Preparation is The Foundation For Success in Hunting

 

We are Getting the Buck Prepared! Are you getting Prepared for Hunting Season? Postoak.

This weekend I could be going fishing with friends, got an invite to go to the gulf for some off shore bottom fishing. Reluctantly, I turned it down. Got an offer of two free tickets to the Alabama game over at the Georgia Dome, very reluctantly turned those down. Got a request from my wife to go with her to west Alabama to see her dad, turned it down. I decided to get to the actual tasks I have around the house and even more, the tasks I need to do in preparation for the kick off of real important season to me and that is of course, HUNTING SEASON!!!

Admitedly, I am not a dove hunting fanatic, but, I plan to be ready next saturday with a well oiled and cleaned shotgun, back up shotgun, pistol (for plinkin) having fresh dove shells, my light weight camo cleaned and treated with tick repellant, dig out my early season boots, my dove stool and two camp chairs, 40 quart cooler, two caps and stuff I haven’t even thought of yet!

I also need to clean the carb on my four wheeler, drain out the old gas and stabil mix and make sure it is running sweet before I show up slowly rolling around the fields at our shoot in west Alabama next Saturday. Dove shoots are some of the most fun hunting, sporting, shooting, socializing, networking, events in all of our fall events. I have had planned meetings and chance meetings around the dove fields that led to hunt offers later in the fall for deer, offers for Bama tickets, gun trades, business trades, and even a great deal on an antique jeep!

Dove “Shoots” are great events to get to know many other sportsmen and sports women who are ready to have a good time and share it with others. I have had so many hunts where it was almost like a reunion, seeing  old friends and even a few cousins that I had not seen in years! Sitting on, and standing around tailgates on pickups under the shade of old oak tree next to a well prepared plowed or cut dove field, enjoying time in the field!

The doves you actually take are just a delicacy and part of the well planned evening meal at the camphouse watching football games and cheering on your favorite team as they beat the tar out of some early season “lesser team”..  I have found I can even smile and be happy for those buddies of mine who yell War Eagle when we are watching or listening to their team. Just don’t expect me to say that. That is something I am never prepared to do!

This weekend, I am waxing my bow string, swabbing out the barrels on my guns, checking and rechecking all my gear, eventhough I have done that before I put it away in May. It is my way of enjoying getting ready for the Kickoff! of Hunting Season!

Good luck with your preparation, may it lead you to hunting success!

~POSTOAK~

Buckmasters, Fabulous Once Again!

 

 

Fall Hunting Season, Are You Ready? I AM! ~postoak~

The 2014 Buckmasters Deer Expo has of course come and gone but, not before I got to make a trip through all the exhibits on Friday night and again on Saturday. What an event! I go to several different hunting shows each year but, none I like better than Montgomery’s own Buckmasters Expo!

I Found some neat camo gear, Enjoyed watching the indoor Bow shooting and added to my turkey call collection. I also found a very nice and very safe lock on tree stand by a guy named James Boekeloo. He has a locking stand that he markets under the name LOCKJAWZ and it is really innovative in the way it clamps to the tree. IT will clamp to trees from small to over 30 inches and it is made of a light and quiet composite that is rock solid! For more info on this new type of lock on stand, contact jimmyboek@hotmail.com or call him at 1-815-878-5469.

If you are calendar watching like me for fall season dates, September 6th is the opening day of the Alabama dove season and that is only two weeks from this coming Saturday! I really do love the dove season since it signals the start of the various hunting seasons and  dove hunting is such a social event. I get to see folks I have not seen since last dove season or even two seasons ago, so the social aspect is very appealing. Last year, in early September, I found myself in ICU for an extended period and did not get to make many doves shoots, so I am really ready to burn some powder on those little gray streakers of the early autumn skies! for more information about the upcoming Alabama dove season please visit the ALDCNR website. I have also included information about the upcoming youth dove hunts, designed to give our youngsters a great dove hunting experience! http://outdooralabama.com/2014-youth-dove-hunts

For all the season dates and bag limits, click here - http://www.outdooralabama.com/season-and-bag-limits  and be sure you have a valid license and know all the rules and requirements for meeting the legal status of a hunter by visiting the licenses section – http://www.outdooralabama.com/alabama-license-information

Hope you find a good place to hunt this fall and I will post additional hunting opportunites here on my next blog. If you have a question about hunting in Alabama or about hunting in general, just drop me an email to postoakman@gmail.com

Get Ready! it will soon be time to pull that trigger!!

