I have a reputation to uphold around here “ I don t go in the woods, I don t pack heat and I don t know the proper way to hold a bow. This one time at Cabelas, out of boredom, I picked up a bow like I was some hot outdoor chick scanning the woods to smack a critter when my husband turned around and said, Jody you re holding that backwards.
And he went about his business while I stood there for an hour trying to figure the darn thing out. In case you re wondering, we had the same conversation last weekend.
If you ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I have a fear of a squirrel attack. Just as I step foot in the woods I know one of those flying trapeze of a squirrel with find it s way in my hair. Because I have big comfy nest hair for squirrels.
That s all I m doing.
Just gathering information.
- It s about 2 hours from our house and about 30 minutes from our river house. (Oh deer)
- The cost is only $175 from Friday to Sunday. (I can afford that.)
- It s in the woods. (Blair Witch.)
- You sleep in barracks or a tent. (Friday the 13th made me sleep on the floor til I was 18.)
I ll write more about the details next week. It sounds like a very affordable exciting weekend for any female looking to learn more about the outdoors.
But what would it do to me? My blog would never be the same. Next thing you know I ll be wanting to wear camouflage on my date night like I yell at my husband for. Or competing at some clay sporting shot em up. Or having a camera crew follow me around in the woods. That would make great footage ¦ squirrel attack.
My non wearin camouflage painted nails hunter s wife reputation will be ruined.
What do you all think?
Have a great day ¦ maybe I could go there as a reporter or the entertainment. And stay at the local spa hotel.
See the original article at TheHuntersWife.net
Have you ever had one of those years where you just want to give up especially when you feel like you have worked harder than everyone around you but they seem to be the ones with the success? This is my story about my 2009 hunting season that was horrible but then better than all previous seasons and you wonder how that could possibly be. Chris, my boyfriend/hunting partner, and I have three places where we hunt “ one is in Bossier Parish near my mom s house and is my favorite place to hunt, another is in Desoto Parish which is the closest to where I live and the other is in Natchitoches Parish about an hour drive from my house. This year we decided to try something a little different by putting our trail cameras out early in Bossier Parish and Desoto Parish in hopes to get some pictures of bucks in velvet. And that we did, in Desoto, we had pictures of a nice 8 point and a good 6 point which gave us high hopes long before the season started. That wasn t true for my favorite place because I went from having lots of deer on my camera last year to having a doe, a yearling, and more hogs than I cared to count, which was a first for this area. Of course I wasn t going to let some pesky hogs bring me down and keep me from hunting in that spot so I readied for opening day, clearing old and new shooting lanes.
Two weeks before the season opened we had a special youth hunt weekend and my 8 year old son, Mason, decided this summer that he wanted to start hunting with me this year so I bought him a new rifle. Youth weekend he and I hunted the 8 point and 6 point that we had seen on camera. We hunted all weekend long but only saw a doe with a yearling, not once but every time we were in the stand. Mason was tempted to shoot the doe but using his better judgment he decided against it since she had a baby and I was really proud of him for making that call. Therefore, no first deer for him on youth weekend and he was ok with it.
When the season started I hunted every chance I could, every weekend going to Bossier and seeing nothing and then when I got the chance I would take off early and hunt the 8 and 6 point in Desoto since that stand was close to home. I had made up my mind that if I saw the 6 point I would let him walk even though I had never killed a buck bigger than a 3 point “ a very large bodied 3 point but nonetheless a 3 point. I was going to save the 6 point for next year or if one of the kids were with me let them take it but I never saw the 6, the 8, or anything else and then sometime during November the gas well company came in and laid a saltwater line and really messed things up for the rest of the year. Needless to say we were down one place to hunt but I continued to hunt hard in Bossier Parish in hopes that my luck or things there would change. I couldn t imagine where all the deer had gone especially since I had never shot anything off of that stand but all the deer had disappeared. Still nothing and I was now getting very discouraged because it seemed that the harder I worked or the more I went the less I saw. But Chris, on the other hand, saw deer every time he went hunting and it seemed as though everyone I talked to had been seeing a lot of deer but not me. My discouragement led to us making a week day afternoon trip to Natchitoches Parish.
