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2016-2017:  My Third Deer Season!
My first productive hunting season ever

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Event #1:  Saturday, October 22, 2016
Event #8:  Monday, December 26, 2016
Event #2:  Saturday, November 5, 2016
Event #9:  Saturday, December 31, 2016
Event #3:  Sunday, November 13, 2016
Event #10: Sunday, January 8, 2017

Event #4:  Saturday, November 19, 2016
Event #11: Friday, January 13, 2017

Event #5:  Friday, November 26, 2016
Event #12: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Event #6:  Sunday, December 11, 2016
Event #13: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Event #7:  Saturday, December 17, 2016

Event #14: Friday, February 3, 2017

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prep work page...

Saturday, October 22, 2016:

OPENING DAY for modern rifles in Washington County, Georgia

People often say the clich
ι "at the end of the day"...
Well, this is when I truly
My FIRST DEER Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
She came walking down the right side (below) of Wild Hog Alley
right before I was about to quit for the night!
I had just put Deer Cane down that path; the does love it!

"Wild Hog Alley"

Chronicling my First Day of rifle season in Georgia

7:47 a.m. EDT
Getting ready to hunt after daybreak.
We wasted too much time at Walmart.

7:52 a.m. EDT
Supplies on my truck.  Yes...
That's my Browning rifle & KSG shotgun.
7:55 a.m. EDT
Entering Wild Hog Alley.
I waited 2 seasons for this moment!!

7:57 a.m. EDT
This is the stand (Edgar's) from 2 years ago.
Before ascending, I spray buck pee around.
8:08 a.m. EDT
View from up on the stand.
The spot in the middle is the mineral lick.
10:14 a.m. EDT
Camouflaged.  RealTree.
The trick here is to break up the human form.

3:30 p.m. EDT
This is starting back after a long lunch.
The view here is looking behind the stand.
In a few hours, a doe walks up along the right.
Look closely:  Deer Cane is on the ground!
7:24 p.m. EDT
I had to wait all day for this!
I am so excited, I cannot think straight.
  At 7:19 p.m. I got her in the right shoulder.
She dropped and flailed her legs for a minute.
8:48 p.m. EDT
After arriving at the processing place.
We had difficulty finding its location.
Internet was not accessible, neither was DNR!
The Lodge charged $105 to process and cape.

After lunch at The Country Buffet off the Sandersville town square,
we dropped by the Hunting and Fishing Country d
own the street to shop a little.
Then I got a recommendation by shop owner Ken for The Lodge just in case I got lucky:

Christy at The Lodge recorded my harvest, because I had no Internet access.
Robert approximated that this doe is 110 to 120-lbs. (field dressed weight).

Christy at The Lodge estimated that it would take 2 weeks to process my deer, but it actually took 5 days.
The Lodge called me on Wednesday, October 27 saying that the deer was ready.
It cost $105 to process the meat and cape the carcass for a head mount.

We came by again after our second hunt on November 5, to get the meat and caped doe head.

Meat in my freezer from first deer;
Ground meat and cube steaks:  I had this home by midnight on the 5th.
Lewis Taxidermy Sign.
This place got high recommendation
from one of my friends at IBM!

Lewis Taxidermy Shop in Palmetto.
I brought the frozen doe head here
on Sunday, November 6.

My mount was ready by April 23, 2017.
I was able to pick it up on May 5.

I got with some friends Saturday evening, November 12 and enjoyed the fruits of my labor:
thawed meat
cooked yummy

  Venison  Burgers!  

Saturday, November 5, 2016:
Return to Washington County

This time, I.....

I saw this young doe at the 12 o'clock position from DB's stand at exactly 5:30 p.m., November 5.
I took the shot from 45 yards a way and saw her jump.  Serious damage was done to her front side.

At this point, I had been sitting in the stand for over 3 hours with no seat cushion
as I just assumed DB would have left his cushion there.  Next time, I am bringing a cushion!

