It is Harvest Time in the Deer Woods!

This past weekend, I got numerous reports about great deer movement and rut activity. Many hunters I spoke with think it was about as good as it can get for any weekend of the season! In the western part of central Alabama.

I spent my weekend hunting with my granddaughter who has become quite a good young hunter and is so much fun to spend time in the deer woods with that it makes an old veteran hunter like me smile and remember how excited I used to get when I saw a deer not to mention how pumped up I was when a buck walked out! We hunted on a prime spot at our family farm in Tuscaloosa on Saturday afternoon. It is a big grrenfield that is 200 yards wide and 400 yards long and is simply known as number four field. It is surrounded by a hardwood swamp just about a mile from the Warrior river and is a deer paradise!

We got in the stand early, about 2:15, and we sat patiently unitil five does came out in a small greenfield behind our stand just visible through about a 100 yard scope of woods. Not long after they came out at about 3:30, a very nice heavy racked 8 pointer stepped out in the field and Anna Faye started asking if she could try to take a shot at him. Since he was on the other side of a thick stand of small saplings, I told her I did not think it would be a good shot and she fussed that she was sure she could get him even through the trees. I asked her if she wouldn’t feel bad to miss him or even worse to wound him and allow to run off and die in the swamp. All of a sudden, they spooked and all cleared out of the field so that ended that debate. It was almost 5 pm before we saw anymore deer and She was getting mighty dissapointed the 8 pointer had not came to 4 field. About then a nice 7 pointer with a good size boddy and nice rack stepped out of the woods on the other side of the field about 200 yards away. He was soon followed by five other bucks with various small to medium racks and a single doe.

I first though he was one on the “no shoot list” but as he walked closer I could see he was not a buck with kickers that Travis told me not to shoot. Anna Faye was so excited when I told her she could shoot him and I had to tell her to calm down and take some deep breaths before she lined up her shot!

She was in a state of full blown “buck fever” and finally got her composure and I coached her to take her time, focus on the sights and squeeze the trigger. BAM! she fired and he shot straight up and then piled up dead in his tracks! She had made another great shot and the buck was hers! Excited, she handed me the rifle and ran out to get a closer look at her buck! It was a great hunt and one this old hunter will remember for years to come. I think she will too!

There were several nice bucks taken and down in South Alabama there was a couple of Monster bucks reported taken in the wiregrass. In Abbeville, a hunter took a huge buck from a peanut farm and he was a drop tined monster! At 181 and 4/8s that is quite a rack!. There have been several free range Alabama bucks taken this season that scored from 160s to almost 200 and when you can find free-range, true wild bucks across different areas of the state that is a very good sign for the future of Alabama Deer Hunting!

Rough Weekend for the Deer and Us!

Anna Faye and Me on a weekend with better results! ~postoak~

This last weekend I took my granddaughter back to the deer woods in pursuit of that “trophy-drop tine buck”  that she is convinced she will get this year because she has “prayed enough to deserve it”. I have attempted to explain to her that God is not a Genie and he does not grant the wishes of little girls to kill a big drop-tine buck no matter how much they pray in ernest. Her reply was “why not?” I really want one so bad and it would not hurt anything, (other than the buck) so, I went back over the issue again in a futile attempt to explain how rare a drop-tine buck is and that no one has every killed a drop tine buck in our place.

We have killed many very nice bucks with big racks and heavy bodies. Bucks with multiple “sticker” points, long brow tines and big knarly bases but, drop-tine bucks are very, very rare. I told her that I have personally killed hundreds of nice bucks and while a number of them had sticker points, kickers and other unique antlers, a real drop tine buck is one I have not taken. Undeterred, she continued to say she would get one as we sat in the shooting house on a huge green field down near the Black Warrior river in west Alabama.

About 3:45 a yearling stepped out of the pines and timidly fed along the edge of the field. The Yearling stayed near the safety of the pine thicket until it was joined in a few minutes by five more yearlings. Emboldened by the numbers, the yearling pranced out to the middle of the greenfield and started nibbling the winter wheat stems again. Two other youngsters butted heads and chased each other around in the field about 75 yards from our hut and just as Anna Faye was exclaiming how much fun it is to just watch the deer, she started to hiss under her breath, big buck! big Buck! BIG Buck! I  whispered for her to hush and sit still since the buck was less than 10 yards behind the shooting house standing back in the pines.

