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Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Schuylkill Co., Pa (4c)
North Carolina deer kicked my A$$!! (LOL)
Just didn't seem like I had enough time to put things together while I was down there hunting. First of all we had a death in the family which delayed my departure by a day. Secondly, although I was there to hunt I was also visiting my dad. I've been on out-of-state hunts before but they were HUNTS. I don't think one realizes when mixing in family time on a hunt, it really cuts into the learning process. Don't get me wrong by any means, I could have hunted more if I wanted but visiting my dad and being around family was more important.
Day #1(Sat. before Thanksgiving)= I arrived the evening prior about 10pm. Awake at 0400 and at the parking lot in Caswell Game Lands at 5:15. No one around, forecasted rain at 10am. Based on map study I positioned myself 40 yards from a stream intersection pretty deep on this piece. Additionally, there were (3) ridge points that dumped into the stream bottom. This is a pretty common feature on this game land. I knew from scouting in March and general hunting knowledge the bedding and buck sign was on the ridge points. At 8:30am I heard splashing in the main stream and waited for deer. None appeared. While watching that way a doe came screaming off a ridge point and through the stream. Shortly thereafter a dog came chasing down the ridge and did donuts around my stand location for a time. I checked the main stream and found out why I didn't see the deer. The bank had a 10 foot drop!! Anyway, I would put my brother in this spot on Monday and he couldn't get a shot on (4) doe he saw. Its a spot to remember and use in the future. I spent the remainder of the rainy day still hunt/scouting and watching dogs run around me, in front of me, all over the place. That was quite the experience.
Day #2 (Sun.)= Set stands and bait on land my brother owns in Alamance County.
Day #3 (Mon.)= Caswell Game Lands in the morning. Absolutely no one else seen or parked at the lots. Brother saw the (4) doe. In the afternoon we hunted the private land. My brother saw (3) doe and I saw (1). No shooting for either one of us.
Day #4 (Tue.)= Hunted the private land in the afternoon and neither of us saw anything. Took our stands down.
Day #5 (Wed.)= Calling for rain so I still hunted the private land trying to catch one on the bait piles we had set up. Nothing doing but I did learn quite a bit about the lay of the land and how the deer are using the property.
The remainder of the time was spent with family. So, when you break it down I spent (3) days hunting. Time enough to kill something for sure but not near enough time to really give locations a chance to produce. The rain was a good and bad thing. It freed me up to do more scouting in season and although it didn't produce a chance to kill a deer it did allow for me to eliminate a lot of area and focus on others in the future. The dog hunting was similar to a deer drive here. What I learned from that is I was pretty lucky to find at least one promising escape route. When they run dogs the hunters appeared to line up on logging roads or walking paths. I didn't see one hunter in the woods the entire time I hunted down there.
Good Luck & Shoot Straight