Our annual archery season came in this year on September 9, 2017, however I
again elected to wait until the first week in October to climb into my
favorite hunting platform. I was hoping the weather would cool down,
but it was above normal with variable winds, not the most conducive for good
bowhunting since you have to get fairly close to the deer; or least speaking
I put about a month of practice in with the 2008 Matthews model
Solo Cam bow getting decent grouping with my practice broadhead arrows.
Shelled corn was broadcast for a couple months and the deer were feeding on
it, but not too aggressively yet. The acorn crop was late coming in due to
the weather drought and last year was a bumper crop for acorns, therefore
much fewer acorns available this year.
FIRST ARCHERY HUNT
I got on stand around 4:00 P.M. on October 2, 2017 and as usual it was very
awkward with enough gear on my person to survive a week in the wilderness, so it seemed.
It was hard to stay very still and move in slow motion, but I was finally
getting in the groove. It has been very dry and the small branch which
is a leg off Culpepper
Creek was about totally dry on our property.
You can go down the branch aka creek about 100 yards and find water pretty much year
round due to spring heads feeding into it and the steep terrain helping
funnel water into the branch.
Around 4:30 P.M. I heard and saw movement to my right and a couple does were
working there way to the broadcast corn area, but the wind was swirling some
and they made a complete circle and came in very nervous from the left side of the
broadcast corn. I waited until I had a broadside shot at the larger
doe and when I drew my bowstring back, my face mask nose portion was
blocking the view from the peep sight on my bow string and had a hard time
getting a good sight alignment with the fiber optic sight pin centered in
the rear peep sight. When I released the arrow, it struck high and to
the rear of my point of aim and the sound was more hollow like a gut shot.
The deer ran to my right and I never heard the deer fall or crash into
anything which is not a good sign of a properly placed kill shot. I
waited until 7:30 P.M. which was getting dark and climbed down the to the ground. I checked the arrow for blood and there wasn't
any and smelled the arrow for stomach contents, but didn't smell anything.
I went to the last place I saw the deer and picked a very sparse blood trail
which went into some very thick cutover growth from the year 2004. The deer
cut back to its left and I continued to follow a very light blood trail for
at least 100 yards plus until the blood trail ran completely out. I criss
crossed back and forth trying to pickup a blood trail, but there was none
that could be found. It took about three (3) hours to track the deer
and I fell aka slid down into a gulley very hard on my tail bone and would
probably have gotten hurt if I had not had my back pack on which helped
cushion the fall. I also did not have my glasses and/or safety glasses on
and did feel some of the thick bushes and brush hitting myself in the face.
When, I got back home, my bride asked me what happened to my right eye, of
which I wasn't aware that I had hurt it, because there wasn't any pain.
I went into the bathroom and there was no visible white showing in my right
eye, but dark red and black bloodshot; the mirror reflection didn't lie this
The following morning, I had an appointment to see my Dermatologist, Dr.
Waldman in Monroe, NC and had an afternoon appointment to see our
Optometrist, Dr. Holly Kiker for an eye exam. While at Dr. Waldman's
office, I pointed out a place on the top front of my nose that didn't look
right of which he agreed. He cut a little plug out and sent it off for a biopsy and I was to
return in two weeks for a follow-up. That afternoon, I got an eye exam
from Dr. Kiker and she said I had an abrasion below my right cornea,
prescribed some medicated drops to help prevent infection and return in three weeks for a follow-up
A few days later while in our local Walmart, I noticed a young lady in
the next isle over starring at myself intently and I made eye contact with her and
said, "I am getting ready early for Halloween" and she replied,
looks so real"; I grinned and said,
"It is real", only in America!
SECOND ARCHERY HUNT
The following Friday, October 6, 2017, I got back on the same stand around
4:30 P.M. and around dusk dark, a small doe came in and starting munching on
the shelled corn. I didn't have any trouble this time getting a good
sight picture through the string peep with the fiber optic pin
centered and on the deer's vitals, since I cut the flexible plastic nose piece out of
the face mask. I released the arrow and it was a good hit and heard
the deer fall down going to the left in some heavy cover, probably less than
35 yards. It didn't take but a few minutes to locate the deer which
was a this year yearling, of which looked much bigger in the later afternoon
diminishing light. The doe was field dressed and was no trouble
dragging the deer out due to its small size, which was skinned, quartered up
and placed in my basement game refrigerator for aging. Several days later, the
deer was cut up and vacuum sealed. I didn't take any pictures of that
small deer and it was a milk mouth deer as our local trophy hunters call anything less
than a Boone and Crockett class buck. I witnessed one of those trophy
hunters with a passion for deer hunting that harvested a fawn still in spots with an arrow and
the fawn might have
weighted 30 pounds on the hoof. BTW, that wasn't his first fawn
harvested with an arrow either...........grin if you must! Been there,
done that! However,
the yearling just harvested will be some very
tender eating for sure.
The deer harvest was reported via the
The weather got very hot again and might have hunted a time or two since
then, but decided to wait until our black powder gun season comes in on
October 28, 2017.
FIRST MUZZLELOADER DEER TAKEN
I got back from my radiation treatment early on November 6, 2017 and around
10:00 A.M., I observed two does helping themselves to my broadcast corn.
