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State Trad Bowhunting Orgs => VIRGINIA - Traditional Bowhunters of Virginia => Topic started by: threeunder on March 09, 2013, 10:00:00 PM

Title: Tradgangers Hunt of the Virginias.. CANCELLED!!!! see pg8
Post by: threeunder on March 09, 2013, 10:00:00 PM
Okay. Let's do this!

What: Tradgangers Hunt of the Virginias
Where: Stoney Creek section of Giles County, VA (White Rock campground area
When: Oct. 17-20, 2013
Virginia critters in season should be Whitetails, turkeys, bear, and squirrels
I will have to Clarify the WV critters in season.

Note to non residents of Virginia.....there is no Sunday hunting in Virginia.

Trad bows only and camping (I will try to find the closest motel and post it for anyone who would rather not sleep under the stars). Also will make a run out there in a few weeks and try to take some pictures and find the closest store for food, drinks, etc.

This is on National Forest.

Let me know if you can make it and I'll add you to the lst.

OFFICIAL ROLL CALL:
Ken Adkins (threeunder)
Mark Stella
Kingsnake
Machias
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Post by: Nathan Killen on March 11, 2013, 08:36:00 PM
Yes ! Ive alway wanted to do a 3 day survival bowhunt ! I do think a annual trad bowhunt in our area would be fun. You could count me in Ken !
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Post by: Nathan Killen on March 11, 2013, 08:39:00 PM
Yes ! Ive alway wanted to do a 3 day survival bowhunt ! I do think a annual trad bowhunt in our area would be fun. You could count me in Ken !
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Post by: Nathan Killen on March 11, 2013, 08:40:00 PM
Sorry for the double post ! Dang computer !
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Post by: threeunder on March 12, 2013, 05:44:00 PM
Great Nathan!

Hopefully some others will see this and be interested too.

Any ideas about location?
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Post by: rbcorbitt on March 12, 2013, 06:06:00 PM
I'd be interested!  Lot's of good hunting land in the National Forest in Craig County.  Also some good hunting opportunities in Bath County.  It would be neat to do in conjunction with a fun shoot.
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Post by: threeunder on March 12, 2013, 06:14:00 PM
Bob,
I was thinking about Bath Co., crawfish area of Wythe Co., or Potts Mtn area of Craig Co.
I know Bath decently, and Crawfish (but it's been years).....Craig Co, well, as long as someone points me in a direction...lol
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Post by: Kingsnake on March 12, 2013, 07:48:00 PM
Sounds great! Also happy to see this Virginia forum.  Been spending most of my time on Pow Wow.

Kingsnake
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Post by: Marc B. on March 12, 2013, 08:34:00 PM
I would be interested. I'm not really familiar with those areas but all are close.
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Post by: Nathan Killen on March 12, 2013, 08:56:00 PM
I'm pretty much game for anywhere. I spend most of my time in Russell,Smyth and washington when I'm not in Ohio or Wv. Mt Rogers is a beautiful area to hunt also !
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Post by: Marc B. on March 12, 2013, 10:10:00 PM
I grew up hunting just down the ridge from Mt Rogers on Iron Mountain. We really need elk up there, it is great country.
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Post by: Nathan Killen on March 13, 2013, 12:20:00 PM
Mark, im currently on some good bucks on Iron mtn, Id like to talk to you !
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Post by: LittleBen on March 13, 2013, 01:19:00 PM
I'm very interested in this also. I'd consider whatever type of hunt you guys are interested in. I'm in Alexandria, so it's a bit of a drive for me but I'm up for it regardless. I'm flexible with work so Thursday-Sunday is cool.

Keep us posted ... I'm not familiar with those areas so I won't be of much help in planning unfortunately.

While we're talking about hunts, maybe lets talk turkey as well? Any interest in Toms also?
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Post by: Marc B. on March 13, 2013, 04:45:00 PM
Nathan a PM is inbound
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Post by: mdwatts on March 14, 2013, 07:52:00 AM
I'd be for it as well.
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Post by: threeunder on March 14, 2013, 10:26:00 PM
Okay....Looks like a lot of people, initially, are interested.

There's also some interest from some guys in West Virginia.

So maybe a Tradgang gathering of the two Virginia's.

A place that has been suggested is the Stoney Creek section of Giles County.  Would allow guys with a WV license to hunt WV side and guys with a VA license to hunt VA side.  It is all National Forest.

I was thinking about Oct. 17-20 (or whenever you could make it).