He was watching the yearling in the field and when several adult does came out and joined them, he walked away and down the row of pine woods. About 15 minutes later, he appeared in the end of the field at a distance of 270 yards on my range finder. Anna Faye watched him through the scope and was protesting about me telling her not to shoot him and lets see if he would come closer. After he fed near the end of the field about 20 minutes and the other deer slowly funnelled out of the field headed to the hardwoods behind the field, he started walking directly toward us and then started to trot toward us. I told her to get ready to shoot when I told her to and we watched the buck walk and fed unitl he was 90 yards out. At that point, he turned and started walking back toward the pines so I told her to get on him and I would whistle to stop him. I gave a short note in a shrill tone and he stopped perfectly at broadside and I told her to SHOOT! As I watched her fire, he bucked, kicked his rear legs indicating a hit and I told her she hit and I think she got him!

She handed me the gun and bolted out of the hut to go find him. I reloaded and followed her to see where he fell since he had exited the field. However after a 10 to 15 minute search and with dark arriving, I had to call off our retrieval and she was so upset, she broke down and started crying! I hated it so bad !  But, felt good she had made a good shot so I told her to stop crying and that I would find the buck in the morning. That seemed to reduce her anxiety and we headed to My father in law’s home in Eutaw to spend the night. Saturday morning, I came back and sat in the woods watching for a doe to harvest but all I saw was two young bucks and several yearlings that were probably part of the same group I saw on Friday evening.

At 8:30 with a cold wind and little deer movement, I decided to get up and find the buck she shot. I went to the field where I had marked the location I estimated he was at when she shot and walked around awhile but, found no blood at all. Concerned, I started to work my way up and down the rows of pines in the woods he ran in after the shot. I walked the pine rows back and forth for the next 2 hours covered 27 rows from one end to the other with each being about 600 yards long. Tired and disgusted, blood sugar dropping, I headed for the truck and it was nearly lunch time. A little more than 300 yards around the bend of an adjoining field, I saw a big set of ears moving as a deer watched me approach but, remained laying down. I thought it was a doe and was far too tired to want to fool with one, Although I needed to take some meat. I decided to not shoot and when the deer finally jumped up and ran, I saw it was the 6 pointer Anna Faye had shot! I was so mad at myself for that mistake, That I spent another 45 minutes trying to track him back in the pines. I caught a glimpse of him one more time but, finally gave up and went to the truck!

Anna Faye had been so distraught and them blamed the gun for the wounding that I decided to check the accuracy of the scope. Two shots hit the target near the bullseye at 135 yards as the last item for me to do as I was leaving the farm. The scope was on target. IT is hard to tell an excited and dissapointed young hunter the deer was not found and the scope checked out ok. But, that is the reality of deer hunting. I would rather miss a deer than to ever woulnd one and it have to suffer. However, this buck looked like he probably will heal! Not so sure about about her ego!

~postoak~

Control your Scent and Have More Control of your Hunt.

The Rut is on! Control the scents a big buck smells and you can find success! ~postoak~

During the rut, smells can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. It is all a matter of CONTROL!

We all know the importance of odor elimination to the success of deer hunting, especially in harvesting an older buck. One whiff of human scent can send them the other direction faster than hanging up the phone on a “robo sales-caller”. Many times the hunter never even sees the buck that would have been in his cross hairs five minutes later had their scent not given them away.

How many times have you sat in your stand and heard a deer blowing an alarm from 400 yards away? All you can do is sit tight and hope he or she was blowing at a predator or other human scent from another direction.Problem is, more often than not, they are blowing an alarm from smelling you!

So, what do you do? My advice is to get sharper at your scent control tactics!  I have hunted with guys who I really hated to even get in the truck with due to them  reeking of scent from soap, deodorant, cologne, or other poor hygiene.

The sporting goods stores sell a myriad of scent elimination products that WILL eliminate or at least mitigate your odor and they are not too expensive! I had a friend who used to hunt with me and he swore by dial soap and baking soda.

