Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 12: Massachusetts bow hunting journal

Day 12, I spent the morning near Stafford CT on the Holland side. I spooked a few deer on my way into the woods. About an hour later I can hear a neighbor letting his dogs out and saying "who is it... who is it" and they came trampling through my spot. They never found me but it was irritating enough to get me to leave my spot for the afternoon. In the afternoon, I went to another spot in Holland and saw a GIANT deer. Could not see antlers but this was a huge bodied deer. This was about 6:15Pm so I had to call it a day soon after I saw it. Here's a pic from the stand.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 11: Massachusetts bow hunting journal

Friendly neighbors posting on my car
Day 11, I wasn't able to hunt in the morning but I got into the woods in the late afternoon. I hunted a spot in Southbridge behind a cemetary near morse farm. I had no idea of the deer activity in this area and didn't see a whole lot. I had a good feeling in this spot just didn't produce. I have seen deer here in the past and my grandfather has a 10pt on his wall from this spot. I returned to my car the other night and some anti hunter posted this on my car. The picture below it has two does in it, but I still cannot see them.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 9: Massachusets bow hunting journal

Day 9, I  spent the afternoon at Pioneer Oil after spending most of my day working. I did my first live blog on Using the mobile app I was able to log some posts on the hunt. Saw two does that bedded down about 40 yards from my stand in some thick brush. Took a shot at a squirrel and lost an arrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 8: massachusetts bow hunting journal

Day 8, I spent in the woods in Holland. I spent sometime on a piece of private property where I was granted permission to hunt. There was a scrape about 40 yards south of where I was hunting. I spent a good amount of time in the afternoon. Tried rattling but with no luck.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 7: massachusetts bow hunting journal

Day 7, I tried to go to an old spot of mine on the US army corps property in Brimfield. I have seen a good number of deer here. Last year only does this year nothing so far. The difference being that the Army corps chopped down most of the trees the deer used for cover. Not sure why they chopped them but I know it had something to do with the Grand Trunk Trail project.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 6: massachusetts bow hunting journal

Day 6, I didn't get a chance to get out in the woods because of work. Instead I took a ride to the Holland Pond area only to find this guy at the boat ramp. Not sure if the pic does it justice but this was a GIANT beaver. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 5: Massachusetts Bow Hunting Journal

Friday I had to work and wasn't able to do any hunting in the early part of the day. I went out in the afternoon and by chance spooked another doe after getting within 10 yards. This was by Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 4: Massachusetts Bow Hunting Journal

Day 4 was an interesting day. Getting to the spot in Holland, I arrived to find a big doe and a fawn in the parking area. I shined the headlights towards the big doe and spooked her back into the woods.

I went to the stand about 6, and stayed as long as I could before work. Didn't see anything but a fox.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 3: Massachusetts Bow Hunting Journal

Only went out in the morning on Wednesday.  Didn't see anything. Heard a coyote before sunrise, tried to call it in but  with no luck.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 2: Massachusetts Bow Hunting Journal

The second day of bow season and I was able to spend it at the Opacum Woods in Sturbridge. The wind made it very difficult to get anything going and I was unable to stay in the woods very long because of work.

I had an older gentleman walk right underneath my stand. Once this happened I took off to head to work.

The afternoon hunt I spent in a different section of the Opacum Woods, a spot where last year I spooked a buck and a doe using tinks 69.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 1: Massachusetts Bow Hunting Journal

I'm bringing back "the journal" from last year. For the most part my hunting strategies have stayed the same. I literally look at a topo map and I find the toughest looking terrain. I start there and the rest of this journal will describe where I end up...

Day 1 October 15th 2012.

Opening Day of Bow season in Massachusetts. Doesn't get much better than this, I waited 9 long months to get back into a stand and see some action. I didn't get it on opening day, mostly because I wasn't able to hunt where I wanted to.

As every good bow hunter knows, the preparation is key. I had everything laid out the night before, I had scouted for a few months to get the deer patterns down. I found a good spot with lots of fresh sign and good tree rubs. I showed up to the site at about 5:45 AM only to find 3 trucks at the Opacum Woods trail head. Granted there's a lot of woods up there to share, I just didn't feel like guessing where the other hunters might be. I ended up turning around and heading to my second spot on private property in Holland, MA. I got in the woods later than I would have liked but still before sunrise. Didn't see a damn thing. The wind was killer so it was very difficult to hear anything.

