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Title: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on August 31, 2015, 11:55:00 AM
I know there already some stories out there.  Let's get this thread up and running.  Mr. Denbow has had some success.  How bout a post Jack?

Jeff
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on September 01, 2015, 01:20:00 PM
Last week 6 of us headed to Wyoming to hunt antelope. Four of us drove, one flew out and one flew in from Alaska. We were expecting poor conditions due to a lot of rain this year, but we had no idea. When you get an inch at a time it adds up to a lot of water everywhere.
 The blind I drew would give me a 6-12 yard shot, I like that. The only problem was the antelope had other places to water, I saw lots of big bucks but nothing came to water where I was.
On the 4th day I switched to another blind and saw some really good bucks on the way in, I was pumped. Then I watched as the antelope watered 50 yds. away. Then this buck who had been bedded up on the hill to my right came down to a group of does at the water 50 yds. away and herded them toward me. I don't know why he didn't drink at the other other water but he didn't. When he got to the water hole I was at he decided to drink. He was nervous but finally committed to drink. After drinking he turned slightly quartering away at about 10-12 yds. and I put a 145 grain Eclipse on a 549 grain fir shaft mid ribcage into off side shoulder. He ran hard for 80-100 yds. before flipping over. If I had seen him earlier in the week after seeing all the big bucks I saw I would have passed on him, but he was the first chance I had so I took it.
 Later that day the guides went out and pumped the water out of 6 wash holes below the blind, they figured they pumped about 3000 gallons of water out of those holes.
 After a lot of medical problems in 2014 I am up to shooting 40-41lbs. at my draw. I used a Black Widow longbow, I really like that bow, I don't know if it is all the medical fixes last year or the bow, but I am happier with my shooting than I have been in a long time.
Jack

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Mac Hicks on September 01, 2015, 04:34:00 PM
Congrats Jack!  Always wanted to hunt those speed goats with the bow, but have not done it yet.  Who were you hunting with?

 BTW, I still have about 8 of those larch arrows of yours from the St. Jude auction a few years ago. They are all crested and fletched differently and shoot great!  

Good luck during the rest of the season!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on September 01, 2015, 07:01:00 PM
Congrats Jack!  I just love hunting Pronghorns. You did good.

Now if that whopper buck that I have trail Cam pics of will walk by me at 10 yards in a few weeks!    :pray:    :pray:
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on September 01, 2015, 07:23:00 PM
Mac we hunted the Werner Ranch near Douglas. We go every other year and have been since 1999. I am glad you like the arrows, go put some deer meat on the end of them.

Allen I know what you mean I got pix of a bear and have bear scat in the yard. I also have been seeing about 2 doz. turkeys every day.
I will probably never see them when the season comes in.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on September 02, 2015, 11:46:00 AM
Congrates again Jack.  A pronghorn is on my Bucket list.  Beautiful animal.  What kind of blind were you in?  Would like to get my hands on a Black Widow longbow also.  Did you have the meat processed or bring it home in a cooler?  Jeff
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on September 02, 2015, 03:02:00 PM
Jeff they mostly use wooden blinds with about 10 foot sides so you can usually find some shade. Sometime pop up blinds are used.
I was going to have the meat processed but the jerk butcher wouldn't get it done in time. So I brought it home and did it myself. You will get more meat that way but it is a pain after you have been driving for 2 1/2 days. It would be good if you can find an honest butcher. There use to be a good one there but he went out of business.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on September 03, 2015, 06:27:00 AM
Congrats on the nice prairie goat Sir. Big or small buck, after overcoming your medical issues, you did a fine job and would venture that the BW suits you well.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on September 03, 2015, 07:32:00 PM
Come on Oct!!

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on September 03, 2015, 07:52:00 PM
Oh wow Allen that thing is a hog. Good luck.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on September 03, 2015, 08:08:00 PM
Thanks Jack, my 11 year old son has already called "Dibbs" on it!  