Problem was this was not effective! Yet, he refused to spend some money on professional scent control or cover scent products. This “scrimping” on equipment was part of the reason he was rarely successful when it came to bagging a trophy class buck.

He took a few does and small bucks but, even then, the shots he made were over 150 yards. He also had quit bow hunting several years before I met him since he said he “never saw anything close enough to shoot with his bow” I decided to not even discuss that issue since I enjoyed bow hunting on the lease without him out there stinking up the woods!

My scent control regimen includes every human odor hygiene product available. I use the “DEAD DOWN WIND”  brand of soap, shampoo, deodorant, mouth wash, tooth paste, hand wipes, etc.  I use pine scent or earth scent for a cover scent in spray bottles found at many sporting goods stores. I also break off pine or cedar limbs if any are eadily available on my walk into the woods. I NEVER use my hunting boots any where but out in the woods and when I get back to my truck, I bag them in a scent blocker sack and wear some rubber boots going back to camp or to town. My outer wear is also bagged in a Tink Charcoal bag and I add it when I get out of the truck headed to my stand. For attractant scents, I use the TINK’S line of deer scents such as the TINKS 69  or TINKS MOCK SCRAPE   to actively lure a buck to my location. If I am to be successful doing the luring, It is imperative to keep my human odor from mixing with the lure scents. When I do that, I can actively hunt in a “down wind” pattern and since deer prefer to move in an “upwind”  pattern, this brings them to me in a natural flow and can be very deadly. Through the years I have taken many good bucks using this scent manipulation process.  A deer trusts it nose before anything, even vision! When you defeat his scent alarms, you stand a much better chance to get him in close for that “kill shot”.

If you spend thousands on a hunting lease, a four wheeler,  hunting truck,  rifle,  clothes etc. then spending a few more bucks on scent products seems like a wise investment.

However, A word to the wise, no scent product is perfect and deer will still “bust you” sometimes. Good scent control and scent lures will help to tip the scent portion of the hunt in your favor!

~postoak~

 

Extended time on the Stand Can Pay Off During The Rut

Stay on your stand during the Rut, A big Buck might come by anytime! ~Postoak~

Unlike most people, I love Cold, Cloudy December days, especially if I am able to get out to my hunting land and spend some extended time pursuing those big old bucks that are on their feet with their nose in the air! This time of year the rut is on and this is simply the best time to be in the woods and to stay in the woods, on stand or stalking but for sure being somewhere out there where you might cross paths with a buck who is more interested in a doe rendevous than a meeting with my 30-06 or my 12 gauge.

Yes, I do shotgun hunt at times, we have some places where it is my choice due to the thick understory in our pine plantation areas as well as around some tremendous briar patches we have near the swamp areas and a big old duck slough that attracts and holds deer as well as it does the Wood ducks and Mallards.

Whether I am in big woods or a greenfield with my rifle or hunting the cover with my shotgun and slugs I pack a lunch, literally. I leave the truck before daylight and may sit the same stand all day! During the rut it is that important. I have killed a number of nice bucks during the mid-day hours, especially if the weather is cold and cloudy or with a drizzle of precip the deer often move all day and sometimes better in the middle of the day than early and late. One thing I key on is what are other animals doing? If the squirrel movement has been low or non existent and then they start to move in the late morning, instead of going to the truck for a sandwich and a nap, I am staying up the tree or in the shooting house and getting ready to tag out on a big buck who might come cruising through trailing a doe, working his scrape line or just looking for lunch.

Two years ago, I was in a small ground blind near the warrior river watching a transition area where a large section of hardwood swamp bottlenecked into a area with briars and sage along with some scrub pine. The pines were volunteers that marked where an old cotton field was some 20 years earlier before CRP and a new landowner took it out of row crop production.  I had been sitting since before daylight and although I had enjoyed an active morning, the deer moving through were mostly does and a few yearlings who were headed out of the swamps where they had fed on acorns all night and were headed to bed.

Around 9:30, and having not seen anything since a little past 8:00, not even a squirrel, I decided to eat my little package of peanut butter crackers and I washed them down with a grape power-aid zero. I sat for about another hour and thougth about the truck. But, I had nothing to get back to so I figured since I was comfortable and fed, I would stay put.

