bowonly

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  • Birthday 04/24/1968

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    Moss Bluff, Louisiana
  1. I'm in the burbs too, but I raise a vegetable garden, fruit orchard of sorts(peaches, plums, apples, mulberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, grapes and mandarin oranges) and New Zealand White rabbits for personal use and to sell processed and packaged to coworkers and friends. I'll try to get some pics of the rabbits to post tomorrow.
  2. Plants look beautiful Mrs MO!
  3. In Louisiana it gets hot real early. Pulled my tomato plants out this past weekend. My garden is usually done by July 4th. Any later than that and until September the stink bugs are too bad to keep off the plants. Spraying will keep them away for a few days, but that's about all you can expect. Not worth the fight.
  4. Pulled up all my tomato plants this weekend. They are done. Was able to can tomatoes this year, which I have been unable to do for quite awhile. Still have cucumber and peppers left.
  5. I just canned 40lbs of tomatoes early this week. The only thing doing well in the garden besides the tomatoes is my Cajun bellpepper and the cucumbers after being in the ground for 2 months are just now starting to vine.
  6. Haven't checked in since last August. Something strange was happening with my computer and I just attributed it to the site being discontinued. Decided, on a whim, to see if site was still up and whamo! All is right with the world.
  7. Last Thursday(January 12th) I left for my final bowhunting trip of the 2016/2017 season. The weather was going to be less than ideal with warm temps predicted for my entire 9 day trip. But I wasn't going to kill anything sitting at home. The first couple days I spent scouting and noticed that even though it was in the low to mid 70s during the day I was seeing deer moving in the middle of the day. So I made my mind up that I would make all day sits in the areas I found good sign in. I found 3 good areas but the sign wasn't quite as good as in years past. I focused on finding travel routes from bedding to private lands nearby and one area I found showed heavy rutting activity.....almost what I would find when hunting the Midwest. My first day to hunt was Saturday 1/14. I sat all day in an area off of the river that was fairly close to some private property and showed good feeding and rut activity. Saw nothing in that all day sit. The next day (Sunday), I drove to Winnsboro to go to church early that morning. When I got back, I decided I would head out to the bedding area I had hunted last year and saw lots of deer then. This year the sign wasn't as plentiful but there were definitely plenty of deer in there. It's a reforest area where the trees are small and the briars are thick. With no leaves in the small trees I decided on a different technique....I would set up my stand (Muddy loc on) at the base of a tree near an area that had several scrapes and plenty of deer travel sign. I placed a few palmettos around me to somewhat break up my outline and settled in for the remainder of the day. This was 11:30am. Almost an hour later I heard limbs breaking and grabbed my bow. A young buck with a high wide rack came running in to one of the scrapes in front of me, but he stopped short when he noticed something a little different in the area (me). We were eye to eye at 10 yds. He did the head bob routine and then began to continue toward the scrape when he figured I was just a part of the landscape. As he turned I started to draw my bow but he caught the movement and moved off quickly but not at a run. It was then that I saw the second buck...this one was much bigger. He was following the younger buck and heading away from me. I quickly grabbed my can call and gave a quickly bleat with it. The big buck spun around and started walking toward me. He was behind some briars that blocked our view of each other so I drew. He stayed behind that mat of briars for a minute and all I could see were antlers turning this way and that. He was looking for the doe he was convinced was close by. He took a few more steps which placed his shoulder in view at 15yds but there was a good bit of undergrowth between us (weeds and a few briar stalks). I was trying to hold out for a clearer shot but I could tell he was getting nervous. I happened to be shooting one of my dad's old 175gr Zwickeys that day and thought if anything can punch through that stuff, this thing can. I aimed for the center of his shoulder and let fly. I could tell the arrow deflected a bit low but I was certain I had hit him because he stumbled as he ran off. I sat in silence shaking uncontrollably and after about 30 seconds I thought I heard the sound of brush breaking and gasping. My shaking and excitement got exponentially worse as I assumed that was the buck taking his last breaths and thrashing. I waited an hour before getting off my perch 1' off the ground to take up the blood trail. With it being 75 degrees the blood had dried and made it very hard to follow. I crept along painstakingly taking note and marking every drop I found. It took me an hr to travel the 80 yds the buck ran before expiring, but what met me at the end of that trail made all the sweat worth it. He's the widest buck I have ever taken. I am very blessed to have had this opportunity and I made certain to thank God and praise him for making it all possible before I ever laid a hand on the deer. All this took place at Tensas NWR. Hope you guys enjoy the read.
  8. Congrats MoHuntress! Something happened to my computer and was unable to login since sometime last fall.
  9. Started squirrel hunting with my dad and killed my first squirrel at age 5 so that gives me 44 yrs of hunting experience. 802+44=846
  10. Very nice. Most of the pics I have are of does with 1 decent 2 yr old buck.
  11. I do realize this was meant for a couple weeks back, but I will update with my plans for this upcoming weekend. Friday I am making a jaunt out to the lease to check on the progress of the food plot and to put out an additional camera as well as change the sd card in the existing camera I have out there. The first card pull showed lots of deer activity in the area and one young buck that may be a candidate for an arrow. The remainder of the weekend will be used for yard work and worship time.
  12. Had plans for a fall garden. Planted pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes and bellpeppers. The rain that plagued my spring last year, is killing my fall garden. It has rained here every day for the past 3 weeks. I will be planting multiplying onions in a couple weeks.
  13. Well said. America unite!
  14. In the 2 CA's I've hunted over the past 7 years, the hunting pressure has actually been minimal in comparison to what I've been used to here in Louisiana. For those 2 areas I gained insight from people who had hunted them before (both locals and out of staters) and from the Conservation Dept local offices. I just always like to check ahead of time so that I'm not unpleasantly surprised, or kick myself for not planning and researching some place that may have given me a more pleasurable hunting experience. I value the advice given by local hunters more so than any other and that is why I pose my questions in the forums that I trust. There are some forums that are filled with hunters that have a vendetta against out of staters and I tend to refrain from asking for information there. This forum has always impressed me with the quality of people that visit and comment on topics. To answer one of the conditional questions that came to mind when I read your post Oneshot, I will be camping and not hoteling.....I am on a limited budget, so amenities are not necessary.
  15. Let me start by saying I've been hunting public land in Missouri for the past 7 yrs and have absolutely loved it! So this upcoming year I am planning on changing locations, not because of disappointment in the area we were hunting, just for a change of scenery. Did quite a bit of research and calling around and had decided to give the Mark Twain National Forest Cedar Creek Unit a go. But one thing that is discouraging me , once I got the map in, is the fact that the majority of this area is private land. The public portions of the this section of Mark Twain in Callaway Co are scattered and not very large in area. Should I let this discourage me? Do any of you have any input on the amount of pressure these areas get during the first 2 weeks of November prior to the firearm season? I know the area has lots of potential, I just worry about having lots of company on these small sections of public property. The other 2 areas that are under consideration if this area doesn't work out are Four Rivers CA and the lands surrounding Truman Reservoir. I would greatly appreciate any input. Thank you.