poachers and baiters out of there before long and then things will return to normal if thats ok with Momma Nature.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: BillJ on November 29, 2007, 09:31:00 AM
ttt

There must be more to this story...

BillJ
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 29, 2007, 03:24:00 PM
There is, but I am back to work, and I have a meeting tonight. Sorry.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on November 29, 2007, 03:30:00 PM
aw come on killie please good to see ya back. we missed ya  :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on November 29, 2007, 06:01:00 PM
We'll forgive you, if you feel you  must indulge in that (ugh-shiver) work and meetings stuff - but they are only allowed to have certain amounts of your valuable time - and that's only because we know you must now re-build time off (and money) again for next year's sojourne -   ;)  

Of course I could post that one picture here that you sent me (if you were to "release" it/me), to show how tiring the trip was on you, and thus generate more "patience/sympathy" for the condition your condition is in -  :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JWD in VA. on November 29, 2007, 06:34:00 PM
Ms. Kathryn, welcome back. As all, lookin forward to the tale behind the weeks adventure. Got an e-mail from our mutual friend Pete out west. All is well in his world also. Highland Co. was good to me this year, similar results but, the get away, was a good one.
Jerry
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: tippit on November 29, 2007, 07:05:00 PM
Killie, Great to have you back.  Your stories are more like watching a vivid movie than just reading them.  Thought you might like to see another Ed Wentzler napped point.  This was last years TXS07 signed arrow...Doc

Oops I'll get a closeup of the head for you!

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v110/tippit/St%20Judes%202007%20Knives/Downloads050.jpg)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 29, 2007, 09:15:00 PM
Hey Jerry, didn't know you knew Pete. Haven't heard from him in a coon's age. Here he is in days past.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/First%20Twenty%20Years%20of%20the%20Hunt/Patience.jpg)

It took us three three hours to pull that buck into camp. Both of those boys had their aches and pains, but dropped all to help a gal out. As I recall, Pete had just settled into a nice cup of tea, and unlucky Shawn had bumbled into camp to say howdy. Poor, poor saps!

Friends like that, even though they have gone their own ways, live forever in our hearts. I paid Pete back a little, helping him find, haul back and butcher the first deer he shot with a bow in Highland. Them was the days!

Oops. More nostalgia. Sorry.

Doc, thanks for the pics! I dunno how much Ed realizes what he did for me, how much it meant to me. I bought all the heads he brought to Baltimore in the years that followed, the ones that looked like good hunting heads. I may have one left, besides the one on the broken arrow that took Ashly, but gave away most of them, on their ash shafts, as mementos.

Not Mentos.  "[dntthnk]"  
Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Woodduck on November 29, 2007, 09:37:00 PM
Well, tell us more...memories.   :wavey:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on November 29, 2007, 10:10:00 PM
Carry on girlfriend, great story tellin. You know me, I'm easy, please take your time.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: 4runr on November 30, 2007, 06:16:00 AM
:campfire:    :archer:    :coffee:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on November 30, 2007, 08:17:00 AM
What Whip said goes for me too.  This is like being there in some of my old favorite places.  Poignant and bittersweet in some cases but very entertaining.  Thanks for sharing.

pine nut

..........................

"Tarbaby, he don't say nuttin'. He jus' set thar on dat log."
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JWD in VA. on November 30, 2007, 10:25:00 AM
Thanx for the pic Killie. Pete hasn't changed that much, alot more grey like all of us but still the wanderer. Now days he shoots animals with his camara and he is pretty good too.The Montana back-drop lends itself to some breathtaking shots. Will check back later tonite, some of us HAVE to work HAAAA!!!!Danny sent me an e-mail with some profound words " friends are like stars, you can;t always see them but you know they are there "
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JDinPA on November 30, 2007, 03:33:00 PM
Killie - Is in your "camp" in PA? If so where?
It sounds an awful lot like my old stomping grounds in Sullivan and Wyoming county.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Linc on November 30, 2007, 06:17:00 PM
Killie sure can tell a good story.

Kathy, I'm still waiting for the signed first edition of "Book of Ambiguosities" or something like that,that you were going to write.   :campfire:      :campfire:      :coffee:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 30, 2007, 06:59:00 PM
Never hunted in Pennsylvania, well, not since that first ever hunt. Actually, it was just more of an opportunity than a hunt. I was six or seven, and lived in Levittown. I had found a railroad spike in our yard. A cottontail appeared in my vicinity. I heard this rhyme in my head:

"Bye Baby Bunting
Daddy's gone a-hunting
To fetch a little rabbit skin
To wrap Bye Baby Bunting in."

I heaved the spike at the bunny. In the back of my mind was the knowledge that I would be in a world of hurt if I actually connected and slew the rabbit. My mom was real handy with a hairbrush.

I deliberately missed. I didn't know how to turn a skin into furs anyway.
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Up on top of the ridge was an expanse of fresh-fallen leaves, untracked, uncompressed, unpromising. Not a bed, not a rub, not a scrape, not a single smart pill.

The fluorescent pink flagging tape turned out to be a malicious prevarication produced by a maple, still having flashbacks to the sixties. Having suckered me good, I heard it snickering in the rear-view as I headed toward Doe Police Knob. The Doe Police were at a convention or something, as they were not here. I headed in, as I needed to check in with Mockingbird, mostly to make sure that he had gotten home safely.

The rain started at dusk, and I sat in the vestibule reading, listening to the calming slap of fat sloppy raindrops spattering wetly on the nylon fly. Having gone through one of the driest summers that I can remember, the sound was a welcome balm to my parched soul. I always enjoy a good rain, but there is a particular satisfaction that comes from enjoying it in rude and rustic accommodations, when one is snug and dry inside as the world outside becomes soaked and sodden. Thunder rolls across the mountains, making my little shelter even more precious.

I go inside the main body of the tent. The headlamp is making my eyes cross on the page that I am reading, and I want to light a lantern and relax on the airbed with the book. Sitting flat-butt on the floor, I screw in a propane cylinder. There is a flash and a clap, a strike on the Shelter Ridge or close by. The ground shakes under me and I am frightened a bit. The thunder goes on and on and on. How fragile we are. How transient.
(Dopey me, the first brief coherent thought I had was that a transformer blew...  :rolleyes:  )

A guy came into camp yesterday, in a little jellybean car and carrying a GPS. Gaming, he said. His license read "NO GODS". I had chuckled and said to Clark, "He's never spent the night out here!"

He for sure never spent one of THESE nights out here!
There are trees everywhere, no matter where you set a tent, there are trees. There is one maple that is an old friend, but I worry about it on windy nights, as it must be over a hundred years old and is getting fairly well hollowed out.
It told me that it wanted to blow down in early spring, but we don't all get our wishes, do we?

Killdeer

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/MeandTree2004.jpg)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on November 30, 2007, 07:36:00 PM
"I always enjoy a good rain, but there is a particular satisfaction that comes from enjoying it in rude and rustic accommodations, when one is snug and dry inside as the world outside becomes soaked and sodden. Thunder rolls across the mountains, making my little shelter even more precious."

Killdeer, I think we are two people sharing one brain.  I thought I was the only one that had that feeling in those circumstances. Good to know there are at least two of us.  I feel relieved, but I'm not sure that you shouldn't be worried a bit about that.

Very entertaining writing, I envy your style.


pine nut
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on November 30, 2007, 07:39:00 PM
Killy you are by far and away the most gifted person with a way of words. your words take us there!!!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 30, 2007, 07:58:00 PM
Pine Nut, now when I do something blatantly stupid, I know what my excuse is! Somebody else was on the party mind (party line) and I couldn't use it until he was done...

  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on November 30, 2007, 08:05:00 PM
Dang!! Pine nut did she just call you stupid??  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bentpole on November 30, 2007, 08:09:00 PM
Killy your words have the softness of a lullaby.I could read your words all day long.I can't wait for your next post. By the way is that one of your Morrisons in the picture by the tree?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 30, 2007, 08:28:00 PM
The night wore on, my eyes grew tired and I shut off the lantern. The temperature fell, changing the slapping of raindrops into tense little tickings on the tent roof as the rain turned to ice.

Toward dawn, the winds kicked up, yanking tarp pegs from the soft soil around the cook shack. It got very cold.The wind kept up all day, one of those winds that has trees groaning and slapping each other with loose-hinged branches. I do not want to hunt in this wind. Snow showers came and went. I spent the day replacing yellow nylon tent pegs with steel vee-profile pegs around the cook shack, retying ropes and adding a few more rubber tie-downs. I cleared a little space, getting stuff organized. I set up the pregnant lady in the cookshack and read a little.

What the heck are you doing out there with a pregnant lady? you may well ask. Or...no I am too old for those shenanigans. The pregnant lady is a dear friend of mine. She stays in the cook shack and adds a bit of warmth and cheer to an otherwise dreary and utilitarian space. She will dry your gloves for you, make toast, and chase the chill out of your buttocks.

Picture two bright cherry red burners side by side. Below that, a red navel that you can twist right or left (it's an outie, because of her condition, you see.) over a twenty pound rounded pod of propane pregnancy. That is my beautiful campmate, the pregnant lady. Having had her along for ten or more hunts, she has gotten a bit trailworn, and her grating has burned away on the tops of the burners. I guess I will have to look for a replacement. I only hope the next one is as pretty.

