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Just a little touch up

Dad and I built our first tree house seven years ago.  It was a little rough but we both fit (barely) and kept fairly dry.  I shot my first deer from that stand. Last year, we started hunting in that area again because my husband joined us in the woods.  It was sketchy last year!  The roof had fallen in a little, the floor was sagging and the steps nailed onto the tree seemed ridiculously sporadic and unsafe.  So, a few weeks ago, we started making some touch ups so that we will be ready for this upcoming rifle season.  The first thing we needed was a new ladder! The canvas roof is tied up, but it's a little sketchy Our "ladder" The new ladder!  Sturdy and much easier to climb up. We will figure out a way to make the roof work and stay up.  I can sit up against the trees and away from the sagging portion of the floor and then it is just a matter of waiting for a deer to walk by.

And then there were three

There is nothing better on a nice fall day then walking through the woods with Dad and checking the trail cam pictures.  We headed out to check the camera by the Sky Condo and the camera by my tree seat.  That big buck has been hanging around the Sky Condo but if it's the same deer as last year, he made a few trips past my seat and into the bog. After doing some logging on the property, Dad has decided that we will move my tree seat and build another permanent stand.  The plan right now is to move closer to the bog and off to the left of where I sit currently.  This will allow me to sit close to the bog and thickets and if it rains, I can still be around any deer that decide to move.  I am naming my new stand T3 (tree-stand three - how original right?)  I may do a Google search and see what cool, function designs might be out there that we will want to add to this new stand.  The Sky Condo is pretty nice but we have had to patch up some leaks in the roof and put up canvas to

A walk in the woods

I try to always bring my camera with me when Dad and I go exploring.  You never know what you will see! Always a good sign Something made a Bluejay its meal Perhaps it was this hawk

Same big buck? You tell me!

I have been going back and forth between these photos from last hunting season and the ones below.  Is it the same deer?  The photos are off my two months (Sept vs Nov) but are we looking at the same deer?  It looks like the same antler frame and maybe the same antlers, but I think G3 is longer in the 2013 pictures - or it could be the angle, light and position of the deer. What do you think?  Same deer?

He stepped on the trap!

Black bear steps on a trap And walked away. The problem is that he stepped ON it and not in it.  The bears have sprung the trap a couple of times and walked off.  There are so many variables that come into play to make sure that the trap springs exactly where it needs to and successfully goes up the leg and catches instead of releasing, going off too early or late or having the bears not even go near it. I have said it before... bear hunting is NOT easy !

A trap will catch a bear

Right? While I get the blog about my last hunting adventure edited and ready to go, I wanted to share with you some photos from those same sites that show a trap that Steve has put out.  According to Maine law, you must check your trap every day and as a result of Steve doing this, we are getting some huge bears coming in. An argument that those who are in favor of banning our effective hunting methods like to make is how easy it is to get a bear.  As you have seen, we have a lot of bears coming into the sites.  And they are big bears!  Bait is helping to bring them in but (spoiler alert) I have not shot a bear.  Neither have Steve or Lorri.  The bears are there, are coming in almost daily but unless you are there at the right place and right time, no bear for you! Here are some great photos that PROVE that just because you put a trap out, it does not guarantee you a bear.  The trap is clearly seen on the ground in that perfect circle. Bear just steps away from stepping in the

Antler growth

It is pretty cool to be able to see a buck on the trail camera.  This guy was caught on the camera on three different dates but almost at the same spot.  It gives us a cool chance to see how his antlers are growing this season.  This is the first time that we have been able to see the growth, to this extent over a one month period.  I love deer season!!!

The bucks have arrived

Last fall, we had somewhere between 7 and 10 bucks of all sizes around the treestands.  The biggest bucks we have ever seen showed up a few years ago in mid-August.  This year, we had only does on the cameras.  Sometimes two, three or four but never any antlers.  A few weeks ago, we finally saw some velvet.  But this, is more like it! And check out the time of these pictures. I just hope that we start seeing these types of pictures more often now. I dont know if this is the same spike horn as the first picture or not.

Highlights from the bear debate

I was able to be in the audience during last Thursday's Town Hall debate about bear baiting.  The panelists were James Cote, Campaign Manager of NO on 1!/Save Maine's Bear Hunt; Judy Camuso, Wildlife Division Director of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Daryl DeJoy, Executive Director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine; and Anita Coupe, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting. The lies being told by the people working for the Yes campaign are mindblowing.  Here is the link for you to watch. Here are my highlights and my commentary from the 90 minute event: * Anita Coupe- "I have been a Mainers for 15 years"  (Mainer's take: you are an out-of-stater who lives in Southern Maine and think that's what Maine is. CLEARLY not a hunter and would rather not question where her meat comes from when she buys it at the store.) * Judy Camuso - "We have 1 bear for every 8 deer" (It is easy to see all of these deer while in the woods, driving bac

Let's get a bear

After we struck out on the first night, we planned to go out again and get us a bear.  The photos that were were seeing showed incredible bears coming in all the time.  It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The day before I was going to drive up to meet with Steve and Lorri, I got a text from Steve: "GET MORE BULLETS."  We had a behemoth bear coming in on a regular basis and when he compared it to his 420lb bear, he figured it was 500-600lbs. This bear is huge! 500-600lbs probably. Maybe an old Sow by the look of the back stomach area that could be worn out from nursing cubs? Big head, nice barrel like frame.  This is an incredible, healthy Maine black bear. I was more comfortable now since I knew where we would be, what the light was like and where I'd be sitting.  This time, I would be sitting with Lorri and Steve would go to site 2. It was a beautiful day with sun, a light breeze and 68 degrees.  Cool and ideal for a bear to co

Maine Points Interview

In case you missed it, here is the Podcast from Maine Points with my friend Mike Violette about hunting in Maine! Erin's discussion on hunting in Maine Enjoy and happy hunting! The first time I shot my 30-06 in 2007

Stocking Up

My Labor Day Weekend: Fresh applesauce made, processed and canned for winter. Thanks to Robin , I was able to quickly whip up a batch and got it stored.  I will make at least a couple dozen more for us to have and for those daycare lunches. Farmer's Market corn husked, cut, processed and canned for a great Shepard's Pie on a wintery day. Way too many (for someone who doesn't like tomatoes) pints of crushed tomatoes ready to go for sauces, Minestrone soup and lasagnas. I may not like them but there is nothing better than homemade sauce and real tomatoes in dishes that you know are not filled with preservatives.

We took to the woods

I was nervous. Ridiculously so.  I was seeing the big bears that we had coming in on the cameras at each site and I knew that I had to make a damn good shot if a bear came in. I has shot three times to get my gun sighted in and knew that it was right where it needed to be - and I was comfortable making those shots. I packed all of my clothes, which were washed in anti-scent detergent and properly washed and stored with anti-scent dryer sheets. I showered with my anti-scent soap and put everything into the car.  As I sat in the driver seat of the car going through my mental checklist, I realized that my gun was still inside.  A quick run back inside and I was really ready to go this time. At Steve's, I prepped some bait for the day.  I was a pro at this point . It was hot - 86 degrees and no breeze but regardless of all of this, it was opening day of bear season!  We had lunch, put everything in the back of the truck and were off to bait sites in the woods. The plan was to