I hope we at least get to see him this fall.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: RedStag5728 on September 22, 2015, 05:31:00 AM
Congrats Jack! Way to get the 2015 season started!

Alan, looks like you've got a dandy there! Good luck getting him this fall, hopefully someone does!

As for me I am hoping and praying I get a chance this year. Last year was a dud for me, nothing even came close enough. I scouted my stand this year for fresh sign and there's scat and tracks everywhere!    :thumbsup:

Can't wait to get my first! But you know the more you try the more likely you are to succeed. Good luck to everyone this season! Give 'em the shaft!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on September 26, 2015, 05:22:00 PM
Here is a Western hunting story.  I live in Virginia but have become obsessed with bowhunting elk. I got lucky and drew a really good tag in southern New Mexico for the first archery elk season. I won't go into the details of the whole trip but here is day nine of the hunt:
I had blown a really great chance at a huge 6x6 bull at about sunrise. It wasn't really my fault that the swirling winds stopped him from taking two more steps that would have given me a clear shot at 20 yards. Swirling winds are just one of the challenges of hunting at high elevation. So I pursued this big bull for the next 7 hours. I tried to stay downwind of him and his cows by keeping about 200 yards from them. This wasn't hard to do because his bugle was distinctive and he didn’t shut up.
Another big bull had an even meaner bugle and the two of them were going back and forth for most of the 7 hours. Cows were everywhere, and that was the problem. If I spooked the cows the bulls would leave. Of course I would follow but I tried to keep from letting them know that I was there. As the bulls and cows traveled over ridges, down canyons, and back up ridges I followed relentlessly. I had a simple strategy: follow them until I saw an opportunity to strike.
At two in the afternoon I watched the opportunity develop as the first big bull and the big mean bull seemed to be on opposite ridges with about 1/4 mile separating them. A saddle (between two canyons) separated them and I saw my opportunity. I ran down to the bottom of the head of the canyon and scrambled up the steepest part of the saddle. It was covered in sage and cactus but I didn't spook any cows. When I almost reached the top of the saddle I caught my breath and waited. Then both bulls bugled, which gave me their positions. I scrambled over the top of the saddle and blew out a couple of cows. But that didn’t matter anymore because I was in their inner circle. I shouted out a bugle to both bulls and didn’t have to wait. (What I had done was get between two big bulls fighting over cows and challenged them both) The big mean bull was so furious that he stuttered as he screamed back at me.
I quickly advanced 30 yards so that he couldn’t pin my location down and as soon as I put an arrow on the string I saw the antlers towering over the brush. He’s coming and he’s not stopping. It all happened so fast that I saw his big left side and knew he was a shooter.
He watched me draw and stopped at 20 yards.  I temporarily came unglued and aimed for the whole elk. My arrow went right between his legs and he just stood there. (I’ve fired “warning shots” at elk before) Getting myself back together I quickly nocked another arrow and focused. Earning another shot opportunity would take a lot more work if I messed up again. The arrow went right where I wanted and penetrated nearly to the fletch. He ran down the canyon and there was no doubt that he wouldn’t go far. He had gone less than 150 yards – all downhill.

Now, I need to figure out how to post a picture.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: David Bartholomew on September 26, 2015, 09:24:00 PM
For Elkstabber:

Image

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on September 28, 2015, 07:05:00 AM
Congrats Curt!!   :thumbsup:    :notworthy:
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on September 28, 2015, 07:54:00 AM
Wow! That sure is a nice bull Curtis. Congratulations.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on September 28, 2015, 12:11:00 PM
Great elk Curtis.  Congratulations.  What a trophy.     :clapper:
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Cool Springer on September 28, 2015, 08:30:00 PM
Beautiful bull Curt.  Congratulations
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on September 29, 2015, 06:31:00 AM
Nice bull curt, where in So. NM? Lived in Albuquerque for 5 years and hunted near Taos and Jemez mtns. Some fine bulls out there for sure.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on October 03, 2015, 10:30:00 AM
Thanks guys!  Not bad for a middle aged bald guy who shoots left-handed  :)

Jack, I'm very interested in hunting antelope in Wyoming and have a couple of preference points too.  I'm sending you a PM.

