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2012 HUNTERS LOG

OCTOBER 15, 2012: OPENING DAY OF BOW SEASON, MASSACHUSETTS

I had hunted all day until the end but me and the rest of the guys came up empty handed. No bucks for me this year but still a banner year for me, harvesting 3 deer and passing on one. When the sun had finally set on the last day of the deer-hunting season I had mixed feelings. In one hand it was a sad feeling knowing I would not be able to deer hunt until next fall and at the same time I felt relieved it was over and thinking maybe I can actually sleep in next Saturday for a change instead of being up before the sun. As fun as hunting is it’s also hard work and exhausting. I guess it’s now time to switch gears back to fishing and prepare the ice fishing gear. Unfortunately we have no ice yet but there are supposed to be some arctic blasts of cold air coming our way during the week, so a possibility of ice for the upcoming weekend could happen, might even possibly get me up before the sun again. If there is no ice I suppose I could just grab a fishing rod and make a few casts and then make a trip down to the bass pro shop and cash in those gift cards I received at Christmas. Either way this outdoorsman will not be cooped up at home. Time for a few drinks to ring in the New Year. Tight Lines....George.

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10/15/2012 OPENING DAY (BOW SEASON) MASSACHUSETTS

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A SHED I FOUND WHILE SCOUTING FOR THE FIRST TIME A FARM PROPERTY I RECENTLY GOT PERMISSION ON

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A RUB FROM A BIG BUCK I COULD'NT GET A CLOSE SHOT AT, I'M READY FOR HIM THIS YEAR.

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PART OF A SCRAPE LINE A BIG BUCK HAS BEEN MAKING FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS

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DEL WITH HIS 2012 SPRING TURKEY, THAT WEIGHED 15 LBS

2011 HUNTERS LOG

JANUARY 01, 2012: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
SEE YOU NEXT HUNTING SEASON.

DECEMBER 31, 2011: LAST CALL, MA

I had hunted all day until the end but me and the rest of the guys came up empty handed. No bucks for me this year but still a banner year for me, harvesting 3 deer and passing on one. When the sun had finally set on the last day of the deer-hunting season I had mixed feelings. In one hand it was a sad feeling knowing I would not be able to deer hunt until next fall and at the same time I felt relieved it was over and thinking maybe I can actually sleep in next Saturday for a change instead of being up before the sun. As fun as hunting is it’s also hard work and exhausting. I guess it’s now time to switch gears back to fishing and prepare the ice fishing gear. Unfortunately we have no ice yet but there are supposed to be some arctic blasts of cold air coming our way during the week, so a possibility of ice for the upcoming weekend could happen, might even possibly get me up before the sun again. If there is no ice I suppose I could just grab a fishing rod and make a few casts and then make a trip down to the bass pro shop and cash in those gift cards I received at Christmas. Either way this outdoorsman will not be cooped up at home. Time for a few drinks to ring in the New Year. Tight Lines....George.

DECEMBER 25, 2011: MERRY CHRISTMAS (AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS) TO ALL!

DECEMBER 24, 2011: OUT AGAIN CHASING DEER, MA

Went out with some of my buddies but I had no luck, however my friend bagged a doe in the morning. Congratulations Mark. I hit another spot later and ended up seeing two coyotes and took a shot at one. Thought I had taken a decent shot at it even though by the time I noticed it and drew the gun and pulled the trigger, it had gotten behind some light brush and disappeared from my sight after the shot. It had run past one of my hunting buddies who also took a shot but missed and he mentioned it looked hurt. I guess I might have just clipped it and maybe that brush was thicker than I thought or my shot not as good as I originally thought. He told me the last direction he saw it run toward and I looked for a while to see if it had dropped and expired somewhere but no sign of it. Ironically another friend of mine was hunting 2 days later and spotted the same 2 coyotes in the same area, so apparently their both alive and well (damn little buggers). Shoot straight and be safe.....George.

