2007-2008 Hunting Season

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January 31st  (Thurs-PM) – I hunted on the farm. Saw small buck in far west field - 800 yards away.  Right in front of double ladder stand Austin and I hunted numerous times and saw zero deer.  It was a tough season in Morgan County!

January 30th (Wed-PM) – I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

January 30th (Wed-Mid-day) – Cold/Windy-Stalk hunted on bottom sides of road-big rubs. Saw zero deer.

January 28th (Mon-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm. Saw five deer. No horns.

January 27th  (Sun-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm. Saw zero deer. Kim and Amber hunted another field and saw zero deer.

January 26th (Sat-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Nice buck-in big field across creek-350 yards running-missed

January 25th (Fri-PM) – 6pt or so came to rattling-downwind-ran up mountain-missed

January 24th (Thurs-PM) – I hunted on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  Saw zero deer.

January 23rd (Wed-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land.  Saw 3 deer.  It was a cold, rainy day - not a good day for deer movement.

January 21st (Mon-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

January 20th (Sun-PM) – Austin and I hunted with Jim on his farm.  Saw two doe and two bucks.  Jim harvested a great 8-point.

January 19th (Sat-PM) – I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

January 17th (Thurs-PM) – I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

January 16th (Wed-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land.  Saw 22 deer while hunting and 10 more on drive out of property. It started snowing at 4:00pm and accumulated an inch by 5:00pm.  The deer starting coming into the clover field around 5:00pm and it was steady movement until to dark to see.  I cannot believe I didn't see a buck - saw 22 deer and no bucks - hard to believe in January! It was an exciting afternoon!!

January 15th (Tues-PM) – I hunted on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  Saw zero deer.

January 14th (Mon-PM) – I hunted on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  Saw zero deer.

January 13th (Sun-PM) – We hunted at the club on Sunday afternoon. Austin and I hunted one field and he harvested his first deer with a muzzleloader.  Kim and Amber hunted another field and saw zero deer. Click on picture below for story and pics.

January 12th (Sat-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer. Amber hunted by herself from a ladder stand.  Saw zero deer.

January 11th (Fri-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land.  Saw 11 deer. Harvested a 6 point.  It was an exciting afternoon. Click on picture below for story and pics.

January 6th (Sun-PM) – We hunted at the club on Sunday afternoon. Austin and I hunted one field and he harvested a deer.  Kim and Amber hunted another field and saw zero deer. Click on picture below for story and pics.

January 5th (Sat-PM) – I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

January 4th (Fri-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land.  Saw 17 deer. Harvested two doe.  It was an exciting afternoon. Click on picture below for story and pics.

                   

January 2nd (Wed-PM) – Austin and I hunted at the hunting club.  We had two deer in the plot when we arrived.  I guess the extreme cold got them on the prowl looking for food.  We put the sneak on and eased to 20 yards of the plot.  The deer were quite a ways down the plot with no way to get closer - the rangefinder said 175 yards.  We setup on the shooting sticks and waited for the larger deer to get broadside. The smaller one presented great opportunities but we try not to harvest younger deer in fear of shooting a button head and removing a buck from the herd.  Just as the larger deer got broadside, they started looking in the woods and ran.  Austin said he was already putting pressure on the trigger - bummer.  We never saw what spooked them.

January 1st (Tues-PM) – Austin and I hunted at the hunting club.  Kim and Amber could not attend due to Amber having basketball practice.  It was very cold and windy with wind chills around zero degrees.  We saw zero deer.  We spent the night at the camper.

December 30th (Sun-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

December 29th (Sat-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

December 28th (Fri-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  We set up for Austin to shoot down the creek and I was watching the side of the mountain.  At dark, we heard a deer come down the mountain to the creek.  It walked down the creek, out of view, until it got just in front of me.  It went up the creek bank but was to dark for me to see.  Bummer.  Probably a buck trolling for a doe.

December 27th (Thurs-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm. We heard some deer right at dark but they were on the side of the mountain and did not come our way.

