Post by flhuntress on Sept 28, 2004 10:33:26 GMT -5
starts thursday 9-30-04. didn't get to scout much as everything is under water from the three hurricanes...the freak zone is destroyed...breaks my heart. had the seminole ranch dragon flies protectin' me from the skeeters....saw triplets (button buck and two lil sisters) with their mom....had a group of turkeys fly over me which scared the livin' daylights out of me...very cool though....had my climber slide down the tree with me in it....hm enjoyed that one.
just waitin' for thursday now.
Last Edit: Oct 7, 2004 18:20:52 GMT -5 by flhuntress
well all i can say is deer 1 flhuntress 0 :cry: and i'm just an idiot...for lots of reason...lol. got there at 10 til 2 am thinkin' i'd be the first in line but i was mistaken...some guy was first....later he wished that he hadn't been...hee hee giggle giggle...(nevermind :wink: ) anyway got to my stand about an hour before light...attempted to go out to the freak zone but decided i wasn't that brave....way too much water down there.....quiet morning until i hear splash splash splash ....whoo whoo it had antlers :lol: ....at least 3 on one side...couldn't see the other side so it could have been broke off or i was just blind...i pulled back and grunted at him...he stopped and i started to shake. :-? ...needless to say i missed...thankfully it was a clean miss....found my arrow....proceeded to hunt until 5-ish but couldn't hang anymore....i had about 40min. of sleep since tuesday nite. on my walk out all i could think of was how much of a stupid crazy idiot i was for wanderin' the woods with the water being as high as it is.....in the a.m. it wasn't bad because i couldn't see that much....looks way worse in the day time....now i'm wonderin' why my happy butt is awake and going again....this time knowing what i'm getting myself into. it was great being out there again....the sounds and all the lil critters were way awesome...had an eagle talkin' to one of his buddies for a lil while which was too cool....not to sure if i like huntin' with crawdads underneath me but it was different....rumor has it that the water level is still risin' so i won't be huntin' the freak zone this weekend....not even going to attempt it. all in all it wasn't a bad day....only two lil bucks and a doe were taken as of 6pm...most hunters didn't even see anything so me missin' is just fine with me.....as long as it doesn't become a habit this year. came home and shot my bow...it was shootin' a lil high so i adjusted my sights so i should be ok today.
and i didn't smoke at all...until i got to the truck....had 3. it's not good but better than i have been doing....i haven't broke out my patches yet so that should help.
today i'll try to get pics but yesterday i was too chicken to stop in the water to get my camera out.
hm's stand broke...don't know if she was in it or not but the seat gave out so she wasn't happy...she also lost her thermocell so she wasn't a happy lil hunter at all....tried giving her her friendly lil wake up call a lil while ago but she's not answering so i'm not sure if she's going again today or not....i'm sure she will...it's in her too bad for her not to go. i'll be back later to update.
DAY 1 RECAP: MISSED BUCK.RECOVERED MY ARROW BUT DIDN'T FIND ANY BLOOD. DAY 2 RECAP: DIDN'T SEE SQUAT...FELL OUT OF MY TREESTAND TRYIN' TO SAVE MY CAMERA FROM DROWNING IN THE WATER BELOW ME...WENT TO THE FREAK ZONE AND IT'S STILL UNDERWATER. :cry: DAY 3: HUNTED THE SAME AREA AGAIN AND DIDN'T SEE SQUAT AGAIN. LEFT MY AREA TO MEET HM TO PURSUE SOME PIGGIES WHICH ALSO TURNED OUT TO BE A BUST. DID HAVE AN ALLIGATOR BOUT 6FT. CROSS LIKE 75YDS DOWN THE ROAD FROM ME WHICH WAS KINDA COOL. LAID IN AN ANT HILL AND DIDN'T KNOW IT ...UNTIL I GOT UP AND THEY WERE EVERYWHERE....AMAZING BUT THEY NEVER BIT ME. HM WAS FREAKIN' OUT. STARTED TO THINK THAT I MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED HARDER FORA BLOODTRAIL JUST IN CASE. IT WAS EATIN' ME UP BIGTIME. DAY 4: SET HM UP CLOSE TO WHERE I WAS HUNTIN' BECAUSE SHE WAS GOING TO TRAIL MY CRITTER IF I DIDN'T HAVE TIME. I WAS ONLY HUNTIN' UNTIL 10 ISH BECAUSE I HAD TO COME TO WORK. SET UP AT MY LOCATION AND LISTENED TO THE OWLS GOING OFF FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE FOREVER...WAY COOL...KEPT RELIVING THURSDAYS HUNT AND WISHIN' I'D SEARCHED HARDER....HATE THAT FEELING. IT WENT AWAY ABOUT 9 ISH WHEN MY BUCK CAME CRUISIN' BY. HE WAS OUT OF RANGE...ABOUT 60YDS. BUT I WAS THRILLED JUST TO SEE HIM....MADE MY WHOLE DAY. NOW I'M AT WORK UNTIL 2300...FUN FUN.
