2003-2004 Hunting Season

February 18, 2004 - Shot skeet with Amber and Austin shot the 22 rifle.  Austin did very well with the rifle. 

Amber had her first solo hunt.  Austin and I squirrel hunted one mountain and Amber hunted another.  We had the 2-way radios in case we needed to contact each other.  Amber saw a couple of squirrels and shot at one - missed it.  She said it was a little to far.  She was very excited about the trip and wants to go again.  She's having a ball with that little Benelli!

February 14, 2004 - Shot some skeet - Amber did real well.  She broke at least one clay pigeon out of each round of five.  Austin shot the 22 rifle and .410 shotgun several times.

February 10, 2004 - I ordered a new Trap Thrower and both kids a pair of Rocky Snake Boots.  I just can't leave Austin behind when Amber and I go hunting.  He wants to go so bad and does very well for 6-years old.  He was with Amber and I when she harvested 5 of the 6 deer this year.  Three out of a shooting house and two from a double ladder stand.  I know he'll go turkey hunting with us this year and I'd feel horrible if he got bit by a snake with Amber and I wearing snake boots and him in regular boots.  The boots were $80.00 a pair but will be a cheap price to pay if one of them gets bit and the boots stop the bite.  I've worn snake boots for the past 10 or so years.  With two pairs of socks, Amber wears an 8.5 in women's boots - they should last her several years.  Kim only wears a size 9 and a lot of women wear smaller than an 8.5.  With two pairs of socks, Austin can wear a 6.5 in women's boots (don't tell him they're women's boots). Men's sizes are too big. Maybe he can get two years of wear out of them before out growing them.

February 8, 2004 - We duck hunting this morning on the Youth Duck hunt.  We had a great time! She shot at 3 ducks and hit two of them but not enough to bring them down.  It was a cold 29-degree morning.  I can see her getting hooked on duck hunting like she is on deer hunting.  Austin didn't go on the trip - he wasn't happy about it!  She fired up now for the upcoming turkey season!

February 7, 2004 - The shotgun arrived!  It's a perfect fit for her.  It's a very nice shotgun!  She has never shot a shotgun before tonight - we set a couple of targets up and let her shoot at them - she did very well.  We setup the Trap Thrower and threw 10 or so clay pigeons - she broke two of them!  I was impressed!!  We were shooting by a night light in the dark.  She seems to have a knack for shooting a firearm.  Kim's side of the family claims to have Daniel Boone as an ancestor - maybe it's true :)

February 2, 2004 - I ordered Amber a Benelli Montefeltro 20-guage shotgun today.  It has the short stock - 12.5" Length of Pull.  It should be in this Friday or first of next week.

January 31, 2004 - Well, it's over.  It's always a bitter sweet day.  I'd like to keep hunting but could definitely use the rest.  I hunted everyday from October 15th-January 31st, except five days due to work and family stuff.  I deer hunted a lot in Tennessee starting with the opener on September 27th.  It was a great season with Amber having a terrific year!  The duck hunting was great with a trip to Arkansas this season. Over the next several months, the kids and I plan some crow, squirrel and turkey hunting.  Today, I'm ordering Amber a little Benelli Montefeltro short-stock shotgun - she'll love it!

January 27, 2004 - Deer hunted this morning and shot a nice buck.

January 26, 2004 - Only a few more days left in the season.  I'm on vacation tomorrow and Friday.  Of course, I plan to hunt the other afternoons as I have all season.  I think I've hunted everyday except five since October 15th.

January 25, 2004 - Last day of duck season - duck hunted till 3:00pm - had a great time even though it rained cats and dogs all morning.  Deer hunted in the afternoon and shot a deer.

January 24, 2004 - Hunted with Amber and Austin on some trophy land in Morgan County.  Saw 3 antlerless deer and a big 7 point.  The 7 point was nice but we didn't shoot.  She wanted to :)  He was around 16-17" wide and good mass but short points.  Looked like a 160-170 pound deer.

January 23, 2004 - Hunted a different block of land in Madison County.  Saw 9 deer from the shooting house including two 8-points.  One was a real nice deer about 16" wide with good mass and tine length.  He looked like a young 150 pound deer with a lot of potential.  I didn't shoot him with the Remington ... just the Canon with 35mm film.  This land is trophy managed and I would want that deer to have another year to grow on my land - so I did the same on this property.  If someone is nice enough to let me hunt with them on "trophy" land - I want to do what's right.  It didn't bother me not to shoot the deer - I was just thankful to see him.  The other 8 point was small in body but had a very good young rack.  He may be the real trophy of the bunch in two or three years.  He was 14-15" inches wide with 4-5" points - a beautiful little deer!  Jim and I hunted out of the same shooting house - it was 660 yards across the field in two directions - he was the rangefinder/binocular spotter for the hunt :)  We saw 29 total between the three of us.