The afternoon hunt was just as unsuccessful although a lot more encouraging. I got in the woods early in the afternoon, I was lucky enough to find my spot in the Opacum woods. I climbed up the tree and sat there until sunset. It was a great day but didn't see any deer.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Summit Viper Climbing Stand Modifications

I own a Summit Viper and from what I've heard it's one of the best out there. I only own one other climber and it is smaller but a little less stable and harder to work with. A lot of hunters understand that their bow needs to be tuned up year in and year out. It needs to be sited and the sites need to be perfect. We need to shoot the bow a dozen times before the season starts. We need to feel comfortable with our bows and we need top of the line carbon arrows, 100 grain expandable broadheads, 30 gallons of estrus doe piss etc...etc.. Where we drop the ball is on the attention to the climber. A lot of hunters, myself included, neglect to look around to see what others are doing to their stands to make them quieter, faster, stronger, tighter and "prettier".

I did some research and asked around to other Summit Viper owners to see where the Viper could improve. I've listed below the 5 modifications that hunters have made that will improve your Viper and your hunt. After all, you shoot your bow maybe 4 times during the season, you're in your stand for sometimes 12 hours per hunt. You'll figure out which is more important real quick.

1. Bedliner Trick
The most popular complaint of the Summit Viper is that the sound of the metal parts tend to be too loud while setting up and packing it in. The highest rated solution is to "rubberize" the stand. First, you strip the stand of all the cloth components. This includes removing all the padding on the rail and the seat with straps. The next step is to roughen the metal surface with a low grade sandpaper. Finally take a can of Herculiner and roll the entire stand with a can of this rubberized truck bed liner. This works miracles on your stand and can make a big difference.

2. 3-D Camo
This trick is relatively easy and can make your Viper "stand" out in a good way. You take some of this 3D Camo Blind Kit and either zip tie or glue it to the edges of your stand.

3. Camo Spray Paint
Here's another entirely cosmetic modification. The flat gray appearance of the tree stand is boring and the paint quality is low. This aftermarket spray paint you can find at Tractor Supply will cost you 15 bucks total for 3 cans. Mix and match the colors and  try different outlines on the stand. This will make your climber paint last a little longer and improve your stealth.

4. Molle Straps
These Molle Straps are pretty much self explanatory. Add these to your Viper and you'll be a lot more comfy and it looks a lot cooler.

5. Foam on the rails
Another silencer is to add Foam on the rails where the old cloth and padding was. Use the pipe insulating foam and wrap it with electrical tape. Once you've done this add some camo cloth around the foam and viola! it's a quieter more comfortable stand.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The only deer pic from September

The cameras are not doing well in the woods. The spots that traditionally shoot a lot of deer are not getting them. I am going to try a new approach next week see if the other spots are just as dead.
Wildgame Camera hasn't been working well either, so that's a factor.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

What the hell is that ?

I'm in the woods this afternoon and I stumble across these gems. The first appears to be deer "poop" with long hair all in it...

The second I have no idea what it is. Can anyone tell me/ explain either scat?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scouting in Sturbridge

Scouted some private property in Sturbridge. Turned out well, I followed a few well worked nature trails but didn't find any new rubs. Found some old rubs on a cedar tree not sure if its from a deer or what. Also found my first fresh scrape this year. Small scrape under a tree looks promising. This will most likely be my opening day spot.
I like to keep my scent out of my spot until opening day. I'll hang another stand at some point tomorrow and continue scouting back up spots.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Scent gun ? Scent system ?

What the hell?
This product supposedly shoots a scent trail 25 feet. It's 40 bucks for the gun and several bucks for the replacements. Hell I bought it anyway and I'll give it a shot, pun intended.

I'll let you know in a few weeks how it works.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Real or fake

Are these real or fake ?

Went for a walk on some public property that leads to some private land I hunt. I was wondering if anyone knew if this was a real rub or something man made. I can never tell .

Monday, September 24, 2012

Three Cams, Two Weeks, One Deer

The title says it all, I left my cameras in the woods for two weeks untouched over a couple scrapes. Came back to check them and all i got was one lousy deer pic and a lot of plot videos of squirrels.

I am pretty discouraged at this point but it lets me know these wont be my opening day spots. I still have one more stand to hang and a few weeks for cam pics.

Monday, September 17, 2012

iPhone deer hunting apps

I finally got the iPhone which is as awesome as I thought it might be. I was doing some scouting and decided to investigate some free deer hunting apps. I am only listing the free ones since I do not feel like wasting any more money on hunting than I already do.

