Archive for December, 2018

The Hunter Returns Home Empty Handed!

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been 12 days since I last wrote a post.  Hope I don’t get fired!  Actually there hasn’t been a whole lot to write about.  Deer season has been pretty slow going this year and my trip north is a culmination of how the year has gone for me.

I just returned from four (4) days of deer hunting, and came back empty handed.  Honestly that doesn’t happen very often, and actually I could of shot numerous does.  They all had yearlings with them, and one of them had triplets.  I may have been tempted on a lone doe with no “kids” hanging around, but those yearlings will need their mama to get through the winter.

I brought my trail camera’s home and just put the pictures on my computer.  Well guess what?  Lo and behold I have 5 different bucks in my food plot at various times through the night.  That is the way it’s been for the last several years!  Those darn bucks are nocturnal and seem to stay that way all season!  I’ve heard other reports from different parts of the state saying the same thing about nocturnal bucks!  Even the does are hedging toward the hours of darkness.  What is the answer to bagging these “night owls?”  Night vision?

If this is being inbred into the deer herd and taught to the younger deer by more savvy deer, the harvest is sure to go down!  It will be interesting to see the D.N. R. report on the deer harvest numbers this year.

The deer caught on camera are a one sided spike, wide 6 point with no tine length, 8 pointer, a broken sided 6 point and a 10 point.  I never saw any of these bucks in the daylight.  I have two days after christmas to try and figure it out or my freezer is going to be awful “lonesome” this year!

Pike In The Pan!

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

This past summer I caught a few nice Northern Pike and put several packages in the freezer.  It seems that at least one package was “crying” out to me that they wanted to be eaten!  I thawed them out, got out the batter, and put the frying pan grease on 360 degrees.  Put a couple potatoes in the oven and I was almost ready to enjoy those pike on a 18 degree day in the first stages of the oncoming winter months.

I cooked 8 filets and two baked potatoes and I was ready for a lovely winter fish dinner.  That’s what a hunter and fisherman’s freezer is for.  Didn’t have to go to the store, fight the crowds, or pay an exorbitant price for these delicious pike morsels!  Not only that I was “home alone” so I didn’t have to share my “catch” with anyone!

Mike

Now You See Them Now You Don’t

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

 Don’t know what the final deer harvesting numbers are going to be, but from my experience (along with family and friends) I suspect they will be down from last year.  I have not hunted very much so far, but in my 4 days afield I have yet to see a deer!  Pretty unusual for me especially since I have several nice bucks on my trail camera.  Family and friends also have some “whooper” bucks on their camera’s, but everything is after dark!

As far as I can tell this is not a localised or isolated phenomenon occurring during hunting season. I have family members hunting the big buck  Southern Michigan counties, and I hunt the far northern area’s.  We have friend’s in the Upper Peninsula who also are experiencing nighttime “only” movement!

I know of one area where 8 hunters have a huge southern farmland lease, and have some monster bucks on film (at night!)  Most hunters believe that once the “rut is in full swing these “big boys” will go nuts and run full tilt during daylight hours. Well last report is only 1 hunter out of 8 dropped a buck during gun season and it was a 1-1/2 old 6 point. The record class bucks seen on trail camera’s stayed nocturnal during the 5 days these guys hunted morning and evening!  No wonder they are able to grow such impressive head gear!

So in conclusion I don’t know if the older mature bucks are developing a dna survival gene that kicks in during the fall hunting season, or it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time?  Elsewhere big bucks are being harvested, but could it be that in some area’s the “bruisers” are intelligent enough to stay nocturnal for survival sake?

I’m posting some trail cam photo’s of some nice bucks that are definitely in the area, but none seen in legal shooting hours!

Mike