January 21, 2004 - Hunted in Madison County yesterday afternoon with my muzzleloader.  I wanted to shoot a doe and saw tons of deer.  The deer started moving around 4:00pm and I saw 23 deer by 4:30.  I had lots of shots at 60-70 yards but with iron sights and still early in the afternoon, I waited.  I had one shot at 20 yards on a small doe but passed her up.  I saw around 40 deer but none came with "bow" range which is what I really want with the Pedersoli muzzleloader.  The Thompson Omega with a scope is a different story.  The deer didn't use the trail coming out of the cutover like they have in the past - they came out of the pines.

January 20, 2004 - Saw a HUGE buck on the way to work this morning around 6:30am - he's a dandy but I don't have a permit for that land.  Saw a nice little basket rack on the refuge by the Tennessee River.

January 19 2004 - I was off work for 5 1/2 days - 11 hunting opportunities and I hunted 8 if them - missed one due to basketball game, monsoon and being a sleepy head.  Didn't see many deer for that many hours in the woods!

January 18, 2004 - Amber, Austin and I hunted the Tennessee farm for the last day of the Youth Hunt.  Saw zero deer.

January 15, 2004 - I shot a deer on January 15th.

January 13, 2004 - I hunted the land in Madison County with the muzzleloader from a climbing treestand - saw tons of deer (30+) but only small ones within the range of my iron sight shooting ability.  I plan to hunt there on January 22nd from the ground - maybe the mobility will allow some rambling.

January 12, 2004 - It's was a good weekend.  I duck hunted Saturday morning and it was great! Saturday afternoon, Amber had a ballgame at 5:00 ... so no hunting.  Sunday afternoon, I had a School Board meeting and got to hunt the last hour of the afternoon.  A doe and yearling was in the field when I got there and small buck walked across around 5:00.  He had one big spike and other side broke off - he was not a 1.5 year old deer.  I would've shot him but he never stopped walking.  I had the crosshairs all over the 10-ring but he never stopped - I figure if it was meant for me to shoot him he would've stopped.  Had he been a big racked deer - I would've stopped him myself :)  Right at dark-thirty ... I heard a single deer walking from a long way off heading my direction.  He was steady walking and finally go to a small 3' wide dry creek about 40 yards from my stand - it was to dark to see him in the thick woods on that side of the creek.  If he had continued straight - he would've walked right under my stand and out into the wheat field.  I could've seen him once he crossed the creek.  He turned right and headed away.  Bad deal!!

I shot a deer and had an interesting afternoon on January 7th.

I got a good feeling about the remainder of the season :)  It seems to go every other year on the big racks - this would be the year!!

I've added a lot of pictures to the duck hunting and friends page ... check them out.  Email me any pictures you would like posted. 

January 7, 2004 - It's been tough hunting over the last couple of weeks.  I'm seeing very few deer!  Normally, the deer sighting pick up after Christmas but not this season.  I've only seen two or three deer the last couple of weeks.

January 2, 2004 - Amber harvested two deer over the weekend. Click here to check out the pictures and story.

December 30, 2003 - Returned last night from a duck hunting trip to Stuttgart, Arkansas.  We had a great time and saw lots of ducks and geese.  Pictures and story to be posted this week. Click here to check out pictures and story.

December 23, 2003 - Harvested a doe yesterday in Paint Rock Valley.  Click here to check out picture and story.

December 22, 2003 - We hunted Tennessee on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. On Saturday afternoon, Kim and Amber went to one greenfield - Austin and I went to another field.  Neither of us saw a single deer.  I hunted Sunday morning and saw zero deer.  Due to the lack of deer sightings and fresh sign, we headed home and I hunted our Alabama land on Sunday afternoon.  I saw a small buck within 30 yards of a double ladder stand I have setup for Amber to hunt.  I didn't shoot the buck in hopes of Amber getting a shot at him in the future.  I haven't hunted the big buck sign I found last week.  It's going to take perfect weather conditions to hunt him - I'm hoping for the right wind soon.  That property is tucked away in the middle of nowhere and I haven't harvested a deer in there in several years - I hope he's a dandy.

Sandy killed a 260 lb. wild hog while hunting with Ronnie in Bullock county over the weekend - that's a lot of bacon!

December 17, 2003 - Amber got her 4th deer of the season on Monday afternoon - a 190lb. Buck.  Click here to check out the pictures and story.  She's shot four times at four deer and hit all of them in the entry or exit shoulder - I'm very proud of her!  I'm planning to hunt this weekend in Tennessee - maybe the bucks will be looking for girlfriends :)

December 15, 2003 - A wet cold nasty weekend.  I hunted Friday, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon - saw a few deer but no racks.  I plan to get after them pretty hard from now until the end of the season.  I found the sign from a big buck - big tracks and rubs - he's a heavy deer but of course I have no idea about head gear.  He's going to be very difficult to hunt due to his location.  He may prove to be unhuntable - those old bucks are smart.  Today, I'm picking Amber and Austin up from school as soon as they get out - we're going hunting this afternoon - we're trying to get Amber a buck.

I hope to do some duck hunting this week.