I sat until 12:30 and saw little movement. The woods had been still, the sky hung heavy with clouds and a slight breeze was fairly constant from the west, northwest, making for great scent control. I was using all my scent control measures and also using scent luring with Tink’s 69 from a couple of power-bombs.

The  wind started to pick up and shifted more to the west, southwest and the air warmed a few degrees to the low 50s. The deer movement, as well as squirrel movement ramped up quickly. in the next half hour I counted more than 20 does, yearlings, and several small rack bucks cross the trail less than 20 yards from my stand. Then, out in the swamp I saw several rack bucks running toward me! They stopped about 35 yards from my stand and sniffed, getting a big whiff of the tinks scent and a nice heavy racked 8 pointer walked out in the trail and sniffed the scent bomb! he then struck it with his antlers and knocked it from the limb! He sniffed and snorted then headed on into the thick pines. I had already decided on the buck to shoot, and old knarly buck with some stickers near the base and his body size showed he was the bull of the bunch.

He stepped out and walked straight up the trail to my second scent bomb and gave a snort wheeze. His hair was standing up on his back and he was in the process of looking for the doe when he found the 30.06! I looked down at my watch and it was a little after 1:00 in the afternoon. Staying on stand had paid off again!

Stay out there during the rut!

~POSTOAK~

Tree Stands Pose the Most Danger in the Deer Woods

Nice Buck like we all want! ~postoak~

Tragically, every hunting season we read and hear of accidents in the woods that reults in severe injuries and even deaths from hunting activities. Not to be a “downer” but it is so unfortunate when accidents occur while hunting. The most prevalent of these accidents is falls from tree stands, whether they are climbing stands, lock on stands, ladder stands, or the worst, home-made wooden stands.

Many of those who have fallen admit they were not careful, failed to plan for a safe ascent, or blamed equipment failure. All these are valid but, none are a reasonable excuse!

Several years ago, after almost becoming one of those who has fallen, I decided to just stop using climbing stands. I had recently purchased a climbing stand that was one of the most expensive and touted across the industry as “the safest climbing stand on the market”. But you are still climbing! I has ascended to about 25 feet up a tree and attached the safety harness to secure the device and my hunting harness when the whole climber slid down the tree about 5 or 6 feet! Luckily, I had not yet roped my gun up to me and I was able to turn and grab the tree trunk them re-position the climber so it clamped back to the tree.  I then carefully climbed down, removed the stand and went home. I later gave it to a friend witha a fair warning about my near accident.

I then started using only ladder stands and  this has resulted in fewer climbing incidents but, I have still had a few “moments” that could have resulted in a serious fall. Last year I started taking my granddaughter with me on nearly every hunt so I stopped using our fixed ladder stands and stuck to hunting from shooting houses we have built and placed around many of the green fields. I also have a couple of smaller huts in the woods and I have found them to be effective so long as you do a good job with your scent elimination processes and also using good cover scents to help “jam” the deer’s olfactories with a scent such as “Earth scent or Pine scent”.

For Christmas last year I was given a “pop-up” blind that was designed for a two-person occupancy. It sets up in less than 3 minutes and does a great job in providing concealment, wind blocking, amd even muffles noise (like from an I-pod game) just a little bit!  The use of these portable blinds is a great way to hunt from the ground position, attain concealment even at the edge of a green field especially if you add some cover to the blind like cedar limbs, dead brush, leaves and small limbs clipped from privet hedges, etc. We used one to set up on turkey during the spring and will be using several of them this year since I bought 2 more and plan to leave them in the field anchored down and ready to hunt from. Just add a couple of canvas folding chairs and they will make you a great ambush zone to help you bag those deer this year and you won’t have to worry about falling out of that tree stand!

Be careful, plan your hunt, tell someone where you will be and if your cell phone works where you hunt keep it with you! Just put it on silent!

Good hunting!

~POSTOAK~

Pert as a Ruttn’ Buck!

Fresh Rubs mean the Rut is coming soon! ~postoak~

One of my very favorite movies is a Clint Eastwood saga titled “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. (From 1976!) The line “pert as a ruttn buck!” is a brave lie told to Josey by his young side kick who has been mortally wounded by them “no good yankee red legs”. A term they used to describe the Kansas militia men who had a red stripe down their pants legs and were know for their hatred of the rebels, especially a Missouri rebel like Josey and the young man who died moments after making this memorable movie line.

