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Deer Hunting:

2020 - 2021

My first hunt
                  for deer!
2014 - 2015
My second deer
                  season
2015 - 2016
My third deer season
2016 - 2017
My fourth deer
                  season!
2017 - 2018
My fifth deer
                  season!
2018 - 2019

2019-2020My Sixth Deer Season!

Hunting deer in Georgia over/near bait is
now PERMITTED on Private Land in ALL Zones.

Public Land including Georgia WMAs and National Forests
still do NOT permit hunting any animals near bait.


NEW this season:
Hunting deer in Alabama over/near bait requires an addition to the hunting license.

These guys were my previous targets:
This one is looking up at my blind in the
                      July early morning sun. Two of the biggest bucks near my tree stand.
Roanoke, Alabama Sandersville, Georgia




OPENING DAY IN GEORGIA
(standard firearms, statewide):

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sandersville, Georgia

High 64F / Low (going in) 55F with a 100% rain (1 to 2 inches) chance
cloudy with wind @ 14 mph from the ENE (occasional gust to 40 mph)

 
sunrise 7:38 a.m. EDT / sunset 6:53 p.m. EDT

CANCELLED due to oncoming HEAVY rain and wind!
This forecast changed as of Wednesday (October 16) evening
as the storm was beginning to form in the Gulf of Mexico.
Originally, moisture was bringing rain on Sunday.

before it was Tropical Storm Nestor   before it was Tropical Storm Nestor
   Tropical Storm Nestor
development of
Tropical Storm Nestor

My hunting trip is postponed until the next day...
Also got word on Friday that Robert and Thomas will go on Sunday as well.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Sandersville, Georgia

High 78F / Low (going in) 55F with a 30% rain chance
and
wind @ 7 mph from the West
It actually misted in the morning and was mostly cloudy;
the afternoon was mostly sunny. 

sunrise 7:39 a.m. EDT
/ sunset 6:52 p.m. EDT


No luck getting anything!


Robert, Thomas, and I were hunted in Sandersville this Sunday.
Thomas brought his noisy trailer for his UTV and hunted near the cemetery.
Robert was in his Honey Hole and shot two does, the first of which we couldn't find.

I was in my own stand in the morning and Edgar's stand in the evening.


     
Saw nothing in the morning except squirrels and birds.
The first shot rang out at 8:50 a.m., but unfortunately, Robert's doe got away.
One bird even lighted on the end of my rifle (his friend is pictured above).
Notice how the branches have grown thicker on the oak in front of me.


  
All three of us lunched at the Country Buffet in downtown Sandersville.


Robert advised me to hunt Edgar's old stand in the evening.
  
Though it was somewhat decrepit with the Mossy Oak cover deteriorating,
it was the furthest away from the newly clear-cut property next door.
Also hog droppings and other signs were seen on the opening pathway.
We promptly through corn and also Deer Cane along the path.

Behind and Front panoramic (leftward) view from Edgar's stand:

WEST to EAST

That evening, I heard grunting in the woods and I could smell the hogs.
I was looking behind and in front of the stand (always heard from left).

  
I had to keep sweeping my Grendel AR-15 rifle to watch for deer and hogs.
I was so sure that one would appear out of the trees before sunset.



Then another rifle shot rang out approximately 7:00 p.m.
Robert radioed that he found a doe's stomach, but not the doe herself.
Naturally, I wanted to stay in Edgar's stand to finish my hunt.
That was not to happen.


It was then I realized how noisy Thomas' trailer in movement sounds.
I kept wondering why someone was setting off firecrackers!!!
Then Thomas drove by my path.  No deer or hog would dare come out then!

  
Robert's flashlight had gone dead, so Thomas raced over to help him.
Robert took the shot directly behind his stand, upon where the stomach lay.
The young doe fell about 20 yards to the north.



