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JohnnyThunder
10-09-2009, 07:44 PM
well its not really a farm, the only animals are wild and the only crops are food plots. but its my hunting place.

I have some deer pictures, I thought maybe some of you would enjoy seeing them.

Here is one from last year, this is about 150 yards from where the tree stand I'm planning on hunting most of the bow season in is at.

JohnnyThunder
10-09-2009, 07:45 PM
that one is probably the best buck picture I have, I have a lot more bucks and does out there but most aren't as nice as he is

JohnnyThunder
10-09-2009, 07:52 PM
Here's one with a few more bucks in it -- this is a couple years ago.

I don't have any recent pics on my SD card right now, but this will kind of give you an idea of where I'm hunting.

JohnnyThunder
10-09-2009, 08:04 PM
there's a lot of does as well of course, but I'm choosing the bucks to post

Weds night I saw one buck nearly as good as that first one, and two does with two spotted fawns when I went out to check my trail cams and play around.

I've taken 8 deer there in the last 3 years since I've had the property. I've never yet taken one with a bow before though. I meant to bow hunt last season, but there was a lot of personal stuff going on with my family so I didn't really have time to prepare.

This year I'm ready though.

I have three tree stands on the property overlooking cutover and food plots, those were setup with rifle shooting in mind though - I see lots of deer there, but if you see one its 80-200 yard shot.

This year I've got one extra stand setup just for bow shooting, my stand is on the side of the ridge overlooking a creek bottom that leads to the food plots where that first picture was taken. There is about 1/2 an acre of Alpha Rack plus planted in the bottoms, and my stand is in a large white oak with several other white oaks nearby.

My plan is to get in the stand early before dawn while the deer are out in the food plots and then be in position when it starts to get light and they move up the creek to seek the heavy cover for the day.

alex
10-10-2009, 10:29 AM
Nice! Good luck with your hunting! :)

JohnnyThunder
10-11-2009, 07:23 PM
Nice! Good luck with your hunting! :)

Thanks. I've never taken a deer with a bow yet, but I'm expecting to be successful this year. Most of the deer I've taken with a rifle have been from within bow range, and I've been practicing for a couple of months.

I'm putting 15 out of 15 within an inch of my deer target's heart at 30 yards and from off the roof of the house, about 20 feet up. I'm confident I can get in range and then make the shot.

Today I went out to my tree stand with a range finder and some glow-tacks and trail marking ribbon and color coded the trees around the stand - marking the distance. That way when I see a deer, I should know exactly how far away it is and won't misestimate the range in the excitement.

I'm really excited and eager to go, I've been wanting to bow hunt a deer for several years now.

I've got some more recent pics I can show you guys later when I can get them off my other SD cards from my trail cams.

D.haurn
10-21-2009, 05:29 PM
Heres a few pictures from my recent hunt. Found acd-145 HGCo petticoat in light aqua today and nothing more, but it was fun to look. Heres afew pictures of what along the line.
1-old culvert
2-bridge
3-whats left of the origional bridge
4-view of the right of way
5-another shot of the right-of-way, now its a forest after 25 years.
6-the petticoat before we got i down, turned out it had a big crack in it.

JohnnyThunder
10-21-2009, 05:49 PM
I can't see any of your pictures ?

Here's another one of my pictures... Not a deer, its a coyote walking beside a field of sunflowers. Deer apparently don't like to eat sunflowers, but turkeys do.

willow ms
10-21-2009, 08:53 PM
According to the NTWF's television series "GET IN THE GAME", Deer do eat Sunflowers. They devoted a whole show to preparing a Dove field and how to keep Deer from destroying their crop of Sunflowers. They explained that Deer will eat the young green plants down to the stem and will eat the ripe heads right off the plant in the fall. Two methods of deturant were used.Air cannons and electric fences. I saw a large male Coyote in a cut rice field the other day. It looked like he was chasing mice. The week before I had a Coyote chase twin fawns directly under my stand. Hope you get the Deer your'e after. I don't have any pictures to share, unfortunately. I hunt public land and I am afrraid someone will steal my cameras. We have had problems with people cutting locks and cables to steal stands. Isn't that a down right shame. I will however post the after harvest pictures of the Buck am onto, when I get him. Had him directly under me opening day. It's just a matter of time and luck. Thanks,WILLOW

JohnnyThunder
10-22-2009, 09:42 AM
I don't doubt that a deer would eat a sunflower if it didn't have anything else, but I have peas, beans, oats, wheat, not to mention acres of imperial white clover and alpha-rack plus. That time of year the deer are busy eating honeysuckle and clover, I didn't mean they just wouldn't eat it. I should have said its not their favorite thing to eat if you give them a choice.

Thats a shame about your camera's getting stolen, I've had one of mine stolen too.

EneseNox73
10-23-2009, 06:18 AM
dont feel to bad now i have had it worse just think walking in to a dog and your a half mile from your truck and your bulb blows and you have no other light and you have to feel your way out of the woods it sucks lol

D.haurn
10-26-2009, 03:23 PM
dont feel to bad now i have had it worse just think walking in to a dog and your a half mile from your truck and your bulb blows and you have no other light and you have to feel your way out of the woods it sucks lol

JohnnyThunder
11-05-2009, 07:29 PM
Well I did manage to get a coyote with my bow last Saturday.