got up bright and early after workin' all nite again....got to my stand...great wind direction. about an hour later hm calls to say that she hit one...told her to wait before she got down to look but she didn't listen....10minutes later she called to say the arrow didn't have much blood on it. about 830 i climbed down, moved my stand a few trees over and then headed out to help her....toby had already been helping...when i got out there they said there was no blood and that it had to have been a bad shot...toby left and i found the blood trail....he had taken hm in the wrong direction. we followed it a good ways until it just stopped....toby came back out because i had to go to work. hm got ellie mae and ellie found the deer which was still alive....hm didn't see any other blood where it had been layin' so she called off the search. i'm sooooooooooo proud of ellie. ;D
Post by flhuntress on Oct 11, 2004 11:02:14 GMT -5
where to do i start...i had soooooo much i was going to tell y'all but i was always too tired to post the nite of the hunts...now i'm probably going to forget some things...it's going to be long cause i need to copy and paste for my huntin' journal :lol: ...some details won't mean anything to y'all but i have to add them so i don't forget. :lol:
thurs 10-7: worked until 11pm on wed. the nite before...woke up around 0430 got to my stand with plenty of time. didn't see anything...had to climb down and help hm search for hers...then it was off to work until 2100...way tired pup.
fri: got to my stand...about 0830 had a group of hogs come by...watched them at 30yds for about 20minutes...wasn't going to take one so early but decided to take a rust colored one that had been hiding...was waitin' for him to make it to my shooting lane when i hear this God awful crashing coming right at me...i was freakin' thinkin' it was a big buck but noooooooooooooooooo it wasn't a big buck....it was two dogs :evil: ....they chased down the lil black one and mauled it....two hunters found it a lil ways away and had to finish the job....i was livid.....i then decided to head down to the freak zone...water and all. it was awesome being in my climber again....forgot how comfy it was ....i was just hangin' out when i hear crushin' comin' my way ...i got all excited only to be shocked to see them two frickin' dogs again :evil: :evil: ....i was beyond livid...at that point i had almost made up my mind to take one out but they didn't get close enough....took a lil nap and then headed home.
sat: decided to hunt the lil piggies again....not to mention the buck i missed opening day was hangin' out in the general area.....i hunted it for a couple hours without seeing anything and headed to my climber...not long after i got settled in i saw a deer about 80yds out...very happy to see that with all the water....i was reminded why i love the freak zone when all the critters...little critters: treerats,owls,hawks,lil birds (have a couple new ones hangin' out now...very cool lil guys)...didn't see my otter buddies which saddened me a lil but i figured they were all roamin' the great unknown with all that extra water :lol: ....had an ibis almost decapitate me. ..had a hundred or so fly in and land at the creek and this one flew by at head level about a yard out from me...scared the living crap out of me....things calmed down when i hear this cluckin' sound...turned out to be a longbeard puttin' at me....i saw a turkey :lol:...you'd thought i'd won the lottery...it was awesome..,..not long after i hear crushin' behind me..knew it was too loud to be a turkey or ibis so i turned to check it out...i saw movement but it didn't dawn on me that it was a deer....i finally realized it was a doe not 20yds behind me....can you say "duh" :roll: ...lol.....grabbed my range finder and had my bow in hand...all i had to do was get the yardage and wait until she got to my shootin' lane....then i see this spike coming at me....thought "oh i must have not seen the lil spikes"...since it's bow season and i've never shot a spike i decided i'd take him...he had a good weight....i did the range finder thing,pulled back and released....i missed. :oops: :x :cry: couldn't believe it...as i was trying to put another arrow in the whiskerbiscuit i watched him to make sure it was a clean miss....then heard peein' right under me....it was the doe...there was two of them ...well then i started shakin'...lol....did the range finder thing,pulled back, missed :oops: :evil: :cry: ....she went about 10yds out and looked right up at me...i was busted....she started to stomp and snort which made the lil guy stomp and snort back...she wandered a lil ways up and stopped...i did the range finder thing,pulled back (after tryin' 3 times...lol...i was weakened by all the excitement...hee hee ), and missed....AGAIN!!! that makes THREE misses....the