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?