Tomorrow is supposed to be colder. I hope that the wind blows away and gets lost tonight. Meanwhile, I read and experiment with this trip's weird food. I try something new each year.

Caviar is greatly overrated.   "[dntthnk]"  I would gladly trade a jar for a box of Little Debbie Nutty Bars. Maybe the expensive stuff is better.
Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on November 30, 2007, 08:32:00 PM
Dano, No she just proved my point. She understood me perfectly!

Pine Nut
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on November 30, 2007, 08:36:00 PM
lol!! killie you got a way with words gal.
jeff  :campfire:    :clapper:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on November 30, 2007, 08:43:00 PM
And I am SO glad that the Nutty Pine understood  me !
Killdeer~Morrison-made A&H ACS, 51# @ 26".
VVvvvviiiiiipppppppp!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on November 30, 2007, 09:31:00 PM
Perfectly. You made my day!
Pine Nut
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bentpole on December 01, 2007, 07:43:00 AM
"The Virginia Woods Chronicles" or "The Virginia Woods according to Killdeer" You have to see about getting Published.Yep nice bow Killy I would have thought it to be a Dakota or a Cougar though nice job on the skins . She does shoot too I guess?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 01, 2007, 08:09:00 AM
I can vouch for that Morrison Built ACS of Killies: Sweet, pretty, shooter - and, as she *"sound effect-ed", fffasssstttttttt.

* "VVvvvviiiiiipppppppp!"
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 06:23:00 PM
Well, the wind is still a factor, but it is milder and taking a few breaks here and there. There is a skiff of snow on the ground and tent, and it is somewhere in the twenties. I stopped worrying about particulars years ago, and don't bring a thermometer.

I went up Buck Knob to the spot I sat on Columbus Day, near the old tumbled down stand where I used to sit evenings, watching the does come out like clockwork animation in the late afternoons. Until doe day, when they didn't come out at all. The stand's trees were half gone, and only a lone strut remained. I noticed another stand further into the woods-line there, constructed of plywood and old steel fencing stakes. The trees had grown around them, and it had seen its last occupant years ago. Beyond that, 15 yards from a rubbed-up laurel, was a climbing stand. Must belong to the fellow that I saw drive in on Monday. Bummer. That was the only clear buck sign that I had seen here so far, and I must leave it.  :(  

I bushwhacked my way slowly in the direction of camp, going through spruce and red pine woods laced with laurel. A year old rub raised my eyebrows, as it was on a very substantial trunk. Eventually I arrived back home, and left in the darkness to get propane. I bought out the stock in the little one-stop in town, ten one-pound bottles. Back at camp, getting colder out, I was living large, with the floor heater and a lantern going, sheepskins in the bedroll, and a good book.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5065Suffering600.jpg)

Killdeer  :coffee:  Beat you to it, Bernie. Yes, it is a rugged place, and a rough camp, for suffering and privation is nourishment for the soul, building the infrastructure of character.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on December 01, 2007, 07:07:00 PM
love the old tree bark camo shirt!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Falk on December 01, 2007, 07:13:00 PM
holly molly! what kind of cathedral is this?!? I did not know anybody would be able to really stand upright in a tent ...!!!
 
Is it an old pocket watch (?word) what I see there hanging in the background?

All together this pic reminds me of a muselman fairytale: "princess on a pea" (?spelling)     :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Littlefeather on December 01, 2007, 07:13:00 PM
There is no greater pleasure than a warm and comfy tent on a very cold night. That pic kinda makes me think back to the hunt me and Charlie did with Roughcountry a couple years ago. Very nice! Carry-on. CK
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Stone Knife on December 01, 2007, 07:30:00 PM
Looks nice and roomy in there, comfy also   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 07:43:00 PM
Falk, I referenced that fairy tale in my journal many years ago...I will have to dredge that one up for you. The watch is a mid-fifties Hamilton 992B. Railroad grade, very accurate.

LF, I am kinda cringing as I write this, because I think of Rough Country as a REAL hunter, who goes into REAL wilderness and toughs out some very REAL hardships. You mean he is a REAL candya33 like me?  :confused:  

Killdeer~working on pics right now.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 07:46:00 PM
It turned into Thursday in the middle of the night. I decided to do some scouting in newer areas. I had been to Bearwallow a couple of times, maybe the sign would be better there. I hopped into the truck. I got up the hill and turned onto a logging road. Then I turned around because a little voice whispered, "White Oak Flat."

They called it White Oak Flat, those who had made the trek, and they said that it was a fair and deery place full of mast and wildlife. In my twenty-second season up there, I supposed that I should take a look.

At a switchback, I parked at a closed gate, locked the truck and slung my quiver over my shoulder. The little K-Mag was light and happy in my hand. I started down the trail that led from West Virginia to Virginia, and points east. I had walked this trail before, one Memorial Day weekend, with Mockingbird. We saw hordes of salamanders, dusky orange lined with black-ringed blaze orange spots, some of them olive, with the same spots. Columbine and wild geraniums bloomed among the bugbane and maidenhair ferns, and under the pines, in damp creeksides, the polygala paucifolia, looking for all the world like 1940s toy airplanes. Or sneezing moths, take your pick.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Wildlife/polly.jpg)

The spring flowers were replaced with the asters and everlastings of fall, now. The ferns were mostly fallen and sere, smelling faintly of cinnamon and sweetgrass. The cold had driven the salamanders to ground, the youngsters still in the ponds and sluggish places in the creeks.The day warmed, life was good, and I came to the old chestnut shelter that had fallen to ruin years ago. The oldest date that I could find was 1900, which made it older than the one that the Forest Service had destroyed through neglect back at camp.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4920RE610.jpg)

Killdeer~got poofs?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on December 01, 2007, 07:55:00 PM
i like that bow killie mostly the wolf hair on the string.  :wavey:    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 08:13:00 PM
I was still in West Virginia, and needed to get to my own state in order to be legal. I followed a trail up hill and eastward, which got me onto the fabled flat. On reaching the top, I checked the topo map again to get a feel for where the state line was.

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4927CR.jpg)

I never did get around to packing the mini tripod in a pocket, but there are always stumps and rocks. This time I propped the camera in a stump. The map said I had to turn south and go a hundred yards or so. I did, and began to explore with abandon.

They should have named it Red Oak Flat, for I was hard pressed to find a single white oak. There were some monster trees there, though. This red spruce measured 48" across, a couple of feet up from the ground. How do I know that? I carried a K-Mag.   :readit:  

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4942.jpg)

This red oak was of the same dimensions. While not the biggest oak I have seen in the woods, its presence was imposing and impressive. You couldn't help but notice it, and I felt that it was watching me. Maybe it was the squirrels who must live in all the hidey-holes it had.

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4939.jpg)

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 08:28:00 PM
Maple trees mixed with white and mountain ash and cherries balanced out the mix, but I don't think I saw any hickories. I didn't find any cherries on the ground, nor were they still in the trees. I think the drought got 'em, or the flowers got frozen. I went to the eastern edge of the ridge to see what I could see. More mountains! Found three deer beds.Looked like a doe and two fawns.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4929.jpg)

I ate lunch overlooking the valley to the east. Watched a young raccoon forage as I savored the finest dates I ever tasted. Eating dates was far more interesting to me than flailing down the hilside to skewer some poor coon that I would have to carry back up.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4931.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4937.jpg)


Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Roughcountry on December 01, 2007, 08:29:00 PM
Love the way you weave the words Kathy. Still looking for a good photographer.

CK, that picture reminded me of the same thing, only no mud in the door of the tent.

Kathy, our snow where I'm hunting is right at my knee and getting worse. I'm fast becoming a candy a$$$!

Please continue with your magic my friend. RS
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 08:31:00 PM
I could just imagine watching a well-hit monster buck doing a mad dash and at last, heaving himself down the slide. I don't own a come-along.

Killdeer   :help:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2007, 08:33:00 PM
Shucks Robin, I keep showing you my pics. I sure wish they were good enough that you would not have to keep searching.  :(  

Killdeer  ;)    :p
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Shaun on December 01, 2007, 08:46:00 PM
sneezing moth flowers will be stuck in my mind for days.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 02, 2007, 12:51:00 AM
Yeah - That's the pic I wanted all to see, Killie, though I did appreciate the sneak preview too much to  "outdraw" you - LOL.

Those pink (sort of - more lavender really) flowers - do you rekon they are the same tiny, short, spring harbringers that I grew up in NH knowing as "Bird-On-The-Wing"? They sure look it.

Enjoying the thread and replies, as usual.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: BamBooBender on December 02, 2007, 01:42:00 AM
Great thread! Keep posting the pics if you got em, brings me back. I lived in Anandale as a kid from 73-76. I remember driving through the blue ridge Mountains several times on the way to upstate New York.  Remember driving through the Shenandoah valley as well. Beautiful country.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Billy on December 02, 2007, 01:50:00 AM
Glad you're back Killy.
Thanks for taking us along.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Littlefeather on December 02, 2007, 06:45:00 AM
Robin's no candy-arse. He did the whole thing for me and Charlie cause I'M a candy-arse and he knew I'd die within minutes of being subjected to snow.  :scared:  Hate that dang word.
Robin's 10 years my senior and can walk away from me on the mountain like I was an old lady. He tough!