The larger doe got spooky and exited before I could touch off a shot and the
smaller deer which was a button buck stayed. A little while later, the
doe must have surmised that everything was ok, since Junior was steadily
crunching the corn. She presented a broadside shot and the ole smoke
pole bellowed white/blue smoke and the deer exited to the right and all was
quiet again. I knew I made a good hit and didn't wait around any.
I put my back pack on and proceeded to track the doe.
I found small pieces of meat what appeared to be from the doe's lungs and
there was a small blood trail which I followed at least 100 yards or more to the
downed deer. She was quickly field dressed using my latest custom made
knife and it performed flawless. I was able to open the entire brisket
with the 4 inch length stiff backed blade which is not necessary to open a
deer past the diaphragm since you can reach in and cut out the heart lungs,
etc., but wanted
to give the little blade a good field test and workout. The blade
thickness is only .063 inches and surprised how easily it went through the
brisket. That proves you don't need a knife blade .250 inches in blade
thickness for field dressing deer, unless you plan to use it to open 55 gallon steel drums or for
survival purposes. With that said, a .125 inch thickness blade would
certainly be the ideal thickness for strength, general usage and durability
in my humble opinion.
Well pleased with the performance of the above knife. Actual blade
length is 4.125 inches +-. This knife reminds me of the patch knives
that Mountain men carried hanging down from their neck in a sheath and
positioned in the center of their chest or attached to their black powder
Custom knife in action, separating the anal track from the walls of the
pelvic bone. Check out my short story on Field Dressing Deer 101 which
I must say, this was one of the hardest deer to drag out, simply because the
radiation treatment appears to be zapping my energy and strength level.
The last 50 yards was grueling and I could go only about 25 to 30 steps
before I had to stop and rest, but finally got the deer out. I believe
it took me thirty-six (36) minutes to drag the doe out to level ground where
the little red Ranger truck was parked.
The deer was field dressed, quartered and placed in my basement game
refrigerator for aging and later
processing. I plan to grind everything
except the back aka loin strap and tenderloins.
That should be some "beautimous" tasting
venison for sure.
The deer harvest was report via the
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-07-17.
PROCESSING THE DOE
On 10-09-17, I deboned the neck, shoulders and hind quarters of the doe
and ended up with 23.5 pounds of meat. I placed the deboned meat in
the freezer for a few hours prior to grinding the meat into burger which
puts less stress on the 2/3 hp meat grinder. The back aka loin strap and
tenderloins yielded 2.75 pounds, of which I sliced the back aka loin strap and kept
the tenderloins whole. Everything was vacuum sealed and placed in my
basement freezer. Just for curiosity, I weighted the bones from the
neck, shoulders and hind quarters and they
came to 18 pounds. Guessing the live weight of the doe was around 90
lbs. on the hoof.
Check my Hunting 2012
page for a better pictorial essay of deboning a deer under the paragraph
"After your Deer is Down."
I borrowed that title from one of
Leonard Lee Rue III books.
There was a smaller pan of ground venison that I didn't take a pix of.
I formed the meat into about a one pound ball and then into an oblong
shape to easily go into the opening of a Cabelas one quart vacuum freezer bag.
I ended up with 24 bags of ground venison. The red stains on the
work table in my basement shop is walnut stain, not deer blood.........grin
if you must!
The clean-up of the meat grinder, accessory items and getting the grinder
ready for the next usage is probably the least fun aspect of harvesting wild
game, but definitely is necessary.
In closing, I have had a few health issue set backs this year, but give
God the Praise, Glory and Honor in all things through Jesus Christ our Lord
and Savior. I am thankful for each and every day that our Lord allows!
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-10-17.
SECOND MUZZLELOADER DEER TAKEN
I still had my antiquated Knight MK85 left hand muzzleloader loaded and
decided to fire it at a deer instead of wasting a bullet/sabot, even though
our regular gun firearms season came in on November 11, 2017.....guess that
is kind of frugal.
There was no deer activity at one of my favorite hunting stands until
around 5:30 P.M., guessing at the time, since there was still plenty of
daylight shooting time left. A button buck came in first, followed by
a yearling doe and it was several minutes before a large doe came in from
the opposite side of the broadcast corn feeding area. I watched them
for several minutes and kept waiting for a buck to appear, of which didn't
happen. I placed the crosshairs of the Leupold VariXIII 3.5 x 12 x
50mm behind the doe's front shoulder, squeezed the trigger and bluish smoke
obscured the entire area for several seconds after the muzzle report.
To make a long story short, I tracked the doe about 80 yards and quickly
field dressed her with my latest custom made knife pictured above. I
opened the deer up from stem to stern which isn't necessary, but still field
testing the blade which is performing flawless.
I hit the deer high in the lungs, which was several inches higher than my
point of aim and believe it was the shooter and not the gun, but will bench
shoot it before our next muzzleloader hunting season comes in. The
camera angle makes the hit look higher than it is, but still a very high
lung shot placement. The exit hole was much lower than the entry hole.
After field dressing the doe and the long drag out, she was later hung on
our White Oak hanging tree nicknamed
Tom Dooley, skinned, quartered up and
placed in my basement game refrigerator for a few days aging before
deboning, grinding into burger and slicing the back aka loin strap. I
normally save the tenderloins whole.
I reported the deer harvest via the
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-13-17.
LEAVING ON A
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please take this
moment to accept him by Faith into your Life, whereby Salvation will be
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the
dead, thou shalt be saved.”
link of Bible Verses About Salvation, King
James Version Bible (KJV).
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of
soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth
the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God?”