Wednesday, May 4, 2016
My brother Adam and I went turkey hunting after Jake killed his bird. We had high hopes for the morning. We started walking into our woods. I was in front and we were walking down the trail when I looked up and saw someone in front of me. I got Adams attention and started following the guy on our property. We finally caught up to him and he said he was turkey hunting so we told him he needed to get off our property right now. After he walked away me and Adam watched him because we could tell he wanted to come back on our property. We sat down where we could see him and we started calling for turkeys. There were some nice toms gobbling down the hill and we called one of them in but the other guy scared him away because the bird was coming to us and not him. We were extremely mad at him but we have not seen him again since that morning. Adam and I have had a couple more chance to kill a big tom but each time something goes wrong right before he can kill one.
Monday, April 25, 2016
This weekend Jake and I went turkey hunting again. I already killed my turkey so it was his turn to kill one. Saturday morning we went to his property and heard a lot of birds gobbling but they would not come to us because they were already with hens. We decided to try and put a stalk on the birds to see if we could get close enough to kill them. We chased birds all morning trying to kill one. Around 10:30 we saw a group of long beards in the middle of a field. We tried to get close enough to shoot them but we could not get close enough because we didn't have any cover. The next day we went to the first spot and we heard a lot of birds but they would not get close enough to shoot them. Around 8 we decide to cross the creek and look for mushrooms. Whenever we got to the spot i wanted to mushroom hunt turkeys started to gobble so we were getting setup and I saw a turkey so I told Jake to come by me and he did and killed a nice long beard then we went and found a lot of mushrooms. This hunt was on of the most memorable hunt I have been on.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The first weekend of spring break I went on a hog hunt in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I went with Adam and Scott when we got there they had about 6 inches of snow on the ground which made it a lot easier to see the boars. I was really excited because I have always wanted to go on a hog hunt and I finally got the chance to go. The hogs were pure bred Russian boars. Adam and Scott let me be the first one to kill a boar. We started chasing a group of boars and I finally got a shot at one about 30 yards away. After I shot my hog ran away but another came right at us and Adam killed it. Adam and I both killed our hogs on the first day. The next day we found a really big boar and started stalking it so Scott could kill it. Scott finally got a shot and he made a perfect shot and the hog died 15 yards away. All together it was an amazing hunt and I hope I get the chance to go back. On of the guys that helped us was talking about deer hunting and how small the deer are up there so I am hoping he will be able to come down and hunt deer with me this year.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
I was disappointed because I did not receive my land owner turkey tags this year so I only had two days to turkey hunt. Since I only had two days to hunt I knew I had to hunt hard and do my best to kill a bird. The first day I went hunting with Jake and the birds started gobbling and we got excited that we might get one. This was the first year that I tried calling in a bird without an adult I was nerves I was going to mess up. After I started calling the birds kept gobbling at us then they quit gobbling for awhile. After about 10 minutes I turned around and there were 5 Jakes (young male turkeys) behind us. We turned around but we were not able to get a good shot at them. When they left we hunted for the rest of the day and we saw a lot of birds but we were not able to kill one. The next day Jake and I went to the same spot in the morning. There were not as many birds gobbling but we still thought we would have a chance of killing one. We heard a bird a couple ridges away so I started trying to call him in we could tell that he was getting closer. When we finally saw him he was coming through the woods in full strut. He finally got within range so we were waiting for him to give us a good shot through the trees. When he finally gave us a shot I shot first then Jake shot to make sure he would not get away. I was so excited I had killed a turkey it was not he biggest bird it had a 5 inch beard but it was the first bird I have ever called in by myself and it was awesome.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
This year I was ready to kill a nice buck. I bought multiple new trail cameras and had them set up since summer. I would check my trail cameras every other week trying to pattern some of the big bucks I saw. I had about five bucks on my hit list. For the past 3 years I have not killed a buck because I have been trying to wait for a mature buck and have better management techniques. I was really excited and had very high hopes for the 2015 season because each year I have hunted I learn more and I will continue learning more every year. When October came around I was ready to get in the tree as fast as possible. For the first couple weeks of season I went to some spots were I was not expecting to see a big buck because I wanted to save those spots for closer to rut when the bucks were more active. I had bought a couple new tree stands and hung them in the good spots. On Halloween all the conditions were right for the stand I had been saving all year. I went to the stand early that afternoon and saw a steady flow of does and little bucks moving through. About 15 minutes before it got dark I saw I nice buck headed to me. The buck came exactly were I was hoping he would and gave me a perfect twenty yard shot. After I shot him I was not for sure how good my shot was so I backed out and waited for my uncle and stepdad to come help me track. When I found him I could not describe how happy I was because I had waited and worked so hard to finally harvest a mature buck with my bow. The buck I killed was a nice massive 8 pt with a lot of stickers. When he first started walking to me I realized it was the same buck I had past the year before. I was so upset after I passed him because I thought I would never get another chance to shoot him but my hard work paid off and on Halloween of 2015 he gave me a second shot and I was able to harvest my first mature buck with a bow.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
I am already starting to prepare to hunt for next year. Turkey season is the next thing that we can hunt and it will start around April. I already have all of my stuff ready for turkey season. I am starting to get ready for bow season which is in October. I enjoy turkey hunting because it is a challenge and it is during the off season so it gives hunters the chance to continue hunting. I did not kill a turkey last year so this year I have put in extra time into preparing and scouting so I can be successful this year. This year if I kill a turkey early in the season I am going to go with Jake and video tape him. I got a go pro and I am excited to try and get a video of killing a turkey. I have used the go pro for goose hunting and it worked really well. If I can get some videos of people killing turkeys I might send he video to a hunting show so they can give me some helpful hints.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
On the last snow we had Jake Step and I went coyote hunting. We were not expecting to see any or kill any. The first spot we hunted at was a large open area. We were getting ready to get set up and I looked at the other ridge and there was a coyote standing there. I told Jake to shoot at it and he did not hit it we were both kind of upset that he did not kill it but we went to the next spot. At the next spot we were hunting over a small corn field. After we started calling Jake saw a coyote coming in behind us through the woods. We were not able to shoot because there was to much brush in the way and the coyote just walked away and never gave us a shot. The last spot we went to we say two coyotes on the way in so we were pretty excited. I started calling and a coyote came into the field at about 150 yards. Jake got ready to shoot and I was ready to shoot if he missed it. When he shot I could tell that he new he hit the coyote. He started walking across the field to see were if there was blood and when he got over to where he had shot it he started yelling because he was so excited he had finally killed one. When he shot the coyote he made a great shot and it died right there.