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  1. 39 points
    I'm up in Maine on a black bear hunt with my son. I scored on a boar yesterday and my son has passed up 5 smaller bears so far. We're having a great time and I'm hoping he scores before we leave on Sunday. valoroutdoors.com
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    This might be my favorite mount that I own.
  4. 29 points
    Just got home after checking some nuisance traps. The doctor gave me a clean bill of health. No cancer thank God. The doctor wants to check my psa numbers every six months with a simple blood test. At this time I’d like to thank everyone for your kind words and thoughts.
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    Inspired by Trial153 amazing hunting stories I felt it was time to write my own. One year ago today was the opener for my Maine Moose adventure. But I guess it really started in early June when the lottery results came in. Never thought I would actually draw that year considering I'd only been applying for 3 or 4 years. The excitement of seeing my name on the list was just a little bitter sweet when I saw that I had won a cow tag. But I was thankful nonetheless. So I immediately start looking for outfitters. The 3rd one I find online is OMM outfitters and right on the home page of their website it says "trade your cow tag for a bull tag" Well that peaked my interest!!! Called them up the next morning. They explain to me that some people will trade cow tags for bulls but they are going to want some cash thrown in too. They tell me they generally go for at least $500 but have seen them go as high as $3000. And the best part is that they would search the tag swap website and do all the paperwork for me. No need to look at another outfitter. I knew I already made the right choice. They said my cow tag should be relatively easy to swap because it was for zone 3 which is considered by many to be the best in the state. I gave them my info and waited anxiously for the next week or so. When the phone rang from a Maine area code I enthusiastically answered! They tell me they found someone to swap for a zone 6 tag in the September season. I ask if it's a good zone and they tell me anything 1 - 6 is great. And the September season is the best time for rut action. The guy wants $1500 for the swap. No brainer! Let's do it! I tried not to get too excited until all the paperwork was finalized and I had the bull tag in my hand. But when I did I was on cloud 9!!! And so the preparations begin. Got the 30-06 sighted in. Borrowed every large cooler I could for bringing home meat. and even practiced how I would pack up the Jeep with coolers and gear. Finally the day arrives! I leave my house at 3am for the 9 hour journey to Eagle Lake Maine. The scenery was beautiful and the colors of fall were increasing the further north I traveled. Arrived at the lodge and met my guide Eric and the rest of the crew. He asked me what I was looking for and all I said was "I'll know when I see him" I also told him I didn't want it to come to easy. I didn't want to come all the way to Maine with a once in a lifetime tag and spend a few hours in the woods and shoot something. I wanted to feel like I earned it. We had a short safety meeting and went to the rifle range to make sure all our guns were on point. Came back to the lodge and had an amazing lobster dinner. All of the food there was incredible. Tried to get some sleep but it's hard to when you know it's opening day of moose hunting the next morning! The first morning we saw a ton of sign. Tracks, droppings, beds and alder's that were raked up from moose antlers. Then it started to rain, and we got freaking soaked. The rain finally passed and right at sunset we had a cow call to us from maybe 40 yards away but the woods were so thick we never even saw her. That sure did get the blood pumping though!!! It rained so much that my guides binos got fogged up on the inside. Well day 2 we had some action right away. Weren't in the woods for more than 20 minutes and we stumble across a big cow. My guide says to get ready in case she has a bull with her. I put the rifle on the shooting stick and look the scope and see nothing. Same thing that happened to his bino's. Fogged up on the inside. It was a cheap Bushnell that came with my savage and I never even thought to upgrade it with all the other planning I had to do for this trip. So now I'm freakin heated. Luckily she did not have a bull with her and we head back to the lodge. My mind is racing on how I'm gonna fix it or get a new scope and sight it in and how much hunting time I'm gonna lose because of this and my guide says "I got my browning 30-06 semi auto back at camp all sighted in, you wanna just use that?" Well that was an easy solution. We head back out for the afternoon and find some wild blueberries and stumble upon a small bull. I say small bull because he was a spike but he was probably the biggest animal I had ever seen! We got within 40 yards of him before he wandered off. Just seeing how these huge creatures move through the woods was worth the trip. Day 3 we saw nothing but beautiful scenery and plenty of moose sign. As we were walking down one of the logging roads a truck passes us with a giant bull hoisted up in the bed. An absolute giant by anyone's standards. Amazingly I found