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MARK WITH ONE TAKEN ON HIS MUZZLELOADER

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DECEMBER 17, 2011: GOT ANOTHER WITH THE MUZZLELOADER, MA

On the opening day of both the Archery and Shotgun seasons I had taken time off from work to hunt those 2 days. It was now 12/12/11 the opening day of the Muzzleloader season and like the other openers I had taken this day off too but unfortunately I would not spend it hunting as originally thought. I had taken a deer on 12/10/11 and then spent 12/11/11 butchering it. The day I spent butchering the deer is the same day I had originally planned to spend at the gun range sighting in the muzzleloader. Not that I’m complaining and it certainly was a good problem to have but perhaps I should also do a better job of planning for the almost unexpected, but then again how does one do that? I am not a wait to the last minute person as you might think after reading this I just prefer to practice fresh before a season starts and make any adjustments needed to what my eye sight is at that time and I seem to shoot better when I feel confident and shooting a weapon well right before it’s season starts is a true confidence builder. So I spent a big chunk of the opening day at the gun range, practicing and sighting in my muzzleloader until I was dead on. The last 2 shots finally satisfied me. I had made a 100-yard shot that was almost a bull's-eye and then the last shot at 50 yards was a perfect bull's-eye. I had hoped my efforts again would be rewarded. Finally on the first Saturday of the muzzleloader season I was able to get out and hunt. I was in position waiting for a hopeful shot opportunity, while waiting I had visions of big bucks presenting themselves but it didn’t quite work out that way. Instead 4 does had stepped out from behind a mound and cautiously moving, I quickly put the cross hairs on one before they could bust me and I squeezed the trigger. It felt like a good shot and even looked like it jerked back a bit before running but it didn’t drop. I began questioning myself but then I found the blood trail and the deer about 80 yards away dead and when I looked at the bullet entry it was right where I aimed and I felt relieved. One of my hunting buddies and fellow member at my rod & gun club days ago had expressed some concern about a possible shortage of venison for the clubs annual game dinner. I’m not a greedy person so I decided since I had plenty of meat already in the freezer to donate this deer to the club. The game dinner generates some good income for the club. Far from complaining it seems so far it has been the year of the doe’s for me, filling all my doe tags and not having even seen a single buck throughout all the 2011 deer hunting seasons present me with any kind of shot opportunity. It’s still not over until it’s over and you never know when a nice buck might appear. I should be able to get out at least a couple of more Saturdays. Shoot straight and be safe.....George.

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A DEER TAKEN WITH MY MUZZLELOADER

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IT SEEMS TO BE THE YEAR OF THE DOE'S FOR ME


DECEMBER 12, 2011: ANOTHER BEAUTY TAKEN, MA

A friend of mine forwarded me this shot. This big buck was taken by fellow member of the Concord rod and gun club Adam, who has a reputation down at the club of one of the few guys that consistently bags a big deer every season and judging from what I seen last year and this year I believe it.

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ADAM WITH A NICE BUCK


DECEMBER 10, 2011: DROPPED ANOTHER ONE ON THE LAST DAY OF SHOTGUN, MA

Well just like opening day of shotgun starting off with a bang for me it also ended with a bang for me too when I dropped another deer on the last day of the shotgun season. I had spotted two does running down a hill and I put the red dot scope on the one leading, which was also the largest and then squeezed the trigger and made a 100 yard plus shot and was dead on and upon impact of the bullet the deer dropped right in it’s own tracks. A clean kill shot with no tracking involved. The other smaller doe was puzzled and hung out long enough for me to have made another shot and probably drop her too but I passed and was content with the mature doe I had just taken and watched the younger deer flee and run back up the hill. I was pumped and considered this additional deer a great bonus and with the now abundance meat this season I looked forward to trying all kinds of new recipes. My buddy Bill also took a nice 3 point buck (pictured below). A great way to end the 2-week shotgun season. Later on that day after arriving home it was slightly depressing for me putting away the shotgun back in the gun cabinet for the season but at the same time I felt a little optimistic when I pulled out the muzzleloader for preparations of it’s upcoming and final season. As I held it I realized I had not even touched a fishing rod since the deer season opened and stayed focused and committed to using my free time towards deer hunting and it looked like it would continue until the end of 2011. Shoot straight and be safe.....George.

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ANOTHER DEER ON THE LAST DAY OF SHOTGUN SEASON

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DRESSED OUT AT 108 LBS

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100 YARD SHOT, CAN YOU SPOT THE DEER

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HOW ABOUT NOW?

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BILL ALSO TOOK DOWN THIS 3 POINT BUCK

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ANOTHER SHOT RIGHT BEFORE I BUTCHERED IT


DECEMBER 03, 2011: ANOTHER DOWN BY ONE OF THE GANG, MA

Went out with the gang again but had no luck, however my buddy Mike dropped this nice big doe. The big girl had a freakishly large head. Unfortunately I forgot to take a quick shot of Mike holding with my camera but he was kind enough to forward this shot below he took.