5:46 a.m. EDT - Tuesday, October 8, 2019
After analyzing this and other videos from the field near my stand,
I was able to determine that the bucks I want are nocturnal.
It looks as though, I may have to wait for the rut, which is in two weeks.
(Scroll to bottom of this web page to see rut maps for Alabama and Georgia)




Saturday, October 26, 2019
Sandersville, Georgia

- CANCELLED
-
due to rain (and lack of money!)





Friday, November 1, 2019
Sandersville, Georgia
 

High 62F / Low (going in) 35F with NO rain chance
sunny with wind @ 5 mph from the NNE

sunrise 7:49 a.m. EDT
/ sunset 6:39 p.m. EDT

It was originally going to be in the mid 40's Fahrenheit for the morning.
For today, it was Thomas, Eric, and I who were hunting.

Yep!  I...
GOT ONE!
first
                    deer of my sixth season

Georgia# DNR# confirmation#  110119A491


This guy just waltzed right onto the scene at 9:13 this morning,
and I popped him!



I even had him on camera just three days prior:
Caught on trailcam
                          early morning (5:42 a.m.) Tuesday, October 29,
                          2019



The morning hunt started in the dark.

Early morning

7:09 a.m. EDT Friday, November 1, 2019


Upon arriving at Edgar's stand, I took the liberty of
spraying Tink's estrous spray near and behind the mineral lick.
After two hours of waiting and then getting cold,
patience finally paid off.
I could hear footfalls in the woods to my left.
Then this guy showed up and crossed the path in front.
I methodically trained my scope on him and took the shot.



PROCESS OF COLLECTING MY DEER
AND GETTING HIM TO THE PROCESSOR:

9:14 a.m. and me shaking all over trying
                          to think clearly
9:13 a.m. EST
9:30 a.m. EST
9:31 a.m. EST 10:38 a.m. EST
10:41 a.m. EST
10:44 a.m. EST 10:44 a.m. EST
11:01 a.m. EST
11:02 a.m. EST
11:03 a.m. EST
12:51 p.m. EST
5:01 p.m. EST

I did get my meat from this buck and the subsequent doe
on Sunday, November 17, 2019.




Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sandersville, Georgia
 

High 65F / Low (going in) 36F with NO rain chance
sunny with wind @ 7 mph from the NE

sunrise 6:51 a.m. EST / sunset 5:38 p.m. EST

Yep!  I...
GOT another ONE!

Georgia DNR confirmation#  110319D4918

Robert got a doe that morning at about 8:30.
I heard footsteps behind me about 20 minutes after that,
but saw nothing that morning.



11:16 a.m.
Robert field-dressing his doe
11:29 a.m.
Robert dragging his doe to truck



The afternoon was more interesting for me:
Though I was hoping that 8-pointer would show,
a doe did show instead.



4:52 p.m. EST


4:53 p.m. EST


5:46 p.m. EST


4:59 p.m. EST


5:00 p.m. EST

Harvesting my first doe of the season!



By the way, the trailcams are
still seeing that 8-pointer hanging around:


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3:48 a.m. EST - Sunday
November 3, 2019
4:25 a.m. EST - Sunday
November 3, 2019
4:33 a.m. EST - Sunday
November 3, 2019

I have to try again later!





Saturday, November
9, 2019

Sandersville, Georgia
 

Cancelled mostly due to lack of money!


This is a shame for me, as my big buck is still out there.
Also, he is mostly at the mercy of Robert and Thomas.

November 11th Update:  Robert did NOT hunt the weekend because he worked.
Thomas and Eric went down on Saturday, but they did not get/see anything.


The full moon was Tuesday morning, November 12.
- bitter cold hard freeze Wednesday & Thursday -
- actual PEAK of the rut for middle Georgia is midweek -




Sunday, November 17, 2019
Sandersville, Georgia
 
High 62F / Low (going in) 44F with a 10% rain chance
mostly cloudy with wind @ 8 mph from the NNE
sunrise 7:03 a.m. EST
sunset 5:28 p.m. EST

This was moved from Saturday due to rain
(and work exhaustion.)


