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Offline RedStag5728

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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #60 on: January 06, 2014, 06:43:00 PM »
This year was a bust for me, I hunted relentlessly with the longbow all of archery and even muzzle loading season without any deer coming any closer than 50 yards. The only deer close enough was the buck I wounded back in October and lost him in the river. Hopefully this archery season (Oct 2014) will be better for me. Maybe then I'll be practiced up and maybe make a better shot.
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #61 on: January 06, 2014, 08:24:00 PM »
So, the 2013-2014 big game season is over for us.  

Jen had her first shot - with her new Schafer - at a turkey (which I thought was outstanding); however, no turkey and no deer.  Her season was cut short when - in mid November - she lost her balance on a wet floor and landed hard... jarring her post-surgical cervical fusion (c3-c6)... with the titanium plate and 8 screws.  Long story kept short, the "new" neck and shoulder pain "nocked" her out of the hunting season.

As for me... nothing with the bow this year; however, I was able to take two deer and my first turkey (ever!) with black powder.  

Oh, by the way... the same day I took the turkey, I took a deer.   So yes, I came home, gave the turkey to Jen (who gutted and processed the critter)... so I could go back out & kill a deer.  That evening, we both bonded by processing OUR deer.  (GOSH, I love that girl!!!!)

Of course, Jen is a excellent cook, and wasn't discouraged with the bloody deer shoulders.  So, with a bit of salt water, a few days of changing out the soiled water with clean water... tada... braised deer shanks, and turkey barbeque!  So, yes... life is good!
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #62 on: January 11, 2014, 10:11:00 AM »
Only one small doe with the bow for me this season.  Two doe and a nice 10 pt. with muzzleloader.  The freezer is full.

I finally got my new Foley longbow on Christmas eve.  Between the rainy weather and a week in Florida, I haven't really had a chance to get comfortable with it, but I'm sure it will be my go-to bow, for a while   ;)  

I won't be at Dixie in January, but I hope to see some of the VA gang there in February.
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2014, 10:02:00 AM »
I think with deer season over I might try a little tree rat hunting. This weekend was nasty and suffering through a chest cold I didn't want to get out in the stuff, unfortunately today is beautiful....but Sunday. I might be able to get out some this week and do a little tree rat huntin'. Gonna bring my camcorder with me and try to get some decent footage as well.

The only thing I'm looking forward to is Dixie shoots (I'll try to attend as many as I can; I do know I will be able to make it next weekend for the January shoot), working on my selfbow a little bit and doing a little tree rat huntin'. Hopefully I'll see some of you guys there at Dixie saturday!
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #64 on: January 12, 2014, 03:41:00 PM »
As far as I am concerned... all tree rats die.  Reason: They gnawed a hole into my John Deere lawn tractor gas tank.

Plus... they are tasty!!!
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #65 on: January 13, 2014, 09:26:00 AM »
Haha I'm with you David! I had one a few years ago chew through a transmission wire in my truck, a $300 fix. I had several chances through the season to shoot at several squirrels from the stand but I didn't want to cause too much commotion and scare off game. But now it's time to sharpen up my shooting, get revenge and put some meat in the freezer. Fried squirrel...it's what's on the menu   :readit:
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2014, 10:08:00 AM »
With no acorns in the woods this was a very interesting season.  I had some good setups,  but couldn't get'r done.  Congrats to all with their harvests.  Here's to 2014.  Jeff    :archer2:
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #67 on: January 15, 2014, 10:55:00 AM »
First blank since '94, the mast situation was really poor on this side of the Ridge. Know down near Roanoke and Richmond was the same situation. Gotta be better in '14.
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #68 on: January 15, 2014, 09:13:00 PM »
Well since we are recounting our season, I just took the one shot with my bow the first week of the season. My son (9 yrs old)has the deer hunting bug BAD. He killed a nice 8 point the first week of gun season! This was his 2nd afternoon EVER deer hunting, and his 2nd deer! Wish I could post a pic of him here! That was the highlight of my year, maybe for 10 years!

I did kill a nice 8 pt with my muzzleloader. I went home to WV on Thanksgiving Day, took a quiet walk in the snow around my old hunting grounds, and managed to kill a deer for my dad.  I ended the season with one more gun kill just to fill the freezer.

Congrats to everyone. It was a tough season for many....just not for Evan!     :jumper:
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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #69 on: January 18, 2014, 09:01:00 AM »
Speaking of bad seasons,I am with Tom this time around?I just couldn't
Nt get it done with a bow but the .444 did one afternoon on two does.Hope to see everyone soon.

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Re: 2013 Virginia Hunting Stories
« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2014, 07:33:00 PM »
Danny-my year was blank with the bow other than a red fox but by other means 3 deer and 2 turkeys filled up the reserves. Can't complain too much.
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