Quick little 3 day backpacking hunt

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  1. designtom

    designtom Men Of Action #43 Supporter

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    Selfie: PA State Forests are great. As long as you don't stay in the same campsite on back to back nights, you can camp just about anywhere. Slid in kind of late on Sunday afternoon. About a mile and half in, and 800 feet below the ridge that has a public road that hundreds of hunters will use for opening day of firearms buck season. Didn't set up a tarp, had a hammock with a climashield underquilt, and a Wiggy's 35 degree overbag. Built a make shift blind from leaves and blow downs. To me it's important not to have any horizontal logs that scream "BLIND". Think piles of 3/4" sticks pointed up, and a lot of gathered ground litter to make it just look like a plan old pile of leaves.

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    Took about 45 minutes with a headlamp to put this up the night before opening day.

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    Got a text from my son a half hour after leaving home that I left my library book on the coffee table. Stopped in at Walmart to grab a paperback. Pickings were kind of slim. Guns, God, Mysteries, or Teenage Romance ....... I picked up a hardback book, but spent most of my time with Mad Magazine.

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    The wind was horrible. Kept switching directions every 5 minutes. This deer hunt is bust. Changed it into a bushcrafter trip, and brewed some coffee. COFFEE GOOD.

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    15 minutes later, this guy saunters up. I am so far down in this hole, that I'm not shooting anything unless it's bigger than the generous size 7 point I harvested nearby in 2014. Yep he's bigger. 140 gr 6.5x55 Nosler Partition did an amazing job.
     
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    Congrats on the buck! I had no idea MAD magazine was still around! :dblthumb:
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Nice. Congrats on the buck. :)

    Isn't that how it goes through. Just about the time you start not being serious, boom. There it is. :)
     
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    Looks like an all around great day.
     
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    designtom Men Of Action #43 Supporter

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    Hard to believe that I'm on public land. Did NOT see a single hunter. Five years ago I brought my youngest son (then 11 years old) to this State Forest for opening day of firearms buck season. From 4:00 am until 6:30 am an absolute army of orange rumbled past our campsite. I didn't bother waking up early that day. It got the wheels turning though. If there's 400 people up on top of the hill ......... where do the deer that were here yesterday go ..........


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    Swedish Mora 510 knife manufactured in 2014, and a Carl Gustaf Swedish Mauser manufactured in 1900. Field dressed, skinned, and butchered deer in place from 11:30 until 4:30 (dark). Giving some thought for a pulley or a carabiner for hopefully next time to elevate deer so that he's at my work level. The constant bending over and kneeling wasn't so hard when I was younger.

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    My less than firmly confirmed hunting partner cancelled with one hours notice on Sunday. This is a picture of the fire ring that we roasted lamb chops over in 2015. The orange scarf in the background shows where the buck was standing when I shot him. Dude, get your personal life in order. Why would you allow your wife to schedule you to bring the inlaws to JFK airport on opening day. Get a calendar on your fridge man!

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    I don't always understand the bushcrafters ..... but I think I'm obligated to show wood shavings for every outing. Only two sharps on the trip. Mora 510, and a SAK Climber. Should have brought a small saw to cut the skull to get the antlers off. Skinny rocks for 3 point pot support worked great.

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    The coyotes are a howling (I guess they're announcing every gut pile they find?). Got to be honest with you. We didn't have coyotes when I was a ute. Built the fire a little bigger than normal. I do have my backpack loaded with 60lbs of boned meat. In the name of "bring what you need", "need what you bring" ....... I've only got one round for the rifle. To me, the hardest part of a solo three day hunt is the 14 hours of darkness, and no company. I've never had a fire before. Time passed quickly while reading my book, and switching from warming my front side, to warming my backside.

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    Phone/camara battery died, so no more pictures. I ended up splitting my gear into two loads for the hike out. This is my sleeping system/shelter on the bottom. Some clothing just strapped on. Meat and antlers make up everything else in pack. The second load was a hobo stick with a large mesh laundry bag holding the rest of my clothing, the rifle, and a daypack with leftover camping equipment and food. I'd walk for 7-10 minutes with one load, go back for the second load. Took 5 hours because I was told with the sternest of warnings that I was NOT allowed to have a heart attack while dragging a buck up hill.
     
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  6. Nonc-Tobe

    Nonc-Tobe I call it a black pot

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    awesome hunt and congrats!! But I have to ask, why only 1 round? just curious
     
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    first congratulations on your fine outing. everything sounds perfect. that the deer showed up was just icing on the cake.

    I'm really excited about your rifle. I have a 6.5 Swedish that I've been wanting to put in rotation but I have too many other good guns to hunt with. and it's got that straight bolt handle so probably I'll look into converting that sweet small-ring Mauser action into something for long range shooting. love the 6.5 caliber...
     
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    I need one round to go hunting with. The 2nd round is to either 1)backup, or 2) defense of camp.

    Bring what you need

    Need what your bring.

    If I can find something else to cut from my backpack ....... maybe three rounds could be considered.

    That 800 feet climb back to my vehicle, while dragging or carrying a buck has me removing more things from my pack.

    There's a razor in there, that's not going again.
     