~Postoak~ 

Buckmasters Expo is This Saturday!

AWF Fishing Rodeo, Catching some Big ones! ~postoak~

This weekend is one that I wait for all year long! The annual Buckmasters Deer Expo will have Montgomery’s downtown jumping and I will certainly be in the crowd on Friday and Saturday to take in the many exhibits and events offered for a broad spectrum of us deer hunters, turkey hunters and outdoor enthusiast. Celebrities of the hunting shows, vendors from across America, The top indoor Bow shooting competition are just a few of the highlights as we get the start of 2014 fall hunting season kicked off! There will be special events for the kids and a archery contest for the ladies. All this and tons more for an admission price of just a can of food to donate to the Montgomery area food bank! Folks this is the big one! the best deer show around and it is right in our town! put on your camo or your shorts and tees and come enjoy a Montgomery tradition! want more info? just click here –) http://www.buckmasters.com/resources/expo.aspx

Last weekend the AWF hosted it’s annual wild game cook off at Lanark as well the the Youth Fishing Rodeo the morning before the cookoff. Kids from around the area got to fish in the well stocked catfish pond at Lanark and it was a great event once again!

More than 225 young people were on hand for a fun filled morning of fishing at Lanark, the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s (AWF) headquarters in Millbrook Saturday, August 9, from 7-11 a.m.  The day was packed with excitement as children honed their angling skills while catching over 450 pounds of catfish in one of Lanark’s ponds.  Each child got to take up to five fish home with them at the end of the day, and all participants received free tee shirts, and complimentary snacks and drinks.  Many of the participants won door prizes as well. Seven year old Kelsie Ledbetter, who was fishing with her three year old brother, Hunter stated in a very excited voice, “Look, I got a really big one!” This is the 12th year for this event and AWF looks forward to hosting many more youth events like this one at Lanark.  “We can’t wait to do it again”, explained Elizabeth Johnson, Alabama Nature Center Education Coordinator, “Our goal is to instill a lifelong love of fishing and the outdoors in our young people.”
This event was sponsored by: City of Millbrook, Prattville Wal-Mart, Allen & Pat Foster, Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, First Community Bank of Central Alabama, Millbrook Men’s Club, Millbrook-Coosada Kiwanis Club, Bass Pro Shops, Reddy Ice, Courtesy E-Z Go, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Food Outlet, Plano Synergy, Front Porch Grill, Academy Sports & Outdoors and Alabama Dumpster.

This event was followed by the AWF State finals on Saturday night.Swine-N-Wine, Dirty Quail in Gumbo Broth and Mad at Gator were just some of the tasty dishes served up to around 325 people found at the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off State Finals held at AWF’s headquarters in Millbrook Saturday, August 9.  This championship event is a combination of winners from the over 300 cook teams from regional events held throughout the year.  Eleven teams were there to win the coveted State Champion Title, not to mention the $1,000 grand prize that goes along with it! The judges, Major Todd Wheeler of Alabama Army National Guard; Sean Johnson, Central Alabama Area President of Regions Bank; Chuck Sikes, Director of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and Tina Denton, Co-Manager of Clanton Walmart had a tough time, but in the end winners from the Lake Martin Cook-Off, Chonita’s Cookers placed first with their delicious Big Buck Flatbread Pizza. The team also took home the Best Presentation Award. Severa and Mark McGrady, Angel and Joey Davis, Jasmine Uribe and Braden Welcher made up team the winning team. Sean Johnson stated, “the quality of food was outstanding and well above all of my expectations. I am certainly not a wild game connoisseur, but the taste, presentation and overall caliber of food was unbelievable.” Second Place Winner, People’s Choice Award and Best Presentation Runner-Up Award from the Covington County Cook-Off, Team Massey including Gary Musgrove, Jeff Owens, Johnny Duggan and Chris Little placed with their delicious Swine-N-Wine. First South Farm Credit of the Limestone County Cook-Off, including Grant Bennett, Randy Allen, Jeff Ferguson and Mike Besh took home Third Place for their delectable Dirty Quail Gumbo Broth. In addition to the great food, there was a silent auction, raffle and entertainment provided by Michael Rhodes.