The Lodge processed my doe by 8:30 p.m.  I will have back-straps and ground meat made; just $75.

DB's stand
2:08 p.m. EDT

About 45 yards away, the doe fawn appeared
5:30 p.m. EDT

Serious blood trail
5:33 p.m. EDT

This is the first time I hunted in this spot.
I chose right here for the afternoon hunt.
Edgar and I made too much noise in the morning.
The blue oval in the photo is where I took the shot.
This was the 12 o'clock position from the stand.
She ran from there to the back and left.
This was also my first blood trail to ever follow.
Hers was significant due to the severe injury.
This illustrates the devastation of the .30-06 round!

5:39 p.m. EDT
My .30-06 round took out her left shoulder, collarbone, & trachea.
A week after this, I measured the distance at 45 yards.
She essentially ran away another 20 to 30 yards on three legs!

6:27 p.m. EDT
There was no one around to take a photo, so I did a selfie.
I dragged her all the way to the truck from the stand.
With just one hour to go, I waited for the other guys to finish.

At about 8:30 a.m. on this morning, I took a shot at that spike buck I have been seeing on the trail cam.
This COULD HAVE been a 2-deer day for me
–– the spike buck that got away!

Wildgame Trail Camera
6:45 a.m. EDT
Sunday, 10/16/2016

6:45 a.m. EDT
Sunday, 10/16/2016
6:47 a.m. EDT
Sunday, 10/16/2016
This was near
Edgar's stand
7:15 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, 10/18/2016
7:18 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, 10/18/2016
7:20 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, 10/18/2016
The first set of photos were taken the morning of October 16 and the second on the evening of October 18.
Notice the full moon in the upper-right-hand corner of each of the first set of photos!

I reset the time on this camera afternoon of November 5, due to Daylight Saving Time ending that evening.

 Unfortunately, I missed!  Maybe I flinched?  He kept walking between me and Edgar, beforehand.
Edgar didn't get him because he was spooked by Edgar switching on his scope's reticle light.

7:33 a.m. EDT, Saturday, November 5
...As I approach Pop's single-seater stand;  
it was getting light! 
7:40 a.m. EDT, Saturday, November 5
View from Pop's stand at 10 o'clock position;
I took aim at where the
yellow oval is.

Sunday, November 13, 2016:
Return to
Washington County, again

No luck getting anything!
Well, I supposed my winning streak wouldn't last forever.

Robert and I spent the whole day in rainy, chilly, and breezy weather.
This was the first time that I used my waterproof FrogToggs to brave the falling rain.
  I hunted in Edgar's stand for the morning (settling in at 7:30 a.m.)...


...and DB's stand in the evening. 
3:50 p.m. EST Sunday, 11/13 5:40 p.m. EST Sunday, 11/13

Even the trailcam near Edgar's tree stand recorded NO animal activity for the previous week.
For this evening, I moved the camera to the mineral block area near DB's tree stand.
Corn that I purchased at BassPro in Lawrenceville the day before was thrown all around the mineral block.

Saturday, November 19, 2016:
 OPENING DAY for stalk hunting in Randolph County, Alabama

No luck getting anything!
I did spot a chipmunk and a live opossum; both were VERY noisy.

Despite this, the trail cam near the stand is encouraging, as many does and bucks have come by, even in daylight!

4:02 p.m. CST

4:04 p.m. CST

4:05 p.m. CST

4:10 p.m. CST

4:11 p.m. CST
trekking down sloped meadow
entrance into deer path
approaching stand
hunter selfie in stand
view back down deer path

My plan for hunting during the 2016-2017 season is to use the ladder stand.
We did not finish the permanent blind,
due to Tim and I attempting to install a new water pump for the huntin' shack.

In addition to the stand, I can still use a pop-up blind near the unfinished permanent blind.

