Dad and I were putting the trail camera back out, checking the amount of apples on the trees and looking for signs of deer around the sky condo. Dad had cleared away some brush and random limbs and he cut down the tree that prevented me from shooting the deer that he shot last October. We were checking out the area and decided to get a better view - from our sky condo. There are 12 steps from the ground to the floor of the condo. I was 3 from the top when I saw what looked like poop next to me seat. Then there was another pile and another in the corner! Dad climbed up to get a look at the shooting lanes and the reminisce of our squatter. There was some wood chewed from the corner of the wall near where I sit and the roof which surprised us since its treated wood. Dad said its a porcupine (or a raccoon) but either way, it needs to go away before I climb up to my sky condo at 5am in Oct. No surprises please. Any ideas how we can keep the squatters out? Dad wants to put plexi glass up around the condo but Im boycotting. Im not letting him go soft yet - its bad enough I bought him a heater. But, ideally, we will shoot that huge buck that keeps showing up on the camera in October and be done(or have the pressure off us) for the rest of the season.
Jesse Phillips had no intention of bear hunting. He was along for the ride with friend and host of Blood Origins , Robbie Kroger, who was on his annaul bear hunt with Grove Hill Outfitters . Being convinced that he should go hunt, Jesse grabbed the 45-10 and headed into a treestand. He wore his cowboy boots, jeans and flannel, "the only thing I didn't do was put on deoterant" Jesse laughed. Climbing up into the stand a little before 2pm, he held no expectations for seeing his first bear in the wild. He was doing this just to apease the guys in camp. At 4:02, a bear appeared. "He was about 40 yards away," explained Jesse, "and he was just walkeding around, sniffing and eating. He wasn't interested in the bait at all." Watching the bear, Jesse knew he needed to remain calm. He was in no position to move his gun and take a shot without the bear spooking. The bear walked in and out of the opening with no intention of heading to the bait. Jesse