December 26th (Wed-PM) – Austin and hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

December 25th (Tues-PM) – I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

December 24th (Mon-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer. Amber hunted by herself from a ladder stand.  Saw zero deer but heard some walking.

December 23rd (Sun-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  Saw zero deer.

December 22nd (Sat-PM) – Austin and I hunted on the farm.  We had a small buck come by when it was really late. We were hunting on the ground and with the high wind, we didn't hear it until it was 40 yards away.  Basically, it saw us and was about of leave - Austin eased the rifle up and tried to shoot it free hand.  I think he shot high right over it's back.  We looked for blood but found none.  Bummer!  It was a very tough shot for a 10 year old - free hand is never good.

December 19th (Wed-PM) – I hunted on Madison County land - saw 10 deer.  I jumped a herd of deer going in and saw another herd feeding within 40 yards of my truck.  For the past 6 years or so, it was not a problem to harvest a deer on every trip.  This year has been tough.

December 16th (Sun-PM) – I hunted on farm - saw eleven deer.  That's the most up there all season.  Had a group on 4 and a group of 7 - all doe and little ones.  Had the group of four at 60 yards and group of seven right under me.  I just got lucky.  With no acorns, they were moving along eating browse.  I'm hunting in the thick stuff. I could've shot a doe but we need the numbers.

December 15th (Sat-PM) – I hunted on farm in the rain - saw one deer - a doe.  Mostly stalk hunting with a sit down here or there.  I could've shot the doe but we need the numbers.

December 12th (Wed-PM) – I hunted on Madison County land - saw 2 deer.  I arrived early and looked in the cutover where the deer ran I shot last week.  I found her at the back edge of the cutover -she made it 80 yards or so.  The cutover is to thick to walk through - I made a complete circle around the cutover to get to the back.  It's only 80 yards or so wide but half a mile long.  If she had fell 10 yards short, I'd never seen her.  It's a bummer not to find her right after the shot.  I jumped a couple of deer looking around at the edge of the cutover.  The smaller one ran a little ways and stopped but was not big enough to harvest - probably 75 lbs or so.

December 9th (Sun-PM) – We hunted at the Jackson County club.  Austin & I hunted one location and Kim & Amber at another.  It was very hot again- temperatures in the mid-70's. Kim & Amber saw zero deer.  Austin & I had three come in the field but it was to dark for a good shot.

December 9th (Sun-AM) – I hunted at the Jackson County club.  It was very hot - wore a long sleeve t-shirt and pants. We saw zero deer. 

December 8th (Sat-PM) – We hunted at the Jackson County club.  Austin & I hunted one location and Kim & Amber at another.  It was very hot - temperatures in the mid-70's. We saw zero deer. 

December 5th (Wed-PM) – I hunted on Madison County land - saw 13 deer.  I arrived early and did a little scouting on the North end of the property.  I jumped a pretty nice buck but no time for a shot.  He looked to be around 170 lbs with 6-8 points.  He had ivory colored antlers - pretty neat.  I setup on the east side and it was very windy with a cold front moving in.  The wind was 20-30 mph and swirling.  I had 4 deer come out and work to within 230 yards.  That's a stretch for a muzzleloader.  I had a good prop and with the weather bad - decided I could make the shot.  I had the scope on the10-ring and it did not move.  I waited several minutes for the doe to get broadside.  I squeezed the trigger and they took off.  I found some small pieces of meat but no blood.  I guess I did not allow enough for the right to left wind with that big bullet.  I saw several other deer but all we're not good shots.

December 1st (Sun-PM) – I hunted on farm - saw zero deer.

November 28th (Wed-PM) – I hunted on Madison County land - saw two deer - no shot.  Hard to believe, it was a great afternoon.  I expected to see quite a few deer.  I had two friends hunting, one in Winston County and one in Morgan County, neither saw a deer.  It was a strange day.

November 25th (Sun-PM) – I hunted on farm - saw zero deer.