Tom, I've hunted around Taos also.  I was in the Gila area near Arizona and it exceeded all of my expectations.  Draw odds are steep for non-residents of New Mexico but you'll never draw a tag if you don't try.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: RedStag5728 on October 10, 2015, 02:06:00 PM
Well fellas I am on the board with my first traditional kill! It only took 3 years but this morning I got my first!

We hunt a 400 acre farm here in Orange, Virginia. The owner of the property is actually a home builder we sub-contract drywall and paint for.

My set up is right on the edge of a finger of woods. A field of soybeans is behind me and in the middle of the finger of hardwoods is a thicket with holly trees and a dry creek running in the middle.

Right at daylight this morning is saw 10 does crossing the field behind me about 100 yards away, so that got me pumped. Then about a quarter to eight I saw a doe about 80 yards in the woods to my right and then I happen to look and a small doe was coming right to me less than 20 yards away!

So I slowly stood up and followed it with my Redstag longbow and it walked quartering away from me out to 20 yards in front of me, then slightly turned broadside. I gap shoot, so I placed the broad-head a quarter the way up the front leg like I practice which puts me dead on at yardages 20 and less, then stared at the crease behind the shoulder and let the arrow fly.

Time seemed to slow down as I watched that arrow flying straight and perfect right to the vitals, but all of a sudden at the last few seconds of impacting the deer I saw the arrow fish-tail and then fly further back and hit just in front of the hindquarters!         :eek:            :banghead:            :banghead:  

Upon the autopsy I discovered my first arrow hit in front of the hindquarters and the angle was so steep it exited low barely missing the heart but barely clipped the bottom of the second lung. I felt horrible watching it finally pass from my back up shot.

I have no idea if a gust of wind hit my arrow and made it fish-tail or what. When practice shooting my arrows fly straight and true and hit where I want them to, but not this time.

Either way I am grateful for the doe and the meat she will provide me and my family, as well as some sinew for my bow/arrow making hobby. Unfortunately the hide was a bit shot up so I couldn't really save enough of it to make a quiver like I want.

What a rush for my first though! Will definitely never forget this!

Equipment:

Redstag Reflex/Deflex Longbow 64" ttt 57# @ 28"
3rivers Traditional Only 400 spine carbon arrows cut 28.5" tipped with 100 grain brass insert and 150 grain VPA Terminators.

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on October 10, 2015, 08:48:00 PM
Congrats Randy!  You will never forget your first!!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on October 11, 2015, 09:48:00 AM
Congratulations Randy!  I remember the details of my first traditional kill vividly and you will too.

About the arrow that flew screwy…  Forget about it.  You handled the follow up perfectly and that's what truly counts.

I'd suggest that you double check your arrow flight using broadheads.  If they fly well then toss that arrow or make it a stump shooter only.  Then you've got the bad arrow out of your quiver.

You handled it perfectly.  Your next traditional kill will go smoothly.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 12, 2015, 12:10:00 PM
The Cool Springs Madison Deer/Bear hunt is complete.  Tradition archers in attendance were Bill Weigold, Fahad Bafakih and myself.  I was lucky enough to take a yearling and a doe. Here is the doe:

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Blacktail elite, 57 lb. at 29.5 inches, 62 inch. Goldtip blems 55-75 30" with a right bevel 175 gr. Grizzly.  Total arrow weight 530 gr.

A great half week of camping and hunting.  Here is my selfie stick in action:

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Look Ma No Selfie Stick....

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Jeff Harper    :campfire:
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 12, 2015, 01:41:00 PM
Yes that is a cameo by A.S. Far left.  He came by to cheer us on.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 12, 2015, 01:43:00 PM
Oh yeah congrats to Randy.  Your first is always way cool.  After switching to traditional it only took me 4 years to score.     :clapper:
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: RedStag5728 on October 12, 2015, 08:48:00 PM
Thanks Allen, Curtis and Jeff!