Great events like these help us hunters to bridge the gap to the fall hunting season across this long hot Alabama Summer!

~postoak~

August is a Long Month! Some Events to Help it Seem Shorter!

Lanark and a fishing pole! A good time coming up this Saturday in Millbrook!

August! And thank God we have finally made it to the last of the true summer heat months! I am so ready for fall that I have found myself actually dreaming about several past hunting seasons and some of the successes I enjoyed. I am ready to do more than dream though, and I hope you can do more than that too!

Here are a few of the events coming in August that might just help you make it through to September dove season!

12th Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo Is coming to Lanark in Millbrook on August the 9th, that is this Saturday morning folks! This is a great family day close to home! Below is the info;
Time is 7:00 am – 11:00 am The rodeo is open to anyone age 15 and under. Admission is free, however, participants are asked to pre-register as space is limited and all youth must be accompanied by an adult. Each young angler will receive a t-shirt and will be eligible for door prizes. Snacks and drinks will also be available. In addition, each participant may take home five catfish each, but may catch and release all they would like. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment and bait, though a limited number of loaner rods and reels and some bait will be available on site. Call AWF at 334-285-4550 and register today!
This Saturday Night the Winning Wild Game Cook Teams from thirteen competitions across the state will battle it out for a $1000 first prize and bragging rights to the title Alabama Wildlife Federation-Alabama Army National Guard Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion at Lanark Pavilion in Millbrook. The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. and, in addition to the outstanding cuisine, there will be a silent auction, raffle and musical entertainment. The Alabama Army National Guard will also be sponsoring a “People’s Choice Award” which is voted on by the people in attendance.
BUCKMASTER WORLD DEER EXPO IS COMING TO MONTGOMERY AUGUST 16,17,18  As most of you know, there is no better outdoor hunting show and sale anywhere in the world and we are just lucky enough that it happens in our own home town, Montgomery! This is an event you do not want to miss! Seee more details at the Expo’s web site – http://www.buckmasters.com/resources/expo.aspx

2014 Top Bow Details Announced AT BUCKMASTERS EXPO.

The Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship format has been set for 2014! Building on the huge success of last year’s changes, this promises to be the most exciting Top Bow event ever.Like last year, the qualifiers and championship will be held at one event, the 2014 Buckmasters Expo, Aug. 14-17. What that means for shooters is there’s only one event to travel to, and just one entry fee.

“The shooters really liked the new format last year,” said “Big” Mike Foster, Top Bow official and rangemaster for the event. “It’s a big expense for them to have to travel and stay away from home for several days, so consolidating the qualifiers and championship into one big event really helps.”Also popular last year was the new payout format that awarded cash down to 20th place. “We had only paid down to 10th place before,” Foster said. “The new prize structure makes it a lot more fun and adds excitement and incentive throughout the field. Not everybody is a professional shooter, and the new prize system gives everyone a chance to win some cash.”

The Buckmasters Top Bow World Championship is the highest-paying single event in competitive archery. It is designed to simulate whitetail hunting, and shooters must hit the vitals (and the Buckmasters impact-sensitive pad) on 3-D deer targets to score a hit. Shooters never know where or when a possible target will pop up, and only bucks count for points. The field is limited to the first 70 shooters who sign up, although there is a waiting list for those who wish to shoot should anyone drop out before the event.