a video of the bull on youtube at the check station. Unbelievable animal!!! By the time day 4 came along I was starting to get a little more anxious and thinking maybe I should've taken that small bull. Or maybe I shouldn't have told my guide that I didn't want it to come easy. Nobody in camp had gotten one yet and it was day 4 of a 6 day hunt. We had put a lot of miles on the truck and our boots. Well the morning of day 4 was no different. Slowly walking down old logging roads with the wind in our face and calling, lots of calling. By mid day my guide says "we gotta try something different" So we sit on the edge of an old swampy clear cut with the wind in our face and wait like a deer hunt. It was maybe 100 yards wide and maybe 500 yards long. The brush was mostly 2 and 3 feet high so I sat on a stump and he sat on the ground. Assuming we wouldn't see anything until closer to sunset he decides to take a little cat nap. We found some more blueberries and I said to him "last time we found blueberries we saw a bull" And history repeated itself. At about 3:15 I laid eyes on what I had came for. At about 300 yards away he crossed the clear cut at pretty steady pace. I start smacking my guide in the arm and whispering loudly "Big Bull, Big Bull, Big Bull" He immediately starts grunting and raking the brush with a moose scapula. The Bull was already on the other side of the timber. But he grunts back!!! Then he starts raking!!! My blood is pumping. For the next 15 - 20 minutes we hear him come a little closer, than go further away, then closer again. So we crouch through the brush and head towards the wood line in case he doesn't want to come out in the open. As we get closer we start to hear him again. He's close. And he's fired up!!! He's trying to circle around us to get downwind and he's coming in hot!!! I get the gun up on the shooting stick and before my guide even finishes saying "he's gonna come out right there" there he was. 60 yards perfect broadside. I shoot. Felt good but looked like it hit a little far back towards the stomach. He runs a couple yards then stops and looks back. I shoot again. Couldn't tell if I hit him or not. he runs a few more yards then stops again. 3rd shot looked and felt perfect but he still ran off where we couldn't see him. Pretty confident he was down, we start to celebrate!!! What a rush!!! We give him just a few minutes before we go looking for him. He didn't go far. Amazingly it was one of the only spots out in the bush that I had any cell pone service and I must have sent 100 texts simply saying "The Moose is Down" We quickly found out where that 2nd shot hit. right between the nostrils and blew out through the bottom jaw. Now I had just taken a taxidermy course that April and had every intention on doing a shoulder mount if I got one. Guess I'm gonna have to learn how to fix that!!! So my guide walks back to the truck to call for help on the radio. While I was alone with the bull I grab the flap of skin that hangs from his throat that they all call "the bell" and it makes a noise!!! Not gonna lie, that scared me for a second!!! My guide came back with a helper and they got a good laugh about that!!! And we start taking tons of pictures. My guide even says to me "your gonna get sick of smiling" and I quickly replied "no I wont!" Another guide shows up and we make quick work of skinning and quartering the beast. When we get back to camp we got to see the 500lb bear that another client had got while hunting with hounds. The next morning we bring him to the check station. He officially measured 41 inches. Couldn't get a weight on him because he was quartered but everyone guessed around 800lbs which seemed accurate because the bull ahead of us in line was around 760 and a little smaller than mine. We get him back to the lodge and into the walk in cooler. My guide says I can hang out there or go with him and help the other guides. Well I didn't come all the way to Maine to sit at camp! As soon as we got back towards the hunting area he got a call on the radio that someone shot a bull. We arrived just in time to start following the blood trail. They were in a spot were they had about a 200 yard shooting lane and the bull came it to about 10 feet!!! Client said he just saw black in the scope. Well he did make a good shot because the bull was only about 100 yards away laying dead. About the same size as mine. Got to help them skin and quarter the bull which was such a cool experience. We get back to the lodge and a father and son team brought in their monster 53 inch bull I make the 9 hour journey home on cloud 9. Probably smiled the whole time I get back just in time for deer season here in New York. I have a freezer full of moose meat so I'm holding out for a good buck. Passed on a bunch of does and small bucks during archery and shot my first coyote on opening day of rifle season. And then on Nov 19th I see a decent 8 pointer and decide this is the perfect way to end this amazing season. And now the taxidermy process begins. Did them all by myself and am damn proud of them. I know I have a long way to go but for my first coyote and first moose, I think they came out good. Had a lot of sewing to fix that moose face but it was a great learning experience Even if I never go on a hunt like that again I will always have the memories of the hunt of a lifetime!!!
