Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 Deer Season

Oct 8 Hastings
First deer taken from Trump Tower
Elijah's first deer
Crossbow youth season

Andrews first buck
Hoyt Ultra Tech

Dec2 doe
Bank upper stand

Hastings Fall turkeys

Hastings Doe

View from West Worlds Trump Tower

Oct 22 Buck
7pt from Banks upper stand

Chads Iowa 11pt

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Skin a Deer Destroy a Phone

As you can see in the video, I'm a happy guy.  I just got my new electric hoist,  I got a deer hanging (not one I shot-- it was donated) and I have my beautiful wife in the barn with me ready to record my very first YouTube Instructional video. Unlike many other instruction videos on the web, I was going to make mine quick and to the point.  All was going well until the end of the video...   The golf ball shot out and we had to stop the shoot--- unfortunately you cannot do second takes on a project like this.   I intended to start back up after tying the ball back in the hide, but my wife had a different plan.   After laughing at my deer skinning failure (her snort is the last sound you hear before things go black),  she set my phone on the back of the truck and ran inside to check the kids.   Well... the phone took the same route as the golf ball except it didn't bounce quite as nice.  So...... what you see is what you get.  The rest of the skinning was flawless, although it happened without quite as big of a smile as the first half.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tagged Out!!

You want to talk about one exciting night of hunting?  It was October 7, a Monday evening after work.  I decided to skip our usual pizza night at Bunker Hill with the Velderman's and hit up the Bank for some hunting instead.  I had been there the night before and seen a few deer on my way in to my stand.  So Monday night I was determined to beat them to the spot.  I got in the upper stand around 4:30pm.  Plenty early considering I didn't see a single deer until about 7:00pm.  That's when this nice six point came in from the south of me.  He walked in about five yards from my stand and I gave him a Swhacker.  He ran to the north and disappeared for about five minutes before I seen him step into the shooting lane to the north of me following a doe.  He laid down in plain sight and died.  

I figured that since the six point was down and no tracking was going to be necessary that I would sit out the rest of the night in hopes of a doe or a larger buck.  And it was no more than 20 minutes and I heard some commotion coming from the same direction the six point came from.  It was a bachelor group of three bucks with the largest of the three in the front.  He walked out fifteen to twenty yard behind me and I got him to stop.  Everything happened so fast and before I knew it an arrow was released.  I can't even remember looking at my pins, but it seemed to look like a good hit. 
I got down once it was nearly dark and checked my arrow.  It was the best looking bloody arrow you could ask for.  The Toxic broadhead (that I have never shot before) had done a good job.  At least that's what I thought.  Chad came and we tracked the deer for about 200 yards.  It was great blood until we got to the road.  We were stumped.  After an hour of looking, we went and took care of the six point and I decided I would come back the next day after work.  My buddy, Chris Korreck, and I looked for another two hours the next day with not much luck.
It wasn't until that Sunday (six days later) that Chad and Andrew went hunting and the bank and came back to a note on there truck.  It read, "if you would like to know more information about a buck that was recently shot here, call this number".  Chad called me and told me what he found and I instantly gave the guy a call.  After a little persuasion and a labor trade, I got the rack from the deer.  It was a nine point with some nice girth a neat kicker tine off the side.  I didn't get the meat, but at least I got a keep sake that will let me remember October 7, 2013; the night I took two nice bucks in one sit. 

In conclusion,  I want to say I love the Swhacker broadhead, I love the Carbon Express lighted nocks, and I will never shoot a Toxic broadhead again.
Thanks to everyone that helped with the post hunt work of tracking, dragging, gutting, and cleaning the deer.  Special thanks to neighbor Lou Wagenveld for taking the time to get in touch with me about the deer.  I can't wait to have this guy hanging on my wall.  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Swhacker Broadhead Review

First deer of the year was taken on a new piece of land that we got permission to hunt.  It is a 12 acre piece that is just down the road from our usual spot, the bank.

I took this deer with a Swhacker Broadhead at about 15 yards on September 21 (early doe) around 7:00pm, and I promised a review of this broadhead  after I had a chance to use it.  I think the video below says it all.

The blood trail was so defined that we decided to let my six year old nephew, Elijah, do all the tracking.  He was successful after about 60 yards of following blood. 

Thanks to Elijah and the Swhacker, I have meat in the freezer.