Hunting

John Madison said it well: "Ten thousand years ago a hunter would have stood by
the fire and recounted the great deed to his clan brothers, while the old men nodded their
approval and the stripling boys back in the shadows listened in wonder. It hasn’t
changed much. The trophy hunter, the ethical killer of the great stag or great bear, still
commands attention by the fire as he recites his deeds. His peers still salute him; the
old men still nod and remember, and young boys dream of tomorrow’s hunts."

     


2013-2014 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2013-2014 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

1980 Jeep CJ-7- Updates and Pictures of a Jeep CJ-7 I'm rebuilding

Austin's Custom Rifle- Information and Pictures of Austin's Custom Rifle - one bad mother!

2011 Buck - Pretty good buck I harvested in 2010 - 165 3/8 B&C


2012-2013 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

        Updates From the 2012-2013 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

2011-2012 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

        Updates From the 2011-2012 Hunting Season - Updates on how my season is going.

2010-2011 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2010-2011 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

2009-2010 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2009-2010 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

2008-2009 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2008-2009 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

2007-2008 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2007-2008 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

Austin Deer Hunting 2007 - Austin's hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2007 - Amber's hunting adventures.

Smith Family Hunting 2007 - Our hunting adventures.

Austin Deer Hunting 2006 - Austin's hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2006 - Amber's hunting adventures.

Smith Family Hunting 2006 - Our hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2004- Amber and Austin's hunting adventures.

My Way of Thinking- Articles expressing my opinion - Check it out and let me know what you think.

Amber Deer Hunting 2003 - Amber harvested her first doe and buck on the same day!

Article - Tracking Wounded Deer: It's an Art - My thoughts on tracking wounded deer.
           
(Published in October 2004 - Alabama Game and Fish Magazine)

Article - Reloading - It's a Blast! - Reloading information and stories (September 2004)
        (Published in November 2004 - Wishigan Outdoors Magazine)

Article - Youth Rifles - Comparing popular calibers
        (Published in April 2004 - Wishigan Outdoors Magazine)

Article - Muzzleloaders - A Primitive Weapon?
         (Published in December 2005 - Wishigan Outdoors Magazine)


Hunter Education Class - Amber and I attend the class - it was a lot of fun!

Submit your Hunting Photo- Click on link to submit your photo for addition to website. All pictures are welcome - Big Bucks, Little Bucks, Doe, Dove Hunting, Kids Hunting ... basically anything to do with the outdoors.

#1 Ranked Hunting Club in World  - What a place to hunt!

2003 Awesome Hunting Trip - Hunting trip to Bullock County on the opening weekend of gun season - saw over 100 deer including 20+ racked bucks.  Pictures and day-by-day account of the trip.


Sections

Hunting Seasons:

2010-2011 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2010-2011 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

2009-2010 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2009-2010 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

Austin Deer Hunting 2009 - Austin's hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2009 - Amber's hunting adventures.

Smith Family Hunting 2009 - Our hunting adventure

2008-2009 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2008-2009 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

Austin Deer Hunting 2008 - Austin's hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2008 - Amber's hunting adventures.

Smith Family Hunting 2008 - Our hunting adventures.

2007-2008 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2007-2008 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

Austin Deer Hunting 2007 - Austin's hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2007 - Amber's hunting adventures.

Smith Family Hunting 2007 - Our hunting adventures.

2006-2007 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2006-2007 Hunting Season- Updates on how my season is going.

Austin Deer Hunting 2006 - Austin's hunting adventures.

Amber Deer Hunting 2006 - Amber's hunting adventures.

Smith Family Hunting 2006 - Our hunting adventures.

2005-2006 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2005-2006 Hunting Season - Updates on how my season is going.

2004-2005 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

        Updates From the 2004-2005 Hunting Season - Updates on how my season is going.

2003-2004 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the current hunting season.

Updates From the 2003-2004 Hunting Season - Updates on how my season is going.

2003 Arkansas Duck Hunting Trip - A great trip to Arkansas Duck Hunting

2002-2003 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the 2002-2003 hunting season.

Updates From the 2002-2003 Hunting Season- Updates on the season.

2002 Awesome Hunting Trip - Hunting trip to Bullock County on the opening weekend of gun season - saw over 100 deer including 20+ racked bucks.  Pictures and day-by-day account of the trip.

2001-2002 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about the 2001-2002 hunting season.

Updates From the 2001-2002 Hunting Season - Updates on how the season.

2000-2001 Hunting Season - Pictures, Stories and Information about my 2000-2001 hunting season.


Articles I Wrote:

My Way of Thinking- Articles expressing my opinion - Check it out and let me know what you think.


Pictures and Stories:

Amber and Austin Hunting - They love the outdoors.

Kids Outdoor Pictures - Pictures of kids having fun outdoors.

My Deer Pictures and Stories - Some of the more interesting deer I've harvested over the years.

Friends Hunting Pictures - Lots of miscellaneous hunting pictures - Some BIG Bucks!

Dale Earnhardt Hunting - Information about Dale and his passion for the outdoors.


Alabama Hunting:

Bullock County Hunting  - Pictures from my hunting trips to Bullock County, Alabama.