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    Shipping crate that I grabbed from work. It would have been discarded, so I discarded it right into the back of my truck. Just what I needed, a deer blind project days before deer season.
  9. 23 points
    Now, this is more like it! Nice 8 pointer shot by this young man went 200 yards. The rain washed away the blood trail, so Luna to the rescue!
  10. 23 points
    Here’s my cousins bears from the opener. 412 and 189 dressed
  11. 22 points
    Finally got around to picking up my 2019 Gun buck back from @WNY Bowhunter Phenomenal works as always! As long as he is doing shoulder mounts, he'll have my business! Hands down. It is by far the best, cleanest, highest quality shoulder mount on my wall. Thank you sir!
  12. 22 points
    Finally got him on camera. Not the best quality but I have him.
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    Well guys, and gals, its our favorite time of the year again, and as always I enjoy sharing the pics. We left later than usual this morning at 4:30am, but thankfully had a safe, and smooth 500+ mile drive up here to Moosehead Lake. We took a short detour off the highway in Kennebunkport, to drive passed the Bush compound. It was nice to see the ocean, but honestly, a 15-20 session of glancing over at it as I drove the coastal meandering road, is plenty enough for me! I need the bogs, dirt roads, overloaded log trucks rippin down the dirt roads! So off we went, back up the highway another 200 some miles to our spot. Arrived at the house, cleaned up, and drove over to a lakeside eatery for some amazing seafood chowder! Notice the Secret Service Yukon’s?
  15. 19 points
    First deer was also my first buck. My first opening day of gun season, heading out for the evening sit, I came across a bowhunter on a track. He had hit the deer bad the night before and tracked him that night and the next morning. He was not confident in his shot and didn't seem interested in investing any more time in the track. My dad asked me what I wanted to do, head to the stand or follow the track.... after one heck of a track job we had him pinned down in some thick stuff, on the edge of a creek. I waited till he stood up and the rest is history. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  16. 18 points
    Picked up my mount last night.Definately was worth the wait. I call him my Hole in the Horn Buck after that famous Buck from Ohio.
  17. 18 points
    Post em up! October 15, 1998 (Opening Day) Darton Excel 2117 Easton Aluminums NAP Thunderheads Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    I had been thinking of trading in my semi 12GA for a pump recently. I decided to keep it and see what I could do to pick up a pump. I took what I had saved up, and seeing I don't/can't drink anymore, I had enough in the budget to buy a new Stevens/Savage 320 in 20GA. Came with a MOD. Choke. Because it uses the base Winchester tube system, I can use the X-Tra full turkey choke that came with my 301, and the cylinder I picked up for that as well. Wood lumber would have been nice, but I like the looks of this shotgun and it shoulders well and swings fast.
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    This is one of my favorite places on public land
  20. 16 points
    Lost my mom last year and my dad this morning. They where great parents that did what they could raising five kids. They lived a pretty good life got to see there kids grow up and all there grandkids and two great grandkids. If it wasn’t for my dad I probably never got into hunting or fishing. I still think of the Sunday crow hunts with him and my older brother whenever I see or here a crow. The only thing he never took me hunt for was waterfowl,he loved it more then any other type of hunting. I’m not sure why and never really cared about it. Anyway I’m just sitting here thinking of them and thought I’d share. Shellback for 14 years Our last fishing trip Rest In Peace mom and dad till we meet again in heaven. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    How about first shots ever?? Ok, so he was aiming for the center (had to adjust sight) and this was after some coaching, but a helluva group for the first day he ever shot a bow!
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    215# bear 5’ 1”. Lucky day. Have never seen a bear larger than a cub before.
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    Took my son to get his first pike today. We were successful ! Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
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    tacks you’re need to go back to facial hair! First buck was a spike in my first archery season that I thought was a doe and then I shot a 1/2 rack basket 6 opening day of gun that first season. No pics of either. This was my next buck in my second season hunting (2013 I think).
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    The GF and I had some quality time on the water over the weekend.......
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    Got a few pics of a bear hitting my mock scrap. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Pretty neat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Got it! BUFFALO, WYOMING (not NY lol). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Forgot to update, here's a zoom pic to deter any web scouters lol. 65 birds
  30. 14 points
    Our tracking season cannot start until October 6. I spent a couple weeks hunting in Idaho and I’ve have to quarantine for two weeks upon returning. The Health Department had screeners as I got off the plane in Syracuse, and they now text me every day. I’ve had to turn down three bear tracks so far and it’s killing me! Since the state issues my tracking license, I’m not taking any chances and will wait this out.