Thoughts anyone?
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Post by: Marc B. on March 15, 2013, 06:12:00 AM
White Rocks campground? The dates line up perfect for me.
Title: Re: Tradgangers Hunt of the Virginias.. CANCELLED!!!! see pg8
Post by: threeunder on March 15, 2013, 08:57:00 AM
Sorry Marc....I'm not familiar with it yet.  May try to take a ride out there this spring.

If anyone wants to tag along, shoot me a PM.

Ken
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Post by: threeunder on March 15, 2013, 09:11:00 AM
Just took a look at it on Google Maps Marc.  It appears that you are correct.
It would be around the White Rock area.
Ken
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Post by: Marc B. on March 15, 2013, 10:35:00 AM
Ken,
I'd be happy to make a run up there with you this spring. Stoney creek offers good trout fishing too.

The campground is a forest service one.
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Post by: threeunder on March 15, 2013, 01:40:00 PM
Great!
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Post by: always89s boy on March 15, 2013, 06:13:00 PM
Id be interested, buckingham state forest is a good huntery, plenty of space for camping and good populations of squirrel, turkey, deer and bear
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Post by: Kingsnake on March 15, 2013, 10:34:00 PM
Sounds good to me!  It would be great to get away from  Northern VA for a few days...
  :campfire:

Kingsnake
Title: Re: Tradgangers Hunt of the Virginias.. CANCELLED!!!! see pg8
Post by: threeunder on March 15, 2013, 11:06:00 PM
Okay.  Let's do this!

What:  Tradgangers Hunt of the Virginias
Where:  Stoney Creek section of Giles County, VA (White Rock campground area
When:  Oct. 17-20, 2013
Virginia critters in season should be Whitetails, turkeys, bear, and squirrels
I will have to Clarify the WV critters in season.

Note to non residents of Virginia.....there is no Sunday hunting in Virginia.

Trad bows only and camping (I will try to find the closest motel and post it for anyone who would rather not sleep under the stars).  Also will make a run out there in a few weeks and try to take some pictures and find the closest store for food, drinks, etc.

This is on National Forest.

I'll copy this post to the first one and start an attendee list.

Let me know if you can make it and I'll add you to the lst.


Attending:
Ken Adkins (threeunder)
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Post by: Marc B. on March 16, 2013, 07:34:00 AM
I'm in. Ken when you get ready to check it out I would be happy to ride up there with you.
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Post by: michaelschwister on March 18, 2013, 09:13:00 PM
My wife and I are interested.  I am from NW VA in Rockingham county.
Title: Re: Tradgangers Hunt of the Virginias.. CANCELLED!!!! see pg8
Post by: Nathan Killen on March 18, 2013, 09:17:00 PM
Sounds great and I'm somewhat familiar with the stoney creek section of Giles co.
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Post by: chadt1 on April 07, 2013, 11:31:00 PM
This sounds like it would be alot of fun as of right now count me in. I think it would be great to meet some of the guys on this site from Virginia.
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Post by: rbcorbitt on April 09, 2013, 06:24:00 AM
Ken,

Let me know when you and Marc are going to check out the area.  I'd like to tag along if schedule allows.

Thanks!

Bob
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Post by: mark stella on May 14, 2013, 11:18:00 AM
Ken, I am somewhat familier with that area. I am only an hour drive from Whiterocks. The closest place for supplies and lodging would be Pearisburg Va. While at the camp ground it would be the store in Paintbank at the end of Rt. 600 and Rt 311. They serve great buffalo burgers too.
I never hunted on the Va. side but have on the Wv side. I can help any members that wish to hunt the wv part of the national forest. Take a look at Potts Creek Outfitters (website) hint hint.. There is a large tract of wv and va national forest that runs right behind their large farm. There is also areas to hunt on Potts Mountain and Peters Mountain.
As Ken mentioned, there is good trout fishing and lets not forget some smallmouth fishing on the New River.
This has the makings of a great outing and yearly event.
Anyone needing help or info, just shoot me a PM here on this site. Game regulations and seasons for WV can be viewed at  www.wvdnr.gov (http://www.wvdnr.gov)
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Post by: threeunder on May 14, 2013, 05:54:00 PM
Thanks Mark!

I'm going to try to head over one Saturday just to look around.  I know some of the Virginia guys are wanting to come along.

I'll shoot you a PM or text.  Maybe you (and anyone else) could come over and we could all meet up just to look around a bit.