No luck getting anything!

No shootable deer were seen by
Robert, Thomas, or myself.
Robert may have seen a doe early afternoon.


I spent the second half of the day watching
West for feral hogs -and- East
for a big buck

     

I went to go pick up my meat (2 deer) from The Lodge after dark.
The man on duty said that not many people were bringing deer this evening.
We speculate that after having 20-degree nightly temperatures,
this suddenly-warmer weather did not appeal to the deer.

Robert and Thomas are expected to hunt Friday, November 22.
Temperatures will hit close to 70 degrees, so I don't expect deer to move.
I have to work this Friday, anyway.  A cold front comes Saturday.






OPENING DAY IN ALABAMA
(stalk hunting, firearms, statewide):

Saturday, November 23, 2019

YES... a week later than last season!

Roanoke, Alabama

High 64F / Low (going in) 57F with 90% rain chance
cloudy with wind 9 mph from the WSW

sunrise 6:19 a.m. CST / sunset 4:35 p.m. CST


- CANCELLED
-
Due to predicted heavy rain and
lack of inability to pay for the Alabama license!







Sunday, November 24, 2019
Sandersville, Georgia
High 60F / Low (going in) 41F with 10% rain chance
sunny with wind @ 10 mph from the West

sunrise 7:09 a.m. EST / sunset 5:25 p.m. EST

There was a 100% chance of rain on Saturday
immediately before this day; hopefully the deer will MOVE with the
advent of a drop of temperatures as the cold front moves through.



No luck getting anything!



This was difficult as the buck I wanted
kept showing on the camera.






Saturday and Sunday
November 30 & December 1, 2019
Roanoke, Alabama

Saturday:
High 72F
with a 10% rain chance
partly cloudy with wind 8 mph from the SSW

sunrise 6:25 a.m. CST / sunset 4:34 p.m. CST
Sunday:
High 64F / Low (going in) 56F with NO rain
partly cloudy with wind 15 mph from the West
sunrise 6:26 a.m. CST
/ sunset 4:33 p.m. CST


No luck getting anything!

I was so sure that a deer would come along
as many are showing on the trailcams due to the bait.


Just Saturday morning, I hunted in the permanent blind.
Then I decided to do more stand hunting for the remainder.

One deer did snort at me at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday.
This was when I was in the stand at the Turkey Trail.


 




  

Saturday morning.  First time using timer on my iPhone for a selfie.




Hot doe.
Buck affected by the rut!

This is probably why I should have stayed in the blind.
But... not doing so educated me on the timing of the rut here.






Friday and Saturday
December 6 & 7, 2019
Roanoke, Alabama

Friday:
High 60F / Low (going in) 38F w/ 30% rain chance
  cloudy with wind 4 mph from the SSE

sunrise 6:30 a.m. CST / sunset 4:33 p.m. CST
Saturday:
High 63F / Low (going in) 44F w/ 10% rain chance
partly cloudy with wind 5 mph from the ENE
sunrise 6:31 a.m. CST
/ sunset 4:33 p.m. CST

Yep!  I...
GOT a third ONE!


Alabama DCNR harvest record#  195L19127E07


This ties my record with the 2016-2017 season!
It is my first Alabama deer in 3 years
and it is also my first Alabama doe.



This was the view just before sunset, Sunday evening.
Central Alley is the pathway seen between
the two pine trees in the middle.

I saw a dark small figure come down the path at 4:47 p.m.
At first, I thought it was a dog; then I looked through my scope.
It was a fawn with no spots!  It came through and walkedto my right.
It never entered the meadow, but behind the
small pines leading to the feeder.
My heart was beating so fast and I was breathing heavily.


Two minutes later (4:49 p.m.), its mother skittishly came behind.
Once she turn turned her right side to me, I took the shot (4:50 p.m.).
The .30-06 bullet went through her right chest
and left shoulder; she just plopped down immediately!


