Our 2007 Anson County Archery Season found me this morning
up at about my usual 0500 hours time whether it is a work day, weekend or
Holiday, whereas my internal clock is probably accurate enough to lease out to
WWV, National Bureau of Standards, Fort Collins, CO. It would be nice to be able
to stay in bed much longer but that is the way it goes.
After getting a little antsy the past week or two and
shooting my ole antiquated 1993 PSE Mach6 cam bow for the past
couple months only on Saturday and Sunday morning due to the extreme hot
weather we have experienced, I felt good about releasing an arrow at a deer.
The hand me-down 3D deer targets John Gaddy gave me of which I am most
appreciative now looks like a 38MM grenade or one of those Taliban IED exploded
in their vitals! I guess my Holographic sight is dialed in and ready for the
I went around in circles this morning hoping that my
hunting gear and accessories I needed was either in my back pack or my cargo
pants pockets and finally got on my hunting stand around 0600 hours. It was
very peaceful and serene with the night creatures busily chirping and singing.
About the break of dawn an angry crow no doubt hungry from the night before
started squawking; caw, caw, caw, and the blue jays decided it was time for them
to join in too by imitating the sound of a Red Tail Hawk, kay-eee-aaa. When it was daylight enough to see the area in front of my
tree stand/platform it was evident that the deer, squirrels and raccoons had
devoured what I had put out on Thursday afternoon but too late to think about
Nothing really eventfully happened except around 0700 hours
a deer to my right about a 100 or more yards out sounded the alarm by snorting
and headed for a safer area. The wind direction changed and was blowing mildly
in the direction the deer normally approach my feeding area so I didn’t stay on
the stand this morning until around 0800 hours due to the wind direction.
Above pix of the view from my platform tree stand that is
at least 26 feet high, however as I stated the terrain has a very fast climbing
slope and the platform is probably no more than 20 feet if that high from the
actual open feeding zone. Notice the bright colored fletch and florescent
orange/red dipped portion of the arrow shaft....the ole Holographic sight sight
on the antique PSE Mach6 Maxis bow is no longer available and guess it fits my
style......getting antique as well! My good friend Ed Terry "dawgs"
me about the low tech bow strap on the Mach6 bow which sold for around 800 bucks
new in 1993 and I am using 1/2 length of a boot string...cost about .50 cents
total. Go ahead and grin now!
I decided to give it another try this afternoon and with
the temperature around 91 degrees I did not get onto the hunting stand until
around 6:00 P.M. and again, the wind was not the best coming out of the E, ENE
and South at times. Around 7:30 P.M., I heard deer approaching from my right
and they were very cautious as they got within about 20 yards of the feeding
area stopping and checking the wind direction and looking about. The first deer
was a very small six point with a little basket rack followed by a larger six
point and about a minute or two later a large 4 point buck entered the immediate
area. I had seen a much larger six point buck and had good intentions of trying
to harvest him first but I trophy hunted for less than two minutes which is
about my norm.
When a good (partial) broadside shot presented itself on
the larger 4 point buck, I slowly drew the bow back, anchored and let the deer’s
vital area settle in the view finder of the holographic sight and released the
silent deadly missile (arrow) with it’s 125 grain Thunderhead three blade
broad head ahead of the Easton XX78 2315 full length arrow. The arrow went a
few inches higher than my point of aim and made an awesome sound when it entered
the deer’s spine and diaphragm area. The buck did make a 180 degree turn around
but his transmission was severed from his motor and could not go any further. I
dispatched him with a 3.125 inch “Hinkle” paring knife that I use to field dress
and skin my deer which sounds like an under kill but don’t laugh, it works! I
did secure the deer’s head and neck area to the ground with a several inch
diameter pole since he wasn’t having any part of me approaching him with blade
in hand and those front hooves are sharp as razors and can do some serious
damage if solid contact is made.
Since he was in my immediate feeding zone, I elected not to
field dress him which is my normal protocol being less than 40 yards from my
hanging tree that I nicknamed “Tom Dula” aka Tom Dooley. However, the drag was
gruesome since I could not locate my deer pulling strap and had to use a small
1/4 inch nylon rope which almost severed my head about the shoulder while
dragging the deer across the steep branch bottom and up the incline working my
way to the lower drive leading to the hanging tree. Check the inserted pix and
see how “pooped” I was!
Notice that his left antler was damaged while in the velvet
and is turned down instead of up. I don’t care because I haven’t tried to make
antler stew yet. Grin if you must! Capt. Thompson would call this a no-shooter
since he trophy hunts but it will be some good eating and others would call this
a management buck needing harvest since he doesn’t have any brow tines.
Inserted are other pix of the 4 pointer hanging from ole "Tom Dula" which you
guessed it is a white oak tree and I have a boat winch embedded in the trunk of
the tree for hoisting deer.
I have the ole boy quartered up in my game refrigerator
“aging” a little and will slice and grind him up in a few days.
Written by Bill aka Mickey Porter, Wadesboro, NC 28170 09-08-07.
BONUS ANTLER LESS DEER TAGS
This 2007 Archery hunting season for the central region and other regions of
North Carolina, you can harvest an extra two does and depending on the number of
bonus tags issued by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission you can
apply for additional tags. The buck to doe ratio is apparently getting way
out of proportion and as long as the “trophy” hunters shoot mature bucks
only it will no doubt worsen before it gets better. I am a
meat hunter first and for a short
minute a trophy hunter. Go ahead and grin on that one.
