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Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 06:37 AM
Took the daughter out hunting. We were only a half a mile from the house. We I saw 3 deer in the valley. I showed my daughter where the deer were and had her go to the top of the hill. The 2 does stayed but the buck left. The daughter started to pull back and I could see the true hunter come in her. But she let up because the doe was coming up closer. I looked back at the doe I had in site. Only to find out it was standing next to me at 25ft away. I turned and shot. Rats it hit a small tree. The doe looked at the tree so I knelt down and shot her again. Whoooo hooooo complete pass thru great. I looked over at the daughter and she was still watching that doe and unfortunately the doe got nerved and ran. So in our wait we went and looked at a trail cam. We cam back in 40min. We started tracking and soon found blood. We also found my arrow broken in half from hitting a rock :mad: of-course. After we found more and more blood trail and where she laid down a few times. So I figured we would be seeing her soon, so I called my son on the talkies and he caught up with us. Once we got down to a thick wooded area we noticed that a bobcat was trailing her. Too though of terrain for us getting dark and dangerous we started heading back. Too dark too late so here we go compasses and head lights. To no avail we found ourselves in front of a body of water. Snow covered the ground and some of the water and water holes etc etc. Too dark too late to dangerous! So we called home on the talkie and got no one. Went to higher ground and finally got my wife. We had her beep the horn and still we couldn't hear it. So we prepared to spend the night. Started a fire told the wife we were lost and she called for help. 3 hours after I talked with the wife they arrived. The conservation officer said we were so close to getting to where we were headed except that the swamp was the road block. It took them approx 2 hours to walk 4/10ths of a mile. The terrain is though. In all my years of hunting I have never been lost, so I would tell you it ain't fun. But I thank God for answered prayers! we are all safe and sound.
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gravedigger
11-25-2011, 06:48 AM
dang buddy glad to hear you and the kids a good.crazy how that works out.we never think it will happen till it does.i seen a pack in one of the pics so i take it you pack for a worse case situation.you did everything right,call for help,start a fire....glad yall are ok

now where did the doe go

Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 07:00 AM
dang buddy glad to hear you and the kids a good.crazy how that works out.we never think it will happen till it does.i seen a pack in one of the pics so i take it you pack for a worse case situation.you did everything right,call for help,start a fire....glad yall are ok

now where did the doe goYeah GD we were well prepared. Even as close as we were to our house we go prepared. As it goes for the doe she is in a bobcat belly!


Hutch:cool:

ElkSlayer
11-25-2011, 07:09 AM
yikes ...glad to here your all ok no fun being out after dark.. worse when the kids are with you...makes you worrie more.
Bill glad you got the shot an conected , I take it no recovery due to lost in the dark. maybe today ? looks plenty cold. Whew just gald your all safe and warm now ...better luck on the next hunt..:)

gravedigger
11-25-2011, 07:42 AM
not trying to jack but my buddy put us in the samp spot as you were in,except he was looking for arrows,mine and his.i did not care so much about mine.but he just had to find them,got dark,he was no prepaired..no watter nothing.me on the other hand...i have enough stuff in my pack to keep 2 people fed,watted,warm,first aid,and lighted for at least 5 days.i dont care if im going on a moring,day or week hunt.

to the folks that think they wont need the extra batterys,lighter,flintstick,food,watter pure tabs let hutchs story be a lesson for all of us.pack for a worse case situation and hope for the best.we never know what will happen.

ElkSlayer
11-25-2011, 08:03 AM
to the folks that think they wont need the extra batterys,lighter,flintstick,food,watter pure tabs let hutchs story be a lesson for all of us.pack for a worse case situation and hope for the best.we never know what will happen.

Yep he was just out his back door... never leave the truck / house with out your pack, full of gear for the "What if"... Bill was able to make fire... Key to one lasting the night... it alone calms the mood. Im sure he will tell you he felt better once it was blazin... Hope it was a warm one Bill:cool:

Don B
11-25-2011, 08:19 AM
Hot Dang, Bill.
Happy to hear ya'll made it ok.
Not good to have that happen. I would be talking to Santa about a hand held GPS right about now.
Don.

ElkSlayer
11-25-2011, 08:23 AM
Hot Dang, Bill.
Happy to hear ya'll made it ok.
Not good to have that happen. I would be talking to Santa about a hand held GPS right about now.
Don.

2nd that... E bay Bill E bay Brad

Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 08:26 AM
Hot Dang, Bill.
Happy to hear ya'll made it ok.
Not good to have that happen. I would be talking to Santa about a hand held GPS right about now.
Don.Yeah Don, but even that wouldn't help. The terrain was to risky. Too many holes covered by snow.