deer ran about another 40yds and fed off...i climbed down to search for arrows...found one....all clean misses...thankfully...i'm now glad i missed the lil spike. i couldn't figure out what happened...i was almost in tears....could not believe i blew it....AGAIN........the emotions SUCKED!!! i knew the i had the distances down because i used my handy dandy range finder, i thought maybe my sight got knocked so i started packin' up so i could go get hm and then get home to shoot a couple times....but before i put the range finder up i wanted to get the yardage once again.....it was at that point that i saw a lil "M" behind the # :-? .....i started hittin' buttons and to my suprize a lil "yd" came up....i almost threw it in the creek.....!@#$%^!!!! technically i could probably blame HM because she was the last one to use it but i swallowed my pride and accepted responsibility that i should have checked it ....can y'all say dumbass? i can....hello my name is dumbass...lol. 8) picked hm up, went to work for a lil bit and then shot my bow a couple times...DEAD ON!!! i had to set up a lil range on my backporch...it worked...lol...and thankfully no arrows went thru the screens...or aluminum...lol.....got my stuff ready for sunday and crashed!!! (oh yeah: had about a dozen longbeards come by....VERY COOL!!!)
sunday: got to my stand right before daylight...got to the top tried pullin' up my gear but the rope had twisted around the platform so i had to climb alllll the way down...not good. :evil: soon after i was settled i had hundreds of birds around me ....herons and ibis...it was a first for me at the freak zone....it was awesome but after an hour or so it started to get annoying....finally i started to move a lil so they'd fly away....and more would move in...#$%^!!! there was a salmon colored one in the midst of alllllllllll these white birds....tried gettin' a pic but didn't get close enough....a couple hours later i saw my otter buddy :lol: ...it was like a "welcome home"...put a big smile on my face. :lol: i wasn't seein' anything but the usual lil critters...which was great but also boring...i kept prayin' that God would let me redeem myself after saturday evenings hunt but quess he had other plans....didn't see any deer....sat from dark to dark...oh yeah...had this hawk...beautiful critter....had this hawk fly about 30yds out at eye level...he was lookin' at me and i was lookin' at him...he lunged a couple times as if he was going to swoop down at me...i told him he better not and next thing you know he's off the limb and headin' right my head ....i raised my arms which made him stopped and go straight up...lol...it was wicked to see....anyway he was on the treebranch right in front of me one branch up....we did the glare and he flew off....lol...it was way too cool...at that point i stopped whining and was just thankful to be out there cause if i didn't hunt i would have never experienced something like that......and one more 'also': had two longbeards come by....got pics from about 20yds..
i'll be out this weekend tryin' to get my turkey with a bow...we'll see what happnes..stories to follow. :lol:
Post by flhuntress on Oct 15, 2004 20:28:04 GMT -5
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there aren't words to describe what i'm feelin'.....today has been one of the worst...makes me ill just thinkin' about it. y'all get comfortable cause it's gonna be a long one. i should have known today was going to be evil as soon as hm pulled into the parking lot to meet up this a.m....she got stuck...so first thing here toby and i are rockin' her truck back and forth....i end up slippin' and instead of eatin' her bumper i eat the mudd pit that tried to swallow her truck....so now i'm muddy and skeeters are EVERYWHERE. i finally end up gettin' to my stand...i was SHOCKED to see water everywhere...it was about a ft deep if that....daylight came and i was discouraged.....definitely wasn't going to be seeing any turkeys where my stand was....i've NEVER seen water there...ever. i decided to stick it out until about 10 and then just ground hunt...saw some fresh rootin' so i was ready....i started gettin' a lil sleepy about 8ish...always then for some reason ...anyway....i wasn't being as serious as i propably should have been but i just wasnt in the mood to stay super still...especially havin' skeeters eatin' me alive....after wakin' myself up i turned to my left and not 20yds away was the biggest buck i've ever seen...not a super MONSTER but a trophy nontheless to me...i get my bow up and started to counts points...something i've never done...i got to 7 before i realized what i was doing....i had to yell at myself silently to stop...hee hee giggle giggle.,...or i would have shook like elvis and then some .....i focused,relaxed, aimed, and released......NAILED HIM!!! saw