Ken
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Post by: mark stella on May 15, 2013, 03:09:00 PM
Sounds good to me.
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Post by: threeunder on May 22, 2013, 09:18:00 PM
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Post by: Machias on June 15, 2013, 11:17:00 AM
If you still have room, I'd LOVE to join in.
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Post by: mark stella on June 16, 2013, 02:40:00 AM
Ken, you figured out a date yet??
Been working some midnight shifts and been out of the loop. Let me know.
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Post by: threeunder on June 19, 2013, 11:59:00 PM
Looking like Oct 17-20.

I've still not made it up to look at the area.  Looking at maybe July 13.
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Post by: canopyboy on June 20, 2013, 10:10:00 AM
Putting it on my calendar, although haven't got permission from the boss yet.  Sounds fun.  Maybe Kingsnake and LittleBen and I can carpool...
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Post by: mark stella on June 27, 2013, 12:05:00 PM
Just wrote the dates down on my calendar.
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Post by: threeunder on June 28, 2013, 08:37:00 PM
I'm going to head up to the area on Saturday, July 13.  If anyone wants to go and just look around a bit let me know.
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Post by: Kingsnake on July 17, 2013, 09:54:00 PM
Sorry for my delay in checking back on this page.  Not sure if I missed a scouting trip or not, but I am still very interested in getting together to hunt in October!

Kingsnake
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Post by: mark stella on July 19, 2013, 01:37:00 PM
Doug, Ken had something come up and had to pospone it to another date.
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Post by: Kingsnake on July 23, 2013, 07:29:00 PM
OK...I now have confirmed I can take off on the hunt dates.  I'm in!

Kingsnake
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Post by: threeunder on July 27, 2013, 04:12:00 PM
Great!  This is gonna be a good'n!
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Post by: mark stella on July 29, 2013, 10:49:00 PM
Fellows, I'm off this week on vacation. The wife will be out of town this weekend. Thinking of heading down to Stoney Creek just to get out and plunder around. If it all works out, I will take some pics of the campground and surrounding area (Va. side and  Wv side).  Hope this may get ya fired up.
If anyone has any requests, shoot me an email.
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Post by: Kingsnake on July 31, 2013, 08:02:00 PM
Thanks, Mark.  I don't know that I can make it down there before the hunt, but I have been checking out the topo maps of the area online.  I'd like to have a good topo map of the area an may end up printing several screen shots and taping them together.

Please let me know if there are any decent logging trails for covering large section of ground quickly. Any pics of terrain greatly appreciated.

Doug
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Post by: threeunder on July 31, 2013, 09:00:00 PM
Mark,
I'm still hoping to get down there and look, but, in case I don't, a few pics of the campground would be greatly appreciated,
Right now, it is looking like, I won't be able to make it to scout until mid September.  But, at least it would be squirrel season then!  LOL
ken
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Post by: mark stella on August 01, 2013, 11:18:00 PM
Doug. Will do. The Appalachian trail runs through that area real close. Top of the mountain up from the camp ground.
If I was to hunt the Va. side I would think seriously about looking at the topos real close. Drive to the top of the mountain, hike out the AT due north, and drop off toward camp and hunt my way back down off the mountain. Somebody can take ya back up to get vehicle that night. Never hunted that side but been through there several times.
Ken. No problem. I will try and get some landmarks for other people so they can get on google earth and check it out. I know there are numerous logging road beds that are gated off. On the way up the main road. There is plenty of room to spread out in that valley.
Wv. Guys will have to drive up the valley several miles to get back in Wv. For the wv hunters. Check out trout run road, crowder rd. and there is another one that runs due west near the Waitesville old post office. Can't remember its name. Takes you back over Peters Mountain. Plenty of National Forest there too.
I will get as much intel as I can. I know the wv side better for obvious reasons.
If nothing happens, I'm planning on Saturday.  
I will pm or email one of you and forward pics.
Never been much for posting pics on this site. Got sick of fighting photo bucket and such.
Take care and stay tuned.
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Post by: mark stella on August 01, 2013, 11:20:00 PM
Oh yea. You might get some pics of some Buffalo. Lol.
No joke !!!
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 02, 2013, 04:53:00 AM
Great info, Mark!  I really appreciate you being our advance scout!    :thumbsup:  

Getting excited about my first REAL trad hunt.  Since my trad transition, all of my hunts have still been around my wheelie and gun buddies.  A trad camp will be fun.

