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Online Terry Green

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******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« on: September 19, 2004, 08:26:00 AM »
Thought this might make a good running thread for the fall seasons.  Lets see.

If you hunted, and want to come in at the end of the day and post a little report on your adventure, then have at it. You certialy don't have to kill anything to post, just anything interesting would good.

And remember, post your 'hero pics' on the Highlights 04 forum.

I'll start....

In route to my 'bear woods', the road was out AGAIN.  Last year the state cut me off working on this one certian road just after I had finnaly found huntable bear sign, and nearly got a shot.....now Ivan washed out the bridge, and not until I'd driven in half way.  Had to re-group.

Went to another place hi in the mountians....bout a 40 minute run from the bridge.  Walked a mile to the top of the MT..and off the other side a quarter...came back to the top...and eased off a lead I'd hunted before.  Yep...same 'spagetti junction' in the ferns as last year....I'll set up here.

The wind was howling up the lead, and I posted up looking down and to the right.  I knew something could be on me rather quickly, and silently.

Sure enough, at 15 till six, I turned my head left, and there he was, yet ANOTHER 200+ Cohutta Mt boar hog.  Look just like my McKenzie big boar, cept thicker.....and he was in boa range the 1st time I set eyes on him....just one more step...just one more....

He smelled my track, and turned and lopped down the lead, and I went after him.....bout 100 yards down the lead, with me not getting closer than 30 yards, he bailed off the steep stuff, and I knew he'd won...so I bit him adue.

45 minutes latter, here comes a wad of fitty pounders.  Now when they smelled my track, it was like the Keystone Cops, and I got quite a laugh out of all the confusion and tail chasing, as I'm sure the big sow did taking up the rear.

That was my hunt for Saturday the 18th.
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2004, 09:21:00 AM »
My hunt for the 18th started a little late because I needed ta finish up the ribs on the grill. Headed of into what me and Charlie call Sherwood Forrest. It was more of a scouting trip for the upcomming deer season. I found a few rubs along the way but nothing really too impressive.

The hogs really haven't been around this area since my lovely neighbor bulldozed his seven hundred acres. Dontcha just love Cattle Ranchers!!! Anyway, as I eased along I thought I heard a squeel. I actually had to bend down to see under a limb in front of me. Just as I did a nice red Sow about 125# and three little striped red piglets in tow. She was pretty close but considering the circumstances I think I'll just let those pigs grow awhile. It was a good hunt that put me back at the house just as last light fell. CK

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2004, 11:03:00 AM »
My hunt on the 18th went poorly.  About 9:00 am I arrowed one of the largest blacktail 4x4's I've ever seen.  An' I been chasin' them for over 20 years.  Shot might've been a little high, and for some reason penetration was only 8-9 inches.  At 9:01 it started pourin'.  Decided to get on the trail sooner rather than later as blood was disappearing before my eyes.  Looked until dark in circles and grids in reprod over my head.  No deer.  Going back out to look this afternoon.  Feel sick.

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2004, 11:08:00 AM »
Well i was just a tag along, but went out bear uhnting with some folks yesterday, we treed 3 bears in one tree and might have been a forth one nearby.
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2004, 01:09:00 PM »
Well I'ved spent 35 total hours on 5 different stands and have seen 3 deer during the daylight in the last two weekends. Hunting public land, wayyyy back in there. Last year every one of these stands had at least one deer killed out of them by the end of the 2nd weekend.Lots and lots of acorns blown to the ground, muscadines, scupernongs, dogwood berrys, persimmons.  There's just food everywhere. Guess they just ain't leaving the bedding areas.

Now, funny thing is, this morning on the way to the stand @ 5am, I see and walk past 4 deer bedded down not 20 yards off the main road in a wide open pine meadow.

Gonna try this week and if it don't get no better I'm gonna go hog chasin!

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2004, 01:16:00 PM »
Sunday Sept 19: Started the day late but decided to go back to Sherwood Forrest and continue scouting deer. I took along a varmit call and did some calling. At my third stop I did a three sequence call and waited. Nothing was happening and I was thinking it was too late but as I raised up and started back down the trail I was almost run over by a fast moving coyote. Quess I should take my own advice and exercize more patience. Im not sure which one of us scared the other worse.

