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Back Home .... 2 Pheasants and a beauty doe today!

Arrived back in Canada Friday afternoon ... ( yesterday Oct 5th )

Was chomping at the bit to get into a tree stand for an evening stand , but had some catching up to do with the family ! ..

Made arrangements , to hook up with Chris H , Randy S , and Vern A today ( Saturday Oct 6th ) ... was thinking about a morning stand but the jet lag kicked in last night so I decided to meet the crew and run the dogs on some upland treats !

Good thing , because the skys opened up and tried to wash away , anybody that was in a tree this a.m. !

We split up in two groups and hammered the Pheasant in the morning after the rain , and we still got soaked in the long grass ...

Here is a picture of Sally with her limit today .... at Conestoga it is a two bird / one hen limit .... we managed to get 2 cock birds , a beauty ring neck and a nice black neck ... It was real wet today so I shot my waterfowl gun ... ducked into the farmers wood shed for a quick picture ...



The whole crew met for breakfast the rain subsided , and then we set up for a silent push with our crossbows ...

I set up in one of VA's proven hardwood stands and Randy set up along the fence line .. man we have taken many deer from that stand over the years ... we waited for CH and VA to come thru ... the only thing that came out on that push was a Jack rabbit ...

The stand ...



A view of one of the 20 yard opening from the stand ( man I can't tell you how many times I've seen deer taken in that opening over the years ... but not today )



We drove around scouting and decided on an evening stand at one of my favorite spots ... I got some country side shots as the aftrenoon set in... Man it's great to be back in Canada ... I'll take corn fields over rice fields any time !



The leaves were changing everywhere ...







Lots of logging going on from bush to bush ...



I drove with my boots outside wedged in the windsheild wipe slots for the day .... Got many strange looks , but by the afternoon , the 80 km blow dryer did the trick ...



Randy , Chris and I caught a late lunch and headed to my swamp spot for an evening stand ... I headed to the West end stand , Chris got up a tree at the East end , and Randy can be seen driving in the background heading to the North end stand ...



This is the West end stand ... it is approx 20 feet up and we have taken many deer from it over the years ...



I had a turkey feeding about 60 yards out for awhile .... and some other in the next field by where my truck was parked .... ( not a great picture since I'm shooting my 200mm lens , but you can see them in the LH center of the frame ... )





I have 3 Antlered / Antlerless tags for WMU 80 so I was figuring on taking any decent sized buck or doe tonight ...

Randy didn't end up seeing anything from the North end stand ( I actually thought that was the stand to be in today , but it didn't work out ... )

Although , Chris saw an 8 point and a fork horn , and got video of a doe with 2 fawns , I was the only one that was able to connect solid tonight ...

It stared to rain around 6:45 pm .. I put the camera away so it wouldn't get ruined ... by 6:55 pm I had a button , a doe and 2 fawns within approx 10 yards of the stand .... They played around for 10mins then left .... at 7:05 pm a nice doe came down the trail ... she was heading toward a 10 yard opening when she veered off the trail and headed right to my tree ! .... she was right below me with her head head sniffing within inches of the steel ladder rungs and the pull-up rope when I launched a 2216 with 130 grain Wasp Cam lock off the deck of my 2007 Excalibur Vortex ! It didn't take long for the arrow to cover that 20 feet and she crashed off into the heavy cover ...

The arrow looked good ...



The blood trail was easy follow with a heart shot and bottom exit wound ..



She was down approx 40 yards from the stand ... ( I couldn't see her from the stand due to the heavy cover that direction but was certain she crumpled ) and yep , the walk up was approx 40 yards away ..

The arrow hit just right of center and drove thru her heart and out just left of center of her chest cavity , severing her left leg on the pass thru ... ( you can see the entry wound just behind her right ear in the pictuer below )



A decent sized hoove on her as well ...



Great to be back and a bit of luck came my way that put a sweet ending to the day ....

2007 has been a good year for my Vortex ... I took a nice Tom with it in the spring as well ...



Happy Thanks giving to all of you .... good luck in the days that follow ~

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Thanks all .... It's just been great to get out .

I was suppose to get out with b.j. and BUCHSHOT this week at their Manitoulin Island spot , but things came up and I couldn't make it ... Bet they are having fun !

Weather has been brutal here ... been getting out when I can with Randy S. ... Only spotted a few bucks ... mostly does and approx 20 + turkeys that stopped by Randy's tree one afternoon ...

I got a couple PM's asking about the Pheasant season at Conestoga Lake = it is WMU 80 , but the GRCA release program runs seperate of the MNR guidelines ... it opens earlier and the bag limit is one bird less than the MNR regs as well ... We pay $200 for a season permit and can hunt on 7 different hunting areas ...

As for the turkey on the old barn picture ... it is on a farm that changed hands a few years back ... several guys are hunting it , but it is still worth a " look see " every once in a while ... here is a picture of that spot from earlier in the week ...



Lot's of red squirels at that spot as well ...



There doesn't
seem to be any shortage of turkeys ... Randy and I spotted these ones picking at a huge pile of apples !



Anyway .... great and see pic's and hear the storys of the other forum members outdoor adventures ! .... Keep em coming !!

Good luck to all as you venture out and the weather changes !

Sunday, November 25....

Chris H. and I did some scouting today ... Also took time to stalk a few Pheasants with our crossbows ...

Following tracks ...



Wing prints in the snow after the shot ...



Chris H. scored a 30 yard Cock Bird and a 20 yard Hen with his Exomax ... Good Shooting CH !



