Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Next up I have some coyote calling and ice fishing to take care of and also another hog hunt in Feb. Anyone that is bored of the same old websites make sure to check out www.backfortyoutdoors.com
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Thursday, June 5, 2008
Sorry once again I have been extremely busy and haven't had any time to get on the computer. Well Ashley and I are proud parents of a beautiful little girl named Miley Maria she is definitely a princess, but I have a good feeling I will be able to get her out in the woods with her dad in the fall. She is for the most part a very good kid she definitely has her moments but don't they all. Work is extremely busy now that we have almost all of the segments poured they want the rest of them done overnight it seems. Working over 60 hours a week and trying to spend as much time with the family and also taking care of the things around the house I was surprised I even made it into the woods turkey hunting this spring. I basically had 2 days to try filling my tag. Day 1 had some gobbling early 3-5 toms I am figuring and also the hens were extremely vocal which as you all know is not a good thing. I never did call any of them off those hens that morning. Day 2 same as the first morning lots of gobbling hens making as much noise as they could so I figured I was just going to out call the hens. I would cut every hen off anytime she tried cutting I would cut louder and harder, eventually they kind of quited down and so did I. A half hour went by and I no birds had shown up and I was starting to get that bad feeling when you think you may have done to much calling but low and behold 5 birds popped out of the woods and started strutting right where I was sitting the day before. I had one young tom start filtering my direction and he got to about 30 yards and was coming in good so I was going to wait for the close shot, this is where it gets crazy! all of a sudden something cracked a branch behind me in the woods and I wasn't the only one who herd it so all the birds start heading back into the brush my bird had stopped broadside so I ranged him quickly at 34 yards drew back settled on his wing butt and pulled the trigger. My arrow flew beautifully hit right where I was aiming the bird tea kettled over got up tried to fly but he couldn't and he just ran to the edge of the brush behind me I just sat there and then I heard his wings beating on the ground. I took my time packing up and figured he would be laying right where I had seen him last. Once I got there all that was there was blood and a bunch of feathers. I have only been this disappointed once before in my hunting career. I looked for 2 hours for that bird under every piece of brush and clumps of grass. I have know idea what happened to him. We do have a lot of coyotes in that piece of woods and with all the calling going on I don't know if there is a chance that a yote got to my birds before me? very unlikely but I really have know idea where he went. I hate losing animals it leaves a very sick feeling in your gut for a long time. That was my bird hunting for 08 hopefully next year I can make it over to Nebraska and Wisconsin to chase some birds.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
As for work I have been working on the new 35W bridge in Minneapolis Mn. If your not familiar the bridge collapsed unexpectedly last Aug. and has a finish date of Dec.24th. There is a lot of hard work and long hours so hopefully we can get it done safely and in a timely manner.
I am also getting ready for turkey hunting, I have a pretty good area and have been shooting when I can, also I have been practicing my calling as much as Ashley loves it. Catch up with you all soon.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Well after not really finding any antlers last weekend and sitting threw -40 below windchills all week I figured it was time to hit the trails again. Saturday afternoon I called my hunting buddy and friend of 17 years Eric Williamson (A.K.A I'm one lucky bastard who kills a lot of Big Deer) and told him we should check out a particular piece of land. I feel when shed hunting you have to plan the work and then work the plan. If you just start following every trail you end up walking big circles and all of a sudden you are right back where you started. I like to think of it as combing an area, work in a strait line stop every so often and check all the side trails then go back and pick the trail up where you left off. Having two or more people is key, it is very tough in big wooded areas for one guy to effectively find sheds. Also don't be afraid to stop and look behind you, once and a while the antler might be hidden in some brush or grass.This weekend all 4 of the antlers we found were within 40 yrds. of some type of swamp or water hole. I have no idea if there is any type of correlation here or just dumb luck but i'll take it. This was by far our best one day shed hunting trip we not only found some decent sheds but also a killer rub ( picture at top of page).