We took off work earlier than normal and Chris and I headed to Natchitoches Parish and I was glad we made that trip because I finally saw a deer and it was a buck. Yipee! A very small 8 point came out just before dark and hung out in my shooting lane for a good while. He was maybe a year and half old so I just watched him, knowing that in about 2 years he would be a nice one. I didn t mind letting him walk because I was thankful to have seen a deer. After seeing the little 8 point we made the decision to take off early Friday and hunt and camp there for the weekend. When we arrived Friday afternoon we went straight to our stands I hunted the one where I saw the 8 point earlier in the week and Chris hunted what he calls long lanes. We both hunted til dark and I saw nothing and Chris saw 3 does, I figured it wasn t a complete loss since he saw deer and he was only hunting about 400 yards from me therefore I knew I was bound to see something that weekend. Saturday morning Chris and I both hunted the same stands again and again I saw nothing and he saw quite a few. That Saturday afternoon the frustration was really working on me and I asked Chris to let me hunt his stand and he could hunt mine. You can bet I will not make that mistake again. At 4:15 pm I hear him shoot and nearly jumped out of my skin, and immediately sent him a text to verify it was him although I knew it was and he replied isn t your lucky day. Now I was really getting frustrated “ I asked him what he shot and just said 8, my first thought was he shot my little 8 point that I let walk but I new better especially since he will not even shoot a doe. He told me to stay in the stand and continue hunting the rest of the evening but I was too aggravated by now so I got down and went to see what he got. When I saw the 8 point I couldn t believe it, it was huge. At that moment, I got upset and decided that he was right I just don t have the luck and was ready to just quit all together but I m not a quitter. I have been told that I threw a little fit but I don t believe it.
It took me a few days to get over being jealous and feeling sorry for myself and when I did I realized that the Thanksgiving holidays were in a few days and I would have extra time off work and more time to hunt. The Friday after Thanksgiving I was up early not to shop like everyone else but to hunt in Bossier Parish and since my mom was out of town we had a place to camp for the weekend. Mason wanted to hunt with us so Chris took Mason with him to give me time to focus without any distractions. I hunted Friday evening in my favorite stand and again saw nothing until right at dark, when I looked to my left there one stood in my new lane that we extended this year. The deer looked to have a very large body and I could see horns but couldn t tell how many because his head was behind a tree, I hesitated due to my fear of shooting one at dark and losing it. I took my chances anyway thinking this may be the last one I see this year. I shot and he ran and I panicked. I immediately called Chris but he wouldn t answer so I waited a few minutes, got down and went to look for blood but couldn t find any and it was really getting dark. I finally reached Chris and he and Mason came to help me look, I showed him where I thought he was standing and we looked around and found nothing. I began to doubt my shot but I knew I hit him so Chris walked a little further down the lane and found blood and some yellow stuff. That s when the sickening feeling set in, I had not only gut shot the deer but I obviously can t judge this lane like I thought because I thought he was a lot closer than what he actually was. After calling a friend to bring his dog to help track him we found my deer “ it was a spike, and I was devastated. I don t shoot spikes, it is a rule I have but I had shot a spike. The next morning when my alarm went off I didn t move I was still too upset with myself over making a bad decision. Chris and Mason went hunting without me. At 7:15 that morning Chris sent me a text message that said Mason did it. He shot one. At that moment I forgot about myself and focused on Mason s success. While I was getting dressed to go meet up with them Chris sends me another text doesn t look good, gut shot, going to stay in the stand til 10 and then look. I crossed my fingers, said a little prayer and waited to hear back from them. At 10 am we called the same friend with the dog and he trailed Mason s deer. Mason didn t make a bad shot his was perfect the deer only ran about 50 yards a laid down Mason got his first deer “ a spike. I was very proud of him but still upset with me so we went home I was done for the weekend. Sunday morning 7:00 am the phone rings it s one of my girlfriends; she needs Chris to come help her husband cape out the huge buck she just killed. That was it I had had enough everyone around me was either seeing or killing deer and now one of my friends who doesn t hunt and gripes because I do every weekend has killed a mountable deer on her first time to go this year. I quit!