  9. Nonc-Tobe

    Nonc-Tobe I call it a black pot

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    10-4 good buddy,congrats again
     
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    Very nice, congrats on shoot a nice buck!
     
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    Been thinking about the people in my life who made this possible.

    Dad: "The #1 thing you can do to increase your hunting odds, is spend as much time in the woods as you can. Not many people back in camp get the big one." My dad while not exactly an expert woodsman, can study an individual buck, make a plan, and wait him out.

    Grandpa: Who shot the biggest buck of his life while drinking beer out of the back of the car when a gigantic 10 point crossed the road. BANG. Grandpa was a master small game hunter, but with a serious hearing impairment his whole life, rarely got a deer.

    Farmer Southworth. Was probably 75 years old when I first met him. Eeked out a modest living on some truly mediocre land in southern Vermont where my dad has a vacation/ski home. I think he was still (successfully) hunting into his 90's. His advice, "you don't always know where the bucks are, but you can find out where they aren't."

    Paul Brunner: Author of https://www.amazon.com/Tree-Stand-Hunting-Paul-Brunner/dp/B0021VWJ50 . Study the terrain, and you'll see the obstacles and barriers that encourage deer to travel through "funnels" or pinch points. My blind was covering 3 such impediments.
     
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    Congrats on the good hunt and toughing it out all night with the coyotes. It's a good thing you were sleeping with your deer meat. Those rascals might have found it before morning.
     
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    Knives, bleach, dog bone ceramic stick

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    Grinder has been cleaned, and metal parts stored in the freezer. The longer we can keep the meat under 38 degrees, the happier the whole family will be.

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    The good stuff

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    Mixed with a bit of beef fat
     
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    Way to go Tom!! Congrats!

    Ps. I have a calender and would have gladly got the inlaws an Uber. If you need a young grashopper in the bushcraft buck camp let me know.
     
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    Congratulations . Well done. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy that venison. You certainly earned it!
     
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    Come on guys.. How does this trip report not have 5 pages!! Great hunt n camp.
     
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    You fooled him with your fire, grizzled old coot thought "Gee, this feller is just hanging out, I'll sneak right past him...."

    Bang.

    Nice trip and great job on the meat!
     
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    This will be my hunting style next year. I'm very experienced at it.
     
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    Well done Tom!
     
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    Outstanding hunt !! Lol I've seen more deer when standing around in camp always when you least expect it. Well done trip report!
    Kevin
     
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    Nice trip report! Next time leave that extra round and bring another battery for your camera! You left us all wanting more pics! Congrats on the buck.
     
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    Congrats on your buck and thanks for sharing!
     
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    That is so freakin' cool! Congrats on a great trip and the buck.

    Chad
     
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    Indeed, a great TR!
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Great trip report. Looks like a good time.
     
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    Tenderloins marinated in Teriyaki, Honey, and Worcestershire sauce. Wrapped in bacon.

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    The spinny dial things says this is done.

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    Just right .....

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    "This is rrrreeeaaalllyyyyy good!" (Even the spouse cleaned her plate)
     
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    Starting first small batch of jerky

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    Oven on as low as it can go, and turn the fan on. DH 2017 jerky in fridge.jpg
    Enough for a trip into the woods (probably should put a note in the bag to ward off the hungry teenager). He can eat 20 lbs of jerky in two weeks (that's like a whole deer)
     
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    Congrats, and thanks for a good trip report.
     
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    Awesome trip and nice buck! Thanks for sharing.

    P.s. what’s the bleach for?
     
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    3 days well spent.
     
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    well done right there. your swede scout looks very similar to one i built 20 or so years ago. the swede with 140-grain bullet is a fine killer. again, well done ...
     
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    Congrats on an awesome buck!
     
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    Wow. I have to be honest, a hunt is something I've always wanted to experience. The climbing up and down, though, makes me hesitant to volunteer.
     
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    That's where "normal" hunters come in. Private land and some ATV taxi driving ....... (not knocking that, if anybody is offering)
     
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    Prep work for being a butcher is actually quite extensive. We're not working in a 35 F cooler. Before the meat comes out we need to:

    empty the trash
    put away any clean dishes
    move a lot of countertop clutter to another room
    sharpen knives
    get out everything for packaging meat
    The last thing to do (other than take a nap), is to wipe down the entire kitchen with paper towels and a bowl full of water with a decent amount of bleach in it. There might be bacteria on every surface, but there sure is a lot less of it when I start. (focus on things you know might get touched ..... faucet handle, fridge handle, knife drawer handle, spoon drawer handle, the entire countertop, (liquor cabinet handle), sink, etc).

    At the end, it's surprising how much ground meat is now strewn around the kitchen. (the dog did help a lot in this dept)

    As soon as everything is wrapped, and cooling back down, get that bowl of bleach water back and start another cleanup.
     
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    bumping some excellent threads to keep the forum focused on bushcraft
     
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    This hunt /TR was awesome! I'm really glad this got bumped! Just EPIC!!!
     
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    I'm getting ready for 2019 season

    Ordered a subscription to MAD magazine.

    Just bought my license online.
     
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    An excellent choice for a bump. Could you ask for a better hunting experience? I think not!
     
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