I'm glad you got some great photos. I look back through my hunt photos these days and find that I often return to the hunt by simply looking through the pics. Great writing as well. Why don't you submit something to TBM orowyers Journal. Carry-on. CK
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 02, 2007, 07:02:00 AM
BTW - I forgot to mention, when Killie sent "The" picture to me, she labled it, "Oh, how I suffered," in her usual witty manner.  :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 02, 2007, 08:09:00 AM
Lil'Fedder, I know that Robin, no matter what driveling nonsense he writes about himself, is the REAL deal! I, on the other hand,  am  an old lady.

Killdeer~old lady   :saywhat:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 02, 2007, 08:31:00 AM
Bernie, I typed it into Google, here is the first hit.  :)  

 http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/species.php?id=45

BBB, I go to Annandale every day to take my pup to the dog park. My best friend lived there during your tenure there, and I lived up the road a piece, in Vienna. Marshall High School. Annandale is the location of our weekly meetings of the Chagrined Again Hunting Club.
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There were some feeding scrapes and a rub or two on the flat, which was a narrow strip of ridgetop running 4 or 500 yards long on the Virginia side, and about 100 yards wide. This was good, the most sign I had seen so far. Nothing like I was expecting, though. Working toward the far nd of the flat, to my right I could see Buck Knob across the drainage. Camp is on the other side of it.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4945.jpg)


Not a single cherry seed...
 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4943.jpg)

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: snakewood3 on December 02, 2007, 09:33:00 AM
Just don't know what to say about that.........
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Stone Knife on December 02, 2007, 10:29:00 AM
Killdeer, the pants your wearing look like they are wool and have double knees. Are they wool and were did you get them?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 02, 2007, 11:22:00 AM
Just lurkin and lovin it, Killy.  And I ain't sayin nuttin about ole Jim wantin to inquire about yer britches!   :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on December 02, 2007, 01:25:00 PM
awesome pics killie  :thumbsup:    :campfire:  keep em comming.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 02, 2007, 02:01:00 PM
Hey Stone Knife, they are thick wool, have double knees and cargo pockets. Each cargo pocket has a skinny little pocket in them that holds a mini-mag flashlight very neatly, just put it in head-down and leave a latch string from the butt out. I got them at a surplus store, I think they are WWII German pants. I bought about 6 pairs. I run them in the machines to wash and dry.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/2007Camp2.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/2007Bowhunt2.jpg)

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: BamBooBender on December 02, 2007, 02:34:00 PM
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BBB, I go to Annandale every day to take my pup to the dog park. My best friend lived there during your tenure there, and I lived up the road a piece, in Vienna. Marshall High School. Annandale is the location of our weekly meetings of the Chagrined Again Hunting Club.
Small world huh? We lived in the parliament apts. on medford drive for a while, and then in a house nearby on poplar st. I got to looking at some aerial photos of annandale online today, and boy has it changed.    :eek:   There used to be mostly just woods across from the apts.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 02, 2007, 02:45:00 PM
Poplar Street is 1 block from where the old gun store, The Loading Bench, was (Maple Place). It was open late on Thursdays, and everybody in the shooting community would drop by there. After the store closed, the core group started going behind the store to the Sunset Grill (Columbia Pike), where we still meet every Thursday. My cadre of friends who have hunted Highland comprise the Chagrined Again Hunting Club.

Hey! We almost knew each other!
Killdeer   :wavey:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: BamBooBender on December 02, 2007, 03:05:00 PM
Almost. lol
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Lee Viv on December 02, 2007, 08:16:00 PM
Killy was gone for two weeks????????  :eek:  

  :clapper:     :clapper:    :clapper:  

Just kidding!  Glad you're back!


Lee
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 02, 2007, 08:58:00 PM
3

  :saywhat:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Stone Knife on December 02, 2007, 09:04:00 PM
I'm gonna keep my eyes open for some of those. I have a pair of surplus US wool kind of thin but well built $10 great for just beating the brush.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 02, 2007, 10:14:00 PM
Some of us just can't hide our excitement Kathy.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Linc on December 03, 2007, 05:30:00 AM
Looks like a fabulous time in the mountains.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 03, 2007, 08:17:00 AM
Thanks, Killy. that's the little beautemous Birds-On-A-Wing, sure enough. They used to always make me feel happy just to see them and I would often pluck a couple of the many (in those days) and take home for Ma to put in a little jelly glass on the window sill over the kitchen sink.

Those  are  German trou as Killie said (the store I got them from advertised them as such). I had a couple pair I bought (also in a surplus store) in Maine during the six years we were up there to look after Ma before she passed. Somehow they got a tad tight (must have been the cold water washes -   "[dntthnk]"    :D  ) and I gave them away after we got back down here.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 03, 2007, 08:37:00 AM
Bernie,

I didn't know the German Army had fellars wee enough to fit you... "and then they got tight"

Good gravy, tater tot! Must've been Der Kinder Force!

Ahhh...reading Killy's adventures and whit is almost as good as sitting around the fire listen to her!  :)  Thanks, kiddo!  :)   :notworthy:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 03, 2007, 10:11:00 AM
It is, isn't it, old friend?

(Oh, I think the trou I got were from the youth camps - LOL No, at that time it hadn't been too long since my operations and i was still pretty "hollow", so I had to get Small size, then i started getting back to "normal" gnome size.)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on December 03, 2007, 09:18:00 PM
man i love those pictures!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: NEW GUY on December 04, 2007, 04:38:00 PM
Wow, thanks for taking the time to post this great adventure Killdeer.  I can't wait to hear and see more.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 04, 2007, 06:50:00 PM
Hey Shane, haven't seen you for a while. I miss that baby face of yours, though you still walk like you stepped on a tack.   ;)  

I'm trying to figure out where I left off. I think I was about to sit down and cogitate on why there were no cherry seeds in the scatpile. Well, I did. I sat on a fallen log among young spruces near where it looked like deer were filtering onto the ridge to feed, and tried to ignore the jillion ways that I could be busted by the most hapless fawn.


(Does anybody else have a little hourglass flashing next to their cursor whenever the TG Store banner changes messages? Just thought I would ask. I grew up in the sixties.)

I need some tea.
Killdeer  :help:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Forester on December 04, 2007, 06:54:00 PM
Put some honey in your tea, it will soothe your nerves now that you are back to "civilization."

Good tales, thanks.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 04, 2007, 07:35:00 PM
I don't know, Killie - I've got a "clean cursor" (is that another oxymoron??? Naw wrong spelling  - or right one - whatever) - get your cursor cleaned up - don't ask me how though -    :D

(Maybe it's got to do with you concentrating on Shane "stepping on tacks" and isn't because of the flashing at all -   :knothead:  )
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 04, 2007, 09:17:00 PM
"Baby Face" you obviously haven't met Shane, he's a got a face only his Momma could love  :bigsmyl:

Juss kiddin Shane you know I love ya.

So... wheres the cherry seeds?

   :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 04, 2007, 09:41:00 PM
So .... now Dano is Shane's Momma?    :confused:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 04, 2007, 10:40:00 PM
Now look what I steped in  "[dntthnk]"    :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: String Cutter on December 04, 2007, 11:26:00 PM
Semi-Glad you're back.  :wavey:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 05, 2007, 05:21:00 AM
S'Okay, Drano, you may have stepped in it, but at least you're not seedy.

Dang little hourglass...tempus fidgets.
Killdeer  :coffee:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 05, 2007, 08:03:00 AM
LOL - are you sure about that, Killie? I would swear that Dano  told  me he was just a "seedy ol' f ... " ellow at ATAR, last year
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 05, 2007, 09:17:00 AM
I may have gone to seed, but I ain't seedy  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: NEW GUY on December 05, 2007, 09:33:00 AM
Ha, you guys are a hoot.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 05, 2007, 11:18:00 AM
MOre on task, Killy...

When I lay my cursor on the Store..It don't blink and I got a li'l pointy finger thinggy...and it's the appropriate finger for a family website...

  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Shaun on December 05, 2007, 11:48:00 AM
Gonna have to try that tea with honey, still having problems after test shooting a luminock.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 05, 2007, 09:29:00 PM
Tea with honey?  "[dntthnk]"  

1 bag Bigelow Lemon Lift
1 bag of Bigelow Constant comment steeped in a large insulated mug.

Small handful of froofy organic evaporated cane juice sugar
Generous dose of Canadian blended whiskey

That's the stuff for a long winter evening! Thank the gods, the hourglass is gone! Must be the work of the toddy, bless its warm little mug. And it's now bedtime. Long day, stressful, hazardous commute both ways, and tough delivery in the snow. I passed seven wrecks between the Beltway and Dulles this morning, and those were just on  my side  of the Dulles Toll Road.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 05, 2007, 10:23:00 PM
Sleep tight Kathy!!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 06, 2007, 05:27:00 AM
:bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 06, 2007, 01:04:00 PM
Tip o the hat to our tireless servants who deliver our mail in our "taken forgranted society"!

Be safe out there woman...that new rig is too cute to bash up!

Well...so are you and MOckinbird!  
 :eek:    :rolleyes:    :knothead:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 06, 2007, 05:43:00 PM
OK, Doc - now you've gone toooo far - not about the "tireless servants" thing, or staying safe - but in calling Killie "Cute" ! She'll "cute" you, ol' buddy.

 LOOK OUT! INCOMING!