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    Always fun to take my wife out for a little preseason freezer filling adventure. We were covered up in deer for the past couple of evenings including several nice bucks that would have been in trouble had it been November. Can't wait to get back out thursday! Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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    I get numerous PMs about this topic as I have mounted quite a few deer for members of this forum over the past 4 years. Once again, due to time constraints with family, work and trying to fill my own tags...I will only be able to take in a very small number of deer this fall. There will be a small price increase over last year as the suppliers continue to raise their prices. Thanks and good luck! Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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    My dad was cleaning out stuff in my grandma’s condo and came across this WW2 Navy ashtray my late grandfather made in 1942. Pretty cool. I’ll have to smoke a cigar now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    My 2 cousins both harvested bears from their property yesterday. One bear dressed out at 412 lbs
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    Korean spiced brisket... Brussels with Bentons bacon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Another 55 mile ride today! What a blast, trails are in awesome shape due to the lack of rain.
  37. 13 points
    This hunting season is going to start off with a bucket list trip, a four day canoe, hunting (archery), and fishing excursion to Lake Lila in the Adirondacks. This lake is not far from Low's Lake, where former member @Robin would canoe and camp into each October. Robin has moved from the NYS area, but is still an active canoe tripper. His reports really inspired me to do something I have never done before and always wish that I had. Luckily, I have a hunting partner that is an experienced camper, so I will not be flying totally blind into this. A solo trip is out of the question at this point in my life, but a lot of firsts for me and I feel good about that. Who knows, if I survive this, I may be able to try something else that is at the top of my bucket list: a week long trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. We leave early tomorrow morning and plan to arrive by noon, canoe in about 2.5 miles to our campsite and hopefully set camp with some time to scout the nearby areas for likely deer activity. We already have a couple of locations picked out based on topography, but boots on the ground may tell a different story. Also bringing spinning rods and a small tackle box so we can try for SM Bass and Lake Trout. This has been in the planning stages for a couple of months, but the trigger is now set and the trip is a go. Will try to remember to take lots of photos and some notes too.
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    Moved my Tri-Pod stand into the hedge row at my son's property in Honeoye Falls . Haven't attached the swivel seat or the camo skirt on it yet .
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    im guessing hes 2.5. If he makes it a year he will be a definite shooter next year for me. He would be a good one for my brother in law this year. Hes never shot one close to this guy. O and hes at a mock scrap me and my son made a few days ago.
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    I was going to put my Tripod Stand on a property in Geneseo . Due to the land owner's health condition I changed my mind . I took it my son's property in Honeoye Falls and we assembled it today . We did the assembly in an open area on part of his property but plan to move it toward the back about 100 yards . Didn't put the swivel seat or skirt on it yet .It's 15' to the top rail .
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    Been a tough bite out there lately. Managed one mature in a short evening trip last week. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
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    My first buck... Thanksgiving morning, 2000
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    My father just turned 87 and we were going through some old hunting camp photos from Wells NY, I believe it’s in Hamilton County. Circa 1958. He still has his red and black woolrich coat and pants!
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    Today we went out to the ice cream stand for lobster rolls. After that we fueled up the ATV, and took a scenic ride through the backwoods. A total of 74 miles which is our longest ride to date. What a nice day, back at the house now, going to grill sone steaks that I’ve had marinading since yesterday, and then sit by the fire.
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    I live right on the border, I start early in NJ. An uneventful evening tonight but it’s nice to be out
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    Dinner & dessert for my daughters baptism Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  49. 12 points
    First gun buck, 2013 (I was a very late starter in hunting!) First Bow Buck, thanks @The_Real_TCIII for getting me started!
  50. 12 points
    i had no intentions of ordering a bow today but.... walked into smiths great outdoors in batavia. I got my mission there 3 years ago, my wife bought me a rifle there for christmas last year, and we got our son a new mission bow for his 11th bday this year. I was just lookin around and asked what they had in lefty bows, and he handed me a new mission. Felt good shot good, we got to talking and i mentioned im looking into a DIY archery elk hunt next year. So then he comes back with a Bowtech carbon icon. This bow felt great, its light, the backwall is as solid as it gets and it shoots with no vibrations felt. Dammit...ok, so i ordered the bear bones one with 70lb limbs. Cant wait!
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