November 23rd (Fri-Midday) – Austin and I scouted on farm - put up a couple of double ladder stands - he shot the 22LR at lot - we saw two doe and a buck while riding the 4-wheeler.  The buck was around a 6-8 point.  Not a big rack - medium size.  Looked like a 150 lb - 2.5 year old deer.

November 22nd (Thurs-PM) – Austin and I hunted on farm - saw zero deer.  Had one blow at us just after dark.

November 21st (Wed-PM) – I hunted on farm - saw zero deer.

November 18th (Sun-PM) – I hunted on farm - saw zero deer.

November 17th (Sat-AM) – Opening morning of rifle season - I hunted on farm at the end of a draw - that ole funnel theory - use other hunting pressure to catch the deer in an escape route.  I saw zero deer but heard something walked just around the bend - pretty sure it was deer.

November 15th (Thurs-AM) – Jim and I hunted at the Jackson County hunting club - what a difference 12-hours can make!  It went from 70 degrees and a South wind to 40 degrees and a North wind.  The wind chill was in the 20's!  I harvested a doe with my muzzleloader - click on picture below for story and pics.

November 14th (Wed-PM) – Jim and I hunted at the Jackson County hunting club - it was very windy and stormy.  Had some bad storms move around us off to the North.  We got back just in time - the bottom dropped out a couple minutes after we arrived at the camper.  We saw zero deer.

November 11th (Sun-PM) – Youth Hunt: Another great afternoon!  Amber and Austin both harvested a deer at the Jackson County hunting club - click on pictures below for story and pics.

  

November 11th (Sun-AM) – Youth Hunt: Amber and I hunted the morning - it was very windy - saw zero deer.  Did a little scouting for the afternoon hunt.

November 10th (Sat-PM) – Youth Hunt: A great afternoon!  Austin harvested his first deer of the season at the Jackson County hunting club - click on picture below for story and pics.

November 7th (Wed-PM) – I hunted at the club in Jackson County - it was a quick hunt after some scouting for the upcoming youth hunt.  I saw zero deer.

November 4th (Sunday-PM) – I hunted on the farm at one of the other red oaks dropping.  Got in the stand early expecting to see a deer.  Nothing until right at dark.  I heard something coming from my left and got ready.  I could see it was a basket racked buck with 6-8 points.  Not huge but a shooter with a bow for sure.  It stopped 30 yards out behind some thick cover and just stood.  A few seconds later I heard another animal approaching from straight ahead.  The other animal stopped and blew at the buck - it was a deer also but it was to dark to see at 70 yards away.  They both just stood or walked a little - the buck never came into the acorn tree.  I finally got dark and deer came down the mountain behind me - blew and they all ran off.  Man, so close.

November 1st (Thurs-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land - hunted in one pine thicket - I saw 6 deer but none in bow range until it was to late to shoot.  I could tell when the deer moved but couldn't make out much about them.

October 31st (Wed-PM) – I hunted on the farm - harvest a deer - click on picture below for story and pics.

October 30th (Tues-PM) – I hunted on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge - saw zero deer.

October 26th (Fri-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land - hunted in one of the lone trees in the cutover - the area had tons of deer sign - I saw 6 deer but none in bow range.

October 25th (Thurs-PM) – I hunted on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge - saw one deer but it saw me at the same time - gone in a flash!

October 24th (Wed-PM) – I hunted on the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge - it was spitting rain and wet - I saw three deer down in a swamp - crawled to within 30 yards and waited for them to come up the bank - they crossed the swamp instead - bummer!

October 21st (Sun-PM) – I hunted on the farm - saw zero deer.

October 20th (Sat-PM) – I hunted on the farm - saw zero deer.

October 18th (Thurs) – I fletched four of the shafts with Blazer vanes - to dark outside to shoot.  Loaded 30 rounds of 270 Win ammunition.