I was just interupted while I typed this by the dogs barking outside. I look out to see a squirrel in the Pecan tree barking at the dogs as they barked at him. One Magnus blunt between the eyes and I now have somthing to go with Fridays bunny. I wonder how squirrel mixes with bunny? Sounds like a potatoe meal. CK

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2004, 02:19:00 PM »
Sept 18th

Ivan got here Friday eve, and it rained from then until about 2 Sat afternoon.  As it began to let up, I figured the animals would be out and about, so out I went.  Got to the spot I was going to hunt, and a guy shows up on a three wheeler, then another, both bowhunting. (you can walk from one end of the property to the other in fifteen minutes).  I take off, shortly after I hear the three wheelers coming.  I get into the property about halfway, it is all overgrown fields full of wild apple, pear and cherry trees.  The three wheeler gets close, and off runs a six point buck that he never sees.  As he passes me, he actually stops and tells me he is to lazy to walk, then drives off. Thirty yards further I come upon a doe and two fawns watching the three wheeler drive off. I am 10 yards from one of the fawns, and they have no idea I am there. The doe is about 60 yards out, finally sees me and takes one fawn with her.  The second just moseys around by me, I drew on it a number of times but didn't shoot.  This fawn wlaks by me, and I head into the field to my stand, the fawn begins to follow me, and does so for about 50 yards.  I get to my stand, and realize I have forgotten my steps, so end up hunting from the ground.  On the way out I again run into the fawn again, and again have multiple chances to shoot, but don't.  This was only my second time out since Wednesday when our season opened.

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2004, 04:32:00 PM »
sunday sept 19th

I've been wanting to go to this spot for some time now but I have not had the right wind for a morning stand set.  Ive been spotting this area for several weeks and I know of several good shooter bucks in the area.

I have the day off and the wind is right for what I call the canoe stand.  To enter this stand I have to access the woods from the other side of the river and canoe about a mile up stream which I figured should take about 30-45 min.

this is a new stand for me so I have no stand in place which means I must allow enough time to hang my stand all before sun-up.

45-50 min. into the canoe trip I arrive to my river exit point and all is well(I'm not all wet anyway). I did however have a couple does blowing at me before my exit but I beleive most of the deer are still feeding in the alfelfa field and should not be to concerned.

I stumble through the trees toating my bow and tree stand to a spot that looks good and hang my stand. Keep in mind it is dark and I have never hunting this spot before.

Ok, my stand is hung and I'm standing on the platform of my stand clearing some branches and I hear some ruckus up wind of my location, the light is dim so I settle in and wait.

All the ruckus finally shows itself as a group of five bucks all of which stir around my stand and offer several shot opportunities but I chose not to shoot (in hopes for bigger).

I was on stand around 3 hours and had around a dozen deer come within shooting range. I did see a shooter buck skirt by me at about 50yrds but not within shooting distance.  And the canoe trip back dry and uneventful.

If the winds are right I will do it again tomorrow with a slight ajustment to stand location.

good luck,
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2004, 04:51:00 PM »
Sept 18th

Headed out to the little farm property that I'm house-sitting & hunting on Friday and it's raining and nasty when I get there.  Helps me "decide" that I'll just double check my patterning of the deer that night. Sure enough, 6:00 on the bell the doe/fawn combo and forkie appear out of nowhere and head up the blackberries to the apple and pear trees up by the road.  

Saturday I wash up, dress up in carharts and flannel shirt, facepaint and boonie hat and sneak on over to a small spot I've cleared in the brambles.  It's pretty open but with cover in front and a nice small stand of alders behind to break up my outline.  According to my patterning, they should come in and stay crosswind of me in this spot.  It's not right up at the apples, but that's upwind and not a whole lot of places to hide.  

I end up getting dam cold by the time the doe and fawn show up.  But no buck.  This is the first time I haven't seen the little forkie with them in two evenings (not consecutive).  I was very gratified, however, that the pair walked by completely unalarmed at less than 10 yds.  A little later something at the road spooks em & they bounce back down past me and then turn downwind as they exit.  If they re-approach I'll be thoroughly winded, so I slowly hunt my way back.  

My very first hunt for deer, first hunt with this selfbow too.  Very cool.