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DECEMBER 01, 2011: NICE SHOTGUN BUCK TAKEN, MA

My friend Peter was on stand watching some deer and instead of shooting the first one that presented itself with a good shot he waited until this big guy stepped out in the open and was rewarded with a big buck for his patience. Congratulations and nicely done Peter.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2011: DEER DOWN ON OPENING DAY OF SHOTGUN, MA

After a very rough 2011 archery season (though archery is my favorite season of the three) I was glad to put down the bow and pick up the shotgun. Deer sightings on stand were far and few for me this season. Then add in a couple of close calls where I did attempt to connect with an arrow but something always went wrong, thanks to a gentleman by the name of Mr. Murphy’s Law. There was also an instance or two where the deer were out of bow range, including a big nocturnal buck that had finally showed itself at dusk and all I could do was watch it walk away while ignoring my calls. Before the shotgun season had opened I had retired my old 12-gage shotgun that had become unreliable and purchased a brand new 12-gage slug gun and outfitted it with a red dot scope. The new gun needed to be christened and ached for it’s first notch. Even though I was confident in my shooting I was a bit jaded from the archery season and was beginning to doubt if I would get another shot opportunity and fill the freezer this year. After countless days staring at what seemed like empty woods with bow at hand and not much to show for it. I was almost tempted to give up and pick up a fishing rod instead but I forced myself to remain persistent. On the first day of the Massachusetts shotgun deer season and the first time using my brand new gun, I finally sealed the deal with my first deer of the 2011 season. I was in some very thick brush and managed to slip a shot threw a small opening at a running doe at about 60 yards away; she then ran a short distance and dropped. It was a perfect shot and one I was proud of. It made all the prep work I had done worth it, such as time acquiring doe permits and sacrificing some bow hunting time for some practice down at the gun range, making sure I was on target and ready to roll. I’m not a trophy hunter and though I can more than appreciate a big buck, to me any adult deer is a good deer and worth being happy over. I was very thankful that unlike the archery season the shotgun season started off with a bang (literally). I’m not greedy and happy with bagging at least one per season and enjoying some tasty venison hot off my grill. If I happen to bag anymore deer this season its just a bonus. Shoot straight and be safe.....George.

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BREAKING IN THE NEW SHOTGUN ON OPENING DAY

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SHOTGUN SEASON 2011

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SHE DRESSED OUT AT 96 LBS ON THE CHECKING SATION SCALE

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A DOE FOR THE FREEZER AND GRILL


NOVEMBER 27, 2011: TWO BIG BUCKS FOUND LOCKED TOGETHER, MA

My friend Dave shared these pictures. Dave’s friend was out hunting our local woods and came across these two deer with their horns locked together. The one that’s more submerged in the water and on the bottom was dead and the other still alive. If you look close enough you can see the antler pierced through the eye of the dead one. Some nasty stuff for sure. If I was the hunter that ran across this all I could think is two for the price of one. You truly never know what you will encounter in the woods.

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NOVEMBER 26, 2011: MONSTER BUCK, MA

My friend Mark at 7:30 AM shot this monster buck (pictured below) with his bow and arrow. Mark exclusively targets big bucks and appears to bag a big bruiser just about every year. The one he bagged last year was impressive and his success this year is equally impressive. His ability to tag big deer in our local public land is amazing. Congratulations buddy on such an amazing deer.

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ONE OF MANY BIG BUCKS MARK HAS TAKEN


NOVEMBER 19, 2011: PETER SCORES BOW HUNTING, MA

My friend Peter with the lack of acorns was bow hunting where the food is. A squash field he has permission to hunt on where he has had many sightings and some shot opportunities, including the one he sealed the deal on pictured below. Congratulations Peter. Straight shooting - George

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PETER WITH A BUCK

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ANOTHER SHOT

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NOVEMBER 19, 2011: PETER SCORES BOW HUNTING, MA

My friend Peter with the lack of acorns was bow hunting where the food is. A squash field he has permission to hunt on where he has had many sightings and some shot opportunities, including the one he sealed the deal on pictured below. Congratulations Peter. Straight shooting - George

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TWINS (LEFT) PETER & (RIGHT) MARK POSE WITH THEIR DEER ARROWED 3 DAYS APART FROM EACH OTHER.


