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Title: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on September 09, 2014, 10:50:00 AM
Well we are less than a month out for deer season.  Thought I would start another thread for stories.  Good mast crop this year.  Hunting should be normal.  I've already posted this critter once, but here's a copperhead I took a month ago.  Good luck to everyone.      :archer2:     Jeff

   https://www.dropbox.com/s/a53itxnsni6h3n4/2014-07-15%2020.21.44.jpg  

3 yards with my new Stalker Coyote.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Stickbndr on September 16, 2014, 08:52:00 PM
a couple of those would look sweet on those limbs.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Kingsnake on September 17, 2014, 08:29:00 PM
Season's already open in 4 Northern VA counties...antlerless only...and it's open to guns (where guns are allowed). That means wear your orange even bowhunting in NOVA in September.

Kingsnake
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on September 18, 2014, 09:51:00 AM
Stickbndr,

I had a Shrew Scout with copperhead skins.  Got dive bombed by birds when in trees.  They were after the snake...  Decided to stay away from snake skins for hunting.  Same thing happened with beaver balls.  Had a couple of hawks swoop in looking for a mouse.  Now it's spider legs for me.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: paradocs on September 19, 2014, 06:01:00 AM
Those were turkey buzzards getting' after ya, Nook....snakeskins had nothing to do with it.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on September 25, 2014, 07:40:00 PM
Well guys I wont be posting any pics again this year.I have a torn rotator cuff and will be having surgery in Dec..I will be in the woods but not with Trad gear.Good luck to all ya'll.Look forward to the upcoming pics..

God Bless

Danny
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on September 26, 2014, 06:19:00 AM
Sorry to hear that Danny, good luck regardless. Ethics not weaponry is more important-at least to me. Love early bow season though. One more week and a wake up.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 02, 2014, 09:20:00 AM
Two days and a wake up...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on October 06, 2014, 07:48:00 PM
Sorry about the shoulder Danny.  

No story here.  Deer 1.  Hunter 0

Dang it!!
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 07, 2014, 06:10:00 AM
Same boat here, David but will keep on giving it a good try.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 07, 2014, 12:29:00 PM
Deer 2 Jeff 0.  Well - "We Accept the Chalenge That is Traditional Bowhunting"  The more I hunt the luckier I get.      :archer:
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on October 07, 2014, 09:37:00 PM
Driving home from work this evening... looked over into a local field... 4 does just eating this and that.  However, two bucks fighting/full battle!  LIFE IS GOOD!


Ughhhhhhhhhhh, they are mean little critters.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Cool Springer on October 08, 2014, 09:10:00 PM
Had a bobcat walk under me around 0715 this morning.  It never knew I was there.  Very cool animal.  So quiet and stealthy.

This was the fifth bobcat I've seen while hunting.  Three of them were within a half mile of my house.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on October 09, 2014, 12:02:00 PM
Bill taut he taw a puddy tat...he did, he did.....Bill did tee a puddy tat!   :biglaugh:  

Enough funny stuff, time to go kill something.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on October 09, 2014, 07:23:00 PM
I had Rescue Squad duty yesterday evening starting at 9:30. In short, long night.  Got back home at 7 a.m.  

I was happy to get a few hours of sleep.  Only had a few sessions today, which allowed me to be in the tree stand by 3:15.  

Couldn't see much... pretty thick leaf canopy still, with LOTS of acorns dropping.

 I didn't even see the doe that ran right by my stand until she was in front and then running away from me (it took no more than 2 to 3 seconds from first sighting to out of sight).  I was hoping something was behind her, but...not.  

Ok... happy to see a deer, but Jen and I still have an empty freezer.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Cool Springer on October 18, 2014, 12:11:00 PM
Not hearing much, or more like ANYTHING, from you Virginians.  What gives?!!
Not that I've been able to add much to the chatter either though.  
I'm seeing deer every time out, but no shots since opening day.

The Cool Springs Gang will be in Madison County at our annual 3,4,5 day camping/hunting event this coming week.  Really looking forward to it   :)   Hopefully we'll have a few stories to tell!
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on October 22, 2014, 09:00:00 PM
Okay folks here's a brief hunting story.

David Bartholomew's post got me thinking when he said that his freezer is empty.  

My job had me traveling up until last week.  My two daughters drew straws to see who got to hunt with me on which afternoon.  On the first hunt a couple of does snorted at us and they didn't show themselves.  On the second hunt (last Friday) we made memories that will last a lifetime.

My youngest daughter sat next to me - I hung two stands side by side on the same tree.  We were about 14' up overlooking a food plot.  But because I've been working so hard to put up a fence I didn't get a chance to plant it this year.  So it was just a bunch of weeds.  Of course the deer still pass through and right about sunset a deer came by.

He immediately appeared to be bigger than most bucks and best of all, he was marching on a mission.  He didn't look around much and certainly didn't stop to eat but rather just briskly walked down the edge of the trees.  He was looking for does.  On this course he passed about 20 yards from us.  I'm an instinctive shooter and I practice on moving targets so a walking deer is no problem.  (I shoot about half of my deer while walking).  He walked broadside at 20 yards and never knew what hit him.  My daughter watched the whole encounter that didn't even last 20 seconds.  The arrow passed completely though his chest and still penetrated about a foot into the ground behind him.  