Congrats to you too as well Jeff, way to go!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on October 13, 2015, 09:37:00 PM
Nook..I am still a trad Archer just not carrying one.lol

You make me feel handicapped. :)   hmmmmm I am ha! Just for a short while I assure you.

Great work bud!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 14, 2015, 06:35:00 AM
Way to go Jeff, looks like a good time was had by all attending. Congrats Randy on your first-always will be remembered fondly.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on October 15, 2015, 04:53:00 PM
I got this turkey last week in Nebraska.

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Yesterday morning I had this buck in front of me for 50-55 min. He finally gave me a 10 yard broadside shot and I couldn't help myself. I have seen bigger bucks but when he was 10 yards I said a buck in the freezer is better than two in the woods. It was cool watching him spar with an 8" spike for awhile.

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 16, 2015, 06:33:00 AM
Nice turkey and buck Jack, agree with the buck in the freezer idea. Tag soup is not very tasty.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 16, 2015, 09:22:00 AM
Nicely done Jack.  Your having a great season.  Congrates.  Jeff
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: paradocs on October 16, 2015, 04:05:00 PM
Congrats to everyone who's been successful. This weekend will be my first real chance to get out; so far lots of does and some little fellas running around...the bruisers started moving in about this time last year. Found a bathtub-sized scrape this am in the back of the property, so looks promising. Good luck; be safe.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on October 16, 2015, 06:49:00 PM
Thanks guys. After all the medical problems I had last year, I hope the good fortune continues.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on October 18, 2015, 03:13:00 PM
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Finally scored after a two year dry spell with TRADgear. Now that my shoulder is better I thought to give it a try with the Zipper. I now know how much I missed it. Yesterday would be my last October hunt for this year.Me and Nook headed out yesterday afternoon and look what the wind blew in.lol
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on October 18, 2015, 07:54:00 PM
Way to go Danny, nothing like the first after a dry spell. How well I know.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 19, 2015, 06:24:00 AM
Congrats Danny-looks like a good eating. Went out yesterday and had a 8 walk by at 45 yards. Good to see, just need him a mite closer.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on October 19, 2015, 07:55:00 PM
Thanks guys.
Stay after him Tom. I look forward to getting back out but won't be til November sometime...
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: RedStag5728 on October 20, 2015, 06:10:00 AM
Way to go Jack and Danny! Hopefully I'll at least get one more before the season ends!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on October 20, 2015, 11:41:00 AM
I got this doe this morning. She circled around me and looked at me several times then gave me a 7-8 yard broadside shot. I saw her fall. I think she is a last years fawn. Should be good eating. My new widow seems to be working just fine.

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on October 20, 2015, 09:41:00 PM
Congrats Jack. Enjoy those tender back straps...
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 21, 2015, 06:27:00 AM
Jack-you are having a great season and some good eating this winter-congrats.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on October 21, 2015, 10:26:00 AM
You guys are doing great!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on October 21, 2015, 12:35:00 PM
Thanks guys. I finished getting the doe in the freezer this morning. I think I will take the rest of the day off and take my "boss" out to dinner this evening since she helped with getting the deer into the freezer.   :thumbsup:
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on October 25, 2015, 10:04:00 AM
It looks like its been a good year so far.  I've added another doe to my freezer and passed on a couple of small bucks.  I've got a feeling that within the next two weeks the bucks are going to make some serious mistakes...
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 27, 2015, 06:31:00 AM
Killed a doe Sunday afternoon but coyotes found her over night,made the mistake of leaving her as unsure of hit but she only went 60 yards. Went back yesterday morning to find a picked clean skeleton so tagged her anyway. Damn yotes have to eat too I guess. Hope to see them sometime-maybe even the score.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: A.S. on October 27, 2015, 06:36:00 AM
Tom, sorry to hear that. I have a bunch of yotes at my spot this year.....no fun at all!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on October 27, 2015, 09:36:00 AM
That Sucks Tom.  Been there too.  Not good sign when Danny and I tracked up to a good blood pool with a coyote turd in it.  15 yards further were the bones.  Jeff
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: RedStag5728 on October 28, 2015, 05:54:00 AM
Sorry to hear that Tom. Yea them coyotes will get their dinner as soon as they can. My brother and nephew went hunting last weekend (non trad) and killed a deer that evening. As they dragged the deer to their vehicle and started to field dress it, my brother heard a rustle in the bush, he shined his light and 30 yrds away were two coyote watching them and waiting on their deer! It makes me want to carry my sidearm into the woods     :scared:    