“This is like their Daytona 500,” Foster said of the competitors. “The Top Bow Championship is the biggest prize in shooting, and it’s a four-day competition that leads up to the big finish on Sunday. It’s great entertainment for the audience, as well. They get to see some of the best archers in the world, and the finals are pretty exciting with all the lights and music.”Entry fee for competitors is still $450, and there is no additional fee if you move on to the World Championship. Spectators are admitted free once inside the Buckmasters Expo.

The Road to the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship

* 70 archers, 35 in Pool A and 35 in Pool B, compete in one of the two qualifiers, held simultaneously. * 24 shooters (12 from each Pool) from the qualifiers advance to the World Championships. * The field of 70 is cut to 36. * The field of 36 is cut to 24. * The field of 24 is cut to 12. * The field of 12 is cut to 8. * Shooting switches to head-to-head format. * Field is cut to 4. * Semi-Finals. * Finals.

2014 Buckmasters Top Bow Prize List Below: Qualifiers Pool A winner — $1,000 Pool B winner — $1,000 World Championship Winner$15,000 2nd through 20th cash prizes determined by % of entry fee collection. 100% of entry fees are given out as prize money. *Bonus: Dan C. Bussey High Score Award presented by Wellington Outdoors, $750.00. This prize goes to the highest overall score in the World Championships.

Hope these events will help you survive August and be ready for some Dove shooting in September!

POSTOAK

Side One & The Stand Stealer

 

This is a buck named "side-one" a memorable buck I took in the mid 80's ~PostOak~

One of my favorite things to help me through the summer is to replay some of my old hunts in my mind. I wish I had owned a video camera back in the 80s but, they were too big and mainly too expensive for me to consider. Yesterday I had a MONDAY and it seemed that most of the clients I spoke with were angry, stupid or both. By the time I got home I knew a “Tang & Tonic” was over-due, so I poured one up and settled in to my screen porch chair to “think of better things than work”.

As I walked through my den, my gaze rested on a buck I have mounted there, along with several others, and I thought about the hunt that resulted in his being there and how angry I was that afternoon but, things did not turn out so bad.

We had nick-named the buck “Side-one” since he had a very nice rack on the right side but his left side rack was stunted and deformed. He had eluded us for several seasons and we never saw him in the daylight after bow season. Even in bow season he had managed to be wary enough to stay out of range and then he went nocturnal all through gun season. He was an old, wise buck and even with the rack anomoly we all sought him as a good buck to “take out”. A couple of the guys on the lease with me said he was a cull buck and I told them I would cull him right up on my wall if given the chance. But, he was a sly old swamp donkey and the trail cameras were the only way we knew he was still around. Even then, most of the photos were time stamped from 10 p.m. to around 3 a.m. We even had a few “man-drives” through some of the bedding areas on the place  that resulted in a couple of other bucks getting whacked but, old “side-one” was never spotted.

I took a few days off for Christmas and drove up to Tuscaloosa from my home in Mobile to hunt the rut that generally peaks around Christmas week over in south Tuscaloosa county where we had the hunting lease. I hunted on the “river tract” the first day from dawn until dusk. I saw good rut activity and had numerous opportunities for some young rack bucks but, no shooters came through. The next day was Christmas Eve and it was cold, clear and all I could ask for in a nice winter day. I sat the morning hunt in a ground blind out near a spot we called the “duck slough” since it often flooded in the winter and attracted a good number of the local wood duck population. It is a beautiful swamp with just enough elevation around it to for a great hardwood stand of old growth trees that looked like a hunting paradise, and it was! Still no shooter! lots of rutn and running and it was fun but, I moved on.

Christmas Eve afternoon, I signed out for stand # 6 that was located near where the property corners next  to a “pay hunt” operation and they had a stand so close to the property line, if they put a hunter in it I could not hunt there and feel like I was isolated enough. I slipped into the woods about 2 p.m and walked the trail to my ladder stand location but, when I got there, it was gone! I was fighting mad! my afternoon hunt was ruined and my ladder stand was stolen!  I walked on over to the property line and walked up on a hunter in one of those orange jump suits just over the property line sitting in a ladder stand but, it was not mine.