that the arrow about 4in. down from the back,about 2/3 of the body height up,and behind the shoulder blade about 6in.....he jumped and spun around...and then ran like the wind...he ran right then left then a lil s and that was the last i saw of him....i wanted to wait so i called tons of people lettin' them know and askin' for prayers that we find him because i was concerned with the water.....but there was plenty of vegitation for blood to hit...i didn't even bother lookin' for the arrow cause i saw it run off with the deer.....went back to my truck to meet my husband,my hounddog, and meet up with hm.....we all get back to my stand and instantly ellie is on it....she drags up exactly how the deer went....we were doing great until mother nature decided to make me suffer(pulling hair out!!)...she decided to release a downpour which lasted about a hour....just long enough to wash away any blood and scent ......at that point toby showed up to help search....we found the arrow about 80yds away....ellie caught onto something again at that point but nothing was found....we all met up and started to grid it out...we went in all directions and thru some of the nastiest stuff ever...i ended up fallin' over a dead tree and killin' my cell phone...that sucked. after the guys left hm and decided to go a lil further west because not far after the arrow was dropped i stopped hearing it run thru the water and west is pretty much dry. we never saw anything...i came home to drown my sorrows but i became to depressed to even do that...i just can't believe it....the shot was good, the deer was good, everything was good.......until the rain......i haven't felt so many different emotions in a long time....i stopped cryin' and now i'm just sick to my stomache and pissed....at bowhuntin' period......i don't even know why i do it now...i mean everything should have gone right....it was one of the best hunts i've ever had.....slipping back into the depression hole...brb. ok...better now....but like i was sayin'....i'm just feelin' alot of things and now i'm not sure if i'm likin' bowhuntin' anymore....i've made one bad shot,missed a few times, and the rest were good hits but yet have i been able to find them....the turkey i can understand but this deer and last years hog should have been found....any of y'all ever feel like givin' up? we searched for about 6hrs today and i'm gonna take the day off from huntin' tomorrow and search for my deer...i know he's there...he's just either floatin' around in the water or hidin' under a fallen tree or lost forever on the marsh....hopefully the buzzards will be out and the gators will be elsewhere.
Post by flhuntress on Oct 16, 2004 22:23:51 GMT -5
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well i searched from 0830 to about 1530...did a major grid which was beyond scarey...especially being out there by myself....almost stepped on a pigmy on the way out....and i wasn't wearin' my snakeboots...but i did have boots on. today was the end of my bow season....it's been a trying one to say the least....made a lot of mistakes but also learned from them...i was going to go once more but i'm going to go muzzleloadin' huntin' tomorrow...(thanks jim)....i don't want to give it up bowhuntin' but i don't want stuff like that happen over and over....it just doesn't seem right to have everything go just right only to have it taken away in a blink of an eye...or thunderstorm in my case. i know i couldn't have done anything differently....just wish it could have turned out better. it seems as though EVERY single detail has to be PERFECT in order to bowhunt and it sucks.....this one should have gone down and recovered. i'm hearin' that i may have got a lil space between the spine and lung which wouldn't kill the deer...no way to tell now....what i can't figure out is if that is where i hit then how on Gods green earth did i hit it? i mean my luck bowhuntin' the last two seasons have just been horrible....and i practice thruout the year so i'd think they'd go better. as you can tell i'm still traumatized...lol. i'll let the water go down and maybe in a couple days i'll go search for him some more....thanks for lettin' me vent...gotta get ready for the a.m. i'll let y'all know how i do....see ya's.
Post by flhuntress on Oct 17, 2004 21:56:02 GMT -5
10-17-04 went to toso for my first muzzy hunt...saw a coon and then a few birds...then NOTHING FOR HOURS...had a gobbler yelpin' behind me for about 20min...it was too cool..,he and his buddies eventually roosted over my head so i was late climbin' down....also saw the doe and spike i missed last weekend....if only she would have been a 20yds closer. hung out at the check station for a lil while...hm and i helped this man load up a monster from seminole...192lbs 8pt...way swollen neck. the guys didn't want to get dirty.