Come home to get some better clothing (the cotton just about froze me to death in that drizzle) and have a minor disaster.  Taking all my hunting clothes into the wash with a bunch of baking soda, I throw in some army surplus wool pants I just bought.  After I start the wash, the overwhelming fume of moth balls begins coming out of the washer   SH%$$!! I only hope I can be done descenting this stuff before it's time to get back out there.

ps/edit:  No way I'll be done, I'll just hunt the wind, which I have to do anyway.

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2004, 06:59:00 PM »
Sept 18th
Headed up for a afternoon hunt for deer or elk in a new area. The roads are closed in this area to moterized rigs so I loaded a mt. Bike to get in a ways. I wanted to try out Trashwoods sling idea also.
About a mile & a half in I tried for some rough grouse but could never get a clear shot at them in some reprod. They finally down the draw and I lost sight of them.
I left the bike at a couple miles in and headed up a ridge that flattens out and looked really good on the maps. Found plenty of rubs, both deer and elk and the top was better than the map promised. It alternates between old growth timber and twenty foot reprod which is perfect.

Found one rub where a bull had hooked the ground up all around it. I would give a quiet cow call about ever 1/4 mile but no bugles and nothing sneaking in.
I did ease up on a doe with twin fawns, no buck around. It has to have horns in this unit.

I got out to a point where the trees were gone and you could see the country. I spent some time glassing and then snaped a pic or two. [ Its on the huntin pic thread]
I found water by acident after hearing a deer blow out of a spot[ winded again] never got a look at it.

I like the looks of this country enough to come back with the tent the middle of the week an stay a few days. It's got grouse so the boss will throw her bike in and come along also.

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2004, 07:26:00 PM »
Hunts drawing to a close here.  So far have passed on 3 different cows (1 at 11 steps), no sheep, might still get a chance for goats/caribou or get back out for sheep again depending on weather and some information I eagerly await tomorrow evening.  The grouse hunting has been pretty good compared to years past in both having a fair to good number of ruffies and spruce hens around.

Winter's almost here!

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2004, 08:55:00 PM »
Good Job Guys!!

Great hearing about yer exploits out there..

Hearing about your adventures helps, since our season don't open till>>>> Oct.15 in NY.

Keep em coming........  Tom.
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2004, 10:56:00 PM »
Sept 19th, Went early with my 15 year old son. Had 2 does come in about 7:00 they were a bit skittish and never got closer than about 25 yards it was his shot and he wanted them closer. Temp hit 80 by 11:00 enough sitting in the stand off to the lake for some fishing. Best part of the whole day we watched a Osprey take a nice Northern Pike 30-40 feet a way. A great day!
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2004, 12:42:00 PM »
Well we've been seeing a cow moose pretty regularly now for the past few days.  Last nite I tried an ambush and was off by a hundred yards or so.  She's pretty dog gone spooky and was gone as fast as she was there.

This morning I tried the same thing, thinking the mornings were better anyways.  This morning was no different.

I was sneaking on an oxbow that ran adjacent to a pipeline trail.  I figured she was there as I could hear the typical woosh of water of a moose eating roots from down below.  As I closed the distance to 50-75 yards, a 4 wheeler pulls up along the pipeline path, he stops at where the oxbow is only a few feet of the trail, stands up, turns around, picks up his bow, takes 1 step off his wheeler.  I picked the glass's up and realized he was range finding the cow.  No sooner did he put that ranger finder down, he was at full draw and he let her sail.  The typical noise bustin sound, lots of water, lots of sticks, then silence.   Other then passing my truck on his way in, he never knew I was 40 yards from him peering through the tree line.  

I didn't know whether to be happy for the guy or to be totally ticked being he knew something was up due to where I parked my rig.  We chatted for a second after I whisteled to him softly to let him know I was there.  No apologies, nothing....  10 more days and my hunt season is over!

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2004, 03:24:00 PM »
Well it's a dreary day on the mountain but perfect for what I intended, "the best laid plans". Came in to dry out and get a bite to eat now I'm about to comfortable to go back out.

Looked out at fresh snow and very low clouds at daylight this morning and decided it was perfect to invade a spot where I've been seeing a dandy dark horned 6pt bull. He's been camped with his cows in a small side hill drainage that is almost impossible to approach so with the "cover" this morning I decided to drop everything and do it. A four mile round about ride on the ATV put me within a half mile and it was looking perfect.

