My family and I moved to Georgia the summer of 2016. Of course one of the first things is finding someplace to hunt! Well, found what is actually local piece of Government Property that was open to hunting... But, for the most part it is Game Management to keep their numbers down (and off their runway!).
Well, they have multiple zones to choose from including a "Bow Only" zone. Of course this intrigued me, and I scouted it pretty thoroughly. Not a big piece of property, but thick! After a lot of tree time last year, and a number of critters thinned I think I've figured it out... Kinda... With the relatively high pressure from other hunters I focused on escape routes and had pretty good success once doing so last year.
That's enough background... let's jump to this year! Got in early and put my 2 allowed ladder stands in on the best escape routes I'd found last year. Basically staking my claim to them. One good for a South wind and one good for a North... Well, Hurricane "Irma" had other plans for my "South" tree/tree stand location from last year...
Took three does and a sow hog out of that setup last year... it was a perfect tree too, well concealed, and perfect for South wind... Anyway, can't fight Mother Nature... Removed my tree stand (which was unusable...), ordered another and got it setup in same area... It will work, but not as nice of setup as the first...
Let's get to some hunting!
Sept 26: morning hunt, got in my other stand as the wind was better at that one that day. Was expecting deer as this is what I've seen at this setup last year especially if any other hunters were trouncing through the area... Well before shooting light I could hear a hog grunting/working around literally directly down wind from me, but seems to be getting closer anyway...
As shooting light arrives I can start seeing movement through the trees and brush as he is no where near my shooting lanes but 15 - 25 yards away in the thick stuff with me trying to get a clear shot at him... Finally, he stepped into a little clear spot with his vitals silhouetted by trees/brush at 20 yd, I was at full draw and let it go when he did... Seen a flash of the arrow on the way and heard the hit, he took a quick 3-4 steps and stood there for about 5 seconds... then bolted into the thick stuff...
Pretty sure I'd heard him crash not to far into the scrub, but literally 20 min before sunrise... so I hunted for the next 2 hours without seeing anything else... Temps were rising and I needed to make sure what I thought happened did... Got down and found my arrow sticking in the dirt with a nice crimson coat of blood on it... Short 20 yd track job from there and this is how I found him...
That is the entrance and the exit is about 4" lower and 2" forward. Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of him, got caught up in getting him out of there and to the processor... 125# Boar shot with a bow I finally got Terry to sell to me last Summer... 60" Thunderstick MOAB 83# at my draw, 250 gr VPA 1 1/4" Terminator on a weighted Gold Tip. Fitting first critter for Terry's old MOAB, and it has been "Blooded" proper!
Oct 5: morning hunt, best stand for wind, pretty quiet till 9:00 when I heard a familiar sound faintly behind me... Again, opposite direction I expect anything to be coming from, but I can see glimpses of movement through the scrub. Made out that it was a small Buck, but with the theme of the hunt to decrease the numbers it's game on!
He was working from my right to left and cut my scent trail (Scent control is a given, but I'd also layed down a scent trail of Buck Bomb Ambush (Not affiliated at all, I have just had good luck calming the deer here...) on my way in... On my boots and sporadic sprays including my shooting lanes), and started walking right down the trail to me... He finally walked into my first shooting lane sniffing all the way... Slight quartering away shot at 20 yds and you can see the entrance and the exit is low and tight at the elbow on the other side and the arrow stuck in a tree about 1/2 way up the broadhead. He went about 50 yards and piled up, seen him go down.
56" Black Widow PCH II 69# at my draw, 250 gr VPA 1 1/4" Terminator on a weighted Gold Tip.
So far there hasn't been nearly the hunting pressure there was last year, thus the weird scenarios that have unfolded so far... Almost makes me want to swap stands for the wind as even with the wrong wind, or at least perceived wrong wind, the animals are still coming through it... Thus coming into the area rather then escaping from it... Time will tell, and I'll update as the season unfolds.
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>>>-TGMM Family of the Bow---> Posts: 5258 | From: Georgia | Registered: Apr 2003
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Jeff, I live in Jones county, and there is a lot of public land available in the Oconee National Forest which lies in several counties. It has been quite a while since I concentrated on public land, but I do know you can find some uncrowded places, especially since you don't mind getting into the thick stuff. Archery season doesn't seem to attract near as many pickup trucks to the roadside as gun season does, so some degree of isolation is possible.
-------------------- Try to be the person your dog thinks you are :0) TGMM Family of the Bow N.Y. Bowhunters member BigJim 3 pc buffalo 48@28 BigJim thunderchild 55@31 BigJim thunderchild 55@32 Jim's bow Posts: 6208 | From: Dansville N.Y. | Registered: Mar 2004
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Looks like you gotem figured out. Hunt that leaning stand and you wont have to cant yur bow! Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
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