Norma Brass
Nosler Partition 130 grains
Winchester Large Rifle Magnum Primer
Hodgdon 4831 Powder - 60 grains

I ordered a T/C Firestorm Flintlock at the end of last season - have not shot it - it arrived around April.  I had a difficult time finding FFFFG powder to use in the flash pan.  Finally found some today and bought a pound.  It'll be interesting to shoot.  I live half a mile from Wheeler Refuge - they allow bow hunting and flintlock only.  Flintlock is most of January only.  I've shot a flintlock a few times in the past - it's fun.

THOMPSON/CENTER FIRE STORM™ SPECIFICATIONS:

CALIBER: .50
IGNITION: Flint Lock
BARREL LENGTH: 26" - with QLA™ Muzzle System built in.
RIFLING TWIST: 1 in 48" for use with Round Balls & Conicals
O/A LENGTH: 41-3/4" WEIGHT: 7 lb. (approximate)
STOCK: Black Composite
RIFLE SIGHTS: Competition click adjustable steel rear sight and ramp style front sight are fitted with Fiber Optics.
TRIGGER: Single trigger with large trigger guard bow.
EXTRA FEATURES: Aluminum ramrod is standard.
LOADING: The Fire Storm™ can accept magnum charges of up to 150 grains of FFG Black Powder or Pyrodexฎ equivalent (or 3 Pyrodex 50 caliber, 50 grain Pellets).

 

October 17th (Wed) – I bought a dozen Carbon Express Maxima shafts off eBay.  They arrived today - I plan to try some of the new Blazer 2" vanes on them.  I've been a feather guy for many, many years.  It'll be interesting to shoot.  I weighed the blazers - three 2" blazers weigh 15 grains - three 4" feathers weigh 7.5 grains.

October 16th (Tues) – New article posted:

Venison - How to prepare and cook with recipes (October 2007)

Austin's new scope arrived.  I told him last year we'd upgrade his scope for this season - well he didn't forget.  He asked me about it a couple of times.  I got him one like Ambers - Zeiss Conquest 3x9 40mm. They're good scopes!  I have a couple of the Zeiss VM scopes and love them.

Austin and I put up three trail cameras on the farm.  It'll be interesting to see if we get any pictures.

October 15th (Mon-PM) – I hunted the Madison County land (paradise). I love this place!  I setup on the NE corner of the clover field.  The field is 350 yards square.  It has saw tooth oaks and fruit trees scattered in the field.  Last year, the deer were tearing up these Autumn Olive trees planted in the NE corner.  At 5:30pm, I saw 4 deer on the opposite side eating hedge.  I could barely see a small chunk of the field - just so happened they walked through it.  At 6:00pm, three deer walked to some saw tooth oaks and started to feed.  They stayed around the oaks all afternoon at a range of 50-70 yards.  It was a big doe, fawn and looked like last years doe.  The big doe walked through at 40 yards but wouldn't stop.  It was a fun afternoon - I saw 7 deer and had some others blowing when I got down at dark.

October 15th (Mon-AM) – I bought a dozen arrows on eBay last week and they arrived.  I have 9 good arrows and need some additional ones for practice.  I keep 6 in the quiver for hunting.  Carbon Express MAXIM 250.

My hunting arrow is 350 grains - 29" Carbon Express MAXIM 250 - Muzzy MX-4 100gr - dipped in white paint - crested - three 4" white feathers
I reduced the draw weight on my bow to 62#'s - yea, I'm a baby - It's shooting 280 fps at 62#'s through the chronograph - 30" draw.

On Saturday night - during the bow work - I measured the draw weight - it was bottomed out and pulling 73#'s.  At 73#'s, it was shooting 310 fps through the chronograph - 30" draw with 350gr arrow.  Mathews claims 318 fps with a 350gr arrow at 30" draw set to 70 lbs.  I didn't get 318 fps.  IBO speed (like you see listed for bows) is measured with a 350gr arrow at 30" draw set to 70 lbs.