Greene County Hunting - Pictures from my hunting trips to Greene County, Alabama.

Hale County Hunting - Pictures from my hunting trips to Hale County, Alabama.

Jackson County Hunting - Pictures from my hunting trips to Jackson County, Alabama.

Oakmulgee Management Area - Pictures from my hunting trips to Oakmulgee.

Tishabee Farms Hunting Club - Pictures from a previous hunting club in South Alabama.


Other Hunting Stuff:

Family Hunting - Hunting pictures and stories involving my family.

Duck Hunting - Duck hunting pictures.

Boar Hunting - A boar hunt in Cleburne County, Alabama.

Bow Fishing - Pictures of bow fishing trips - some large carp.

2003 Arkansas Duck Hunting Trip- 2003 Hunting Trip to Arkansas

2001 Arkansas Duck Hunting Trip - 2001 Hunting Trip to Arkansas

The Big One That Got Away - story and pictures - @170B&C

Hunting/Rambling - Miscellaneous hunting pictures - Some neat cabins.

Tishabee Farms Hunting Club - Pictures from a previous hunting club in South Alabama.

Two 8pt Bucks - Two 8pt bucks that Jim and I harvested on the last day of the 2000-2001 season.

Huge Grizzly - World Record - Alaskan Grizzly over 1600 lbs.

Big Texas Deer - Some pictures of Longhorn Bucks.

Georgia Hunting - Jim and I took an interesting hunting trip to South Georgia.

Tennessee Hunting - Hunting trip to the Fisk Property in Tennessee.

2001 TN Monster Buck - Tennessee Monster Buck


Information:

Archery - General archery information.

Reloading - General reloading information with pictures.

Rifle and Pistol Shooting - Rifle and Pistol shooting and information.

Alabama Game and Fish Division - Link to this location.

State Department of Natural Resources - Link to State Department of Natural Resources for each State in U.S.

Hunting Links - A large number of links to hunting sites.

Archery Links - Archery links.


Quality Deer Management

As an enthusiastic hunter, I know well what it can mean to see and harvest a quality white-tailed buck. Being intimate with Lady Luck is often the determining factor, but hard work and sheer persistence are needed to consistently take good bucks.

Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a philosophy and a set of goals about deer herd management, about hunting, and about hunters. There are a number of questions to address in QDM. What is and how do we get an appropriate female harvest? In many situations we can’t seem to harvest enough does. And yes, in some cases we are harvesting too many. Another critical question is how to restrict buck harvest. Should we devise some way to have a restricted, but random antlered deer harvest? Or should we conserve younger bucks by antler restrictions such as a minimum inside spread, number of antler points, or can we judge age from body characteristics?

Even though hunters can normally count points easily, I am concerned about the rapidly increasing use of point restrictions. Keith McCaffery of the Wisconsin DNR here is quoted from a recent letter he wrote on deer management: "Antler point or total point restrictions seem to be counter to some of the ‘socio-bio’ and ‘genetic’ concerns otherwise expressed (rightly or wrongly) as reasons for QDM. These antler rules focus mortality on the very animals that QDM seems to seek to preserve. I don’t understand this seeming paradox." I agree. From a biological perspective, point restrictions probably can work okay in some low quality habitats. In good quality habitats, however, even if 6- or 8-point minimums protect most yearlings initially, they won’t for long. As the population is reduced and/or habitat quality improves, a significant portion of the yearling bucks should begin to have 6, 8, or even 10 points. In spite of the debates ad infinitum in previous years, I am convinced that in many if not most areas of the Southeast these bucks are more likely to grow larger antlers than their smaller yearling counterparts that are being protected from harvest.

Why should we concern ourselves with maintaining a natural social balance in a managed deer herd? Because, to survive as long as they have, deer long ago developed social rules or mechanisms that would keep deer herds and their individual members fit and competitive. However, when harvest regulations allow hunters to deplete certain social classes (with deer, this is usually most or all bucks 1.5 years old or older) in an unscientific, haphazard manner, the herd's social mechanisms can become stressed. This is exactly the fix we are in today. We can only guess at how many whitetails inhabited North American before the white man arrived, but the late Ernest Thompson Seton, a pioneer naturalist and author, estimated a population of about 40 million animals. We would surmise that, despite predation and hunting by Native Americans, bucks 4.5 years old and older were not uncommon. The adult sex ratio of such herds was probably in the range of 50-75 bucks per 100 does. In local areas, the rut and fawning seasons probably lasted six to eight weeks. These were healthy deer living in social balance.

The situation is much different today. Post-hunt adult sex ratios of 20 or less bucks per 100 does are the rule, and most of these bucks are 1.5 years old. Mature bucks, 4.5 years old or older, are rare and many hunters cannot even comprehend how a mature buck from their area would look. Thus, at the beginning of the rut, 80% or more of the antlered bucks are 1.5 years old. These youngsters rise to the occasion and most receptive does are eventually bred, but at a price. How do the demands of breeding inhibit the growth potential of those few bucks that survive the hunting season? Because of the social imbalance, the rut and fawning periods may last 15 weeks or longer. This places additional stress on the few surviving bucks and causes fawns to be born after the period of optimum nutrition during spring or summer.


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