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I had to
cancel eight (8) hunting events due to either job or weather.
DAY IN GEORGIA
No luck getting anything!
Today, though I was
physiologically sick (bad cough, weakness, and fever) from
working long hours,
I showed up to take my chances. However, I did not
see ONE DEER.
Though, nearby in the honey hole, Robert (my mentor) saw
four near the close of the day.
He shot one big-bodied one after 4 p.m., but it ran way
off through the briars.
We tracked it for nearly an hour, but Robert gave up.
Panoramic view at 6:21 p.m. EDT --
almost sun set
Getting an early start
View from my new stand (to right)
Ready for something to show
Helping Robert track a lost deer
One of the first blood drops tracking
Right before giving up (next property)
Me in my HECS uniform
22 minutes past sun set
Moon view while packing up to go
October 28 was a heavily rainy day, and my
truck needed service anyway
Saturday, November 4
was a full moon, yet very warm, but my truck still
needed additional service
Saturday, November 11 was
cool and cloudy, but also windy; I cleaned up my garage
Saturday, November 18, 2017
sunrise: 7:04 a.m. EST / sunset:
5:28 p.m. EST
decided to focus more on Sandersville early, and Roanoke
later on )
No luck getting anything!
The Oreo Hunt Club
Starting the morning hunt
Startng the evening hunt
|my shadow at 9:32 a.m.
|D.B. assists Robert
|5-pointer by Robert
|Aiming towards honey hole
hours Thursday, November 2, 2017
I caught Robert's
funky-antlered buck on camera just 16
Black Friday, November 24
and Saturday, November 25
sunset: 5:27 p.m. EST --and-- Saturday sunrise: 7:20 a.m.
Near the community of Dial in southern Fannin
luck getting anything!
My second cousin, Kerry, up
near Blue Ridge, has access to a place way off the beaten
It is actually owned by his brother-in-law, George, and it
resides on a narrow 6-acre tract of land.
I assumed that it was a rustic cabin in the
woods...boy, was I surprised!
I hunted for both...
I also had to
listen out for any banjo playing!
near the site of the 1972 film "Deliverance")
Well..... The cabin was far
the cabin was quite nice and had so many
tree where I hunted
|Look down into the
|Back up my right
|Getting ready to do
The evening hunt was not productive, but it was interesting.
Panoramic view from my chair, next to a
large white oak tree.
|Fully suited up
|Back to cabin for
|Hot tub (in mirror)
|My sleeping bag (on
I was up at 5:45 a.m. the next morning. (George didn't have
to wake me!)
|early Saturday, November
the sun came up, I sprayed Harmon's rutting doe spray.
The next day, especially before sunrise, was absolutely
I came close to getting an
8-pointer, but I missed. How disappointing!!
I just KNOW that the Harmon
spray worked well in bringing that buck closer.
He came from my left (westward) at 40 yards.
where George hunted
removed deer's innards
he's a 3-pointer
back to the cabin
George, however, got a 3-pointer,
just as he was about to pack it up for the day!
I walked back to his tree where he shot it
twice... entry & exit wounds are visible.
Eventually, Kerry and his son came along after
they regained cell service and
then we all took turns
dragging this buck's carcass through the woods.
Incidentally, we heard no banjo music
...or squealing pigs.
Kerry says that I might get to return before New Year's!
I want a REMATCH with that buck I missed.
Update: It doesn't look like that will happen this year.
Kerry is very busy and the National Park system limits hunting in
the area up to December 26
even though hunting in north Georgia is normally allowed until
THREE WEEKENDS CANCELLED –
My work schedule changed as of November 28
which severely impacted my hunting schedule and plans.
I had hoped to get back to Sandersville in early December.
December 2 was immediately after working long
overnight hours on the job
Saturday, December 8/9 was a heavy snow event in the greater
Atlanta area, with cold rain in Sandersville
Saturday, December 16, 2017
sunrise: 7:27 a.m. EST /
sunset: 5:26 p.m. EST
No luck getting
View of the two main shooting lanes from my
Daybreak was very pretty at a brisk 28ºF.
The ground was frozen and all traces of corn had been devoured.
Early on, I keep the canopy net up to allow easy viewing just
below the stand.
I finally have mastered my layering to keep
My base layer and face cover is the HECS suit.
Everything camo is RealTree.
Wide panoramic shot from stand after
dropping the canopy net.
Late morning had some wind, and still no
The open field has plenty of sign, though.
Robert and I grabbed some Chinese food for lunch, before the
Before beginning the evening, Robert and
inspected D.B.'s stand and Edgar's stand.