   :campfire:  

Kingsnake
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 02, 2013, 05:16:00 AM
Mark-  One question on the roads....Where I used to hunt in the GW National Forest up near Zepp, VA, the roads up the mountain are all pretty much closed to vehicle traffic until muzzleloader/gun season.  It's been a while since I hunted there, be we could only use foot travel to get uphill during archery.  Are the rules not the same, or is it possible I was just hitting the woods on some strange fire restriction days or something like that?

Thanks!

Kingsnake
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Post by: mark stella on August 03, 2013, 04:46:00 PM
Ok fellows. I just walked back in the door from the recon mission. I am far from a photographer but I did my best with my iPhone. If someone will provide their email and post the pics I think a lot of people will be happy. After the pics are posted I will go into detail of my adventure today.
Without searching. My email is markstella@hotmail.com
Lets get these pics posted.
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 03, 2013, 05:43:00 PM
e-mail sent...
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Post by: mark stella on August 03, 2013, 07:21:00 PM
FYI.  It's exactly 52 miles from my driveway to the entrance of Whiterocks campground. Snake is working on the pics.
There should be deer to be had!!! Details forthcoming.
 :) )
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 03, 2013, 07:59:00 PM
OK, Guys....Here's my crack at posting Mark's White Rocks Scouting pics....


"Stella's_White_Rocks_Scouting"/

Kingsnake
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 03, 2013, 08:01:00 PM
swing.....and a miss....I'll try again.

 http://s1244.photobucket.com/user/Doug_Simon/story/26869

Kingsnake
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 03, 2013, 08:10:00 PM
OK...so they are uploaded as a photobucket "story," but it doesn't appear that we can enlarge pics from story mode.  Let me see what I can do.
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 03, 2013, 08:17:00 PM
http://s1244.photobucket.com/user/Doug_Simon/library/

OK...Here's a link to the album, but no captions.  Check previous link for general pics an captions, then come here for what you want to see enlarged.

Kingsnake
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 03, 2013, 08:23:00 PM
Second link puts you right into my entire photobucket library (which was really only 4-5 pics before adding Mark's stuff.....
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Post by: Machias on August 04, 2013, 03:41:00 PM
Great photos!  Thanks for taking them and thanks for posting them.  I'm heading down next weekend for two or three days of scouting.  I'll be scouting the VA side if anyone wants me to check out any particular areas, please let me know.  I'll also take some photos and post them as soon as I get back.  Thanks again for the photos!
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Post by: threeunder on August 04, 2013, 09:34:00 PM
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Post by: threeunder on August 04, 2013, 09:38:00 PM
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Post by: threeunder on August 04, 2013, 09:39:00 PM
Great pics Mark!

Thanks!

Kingsnake....gonna send you a PM
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Post by: mark stella on August 04, 2013, 11:15:00 PM
Your welcome sir. Thanks for posting pics.
Well I will go into some details.
I started Saturday pretty late. The previous day, I floated the greenbrier river for smallies in my kayak. Farely long float, that wore me out. I mustered up some energy, loaded the old car up and headed to Stoney Creek/ Whiterock area.
I pulled of Rt 460 to head up the valley and noticed the sign that said closed due to well repair. I continued on to the camp ground to find the gate locked and signs saying closed. While at that location a little SUV pulled up with an older gentleman on same. We struck up a conversation and he said he was a bear hunter. We started joking around and found we new mutual people. I guess he was feeling me out. I apparently gained his trust and he said he was retired and lived just down the road next to the creek. This fellow was 71 years old and looked 45. I'm sure he still could hold his own.
Anyway, I told him about the TG hunt and he started spewing info about the deer.  He suggested Cherokee flats (check your maps) down in the lower valley prior to turning off to the camp ground. He further advised that he had been seeing deer just about everywhere while he took his evening drives. We parted ways and exchanged some info.
I almost hiked up to the camp ground but decided I would have to explain myself to the ranger if I was up there plundering around with what ever equipment they had for repairs.
I started driving up the mountain and observed numerous trails coming off the banks. There is also a clear cut area not far from the camp with a lot of new growth ( see pics). That looked like a prime area. About halfway up the forest road that leads to the AT, there is a real sharp turn ( switch back). In this turn there is a fire break trail that leads out the mountain (see pic of trail with two large boulders on each side. I walked out the trail to some nice looking woods. Hint. Now this is not flat land so bring some good broke in boots.
I finally made it to the top where the AT crosses over. The old bear hunter said it was good hunting up there off the finger ridges.
I drove back down and checked out some of the lower gated access roads. They are right of the main road. It looked like it was lightly used. No garbage or tell tell signs of high usage.
The wv line is only up the road about 1.5 miles as you enter Potts Creek area. There is a rail to trail access there. Appears no one had been there in awhile. I found quite a bit of sign there. Damp areas with tons of tracks. That's probably an area I will check out more. I then drove on up the valley to Waiteville. Most of the land is private in the valley but the NF is on the mountains above it. I drove on up past Potts Creek Outfitters with hopes of getting a few pics of their domestic buffalo herd. These are "market" buffalo for their meat. No pics had. They were all in the upper fields away from the road.
I turned around and headed back out the valley.
I was there during the middle of the afternoon. I only got the pic of one deer. I did see sign without going to far. I have no doubt that deer are there and some deer will be hanging on the meat pole. We just got to do our homework and look for pinch points, Benches, and ridges leading to bedding areas.
I really don't think we need to look to far from camp.
If anyone has any questions, let me know.
Hope this helped everyone. Sorry for any typos. Used my iPhone and I have clumsy thumbs.
I think this will be a great trip.
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Post by: Machias on August 05, 2013, 09:23:00 AM
Awesome scouting trip and trip report, thank you!!!  Makes me excited!
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Post by: mark stella on August 06, 2013, 12:20:00 PM
Just called the forest service. "Bridgette" said that the campground should be open by Sept. 1st.
Also the campground is first come first serve with a drop box.
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 06, 2013, 07:39:00 PM
Thanks for the better posting of pics, Ken.  I'm still a little clumsy with photobucket.

