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
accessory bag. I purposely did not make a finger guard, but used a
piece of scrap brass to conceal the hole in the handle where the tang fit.
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.
I have experienced 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 Vari-X III 3.5 x 10 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.
This doe was processed and given to our
Pastor Sam Abee.
I reported the deer harvest via the
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-13-17.
NO BUCKS SEEN YET
I have only seen a couple yearling deer since the above doe harvest and
decided to harvest some of the many squirrels that have been decimating my
broadcast corn. I lost count, but got four large squirrels yesterday
during the day and two this morning (11-29-17).
Sometime before 10ish, I spotted deer movement and observed a couple
yearlings, one being a button buck whose horns had broken through the skin.
He would not come into the broadcast corn area and knew something was amiss,
since there was six places that had blood on the ground. I watched a
large doe in heavy cover and she was on full alert and circled the broadcast
corn feeding area. She was about 15 yards from the feeding area and
nearly broadside, slightly quartering away. By that time, I had the
crosshairs of the Leupold Vari-X III scope which is a 3.5 x 10 x 50mm
centered behind her right shoulder and at the crack of the muzzle report of
the Remington 700 BDL left-hand
rifle chambered in .270 Winchester,
she was down for the ten count. Pix below:
Upon field dressing the doe, the 130 grain Sierra Game King hand loaded
Spitzer boat tail
bullet ahead of 57 grains of Dupont IMR 4831 powder, the deer's heart was
burst half in two by the impact of the bullet with part of the heart resembling sausage.
I still have reloaded .270 caliber bullets on hand that I reloaded on
08-22-99 and will probably never need to reload them again, no more that I
shoot these days. The ole saying, "If it
ain't broke, don't fix it" and that bullet and powder
combination is still working today.
Jack O'Conner one of my hero sports
writers, sold me on the .270 caliber Winchester as an all around big game
hunting rifle. I still have approximately 1K of those bullets in
stock, of which some of them, the soft point bullet is oxidized white.
I checked the stomach contents and there was plenty of greenery, corn and
a pile of small Willow Oak
acorns about the size of the end of your little
finger or bigger.
When I got the deer back home to the White Oak tree, she was skinned and
quartered up. There was no exit bullet hole, whereas the bullet lodged
in the left shoulder and made havoc of it with most of it bloodshot and did
not save that shoulder.
The doe is aging in my basement game refrigerator as I am editing this
page. A friend of mine, Calvin Jones wanted a deer shoulder and I will
give him a call.
I reported the deer harvest via the
As stated earlier, I haven't seen a buck in the area of my favorite
hunting platform and have two tags left in case one decides to show himself
or another large doe.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-29-17.
FIRST LITTLE BUCK OF THE SEASON
On 12-07-17, I saw the first buck of the season near my favorite
hunting stand at about 5:12 P.M. I retrieved my antiquated Zeiss 7 x
42 armored binoculars from a close by hook and initially thought it was a doe,
but he had small spikes which were hidden by his ears from the angle I
viewed him from. Another one of those
"milk mouth" deer as our trophy hunters call them.
However, those sliced
cubed loin straps prepared in onion and
mushroom gravy served over a bed of sticky rice and biscuits, will certainly
look good on a plate ready to devour by yours truly and my bride.
Most know by now, I am definitely no trophy hunter and will harvest what
is available for the freezer, but I try not to harvest a yearling.
After placing the binoculars back on it's hook, the crosshairs of the
Leupold Vari-X III 3.5 x 10 x 50mm scope was centered behind his left
shoulder and low. The little buck was not broadside, but at a
quartering away angle. At the crack of the muzzle report, the buck
went down for the ten count.
After getting him out and back to my hanging tree, skinning, etc., it was
found that the bullet placement was about the same as on the previous deer
harvested; the right shoulder (in this case) was totally shattered with bone
fragments in small slivers. I found the bullet copper jacket in the
shoulder which mushroomed, but didn't find the lead core bullet which did
not exit the deer. That is the reason for the instant kill with all
the energy absorbed into the deer. I have seen another .270 caliber
bullet core/jacket separation inside a deer, but normally the bullet will
exit the deer with a 1 inch plus hole diameter.
It is good that I didn't have to track the deer, being somewhat weak from
the twenty (20) radiation therapy treatments which was finished on November
22, 2017. I can't tell any difference in my normal strength and
endurance until I have to exert additional energy and then become quickly
fatigued. I give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ who deserves our
Praise, Honor and Glory in all things!
As evidenced by the pix, I still have the early 1980s Remington 700 BDL
left-hand in .270 caliber Winchester with the home grown tiger stripe
camouflage pattern, long before camouflage patterns were available on
factory stock guns and the birth of Realtree and Advantage camouflage
patterns. I also did a Belgium Browning A5 12 gauge gold trigger shotgun the same
way.......grin if you must!
The ole rifle has made many trips up Blewett Falls Lake, Pee Dee River, Anson County, NC
when I hunted on the estate lands of Dr. Davis, which was later sold to
Catawba Timber Company and managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, of which
they do not manage the property anymore. The Timber companies make big bucks (no
pun intended) off leasing their land now to hunters.
Back then, I used a pair of lineman tree climbers to get into my tree
stands and put a serious gouge into the stock of the rifle when climbing
down the tree. When I look back at all that heroics violating safety
big time, I am thankful for the Lord's grace and mercy who kept me safe.
The little three point buck was skinned, quartered and placed in my
basement game refrigerator to process on this coming Monday; the Lord
willing of course.
I reported the deer harvest via the
web to seal the deal!
Web page updated by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 12-08-17.
DEER WENT NOCTURNAL
Since the last deer harvested above, the deer at my favorite hunting
place went totally nocturnal. I broadcast corn out for them and they
continued to consume it, but not in daylight hours. There hasn't been too
much hunting pressure, however deer learn to adapt to the situation in order
to continue to survive.
This has been an excellent hunting season and shared the harvested
venison with some of my friend that do not big game hunt, but love and
appreciate the taste of properly prepared deer meat.
Got the ole .270 Winchester cleaned up and stored for another hunting
season, the Lord willing of course and most of my big game hunting gear
stored away also. I still have a life line to remove from my archery
practice shooting platform, but will have to wait until the weather warms up
I am thankful that we live in a country that allows us the freedom to
hunt and enjoy what God has created for that purpose. Anti-hunters,
apparently don't have a clue about God's creation and the many things God
has done for us including
Salvation! I do not support killing any
animal just for a trophy to hang on the wall, unless you are utilizing the meat
yourself or donating it to a good cause. We are to be good
stewards over the resources that God has
placed for our sustenance and usage.
It is 8 degrees F. here this morning and glad to be inside where it is
Web page updated by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 01-02-18.
JUST CALL ME RODNEY DANGERFIELD
Today, January 3, 2018 at about 5:00 P.M., while exiting the dinning room
onto the carport, I observed three (3) does less than 20 feet from the
carport and when they saw me, they took to flight, but not in a real big
hurry in exiting the area. As stated before, I hadn't seen a deer
around here since the little three point buck harvest on 12-07-17.
Deer certainly do know when to show themselves, once the hunting pressure is
removed from their normal habitat. In all jest, it seems they have a
current copy of our hunting regulations.......grin if you must! My
hunting buddies got a good grin out of this one as well as did myself.
Web page updated by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 01-03-18.
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?”