So be safe out there!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on October 28, 2015, 06:33:00 AM
Thanks for the good words guys, will stick with it, maybe bring home some venison I can eat. At least she didn't go to waste. This is why i like to hunt mornings as it gives me more daylight to wait and then trail. Life's always a teacher.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on October 28, 2015, 02:13:00 PM
That too bad Tom, I know how you feel. It happened to me a few years ago. Like you said "Life's always a teacher"' Now I will do anything to keep from leaving one over night.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Elkstabber on October 29, 2015, 06:26:00 PM
Coyotes are something else.  I shot a doe a few years ago.  Made a great shot and came home to have dinner with the family because I had promised that I would.  Immediately after dinner I went after the doe.  In the hour that I left her the coyotes found her.  All that I could salvage was one backstrap and one hindquarter.  Before that I had no idea there were that many around.

I began coyote trapping a week later.  Caught two in the first week and a total of six that fall!!!  I highly recommend toehold traps for coyotes - it'll thin their numbers down.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on November 04, 2015, 06:26:00 AM
Going to give it another try tomorrow after a short morning at work. Going to a different place and maybe the yotes won't be on this property, yeah right. But always worth a go.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on November 12, 2015, 07:41:00 AM
I got this button buck yesterday. He sure fooled me, I thought he was a doe. Oh well he will be tasty and count toward earn a buck.
Jack

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on November 12, 2015, 12:20:00 PM
More tasty deer.  Took her yesterday morning with my Stalker Coyote.  Second deer with it this year.

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Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on November 12, 2015, 01:30:00 PM
Way to go Jeff. We must be the only ones hunting.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on November 12, 2015, 01:44:00 PM
Well...  I don't want to steal anyones thunder.  But, I had a friend join me yesterday.  (Bill Weigold - Cool springer)  

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I'll let him chime in.   :archer2:

Selfie stick in action....
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: RedStag5728 on November 12, 2015, 05:51:00 PM
Dang way to go guys! I've been trying to get #2 but nothing has come close enough except squirrels. Now firearms opens up this weekend and the farmers that lease the land we hunt is harvesting the soybeans so the deer will for sure be in the fields so I'm going to have to trade my bow in for a gun     :(  We desperately need some deer meat!

At least I've got my first trad deer this year!  I'm going to work on making some self-bows before next season, I sure would like to take a deer from a bow I made; we'll see how it goes!