(Well, maybe she won't seeing as how I said she will - she  is  "a contrary", you know. Well I've done the best I can to save you - now I'm takin' cover - you suit yourself.   ;)  )
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 06, 2007, 08:51:00 PM
He didn't call me cute. He called my rig cute. Now, did he mean my truck, or my mail truck, or the mail truck that the post office assigned to my route? I gotta admit that my personal LLV is cute. And it runs better than the one they assigned me. But my Tundra takes umbrage at the term. Me and the Tundra don't do cute.  :saywhat:  

Ambiguosity is Doc's stock in trade. I will just have to waller him on general principles next opportunity I get. Meantime, I intend to get more than five hours of sleep tonight.

Kil....zarkkkkk*
Oh, thanks, Doc.  :)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 06, 2007, 09:19:00 PM
Uh-huh, see, Doc? (My work is done here -   :D  )

  :goldtooth:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 07, 2007, 12:47:00 PM
Bernie, first time I met Clark, I made some comment that since has become standard fare...I think it was callin out, "OH, Killy Dear"

Clarks eyes flew wide open, he got that ole Hooty Owl look and ducked and ran for cover... looking back over his shoulder!    :bigsmyl:  

My dear friend fixed me with that look a hers that would weld a freight train fast to the rr tracks and just glowered.

I like er way too much to fret her wallerins! While ain't no doubt she could get the job done... I just don't fret it.   :)  

Oh, btw, Killy, my add-on was that you and CLARK both are too cute to get bunged up... but I was initially referrin  to that mail rig you resurrected an posted pics of once.
   :help:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 08, 2007, 07:34:00 AM
I am bringing extra onions for B-more.

  :goldtooth:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 08, 2007, 07:58:00 AM
I likes un-gins - iff'n they ain't fer throwin'at  :eek:    ;)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 08, 2007, 08:55:00 AM
They give Doc hives.  :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 08, 2007, 09:34:00 AM
So, anyway, I was sitting there on the log, tucked between these spruces, in a state of impure optimism, waiting for the deer to become temporarily deranged, sufficient to encourage acts of sheer stupidity. All was still, a gentle breeze blowing from my left front and coursing to my right and behind me. I finally felt welcomed into a productive place. Two squirrels came out to feed about fifty yards away to my right. I leaned against the dead trunk behind me and savored the solitude.

Nudge nudge.

Nudge nudge.

Nudgenudgenudgenudge.
NUDGE. Back pocket.
I skooched my butt right and looked down to my left, to see a bugeyed vole do the "oh spit!" shuffle and scuttle down the log the other way. I watched him turn gray in a moment.

It got darker, and the squirrels kept feeding, and I fell prey to their allure. Skulking slowly toward them, the distance closed as they fed unaware. The leaves rustled as they rummaged and I could smell red oak acorns on their breath. Oooh, this was gonna be good!

One of them yawned, which made the other one yawn, and they both meandered to the home tree, holding hands. Climbing up to the porch, they sat and talked for a while, had a glass of red oak wine, and razzed me before going inside. Squirrels 2, Killdeer 0. I wandered the trail back toward the road.

Reaching my truck, I found a truck-camper parked alongside. A man came out and introduced himself, someone who had been hunting this place for years. He put into words what I have felt for a long time: That even if the game populations are down, and even if he cannot logically expect to bring the venison or his beloved turkeys to bag, that he will still come here. It is a special place. It is where he goes.

We talked as the darkness settled solidly around us, and the chill grew, of coyotes and the bear and coonhounds, the years past and the changes we'd seen. I bid him good hunting, and left for camp. Tomorrow was Friday, the ninth of November, and the last day of purely archery season.

That night, a car came into camp, turned right around and left. Then the hounds sang through the hills and hollows, intent on their canine mission, tracing their way through the maze of scents and knowing far more than any man what had been where, and when. All went quiet.

I awoke, and two men came down through the brush, from the hill behind the outhouse, lamps flashing, West Virginia voices laughing and talking of the hunt. They walked up the road out of camp. Five minutes later, a lone, high voice called plaintively, following their path.

I drifted off, dreaming of shadows coursing through the forest.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 09, 2007, 12:19:00 AM
Good job of enjoying, Killie!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 09, 2007, 09:42:00 PM
OK, I have to admit it. I told a lie. I realize that this admission will likely destroy my credibility, and reveal that I have betrayed the trust of each and every one of you, my friends. I can no longer live with the deception, however, and so I must confess the lie.

The squirrels were not holding hands. There, I said it. I humbly beg your forgiveness.

OK, the truth:
Friday morning found me making preparations for the muzzleloader season, which started Saturday the tenth. I laid a trail back into the piney woods that even Ray Charles could follow in the predawn gloam, in preparation for doe day. Doe day would be on Monday, and I wanted to be close to where they typically went to avoid trail walkers and ridge-sitters.

It was snowing, and the woods were filled with the soft hiss of snow on beech, red oak and laurel leaves. My preparations complete, I contemplated where to go next. I hadn't seen Mac's Ridge yet, nor the PeeWee stand, but I decided to go back up to Buck Knob, to see what changes might have been wrought during the week.

Plenty. There were more rubs and feeding scrapes. I went as far as the second saddle, where I found a sizeable scrape and rub. The scrape had been opened in the early hours of the morning, or possibly last night. The snow was beginning to obscure it, but slowly, due to the relatively high temps of the day.

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4960Scrape1.jpg)

I sat some, blew a shot setup on a gray squirrel. Never dropped the string. He had come down a tree on the other side of the trail and on up the hillside toward me. He passed on my right of course, and so I tried to pivot into position. He took exception to that and ran off a little way to cogitate. His significant other watched thoughtfully from a fallen log near their tree. I finally made ready to leave, and they scampered back up into their snug, leaf-lined hole. I poked around and made a place to sit at the base of a tree in a transition area, near a smaller rub. Satisfied that I had a place to sit in the morning, I started back toward camp. I wasn't sure if Clark would be up tonight or tomorrow, and I needed to fill the larger mattress instead of the small one that I had been using.

The wind, blowing the snow sideways, had coated the windward side of all the trees. I slowpoked along, enjoying its eerie effect on the mountain. The white of the snow against the muted grays of the the bark of the trees had given the impression of a fully moonlit night. Overcast skies and a light mist rendered the scene rather monochromatic. The result was a strange, unworldly, nocturnal landscape. I savored the strangeness. As I rounded the corner of the Knob, on the middle of the hillside, another surreal thing happened.

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4962moonscapejpg.jpg)

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: 4runr on December 09, 2007, 10:16:00 PM
:wavey:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 09, 2007, 10:23:00 PM
As if captured and played in time-lapse photography, four magnificently huge white magnolia flowers bloomed together on the hillside to my left and ahead of me, about fifty yards away. As they reached full flower, they were abruptly yanked in three different directions, and flew from each other as though jerked by strings.

The three fawns went in two directions up the hillside, flowers fading as the distance increased and the danger diminished. The wise old doe,a long-nosed veteran,flew across the jeep trail in front of me and down the hillside to my right. She seemed to be gliding on oiled feet and limbs, making hardly a sound save the occasional ticking of a hoof on rocks in the thin, rich loam, and the deep, low grumbling of shifting wet dirt. She ran with great, practiced abandon, keeping my attention from her brood. They all disappeared, and the only tangible clue that I had not dreamed this was one small fawn, safely out of sight, blowing and blowing like a five-year-old with a new penny whistle.

I laughed and walked on, alert to new possibilities that never materialized. In my mind is fixed the wise and knowing eye of that old doe, fixed on me. I probably watched her as a fawn, the fawn of a fawn of an old white-faced, swaybacked doe that I remember patterning in my early years here.Every afternon I would see her there on that hillside, until doe day. You never saw her on doe day. She is long to the soil, that old girl, but lives on, eternal, maternal deer.

It warmed just before dark, and I sat in front of the cook shack enjoying it. At dark, the rain started, and at ten PM, the ticking on the tent told me of the ice. It quieted into snow, and I knew that the deer would feed very early in the morning, once it stopped. Hmm. it would stop, right?

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 10, 2007, 11:05:00 AM
Dang, girl..this is mesmerizing to read... ya got magic in yer keyboard Ms.Killy.  :)

As fer hives...oh, trust me, it's waaayyy worse than that... but bring em if ya gotta! I just go hide!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 10, 2007, 07:45:00 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4965.jpg)

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 10, 2007, 08:48:00 PM
Dang that looks cold!!!  :eek:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Aeronut on December 10, 2007, 08:57:00 PM
I like the looks of that a lot better than the freezing rain we're getting now.

Killy, you definately have a way with words.

Dennis
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on December 10, 2007, 11:04:00 PM
Great pictures and great words.  You have a gift girl, and thanks for sharing with us. It's almost as good as being there.

the nutty pine
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 12, 2007, 10:13:00 AM
:bigsmyl:  

And ain't it amazin..how clever, descriptive and totally articulate she is on the keyboard....

... but in person, she stammers, stutters and kicks her toe alot and gets her tounge wrapped around her eye teeth and can't see what she's sayin... tsk, tsk...  :bigsmyl:  

Seriously, now, Ms.Killdeer... :)  That snow pic sure is something that draws the soul...that is some gorgeous country..no wonder you keep going even if the critters are fewer'n before.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 12, 2007, 02:38:00 PM
I was thinkin... Geeze Dave, when I met the lady she had no problem "articulatin"  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 12, 2007, 08:04:00 PM
Dave is a congenial, congenital liar. It allows him to excel at his work, but his friends must learn to take what he says with a pillar of salt.

