Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Finally! it's the rut

All over social media, there were posts about the rut; has it started in your area? have you seen any chasing? how do you know? what's the moon phase?  As much as I would have loved to have had some concrete answer to those questions, I had never seen proof that the rut was on.  Until that second week in November.

Hubs was out hunting on the 10th and I was in charge of the kids and making our way up to my parent's house to hunt on the 11th.  It was windy and cold and I had opted to stay in and not hunt that evening, but wait until the next day. 

I was holding the baby and watching the leaves blow across the lawn when I saw a doe emerge from the bushes around the pond (see down pointing arrow.)  She paused and then ran across the lawn, tail down.  I assumed that she wanted to get back into cover with the weather being what it was.  Seconds behind her was another deer.  I assumed that it was her fawn from the spring, until I saw the shine of small antlers.  It was a buck chasing a doe!  I had never seen anything like it.  The two of them ran across the lawn and disappeared into the tall grass closer to the house (right pointing arrow)



Dad was outside when all of this happened and hadn't see any of it.  I was explaining what I had just seen when we both looked back at the pond.  Another deer was coming out of the grass... another buck... with HUGE antlers.  Someone yelled, 'get the gun!' It might have been me... I was still holding the baby, so I promptly placed her on the floor in the living room and ran back to the door.  I flung the door open, leaving the open screen door between me and the buck.  He had tall antlers and they were well beyond his ears.  This was the biggest live deer I had ever seen.   He had his head down and was following the path of the doe and smaller buck. 

I yelled at time through the screen and tried anything I could to delay him so that Dad could get the gun and I could step outside and take a shot.  He didn't hear me, or if he did, he didn't care.  He was gone before I could get the gun in my hands. 

It was the first time that I had seen the rut "in action" with not one but two bucks chasing one doe.  I would have LOVED to have been able to drop a huge buck right on the lawn, but it just wasn't meant to be.  Still, it was an incredible experience!  and another reason why deer hunting is so much fun; you never know what could happen and when.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The end of the Sky Condo

As I climbed into the Sky Condo to start the 2017 hunting season, the top step broke off from the tree sending a chuck of wood to the ground and leaving the bulk of the rung hanging down to the next step. I lifted my gun off my shoulder and slid it onto the floor of the Sky Condo and them threw my backpack up.  I got myself into the stand and looked down at the damage.  We were going to have to replace a few rungs before the following week.  And my silent entry into the woods was anything but.


I sat there for a couple of hours and then headed for my stand in the woods to see if anything was walking through. 


I was cautious walking in and looked for any sign of brown.  I made it around the corner when I heard that tell-tale sound of a deer blowing.  I watched as two flags ran from under my stand, away from me and into the ticker woods.  My cover was blown but I had hoped that the deer would head towards the stand that Hubs was in since he had a doe permit.  No such luck.

I sat in my stand for a few hours and then Hubs and Dad showed up to get me and head out of the woods for lunch (this was two days before this happened)  We didn't stay out long and made a plan for the rest of the night.  I was heading back to the Sky Condo to sit and asked Hubs to walk me back in to make sure that  I was all set getting back up, given the broken rung. 

I made it three or four rungs up when another one broke beneath me.  I lowered myself back to the ground and headed over to Hub's ground blind to wait out the rest of the night.  Nothing was moving and I was out of my comfort zone being on the ground.

I walked out at the end of legal hours and closed out the first day of the rifle season with seeing two deer butts running away from me...but at least I saw deer!


We decided that night that this is the last season of the Sky Condo as we know it.  There will be a bigger and better Sky Condo for the 2018 season. Stay tuned for that!

Monday, November 6, 2017

The competition is on!

If you do not follow me on Facebook, then you don't know that Dad totally schooled us in how to shoot a big buck.  Did some scouting, brought his gun, right place, right time, incredible buck! (Mom's flip phone doesn't take great pictures)


So, that leaves Hubs (who has a doe permit) and I (who does not) to attempt to get a shot at one of these big bucks!  The competition is on!










Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Maine's youngest fisherwoman

How do you create outdoor kids?  You have them grow up experiencing outdoor adventures like it is a normal part of life.

Over the summer, as I was on maternity leave, I was determined not to let the nice weather slip away without getting some fun, outdoor adventures in.  Staci from MyMainelyGirlAdventures took me to one of her favorite fishing spots.  I loaded up the baby, my waders (which I fit back into!) and into the water we went.



We didn't catch any fish, but we did have a few bites.  I had the most action on my fly line that I have ever had!  Could have been the flies we put on or, maybe, this baby will be my good luck charm!

The weather was perfect and we got to enjoy a few hours in the water wetting our lines and catching up.  What better way to enjoy my maternity leave?