Kingsnake
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Post by: mark stella on August 07, 2013, 11:29:00 AM
Fellows just got off the phone with DNR officer on the WV side. I guess it helps to know him. Got some intel from him and he said that it should be some good hunting. He also shoots traditional and makes his own recurves. I got my spot picked out thanks to him and google earth.
Now I got to get back down there and burn some boot leather.
This is really looking good!!
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Post by: TJK68 on August 07, 2013, 03:32:00 PM
Count me in fellas, I have been talking to Mark about this, as a matter of fact just left his office discussing it. I live in the Princeton area of WV. I will be there with Mark unless something should happen with my dad who is in bad health.
Tom
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Post by: Cove-Creek on August 09, 2013, 09:55:00 AM
I live within an hour of Big Stoney.

About 12-14 years ago four friends and myself camped for 3 nights and bowhunted in there.

We were in game the whole time and 3 of us ended up harvesting deer.  I am the only one of us who didn't drop the string during the trip and that was only due to the fact that I choose not to, I had ample opportunity.  

One of my buddies killed a really nice 9pt the second evening we were there.  I will try to find a picture of it and post it.

I have not hunted there since that trip, but have talked about doing it several times!  

That was before I was married and had a family, it seems a lot harder to get away for a few days at a time now!
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Post by: mark stella on August 09, 2013, 11:13:00 AM
Yes!!! Pics please.
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Post by: mark stella on August 09, 2013, 11:21:00 AM
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Post by: threeunder on August 17, 2013, 11:55:00 PM
The family and I headed up today for a drive by...Mark's photos and report mirror mine.  Really excited about this one.  Assuming several show up, it should be epic...LOL.

Just a thought for any of you who apply for the Chincoteague archery hunt.  If you get drawn for the first week hunt, orientation day is the Sunday we should be breaking camp.  If I get draw for it, I will leave Saturday.  Anyone else applying?
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 19, 2013, 06:22:00 PM
I guess I've been working for the government for too long....I keep thinking we need a planning meeting prior to the hunt.     :knothead:

I guess we can consider this thread our "virtual planning meeting."     :bigsmyl:    

Kingsnake
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Post by: mark stella on August 20, 2013, 12:36:00 AM
Snake. Only thing I'm a little worried about is water.
I think the water will be shut off on oct 1st. If I remember correctly. We may have to haul in our own water.
Not a major problem.
The campsites are first come first serve. Just need a roll call and confirmations to see how many sites we need. I will try to be the first down there and start throwing up lawn chairs in the needed spaces. Lol.
Ken. I will follow your lead since you started this thread and got all this coming together. Just tell me what ya need fellows.
Be glad to help.
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Post by: threeunder on August 22, 2013, 04:07:00 PM
Hey everyone,
I posted an invite to others on PowWow.  Mark has posted there.  I think it would be nice if we could keep it up top by posting some there.
Be good if we could show some of the others just how hospitable us country people can be...LOL

Here is the link:
 http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=130845

Mark,
Feel free to do whatever you can to make this hunt happen.  I've done very little to pull it together.  It was just an idea I had, and a desire to meet you guys.