Frustrated, I turned and walked about 200 yards to a small clover field and decided to sit on the ground and hunt the field. I found a good brush pile to hide in and the wind was right so I doused myself with a little extra “Earth scent” for cover and got in hunting mode even as I fumed about my stolen stand. A little after 3:30 I saw the movement of deer coming to the clover patch and a nice herd of does and yearlings piled into the field and attacked the clover. I watched them until 5:10 and other deer had come and gone but, no bucks. Then, one of the does looked into the woods and literally pranced toward the woodline, then turned and bounced back to the clover but, she was not feeding, I believe she was flirting! And that did the trick! Old “side-one” walked up to the far end of the clover patch and stood there for several minutes, then started that “rut walk” posturing and his hair was standing up on his back like he was going to fight! I did not see any other bucks and thought his actions odd, then he just trotted on out and went to the does rear for a whiff of “love potion number hind”  He had an actual smile on his face when the 150 grain 30-06 ended the affair!  Actually not a bad way to go if you think about it!  The big buck weighed 245 lbs and was a 5 and half year old buck.

He died with a smile on his face so actually that is not a bad way to go!

~Postoak~ Dreaming about deer season!

Respect The Animals You Take!

Respect your game. This nice Venison makes great meals! Use it wisely and completely! ~postoak~

This is the time of year when the wait for fall hunting season is almost unbearable so I use different strategies to get through it.

One such strategy that is a good money saver and  provides some great summer suppers… and breakfasts is to make sure that I use the venison from last season before this season arrives. I cook the steaks in the traditional skillet fry method, bake them in the oven with olive oil and rosemary, grill them with garlic and “Dales” sauce, cook whole hams or roasts on my electric smoker with hickory chips, make fajitas, pepper steaks, you name and the venison steaks work well in it. Ground deer has an almost endless list of recipes, is almost 100% lean since I make sure my processor adds zero fat. It is organic, tastes great and makes me feel like I have taken care of the animal in a way that my hunting ancestors would be proud of!

My granddad, my dad, and all the adults who influenced my hunting philosophies were serious about respecting the animals you take in the wild. They were just as serious about the use of our farm animals. And I understood that since they were our possessions, that money was invested in so you wanted to use all of the feeder pig or the feeder calf or the chickens from our coop.

However, the transfer of that to wild game was a bit more difficult for us kids to understand. I might come home with only one squirrel and it would have been my preference to toss it to the dogs, who would have been glad to “take care of it”. A single small game animal such as a squirrel, small rabbit, coon or a single quail did not offer much meat and as such, we often considered and even a few times did, give them to the dogs instead of making the effort to clean and prepare them as food for the table.

But, my daddy better not catch me doing that! He would ban me from hunting for 2 weeks after he whipped my rear with a belt! I used to think he was crazy, but the more I grew, I came to understand that disrespecting the game was a terrible sin and a terrible waste. During earlier times, a single squirrel, rabbit, coon or even a quail made the difference in him and his siblings having anything to eat. He said that people did not deserve to kill any animal they were not going to eat. He told me about his great grandmother “Granny Randolph” who was half Cherokee and how she taught all the kids many of the native American ways for gathering food, herbs and medicines from the woods. One of the biggest lessons was respect for all other animals and that everything is worthy of respect, even after it is killed. We considered lots of it as old superstitions but, as we aged we learned it was something else, wisdom.

It is wise to not waste, wise to be frugal and wise to value the gifts we get from the woods and fields. After all, I figure the venison I have in my freezer probably has an aggregated cost over $100.dollars a pound so I need to eat it instead of that pitiful $8.00 a pound T-bone!