Hutch:cool:

ElkSlayer
11-25-2011, 08:31 AM
Yeah Don, but even that wouldn't help. The terrain was to risky. Too many holes covered by snow.




Hutch:cool:

Bill you did the right thing sit tight till light ..lucky for you you didn't have to wait to long for help. So any news on where she went or did Ole Bob have a good thanksgiving too..

elkslayer4x5
11-25-2011, 08:49 AM
I'm sure that I'd remember a Thanksgiving like that forever. Thank God and your good sense that you were prepared for the worst of the 'what ifs'. Even right there in your 'backyard' once the snow falls, nothing looks the same. Had to be frightning knowing that you were near the swamp and that the snow was covering all sorts of pitfalls. Like you, we also carry talkies, just in case. In fact there are a lot of 'just in case' items in my pack, darn thing is nearing 30#s. Hard luck in not recovering your doe, bet Ole Bob appreciates the full belly, and that he's wearing a nice coat right now. Thats one critter thats very high on my 'hit' list, have never had the oppertunity to get a shot at one. Really glad everyone is now safe. :) Do we have a smiley face for WHEW! ?

parttimr
11-25-2011, 10:26 AM
Dang Bill that's sure a Thanksgiving to remember for sure. Glad all worked out for you and the family. Bet the concerns were really high with your daughter along. Never thought about packing stuff since I also hunt so close to the house but maybe fire starter for sure now. Someone was watching over you thank gosh. Lessons to learn by for all of us.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 12:13 PM
Yeah Brad, saw too many people get lost around here and they were unprepared. Too many needing to be rushed to the hospital with hypothermia. Also people think it can't happen to me. Wrong! I knew the area well but and we were only a mile away from the house. So I can tell you it doesn't matter what you know or what you have with you, it is the decisions you make that help you survive.



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Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 12:52 PM
Here is a link to the short story
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/NH-dad-teens-who-got-lost-tracking-deer-found-2291809.php


Hutch:cool:

Money Man
11-25-2011, 04:00 PM
Bill,
Glad you made it out OK. Nice that you daughter was with you as I am sure she learned a lot of important lessons all in one day. I got lost this year when we had some snow in October. I felt like an idiot but the snow really changes things. Luck for me the property I was on is surrounded by roads in every direction, so worst case I just had to pick one direction and keep going. My wife's uncle hunts that property with me and always jokes about my pack, but I will not hunt without it.

MLN1963
11-25-2011, 04:30 PM
I sure am glad there was a happy ending to this story! I hope that the kids learned from it and will always have it in their minds to be prepared. Good on dad for keeping his cool. I hope next year's turkey day is a little less exciting.

Double S
11-25-2011, 04:57 PM
I'm glad that you and the kids are safe and at home. Looks like you were prepared. Great job on your part.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 05:11 PM
Thanks Guys, I sure know one thing. Even if you know your terrain you better be prepared. I am now in fact checking on some of the items we didn't have. Which was not many but I certainly want to be over prepared.




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Hutch~n~Son Archery
11-25-2011, 05:22 PM
Here is a good link for a survival kit

http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Survival%20Kit.htm



Hutch:cool:

Chip
11-26-2011, 01:43 AM
Very very happy to hear all is well, and glad to hear you were prepared. Have a great Holiday season.

Skbengal
11-26-2011, 10:53 AM
It doesn't take much to cause a man to lose his way,does it?Nice to know the good Lord was watching over you and your family.I imagine there was a silent prayer or two involved.Take care Hutch!

Simple Life
11-27-2011, 12:05 PM
Damn Hutch,glad to see you all made it out.

HawgEnvy
11-27-2011, 04:52 PM
a little late to the party,but sure glad all is well. it sure is a creepy feeling when you realize you're lost. i was only 200yds off the rd but got turned around in a thick swamp. wasn't even "supposed to be there". ran to the store for my wife and decided to check an area i hunted with a friend once. no cell phone on me,was only gonna be a 10min milk run. 3.5hrs later... anything can happen at anytime. careful out there guys

ElkSlayer
11-27-2011, 04:57 PM
a little late to the party,but sure glad all is well. it sure is a creepy feeling when you realize you're lost. i was only 200yds off the rd but got turned around in a thick swamp. wasn't even "supposed to be there". ran to the store for my wife and decided to check an area i hunted with a friend once. no cell phone on me,was only gonna be a 10min milk run. 3.5hrs later... anything can happen at anytime. careful out there guys

Did you remember the milk?