Made a 8 hour round trip from work in TX up to the hunting camp this past Sunday just for one hunt. It was my first hunt of the season and it turned out to be a good one. I was looking for a nice 8pt that I let walk 2 or 3 times last year in hopes of seeing him this year. Action started around 7:30am with does and fawns. Around 8:20am I was watching a small button buck playing under my stand when I looked up and saw him standing about 120yds down the lane. Buck fever kicked in as I put the crosshairs on him and knew it was the one I was looking for. Went to pull the trigger... 'Click'... misfire. At this point I was shaking so bad I probably couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a 12guage. I re-loaded, pulled the trigger and waited 45 mins (not feeling too confident). Got down to find no blood. Walked 20 yds into the woods and about tripped on him. He got hung up in a vine and didn't get far.
Taken with a Mossberg 4x4 .300 win mag. He had 12pts, a kicker off his G2 and split browtine. 17' inside spread. Weighed 180lbs. Guessing around 4 and a half years old.
Also had a buddy down the road shoot his first buck and brought it to the camp to clean. It was a great day for the both of us. His first buck and my biggest to date.
Took a trip out of the rigolets this weekend and did not get a bite the whole day. We werent the only ones either. The weather got nice so there was plenty of boats on the water and I didnt see a fish get reeled in all day. Talking to people on the water and at the launch, no body caught a thing. We tried everything from the train bridge to gohagens canal, the first rig into lake borgne. Even went back up the canals and ponds in the marsh. Nothing... even the honey holes were empty. I dont know if it was the cold snap or what. Did any one else have any luck over there? Any advice on where the fish might be?
We had a great long holidays of hunting this past week just north of Natchitoches, LA. With 4 does and 2 bucks on the table our freezers will be full for a while. My girlfriends sister Laura took down a big 9pt down with her .270 on Nov 27 that weighed in at 193lbs. So far it had been a great weekend of hunting but we decided to make one last hunt on sunday morning and it was hot around 60 degrees. We had seen this deer that we named 'Ole Janky Head' on the cameras all season but he would only show his face at night. At 7:45 he came to the feeder following a doe. Sidney, my girlfriends dad, took the shot with his 300 win mag and dropped him in his tracks. This was his FIRST DEER in 13 years! He has been letting deer walk all these years in hopes of finding a great buck and finally ended the drought. The buck was estimated to be 5 and 1/2 years old, weighed in at 230lbs and sported a non-typical rack with 18+ points. A truly unique deer and a great experience! Happy Hunting!
This past weekend I noticed multiple deer limping like they had a hurt leg. After some research I found that blue tongue disease can also cause foot issues for the deer. Does anyone have some information on this? What is the the mortality rate for blue tongue disease? does every deer infected deer die from it or can they eventually heal? I'm wondering if putting them out of their misery would be better than letting them fight it out and risk death. If that is the case can you eat the meat from these deer? I'm mostly worried about the effect it will have on our population. Thanks for the help guys.
I went hunting up in north louisana this past weekend near Natchitoches, LA. Over the course of the weekend I saw about 15 bucks and 2 does which is unusual because it was supposed to be towards the end of the rut. Earlier that week I got a fortune cookie that said 'This coming friday will be an exciting day for you'. On friday decemeber 14 I got in the stand at about 6am and it was a cold morning. I sat there for about two hours and all I saw was a couple coons running across the food plots. At about 8:10 I had a small 4 pt walk out and began eating near the feeder. Then a small 6 pt came out as well. Just after that I saw them both look back into the woods. I heard rustling so I looked and all I could see was the big rack through the brush. I immediatley started breathing heavy and had to calm myself down. He walked up to the food plot but wouldn't come out the woods so I decided I would let him walk since I couldnt really grasp how big he was. Right after he had walked back into the woods the two little bucks started sparring. As soon as he heard them playing he came running straight out into the food plot at about 40 yds. I already had my gun up taking pics thru the scope of the little ones. I saw how big he was and dropped my phone and shot at 8:39am. I was overcome with excitement and could barely breathe. After about 20 mins I got out the stand to look for him and I found him about 70 yds from the food plot laying down by a tree. He weighed about 175lbs and will probabaly score about a 120. He will be on my wall in 2 months! Best hunt of my life! I knew the fortune would come true. Happy Hunting!