Again I spent a few days dealing with what I now know was jealousy. My aunt who isn t a hunter is the one who got my mind right. She told me that I was trying too hard and maybe if I stopped focusing on that BIG BUCK and got back to the reason why I love to hunt then maybe things will change. After talking to her I thought about the main reason why I love to hunt and that is because I love the outdoors and nature. When I hunt I feel like a part of nature whether it be in the mornings when it awakens or the evenings when it is going to bed. That is what I did the following weekend. Chris and I both took off work early Friday and headed to Natchitoches, but since I wasn t planning to hunt anymore this season we weren t prepared and didn t make it in time to hunt that evening. During the night Chris and I both became very ill with a stomach virus but we hung in there determined not to be forced to go home. We slept most of the day Saturday and at 2:00 pm we decided to give it a try and head for the stands. Neither one of us had eaten since Friday and were extremely weak to the point that I didn t know if I would be able to climb in the stand. I went to the stand called long lanes and Chris hunted what is called fence row. Around 4:30pm I had a spike come out about 200 yards in front of me I watched him walk off in Chris s direction. A few minutes late I had 3 does in my lane on the right so I watched them for a while. At about 5:00 pm Chris sent me a text that he said he has 2 does to the right of his stand. Things were looking up I was finally seeing deer. Just before dark I had 3 more does come out on the lane to my left and began to wonder how I was getting back to the house because that was the way I had to walk out and I could still barely see them even well after dark. I managed to get down and walk out without spooking the deer. When I returned to the house Chris was waiting to tell me what he had seen. Just after he sent me the text about the two does on his right a nice 8 point walked out behind them, he chose not to shoot in hopes that if I were to hunt that stand Sunday that maybe I would get a chance at him.
Sunday morning I hunted the fence row and he hunted the stand that I had hunted in the previous evening. That morning we hunted til about 11:00 am and I saw 8 does and Chris saw 5 does but no bucks. That evening we were back in the same stands that we hunted that morning and I am thinking Chris saw the buck the previous evening so maybe this will be my evening. Around 4:45 pm a doe stepped out to my right and my heart started pounding I was thinking this is it the buck can t be far behind her. I sent Chris a text and just as I pushed send the doe spooked and ran back in to the woods I knew then that he was on his way out. Directly across the shooting lane from where the doe came from, out stepped a spike. I knew then that the big buck wasn t there because the spike didn t seem too concerned. A few minutes later I get a text from Chris saying the 8 pt is on my shooting lane to the right. Again my point is proven he was just luckier than me and the deer seem to follow him, but why? A few minutes later he sends me another text that said get down and come this way if he is hanging with this doe like I think he is you can make it. My doe had returned and now I had 2 deer to my right about 75 yards from the stand and I didn t want to spook them but I climbed down anyway and just as I got to the bottom the doe started walking towards me and then stopped and watched. I never scared them and they just watched me walk away and at that moment I knew my luck had to be changing. The stand Chris was hunting in has a lane out front and lanes to the left and right, like a T with the stand in the center. I walked down the lane out front and headed straight for the stand trying to decide what in the world I was going to do once I got there or should I say if I got there without jumping up or spooking one that may be coming out on the lane I was walking down. I walked thru knee high water that filled my boots and made a loud squishy sound or at least to me it seemed loud. I made it to the end just in front of the stand and was burning up from all the clothes I had on. I got down on my hands and knees and crawled out in to the lane facing the direction of the buck but he wasn t there only a doe and a 3 point were there. Chris whispered he is in the woods snort wheezing at the 3 pt, so just be patient but I was uncomfortable and needed to get out of my coat so I slowly took it off and