I had been out to my deer stand a couple of times during earlier bow season but today was the first day I was able to go out during Muzzleloader! As I parked 3 other trucks pulled up and were ready to hunt the same property. One was bow and the other two were muzzleloaders, but fortunately the property is large enough once we walked into the woods we didn’t really bother each other at all.
Early on in the morning I saw 3 does that walked close, but they chose a different path and I watched them walk by. About an hour after sunrise I heard a noise behind me and turned to look and see a buck walking down the walking path that I used that morning to walk in on. As he approached he stopped next to the creek for a quick drink and to look around. I was watching him pretty closely, a nice 4×4 young buck. He ended up taking a diverting path that turned him broadside at about 20 yards, and at that point I took my shot!
He ran up over the ridge and slowly walked out of site but I knew I had a good shot on him. I waited about 1 hour before getting down out of the tree stand and went and found him about 50 yards total from where he was standing when I pulled the trigger! Once I started field dressing the deer I noticed he had been shot before. He had another bullet hole (really low on his stomach) that had started to heal over, I assume it took place during the rifle season a couple of weeks before.
He isn’t the biggest buck in the world but for being on highly pressured public land I was not at all disappointed! After I started dragging the deer back to the truck it started snowing, big heavy flakes, kind of a cool scene to be apart of.
I hadn’t had the opportunity to get out to hunt deer at all during the Bow or Rifle seasons so I had been looking forward to December so I could get out and use my Muzzle Loader. I didn’t want to leave my deer stand out all fall since I hunt exclusively public land so I had to take that with me to set up today as well.
I got out to the property a little after noon and had to walk in a ways but I knew right were i wanted to set up. I scouted the property a lot the year before and had hunted it 2 or 3 times so I had a really good idea of where I wanted to be. I set my stand up on the southeast side of a field where the tall grass met the wooded area. So in front of me the open field was about 10 yards away and the creek ran about 30 yards behind me and I was in some thing cover. I purposefully set myself up where a ravine went out into the field as well so it looked like a corner and there were a lot of deer tracks that were using that corner as a funnel!
I was out there for around an hour when I heard something behind me and as I turned to see what was moving around I noticed two people out on horseback for a joy ride! Not what I wanted to see while I’m waiting for a deer but such is life on public property. Another hour passed and again heard a noise behind me and this time is was a kid with a .22 hunting squirrels! Ha I was a little disappointed but hoped that as he moved around the property he might get the deer moving around too.
I sat out there until dark and didn’t see any deer. The weather was warmer than I hoped it would be during the muzzle loading season but that’s not something I can control. So I didn’t get a deer today but I did get my stand up so I can go out in the mornings here soon and its always nice to spend an afternoon in the woods. Just a few pictures… Enjoy!
This weekend we had some changes in the weather coming that made me and my brother really excited to get out and try some duck hunting. On Thursday and Friday the temperatures started to drop from the mid to high 50’s down into the low 30’s and 20’s and we had gotten a little bit of snow the night before. Most of the storm missed us north and they got a lot of snow, so we figured that the weather north of us may have pushed a lot of new ducks into our area.
We got to Pawnee SRA really early on Saturday morning and parked on the far west side of the lake. We parked in the camping area along the creek and decided to walk in from there. We got in and as we were about to the spot we wanted to hunt we noticed a flashlight coming from around the corner of the reeds that wanted to hunt. Another group of hunters had coming via boat and set up in the exact spot we were trying to get to to hunt…
We were unable to walk around them as the the reeds were too thick for us to get through, so instead we decided to set up at the mouth of the creek. It wasn’t ideal as the wind was coming from the northwest so we new the ducks would be flying from the southeast and this other group of hunters was set up direct to the southeast of our set up and would have to pass right by the other hunters set up before heading in our direction.
We watched them shoot a fair number of ducks. We saw a lot of ducks of many different species, teal, mallards, pintails, wood ducks and also canadian and snow geese. We did get a few to come around to our decoys as well, we had a few small groups of mallards break off from the group and lock up into our decoys. I think we were so excited to finally be getting some action that we missed the shot and had some issues with a gun that jammed.
Even though we didn’t harvest birds we had a great morning! The weather was nice, we had a great view and got to take some pictures that turned out pretty well. Check out all of the pics below! I’ve got some good ones.