I slipped in quitely and crawled thru the snow and brush for the next four hours. Never heard a peep or saw anything  :(  About then a warm breeze swept in and all the pretty snow turned to WET. Time I slogged out I was pretty much soaked head to toe then it decided to cool off again. It was a chilly ride back out.

This big boy seems to be leading a charmed life so far but I'll be back!!
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2004, 09:45:00 PM »
Got out tonight for the first time since I got back from Colorado. Just gotta forget the elk and mulies and get on with the whitetail shootin!

Beautiful evening in the woods. Slipped into the woods on a favorable wind and checked a few trails as I went.
A little gray squirrel spotted me coming and set up a helluva ruckus. Nothing to lose, I slipped a blunt from my quiver and nocked it on the Howard Gamemaster.
The first time I had a chance I drew down on him and skewered his noisy hide... 25 yards. Nothing like a little confidence builder before gettin serious with the deer.
I had a couple more squirrels around me as the evening passed. I let them go about their business while I waited for bigger prey.
The sun set in a glorious burst of reds and orange. Not a bad day at all.
I did have 4 or 5 deer cross the road in front of me before I got to the black top.    
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2004, 10:14:00 PM »
Not really a hunting story,but as I grow in years,I tend to do a lot of observing,before I step into the woods.

I've been watching a pair of young bucks,(small 4x4s) crossing the alfalfa field, and hooking into a small finger of woods,that run out into the field.Everynight to the minute, for the past 5 nights.

They had a much larger buddy,but he seems to be a bit shy? If I tarry from work a bit,I get to watch them on there return trip.They bed in the shadows of the cool creek bottom.

The oaks are dropping they fruits,and the game has switched to the ridges.I suppose the two can be found there under the giant red oaks,in the darkness.

There will appear a large scrape in that finger of woods, in a few weeks.I'm posed, and ready.

He'll show,I'll watch, and wait.

In the mean time, I'm really enjoying reading all of the day hunts.Keep them coming.
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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2004, 10:41:00 PM »
I'll chime in a bit.

The 19th I went back to a farm I have been hunting for the past three years. More of a hunting/scouting trip than anything else since my knees were killing me and I was not up to a bunch of walking. After parking the ATV, found a nice white oak grove that the deer have been hitting pretty good and plan to go back and set up tomorrow (21st) evening. Saw a butt load of tree rats and one big black (imported from Michigan by coon hunters) coon I would have shot if I could have gotten close enough. My brother and I also have some winter wheat and oats out in a few selected locations.

I'm hoping to put a nice fat doe in the freezer first off then spend the rest of the year hunting for the "Big Boy" that my brother and I have both seen. Bro is a gun hunter only (I'm working on that!) so I have a few weeks before he and my nephew hit the woods. I've actually been after this deer for the past two years and passed a lot of shots on smaller bucks because of him. But this year he is just an awesome double droptine hunk of Ky. buck that made my knees weak when I got a look at him a few weeks ago. Oh dear Lord please let this be my year!!!  :readit:    :bigsmyl:  

Good luck folks! You all are number 2 on my list to get a biggun'!  :wavey:
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« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2004, 12:04:00 AM »
Hello Gang-

Well, let me start with opening day 9/15.  This is an easy one for me.  It rained the entire time and I did not see a single deer.  On the bright side I did get to help my brother drag out a healthy doe.  It was nice to get out in the woods again.  Oh yeah as a side note, I recently switched to aluminum shafts and switched to wensel woodsmans.  The reason I bring this up is because I got the wrong file (to narrow) and was not able to sharpen my heads.  My brother wanted me to come along for the opener.  In order for me to get out there the next day I would have to bring my compound.  This was very dissapointing to me because I have spent a great deal of time practicing and shooting 3-D with my recurve.  I had also told myself that I would only hunt with stickbows this year.  However, I did not want to veto my brothers offer.  Quickly I remebered how heavy my compound is compared to my curve.....I was almost glad I did not see anything. Although,I was happy for my brother and it was nice to be back in the woods.