Work on the permanent blind will resume spring 2017.
Blind as of October 14, 2016 View from inside blind after trimming
                    vegetation Deer feeder was placed where the deer had
                    walked through before
Blind as of October 14;
I won't be able to use by Opening Day

View toward deer feeder from inside blind
as of October 14

View from deer feeder; blind is on hill.
I took this down October 28.

November 19 UPDATE:  Both wells ran dry!  We have NO RUNNING WATER in the huntin' shack.
Also, Tim wants to resume work on the blind after deer season.
Additionally, many deer are seen on the pine grove 2 camera, and none on the pine grove 1.

A third camera was set up west of the pine grove near the roadside pond and north trail.
I hope to capture photos of wild turkeys up there!  (Update:  no turkeys seen.)

Black Friday, November 25, 2016:
Return again to Randolph County, Alabama

     No luck getting anything...
...except a North American opossum!

 The Virginia opossum ... (Didelphis virginiana) 
At the request of Tim, I took this varmint out.

It made so much noise coming out of the brush way after the sun had set.
After nothing all day long, I had hoped it was a dee
r – what a LET-DOWN!

Morning Hunt: 
I spotted both birds and squirrels, but no deer.

Evening Hunt:

I did spot many cardinals, a chipmunk, and the same opossum AGAIN (which I took out, this time).
                                                          view from the
                                                          tree stand in
                                                          the late


Saturday, November 26, 2016:
Return once again to Washington, County
Sunday, December 4, 2016:
Return again to
Randolph County, Alabama

I decided to spend time with my family

100% rain event in Alabama

Sunday, December 11, 2016:
Return again to Randolph County, Alabama

No luck getting anything!
(Almost didn't happen at a
ll � I got sick the day before)

This 6-pointer came close, though:
The Turkey Trail camera caught him while I was in the tree stand.

It was very COLD this morning,

but it did warm up in the afternoon.

The afternoon is when I set up two new projects:
A new trailcam and my first ever mock scrape.

This is my fourth simultaneous operational trailcam on the property!
It is purposefully near the blind and for easy photo retrievals.

First ever mock scrape!      
Notice the twine suspending the doe pee wick
over the scrapes in the dirt (made with a stick).

These are close-ups of the areas containing
Wildlife Research Center estrus doe pee.

Here is the view from my trailcam.  We can now
monitor how often the deer exit the pine grove onto the meadow.

I was not able to have this in place long enough
for any big bucks to come along in time.

January 15, 2017 update: 
Unfortunately, neither of these (trailcam and scrape) was a success.
The trailcam was moved to the new Chestnut Hill site on January 14.

Saturday, December 17, 2016:
Return once again
toWashington County, Georgia
(after 34 days!)

No luck getting anything!
Both Robert and I were trying for a buck, but to no avail.

The weather prediction was cool and cloudy overcast with little rain.
Actually it was very cold in the morning and got warm very quickly in the afternoon.

My trailcam had been near DB's stand all this time.  I needed to check it.
It had so many animals:  crows, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, armadillos, raccoons, and deer.

Most bucks were seen at night near DB's stand on video include: 
the spike I missed, an 8-pointer, and even
an injured TEN-Pointer.

2:07 a.m. EDT  Thursday, November 17, 2016
This 8-point guy was chasing one of the ladies!
11:03 p.m. EDT  Monday, November 27, 2016
This 10-point bruiser apparently got himself bruised.

I knew about these bucks before the afternoon hunt,
and was hoping so much that they would breach the daylight.

I also got daytime shots of 3-pointer and a button:

Additionally, the trailcam got THE WHOLE CREW!
DB was putting out corn
Edgar was checking the block
I am putting out Deer Cane
Robert has my computer bag

Monday, December 26, 2016:
Return to Randolph County, Alabama

Light rain was expected and I did bring my
FrogToggs –– luckily, because it did rain a little.
As you can see below, it was WARM in the morning; I had on short-sleeves!

This morning, I...
Yeah, I know... it's a spike (2 points);
...but it's a buck, nonetheless!


I set up my Canon digital camera on a small tripod and set the timer.
Because I was alone, I had to jury-rig my own method of taking photos.