Post by flhuntress on Oct 23, 2004 19:38:36 GMT -5
woke up at 0500...my husband woke me up... thank God....i had asked hm to give me a wake up call but when i called her to cuss her out for not callin' she explained that she wasn't huntin'....ooooops....lol. she wished evil things for me for wakin' her up and then i was off...lol. i got to my first stand because daylight was fast approaching...got settled in and sat for about an hour and a half and didn't see anything....i did see some family of something...think they were raccoons but not sure....i started to get a lil bitchy cause i was uncomfortable...it's a homemade stand only 7-8ft up...not comfortable at all....i was debating on what to do cause there was no way i'd be able to hang from dark to dark in that one when i looked over and saw a buck....he was about 20yds away....downwind .....my heart dropped......he proceeded to show me his rack but thankfully all i could see was a nice curve...i pulled up and he stopped....i almost died.....i started prayin' " a few more feet a few more feet"...then he went a few more feet .....i aimed, fired, and dropped him. he let out this yell which i had never heard....it was very emotional. i called my husband to tell him i got one but i didn't know what he was...he told me to climb down and go over to him so i did....i saw the rack and started shakin' like NEVER before....then i counted silently....then i counted silently again...then i explained to my husband that i was sorry but "i just killed a bigger buck than his .....i had killed a 10pt .....he was soooo happy for me which was awesome....at that point i was emotional but not really more than usual....told him i had to go and call huntnma. i called her but got vm....by that short time the emotions overcame me and i couldn't talk....i started to hyper ventilate....hung up after trying to leave a vm for her....called beverly (the lady at the check station) to try to have her get hm for me but when she answered only thing that would come out was "casey, casey, get casey, i need casey" (casey is hm's real name)....beverly couldn't understand what i was sayin' so she put hm's coworker on the line....i think i got out "get casey, freak zone, 10pt." and that was it.....james and beverly thought i had been shot or thought that i had shot someone...when i knew hm was on her way i tried to calm down but when i called my bestfriend who was at work i got put on hold...well by the time she picked up i was crying hysterically...wailing would be a good word ....i couldn't breathe or talk again....thankfully she calmed me down....some....enough to make a few more calls that were fairly clear....hm and toby (neighbor and friend...and hm's coworker) called to say that they were lost...i started yellin' and they weren't far from me at all....i was soooooo happy to see them. we hung out admiring and reliving for a lil while before draggin' him out....thank God they were there because it would have taken me forever to get him out...he wasn't that heavy but i was on the verge of passin' out...think i dragged him a total of 200yds if that....hm and toby were awesome...real troopers....they were almost as happy as i was....it was all like a dream....even to them....none of us could believe it. got back to my truck and proceeded to go to the check station where everyone was waitin'.....after checkin' him in and gettin' TONS of pics...hm and gutted him...came home and kinda quartered him....he's being mounted jumping out of the wall....if i can find a form i like...even a picture of one at this point would be good....called the processor and brought him over there...i didn't want to leave him there....lol. came home and drank a few beers....bout 3 or 4....and all i can is that i'm a lightweight...hee hee giggle giggle. yesterday while workin' the check station the tour buses had arrived....the one tour guide lady had heard about it so when they past the check station she made them all stop to congratulate me....and look at pics. i was proud but never more red in my life...i think i was hittin' shades of purple.....all i wanted to do was hide.....this one guy in the group got uppity...she looked at his shoes which were leather and started going off....it was beyond great....he didn't say anything else....hee hee giggle giggle. i'm still on cloud 9.....don't think i'll ever be gettin' down from here. thanks to everyone who helped and supported me thru this...y'all have made my memories of this hunt even better....thank you!!
got the stand right before light....had a doe circle me which was really cool...then had three hogs come by....i wasn't going to take one but then decided if they fed over to me and gave me a perfect shot then i would...well they did and i changed my mind...i took some pics instead....then they trotted off shortly there after...next thing i hear is a big boooom....i knew for sure the sow that i just passed up on was shot...i hung out in my stand tryin' to sleep but the lil piggies came back...this time i waited for my shot and took it.....climbed down didn't see any blood....wandered over to where i last saw them last and nothing...figured i missed...well i headed a lil more to the west and there she was...it was awesome. a guy i work with has never had a real wild hog and he wanted one.....guess he's gonna get one now. hm was a the trooper of all troopers again....she brought out the deer cart and then proceeded to drag it at least 2/3 of the way....i was beat from draggin' it to where she and i met....then i came home and gutted it....only threw up twice...didn't miss a beat though....hurled and kept going....it was almost as bad as a boar hog. this was my first hog with a muzzleloader!!!