Otherwise, I'll be seeing you guys at Dixie or Blackstone!
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Cool Springer on November 13, 2015, 08:34:00 AM
I wouldn't call taking the world's smallest 6 pt. "thunder", but here's the story.
Jeff and I both took time off from work to hunt the best week of the season.  This was my 5th morning in a row, and buck activity was increasing each day.  We hunted another property Tuesday afternoon with a few deer seen,  but no blood drawn.  Wednesday morning Nook offered to have me join him on the farm he knows well.  
You may know the feeling when someone takes you to unfamiliar property.  You feel a little helpless due to not knowing the lay of the land, deer movement patterns, etc.  Well I know Nook ALWAYS sees deer, and he USUALLY gets some shooting, so I had to trust him when he said he was going to put me in the "J" tree.  He shined his light on the crooked tree, said "good luck buddy" and was gone.  When I started climbing with my Summit Open Shot tree stand, I knew why he left so quickly.  He didn't want to hear me grumbling about how to negotiate the tuns of the "J".  
As daylight increased, I thought Nook was giving me a line when he told me how many deer had been shot from this tree.  It didn't look like a special place, but like I said, Nook ALWAYS sees deer.  
By 7:30 Nook had sent a text with a picture of his doe.  I had yet to see a deer, and honestly I was a bit frustrated that he, once again, had action so quickly:)  At about 8:30, I look to my left and see a deer walking down a farm road. I notice the "massive"  rack on him and know right away he's a shooter (everything's a shooter when you hunt with Nook   ;) )  His path should take him behind me at about 10 yards.  This buck is cruising, and he's walking steadily.  When he gets to a shooting lane I bleat at him.  He hits the breaks, but looks right up at me.  Now this deer is not the sharpest tool in the shed, so instead of bolting, he makes a 90 degree turn and walks broadside at 10 yards.  One problem, he won't stop walking and gets past me without offering a shot.  At 23 yards he finally hesitates, and I shoot at him quartering away.  The arrow hits low behind the shoulder, but it looks like there was no penetration.  He runs off with that "hurt bad" look, so I had some confidence.
I waited 2 1/2 hours for Nook to join me on the trail.  During that time there was another encounter with a one antlered buck that seemed interested in my grunts, but would not offer a shot.
We could not find blood when  we started our search, so we started searching blindly.  I was able to find him in fairly short order.  When I back-trailed him, I found a good blood trail.  I just missed seeing it when we started our search.  The arrow did hit low, behind the left shoulder.  It passed through and hit the off side leg bone, explaining why there appeared to be little penetration.
There you have it, the story of how Nook and I "doubled up" on November 11th.   Thanks Jeff, it was a good day!
And for the other important details, this is my third deer this season with my Foley longbow.  53# @ 30".
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on November 13, 2015, 06:55:00 PM
Very cool Bill.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on November 14, 2015, 05:08:00 AM
Way to go -Bill and Nook. Sounds like a dream season shaping up for you guys.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on November 18, 2015, 09:35:00 PM
great job you old foogys..lol..glad you guys are getting action,that farm has been good to Nook and myself over the past 16 years.May we all continue with sucess there..
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: 2hats on November 18, 2015, 10:15:00 PM
great job you old foogys..lol..glad you guys are getting action,that farm has been good to Nook and myself over the past 16 years.May we all continue with sucess there..
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on December 04, 2015, 06:31:00 AM
No new stories ????
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Jack Denbow on December 04, 2015, 12:47:00 PM
Tom, I have been trying but I have not gotten any opportunities for a new story yet. Ha With any luck it will happen soon.
Jack
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on December 04, 2015, 05:04:00 PM
I've gotten winded by two different 8 pointers on two different nights.  Close but no cigar.  I did have my friend the "Saudi Redneck" score on his first whitetail ever with his Palmer recurve.  During gun season.  Mentoring can be a awesome experience.  Here is Fahad with his spike:

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v252/JHarper/Mobile%20Uploads/20151120_125950.jpg)
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on December 05, 2015, 06:44:00 AM
Congrats to Fahad on his first, has he moved to WV yet? He's a hoot a STAR at the gatherings at the Cool Spring camp. Good luck with the 8's Nook, am still chasing a deer that will actually come home with me instead of feeding yotes.
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Nook on December 07, 2015, 09:47:00 AM
I tried to talk dirty to a six pointer Sat. night.  Grunted him to a stop in a field.  As he tried to leave I snort Wheezed him, Just like the vidios....  He took off like a scalded ass ape...  Guess he didn't read the script...   :readit:
Title: Re: 2015 Virginia Hunting Stories
Post by: Tom on December 08, 2015, 06:24:00 AM
Must have had his butt whipped by a big guy. At least he was smart enough to remember the a**whipping. Maybe next time Nook. Good luck.