October 14th (Sun-PM) – I hunted on the farm in a located Austin and I found quite a few rubs and beds.  Right at dark - I heard a deer coming.  It was bleating quite a bit.  I finally saw it - it was moving at an angle to my left side. It appeared to be a large doe or small buck - it was pretty thick.  I had a yardage on a shooting lane ahead and it looked like it would be around 40 yards where it crossed.  I don't like to shoot that far but had an open lane and had been shooting good at 30-50 yards at home prior to leaving.  I had the range finder and a good distance measurement.  As the deer stepped in the lane - I put the 40 yard pin on the 10-ring and fired the bow.  The arrow track well but the deer hunched to left just enough that the arrow grazed it's back.  I had a little hair and blood on the arrow but not a pass through arrow.  Just grazed it.  Had the arrow been down a inch - it would've been a spine shot.  Bummer.  I prefer 15-25 yard shots.

October 14th (Sun-Early Afternoon) – Shot bow a lot and set sights after reworking bow last night.

October 13th (Sat-Night) – My bow has shot inconsistent the last week.  I checked it out and it appears the rest has moved.  The rest has a single bolt holding it one and the rest has the front rocked over a little.  The arrow it pointing down somewhat at full draw.  I took the rest and sights off the bow and started over setting it up.  It was tuned with the laser thing-a-ma-jig and the archery shop.  I went Old School on it and did it by hand.  Now ... she shoots good.  Austin and I were at the Talladega Busch race in the spring - Bobby Labonte went Old School on Tony Stewart coming out turn 4 - he said, "look here boy ... this is old school".  Bobby put the slingshot on and won the race.  Old school worked for Bobby and my bow :)

October 13th (Sat-PM) – I hunted on the farm - saw zero deer.  Hunted the only acorns I've found all season.  It's a big red oak that's dropping acorns.  Austin and I hung a hanging stand there last Monday.  We have very few deer on this land but I still thought I'd see a deer.  It has quite a bit of feeding sign under it.

October 13th (Sat-Midday) – I left the hunting club around 10:30 and headed home.  Kim and kids has been at Gulf Shores with a group of people all week (fall holiday at school).  I wanted to get back and see them before the afternoon hunt.  It's around 67 miles between home and club - takes around 75 minutes. 

October 13th (Sat-AM) – Opening morning of archery season.  I hunted the area I described below - setup went well with a great sunrise.  Wind was good.  I saw one deer come out of the cutover around 7:30am.  It was only 50 yards away but in a slight draw.  It turned and went up the cutover line away from me.  I didn't get a good look at it but it appears to be a small deer.

October 12th (Fri) – Arrived at the hunting club around 11:00am.  I had the travel trailer parked in a field at the hunting club.  Dewayne had his backhoe at the club and leveled up the camping spot - I had a load of gravel brought in and he spread it on the sight - thanks!!!  I have a much better camping site than last year.  I have my own electric pole with lug box, 30-amp connection (for travel trailer) and outdoor double 100 outlet.  I wired it all up - hard to believe it works :) 

I scouted in the afternoon.  Went to several locations with oak trees.  No white oak acorns - about half of the red oaks had acorns on the ground but all were rotten.  I didn't find a single good acorn all afternoon.  I always try to harvest deer in the kitchen.  Without acorns, that only leaves browse for them to eat.  We have thousands of acres of cutover - that's nearly impossible to hunt with a bow.  I went to a location where 10 feet high regrowth cutover joins some mature hardwood.  I walked the edge of the cutover until I found several trails coming out of the cutover.  I planned to hunt that area on opening morning.  It's not much but all I can come up with.  The wind should be good - blowing out of the cutover into the big timber.

October 11th (Thurs) – Getting everything ready for trip to the hunting club tomorrow.  Loaded 40 rounds of Test Set #1 below for a friend.

October 10th (Wed) – We shot the test loads below on the farm.  All shot really good groups.  We selected Test Set #1 - it had a three shot group with the holes almost touching - the recoil was smooth and light.

October 9th (Tues) – I loaded some 7mm-08 test rounds for a friend - reduced load for his 10-year old son.

All were loaded with Remington Brass and Sierra Gameking 140 grain bullets at Case Overall Length of 2.78 inches.