went back to the same stand knowing i probably wouldn't see anything...just wanted to be out there....i had two guys (hal and some ass) walk up on me...the second guy was frickin' ignorant...i'd like to smack him. after hal came by i wandered over to where the arrow was found on that one buck i never recovered. ...i found some interesting areas to search when i go out there next...hopefully i'll find his rack. had a hen come by but that was it....very slow day....at one point i climbed down and took a nap on the ground...didn't care who saw...it was the best sleep i've had in months....hm lost her her orange on the walk in, so i had to hurry up and get to her so she wouldn't get shot on her way out....also had the article with my 10pt. come out and needless to say i'm very urked about it....hopefully when i get my turkey with a bow he'll do a better job.
Last Edit: Nov 8, 2004 20:02:06 GMT -5 by flhuntress
Post by flhuntress on Nov 18, 2004 21:07:14 GMT -5
FIRST GENERAL GUN AT TOSO. WENT TO FREAK ZONE FOR A COUPLE HOURS BEFORE WORK. HAD A DOE/BUTTONBUCK COME UP BEHIND ME BUT COULDN'T IDENTIFY IT SO I PASSED IT UP. A LIL WHILE LATER I CLIMBED DOWN TO GO POTTY. WHILE PEEIN' HAD A HOG START FREAKIN' AND RUNNIN' TOWARDS ME...WHICH WAS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT. DIDN'T HAVE MY GUN. THANK GOD THERE WEREN'T ANY WITNESSES. HM CALLED ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL UPSET BECAUSE HER GUN JAMMED AGAIN....TOTALLY NOT RIGHT. HOPEFULLY TOMORROW WILL BE HER DAY. BLAIR GOT A NICE GOBBLER SO I CLIMBED DOWN A LIL EARLY TO GO HOME AND HELP HIM CLEAN IT. 18LBS 10IN BEARD 1IN. SKINNY SPURS. TOOK A LIL NAP BEFORE COMING TO WORK. MET THIS LIL GIRL AT THE CHECK STATION. SHE SHOT AN AWESOME 8PT....FIRST TIME HUNTIN'...EVER...COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 9 OR 10. I WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY FOR HER. HOPEFULLY THE LOVE HAS STOLEN HER HEART.
this one's gonna be long so pour a cup of coffee or grab a beer......
woke up bright and early but made a swap with hm so i had to meet her at seminole which made me a lil late to the freak zone....since it was gettin' light i thought i'd hunt the 10pter. stand for a couple hours and then head down to my climber....at first i didn't see anything so i climbed down earlier than i thought....walked about 100yds and saw the biggest white tail runnin' away from me that i've ever seen...kinda bummed me out but then again i was just happy to a deer in the general area.....walked about 30more yds and saw BIG black movement....thought it was a bear for a minute but soon realized it was a huge hog and he was comin' right to me....since he was about 200-250lbs. and i knew all my draggin' options were out huntin' themselves...so i hid behind a tree. this thing was the biggest boar i'd ever seen....after i was safe i started walkin' again and spooked about 20 turkeys which was super cool....hope they are still there come spring gobbler....i get to my climber get settled in and fall asleep....i had only had about 7-8 hrs sleep in three days/2 nites so i was exhausted...woke up called hm...it was only 1000am....lol....so i went into huntin' mode again....saw this beautiful monster otter behind me...he was a goober....too funny to watch...then a few minutes later i heard this growlin' sound....assumed it was the otter but i was wrong....two 100lbs hogs came by a lil while later...they were dwarfs compared to the one i had seen earlier.....after takin' pics of them and just hangin' out i decided to nap again...lol....had a dream i was turkey huntin' at the freak zone and had a monster gobbler in my sites...then in my dream it switched to me almost driving into the marsh on the st.johns and then headin' west on sr50....i was dreamin' that i was fallin' asleep in heavy traffic....woke up screamin' "wake up annette wake up".....lol...almost tossed my gun cause my legs and arms were flingin' all over....lol....it was a very realistic dream...i was extremely happy to realize i was just dreamin' and that i was still huntin'.....after that i decided to climb down for a few minutes...forgot my zip lock baggies so i had no other choice....lol. climbed back up and got settled in again...then had a hen come by...she stood in the same place for the longest time...just starrin' me down...about 30-45minutes of this went by when i looked to my left and saw a deer about 20yds away....i freaked...whipped my gun up and it stopped....i almost died....i froze....it started walkin' again....i couldn't tell at first if it was a doe or button buck....actually i think i knew it was a doe but was sooo afraid of hittin' a button buck that i questioned myself....when i realized she was a doe to the best of my knowledge i went to shoot but missed my shootin' lane so i had to wait for the next....i waited til her front shoulder passed my