Carey Cox recently bagged this nice 8 pointer in Lee County ~postoak~
The holiday season of Christmas and New Year’s day has always meant time off from the work or school routine and time ON to be in the woods. I spent this morning gathering my hunting gear and getting ready to head to the woods of west Alabama for a three day hunt.
My granddaughter is twice as excited as I am, and I sure miss that “better than Christmas” feeling I used to have before any hunting trip! Now, I still get a bit of anticipation excitement for the hunt. And like most everyone, I hope to see a monster buck that I can get the chance to shoot or for my granddaughter to take. We were supposed to be in the woods this afternoon and my nephew called to see when we going to be there since we planned a 1:00 rendevous to sign out for stands and get ready for the afternoon hunt. However, due to the bad weather on the horizon for this evening, I decided to wait for tomorrow so we would not be out in the rain.
Will Gibson's Nice 8 pointer from Tuscaloosa County taken last year ~postoak~
We will head out early in the morning and have plenty of time to spend in the woods, plus the weather will be a good bit cooler and that always makes me believe our chances will be better to bag that big buck, or a nice mature doe to start my freezer restocking. The pre-rut has started in our area and Travis, my nephew informed me that he took a nice 205 lb 8 pointer this morning who was making a rub line and he was worn out after dragging the big buck out of some thick cover and hauling him back to the cleaning shed. He laughed about how he used to think nothing of cleaning 5 or 6 deer after a successful group hunt on the farm and now that one buck had him exhausted! I told him welcome to middle age and that it only gets “better” as the arthur brothers attack aging joints and gravity is less friendly. It sure makes a fellow hunt a little less but, value it a whole lot more!
Another related hobby to my hunting is my gun trading hobby. I used to say I was a gun collector, and I do have a good many of them, but it is more fun to buy, sell, trade than it is to collect and I meet lots of other hunters who do the same. I am a member of the Alabama Gun Collectors association http://www.algca.org/ and I rarely miss one of their awesome shows in Birmingham at the BJCC. Even if you don’t buy or sell, which you can do both, It makes a great day of looking at thousands of guns and talking with other gun enthusuasts and hunters, It is great fun and I have found a great buy from time to time as well as made some profitable sales and trades for many of the guns I have or have had.
The internet and facebook have proved to be wonderful venues for gun trading and there are literally dozens of these sites for groups all around the state. A few of my favorites are the ones in Elmore, Tallapoosa, and other counties in the central part of the state. If you are a FB member and have not visited these sites you will be pleased at all the guns and hunting gear you can buy, sell and trade with others.
Hope your hunting season is going well and that you have a very joy-filled Christmas and holiday season! And of course, good luck in the deer woods! It is starting to look a lot like… the rut! Go to the woods!
PHOTOS-The two bucks shown here are both nice 8 pointers. One taken in Lee County by my good friend, Carey Cox of Millbrook. The other taken by Will Gibson, a great young man who I had the pleasure of taking hunting for his first deer 2 seasons ago on our farm in Tuscaloosa county and this past season he took this nice buck from the same stand! A Lee County Buck and A Tuscaloosa County Buck, no competition in the woods though, we are just fellow hunters!