I got a 10 yard Hen with my Vortex ... It was a really strange shot , I had her pegged with my 10 yard cross hair , passed a 2216 thru her and she walked about 7 feet looking like I missed her , then she flopped over in the cover .... Scary fast pass thru !!





A real fresh scrape !



At 3:30 pm we saw a buck chasing does ... It was on a farm that ( rumor has it ) doesn't usually let hunters in because of problems the landowner has had in the past with guys tresspassing ... so I didn't go in to ask thinking it would be an automatic turn down .... We went for a late lunch and stopped back at 4:00 pm ( figured the worst he could do was say no ) ...

I talked to the landowner and he said he is pi$$ed with guys tresspassing ... the last group , when he asked them to leave , they told him to f#*@ off ! Surprised

I assured him not all hunters were like that ... we talked for awhile and he softened up ... He ended up saying I could go in for tonight ... It was 4:30 pm by then and I figured it was too late to hike in and set up with my climber , so I told him I was just going to scout and take some pictures ....

Bad decision ! I should have taken the time to set up and call ... I walked back thru the bush and walked into a 10 point buck chasing a doe thru the bush at a slow trot ... I managed to get a blurry shot of him as they crossed the field ...



Then , I look to my left and see a nice 8 point watching the action ... I took one quick shot of him when a doe winded behind me and they all took off ....



I showed the pic's to the farmer when I came out .... we talked for awhile and he said he appreciated me asking permission and told me to stop by again sometime .... I think I got my foot in the door now !!

 Dec 16th ....

Yesterday , I took a morning stand with Greylag at some GRCA property .... Saw two does but approx 60 yards away ... I saw where they went and scoped out a good trail ....

Later in the afternoon I took Sally for a walk and spent about an hour trimming shooting lanes and a new climber spot in a pine tree that had about 100 dead branches under a full pine canopy ...

Woke up this a.m. and noticed it wasn't as bad outside as the weatherman had predicted , so CH and I went back to the GRCA property for a morning stand .... CH was in a stand on one side of the creek ( where he arrowed a deer earlier this week ) , and I was in my new climber tree in the pine stand on the other side of the creek farther back in the concession ...

I started to question my call for coming out as I walled across the drifted wind-swept field towards the pines at approx 6:30 am .... I walked backwards most of the way just to keep the howling winds off of my face ...

At 7:00 am I was up the tree and the snow started ! ... I took some pictures with my pocket camera .



I was fairly sheltered in the pines so the wind was bearable .... ( this backdrop sheltered me )



By 7:30 am the snow was falling pretty good ...



I did my usual routine of light contact grunts ... and at 7:40 am I thought I heard steps behind me , but saw nothing move ...

At 7:45 am a nice sized doe apeared in my 10 yard opening ... Her back was covered in snow and she stood looking towards the hardwood bush .... My Vortex was already across the rail of my climber stand so with very little movement I was able to make the shot .... a 2216 with a 125 grain Wasp hit high and drove thru .... she dropped .... I got one picture from the tree before I came down .... ( she is lying behind the fallen tree with her head on the left of the small center tree and her body to the right .... snow covering her fast ... approx high middle frame )



I text messaged CH and climbed down ... here is a shot of my Vortex and Summit Viper Climber ... Only 1 bolt left in the quiver now ... that makes 3 for 3 this season ... Smile



I walked over , brushed the snow off her and took another picture ...



Recovered my arrow , and headed for the sled ...



CH snowshoed back to my location and helped me drag a loaded sled out ... Field dressed , tagged , loaded and on the road by 9:15 am



Listened to the radio ... the storm is building .... many road closures caused me some detours but I made it home safe and sound ...

Got out with the crew over the last few weeks ....

A sprinkle of snowshoeing fencelines for Jack Rabbits ( European Hares ) in between whitetail hunts ...

Familiar sights = watching friends cruise the fence lines in all sorts of weather ...

Bobby walks the North line ...



Patrick snipes the middle run ....



Randy walks the lake side fence on another day ...



Familiar sounds = the crack of rifle from VA's direction and another Jack hoisted for the camera ...



Some got a pass ....





Others didn't ...





The familiar sight of Spike curled up in my camo gear on the way home ...



Chatting up the local Conservation Officer as he makes his rounds ... great guy , we swap some hunting stories ... his brother picked up a beauty whitetail doe , ended up being a buck that had shed ( heard a lot of cases like that this week = early shed bucks )



Familar sights = watching turkeys go by while on stand ...



A bearded hen ? ... I watched one night on stand ...





Familiar sights = Seeing the odd left over pheasant while scouting ...



Familiar sights = Snowshoe tracks from long walks in , and gear set up ready for an evening stand ...





Familiar sights = does under the stand ( Sandman got these shots one night when we hunted a new property where he got his 1st doe of the season ...











As a group we did take some does to thin the herd over the last few weeks ...










Familiar sights = Some frost mornings !







Familiar sights = Following blood trails .... some with happy endings , others not ...





And to end the week off .... CH arrowed a beauty doe , when he relocated a stand into a great pine sniper nest ...



The arrow ...



The blood trail ...



The walk up ...



Another successfull hunt and a fun season !



Congrat's to Greylag , CH , Sandman and yep I sent my tagged doe shot to Kenton for our team score ....

Congrat's to all other forum members that had fun and stuck it out till the last days ,,,

We got other critters to persure now ... Jacks , late season geese , and some predator hunting !

Happy New Year to all ....







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See Ya. ... R.J. ..." Remember , Trophies are measured by the time and energy expended to get them , not the size or quantity of the quarry "

 
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