Test Set #1: Accurate 2015 powder 33.0 grains - CCI 200 Primer
Test Set #2: Accurate 2015 powder 33.0 grains - Winchester LR Primer
Test Set #3: IMR 4820 powder 39.0 grains - CCI 200 Primer
Test Set #4: IMR 4820 powder 39.0 grains - Winchester LR Primer
Test Set #5: IMR 4895 powder 38.0 grains - CCI 200 Primer
Test Set #6: IMR 4895 powder  38.0 grains - Winchester LR Primer
Test Set #7: Hodgdon Varget powder 39.0 grains - CCI 200 Primer
Test Set #8: Hodgdon Varget powder 39.0 grains - Winchester LR Primer

We'll test these loads and find one that shoots well in the rifle.  I loaded 6-rounds for each test group.

Also, reloaded ten 243 Win. rounds for a friend at the hunting club - reduced load for 9-year old girl.

Federal Brass - Nosler 85 grain Partition bullet - Hodgdon Varget powder 33.0 grains - CCI 200 Primer

Click here for my articles on reloading and everything else

October 8th (Mon-Night) – Fletched 5 arrows -getting ready for the season.

October 8th (Mon) – Austin and I did some scouting on the farm.  We walked to at least 75 white oak trees and no acorns.  Found one red oak dropping and good sign under it - we hung a stand for this weekend.  Found one area with 15 or so rubs and lots of beds.  Probably a small bachelor groups of bucks - a couple of the rubs were pretty big with high rubs - yep, I hung a stand there.

October 7th (Sun) – Family and I attend the Talladega NASCAR race - Jr was strong till the motor let go.  Six blown engines - the conspiracy theory grows.

October 6th (Sat) – Austin had a football game at Noon - they won - he had around 100 yards rushing and a TD in the first half - didn't play RB in the second half due to league rules - had a fumble recovery and many tackles from middle LB spot.  I left the house around 4:00pm to carry the travel trailer to the hunting club.  Planned a quick trip up, set it up and drive back for the Florida/LSU game - wrong!  The spot was more uneven than I thought.  The front of the camper was very low.  I scotched the wheels really well going down hill and pretty decent going backward.  I had 2 rows of 2 blocks under the front jack and it rolled backward off the blocks - not good!  It was nightmare to get back up and on the truck.  I moved it back a little and it was still uneven.  I finally backed it out and tried putting in in the spot side ways - not good either.  Finally, I moved it out of the spot all together and Dewayne is going to level it up and put gravel in.  It was not fun! I got home around 9:30pm - exhausted.

October 5th (Fri) – Stickers - Big Texas Deer

Click link to read about the Million Dollar Buck

September 30th (Sun) – Put in a new lug box at the hunting club.  Austin and I did some riding and scouting - basically no acorns.

September 28th (Fri) – I loaded 40 rounds of test ammunition for a 243 Winchester.

September 23rd (Sun) – Did some work on the campsite at the hunting club.  I've moved to a new and better camp site.  I had to cut down a couple of small trees in the way and put in a water line.  I'll have a dedicated power meter - the lug box is like circa 1920's.  It has the old round glass and shotgun shell shaped fuses.  I plan to take it out this weekend and replace with a new power box.

September 15th (Sat) – Austin had a football game at Noon - we left after Austin's game for the Alabama vs. Arkansas game - it was exciting!

Pre-Game

During Game

Post Game


September 9th (Sun) – Austin and I went to the hunting club to do some scouting and rambling.

September 1st (Sat) – I serviced both 4-wheelers.  Changed oil and filter - checked/added front and rear gear oil - checked/added coolant to Rubicon - checked front brake fluid - cleaned them up good.

August 11th (Sat) – Joined up at hunting club from last season- information details coming.

July 12th (Sat) – Bummer!  The web host rolled back my website to November 26, 2006.  I lost everything from that date forward.  I updated some of the stuff but the details are lost.  My daily log of updates are gone!  They claim to backup the site but it seems they did not.  Lessons learned - I'll perform my own backups from now on.

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