Saturday dawned too early. I awoke at 2:30 AM, chided myself for being obsessive-compulsive, chided myself again for being negative toward my inner child, and sent myself back to bed without dinner (no spanking). I woke up again at 5 AM...late again!

The skies were overcast, and there was 2" of new snow, wet and sticking to everything.It piled on branches and weeds, tent and cookshack. I had to knock it off of all the canvas, which was already stretched out and sagging from the rain. That done, I made coffee and put a pre-packed box of food in my pack.Couldn't find a good pair of matching gloves (the right one always goes AWOL) so I made do.

Predawn, still, but the brightness of the snow made it seem much later. I knew that the deer had likely already fed near their beds, and were chewing their cuds by now. I sipped my coffee too fast, impatiently burning my mouth, while resigning myself to the fact that the deer were likely bedded and would stay that way 'til midday.

Many times I have seen a snow like this come down, and not seen a track cross a major trail for a good twenty-four hours. Seems that the bulk of snow on the branches obscures their vision enough to keep them in the thick stuff, waiting for it to fall away. The sound of the snow falling keeps them a little spooky, and not being able to see added to not being able to rely on their ears is just a bit much for them. I thought about my Ray Charles trail. Nope, they would already be in there, and it is too thick and noisy. I wandered to the Knob, playing with the camera and deciphering the tracks of about seven guys who were already on stand.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_4974.jpg)


Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Bonebuster on December 12, 2007, 08:19:00 PM
I think the photo`s are fantastic.

Here`s to the love of ALL that IS the hunt.

You can sum it up with a photo and a few words.

Happy hunting to you!... and thanks.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 12, 2007, 10:06:00 PM
It says alot about a person who can't match up a pair of gloves.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Woodduck on December 13, 2007, 12:40:00 AM
...enjoying this   :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 13, 2007, 04:30:00 AM
Dano, your  ears  don't match, and how many years have you had to get  that  sorted out?

Killdeer  "[dntthnk]"   :p
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: allanburden on December 13, 2007, 07:55:00 AM
I have thoroughly enjoyed this thread and look forward to each new post and picture, thank you killdeer for letting us all live your adventure!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on December 13, 2007, 08:02:00 AM
Dano,
Matching wits with Killdeer is like taking a knife to a gun fight! Touche! LOL
nutty pine
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 13, 2007, 09:27:00 AM
My ears usta match!!  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 13, 2007, 09:32:00 AM
.... but that was  before  you started packing knives to gun fights - right, Dano?    ;)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: snakewood3 on December 13, 2007, 10:32:00 AM
I can't tell 'bout them ears the way he's always sneakin around . (http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c359/snakewood3/ATAR012.jpg)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Raineman on December 13, 2007, 10:36:00 AM
Killdeer....all I can say is .....Thank you for this great read.....and by all means please...carry on.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 13, 2007, 10:56:00 AM
My problem was, I always forgot the knife.  "[dntthnk]"    :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 13, 2007, 12:32:00 PM
Yeah, Killie, the rest of us are just Marking Time until you come up with another pic or word painting. Well, some of us are actually hiding in the bush - but we are still listening, aren't we, Dano?   :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 13, 2007, 01:10:00 PM
You bet!!!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bentpole on December 13, 2007, 03:01:00 PM
Killy I just reread and then read again the vole/squirrel episode. Wow! Please be careful as to what sort of mushrooms one consumes in the Virginia Woods.Great stuff I like it!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 13, 2007, 09:21:00 PM
I can show you one that you should DEFINITELY not eat!! Once I see one...I  think  that's the one, maybe...  :confused:    ;)  

Meeting night tonight. Just saw all the members of the Chagrined Again Hunting Club, with the added highlight of a visit from ApplePie, with his wife and young son. They moved to Tennessee, and I miss having them around. They, on the other hand, do not miss this urbanized insanity.

Thanks, Chuck, for posting the pic of Dano and me at ATAR. Shining times, for sure! Why does everybody move far away from me?

Don't answer that.  :saywhat:  

So, one by one the tracks peeled off from the group, until only three led up onto the Knob. I named them, Spider Web, Rainbow Bob, and ReBob. Spider Web went left at the first saddle, Bob went up the trail, and ReBob sat and retied his shoe. I thought sure that one of them would go to the climbing stand that had hung up here all week, but no. Rainbow Bob went directly to where I had made my ground blind, and ReBob went on down toward the old plane wreck.

I sat overlooking a funnel at the second saddle. Squirrel tracks dotted the ground, but no deer tracks. I settled in. Some turkeys wound around behind me, trying their best not to disturb my hunt. One coughed politely, so as not to startle me. I got cold at noon, and had not seen a thing move. I got up to go to camp.

You ever sit, get fairly cold, and figure that you would move around and warm up? Sure. That's how it works. I got up, and started to move around. The cold from my extremities flooded into my body core, and I got colder. This can make the next twenty minutes or so a bummer. I warmed up, but it took some work.

I gotta go get ready to schlep more parcels tomorrow. G'night.
Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 13, 2007, 11:15:00 PM
Huh???   :confused:  Well we do wear hats that are(started out) alike - but I don't recall you wearing glasses when you shoot, Killie - LOL
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on December 13, 2007, 11:24:00 PM
wow!!!killie that sure looks cold out there. mind you better you than me getting cold i hate cold. did i say i hate cold you better belive it.  :campfire:    :campfire:    :campfire:    :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 14, 2007, 05:41:00 AM
Wow, Bernie!How did that picture change? All I did was put on my glasses and...

I gotta go to work. No more mushroom soup for me!
Killdeer

(Thanks, though, Chuck.  :o  )
  :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 14, 2007, 10:43:00 AM
HUMMMMM!! Bernie, you and I aren't the only ones getting old around here.  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 14, 2007, 01:48:00 PM
Oh, I see how this works...I tell her that her li'l delivery rig is cute and catch all kinds of scat...but you guys tell her she's blind stoned and senile and nuttin...  She even called me a conjugated liar or sumpmin like dat!
  :rolleyes:      :eek:      :knothead:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 14, 2007, 03:31:00 PM
Dave, Killie knows gettin after us is pretty much like beatin a dead horse.  ;)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bentpole on December 14, 2007, 07:35:00 PM
It's almost time for me to hit the hay. Killy is it story time yet?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 14, 2007, 08:43:00 PM
OK, I have brought a little more of Christmas to my 500-plus customers, picked up a little food, taken the dog to the park, proofed my personal mail and taken a shower. I should be doing something about Christmas and thank-you cards, but I am just lazy that way. Heck with them, you need your stories...  :campfire:  

So, I was headed down the jeep trail toward camp. Almost there, too. You know that snowy pic with the spruces and the meadow with the crick running through it? I was there again. If I absently refer to the beaver ponds anywhere, that meadow is where I mean, because it was a series of three or so ponds until a couple of years ago.

See? (This is Columbus Day, 2005)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/TG%20Uploads/Columbus%20Day%20Hunts/2005/Beaverponds2005600.jpg)

So, anyway, it was more like this, (this pic was taken later in the week by my buddy Duffy) and  something  about that spot is Karmic.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/2007Bowhunt2.jpg)

This has happened twice in that very spot:

It is snowy, and I am on my way back to camp. You can't see it in the pic, but there are two parallel trails there, one splits off just before the ponds, and runs about 50 yards below the trail that I am on, rejoining it up towards the junction of ridges just before the Knob. Hmm. That sounds complicated. You want me to rewrite it, or just nod, say 'm-hmm, and go on?

OK, I'll go on. There are berms thrown up on the path to keep most trucks off of the trail, which is closed to motorized traffic. Looking down from my trail to the lower trail, I see a hunter headed back from below the beaver ponds toward camp. Our paths will converge in 20 yards or so.
I step up to the top of the last berm, about to walk down it and continue the trail. The hunter below looks up over his left shoulder at me. I immediately lose traction and fall flat on my butt. I slide down the berm, all the while maintaining perfect control of my weapon. The slide seems to take forever, and really, it is fun. I am only concerned with weapons safety and minimizing the amount of snow being crammed up under my pants cuffs.

"HI!" I belt out, grinning broadly behind my "Mask of Death". He can't make out any identifying features, what with the mask, enough swaddling to make me appear much like Ralphie's little brother in "A Christmas Story", and my hair tucked down under my coat. He probably assumed me to be a middlin' size lad on his first hunt.

I wonder idly to myself how many more times I will repeat this awe-inspiring introduction to strangers on the trail. He is from the city about an hour and a half away, and he accepts my offer of coffee once we get to camp. I only brought one mug, he has none, but there is a slim chance that there is one under the passenger seat in my truck. He starts putting gear in his truck, and I head down the road to mine. I find the mug, call that info back his way and go heat water and get out the makings. He shows up a few minutes later, with a sawn-off soda can for a mug...he hadn't heard me over the sawing, I guess.

When somebody wants coffee bad enough to saw the top off of a soda can, I don't worry that he won't like what I brew up. And I will throw in a shot of whiskey for free.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 14, 2007, 10:38:00 PM
I have never heard a complaint about coffee offered in camp, especialy if a shot is included.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 15, 2007, 05:37:00 AM
Dead horses don't offer many complaints, period.
I gotta go deliver more parcels.  :rolleyes:  
Killdeer ~the mailma'am!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: olddogrib on December 15, 2007, 07:49:00 AM
Dang, Killie, I wished you hadn't used that analogy. I hate to say it, but you really do look like Ralphie's little brother.  I will never be able to watch "A Christmas Story" again without snickering through the whole thing!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: LAR43 on December 15, 2007, 01:33:00 PM
A great read! You oughta look into getting that published. . .