I will need a spot.  If I don't get drawn for Chincoteague, I'll have a popup camper.  If I do, though, it'll be a tent.  I won't know until first part of next month when draw results come out.

Ken
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Post by: threeunder on August 22, 2013, 04:08:00 PM
Okay guys.  Mark needs a roll call and whether you need him to "reserve" a spot for you...LOL
Please post if you are for sure coming or are planning to come.  I'll add that roll to the first post on this thread.

I'm in for sure Mark!
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 22, 2013, 09:24:00 PM
I'm for sure!

Kingsnake
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Post by: Machias on August 22, 2013, 09:25:00 PM
I am a for sure, I'll be tent camping and I have no problems bringing my own water, etc...  I already have leave scheduled.  I'll be down the evening of the 16th.
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Post by: Kingsnake on August 23, 2013, 10:02:00 PM
Considering taking the whole week off, so my arrival time is TBD.

Kingsnake
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Post by: mark stella on August 31, 2013, 08:35:00 PM
Update...TJK68 (Tom) and I went on another scouting trip today down to White Rocks. I got some pics of the campground. Ken will post them Monday.
Things are looking pretty good. Acorns and the hickory hit.
We hiked out the AT up top several miles. Pretty woods up high with a nice field about 1.5 miles out.
We then doubled back down to the campground and crossed over into the WV side. Again, a lot of mass. Observed more deer sign down lower on the mountain.
Looks like camp sites 27, 28, & 29 will be the best set ups.
Plan to go back down in a couple of weeks to do a little more fine tuning on a exact location.
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Post by: Kingsnake on September 02, 2013, 08:47:00 AM
Thanks for the update!  I'm really getting psyched about this trip.

  :campfire:  

Kingsnake
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Post by: canopyboy on September 03, 2013, 08:40:00 AM
I'm still tentative and probably will be for a couple more weeks.  Sorry I can't give a better answer right now.
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Post by: threeunder on September 06, 2013, 09:49:00 PM
Bad news for me guys...well, actually its good news in a way.
I got drawn for the first week of the sika bowhunt at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge...therefore, I will have to leave early Saturday morning to head out to the eastern shore...
Couple of things:

I'll ask Mark Stella to sort of takeover the planning (he's done most of it anyway).

Also, since I'll be heading to the Eastern Shore from there I won't be bringing my popup.  If someone has extra space in their tent or camper for Thur and Fri night, let me know.

Ken
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Post by: Kingsnake on September 10, 2013, 07:48:00 PM
Ken-

Looks like canopyboy is going to bail, and little ben is still on the fence.  I they are not showing, I may have room in my tent (once it arrives from Montana Canvas!).  We will know for sure within  few weeks, I expect.

Doug
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Post by: mark stella on September 14, 2013, 10:06:00 PM
Fall is in the air up here in the mountains fellows.
Won't be long!!
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Post by: threeunder on September 15, 2013, 02:12:00 AM
That would be great Doug!

I've got a little Kelty 3 man if not.

Mark is right , fall is in the air here.  Really looking forward to this.

Ken
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Post by: mark stella on September 18, 2013, 11:07:00 PM
Tick Tock. It's getting closer.  : ^))
Looking forward to meeting you guys. It would be great to grill up some fresh tender loins over the fire on this trip.
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Post by: Machias on September 22, 2013, 09:01:00 PM
What a blast this past weekend.  I took my 16 foot cataraft down to WV and floated the New River Gorge, yehaw!!  Too much rain to float the Gauley River.  Saw a few nice deer.  The leaves are just starting to turn up in the mountains!
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Post by: mark stella on September 29, 2013, 05:33:00 PM
Sounds like fun Machias.
I met a new Tradganger named Jim Farley from Logan County WV today at TJK68's farm. Fine fellow. I told him about our planned hunt and he seemed very interested.
Jump on in Jim and let us know if your coming. It's going to be a great trip. Bring that new bow.
Ken, I may have an extra tent if you snor loud and get kicked out of the other. Let me know and I will bring it.
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Post by: Kingsnake on September 30, 2013, 09:00:00 PM
Only about 2 weeks to go and we've only got four confirmed hunters for this shindig?!?

C'mon, guys.....