Today, 9/20, I had all my trad equipment ready. The wensels shaving hair off my arms.  I did get off on the wrong foot however.  Setting my alarm for 5:00 last night, I forgot to go to AM.  So rising on my own at 6AM I hurried and finally made it to the woods right around the 6:55 sun-up.  It was already pretty bright which aided in setting my stand quickly.  About 45 min into the hunt, I turned to notice a doe and a fawn coming from behind me.  Walking down the path searching for acorns.  15 more yard and she will be broadside.  She stops right where I had hoped.  As I began to draw, the spot that I am focused on becomes covered.  The fawn she was with decides to stand right next to her, blocking my shot.  I think to myself, when she clears the next tree the arrow will be in her.  She had a different plan, stopping behind the tree and then useing the tree as a shield as she walked away from me.  Oh well, at least I was seeing deer and it was not raining.  The weather in fact was perfect, one of the coldest days of summer here in Maryland.  The next three hours turned out to be pretty uneventful.  I figured that I would get out of my stand so I could go home, get some food and make a few work related calls.  I was planning on meeting my brother at 3pm for an afternoon hunt anyway.  As I was reaching for my tow rope, I caught a quick glimpse of a tail flicker.  WHAT,  a deer was 40 yards right in front of me and he was facing away.  How did he even get there? Did he walk right past me? No way. Waiting to see what it would do, I noticed it was a young buck with a spike on one side and a fork on the other.  He turns, again searching for acorns, walks around a fallen tree and heads straight toward my stand.  At 18 yards, he stops, still facing me.  He is concerned with something behind him.  I was hoping that it was a bigger buck, but nothing else ever materialized.  In fact, the young buck did not take those 2 or 3 steps that I need for a shot, but turned 180 degrees and went back to the trail he had come.  I'd be back at 3:00 though.

I got fed and returned around 2pm.  I had called my brother to let him know that I would be out in the woods by the time he got there.  After, spending 4 and a half hours in the stand without seeing anything I was about to pack it in again.  Once agian, right as I am trying to leave the deer show up.  This time, the buck is a yearling with 3 to 4 inch spikes.  I do notice another deer taking up the rear.  I wish I could say it was a buck that would easily make book or magazine cover.  Instead, it was a good sized doe.  In Montgomery County the deer are so overpopulated that doe harvest are unlimited.  However bucks are limited to 2 per season.  I set my sights for the doe.  As they munched on acorns that had been raining down, helped by a flock of birds that had landed in a huge oak about 30 min before, the doe, within range turned broadside.  I picked a spot, drew, anchored and then let fly.  Dang! Dang! Dang! I heard my arrow shoot in to the ground.  Most have shot right over her back.   Dumb Dumb, all those 3-D shoots, I know that I have to shoot a little lower from a stand.  Well, the doe takes off and the spike runs about 10 yards, waits a moment or two then runs to catch the doe.  I sat for a minute or two kicking myself.  I then took out my binos and tried to spot my arrow from my stand.  I could not see it anywhere.  How could I not see yellow barred feathers?  Well that was enough for me, I gathered my stuff and got down.  I went to find my arrow.  HOLY COW, my 2018 easton Legacy had been dipped bright red, BLOOD.  Sweet, I guess the arrow was only in the deer for a milisecond and my mind did not compute that the deer was hit.  It looked to me that I had shot over.  A quick call on my Rino GPS gave my brother my position. When he showed up about 10 minutes later and we began to track.  The blood was pretty good and went about 175-200 before we found her.  She was hit a little high, but the woodsman blew through her and due to the angle from the stand the exit hole was properly placed.  I did good.

Oh yeah, this is my first traditional deer.

Feels damn good.  Thanks for reading.

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Re: ******Daily Hunt Report 2004******
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2004, 12:18:00 AM »
Back from 5 days helping a buddy with his moose tag.  Snow, rain and the wildest moose I've ever been around.  7 bulls tried - moose 7 us 0.  Needed a pump gun with pellets.  Bedded in the nastiest dark timber, wouldn't show up much during daylight.  Tough.  Got out foxed by three or four bull elk during same days as well.  Buddy managed to get one 5 point to about 10 yards, then got shook up and launched a 1/4 draw at him.  Got pissed when I rolled around on the ground laughing so hard the snot was coming out of my nose. Time to hunt antelope for a while and regroup.  Save the rest of the elk hunt for the end of the month.  Best of luck and congrats to everybody else.

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