bead and pulled the trigger...she dropped...did a lil half circle skoot kicked twice and stopped....the phone calls started...hm said she'd bring the cart to me since she was done huntin' for the day but she wasn't draggin' it out....lol...on the way in she called for directions and to say that tom (wildtom/biologist) was joining her...that was really cool because he's been hearin' about the freak zone for years now but had never been out there....i climbed down went over to her and felt like puking....she was alot smaller than she looked...great shot though...mostly hit the shoulder which is a shot i've never taken before.....13 out of 15 pellets hit her...anyway.....i called hm and she asked if my pic was going to be going up on the wall of shame...it was going to be questionable at best....i started draggin' her out while they were coming....first thing out of hm's mouth was "well where is she"....meanwhile she was layin' at my feet....i thought she was joking at first but she wasn't....lol....they checked her teeth and said she was about 3 or so which made me feel much better....we chatted briefly then took turns draggin' her out....this one wasn't bad at all...i know without a doubt i could have done it alone but i'm sooooooooooo thankful they were there to help me out....makes it soooo much easier....we got back to our trucks and tom whipped out a cold beer...miller lite...which is one that i wouldn't usually drink but this one was sooooo good....hung out for a couple more and told story after story....about an hour went by and we still had the deer to check in so we brought her out....she only weighed 94lbs. but she wasn't a yearly....i brought her home...blair and i quartered her out and we put her in the frig until today....now i have to decide if i want to cut the meat up or if i'm bringin' her to my processor....i'm thinkin' i'll do the backstrap and he can steak out the hams. all in all i had one the best days i've had out at the freak zone ever..going again today....hopefully for an evening hunt or just to hang out.
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2004 8:57:48 GMT -5 by flhuntress
Post by flhuntress on Nov 22, 2004 10:36:26 GMT -5
got to sleep in....yeah!! that is until hm called and asked me to bring her a face mask and some food. did a few errands and met hm at the freak zone. i left my cell phone in the truck so i didn't get her call when she called to tell me not to come out yet that there were hogs in front of her so i got to the freak zone entrance and whistled...she freaked...ooooops. after that we hung out for a lil while...then she went to the opening before the freak zone and i went to my stand where i got my 10pt.....i was startin' to doze off when i heard the pigs comin'....had 3 of them feed right under my stand which was too cool....i was in blue jeans,make up, etc and they never knew i was there...lol....after that i climbed down to go meet hm...she had a deer at 40yds but coudln't get a shot....we decided that she'd hunt where the pigs were and i'd go down to my climber on sunday. went to the check station and hung out for a lil bit...shane jones was out there...it was good seein' him again.
woke up a lil late cause i stayed up to watch ron zook and the florida gators put a whoopass on FSU....first time since 1986 that we beat FSU in Tallahassee...well worth the lack of sleep....met hm at toso....we both went to our stands....i had turkeys alllllllll above me....everytime the duck hunters on the stjohns would unload the turkeys would start to go off...it was the coolest...shortly after i had a sow and two lil ones come by....bout 100 and 40lbs babies....then a loan boar came by.....today was going to be 6pt...maybe 4pt. or better so i decided to pass.....then the otter came by....he was a lil freak again today.....slept alot...best sleep i've had in ages.....i was awaken by some turkeys on the ground behind me...i was watchin' them when i heard a shot from up near huntnma...i was just about to call her to make sure she was awake when i heard the shot so the phone was already to dial...she didn't answer....i thought maybe her bad luck had struck again but then i got thru and it was her and there were some still behind her...i hurried down and up to her in hopes of a double but that didn't happen...which was fine with me...i was the dragger tonite since she's been my dragger all season so the extra pig would have sucked...we ended up takin' turns....don't know which was worse the huntin' gear or the draggin'....and we were going with bare minimum....freakishly heavy gear. met up with everyone and proceeded to drink a few beverages while guttin' it....my face was violated by this NASTY gutt stuff while guttin' it....didn't even gag though....casey was a gaggin' fool....lol. thank GOD casey got one and ended her bad luck streak. toby got a nice 7pt. in the a.m.
