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Deer Hunting:
My first
                        hunt for deer!
2014 - 2015
My second
                        deer season
2015 - 2016
My third
                        deer season
2016 - 2017
                        fourth deer season
2017 - 2018

PREP WORK in Alabama for
My Third Deer Season!

Randolph County, AL
Alabama DCNR
regulations .PDF
for stalk hunting in Randolph County,

November 19, 2016.

For Roanoke, Alabama, Tim and I certainly re-tooled our methods, this time...

Randolph County in Alabama map
Alabama DCNR hunting & fishing regulations
The file is LARGE! (18.1 Mb)

Alabama also
does mandatory game checks.

Tim and I built a

We are placing the blind in an area overlooking
openings in the pine grove down below.
This is
                                                          what the deer
                                                          could see...
                                                          as of July 2
This is the view on July 2 from the pine grove,
looking back up the sloped meadow.

I chose this particular site because my trail cameras spotted
deer many times down there, even with no feed present.

This time, we are using natural cover
in some trees which obscures the
view from the pine grove below

Additionally, we can easily drive to
the site of the blind, because it at
the corner of an old field

This is the hunting blind as of September 24, 2016.
I managed to tack up the loose hanging roofing (seen in the left photo).
The stairs were mostly completed by July 30th


This is the hunting blind as of October 14, 2016.
We did plan to do the walls and the floor by October 9, but had to postpone.

The fold-down windows and a door will happen possibly in November.

Later, it will be painted with various camouflage splotches.

To prepare the blind for hunting, much needed to be cleared to provide
a clear line-of-site into the pine grove clearings across and down the meadow.

"Before" trimming view
"After" trimming view
October 14, 11:38 a.m. CDT
View towards right from inside the blind
before cleaning up the vegetation
October 14, 1:25 p.m. CDT
View towards right from inside the blind
after cleaning up the vegetation
The trick to doing this properly is cutting enough to clear the blind's window,
but leaving just enough to obscure the base of the blind itself.

Click here to see the evolution of the blind's construction.

Originally, I was going to plant a FOOD PLOT, but it was not feasible this year.
So instead, I invested in a Boss Buck deer feeder and placed
it in a clearing at the north end of the Pine Grove.

Pine Grove Area #1 (north end)

Even before I set up the feeder, my trail cam showed that deer
were attracted to this site as early as February of this year.

This absolutely shows how valuable trail cameras can be!

Cabelas had only two of these, and I managed to snag one before they sold out
Assembly of the Boss Buck feeder inside the hunting shack
When I was about to move the feeder to the field, I was accosted by the donkey sisters

Additionally, a large mineral block and small mineral rocks were
laid out in the same vicinity as the deer feeder.

view from southwest view from west view from north
the hunting shack is behind at left
6:28 p.m. CDT April 9, 2016
the blind is on hill to the left
6:29 p.m. CDT April 9, 2016
the trailcam is on middle tree
6:29 p.m. CDT April 9, 2016

mineral rocks facing
trailcam view of
rocks and feeder
the deer love to eat these rocks
4:31 p.m. CDT April 30, 2016
my daughter loves this place
4:32 p.m. CDT April 30, 2016

Deer have been munching at this site all year!

As of September 24, I placed some
Deer Cane Black Magic and I refilled the deer feeder with Big Tine corn feed.

The intent here is to bring back the large bucks
which have not been on the trailcams in over a month.

As of mid-October, I have gotten rather luke-warm results.

Pine Grove Area #2 (south end)

We now have the tree stand installed
as of Saturday, September 24!


   This stand has comfortable seat cushions.

 The mineral block is seen at the left.
           View is from direction of trailcam.

I added the blind canopy on October 9th.

Also, another large mineral block on September 5th
was placed near the stand.  On September 24th, I spread out the
deer attractant "DIRT BAG" by Evolved Habitats around the block.

This is an attempt to get the bucks to come back to the area
after clearing the weeds and placing the tree stand.

However, as of mid-October, mostly does are drawn to this (but not so many bucks)

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