Over the last week, I've posted some good pictures to the Friends 2003-04 page - thanks for the pictures - Ronnie, David Atnip, Chip, Jim and David Crump.  Anyone can use the link  Submit your Hunting Photo to send a photo or email me at jeff@buckdeer.com.

December 1, 2003 - Great weekend!  Amber harvested her third deer of the season and I got a spike on Friday morning.  Austin was with us when Amber shot the doe on Friday afternoon.  He's getting pretty hunter savvy at 6-years old :)  Amber shot three deer in the month of November with all perfect shots breaking a shoulder going in or coming out. We hunted Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Morgan county with no luck.  She missed a long shot at a coyote yesterday - I think that showed her misses can happen.  People are reporting see a few deer now that the weather has turned more seasonable.  I'm still seeing basically no deer on our land in Morgan County.  I hope to get to Tennessee or Jackson County this week.  I hunt almost every afternoon on the land in Morgan County.  I've hunted everyday except two since October 15th - I can't wait to get home everyday to get in the woods!

November 24, 2003 - Rough weekend!  The temperature was well above average.  Last night it was 70 degrees and it's currently 37 degrees - a big cold front is moving through. 

I hunted with a muzzleloader Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon - saw zero deer.  Rifle season opened Saturday morning and I saw one deer.  Not sure if it was a buck or doe.  I was hunting in a thicket and just saw a deer raise it's tail up and put in back down.  It was so thick I couldn't find the deer with binoculars at 75 yards.  Saturday afternoon, I saw no deer.  Amber wanted to go with me Sunday afternoon and I started to carry her but didn't have a good place to us to setup.  As it turned out, I had three deer at 30 yards (no bucks) - I'm still kicking myself for not carrying her.  It's "hunter's choice" and I will not shoot a doe with a rifle on our land but I'd be all for Amber shooting one.

This afternoon, I'm hunting on some land in Madison County with my muzzleloader - I hope to see some deer.  It's going to feel like the Artic after all the 70+ degree days!

Jim's in Arkansas duck hunting - they got the same cold front last night - the weather this morning in Stuttgart was mid-30's with a 25mph North wind.  They should be covered up with ducks headed South!

November 14, 2003 - I'm getting everything geared up for rifle season and the new blackpowder season in Alabama this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Providing the weather cooperates, I plan a lot of shooting this weekend for Amber and I.  Jim and I talked about trying to get Amber a shot at a nice buck this year - she's fired up and ready to roll!  It's her first year to hunt with a rifle - she took to it like a duck to water.  Speaking of ducks ... I hope we get enough rain to fill up some duck ponds.

November 13, 2003 - I'm seeing a few deer but not large numbers.  Maybe this cool weather will get the deer moving.  We need some cold weather to kill the browse and mosquitoes.  It was 30 degrees this morning with a good chance of rain for the next 10 days.

Ronnie's had an outstanding season with his Black Widow recurve - he's put 2 doe and a 10-point in the freezer.  That Black Widow is deadly! 

November 8, 2003 - I harvested a small 8-point today with a muzzleloader.

November 7, 2003 - Scott Wilson harvested a big 7-point this week in Tennessee.  He claims he shot it with his muzzleloader, but reports are his GMC has some major body damage :)  I'm still waiting on a picture.

November 1, 2003 - Amber harvested two deer today.

October 30, 2003 - I've seen a few deer this season but not many.  I've hunted almost everyday and have only harvested the one doe on opening day in TN.  I haven't heard of many deer put in the freezer so far this year.  We need some cold weather and rain!  It's suppose to be in the 80's for the first week in November.  Amber has her Youth Hunt this weekend in TN - that should be exciting!  I hope we see some deer.  She's ready to rock and roll - got all her stuff out and counting down the days. 

In one three day stretch, I saw least at one buck each day and the closest they came each day was 40 to 60 yards.  With a firearm, meat in the freezer but not with a bow.

As of yesterday, we had no white oak acorns dropping.  I'm afraid this years crop will be a bust on the farm.  If so, it'll be a long season for me.

October 14, 2003 - I'm ready for the AL season to open.  I plan to hunt Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and most of the weekend.  I found one over-cup white oak that's dropping with a little deer sign under it.  I have a hanging stand setup for an East wind - the forecast calls for a NW wind tomorrow - looks like plan B may be in order.  I talked with Ronnie today, he and Sandy are headed to Bullock county - I'm sure he'll have some good stories come Monday.

October 11 & 12, 2003 - Hunted in TN saw no deer - had to believe!  The acorns are starting fall.

October 3, 2003 - Austin and I carried the travel trailer to TN camp.  See Pictures.

October 2, 2003 - Hunted red oak - missed turkey.  Read story.

September 27, 2003 - Opening afternoon of season - harvested doe.  Read story.

August 2003 - Work day at the club.  We planted food plots, worked on shooting houses and ladder stands.  I hope it's going to be a good year.

February 2003 - I paid the down payment on a club in Tennessee for the upcoming season.  With Austin playing football and Amber basketball, any distance closer to home is welcome.  The South Alabama drive is close to 3-hours - this club is a little less than half that amount.

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