1. The hunting journal by

The hunting journal is a great place for tech savvy hunters to keep track of their hunts. This app includes moon phases, view previous hunting reports , maps/gps and more. Best part is it's free. Last year I struggle to find a site like this where I could track activity. Now I can take notes in the woods while scouting or in my tree stand.

2. Hunting lite by mmquaint

This hunting flash lite is very versatile. It allows you to track blood using blue light, check the richness of blood. Also has game calls, a white light for getting into the woods before sunrise. Don't need a flash light ? Use this app for survival mode or hunting tips... Also free.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New treestand 9/10/12

 Set up two more stands this year. I found a spot on the edge of a swamp. Hoping this spot brings some luck. Above is a pic of the tree, below is the view from the tree. The other picture is the stand which I bought from Dick's for 30 bucks a piece.

Product Review: moultrie game spy D-55IRxt

5 mp IR game camera first weeks of operation starting 9/11/12

Sunday, September 2, 2012

First day back in the woods

Some might say I'm a little late to the woods and maybe I am, but I'm setting up my cameras for the fall run. Here's my first spot. It is on some private land in holland ma. It's on some higher ground where spooked deer tend to go during the first few weeks of hunting.
The only good deer I have seen in this area was a small 8pt. Hopefully he has grown and maybe we will catch him on the camera.

First pic is the layout,second is the pic of the stand location and third is a caterpillar that followed me back home.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

1965 Triumph Bonneville Restoration Project

Still tearing apart the old Triumph, trying to get this bike back into good condition. A little history on the bike, My father bought this bike back in 1990. He paid $500 for the bike in running condition. My father passed away in 1995 and after that time the bike sat in my grandfathers barn for ~15 years.

When I turned 22 I gained an interest in restoring the bike. I took the tins off it got them painted, bought new pipes for the bike, went through the engine to get it running again. Since then it's been nothing but problems. Tins do not fit correctly, bolting is stripped or lost... it's a lot of fun.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1965 Triumph Bonneville Project

With the help of Jaye Strait of Britech who is one of the best in the business, I was able to get some badges for my new tank. The harmonic badges that are going on my bike are original off of a 1965 bonneville tank.

I ended up selling the original badges that were on my bike on ebay. They were in excellent condition. I kept the parcel tray, I bought a new tail light and I have had the seat reupholstered but not to original specs.

Below is a picture of the fenders that I recently had painted by Mark Palmer of Hillside Collision. The paint color is a pacific blue, again not original, but the silver/grey is the original paint color. The pinning was done by John? Cloutier of Globe Sign in Southbridge.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1965 Triumph Bonneville Restoration

On a completely separate note, I have been trying to restore my dad's old Triumph. This is a tough time of the year for fishing, it's not quite hunting season yet.

This bike was registered as a 1965 Triumph Bonneville t120. The problem is... it's a t120 frame, with mix matched handlebars, mix matched extended forks, tr6 motor, random fender and it had a 1971 TR6 tank on it.

I have traded my tank with Jaye Strait from BriTech, who has been extremely helpful in this process.

I'm going to upload some old pictures and then some more recent ones as I go... I'm just a normal guy trying to put a bike together, not trying to make it original.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fly Fishing in Rangeley, Maine

This weekend I made a spontaneous trip to the Rangeley Lakes Region. We were unsure if we were timing it too early but the ice went out on the ponds on April 16th this year which was unseasonably early.

I rented a boat from Sam-O-Set Four Seasons and Dockside Sports for $70 bucks. An older gentleman named Stephen Swain and his wife rented the boat to me. He mentioned he had been in the area for over 75 years. Seemed like an awesome business to be in...

The boat didn't have down-riggers so the fishing was very difficult. It was my first time trolling for Salmon, we used a sewn on smelt among other things. The first day we timed it poorly, the water temperature was too cold and the fish were still pretty deep. We were also surprised by a guest appearance by a moose taking a bath down by the water(see picture).

The second day we decided to make an excursion up to the Magalloway River, based on some advice from a local. The brookies hit pretty hard on the Magalloway, they were using a variation of yellow stone flies and some bead head nymphs. I caught a sucker on a stone fly but that was pretty much it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quinnebaug River Stocked

I was surprised to find that the Quinnebaug river had been stocked two weeks in a row. I believe this is because of the river race.

The Rainbows were hittin dry flies hard today, I caught a few little ones and lost a nice big one. Will be back there in the Am.