I recently cleaned out a second refrigerator we has outside in the garage, like many people have, so I could give it to a friend for his kid in college. We used it mostly for sodas and beer and summer produce. What I did not realize was that I had stuck a whole wild turkey breast in the freezer behind some wurkey wing feathers and a couple of turkey fans that I was going to preserve. I was very upset with myself since I was the one guilty of putting it there and not taking care to get it in the freezer and stored properly to prevent the freezer burn that I saw had ruined it. I love wild turkey breast and was ticked at myself for this waste of a noble bird.

Repect the game you take and use it for good meals and great nourishment for you and your family. To not respect it and not use it wisely is a real shame!

~postoak~

 

 

Summer Outdoor Shows, Expos, Events to help You make it to the Fall!

Hunting Season is coming again! Just hold on!! ~postoak~

One thing is for certain, and those of you over forty will agree upon, is that the years roll by faster and faster as you age. As my old grandaddy stated on his death bed at 87 years of age is “when you are young a year seems to last forever and by the time you get old, the years seem about four months long”. I am understanding his logic more and more as time flys by on this old blue ball, except for Summers!

Summers are just too dang long! Too dang hot! and people get too dang mean during the summer heat! Throw in a supersized full moon like the recent one where the full moon and perigee are in unison and I am ready to take a vacation and go up to Canada for a outdoor excursion of some type!

However, I got so much to do at work that is not possible so the best I can do is attend some great outdoor shows indoors where it is nice and cool! This past weekend I attended the Gun Collectors show at the BJCC and had a pretty good time trying to sell a few guns and buy a few more. It was not the most successful for me personally but, I did get to see several old friends who are ACGA members like me and we had some great conversations about the upcoming season and last turkey season’s successes since I had missed the spring show because they hold it at the early part of spring turkey season so I always miss it. Can’t miss out on turkey season so long as I am able to get to the spring woods!

Next Weekend, the 31st Annual World Deer Expo is at the BJCC and my granddaughter is fired up about attending the big show. They are expecting about a thousand exhibitors to be showing a whole bunch of hunting gear, hunting trips, guns, bows, novelties and who know what else!  It is sure to be a fun event for us outdoor addicts to go spend a Saturday out of the heat. http://worlddeerexpo.com/

This weekend is a great one for visiting the AWF headquarters in Millbrook it is the GO HIKE weekend! During any ANC General Public Weekend, you can enjoy hiking five miles of scenic ANC trails while learning about the fascinating natural history of central Alabama. From distinguishing between a white oak and a red oak to observing the natural processes of a seasonal pond, you get more than just a walk in the woods when you pause to study the interpretive signs along the trails. From ponds and creeks to forests and fields, you can always find some kind of new life waiting around the next trail bend. You can even add to the outdoor experience with a tasty picnic under or around the ANC pavilion.http://www.alabamawildlife.org/events/?eventID=179&date=07/19/2014

Hope these suggestions provide you with some summer relief so you can hold on until our fall hunting season starts!

~postoak~

Finally, I Got to Go FISH!!

 

My fish cleaning table was full again after a nice summer day fishing trip ~postoak~

I have been wanting to “go fish” for several weeks now and it amazes me how difficult it is for me to carve out a little time for some awesome lake fishing over at my families’ farm in Tuscaloosa. Well, yesterday after swearing I was too tired to even go outside, I got the fishing bug and slipped off for an afternoon of bream bustin’ at the family ponds!

I was tired, but Friday I had to host about 35 in-laws for the fourth of July BBQ and I needed a bit of R&R so I just took off! I guess part of what prompted my fishing fever was several of the kids wanted to fish in my small pond at my house and they looked like they had so much fun catching little bream, a couple of little bass and even a nice catfish. All in a pond that gets fished alot by neighbors and neighborhood kids. Most have the philosophy “big enough to bite, big enough to be bitten” so I never expect to see much come out of my little pond. Not so with the big ponds, lakes over on “the farm.”

