Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Learning a new hunt

I am decent at deer hunting and I am learning how to ice fish. This Christmas, my sister and brother in law got me a couple turkey calls since inane said that I want to learn. There is a round scrape thing, a mouth piece and wooden box thing (like my terminology and details?).
After I opened my gift, ironically there were about 20 turkeys on the back lawn. I stepped out on to the back porch and tried the round scrape. I thought I did ok but when the turkeys heard it, they took off! Not just like walked off, but started running into the woods and up the mountain. They couldn't get away from me fast enough. So, I need to work a lot of my calling techniques or put Dad in one location and have the turkeys run towards him.

But what do you all recommend? What or how should I start to learn these new hunting toys?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Early Christmas Gift

I got an Ipad!!! My wonderful hubby saved since August and couldnt wait to give it to me, so I got an early Christmas gift last night. YEAH!! Welcome to the 21st century right? So now, my question to all of you is; do you blog from yours (if you have one) and do you find the touch screen works ok or that you wish you had a keyboard? It takes video and photos, which I am hoping will be better than some of the ones I have taken and posted in the past.

So, what should I know about this? I dont see myself taking it into the woods with me but maybe fishing...

Friday, December 14, 2012

What to buy the hunter on your Christmas list

Apparently, I am hard to buy for. I don't think I am but I have been told that I am by multiple people. So, here is my helpful personal list of what to buy a hunter for Christmas or Hanukkah or Festivis.

1. Books. My suggestions this year are:
Meat Eater by Steven Rinella. I asked Santa for it and I am pretty sure its wrapped and waiting under my tree. I have not read it, but I did read American Buffalo and it was fantastic!

Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste so Good
by John Ford. John is a former Game Warden who tells wonderful Maine stories of the adventures, animals and people he encounters. Light hearted and a quick read.

Tales from Misery Ridge by Paul Fornier. Paul was a Maine Guide and worked for Inland Fisheries before he retired. He tells great stories of the people and places he traveled to around Maine.

2. Clothes.
Anything but cotton. If you can find women's wool pants, without the weird stitching around the knees that will make me scratch when I sit down, then let me know! I have tried on many pants and they either don't fit right or they have the weird knee stitching that rubs just above my knee. And since I sit for hours on end, I look more like the Michelin man than I do a hunter, and need layers that will keep me from sweating and warm for hours. I wear some of this and some of this with monkey thumbs.

3. Gear.
Knife sharpener and a good knife.
I won this sharpener from Work Shop and OBN. I am going to wrap it up, give it to Dad and then we can use it and I will blog about how awesome it (hopefully is). It came with a cool t-shirt and a bunch of stickers with knife quotes on them. I will have examples in my review.


4. Above all, I buy my Dad and my Father-in-Law their hunting licenses. The first time I did this for my FIL, it blew his mind. He had no idea how I was able to get his MOSES ID number and renew the license (secret: I called IFW, gave them all of his bio information and they helped me get the number. I renewed online and have the confirmation sent to my email so I can reference it every year now. I'm sneaky!)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Easy peasy

I am getting spoiled. Actually Dad and I both are. I am afraid to write this for what it might mean for next year, but I will; Dad and I have not had to follow a blood trail in a long time. Three years ago, Dad dropped this guy (below) on opening day.
Last year, I dropped this one:
and this year, I dropped him right at the base of the Sky Condo:

We are getting spoiled but really, I have a great teacher who has taught me where to shoot a deer for the quickest, least painful death. And it has worked out well.

This year, we spotted the buck coming to eat grass early in the day. He walked out from the upper right corner of this photo and headed down almost to where the camera is and then started to walk back and eat on the clump of brown grass when I shot him (you can see him laying there post gutting and see the brown grass just to the left).

It was a good shot because it dropped him but in my mind it was a bad shot because it was SO LOW! I shot him right in the heart. If you look at where you are supposed to hit them in the vitals and where I hit him, there is about a 3-4 inch difference. But, that is also why I love my 30-06 with the scope. The more advantages I can give myself the better!

The deer this year was a little crotch horn that weighed 112lbs. But getting him on the first Friday of the season took the pressure of us getting a deer as the season continued. We are lucky to now have steaks, stew meat and roasts for the winter! You can't beat it! and you can't beat hanging out with Dad in the Sky Condo during hunting season =)