My daughter thought it was cool to see him so close without a clue that we were there.  She had a perfect view of the hit and when he jumped into the brush she remembered exactly where he entered.  Which was good because I didn't remember it right.  Also, she laughed at how badly I was shaking after the shot.

She bloodtrailed him which didn't take long because he only went about 60 yards.  And then she spent the next 10 minutes holding his antlers and petting him.  She called the buck "our deer" and proudly told her sister all about the trip.

I've always shown my girls where the meat that we eat comes from and they've never considered it "gross".  She watched me quarter the deer and helped me load it into game bags.  That way I can age the meat for a week before cutting and grinding it (it's great that way).  The next morning we had tenderloins and eggs for breakfast!

Now my oldest daughter is dying to come hunting with me.  Better still, she'll be carrying a muzzleloader when the season starts.

Due to a very successful Western hunting trip my wife went and bought a second chest freezer.  It only had about 6" of room on top and now I think it'll be full too.  

David, if you don't mind posting the picture I'll owe you some venison.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on October 22, 2014, 09:19:00 PM
I'll gladly take pronghorn, or elk meat in trade!  

 :)


    (http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a623/arrowflight/Curt_zpseed442ef.jpg) (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/arrowflight/media/Curt_zpseed442ef.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 23, 2014, 06:33:00 AM
First nice buck Curtis I've seen this year. Great job taking your daughter along-memories for a lifetime. I used to bring my girls along also and my older daughter now has two sons who will be intoduced to the woods-read grocery store.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 27, 2014, 10:19:00 AM
Nice Buck Curtis.  Thanks for the story.  We had our Cool Springs Hunt in Madison.  Travis got it done with a nice big'ol doe.  I had the worst head /chest cold.  Coughing does not help at deer thirty.  I could not get out in the mornings to hunt.  Did see a bald eagle over Travis's gut pile.  Jeff
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on October 29, 2014, 08:10:00 PM
So there's a rumor that Travis got one.  But it's only a rumor until we see a photo.  Same for the bald eagle.  It didn't happen until we can see it in a photo.

I was invited to hunt a property in Southampton with traditional bowhunters this past weekend.  Greg made the longbows that a couple of the guys were using.  They specifically told me to shoot the first deer so I did.  I was a small spike and I didn't even see his antlers until I walked up on him.

One of the longbow shooters scored on a beautiful 8pt.  Both of the pictures will be posted tomorrow (with David's help) when I remember to get them on this computer.

And lastly, one of the other guys took a beautiful Pope & Young class unicorn.  But there won't be any pictures because it didn't happen!
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 30, 2014, 11:17:00 AM
Well Curtis you forced me to get photobucket on my phone.  Here is Mister Travis Lillard aka Bear Paw, with a Madison mountain nanny.  I was 150 yards away with a white labradoodle sniffing at my doe pee.  Such is luck:

  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v252/JHarper/IMG_20141025_125211_018.jpg)

By the way congrates on the spike.

Jeff   :campfire:
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 30, 2014, 11:28:00 AM
While I'm at it here is the rest of the Cool Springs gang.  Wow has it been a week already.

Bill, Allen and Danny:

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v252/JHarper/2014-10-25%2012.23.10.jpg)
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on October 30, 2014, 09:08:00 PM
Travis, congrats!


These photos are for Curt.   I think he'll be along to say what, and where, and who.


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Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on October 31, 2014, 06:45:00 AM
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on October 31, 2014, 07:38:00 PM
I went out after work, and only saw two does at/about 5:50.  They were trick or treating! So cuuuuute.  I just couldn't shoot.


(In all reality, they were out / about / somewhere in the 50 yard range, and for me.... way to far.)
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on November 03, 2014, 08:45:00 AM
This morning, I woke up and looked out the window to this!  It was an old target, but I guess some love struck buck saw her as "the one".  
RIP!!


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Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on November 04, 2014, 08:19:00 PM
I don't think he was her first  :)
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on November 06, 2014, 11:55:00 PM
This was a few years ago. Nope... no scents. Just the smell of foam!

  (http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a623/arrowflight/003_zpsb1af37f4.jpg) (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/arrowflight/media/003_zpsb1af37f4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on November 08, 2014, 10:31:00 AM
Eeeeewwwww!  I thought maybe I'd like to get some more targets from you.  But now I'm not sure since I see how they've been used.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on November 10, 2014, 09:50:00 AM
Well I finaly got my chest cold under control and took this six pointer Saturday evening. 11-8-14.

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v252/JHarper/2014-11-09%2009.05.05.jpg)

  :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on November 10, 2014, 01:14:00 PM
Nook, Very nice!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on November 10, 2014, 03:07:00 PM
Good one Jeff.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on November 15, 2014, 06:02:00 PM
Beautiful buck!  Congratulations.
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on December 19, 2014, 11:54:00 AM
Well, looks like we are winding down the Deer season.  I plan on harrasing a few does with some time off the next two weeks.  Last time out I had a small herd of bunched up does running from ridge to ridge, at last light.  Maybe one will come my way.  Hope everyone has a great Christmas.  Jeff
Title: Re: 2014 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on December 23, 2014, 06:25:00 AM
Once I get over this flu bug I will give it a few more chances. Been slow this year but it ain't over til that lady sings a final note. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all TG'ers in Va.