Archive for September, 2010

September 29

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I didn’t think I would make it out before the weekend, but I decided halfway through the day that I needed to get in the woods. My buddy Doug asked if I wanted to go to one of his spots so I decided to tag along.

We hunted a little north of Lake George. The weather was warm today. It was clear and I was confronted with a southeast wind which worked out well for the place I chose to sit.

I didn’t see a ton of sign due to the amount of rain we’ve had over the last few days. The acorns were falling at a steady pace the entire time I was in the woods.

Doug didn’t see any deer but he did find a few fresh rubs. I didn’t see any deer either. It felt good to be in the woods. It gave me that little extra kick in the pants that I’ve been needing.

September 28

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Early archery season opened yesterday, but I didn’t have anything organized enough to get into the woods. Everything has been hectic so I’m holding off until I have everything ready. Hopefully I’ll be ready to give it a go by the weekend. This time of year always sneaks up on my too quickly.

As I’ve gotten older I don’t hunt as much in the early season like I once did. It’s a lot harder for me to get motivated when the weather is hot, muggy and miserable.

I did put a trail camera out in a place where I expected to get a buck that I’ve been chasing around. I’m trying to figure him out, but it appears he still has the advantage. I got some does and fawns that played around in front of the camera for a while.

The only big deer that came by was smart enough to keep its head out of the picture. Although the body looks mature I can’t tell what it is because I can’t see the all important head.

Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

September 15

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’ve been wandering around the woods a little bit this week. Over the weekend I went to a place in southern zone to help a friend set some trail cameras.

I couldn’t believe how dry it was. We need some rain. There was a fair amount of sign, but nothing overwhelming. The weeks ahead should give a better idea of what’s to be expected once the leaves begin to fall.

Although I’ve never been into trail cameras I decided that I would play around with one this season just to see what I might capture on film. Since I’m learning the ropes with my new camera I put it on the property behind the house. I downloaded the pictures off from it and moved it to another place tonight. I got some nice pictures of a doe that appeared to be feeding in the middle of the afternoon.

I moved it to a place that the same deer has been traveling on a regular basis. I’m pretty sure he beds across the road and travels to our fields after dark to feed. I hope that I get a few pictures by next week to see if my theory proves to be true.

Here are a few pictures of the doe that was feeding in front of the camera.

It’s in the Air

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I can smell it in the air. All of you hunters know exactly what I’m talking about. A few days ago the temperature dropped so I decided to go for a walk in the woods. I wanted to see what was around for food and water.

I saw a few green acorns scattered across the forest floor, but no beechnuts. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about the abundance of acorns, but that definitely wasn’t the case in the area that I scouted.

I found a couple new runways that were pounded into the ground. Since it has been so dry it was hard to tell how much activity the runways were actually getting.

As I trudged along behind my dad a stick snapped me in the eye. At first I felt nauseous and my eye began to water. When I got home later that evening it felt like something was still in my eye. I went to the bathroom and inspected it. The problem was easy to see. I had a large scratch across the white part of my eye.

The next morning I was in a lot of pain. I couldn’t keep my left eye open. I made an appointment to see my eye doctor. After the doctor examined my eye he told me how lucky I was to be able to see. A fraction of an inch and I could have lost my vision. I’m pretty sure that I will now wear safety glasses when I’m walking in the woods when it’s dark. Although this happened in the daylight I want to be extra careful in the dark.

I set my new trail camera out tonight. The temperatures for the next few days are supposed to stay cool so I’m hoping to get a few pictures on the camera. I’m still in the testing mode with it so I set it up out behind the house. I’ll have to update everyone as to what happens when I check it in a few days…………………..until then, remember that we’re getting closer with every passing day. Hunt hard and hunt safe. Best,