Thanks for taking me along.

Larry
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 15, 2007, 03:31:00 PM
Publish what? I feel like Seinfeld...it's a hunting story with no shooting, no killing...it's about nothing!

Ol' Dog Rib, y'all just go on. If I can provide free snickers for ye, then I have done some good in this world...Mr. Booger.  :D    :smileystooges:  

Killdeer  :biglaugh:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Whip on December 15, 2007, 03:45:00 PM
Nothing??  :confused:  What do you mean it's about nothing??   :confused:  

I thought it was about nature and weather and plants and animals and reading sign and weather and camping and how the woods changes over time and meomories and freinds and finding ones soul.  

Guess I must have been reading too much into it..  ;)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Billy on December 15, 2007, 04:02:00 PM
does anybody else see something missing in that last "beaver pond" pic? unless you're Ferret, there may be several somethings missing..
Thank you KIlly for an inspiring look at why we love what we do.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 15, 2007, 05:01:00 PM
Whip: Oh, THAT!    :rolleyes:        :bigsmyl:    


The young man had not hunted this spot for five years. He had heard about my killing a deer with a stone head. We talked muzzleloaders and archery, CWD and EHD, coyotes and Alberta. He was all excited, because he was going to Alberta next Thursday. We talked boots and monster bucks, taxidermy and hand warmers. His buddy came up into camp and talked with us a bit, then the two of them wandered off into their afternoon hunt. Never  did  exchange names, but he seemed a good-hearted fella.

That afternoon I stillhunted the Locust Spring run trail.Two sets of canine tracks ran alongside the trail. They didn't run hounds last night. Down near the intersection of Mac's Ridge and Turkey Ridge, something small and dark darted across the trail. Under the thick red pines, it managed to touch ground in the snowless patches, and left no tracks. I went a little way up the Shelter Ridge Seep, and there were still no signs of bucks. Last year it looked like a war zone, with torn up spruce saplings, uprooted laurel and scrapes steamy-wet.

Clark got in late that night. Sunday the skies cleared, it warmed a bit and the trees shed their snow. We had steak and corn on the cob, a real treat in camp. I hunted with the muzzleloader the next day, so I won't tell you anything about that. I came back to camp around noon, and ate ravioli out of a can, heated on the stove. I ate ravioli out of a can because I had no fresh deer liver to fry up with thick-sliced onions, kissed with a sacrificial offering of Port from the drinking stock once the onions had caramelized. I didn't have any fresh tenderloins, either, nor backstraps nor heart meat.

Ravioli out of a can tastes like dog food.

Clark came rolling down the road, he had gone to town and bought propane, local papers, and some food. The dog had the trots. I will not feed her that canned prescription stuff we get from the vet ever again. Happens every time. Lucky us, we were in camp, instead of up in the third floor apartment with the highway and leash laws playing a prominent role. Her internals calmed down, eventually, and all was well.

Clark and Spirit left in time to get home at around dark, and I trundled his clutter out of the way. Rolled up the dog's bed, packed her peripherals into her bag, and camp was once again mine all mine. Then I went out for a stillhunt, though it was a bit late.  I ended up sitting on the edge of the bowl of the Shelter Ridge, looking for the Doe Police. They were at a convention somewhere else. I sat at the base of a red oak and waited for dusk, and there I saw an old friend. What unexpected joy!

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Bonebuster on December 15, 2007, 07:03:00 PM
I hope nobody put the wrong label on your Ravioli, and you actually got dog food, and in turn that the missing dog food label, didn`t get
put on what was supposed to be your Ravioli. Cause
if thats what happened, thats why your dog got sick.

Or not.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 15, 2007, 08:21:00 PM
Nothing worse than the trots  "[dntthnk]"    :D  I feel for Spirit.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JDinPA on December 15, 2007, 08:40:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Killdeer:
[QB] Never hunted in Pennsylvania, well, not since that first ever hunt. Actually, it was just more of an opportunity than a hunt. I was six or seven, and lived in Levittown. I had found a railroad spike in our yard. A cottontail appeared in my vicinity. I heard this rhyme in my head:

"Bye Baby Bunting
Daddy's gone a-hunting
To fetch a little rabbit skin
To wrap Bye Baby Bunting in."

I heaved the spike at the bunny. In the back of my mind was the knowledge that I would be in a world of hurt if I actually connected and slew the rabbit. My mom was real handy with a hairbrush.

I deliberately missed. I didn't know how to turn a skin into furs anyway.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Levittown is a lot different now  :(


My first hunting experience went like this:
My mom and I were walking around the side of the house, hand in hand. I was probably 7 or so.
As we turned the side of the house, my Mom says "Look at the lovely little robin" with her heavy Irish brogue. I remember the exact words distinctly to this day. You see, I had a matchbox car in my right hand. As she was saying this I was in the process of hurling my matchbox projectile at the bird. The matchbox found it's mark, nearly capitating the lovely robin. Well, I'll never forget the look on my Mom's face as she watched the hunt unfold and to see what lurked in her little boys soul.

My Dad proceeded to call me "A murderer" when he got home from work. I'll never forget that either,   but I think he was a little proud but still had to tease a little.

I got my Dad back a few years ago at camp. I had taken his truck to do a little grouse hunting with the bow on a little ridge I like. I left to the phrase, "You're out of your mind taking a bow". Well, I walk in the door a few hours later with a grouse. He's saying, "I've never heard of anyone taking a bird with a bow". I replied, if I can take a robin with a matchbox...
After I ate my grouse breast sandwich, I let him know that the grouse fell to the Ford grill not the bow.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 16, 2007, 12:49:00 AM
I know I'm a little late, Killie (and Dano) - but I just figured you looked at the picture of Dano and me, with your good eye closed, and your other eye squinting through the fuzzy keyhole of another jolt of Irish coffee -    :D  


(She really isn't getting any younger, or less trail-worn, is she , Dano? Ahhhh , but we still love her anyway. Even if she did call our friend Doc a "constipated liar"    :saywhat:   Or was that a "reincarnated Friar"?)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 16, 2007, 05:36:00 AM
Did somebody say COFFEE????  :bigsmyl:    :coffee:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on December 16, 2007, 08:59:00 AM
ok, ok, i drink a lot of coffee myself but tick tock, tick tock........    :bigsmyl:          :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on December 16, 2007, 10:53:00 AM
:coffee:     :coffee:    :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 16, 2007, 11:00:00 AM
It would not be logical of me to be LOOKING for this fellow, he is one that you see, and then don't expect to see again. He's a real squirrel, of ordinary proportions, with ordinary gray hair, but his tail sets him apart from all the others.

Which website is this...oh yeah. OK, we're set.

I caught a flicker of movement, a slice of white in the darkening hollow. And there he was, a fella I had met two seasons ago while sitting at PeeWee. I had seen him again last year, in roughly this same place, or a hundred yards down the bowl, I forget.

He approached, head down, moving in jerky little starts with sidelong, wary glances, down the trunk of the big red oak. Safely to the bottom, he took a look around and deemed it secure. He scratched. The white tip of his fox tail flashed broadly as he turned and looked upward at his partner 30 feet above him. An extraordinarily ordinary gray squirrel peered over her limb, swung below it and started down to join her mate.

PeeWee, about 400 to 500 yards away, as the raven flies, is where I had first seen this rat, with his tail painted white for about 25% at its tip. PeeWee is a cluster of trees where I have sat and killed many deer. I was hoping to do that very thing when this collie-tailed squirrel showed up in 2005. I had wanted to kill him then, but I was deer hunting, and left him be. He was unusual, anyway, and I couldn't be sure that I wouldn't muff the shot, just to be safe from doing some unperceived wrong.

So, here he was again, at least two and a half years old, still happily married, and heading off for some groceries or housewares before it got too dark and the owls came out. I am glad now that I hadn't killed him, he has become a welcoming presence, a beacon, if you will, in this place. I  am  torn, though, each time I see him. Now I start to wonder, how long does a squirrel live? Will I see him next year? Or never again? If I never see him again, I will be wishing I had that tail to remember him by. Not that I will ever forget.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 16, 2007, 02:24:00 PM
That just warms the heart right there.  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on December 16, 2007, 03:52:00 PM
i agree with ya Kramer, now tell us a bit more Jerry!!!!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 16, 2007, 04:08:00 PM
Tuesday was wasted doing my wash and wax. I explained, as I sat in the coin-op with a local man, "I got people coming into camp...figured I otta shower." That got a chuckle, which is one of the things that make my day. He had twisted his ankle, so I helped him shift stuff from machine to machine. He bought me a slice of pumpkin pie, which made me the winner in that deal. Pumpkin is my favorite!

So, wet-haired, I returned to camp in the rain. It has been a cold camp so far, because of the burn ban because of the drought. West Virginia lifted their ban, what with the snow and all the rain, but Virginia is just plain stubborn. Or maybe we haven't gotten precip in some spots. I spent time in the cookshack in front of the pregnant lady, drying my hair and the bath towels. I also started a very good book, Edwin Way Teale's book on J. Henri Fabre's book on insects. Mostly dry, I zippered my way out of the cookshack and into the tent, lighted the lantern and read way into the night.