NOVEMBER 17, 2011: FRESH DEER SIGN, MA

There is a nice buck behind my back yard. I had seen it last year and I spotted it again this year at almost Dark. Not enough light to see the pins on my bow to even consider a shot but enough light to see a silhouette of a nice buck. This is the sign a found the next morning of what I think is the same nocturnal buck. Straight Shooting - George

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A FRESH RUB FROM A NOCTURNAL BUCK I SPOTTED LAST NIGHT

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A FRESH SCAPE NEXT TO THE RUB


NOVEMBER 11, 2011: BIG ARCHERY BUCK TAKEN, MA

My friend Joe took down this big 8 point buck with his bow. This impressive deer weighed in at 194.6 lbs. Congratulations Buddy!

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JOE WITH HIS BIG ARCHERY BUCK


NOVEMBER 02, 2011: PETER DROPS A DOE, MA

My friend Peter who had been seeing plenty of deer during the bow season finally got to close the deal on a nice doe, he took with his bow. Congratulations Buddy!

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SEPTEMBER, 2011: EARLY SEASON BOW HUNTING, CONNECTICUT

While our bow hunting season in Massachusetts was still closed, I got an earlier jump start hunting Connecticut on their opening day of September 15th. I also hunted CT on the 17th and then joined up with 3 friends at camp to hunt 5 straight days, from the 19th thru the 23rd. While some hunters thinks it’s to early and not a good time to hunt. If you’re an indiscriminate deer hunter and are happy to take does and small bucks then it can be a good time too. The deer are not as pressured yet and are a little less wary. The down side is there are some hot days and on those days the swarms of mosquitoes can be annoying and difficult to deal with. Over the years this earlier season has provided plenty of sightings and some successful deer hunts. Unfortunately it was a tough early season. I was hoping to bag one before the Massachusetts season opened up in October but no such luck. In fact this was the first year hunting CT where I didn’t have a single deer sighting while on stand. I did see one that I kicked up while walking to my evening stand and I saw many deer in people’s back yards hanging out and feeding, especially in the evening, which did not help me or the rest of the group, hunting the state land. The lack of acorns this year I believe has really messed up the traditional spots we’ve always hunted annually. My buddy Forrest who spent most of his free time during the summer scouting and hanging stands in CT and RI was paid for his efforts with a nice spike horn buck and was the only one from our group who bagged anything. The highlight of my trip was watching a Bobcat sneak in from behind me and noticing it under my tree stand and watching it walk out in front of me until it finally disappeared out of sight. The first one I have ever seen while hunting and a cool sight. Would have loved to take a shot at it for a unique trophy for the game room but they are protected in CT. There was also a brown weasel I watched running on top of a stone wall with a mouse in it’s mouth and a great horned owl giving me the stare down, the things you see in the woods can be amazing and are an important part of the hunting experience. Cant wait to get back out in the woods but the next time will be in MA. Shoot straight and be safe.....George.

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FORREST WITH A SPIKE HORN, TAKEN WITH A BOW.

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2008: Though this is a fishing related website. Being that there are allot of sportsmen that hunt and fish. I put this quick photo gallery page together for those who might enjoy it.

01-14-11: Decided to incorporate more hunting content onto the website.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW:

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THE GANG

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PETER WITH A TURKEY

2010 MASSACHUSETTS HUNTING SEASON

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SPIKE HORN BUCK TAKEN DURING THE 2010 MA BOW SEASON

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MY SMALLEST RACK BUCK EVER - 117 LBS

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MY FRIEND MARK WITH A BIG GOON, TAKEN DURING THE 2010 SHOTGUN SEASON

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MEALS ON WHEELS

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BILL'S BUCK - I WANT TO SEE WHAT KICKED THIS GUYS BUTT

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MARK D. WITH HIS PERSONAL BEST TAKEN DURING SHOTGUN SEASON 2010

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FATHER & SON - DAD'S BEST & SONS FIRST 2010 SHOTGUN

PAST HUNTING SEASONS

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MY BEST BUCK TO DATE

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MY PB BEST DAY WITH THE BOW

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MY PB BOAR

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Texas Dall Sheep

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FIRST BOAR

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My friend Peter with a fine Turkey