This buck came along at 6:30 a.m. CST and I took the shot at 6:34.
At first, I thought it was a doe until he looked my way and I saw spikes.
Sunrise was at 6:43 a.m. CST and I had only been in the stand since 6:10.
This was the first time I got settled in the stand (while still dark).

What a productive morning!
close to the stand
Finally got to use!

Very close to stand!

This buck came early... at 6:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.

He stopped next to tree with the hanging twine and
looked around listening to all the wind sounds.
I found it difficult holding my rifle for about 3 minutes
without the ability to look through the scope.

Also, he looked my direction, but he never saw me!
If I were to move too suddenly, I risk spooking
him and that would have been a waste!

My shot-placement wasn't the best, but I dropped him quickly, just the same.

My truck was positioned so that dragging the sled into the bed would be easier.
This turned out better, because no blood spilled into my truck bed, only in the sled.
This makes clean up much easier.

East Alabama Deer Processing
I made it to the East Alabama Deer Processing place right after 8 a.m. local time.
The cooler is open 24 hours and self-made tags are available.
My spike buck has Tag #353.

I delayed getting taxidermy work done on this buck's head until September 2017.
Meanwhile, it was kept in Tim's deep freezer.

It was ready by early October.
This took only a month!
I picked him up on October 14.
I drove from Sandersville to Palmetto.
Spaghetti with venison meat sauce from this buck.
Tim and I dined on this November 3 in Roanoke.
Tastes good!


As the day (December 26, 2016) moved on,
joined me later for an afternoon hunt.

Aside from occasional goofing off, neither one of us was productive that evening.
Anyway, Tim was encouraged by me getting something on his property.

As pictured above, a decoy was employed this evening,
but it didn't improve the odds.
I took the usual stand and Tim this time used the unfinished
permanent blind after tearing down the front cover.

The ghillie head cover really seems to work well.

Tim and I scoped out a new site that I dubbed "Chestnut Hill."
It is located about 50 yards above the Frog Pond.

Chestnut Hill looking down
                                  towards the Frog Pond
Chestnut Hill
So named due to the prevalence of hard mast called "chestnuts."
The 2017-2018 season just may see a tree stand on a hardwood nearby!

I placed a fifth camera on a hardwood facing the south.

Saturday, December 31, 2016:
Return again to Washington County, Georgia

No luck getting anything!
I was dead-set on getting that injured 10-pointer previously seen on video
or any buck that was 8 points or more, but absolutely no deer showed!

Robert's honey hole stand @ 11:46 a.m.
This is right before we went to lunch.
DB's stand with umbrella @ 3:28 p.m.
Not camo, but definitely shields the rain.

Robert and I endured cold in the morning and rain in the evening.

This is my "serious
                                  hunter" look!
This is it for Georgia...
I do not plan to return (for deer) until next season.

Robert and I will still try some hog hunting
after he gets a path cleared to the creek.

approaching creek  the creek  leaving the creek through
                                        the water weeds
We went down to the creek, right before lunch,
looking for hogs to shoot, but these hogs were hiding from us. 
The recent drought took its toll on the creek.

Robert, 2014      Robert sez: 

" If you see a Hawg,         SHOOT it! "

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Monday, January 2, 2017:
  Return again
to Randolph County, Alabama  
Saturday, January 7, 2017:
 Return again to
Randolph County, Alabama 
100% rain event in Alabama;
I ultimately relaxed during New Year.

MORNING ONLY HUNT –– * * * Snow & Ice! * * *
As always, the entire Atlanta area shut down.

Sunday, January 8,
Return again to
Randolph County, Alabama

No luck getting anything!
– 11:00 a.m. CST)

Of all my 3 seasons of hunting, this was my coldest excursion yet!
Before daybreak (6:45 a.m. CST), the temperature was 16ΊF.
(The windchill was
Tim decided to skip this particular one, altogether.

bundled up
watching for bucks
Darn cold!
Bundled up.
Whither deer?