Kingsnake
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Post by: threeunder on October 03, 2013, 06:10:00 PM
Mark,
Thanks!  I've got one I can bring if I need to.

Unsure about my Chincoteague trip with the shutdown, so may or may not be leaving Saturday morning.

Looking forward to it!

Going to bring the topic back up to the top on Powwow.

Let's try to keep it up there until the hunt.

Ken
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 03, 2013, 08:27:00 PM
cool.  Sorry if the shutdown crushes the sika hunt.  

I'm trying to deal with a mismatch between the stove jack on my new tent, and the pipe on the stove.  Worst case, I can bring my "Little Buddy" heater.  

Gettin' pumped for the getaway.....    :campfire:  

Doug
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Post by: stickandstring on October 04, 2013, 07:35:00 AM
Fortunately or unfortunately, I leave for Australia on the 17th. Maybe, next year.  nick
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Post by: Machias on October 04, 2013, 07:51:00 AM
Really looking forward to it!!!
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Post by: threeunder on October 04, 2013, 08:45:00 AM
ronp had a good point over on the powwow section.

Anyone know if the campground will be open if the fools in Washington don't rectify their shutdown?
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Post by: Forester on October 04, 2013, 10:28:00 AM
The White Rocks Campground is currently closed due to the gov. shutdown.  I saw it included in a list published in the Roanoke Times.  Basically, any location with facilities to maintain or a garbage can to empty requires employees and has been closed.  USFS lands are open to access but campgrounds and day use areas are closed until our elected representatives quit throwing tantrums.

I do not think there has been any ban on primitive camping following the USFS rules for camping on the Forest but that means no facilities, no picnic tables and no fire rings.

I hope things come around soon for your hunt and for many other reasons.  Good luck guys and have a great hunt!
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Post by: Machias on October 04, 2013, 04:05:00 PM
Primitive camping works for me.
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Post by: threeunder on October 05, 2013, 12:57:00 PM
Yeah.  We should be good.
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 05, 2013, 10:50:00 PM
Guess I need to get familiar with what constitutes primitive camping, because I will be there whether I am on paid Leave or Furlough.

Doug
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Post by: threeunder on October 06, 2013, 07:34:00 PM
Doug,
If the campground isn't open, then we'll have to camp in an area where there is no water/electric service and no restrooms.
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Post by: widow sax on October 06, 2013, 10:16:00 PM
Were I hunt in VA past 20 something years I camp primitive and I like it that way but how will the guys all be camping in the same area? We camp at the end of a road that does not have a lot of room. If there is to be a hunt were you all stay in the same area how will that happen? I am considering this hunt but how is it going to be done I would like some more info please.     Widow
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Post by: widow sax on October 06, 2013, 10:19:00 PM
O ya I tried to find this on powwow and could not find it could you bring it to the top PLEASE.  Widow
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 07, 2013, 12:35:00 PM
I have done some primitive camping in the Zepp, VA area in the GW Nat'l Forest.  Primitive is fine with me.

widow sax...not sure how we will coordinate where to meet/camp, but I am hoping one of our guys who has done a little advance scouting can provide info on an acceptable rally point.
(of course, I also hope the gov't silliness ends and we can go with original plan).
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 08, 2013, 01:13:00 PM
http://www.mytopo.com/review.cfm?mytopoid=1020675BC38
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Post by: threeunder on October 08, 2013, 03:09:00 PM
I won't get there until relatively late Thursday.  If someone could send me a text or give me a call and let me know where camp ends up being I would appreciate it.
If any of you guys can do this, shoot me a PM and I'll give you my number.
Thanks
Ken
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 09, 2013, 07:32:00 PM
Ken...and other potential attendees at this event...My cell phone number is 703-994-84 five five.

I was going to PM it, but what the hell....

Anyhow, I am off all next week, but still deciding when to head out.  Probably Wednesday at the latest, but possibly sooner.

I will search for a suitable spot when I get there, unless anyone else who has been there can recommend a decent alternate.

Thanks!

Doug
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Post by: threeunder on October 09, 2013, 10:11:00 PM
Okay Doug.

I got ya programmed in my phone. I sent you mine also.

Ken
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 11, 2013, 05:35:00 PM
OK....It's official.  I am now off until 21 October.  I could get down to the area of our hunt as early as Monday afternoon, but I would hate to set up in a random area of the NF, just to have to break camp and move to the White Rocks Recreation Area a day or two later if the gov't shutdown ends before Thursday.