     

The next door neighbor, Ralph, texted me one minute after my shot,
wanting to know if I got it!
Naturally, I took a bunch of photos and was texting people like crazy.
It was getting dark fast and I had to put my LED lights
on the ground for photos.

One buck stomped and snorted at me at 5:30 p.m.

Was it the big guy I had waited for all weekend???

 
after sun set, with Saturn and
                                              Venus

Then I went to get the truck and the sled to collect my deer.
Saturn
and Venus could be seen at the southwest direction after sunset.

     

She was heavy,
but I got her on the truck by
pushing the sled up into the bed.



Next eventual steps were to:

(1)  pack up everything from the blind
(2)  pack up everything from the house
(3)  take my deer to the processor [East Alabama]
   Tag 222 -
                                                      processing ticket  
Tag# 222
(4)  drive home to Georgia






Sunday, December 15, 2019
Roanoke, Alabama
 
High 60F / Low (going in) 40F with 10% rain chance
partly cloudy with wind 5 mph from the South

sunrise 6:36 a.m. CST / sunset 4:35 p.m. CST


An Impromptu Decision; I almost didn't go today!
 

No luck getting anything!

...though I saw two different fawns after sunset.





Saturday and Sunday
December 21 & 22, 2019
Roanoke, Alabama

- CANCELLED -
Due to me spending time with family
for the Christmas holiday season.
Also, it rained ALL DAY on Sunday!
 



Monday, December 30, 2019
Roanoke, Alabama

High 57F / Low (going in) 49F w/ 10% rain chance
partly cloudy with wind 9 mph from the West
sunrise 6:44 a.m. CST
/ sunset 4:33 p.m. CST

No luck getting anything!

  
I brought Olivia with me this time,
so she may have a chance of seeing deer.
Only thing is... they didn't show this time!





Saturday,
January 4, 2020

Sandersville, Georgia
 

- CANCELLED -
Due to family and I getting the flu;
also, it rained liked CRAZY!


In fact, the next two weekends would NOT happen.

It would rain one weekend and I took my family to the cabin, the next.






Saturday, Sunday, & Monday,
January
25, 26, & 27, 2020

Roanoke, Alabama

Saturday evening:
10% rain chance
partly cloudy with wind 2 mph from the WNW
sunset 5:06 p.m. CST

Sunday:
High 55F / Low (going in) 31F w/ 10% rain chance
  cloudy with wind 4 mph from the WNW
6
0% rain chance in the evening
sunrise 6:40 a.m. CST / sunset 5:07 p.m. CST
Monday:
High 54F / Low (going in) 43F w/ 10% rain
foggy & cloudy with wind 7 mph from the WNW
10% rain chance in the evening

sunrise 6:40 a.m. CST / sunset 5:08 p.m. CST

No luck getting anything!

I hunted Saturday evening and all day Sunday and Monday.
Just Sunday and Monday, I had extended late breakfast breaks.

Nothing showed in the daytime, but I heard a bleat Monday morning.
I believe it was that adolescent fawn
whose mother I harvested last month.


My ten-pointer is back!!!
He made a large appearance this week.


 
Wednesday morning, January 22 - meadow bottom
from the permanent blind - gun points where buck was
Imagine if I had been hunting that Wednesday.

  
 
3:11 a.m. - appears at top of turkey trail 4:40 a.m. - near permanent blind, top of meadow
He made a path from west to east Sunday morning.


daylight after the scrape 
3:21 a.m. - 10-pointer makes scrape near tree stand
that afternoon - I take a photo of the same scrape
Despite multiple methods to attract the 10-pointer,
he never came out during legal hunting hours.


So I try the next weekend...


This little guy pops out right before
I get back after Monday's breakfast:


He is the buck fawn whose mommy I harvested last month.




Sunday & Monday
February
2 [Groundhog Day] & 3, 2020

Roanoke, Alabama