I often think of that sentence when I am getting ready for a trip to the deer woods. It is one that enlivens and gives me a little added excitement when I consider how special it is to watch a rutting buck as he chases a doe around trying his best to persuade her he is the “man for the job”. He has an actual expression of pleasure on his face and his actions are foolish, with often total disregard for safety or common “deer sense”.

The doe, depending on her mood and stage of pre-rut or rut she is in, can exhibit anything from no reaction to the buck, to being kicking, pawing fighting mad or on the other end of the scale, acting coy, shy, or downright ready for action! Just being out in the woods to witness the wonders of the deer rutting season and how it changes, ebbs and flows across the state from north to south and even somewhat east to west, makes for exciting times in the Great Alabama Outdoors!

I hunt deer mainly on family lands in West Alabama across a couple of counties. The rut starts routinely in the north end of our hunting area during Christmas week and peaks the week of the new year with some activity through out January. Where I hunt on the south end of property in Greene county, the rut kicks in the last week of December and runs strong in January but, there is a shut down week where the deer seem to disappear before the activity resumes. Moon phase and temps also affect the rut activity since deer are more active in colder weather days with dark nights and less activity is noted on the full moon cycles, especially if it coincides with warmer weather.

A buddy I hunt with in Macon county tells me the best rut there is the last week of January and he has scouted deer in February and March who are still rutting wide open! Yet, there are areas in Barbour and Henry where the rut happens like north Alabama in December and January. There are a number of hunting services that offer rut maps in Alabama, so google one for your area and see how accurate it is compared to your hunting observations!

Rut season is time to get in the woods season and enjoy the excitement of seeing that “pert buck” on the prowl for a doe!

~postoak~ outdoors~

Everybody Misses Some Times!

Grandaughter with a buck from last year. This girl can hunt! ~postoak~

My favorite deer rifle is a Weatherby 30-06 and I have it topped off with a Zeiss 3.5x12x56mm DiavariZ scope. I can see in the lowest light and it is deadly accurate. I shoot Winchester premium 150 grain ballistic tip, nosler partition bullets and it will shoot a 1.5 inch group at 200 yards with a simple bench rest aim. What it will not do unfortunately is to compensate for the user errors.

My granddaughter has proven herself to be quite a young huntress and I love hunting with her. I would much rather be the observer and coach with her her doing the shooting! It is probably as much fun as I have experienced in the deer woods in the last 20 years! As I have gotten older and the number of bucks I have taken has gotten larger, “the thrill of the kill” is not nearly as intense as in my youth.

Granddaughter’s youthful excitement and pronounced “buck fever” or even “doe fever” has been a source of enjoyment and pride for me and we have a great time in pursuit of the game we hunt. whether it is squirrel hunting, deer or turkey hunting, she is so “in to it” that it makes all my effort worth it. If you are not passing on the hunting heritage to a future generation, please start soon!

Friday morning, I hunted a beautiful section of open hardwood swamp on our family farm in west Alabama.  I saw no less than 20 deer, mostly does with yearlings but, several very nice bucks also drifted through. I hunted with no intention of shooting a deer and at one point in the late morning, I went ahead and unloaded my gun so as not to be tempted by a buck that I saw pass through the swamp twice as he fed on the abundant crop of big swamp chestnuts that were dropping in loud “plops” around my stand in the # 3 stand. That afternoon, I planned to bring my grandaughter in to shoot a doe and with all the deer activity, I figured it would be an easy task. I made sure there was a running 4 wheeler at the cabin and Left to enjoy lunch with family down in Eutaw.

That afternoon, we headed out to the woods but, she wanted to hunt a green field where she has already taken a couple of bucks. It was an easy access area near the fron gate to the farm so I agreed and off we went to a stand called the “behind the barn” shooting hut. We settled in and she immediatly had me laughing about how she was going to kill a huge drop tine buck. That is the buck she has dreamed about a few times this year so I am hoping we find one for her this year.