laid it on the ground. I still wasn t sure how I was going to shoot from the ground and I knew I needed some type of rest. Everything from this moment on happened so fast that I will tell it how I think it happened. Chris pointed in the direction of the doe and the buck stepped out all I saw were horns and a huge body. I immediately stretched out, laid on my stomach, propped up on my jacket, and shot. He stumbled for a second and ran into the woods followed by the doe and then a few seconds later the 3 pt followed behind the doe. I did it I walked all the way over and I did it I got my first big buck with my brand new Savage 30-06 rifle that Chris bought me for an early Christmas present. That was an exciting moment but it wasn t over. After Chris got down from the stand we heard a lot of crashing in the woods and I got a bad feeling that I had made a bad shot and it was getting dark. The crashing lasted for about 5 minutes and I stood ready in the shooting lane while Chris went around to where he thought he was headed to send him back my way. A few minutes later the crashing stopped and I could hear Chris walking thru the woods in my direction, he then yelled at me and told me to start walking the lane. I went about 30 yards and spotted something white near the woods and there he was. I didn t make a bad shot! Chris then told me that the crashing noises were from the 3 pt chasing the doe once he saw his window of opportunity. That s when the high fives began because I had made a perfect 75 yard shot from the ground. Some people may call that cheating of some form since the buck didn t come out by my stand but I call it one heck of an adrenaline rush and a really good story to tell.
I always thought of myself as a patient and non-jealous person but I let my emotions get the best of me and that is something that I will not let happen again. When you let the things that you love to do become work and you try to hard to achieve the goal then you forget your reason for doing it at all.
See the original article at CampWildGirls.com
I have had the pleasure of knowing this gal since she was about 4. Tanya Poppe is an inspiration to everyone I know. She has the most amazing sense of humor and she had me rolling while she was telling me her turkey hunting story!
Tanya had a malignant brain tumor when she was just eleven years old. After having surgery to remove the tumor, she then had to endure chemo-therapy and radiation treatments. After going through all that she then suffered a stroke. Tanya has gone through many health setbacks throughout the years but she just keeps moving forward with an unbelievable resolve and a tremenously positive attitude!
Tanya comes from a big hunting family. Every place you look in their house there are mounts. Her Mom, Dad and Two brothers and sister-in-law, all hunt. Tanya did not want to be left out so she started hunting a few years ago. She has harvested her first doe. This past year, she decided that turkey hunting would be fun. She asked her Uncles if they would take her on a turkey hunt. They said yes and she applied for her permit and drew for the last WI season.
Everyone jumped into action to get this huntress into the woods. Let me tell you this little gal has so much spunk and everyone loves her so much, that somehow, someway, it was just going to happen. Tanya uses a wheel chair most of the time, but someone forgot to order the 4 wheel drive model! (Just kidding, Tanya) This was no problem for Team Tanya, they rose to the occasion and built her a rickshaw, to cart her out to her stand.
The local NWTF scrambled and ordered a swivel shooting table that fits into a blind with shooting holes for her to use. Next the local welding shop designed a special gun vice to hold her shotgun and built it just for her. They found a place where she could be almost certain of shooting a Turkey and they were set. Well almost.
According to Tanya she was decked out in everyone else’s clothing. She had no camo of her own so it was kind of like when you get married, except it was something old, nothing new, everything borrowed, but it will do! She said it brought her luck! And luck it certainly did. Her turkey weighed 25 lbs. and it had a double beards, 12 1/4 and 6 3/4 long. The spurs were 1 1/8 inches long.
You will hear more about Tanya’s story in the weeks to come. I will be adding a video of her telling the story about her turkey kill. I have tried to write the story several times but nobody tells it like she does!
See the original article at CampWildGirls.com