We have one lake stocked with F-7 tiger bass and my nephew said they had been “tearing it up” so I wanted to go experience that first hand. However, I simply love the taste of fried bream with home fries and cole slaw so , I started my afternoon by cranking a white and green Beetle spin across a 20 acre lake that is down on the farm and out in the woods. The hot afternoon was tempered by a nice breeze and I found a couple of shaded areas to cast from as I worked along the bank with my ultra light reel and pulling a cooler on rollers to drop the fish over in on a bed of ice. The action was good, not smoking hot but, the bream I generally catch on the beetle spin are the big copper nose hybreds ans they fight really well and fry up even better!

Aftter I got a couple of dozen in the cooler, I walked back to my truck and drove around to my last casting spot, picked up the cooler and my gear and headed for the F-7 pond that is closer to town. It only takes about 20 minutes to get from the lake in the woods to the F-7 and In 10 minutes after that  I was reeling in a nice three pound tiger fish who was living up to his name. I caught several of the bass so I would be able to have enough fillets for my picky eater granddaughter and my wife, who both prefer fillets to whole fried bream.. go figure? Just kidding! I love them both! but, bream fried up right and scored vertically down each side so you can peel the fish right off in strips about an inch wide are pure delights for the summer palate!

GO FISH! it is a great summertime outdoor activity and the fish just taste great!

IF you don’t like to “go fish” but, do like the outdoors, let me suggest a real nice outing that is close by and coming up in a couple of weeks, It is the AWF’s Nature trail at Lanark in Millbrook!  GO Hike! July 19-20 at the ANC Cool off this summer with a shady stroll along the trails of the Alabama Nature Center.
All visitors of the Alabama Nature Center must check in at the Pavilion Outpost located inside the Lanark Pavilion before hiking on the trails or attending the hunt. General Admission is $4 per person/per day for adults, $2 per person/per day for ages 4 to 12, and children under 3 are free. The Alabama Nature Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, July 20.

~postoak~

Upcoming Outdoor Events To Help You Get Through The Summer!

 

The Quest for one of these starts with the right mix of location, preparation, and luck! start now! ~postoak~

IT was over 100 degrees when I climbed in my truck to go home after another day at the office. It must have been about 72 in my office right after lunch and I was starting to sweat! …. Well, just kidding!

I used to work outside many years ago and it was tough in the summer heat! I did air conditioning and electrical work and the summers were brutal! Our work load was always heavy and every day or two we had some extra emergency repair work that pushed us into a ten or twelve hour day. I remember coming home to the cold AC and a cold beverage and relaxing by thinking about how many more days it would be until Labor Day. Labor day was our official close to summer atleast in our minds. Even though we still had plenty of hot weather repairs to perform, the worst of the summer was over! Every year we had an end to summer celebration and often we had a BBQ or fish fry to symbolically bury the old “heat monster” with a big cooler of iced “products” and the feel that hunting season was almost here brought grins to most of us.

We had a lease over over 1600 hundred acres of river bottom land and our annual pursuit for the biggest buck got underway the week after labor day. At that time, there were no trail cams in common use and we relied on scouting to determine what our chances might be for taking the best buck on the property before our fellow members did. Trails, tracks, browse lines, early season rubs and plain old observations by spending time up in the box stands and tree stands were the standards for finding bucks and figuring a pattern that might bring you in bow range early in October.

I was not the most ardent bow hunter back then, after working in the heat all week the last thing I wanted to do was to sit in the hot woods of an early fall day and try to spot a buck in the heavy cover of the full foliage out in the bottom land woods. Spotting deer in the pine hills is much easier than the hardwood bottoms and the mosquitos, snakes, biting flies, gnats were all a real hassle in the scouting processes of the “old days” of the sixties, seventies and even the eighties.

In the early nineties, I bought my first trail cam and it cost over $300. I put it out on our lease pointing down a good trail and when I came back later to retrieve it since you had to take it back home and download to your PC, I thought I had lost it. But, after more than an hour, and spotting boot tracks in the mud, I realized it had been stolen! I was so mad, I waited two years to buy another and the price had dropped to less than $200. I use a small cable with a lock for extra theft protection, but as best I could tell, no one ever tried to steal it. I did get a photo of the two crooks who stole my ladder stand as they walked by the trail cam’s location and I thought it would be enough evidence to get them prosecuted. The local deputy advised me that I was watching too much TV if I thought I could get a prosecution from a trail cam photo and that was the last of that issue and my $300. double ladder stand!