After about 30 minutes, a small doe came in the field and started feeding. Soon it was joined by an adult doe with two yearlings of good size so granddaughter said the yearling are old enough to make it, right poppop? I replied they are plenty old enough and she decided she needed to go ahead and shoot a deer to stop her deer fever shakes. I told her to remember our shooting lessons about sheek on the stock, concentrate on the target and slowly squeeze the trigger. She appeared to be using perfect shooting form but, as sometimes happens, she missed the doe!  We walked out to the location and made sure there was no blood or signs of the doe and walked out the does exit for about 75 yards into the woods.

Confirming the miss with her, she was far too upset but, after a few moments she calmed down and  stated, “well I guess even Annie Oakly missed sometimes!” I laughed and replied I am sure she did girl, I know I sure have.. Even in a miss, it was a great hunting memory with my granddaughter!

Take a kid hunting! you will be glad you did!

~postoak~

In Early Season, Hunt the Woods

 

Two bucks engaged in an early season "tussle" ~postoak~

 

Throughout the year people ask me where is the best place to hunt? Well, my favorite place in early season, is near a nice white oak tree or in a acorn flat as far out in a remote section of woods as I have access to on my hunting tracts. For deer numbers and deer activity that is the most relaxed and natural, the farther out in the isolated woods I can get to, the better I like it.

I have taken more deer in the early season, bow season and the pre-rut gun season by hunting in the woods from a tree stand or even a ground blind.  A few years ago, I sat in a  folding camoflage chair placed in the brush top created by an oak tree “blow-down”. The leaves were still on the tree and the tree had fallen toward a wet spot on the edge of a swampy track that was on the back side of our lease and disallowed anyone from the adjoining lease of easy access.

The water was more than 500 yards across before the property grade rose back up to another large section of swamp near the Tombigbee river. I had to walk close to half a mile from the nearest logging road to get to the spot I had found while scounting in September. I had planned to go back and place a trail camera to see if any big bucks were in the area but so much got in the way, I never walked back there until opening morning.

Anyway, the deer trail around the end of the “blow down” had been so massive when I was there in September, I figured it woulld be a winner or that I cound knock out a doe or two so as to get some freezer meat and a couple of backstraps for “camp-meat” We were camping for the weekend in nearby Epps Alabama and planned on grilling some back straps.  30 minutes after daylight I was still slogging my way to the location since I had gotten mis-directed trying to slip out to the blow-down before daylight. Once I finally concluded there was no way that I was going to do that. I just stopped and watched the daybreak in the gorgeous Tombigbee River swamp bottom I found my self looking across.

A flash of movement caught my eye and I started counting the deer headed my way. More than twenty does and yearlings came down the trail about 35 yards from my hiding spot and I was watching intently for the bucks I hopped were following them. However, after fifteen minutes nothing else moved so I decided to make my way on to the blow down. Daylight had progessed enough that I got my “bearings” and in another twenty minutes I was sitting in the top of the blow-down in my cheap canvas chair with my face mask down and I was so well hidden and “stink-free” that I enjoyed a steady stream of deer passing by me for several hours that morning. The mix of deer included several nice rack bucks of the eight to ten point variety just not any old “stooges” like I was hunting for.

However, it again demonstrated to me that for an enjoyable early season hunt, the hardwoods in secluded areas, where deer are relaxed and can move in their natural patterns, feeding on the acorns and other browse of the hardwoods is a very special place to be in early gun season.

Find you a spot or two “out there” in the woods, especailly if you have some good hardwoods where acorns can be found. There, you will likely find some deer !!

Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgving with your family and get out to the woods!

~postoak~

Finally Another Hunting Season is Here!

 

Pontiac Buck -West Alabama (wide track rack) ~postoak~

Hunting season in Alabama, It is a time of extreme pleasure for many of us who wait impatiently from the end of turkey season on April 30th to the opening day of dove season in early September. But, just like college football, the real special part of the season is just now on the horizon.

That is the start of fall gun season for deer. I do enjoy the bow season although, I must admit that my age, physical condition and plain old desire to hunt every day possible has given way to a bit of decline as I approach my 60th year on the planet. I still love to deer hunt, but a good weatherby rifle equipped with a 56mm Zeiss scope is my weapon of choice. Replacing my old PSE Nova or my old Remington 1100. When I was a younger, I really enjoyed bow hunting but, my old elbows and shoulders prohibit or atleast inhibit my ability to make that draw smoothly and stealthy like I once could.