still have a hog and small game so the withdrawls won't hit quite yet but deer season is basically over for me.
woke up pukin' my brains out at 3a.m.....had to cancel my small game hunt....i did go out there for a lil while in the evening...hm killed her first seminole ranch treerat and needed a zip lock.....she ended up spending the nite again.
woke up with a fever but decided to go anyway...went to seminole to get some treerats and look for the buck i lost during bow....he's dead i know he is but after searchin' agai yesterday i'm callin' it quits......missed a couple early then hm calls to say that she's slayin' them at the trucks....lol....i wasn't sure where i was so i told to wait for me....unknowing to me i was only a few hundred yards away from the roads...whoo whoo....met up with her and didn't see crap....watched her take a nap....took pics...lol.....had a couple yahoo's come by but they never saw us...we're good...lol. wandered around some then decided it was my turn to sleep....thankfully i was still half awake when i heard hm change the shells in her gun....she was going to fire just to scare the crap out of me....lol...backfired...as she was starin' down the road i fired my gun into the ditch across the road...wanna talk about fear...lmao....ghost white,eye's bulging....too funny.....she didn't think so. went back to the trucks and saw a squirrel.....stalked him til he was in my sites and dropped him....my first seminole treerat....whoo whoo. went to toso...they had the last hunt party....saw the monster hog that spooked me behind a tree that day out at the freak zone....i wish i would have shot it now but everything happens for a reason.
Post by flhuntress on Dec 19, 2004 20:18:12 GMT -5
FINALLY GOT TO GET OUT IN THE WOODS TODAY...IT WAS ONLY A HALF DAY BUT BETTER THAN NOTHING. WENT TO BULL CREEK. IT WAS AWESOME BEING OUT THERE AGAIN. HM WENT ALSO. WE HEADED TO MIZZEL. WATER WAS UP BUT NOT AS BAD AS LAST YEAR. THE WATER LEVEL ON THE TREES FROM THE HURRICANES WAS PROBABLY UP 15FT. OR MORE. IT WAS TRULY AMAZING. I SAW A NICE BUCK NOSE TO NOSE WITH A DOE ON THE DRIVE IN...THAT WAS TOO COOL. ALSO HAD A LIL RAT OR BIG MOUSE RUN ACROSS THE ROAD...VERY CUTE. DIDN'T SEE ANY CRITTERS BUT I GOT BLOWN BY A DEER AND A HOG SO THE CRITTERS WERE THERE. I FORGOT TO NO SCENT THE DRAG/SLED FROM WHEN HM GOT HER HOG SO THAT COULD HAVE SPOOKED THEM. IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE "NO SCENT" SHAMPOO I USED ALSO...OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T WORK TOO WELL. AT LEAST I KNOW THERE WERE CRITTERS OUT THERE AND I DIDN'T RUN INTO ANY HUMAN TRACKS WHICH WAS TRULY AMAZING....FOUND A GREAT LIL AREA FOR THE FUTURE. FOUND SOME AWESOME CYPRESS KNEES WHICH HAD BEEN CUT AND JUST LEFT THERE SO THEY CAME HOME WITH ME. CLIMBED AN OLD FALLEN OAK AND HUNG OUT WITH CASEY FOR A LIL WHILE. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO CLIMB DOWN I FORGOT I HAD MY BACKPACK ON SO I WENT FLYIN' BACKWARDS....THOUGHT I BROKE MY HAND AND BACK WHICH LEFT CASEY GASPING FOR AIR BECAUSE SHE WAS LAUGHING SO HARD. ALL IN ALL IT WAS A SLOW DAY BUT AT LEAST I KNOW THERE WERE CRITTERS AND IT WAS BEYOND AWESOME TO GET BACK IN THE WOODS. PROBABLY WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN UNTIL THE LAST WEEKEND OF DEER SEASON WHICH SUCKS BUT WHEN THEY TELL ME TO WORK I GOTTA WORK....WISH I COULD RETIRE AND JUST HUNT.
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