I started a little thing we call "Bowhunter's Weekend" a few years ago as a way to get my best friend, Schlongie, and his ol' man, Reds, upstate for a day of good hunting. The three of us went up, had a hell of a time, and Reds managed to arrow a nice 6-point. Now in its fifth year, there will be 12 or 13 of my closest friends and family heading up to bowhunt and/or fall turkey hunt. Ron has graciously hosted us every year, and he puts on a great hunting camp for us. This year, he decided to combine our weekend with a fall party, inviting friends and landowners to come share in the festivities. As you might guess, everyone has been looking forward to this for a long time.
And the rut is definitely turning on. Schlongie and I went spotting around the area last night. We didn't see a lot of deer, but one field held six or eight deer, including a bruiser of a buck. We watched the big boy run off a smaller buck several times, then wander over to the treeline and work over his scrape and licking branch.
And if that wasn't proof enough, I got an e-mail from Ron last night, sent to him by a good friend...
This is the buck Rich and I found behind the barn Sunday evening.
A 2nd buck was hanging around and we were trying to see how close we could get to him before he ran.
They must have got in a fight and the other buck was admiring his kill.
Notice his eye is poked out.
The other buck was a smaller 6pt. This buck was a huge 9pt.
So needless to say, the deer up there are actively rutting and fighting.
I think we'll have a great hunt with lots of success and stories, and the party's gonna be awesome!
I'm sure there'll be pictures to follow, so stay tuned...
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What can I say? Steady Teddy is my drink of choice when I'm getting ready to head to the hills.
Artist: Ted Nugent
Album: Ted Nugent (1975)
Y'all take care, now.