The next morning, it was still raining. About mid-morning it toned down into a foggy drizzle. Cool! I went to the truck and grabbed the K-Mag. The handle was white. Just moisture in the wax, but enough to make me rethink taking it for this day's hunt. Damn.

I unlimbered the Dakota, and shot a couple broadheads. No good. I adjusted the brace, tested different nocking points. Then it started to really rain again. Oy. While it rained, I tied on the nocking points. The rain let up, and I tried the bow again, and it shaped up nicely. Good to go!

I went up the logging skid to the Shelter Ridge to stillhunt. The rain had let up but the fog was really thick. Other than some beans, there was no sign of deer here. They must be eating a lot of  leaves, for there are almost NO places that they have pawed. What pawings there are are very small, like a half-hearted dig in passing. No rubs, no scrapes.

This was SO wrong. This ridge used to get well-used by this time of year. Not now. I was very surprised at the lack of rubs, though they have been declining slowly and steadily over the years. But none?

Most of the beans were over at the Squirrel Cage, a place that I have never figured a strategy for. It is the junction of the shelter ridge and a saddle ridge that runs to Buck Knob. The wind is the squirreliest thing about the Cage. While I was there, I fell prey to the beauty of the spot, and my bow, and took pictures.  :)  

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5053Dakota.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5056DakotaTurkeytails.jpg)

The witch hazel was blooming gaily along the ridgetop. I always feel lucky when I see that. Often, I hang scent rags in it, letting the breezes carry the scent of attractive does down the hillside to passing bucks.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5064WitchHazel-1.jpg)

Rain came and went, came and went. I meandered down to Clyde's Point, where I took my first deer in 1988. Clyde, a year and a half old buck, had spikes a half inch long. I looked and looked, I thought he had a leaf stuck on his head. No, there was a matching leaf on the other side, so I shot him. Only deer I ever shot out of a tree stand. These are the trees, and boards from the stand are in between their trunks at the base. More of them are still up where they were.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5063ClydesPoint-1.jpg)

Pictures were all I harvested that day, lovely as it was. Perhaps it was because of a certain entity, skulking about in the shadows. I would look around and see nothing, but I knew it was there. Finally, I set my eyes on wide angle and spun around. There it was, behind me, frozen stock still, trying to remain unseen. Its camouflage was nearly perfect. Taking advantage of its trust in camo and no movement, I snapped a quick pic before it vanished.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_LogGoblin.jpg)

I decided to go back to camp.
Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: adkmountainken on December 16, 2007, 04:27:00 PM
holy cow i thought Jabba the hut was only alive in the Star Wars movie but there he is in your woods!
 You have a way with the camera as you do with the pen, what a great thread!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 17, 2007, 07:33:00 PM
OK, I have my favorite beverage, and a can of mixed nuts, carry on!!  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bentpole on December 17, 2007, 07:57:00 PM
OK let me ask ... Killy what are the specs on that pretty Dakota of yours?
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: pine nut on December 17, 2007, 08:11:00 PM
Pretty bow and that shot with the fungi was great!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Tique on December 17, 2007, 09:30:00 PM
Ms. Killdeer, you are truly The Greatest! Everyday I look forward to reading the latest chapter of "Killdeer In The Wood". Like Dano said, please carry on.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 18, 2007, 05:29:00 AM
Tom, the bow is 45#@28", but I only pull 26.5 or 27". It is 58" long. Taking it into the woods makes me feel like this!

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/2007Spirit.jpg)

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 18, 2007, 07:47:00 AM
Love, "The Spirit of Spirit", Killie    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: NEW GUY on December 19, 2007, 03:31:00 PM
Just lettin you know I'm still checkin in.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 19, 2007, 04:01:00 PM
Thanks! I've been running full-out, and not getting any of MY stuff done. Spent from 5:30 to 7:50 at the Fedex place waiting for my carrier to get back in from his route so I could pick up the parcels. It was my Christmas present from my dear husband, who was farking around on the computer when I got home.

Ooooh.  :mad:  
Killdeer~got more pics, but very little time.  :(
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 19, 2007, 07:24:00 PM
"farking" ??? couldn't find that one in the dictionary  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: ber643 on December 19, 2007, 08:57:00 PM
Wrong dictionary, Dano -   :D
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Killdeer on December 19, 2007, 09:45:00 PM
farking: to fark, in the act of farkulation, farkulatory, farkulation station (n., computer), bifarkated, infarct...no, that's a whole 'nother thing.
Got it, Dano?

So, I came on in to camp, went down the road and called Clark. Duffy would be in tomorrow, the 15th, a Thursday. This was good, Thursday being the regular day for the weekly meeting of the Chagrined Again Hunting Club. Also, our long lost and greatly missed member, ApplePie was supposed to show up as well.

Back at camp, I slogged across the squishy ground and dripped my way into the tent. Lighting a lantern and getting the heater going began the change from cold, clammy and damp to dry and cheerful. I started shedding layers, finally getting my boots off and wet socks replaced with shearling slippers. Ahhhhh. I started to lay the socks over the little web thingie at the top of the tent where I dry such things, but felt something cold clammy and heavy on the back of my hand, where I should be feeling only warm air. A bubble of roof was pressing down into the little space that should be empty, and it was full of water. I ran my fist up into it, an the water ran down the walls outside. Looking around, it was plain damp in there, with some streaking on the walls. The mattress, which gets the bedroll rolled from it every morning, was still damp from last night's condensation.

I lit another lantern, opened all the vents, and cranked the heater up to its second (and last) notch. I sat on the floor and read Teale's book late into the night, until the tent was dry and the mattress ready for the wool blanket and then the sleeping bag, my beloved sheepskins and a weary me. The wind was picking up, and change was in the air.

Killdeer
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: LC on December 19, 2007, 10:36:00 PM
Been working 12 hour days here lately, just checking my fav sites before flying up to roost and had to check this thread JUST to see if Killy had posted.  Head under wing and calling it a good day! Thanks!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on December 19, 2007, 10:39:00 PM
wow this is getting good killie keep it comming.  :campfire:    :campfire:    :coffee:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 20, 2007, 08:24:00 AM
Getting good, Jeff?   :rolleyes:    :D  

This li'l gal got more spunk that 90% of the guys I try to hunt with...! They'd never do this, and they sure don't have the poet's soul and artists' eye that Killy does...

Thanks, Gal. This is a neat way to head into christmas...feel like every post from ya is another present under the tree to unwrap!
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Talondale on December 20, 2007, 08:51:00 AM
Quote
Originally posted by Dano:
"farking" ??? couldn't find that one in the dictionary   :rolleyes:  
Perhaps she meant   farding (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fard) ?  Maybe she was getting all gussied up for Clark's visit?   ;)
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 20, 2007, 09:52:00 AM
I think your right Chuck  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Doc Nock on December 20, 2007, 11:20:00 AM
Oh, here we go...   :rolleyes:    :D    :saywhat:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 20, 2007, 11:58:00 AM
How's it go Dave???


DUCK!!!!   :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bentpole on December 20, 2007, 03:30:00 PM
Killy your bow would be 42#s for me. SWEET! Gotta get down to that Baltimore Shoot. Ok carry on....
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: el cazador on December 20, 2007, 06:10:00 PM
Wow!  I just caught up on this one, I was about 5 pages behind.  Great story telling Ma'am, I'm loving every bit of it.  You're analogy using the pic of Spirit to describe how you feel carrying your Dakota was great.  I can't wait for more (but I will ifn I hafta!).
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: bowdude on December 20, 2007, 06:51:00 PM
Hey Killy and others, especially and doctors.  Just read that part where you mentioned you were so cold when you started moving you got colder.  I was always taught that when you get to that point (you had a good shiver session for a while then unexpectedly warm up) you are stressing your body greatly.  Getting up and moving aggressively to try and warm up can finish you off.  Any docs here chime in and verify or old wives tale???
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Steve Crowl on December 20, 2007, 08:53:00 PM
Pic's are awesome ... make some great backgrounds!!

Thanks
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Post by: Terry Green on December 20, 2007, 08:58:00 PM
Thanks for sharing all the stories and great pics.   :clapper:
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Post by: Killdeer on December 20, 2007, 09:55:00 PM
It changed.
Teale's book on Fabre led me deep into the night, while the wind picked up its skirts and began its fierce charge on the highlands. It changed the rain to snow in the wee hours, and come morning it is still blowing with powerful gusts, and snowing lightly. It builds upon the fly and sloughs off with a sigh as the tent warms or gravity takes its natural tithe.

I am not hunting in it. Three trucks arrive at roughly 9:30, which proves me to be a sloth. Meanwhile, after trading liquids and munching some supremely junky food, I dry the mattress and continue my book. I wish the book went on forever. Yes, miniscule mores and habits of European insects are the focus. Interspersed, however, are glimpses of rustic life in a time gone by (Fabre was born in 1823 and died in 1915), philosophical observations that are timeless, details that are uncanny in their depth, and new words and Latin phrases to learn the meanings of.

Another truck at 9:55. It's Duffy.

More water on top of the tent. I reassess. I believe it is on top of the fly, in the triangular space between the three main frame poles. I pushed it off. Duffy is perusing likely spots to park his tin can.

