Another one bites the dust.

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#1
Got up this AM at 5 AM. They forecasted a 50% chance of lite rain, to be over by 7 AM. Already misting, when I took Bella the Boxer out. Had breakfast and waited till the radar, showed the rain had gone thru. Just after dawn (7:15) headed out to sit in one of the tent blinds............don't trust the weatherman. Made it in there, before it started raining again. Didn't expect to see anything...............contemplating quitting @ 9 AM. Then this guy makes his appearance.................his last.


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Muzzleloading season opened last Saturday and runs till this Sunday. I was using my LH .54 Renegade with a patched round ball over 100 grains of "P" Pyrodex. He went about 75 yards after a double lung hit.

Cindy had just left to go vote, play pickleball and drop something off at the P.O.for me. Called her cell and caught her at the P.O. ...........she already voted so she said she'd come home to help me track it and load it on the UTV.

BTW, weatherman was wrong..........was raining or misting the whole morning....................still is.:headbang:
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#3
Thanks, it ain't a virgin anymore. Never hunted with it much, cause in Michigan, the muzzleloading season stated on Dec 10th........I was usually hunted out by then and it gets too stinking cold by then.

Since I moved to Arkansas, I usually get a buck during the early archery season then get selective.......on the next deer. The second year I hunted here, I took a seven point with the Ruger Old Army, out of one of my tree stands. That was my first priority. There is a thread posted on this site, to that effect.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
#5
that's exactly how many bucks we seen our entire 2 week season [which ended last night] if you don't count the glimpses of the one we trailed out last night but never fully seen.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#7
that's exactly how many bucks we seen our entire 2 week season [which ended last night] if you don't count the glimpses of the one we trailed out last night but never fully seen.
I rattled him in, a week ago Thursday, during Archery season. Came in downwind from me, I couldn't get a shot off, due to some branches I purposely left for concealment, up my treestand. This is only the second deer, I've seen since, I started just before the first of the month. I hunt only in the mornings, Monday through Friday, weather permitting. We went from twenty degrees above normal to 10-15 degrees, below normal.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#8
Need a winch mounted up on the roll bar so as to e z load by yer lonesome.;)
No roll bar on my UTV.............covered by fully enclosed cab.
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Cindy doesn't hunt, since we left Michigan, but she does enjoy tracking. If she's not around, I can always call Rick. I have a Hitch Hauler for the receiver hitch on the back, so it only has to be lifted about a foot. Of course I still have to drag it close to one of the trails I have on my acreage.
 

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
#9
They make winches that bolt to the bed/chasis. Don't need a roll bar. :) On the other hand don't roll it over. :eek:
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
#10
I seen a roll cage like thing that went up over to height of the cab, it had a roller on it and you pulled the winch cable up over it and hooked it to a rope or the deer and just winched the thing up on the bed or a small trailer using a short ramp.
I would imagine a 2x8 would suffice.
I think the guy had another pulley type thing on the front to keep the cable away from everything too, but I didn't look at it that closely.
 
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Intheshop

Well-Known Member
#11
Nice looking deer Wine.....

Are you the butcher? I cut steaks and grind the rest.Not too hard thataway. Back when the boys were here,I used to make a lot of jerky.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#12
Are you the butcher?
Only when I have too. Last thing I want to do after half a day hunting and getting it out of the woods.

Have a packing house in the area that does a nice job, according to the way you instruct them. Cut, wrapped and frozen, when I pick it up. I opt out of any roasts. Get my back-straps removed whole and cut only in half. I want my steaks and have them maximize the stew meat and minimize the burger. The burger I tell them not to add suet. I can add my own according to how we're going to prepare the dish. Not a fan of jerky or summer sausage.......that's for people that don't like venison. IMO

Have a custom butcher, I can use, if need be. However, he's more expensive and I have to skin the deer, remove the head and feet................more work and cost for me. I only use him if I have a successful hunt on a Saturday. The packing house is only open Monday through Friday. That's the reason I usually only hunt week days. I need a couple days off, anyways.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
#13
I am not a summer sausage person either.
I have some salami from my neighbor made with straight deer and they used the deer fat.
it's pretty good while your eating it, but it takes a good half hour to scrape the fat out of your mouth so it's been relegated to dog treats.
 

Ian

Well-Known Member
#14
It's not that I don't like venison, it's that I really like jerky and venison makes the best jerky on the planet next to cephalopod carcasses.
 

Intheshop

Well-Known Member
#15
Fresh deer tenderloin on an open fire...... only thing better is Elk.Cept,I did eat some Sitka deer steaks at a bow shoot one time....they're miniature Elk so it might edge the larger brethren a touch on the flavor but.... dang,they're small.

Ground up and chunked in spaghetti sauce,deer rules. Will also put our ho-made breakfast sausage up against any corporate sausage.

But Ian is spot on..... for a jerky conesuir,until you've eaten gourmet deer jerky,and hold the cayenne to a minimum cause,like salt it's just a cheap or ghetto way for corporate jerky makers to profile for consumers in a 7-11 store line. Use both sparingly. Same with soy sauce,low sodium.... if you taste it in the product, you prolly used to much. Besides perfect cutting techniques( none of that ground up caulking gun nonsense).... how you cook it...degree of doneness... along with flavors makes it too serious to ignore.

Never made any summer sausage? but a pro hunter/outfitter friend..... big ole,overweight northern boy.Grew up in Michigan or some such..... Was/is a hunting nut,makes summer sausage from Moose that is world class.Put it this way,I'd BUY it from him it's so good.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#16
Best venison, I had was antelope, from the Plains.

He's some photos of venison on the hoof. Was in the food plot, last night. The large oak in the background, with the two lower branches, is the area "signpost". He went right over to it, in some of the other frames.

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Went out this AM and hunted one of my tree stands that is 75-100 yards past the plot, noticed a fresh large ground scrape, almost right under it. No luck rattling or using The Can "doe in heat" call.

BTW, there are at least a half dozen lesser bucks, coming through the night, since I taken the 8 point on Thursday. Couple of them, could even pass for it's twin.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
#19
dang.
right in the same spot too.

you got pics of more bucks in one spot than I seen all season hunting morning and night all 14 days and covering about 650 miles in the truck. [probably another 200 on foot]
which might not seem like a lot, but the one spot I hunted about 7 of those days is only 8 miles from the house.
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
#20
Had to drive 144 miles, one way, to hunt when I lived in Michigan. Driving that every weekend, from September first till Thanksgiving, gets old fast. My dream was to be able to walk out of my house and be able to hunt and "make music", any time I desired. Lake fishing (Striper, Bass, Walleye, Crappie) is only a ten minute drive to the Marina. River fishing, for trout, is about a twenty minute drive.

While the house was being built, Cindy and I, were sitting outside one late afternoon and saw a procession of eight large bucks appear out of the timber line, single file. Each got larger as they filed out. Anyone of them would have qualified as a wall hanger.
 
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