Monday, January 28, 2008
Well after several days of extreme cold outside, I finally couldn't take it anymore. I had to get outside and do something, anything. I decided I was going to go take a quick walk around the old whitetail woods in some of my favorite hunting areas. Well my "quick" walked turned into a couple mile hike back in the woods. I had one goal and that was to find some bone "a.k.a deer antler." I know it seems early to be looking for sheds, but I had talked to several individuals in the area who had been finding a shed here and there. My hopes were high as I chugged threw the shin deep snow. Right away I found some really good trails. The farther I walked I kept thinking about the big bucks I got on film early last summer. I hadn't heard of anyone shooting any of them and hopefully, they made it through the toughest part of the winter. But like many of my shed hunting trips, it soon turned into a scouting mission for next year. This time of the year is one of the best times to locate those "magic" areas. I.E Bedding areas, rub lines, and staging areas. What I like about scouting right after the season is that even if you do bump a big buck usually it is enough time for him to settle down and return to that area. I never did find a shed that day but there will be many more chances to get out and stretch the legs. I look at shed hunting as three fold.
1. Looking for sheds
2. Scouting for next year
3. Getting in shape for turkey season
I recommend the following gear to have along:
For more than 6-8 inches of snow - a good pair of snow shoes. (Tubbs are very durable and light)
A good back pack for carrying some Wilderness Athlete products, and any antlers you will find. (I have had very good luck with my Badlands Monster Fanny.)
If you plan on bringing your binos, which you should, you will need some type of containment strap. I wouldn't recommend anything other than a Del Norte Outdoors Optic Belt. It takes all the strain off your neck while holding your binos as tight as you want. No more swaying side to side as you walk threw the woods. Also they are great hunting with as you can adjust how high or low on your body you want them, so they will never be in your way when you shoot. Check out my photo section for pictures of the Optic Belt and check out there website. http://www.delnorteoutdoors.com/
Monday, January 21, 2008
I had the opportunity to attend the 2008 ATA show (Archery Trade Association) in Indianapolis, Indiana. What a show! It not only had everything there that a archer could imagine, but I met more people then I ever thought was possible. First off, if you haven’t ever heard of Wilderness Athlete, just wait because it isn’t going to be long and you will. We were the entire "buzz" at the show. It was backed up by some of the biggest names in the industry. IE: Cameron Hanes, Bill Winke, Guy Eastman, Fred Eichler, and Randy Ulmer, and not to mention some of the best pro staffers in the industry. They're such a great tasting and healthy choice of supplement and snack. Also, I was finally able to meet everyone at G5 Broad heads. I've been on their pro staff for a few years now, but I never had the chance to actually meet them face to face. They’re such an awesome group of people, and not to mention they have unbelievable products. Some of the products I had seen were, for one, Roscobie riser cam. This is a stabilizer that also has a lipstick camera in it. I was very hesitant because no one has ever been able to make this actually work, but I think they did it from what I can see. The film is actually good and the recovery time from the shot is very fast. All your footage goes right to a SD card and it runs up to 7 hours of film time on 2 AA lithium batteries.The other products that caught my eye were the new Full Metal Jacket shafts from Easton. A definite advantage is a little more kinetic energy.
Well the hunting season is long gone, and as I look at the thermometer it reads -6. From the sounds of the wind outside, I am sure the wind-chill factor exceeds -15. Now all I can do is start preparing for next year, although, the next season is going to be a lot different than this year I will guarantee. You see, this year I took a layoff starting the last week of October so that I could spend as much time in the woods for the next 2 months. In MN the rut usually kicks into high gear by the first week of November, not so this year. I hunted from Halloween day until the end of the season, and seen minimal signs of a rut. I saw deer, don't get me wrong. I was even lucky enough to tag two does for the freezer, but big buck activity was non existent. I rattled in several one and a half year old deer and passed up a nice one sided 8 pointer, but the deer we obsess over all year were no where to be found. And I'm sure you’re thinking, “Well maybe you don't have any big ones around.” This would be an obvious answer. I might have given that a thought if I hadn't got four popers all on camera a month before the season opened. I haven’t ever seen one of these deer while in a stand. All in all the season was fun. I spent dang near everyday in the woods for 2 months. I learned a lot in that time. I was also able to put some new equipment to the test and give Wilderness Athlete products a try. What a great product! When I was sitting all day during the rut, cold, and windy conditions I would eat 2 bars and have one drink in the morning. Then, at about noon I would have another. I would be satisfied all day long. I can’t wait to try it out in the back country!