However, this day wasn't a total loss:

The picture above doesn't show everything;
there was a lot more meat (e.g. cubed steaks in another cooler)!

I was able to pay
for and retrieve the meat from my first buck.
East Alabama Deer Processing called me 8:35 p.m. January 3 saying it was ready
–just $98.

Upon analysis of the land looking northward near my tree stand,
I was able to surmise an otherwise hidden natural deer path:

Revealed natural deer path; my first
                            buck came through here!

I realized that the buck I got 2 weeks ago
HAD to come down this path before I saw him.

This is one of a few places where I will clean up for the 2017-2018 season.
In warmer months, it is difficult to navigate here due to briar undergrowth.

Friday and Saturday, January 13 & 14,

Return again to Randolph County, Alabama

No luck getting anything!
Tim did join me, but he only hunted on Saturday morning in the unfinished blind.


4:52 a.m. CST  Saturday, January 14, 2017
This spike showed up minutes before my wake-up alarm sounded.
could have HAD  this one!  Right in the lower meadow.

[Photos of Saturday morning in stand coming soon!]

Because of a wealth of activity on Chestnut Hill,
I went ahead and swapped out the old trailcam with the better-quality one
from the meadow to this particular spot to capture higher resolution images.

The jury is out on where I will set the next tree stand.

Saturday, January 21, 2017:
half-day ONLY (evening)
Randolph County, Alabama

No luck getting anything!

Rain was definitely expected in the weather forecast, but it cleared this evening!

I brought my daughter, Olivia, to experience hunting
for the FIRST TIME.
She wants to get a deer SO bad.
She still has to learn how to safely use a gun.

Olivia was ready for deer!

The rifle she had was only for the photo.

Here's my .30-06, ready for action.
Olivia assessing the feel of the blind.
It was a challenge, getting her to be still.

We were bothered by noisy barking dogs from next door.
Olivia was so easily distracted by them and other noises.

Below is a panoramic evening view from the blind:

Olivia took this photograph with my new iPhone.
It wasn't as cold this evening (hence, the short-sleeves).

Slated half-day (evening):
Saturday, January 28, 2017:
Randolph County, Alabama

The weather, as forecast, was colder, dry, and just slightly breezy.
I had long sleeves this time, and Olivia bundled up more.

No luck getting anything!
                                                          to Alabama

Olivia and I on our way to Alabama – this is her way of catching a nap to cut the boredom.

At least the dogs next door didn't bother us as much as they did the last week.
We did see a hawk attempt to nail a dove, but it was unsuccessful.

I also determined this weekend that an alternative site
for the next tree stand may be on the turkey trail.

Friday & Saturday, February 3 and 4, 2017:

Randolph County, Alabama

No luck getting anything!
This is it–no more for the season after this weekend.

effort made on Friday:

Truck packed up and ready to go!
Me in the stand (morning) Real Tree camouflage perspective
Tim in permanent blind (afternoon)

Friday morning panoramic view from tree stand in pine grove:

effort made on Saturday:

The roadside pond in the late morning
Tim took this of me sitting in the gully Tim looking for any deer tracks
My last view hunting at roadside pond

The one that (shouldn't have) got away:

8:23 a.m. CST  Saturday, February 4, 2017
This 8-pointer came while Tim and I were on the east side of the property.
Of course, it would avoid us on our last day hunting!

Saturday evening panoramic view from ground-level near road-side pond:


ALABAMA and GEORGIA specifics:
Randolph County, AL

Washington County, GA

Randolph County in Alabama map

Alabama DCNR hunting & fishing regulations
Alabama DCNR
regulations .PDF

Washington County in Georgia map

Georgia DNR hunting regulations 2016-2017
Georgia DNR
regulations .PDF

(18.1 Mb: file is LARGE!)

(12.9 Mb:  file is LARGE!)

This year, Georgia joins Alabama in mandatory game checks.

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