Oh well, I have lost, misplaced, worn out and had stolen, more outdoor gear than I can even remember ! The upside to that is that I have the money to buy new outdoor stuff! And each summer there are several great outdoor expo events to enjoy, buy new gear, book new places to hunt, meet new people and have some more good times in the outdoors! I am ready for fall but, first I am ready forthe big outdoor shows of summer to help me get through to another fall in the great Alabama Outdoors!

 

The Alabama Gun Collectors Summer show will be at the BJCC on July 12th and 13th in a show that has more guns for sale than you can see in most places and the show’s theme for this date is Guns of the Cowboy Era. Check out the following link for more information! http://www.algca.org/showdates.html

The 31st Annual World Deer Expo is coming to the BJCC in Birmingham July 17th, 18th and 19th and it is an absolute monster of a show! Gear Guns, Hunting Trips,Outdoor Celebrities and more will be found there again this year! For more info check out;http://worlddeerexpo.com/

Hopefully you will get to enjoy one or both of these July events to help you cope with the long hot Alabama Summer and help you make it to another fall hunting season!

~postoak~

 

Hunting Lease info is Here!

 

Time to find a big buck is by finding a good lease, or a good club! Links to those below! ~PostOak~

 

I just leased my second tract of hunting rights for next spring’s turkey season and I am always left wondering ” Did I lease too soon?”  The real answer is that I will never know.

Every Year, I lease turkey rights from two or three smaller deer clubs or I join a club that offers turkey memberships only. The process has worked well for me over that period but, I always “second guess” my choices. Some years more than others. My latest lease is in east Alabama about 75 miles from my house and I swore I would not exceed my 60 mile self imposed range. Time and gas burned both take a toll on me since I am far from being a “jake” or the proverbial “Spring Chicken”. My mind tells my body to do things like I did in the past but, my body says “not happening!”

This East Alabama lease also cost me more than I intended to pay and it seems like everything but, my salary is in an upward flight faster than a covey of quail used to leave from underfoot back when you could actually find them! So I now have reluctantly agreed to a couple of new leases to go with an older one that I keep swearing to myself I am going to get out of ! Is this the symptoms of an addiction?!? I think I know the answer but, don’t want to verbalize it! Anyway, I only got just so many Springs and Falls to enjoy the hunting experience that I am sure I have spent my money wisely even if my common sense says otherwise.

You say you have not gotten your lease yet? not even joined a hunting club for this upcoming season?!? Then friend, you are MISSING OUT!  Check out a few of these web sites and spend some money to join a club or lease a tract of hunting land for your own! The dollar is getting worth less every day and your money is shrinking!

http://www.afoa.org/hunt.htm -AFOA is a great site and has listings for hunting tract leases and current hunting clubs looking for members.

http://www.plumcreek.com/recreation/hunting -is another timber company with a few leases left around the state. They had a bunch early this year but, many are now gone.

http://www.westerveltwildlife.com/hunting-leases/lease-services.cfm is a huge land holding company with leases and hunting membship information for many clubs in West Central Alabama.

http://www.rayonierhunting.com/ is another good resource for hunting leases around BAMA and may have just what you are looking for!

http://resourcemgt.com/hunting-and-recreation/AL/350/AP-185 Resource Management generally has tracts to lease and sometimes hunting clubs looking for members.

If you are looking for an out of state lease, this next one is in Missouri and I have no info as to how good it is but, the prices are not bad all! http://www.saracinifarms.com/recreation/hunting-leases/

Find your place to hunt soon so you will be set for the fall season! Life is short you need to hunt more than you do! You know it, so what are you waiting for?

~postoak~