He sets up his metal door wedge (he has an Aliner) and I wander up. Hey! Techno-Man!

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We went for a walk around the beaver ponds, lovely in the snow. That's where the pic of me and the Dakota in front of the snowy meadow was taken. It started snowing pretty good while we were out.
Here is Duffy behind the ponds.

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When we got back, Bart had arrived and set his tent up. We sat up and talked for a bit, but the two travellers had had a busy day, Duffy's trip was about four hours, and Bart's was twice that. We turned in and slept like rocks.

Killdeer
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Post by: Killdeer on December 20, 2007, 09:59:00 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Killdeer/Hunting%20and%20Camp/2007%20November%20Hunt/Img_5079Nov21SnowCamp.jpg)

Killdeer
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Post by: allanburden on December 21, 2007, 12:51:00 AM
This is absolutely great.  Thank you again killdeer for sharing with all of us.  I wish some of that white stuff would find it's way down south once in a while...
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Post by: Doc Nock on December 21, 2007, 09:16:00 AM
I've not had this much fun nor remained this warm winter campin in my whole life! All the good, noneoftha bad! Whooie!
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Post by: Killdeer on December 21, 2007, 06:30:00 PM
Careful, Doc, or I will drag you out of that overinsulated office by your ears! You prolly got nice nails, dry socks, time for lunch and  everything !

Bart got out early to hunt. He is losing his voice, which reminds me that last year he managed to gift me with his son's cold. I carefully check myself for changes in snot production over the course of the next week and a half. I went up to my Ray Charles trail, as it seemed the place to go. The snow had finally stopped, and a set of tracks had recently gone through the site, about 30 yards uphill. I decided to take down the flagging I had used. Gun season was coming, and there was no good to be had in leaving it up.

More tracks, lots of them underneath the flagging tape. Drat. I never saw a deer, but in the back of my head I was concocting a cockamamie plan for "baiting" a site with yards of fluorescent orangey-pink tape. It got dark and I came in. Bart had made a backstrap stew, and we toasted a hearty bread to go with it, using the pregnant lady. We ate like kings.

Killdeer
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Post by: Dano on December 21, 2007, 09:34:00 PM
Life is good, when she's pickin on you Doc.  :bigsmyl:
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Post by: Killdeer on December 23, 2007, 06:49:00 PM
The best thing to happen, besides Bart using his considerable skill in the kitchen, was the lifting of the burn ban. West Virginia had lifted theirs about a week ago, but not Virginia. I could walk up the road a hundred yards and legally roast my boots, but not here.

Saturday rolled around, the gun season started, and Clark came up for the weekend. He said the burn ban was lifted. He even brought a newspaper article as proof! At last, we were free to have a fire, and so on Sunday morning we did.

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Mockingbird lit it off with the rising of the sun, melting away the snow that had shrouded the rock ring. Our camp now had a fiery heart at its center, and spirits rose with the fragrant smoke. Bart and Duffy rode off to call their wives and wash up. They returned a few hours later, wet behind the ears and bearing more firewood. I allowed as how they could stay 'till the wood ran low again.

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Killdeer  :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: Dano on December 26, 2007, 07:21:00 PM
It just ain't campin' if ya can't have a toastie campfire, BTW it looks like your left foot is on fire  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Rod Jenkins on December 26, 2007, 09:31:00 PM
Killy, thanks for taking the time to post! I have throughly enjoyed reading and seeing pics of you adventure.
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Post by: Killdeer on December 26, 2007, 10:13:00 PM
There's only a little bit more...you know, once the gun season opened, I stopped writing in my journal. Duffy and Bart left that Tuesday (or did Duffy leave Monday?) and the camp was mine again. Clark stayed home that week to be near his mom. She is in a nursing home, waiting for God. I busied myself packing up what I could pack up, and taking my rifle out for a walk occasionally. I need meat.
I read a book that Duffy lent me, and wondered about all the people who didn't show up this year. The old codgers from Ohio, one of whom owns the Imperial Sizing Die Wax Company, Quigley, who helped me drag my first deer, Shawn, who along with Pete helped me drag my first muzzleloader buck, Mac, for whom I call a ridge, and a myriad of others, whose steps echo faintly along with those of Gertie Gum, who would walk with her sister ten miles to come up here berrying ("Those berries were mighty precious by the time we got home!"), the CCC, the longhunters, the Shawnee, Cherokee, Seneca, and a hundred other forgotten peoples' along the trails.

I burned wood and smoked my clothing, that I might smell it months later and enter this world again. I left bits of burning tobacco, morning and night, for those who were not visible, but might like to smoke. I shot my longbow at the target, then wiped it down and packed it away. The various MTM dryboxes, the Bow kit, the Muzzleloading kit, the Rifle kit, the What Is It kit (Box of Audubon and Peterson's guide books, film cans for samples, and portable miroscope)all got organized and put in the truck. The tent, cluttered with odds and ends, opened up, revealing condensation on the walls behind where the piles were, where the air could not circulate.

How in the world could there be so much stuff in a simple camp? Ain't nothin' simple, Sir. I continued packing my hunt away,packing my time away, bundling it up to throw over my shoulder as I prepared to leave this sacred place, as so many had done before me. And many will do after I am gone.

Killdeer
My, it's late. I just couldn't resist the fire.  :campfire:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: JEFF B on December 26, 2007, 10:36:00 PM
way cool killie.you tell a mean story  :thumbsup:  like i was there or something like that.  :biglaugh:  hear any wolves?
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Post by: Doc Nock on December 27, 2007, 09:11:00 AM
Dano, I feel loved when Killy gets her ire up and focused on my hide.

Killy, Yup... I be settled in with dry socks, in an insulated office, but one I had to build myself when I started working here. The weld shop is cold and pure misery so I make several sojourns to the floor daily to keep humble.

My nails, however, are not, nor ever will be nice, done or any of that fuoh-fouh stuff. Li'l grit under the nails balances the dry socks.

I had to smile reading your line about "simple camp" and think'n of all the drivel I drag to B'more... but it serves well to be prepared, eh?

 :)  Peace. Thanks for the sharing the trail with us, gal.

btw, did Clark start that fire with his flint/steel?
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Post by: ber643 on December 27, 2007, 10:09:00 AM
I can't imagine that he didn't - unless he forgot to bring it - and since he was bringing the news of the burn ban lifting, I can't imagine he would forget his flint and steel. Although he does have his mother on his mind, I'm sure. the best to all three of you, Killie; thanks for the yarn spinning, the pics, and watching out for the invisibles, and may Clark's Mom go peacfully, when her time comes.
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Post by: Aeronut on December 27, 2007, 10:33:00 AM
Thanks Killy, that was a great trip.   :clapper:

Dennis
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Post by: CheapShot on December 27, 2007, 12:58:00 PM
Thanks for taking us along. I enjoy the honest, heartfelt way you tell a story. I think we have all shared some of those feelings in our own special places.
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Post by: doctari on December 27, 2007, 06:03:00 PM
Thank you Killy, I really enjoyed the Hunt. Many warm kindered spirit's to ya. Mark
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Post by: bentpole on December 27, 2007, 07:26:00 PM
Killy I enjoyed that.Thank you.
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Post by: BigRonHuntAlot on December 27, 2007, 07:45:00 PM
:bigsmyl:    :notworthy:
Title: Re: Killdeer in the Wood
Post by: **DONOTDELETE** on December 27, 2007, 09:44:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by olddogrib:
Killie can even write with a proper Southern drawl when she has to.  Sorta reminds me a summa JSOG's fine rhetoric. Whatever happened to that gentleman?
I've seen him on another site quite a bit...dad burn tough to sort out all that southern slang, and hill-billy hick-ups...if you ask me....i supose you have to be there....

Great Story Killy!....i've missed your humor and writting style...... but i've eased back in around the campfire again.....Kirk
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Post by: Raineman on December 31, 2007, 11:16:00 AM
Thanks Killdeer.

All my best to Mockingbird and his Mom.(you too  ;)
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Post by: Killdeer on December 31, 2007, 03:51:00 PM
I will show Clark your post, Raineman. You stoppin' by at B'more again this May?

Killdeer
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Post by: Billy on December 31, 2007, 04:18:00 PM
Killie, don't know 'at I can say better'n 'em wat knos ya..
but Thanks!
May it be in restful sleep that Mockingbird's mother moves on to a higher place.
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Post by: Flinttim on January 01, 2008, 12:40:00 PM
I don't get here as often as I should or can anymore but do check in now and again. I stumbled upon this thread and all I can say is "Wow". Great writing Killy ! As in most years I had the best intention of getting out in the deer woods with my bow(s) but as is often the case, life gets in the way of living. By the time M/loader season here in IN came around I was not quite as busy earning a living and was able to take a young buck with my .54 flintlock.Once you have one safely in the freezer you can spend more time out just wandering and enjoying it all. Still have till this next Sunday for archery season here so hope to make one trip out with the bow.
 BTW, I think I have the same style of wool pants you all were discussing. Bought mine from Sportsmen's Guide several yrs ago. I think mine were German or Swiss, can't remember. Love 'em ! I think mine have a sort of vinyl lining in the legs. How about your's ? I have to wear suspenders with mine. Time I load them up and make them heavy, a belt just won't suffice. (no butt syndrome).
 Maybe I did not get to bow hunt this year much if any but your narrative made me feel like in some sort or fashion that I did make it out. Thanks Killy. Tim