Sorry no pictures.

I was in my stand maybe 20 minutes and saw two bodies running toward the tree stand on the same path I walked in on. I got excited thinking I was finally going to get to shoot a deer, but then I saw it wasn't deer at all - it was two coyotes trailing the scent trail of the drag cloth I was pulling as I walked to the stand that morning.

One coyote stopped and took a pee right in the buck scrape that I was trying to hunt over.

Well naturally with coyotes around I realized my deer hunt for the day had been ruined, so I decided to pull my pistol and fire them up. While I was trying to quietly get my pistol out of my jacket pocket one coyote followed the scent trail right to the bottom of my stand and then looked straight up into the tree and saw me.

I realized I wasn't going to be able to get my pistol out in time so I put my release on the arrow and got ready to draw. I think the coyote then realized something was up because he turned and started to slink away as I drew back on him, he made the mistake of stopping to look back at me at about 20 yards and I let my arrow go and hit him right in the middle of the back, the arrow exited just under his collar-bone. He curled up and rolled forward though the leaves but never took another step.

Then I kicked myself for not bringing a camera, waited a little while, climbed down and retrieved my arrow and tossed the dead coyote into a pine thicket away from my usual hunting place. Spent the rest of the morning scouting some places the other side of my farm that I haven't done much hunting on yet.

It wasn't a deer, but at least I got some excitement and finally got to shoot at something.

I'm going back after deer Saturday and Sunday this weekend, hopefully I can kill a buck during the bow only season. In Alabama we get three bucks a year now, so if I can get one buck during the bow season I will plan on bow hunting for the rest of the rifle season and then after the peak rut I will go down to a hunting club where I'm a member and fill any deer tags I have remaining on my license with my rifle. I'm trying to balance my desire to take deer with a bow instead of a rifle with my desire to fill all three of my tags. But if I don't get a deer with the bow during the bow only season I'm going to fill at least one at my farm even if I have to use a rifle to do it and I will keep trying to bow hunt a deer after that.

Bow hunting is a lot harder than Rifle hunting that is for sure, its not nearly as easy as it looks on television. I've spent 5-6 times as much time in the woods with a bow this year already than I spent taking 5 deer with a rifle last year, not counting practicing shooting a bow 2-3 times a day and obsessing over scent, wind, the moon, the sun, the time of day, the weather, and everything else I think might help me get a big buck in range.

I tell you one thing though, if somehow I haven't managed to get a buck on my own out at the farm by rut, I'm just going to go on a guided deer hunt down in south Alabama where you can see a hundred deer a day and stay down there for a week and hunt all day long if thats what it takes - lol

JohnnyThunder
11-07-2009, 11:38 AM
thought I would add one more recent picture, there weren't a lot of deer on the camera lately... a few does and this guy

i think he's the deer I've been seeing out there, but he's not the one I had on my camera that I've been wanting to get

JohnnyThunder
01-03-2010, 04:45 PM
http://www.martinarchery.com/mtechforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=860&stc=1&d=1257615434

He got away this morning. I know he's been bedding down at the other end of the farm cause I think he got wise to me hunting him over where I hunted him all fall.

Here in Alabama the rut is in full effect. Usually first week of January is the peak of it around here.

This morning I walked into where I wanted to hunt him about half an hour before daylight. So I stopped I put one of those little "hot hands" hand warmers on a tree limb about knee high across the other side of a shooting lane from where I expected him to come from, then I poured some doe-heat on the hand warmer and climbed up into my stand. I had just gotten situated in my stand and I looked up and there he stood with his nose stuck right to the doe-heat scent !

I didn't expect to see him so fast, so I wasn't quite ready to shoot and I got excited and he saw me and left before I could get setup to shoot him.

After that I stayed out there a couple more hours to see if I could a chance to shoot at another one, but it was below freezing this morning so I didn't stay long. Didn't see anything else, but I walked around to try and figure out where the deer are eating now, cause from the looks of it they've got my little food plots eaten down to nearly nothing and the honey suckle is nearly gone.

I'm going to start feeding them again once deer season is over and then switch from deer hunting to coyote killing until turkey season.

badger561
01-05-2010, 02:55 PM
Can you use a salt lick in your area?

JohnnyThunder
01-05-2010, 06:39 PM
Yeah we can. He has a salt lick, thats where I got that picture. But he only uses it a night time.

I might hunt down at the hunting club this weekend and leave him alone for the rest of the year though. I still haven't made my mind up about that, but if I decide to go to the hunting club instead then I'm going to drive out to the farm and dump some corn and deer feed - give him something to eat. He'll be a prize next fall.

I kind of hate to do that unless I'm sure I'm not hunting out there anymore because the game warden here will give you a ticket if he thinks you're baiting deer and I don't want to get in trouble, but I don't want my deer getting hungry in the cold. Its been unusually cold here this week.

FireHawk Owner
10-11-2010, 05:23 PM
Wow can I come over. PLEASE:D .Nice Buck

jonico
10-18-2010, 03:21 AM
lovely pictures . . . !!!
i m just curious about the cameras which cameras are you using . . . ???
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