Sunday Morning Hunt
What a way to start the hunt! With my license in hand (this time)
I went back to the same treestand that I hunted on the first morning last year.
I really like this stand, it's in an area that's active all morning long. At
first light, a nice 8 showed up but big deer are big for a reason. He checked
the wind first before coming in and he winded me.
Shortly after first light, a small buck came in and fed around
my stand for a half hour. I used the opportunity to practice drawing and setting
up my camera. I drew on him about two dozen times before he picked me off and
ran into the thickets.
In total I saw about 10 deer this morning, half were bucks with
only one close to being a shooter. It was a great morning.
Sunday Afternoon Hunt
Kent had a hunter last week who had seen a huge 8 from a stand
they call the River stand. I decided to hunt there tonight. The wind was perfect
for that stand, the only drawback, Kent mentioned, was a remote chance of seeing
some wild hogs. I made sure it was OK to shoot them if they came in and Kent
said - "absolutely."
I was settled in a 3:30PM and forty minutes later I heard a racket
heading down the trail. Here comes 20 hogs into my treestand. They started to
root around, squealing and carrying on. I flipped on the video camera and picked
out the largest one. A well placed arrow found its mark and the hog ran off.
Not wanting to leave a dead hog laying around, I waited a bit, then trailed
it. He didn't go very far and I dragged him away from the path the deer come
in on. I started to think that this hog would make an excellent Bowsite.com
bloodtrail competition, so I left my bow at the ground and climbed up the stand
to get the camera. While I was gathering my gear, another group of hogs came
in from the North. There was one real nice boar in there so I said "what
the heck" and very quietly climbed down the stand. The hogs never saw me
as I picked up my bow, nocked an arrow, and drew on hog #2. Another great shot
and the Hog tore off. I was two for two. I climbed back in my stand, waited
a bit, then bloodtrailed the 2nd hog. It had only gone about 70 yards and I
dragged it to the fence where I would be picked up later. With two nice hogs
under my belt, I climbed back into my stand - hoping for a buck.
|Watch Pat shoot his hog
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I wasn't expecting to see anything, with all the hog action and
bloodtrailing, but I underestimated how great the hunting is here. At last light,
a gigantic whitetail with tines visible from 300 yards away, moved downwind
of me. I picked up my binoculars and glassed him. I could not tell what he was,
all I know is he was BIG. Unfortunately, he appeared to be nervous and moved
before dark, I saw another deer approaching and put the glasses on him. It was
a heavy, perfect 10. My heart started thumping. He moved towards me and walked
25 yards from the stand. A bit too far out of range for my recurve so I watched
him walk off. Kent and I guessed he was about a 150 class 10 - a little light
on width but very heavy and symmetrical.
What an exciting day!
The hog on left was shot from the stand, the hog on the
right was shot from the ground. What a fun hunt!
Details about our 2003 Bowhunt
Last year's bowhunt was fantastic. However, the bucks were hard to pin
down because they were in full rut. So Kent Jarnagin and I decided to
bowhunt a week earlier - during the pre-rut. We'll be bowhunting the same
familiar spots and holding out for a trophy-caliber whitetail.
This hunt is strictly a fair-chase hunt. No fences or purchased/genetically
engineered deer. The land we are hunting are large tracts of tightly controlled
private lands owned by Kent Jarnagin and Kent Woolfolk of Cimarron
2002 Buck from Cimarron River Outfitters
- 49lb, 56" Black Widow SAIII TD Recurve, Gold-Tip 3555 carbon
arrows, and a wensel woodsman broadhead
As always, we will be bringing the hunt to you as it happens, day by
day. We are in a very rural section of Kansas, with poor phone line speed
- video footage will be difficult - but we'll try.
If you are new to our live hunts - here's how we
I bring a digital video camera into the field and record everything
that happens. Depending on the activity, and the amount of time
I have between hunts, I may do both a morning and an evening upload.
As soon as the hunt is over and I'm back at the farmhouse, I begin
editing my video footage, creating web snapshots from digital video
and converting them to web format (JPEGs). I then write a synopsis
of what happened, do a quick spell and grammar check, then
I upload the package to that day's update. This will all happen
sometime before midnight (hopefully) Central time.