D.B.'s area had serious buck droppings and Edgar's area had a
plethora of dropped acorns.
Due to the size of the buck droppings, I promptly selected
D.B.'s stand to hunt.
I also spread corn and Deer Cane and even put out a wick and
sprayed estrous spray.
Notice that the mode of dress changes from
when I do prep work to the actual hunt.
On the way to, and view from D.B.'s stand.
D.B. finally clearly marked the pathway; it was so easy to go
the wrong way!
That evening drew to a close with nary a deer.
Even though we tried to do all the right things, nothing showed.
DAY IN ALABAMA
(stalk hunting, firearms, statewide):
November 18, 2017
[will postpone hunting in Alabama until a
hunt this season in Alabama:
Sunday morning, December 24 [Christmas
sunrise: 6:42 a.m.
No luck getting
...but it gave me a chance to do reconnaissance.
I got to Alabama a little too
late on Saturday afternoon,
which only gave me a few minutes to hunt.
I was only able to check the camera in the southern Pine
Grove; it had limited video.
The next morning was spent in the same stand.
I monitored all directions, but
still no deer showed
anywhere near my stand in the southern pine grove.
I learned that more activity was
actually on the turkey trail.
When I went around to check all the cameras, I saw this:
He showed up 10 minutes after I quit for the
and exactly 40 minutes before I walked up to the same camera!
Additionally, I did learn about this mature
8-point buck seen around the property:
26, Turkey Trail
12, Turkey Trail
This video was captured
|December 8, Chestnut
immediately after the first snow of December!
I named him Elliot
of him losing one antler last winter:
have the shed that is missing in
Yes! I know
that Elliot was a mule deer
in the animated feature Open Season.
Guess WHO I
will be hunting for,
for the rest of this
Also, Elliot may be coming around the front yard!
Just in case, I have a camera ready
to capture him.
|Seen from the side
yard of the house;
some particular buck has gotten a lot of nerve
|Fresh rubbing with
on the ground!
|I set up one of my
older cameras in an attempt
to get Elliot (or another buck) in the yard
December 30, 2017
7:33 EST at a crisp 31ºF
No luck getting
I got on site before Robert
and D.B. this time;
Edgar was already there
Still waitin' for
deer a couple of hours later
We stopped at noon and then we walked back to the
trucks for lunch
is the first time I was hunting with 3 other guys
New Years Day,
Monday, January 1, 2018
sunset 4:45 p.m. CST
No luck getting
Tim hunted that morning, but needed to go home for the evening.
checked all the cameras on property and then
began the hunt.
I had to stay bundled up due to
I left the stand at 5:15 p.m. (Alabama
time) when it was 25ºF
A full moon rose after the sun went
January 5, 2018
The predicted weather for
next weekend is expected to be just TOO cold!
Saturday -and then- Sunday,
January 13 / 14, 2018
I chose to spend some
much-needed time with family, instead.
seeing anything on Saturday.
This is the end of
deer season for
Saturday, January 20, 2018
My job geared up and made me a lead tech for a project.
26) will have
me stuck on
Friday and Saturday, February 2 & 3, 2018
tree stand on
got fully set
the process of
from support straps
we never got
the time to
Sometimes, a third person can be really useful.
As a result, I used a small pop-up blind as a
contigency plan in an attempt to get this buck I call
I set this up
I got this
blind at BassPro for just $69 and also picked up
|setting up in field for first time
|comparing color contrast of
|first view from inside
|front and back opened
|stocking the inside of the blind
|how it will look as deer walk by
My first hunt was on Friday morning.
Elliot never showed; but two other bucks did.
A broken-antlered buck I call "Don Quixote" and a button buck I call "Sancho"
....taken from the classic 1615 Spaniard epic by Miguel de Cervantes.
Per videos I have
from all over the property, Sancho follows Don Quixote
I saw them at about 7:06
a.m. CST; I took no shot but started to regret that
Just as Tim and I were about to wrap
up on Saturday morning,
Elliot showed up on the bottom of the sloped Meadow.
Tim tried to get a bead on Elliot with his 30-30,
but as soon as Tim raised his rifle,
Elliot saw the movement and ran up the middle path of
the pine grove.
Saturday evening, this occurred:
This happened at almost
8:30... Late to the party, right?
Thursday and Friday, February
8 & 9, 2018
for delay on the
the last hunt will be posted
February 10th was end of
deer season for Alabama.
OF SEASON 4
This season, just like Seasons
1 and 2 were unfruitful.
We will move on from here.
ALABAMA and GEORGIA specifics:
|Fannin County, GA
Region 1 - Northwest
October 21 - January 14
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