Saturday, November 10, 2007

in preparation for the hunt



I'm sure nobody cares, any more than you care to see a half-dozen pics of my bathroom in a shambles, but here are a bunch of shots from where I thought I was going to locate my deer blind. This morning, the oldest boy, LP and I set it up about 200 yards from here in a narrow cut through a stand of birch, alder and oak, at the base of the ridge shown in the second photo below. The general area looks to be a good spot, at first glance. As you can see from the photos, cover, water, bedding areas, food and natural lanes for traveling to and fro all exist within a few hundred yards. I think this area sees deer in the general vicinity all day and night, if the hunting pressure remains low.






Today we only saw a fox, who, oddly enough, crossed our tracks only 75 yards behind my truck only 1-2 minutes after we stopped to unload the blind and some bait. He was right here, as a matter of fact...

So far, only deer and my tracks show up in the snow and they are hitting the bait piles, hard. Yes, this year I have gotten so old and tired as to join the sorry ranks of apple-poppers across this great nation. It's like hunting people in a grocery store-sit at the end of the frozen foods isle and pop some poor fucker in the head as he reaches for a frozen pepperoni and mushroom, but I’m out of shape and not good for much else besides nodding off in a folding chair after the coffee wears off.

Really, I will get out and still-hunt the ridge as much as my tired, old bones will let me and I even put the ass warmer back, that I tossed in my cart at Wal-Mart, Friday. I'll sit my blind in the morning and maybe evening, but otherwise, it's walk and post, walk and post, walk and post as much as possible. Oh, the oldest and I are contemplating taking pics, or shooting video during our first two days.

I should note these woods begin just about 500 yards South of my house and stretch for about 20 miles to the next road South.

6 comments:

Mr. Bud said...

apples?
dude, your going to get one of those ultra green, prissy, run to the coop for yogurt and tofu, hippy kinda wanna be soccer mom deer.

i'd put out miller, doritos and maybe cheese nips. and a tv tuned to monster truck bonanza. maybe some tools spred on the ground. and some fine girley magazines...

get a big fat couch potato manley kinda bambi.

Jay said...

Now I'm gonna run a zig-zag pattern down the frozen food isle at the store. ;-)

I had chili last night. Too bad it wasn't deer meat chili. That's some good stuff!

Fyremandoug said...

It lookz like prime Whitetail Habitat. I miss hunting those sneaky bastichis. Shoot a nice fat one Pirate

Maeve said...

When I went to visit my brother we had to make a trip to Wally World, I got a big kick out of the fact that they sell "deer treats" (carrots & ears of corn).
Yeah.....I know.......simple minds.....
:)

The Pirate said...

I'm getting a load of deer treats from the gas station this morning. Sugar beets, carrots, apples and corn. About 250 pounds worth:)

Mr. Bud said...

i'm yelling ya... dorito's and beer!

you'll be sorry....