Looking for recommendations....     :confused:  

Doug
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Post by: mark stella on October 12, 2013, 08:21:00 AM
Fellows, sorry I have been MIA.
Been real busy at work.  I may not be able to make it.
Ken has the details why. Just emailed him.
Snake. If you could make a cardboard sign that simply has TG on it as a marker. I may can make it down on Friday. All others can look for the marker also.
Duty calls fellows.
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 12, 2013, 09:13:00 AM
Understood.  So, now the "official" roll call for this event is down to three shooters?  hmmmm.

There is GWNF about 2 hours from my house, which is a lot closer that 5 hours from my house.

I'm not bailing just yet, but between the gov't shutdown closing the campground, the minimal attendance, and the crappy weather here in Northern VA for the last couple of days, my enthusiasm is not what it once was.
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Post by: threeunder on October 12, 2013, 08:46:00 PM
Doug,
Let me know what you decide.  We may need to write this one off.
Ken
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 12, 2013, 09:58:00 PM
I'll make a decision tomorrow or Monday at the latest.  Not trying to be wishy-washy....just trying to be realistic.
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Post by: threeunder on October 13, 2013, 10:42:00 AM
No problem.  I sent machias a PM to let him know it may not happen.
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Post by: threeunder on October 13, 2013, 10:23:00 PM
Just talked with Kingsnake....and haven't heard back from Machias.

Guys, with so many that have had to cancel, we feel it is best to write this one off.

Hopefully we can make it work next year.  Thanks to all those who gave their input and helped so much with the planning.

Hope everyone keeps in touch and has a great season.

Ken
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 14, 2013, 11:47:00 AM
Sorry, gang.  I'm a little upset about this one.  I was really looking forward to the adventure.

I am going to try to set up in the GWNF near Zepp, VA and cut out about three additional hours of driving each way.  If you get the urge to drive North, feel free to stop by!  It should be ok during bow season, but the "Orange Army" owns it during gun season....I won't even hunt there during gun season.

Next time....


Doug
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Post by: Machias on October 14, 2013, 01:24:00 PM
No problem gents.  Sorry I did not respond right away.  I did a 5 hour trip to Fayetteville, WV and rafted the Lower Gauley river this weekend.  Nearly met my maker on Sat, but I'll save that one for the campfire.   :)   I have a 21 day bowhunting trip to Missouri coming up on the 1st of Nov so it's all good here.  Looking forward to meeting and sharing a campfire somewhere down the road with you fellas.
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 14, 2013, 07:42:00 PM
Machias--I see you're in Stafford.  Not too far from me in Alexandria.  If you think you can make a day to two out in the GW near Zepp, please give me a shout.  I plan on getting there a little after noon tomorrow and staying until Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, depending on the weather over the weekend.

Doug
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Post by: Machias on October 14, 2013, 09:21:00 PM
Awesome, I could head over Weds after work if you don't mind and stay till Sat night/Sun day morning.  Where should I plan on meeting you?  I'll PM you my phone number.  Thanks for the invite!!
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Post by: Machias on October 19, 2013, 09:07:00 AM
Very nice meeting and hunting with you Kingsnake.  Thanks for allowing me to share your camp.  Great tent!!  I look forward to some future hunts.
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 19, 2013, 02:17:00 PM
Thanks for joining me, Machias!  I enjoyed the company!  Sorry there wasn't more game.  After four days of hard hunting in the GWNF, I packed it in a day early myself.  Maybe next time....

I could be out in my stand after one of these local suburban deer, but I feel a little fried.

Doug
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Post by: Kingsnake on October 19, 2013, 02:37:00 PM
Added a few pics from the adventure  (sorry . . no game pics...harvested or otherwise..)

 http://s1244.photobucket.com/user/Doug_Simon/slideshow/October%20Hunt%20in%20GWNF

Kingsnake
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Post by: Machias on October 19, 2013, 09:29:00 PM
Nice photos!
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Post by: Kingsnake on July 08, 2014, 09:50:00 PM
Anybody interested in trying this again for this year?  I didn't see many deer in the GWNF in 2013, but still had a great outing.

Hopefully, our government won't shut down all the parks again....

Kingsnake
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Post by: threeunder on July 11, 2014, 04:07:00 PM
I'd love to try it Doug, but can't fully commit at this time.
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Post by: Kingsnake on July 17, 2014, 10:13:00 PM
Understood, Ken.  Just trying to not wait until the last minute to start this thread.  Invite stays open to all....

Kingsnake