Opening day started off real fast and I left out the part about shooting a nice
six point buck opening day and could not find him since I shot two bucks back to
back that afternoon of opening day and did locate the four point buck of which I
wrote a short story describing the hunt. I just didn’t have the heart to
tell the “whole story” since any game animal lost to poor shot placement or what
ever the reason is not my norm and it challenges one to do it right the first
time since with a bow and arrow one shot is about all you get. I can count
the number of doubles with bow and arrow on one hand!
Several mistakes hunting were made within the past month like moving and
shifting around on the tree stand at the most inopportune time when deer were
approaching unseen and not making a sound even with the leaves bone dry.
These type of hunting mistakes quickly educate deer especially does that have
yearlings with them and maybe off spring from last year too. The deer I
spooked a couple weeks ago were observed from my basement shop coming to the
feeding station and staying slightly out
of bow range and looking up at the platform to see if everything looked ok.
I hunted the stand this morning and saw a couple does on the ridge about 100
yards out traveling through the cut over into the wind around 0900 hours.
Sometime around 0615 hours not long after I was on stand before daylight this
morning, I heard several deer approach my stand from the right but they did not
enter the feeding area. Something must not have been just right or they
already “gleaned” my free corn much earlier.
I decided to give it another try this afternoon and got on stand around 6:00
P.M. and squirrels were harvesting water oak nuts from a few trees that were
producing this year. Their constant rustling of the leaves and branches
made it difficult at times to concentrate on identifying other sounds
overlapping the “noise” they were producing. The wind direction was in my
favor and was calm most of the time with a few small gusts moving my wind
direction device which is a small string hanging from the roof of the hunting
platform. It is nothing high tech but it works just the same.
Several species of birds were very active and male and female Cardinals were
enjoying my corn along with the Brown Thrash, Blue Jay, Dove and a Cottontail
rabbit. I have seen a small covey of quail consisting of eight (8) birds
mostly females but a few male Bobwhite quail in the bunch. They do
communicate among themselves when approaching, feeding and exiting the feeding
area. An occasional show of their “pecking
order” will manifest as to who gets the favorite area in the
feeding zone as do with most animals and birds.
Crows were harassing a Red Tail Hawk and it sounded like a dozen of them were
ganging up on the hawk by all the commotion which lasted a good 15 minutes.
The peacefulness of Mother Nature and the freedom to enjoy God’s creation always
comes to mind when observing all that is taking place around you while hunting
and many countries only allow hunting to the elite or Aristocrats of society.
Hunting is more than harvesting game although many only enjoy the kill which is
a shame because of all other wonderful things taking place. Well, let’s
get back to the hunt!
It was nearly dark when the tell tale sounds of deer approaching the feeding
station and a nice 80 lb. (approx) last years doe entered about 15 yards out
giving me a broadside shot. The silent 562 grain arrow found its mark and
the deer quickly did a 180 degree turn heading back to the safe direction that
it came from but the arrow had already done its deadly job. The doe
crashed into the small trees and foliage while exiting (56 yards) and within a
few seconds all was blissful and quiet again. Pix below:
You will notice on the pix below my right hand the color of yellow which is from
a Primos Bloodhunter blood tracking light which did an outstanding job of making
the blood trail stand out from the surrounding leaves and ground cover.
Also, the camouflage pattern which is Fusion 3D matches for the shirt and pants
but the color pattern shifted on the pants because of the Bloodhunter Light.
I will cover the operation of this new high tech “toy” a little later and will
give a link to where you can get a closer look at it and also view a short DVD
sales presentation of the light. The deer was far enough away from my
hunting platform tree stand that I decided to “field dress” her in the woods of
which the viscera is usually devoured by foxes, coyotes, opossums and vultures
within a day or two and sometimes the viscera is gone overnight which is good.
Mother Nature’s other animals and birds have to eat also!
After quickly field dressing the doe, the drag back to the white oak
hanging tree wasn’t too bad with over one fourth of the weight removed from the
carcass and used a 2 inch wide safety belt to aid in dragging the deer.
Naturally a photo was taken to document the harvest and the deer was skinned,
quartered and placed in my game refrigerator to age a few days until Porter’s
Venison Chop Shop gets into high gear. The deer was later registered on
line to “seal the deal” and will enjoy some burger, roasts, steaks and loin
straps at a later date.
I did have one neck hair raising moment when a fox started barking while
quartering the deer up. For those that have never heard a fox bark, it is
between a doe snort and a dog with a serious head cold which has its own unique
Getting back to the
Bloodhunter tracking light, pix of the new toy:
As with most technology I am usually several years to a decade behind and you
can say that I am a
for not jumping on new technology or believing all the advertisements about new
products and with about 29 years employment with the N. C. Department of
Correction I am sure that has some input to my psychology. The Primos
Bloodhunter does work and does what it is advertised to do. It does make
the blood “stand out” from the ground cover and enhance the visual ability to
follow the trail. It does not take the place for a poor shot or good
woodsmanship. I compared the blood trail of a regular flashlight against
the Primos Bloodhunter and there is a very significant improvement. This
is one of those things that are a must in your back pack. Finding one
downed animal will more than pay for the Bloodhunter. It does take a
little getting use to since the light does create shadows from the foliage above
the ground floor and you must remember to keep the light sweeping from left to
right, etc. otherwise it doesn’t work!
I have trimmed down the number of items I carry in my back pack and will show
you pix of the items I carried several years back.
Most of the things are still in my back pack except for the Randall # 3 hunting
knife which I had it sold on EBay and replaced it with a 20 dollar knife.
The morning is getting gone and I need a second cup of Java to get me going.
Good safe hunting to all and give the Primos Bloodhunter light a try.
Written by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 10-14-07 and web
published on 07-02-13.