Last deer I was able to take with my bow was on a warm afternoon and I still did not think I was gonna be able to make the draw. Had I not been able to make a quick shot, not sure how long I would have held. I did buy a Barnetts cross bow but, confess I have not shot it yet. So I guess for this deer season I will just enjoy sitting in my ladder stands or ground blinds and hunt more like the old guy I am becoming.

I also used to really enjoy hunting via the stalk or “jump shooting” deer with my shotgun. We would often put on deer pushes in the late monrings and early afternoon after the monring still hunt and before the afternoon still hunts. We covered a lot of acres and “pushed ” some big bucks out of hiding places such as cutovers, briar patches, pine thickets and creek banks. It was fun but, is a physically demanding type of hunting for sure. If you have enough property and enough stamina, I highly recommend this type of hunting! Good action and lots of fellowship can be found that reminded me of the reason the dog hunters still like to do that.!

Last blog, I discussed some of the changes in hunting rules and want to make sure everyone understands that youngsters hunting who are under age for a hunting license are STILL required to have a hunter identification humber that is obtained as part of the H.E.L.P. program. Please take time to obtain one for the young hunters who depend on you to take them hunting and to make sure they are in compliance with our hunting laws!

http://www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck

http://www.outdooralabama.com/deer-season-zone-map

Hope you enjoy the hunts!

And if you bag a big buck, Alabama Black Belt Adventures is having a great contest!

http://www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org/november-2014-newsletter

~PostOAK~

Do You Know the Rules for Deer Hunting 2015?

 

 

My Nephew with a nice West Alabama Buck. I am ready to get one like this! ~postoak~

With Alabama’s firearms season for deer only two weeks and a day away, most of us deer hunters have gotten our preseason preparations done. Green fields planted, check. Clothes scent washed, scent added and dried, bagged up in my charcoal bag from Tinks scent products and stored out in the shed to keep the clothes sealed away from any human odors.

Boots scrubbed and scent treated, stored in my Tinks bootbag to keep them from smell contamination. I will not tough them until I get in the woods and take them out of the bag. Ammunition, grunt tube, rattling horns, cover scents, (earth, pine, and acorn) extra gloves and socks all decontaminated and ready if needed. Binoculars cleaned and in the case. Gun sighted in, cleaned and in the gun case inside the gun safe. Orange cap (don’t like but, I do wear) two camo-face masks in case one gets stinky. I like to coverup from head to toe and I know it helps me not get “busted” by a buck or a sharp eyed old doe that wants to start stomping her front foot and blowing. I have a life time hunting and fishing license so I got that covered to be legal…

Or do I? If you don’t have on your person a 2014-2015 harvest report form and a writing tool to fill it out before you move the deer or turkey, THEN YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW.. Do not forget to get your harvest form! I place mine in a zip lock bag and put it in my hunting coast along with a good ink pen so I can be sure to do my parts and follow the laws regarding Alabama’s Game law on reporting all deer and turkey taken.  You must also, if you plan to donate the animal to another hunter BEFORE it is taken to the process company, then you must also have a DONATION FORM FILLED OUT.

If this is not done and the person you donated the animal to is stopped by Game enforcement officers,  and they identify you as the person who gave them the animal, then you can be fined as well as the person you gave the animal to can be fined. This is not a well known feature of the Game Watch program, but most anyone can see why this is a needed step in reporting harvests and making sure those who harvest the deer or turkey are not bypassing the bag limits for antlered deer or turkey.

I am attaching links to those forms you will need to keep you in compliance with the law and keep you from paying a fine and the embarassment of the event from occuring should you get stopped for a Game Check by Enforcement officers. Print you a copy and keep it safe and secure and you legal!

http://www.outdooralabama.com/game-check-and-harvest-record-information

http://www.outdooralabama.com/sites/default/files/deer%20-%20turkey%20donation%20forms%20rev%209-13.pdf

http://www.outdooralabama.com/season-and-bag-limits

Be Legal!

It is more relaxing!!  ~postoak~

P.S. The Alabama Wildlife Federation in Millbrook is having a public Fishing Day at Lanark in Millbrook for more infomation visit http://www.alabamawildlife.org/