My property in MS is controlled by the MS river, b/c there are no levees. Several months out of the year, the property is accessible only by boat, . . . until now.
This is the first of two M35A3 amphibious military trucks (doesn't float, but is capable of fording 72' of water)that I recently purchased. I am selling this one ($15k) and keeping the second one for my MS property. It'll go through just about anything.
The bed of the truck has bench/troop seats that will carry 15 or more people/hunters. It has only 3900 actual miles and a Caterpillar diesel engine that looks virtually new. Google M35A2 videos, and you can see what this truck is capable of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8FcRKVQd6o
If anyone knows of someone who has use for such a vehicle for hunting, timber farm, tailgating, or just to have the biggest, baddest truck on the road, I'd be happy to give them more information.
This year I planted my plots with a variety of seeds and seed blends (Shotplot, Prograze, Biologic Clover blends, fancy schmancy buck oats, Plain ole feed oats, etc.) The early drought and blackbirds eating many of my seeds resulted in some poor plots, but others look pretty good.
3-4 weeks ago, I tilled and planted a small Rye grass plot in front of the camp, b/c I knew it would come up quickly. Every night, regardless of the noise we make on the porch, we have between 2 and 8 deer come in to it.
With my other plots, I find that the deer are hitting the oats more than the brassicas, and aren't really touching the clover right now. I do believe that the feed oats are just as effective as the ones with a picture of a B&C buck on the bag.
But, my biggest surprise is that despite all of the other food plots, the deer are regularly coming to the Rye plot right in front of the camp. I know it may not have the nutrition of the other plants, but it does have something the whitetail find attractive.
Here are a couple more virtual kills that I thought would make a neat picture and a few porkchops on the hoof.
When I was taking this picture, a big hog (presumably the sow/mama to these 3) came charging up from the thicket, but stayed on one side of the trap with me on the other. While I was nocking an arrow, the sow ran off about 30 yards into the thicket, stopped and looked at me, just long enough to put an arrow in her shoulder.
I haven't seen many bucks this year, so I was excited when they started moving around and doing a little chasing last weekend. The heat didn't help, but I still saw plenty of does and a handful of 2.5yr. olds. Decided to take some pictures to make it interesting.
Hopefully, they'll make it till next year and stick around my property. I actually killed a hog once on film, aiming through my view finder. Video was great up until the shot.
Even with a well-brushed blind, a perfect wind, and lots of decoys, wary ducks often land 30-40 yards outside of the decoys, well out of range.
Solution: Set up a typical spread of decoys, and then don't hunt it. Hunt the perimeter outside of the range of the big spread.
I stumbled on this years ago, and it works like a charm for wary birds. We were hunting marsh, and the blind was a little crowded, so I picked up 2 decoys and went to the other side of the small pond. The ducks would see the spread of 50-60 decoys in front of the blind with the other fellows and come in to investigate. Nearly every time, instead of committing to the big spread, they tried to land with the 2 decoys outside of the spread to further investigate the larger body of birds.
I limited out quickly while the other guys could just watch. I have tried it numerous times, and it hasn't failed yet.
I shot this boar a week ago at the camp with my 45-70 while walking back to the camp after an afternoon hunt. It was in the middle of the trail at only about 45 yards. I didn't find any blood or evidence of a hit, so I returned the following morning to again look for blood. After going into the thicket approximately 40 yards, I still didn't find any blood and assumed I missed.
This past weekend, while working on a stand, I could smell a decaying animal in the area that the hog had run. He had only gone approximately 60 yards from where I shot. Unfortunately I didn't recover him earlier, but I'm afraid he would not have been good to eat anyway. After a week on the ground, even the buzzards didn't eat him.
I have killed one in the past that weighed approximately 450lbs, and this one appeared to be substantially bigger.
I thought I posted these earlier this year. One is a 128" eight point; and the other is a 10pt. (an obvious cull). The last picture is on the way to the taxidermist in January.
The MS river crested last week in Natchez, and I took a boat ride to my camp to take photos of these historic high levels. Normally, the camps are easily accessible by car.
Attached are some of the pictures of my camp and my neighbor's camp on the same day. Both camps are approx. 17' off the ground, but my camp is situated at a higher elevation, so my place is still 7' above the water.
The picture of the flooded camp next to me is the Buffalo River/Pecan Grove lodge (approx. 6500sq. ft. w/ beautiful cypress woodwork). There is approx. 6-7 of water inside their entire camp. If the water rose another foot, it would have broken the all time record set in 1937.
The deer headed for the hills, but hogs can still be seen floating around on logs and clinging on to tree limbs.
Made one last hunt at the camp this weekend. After bow and muzzleloader hunting Friday afternoon and Saturday, we decided to make a morning duck hunt on Sunday.
Within the first 5-7 minutes, we (3 guns) had approx. 15 teal down and decided to wait for "big" ducks while there were still hundreds (literally) of teal landing right in front of us. In hind sight, we should have shot them while we could, b/c the mallards didn't cooperate. We did have a bald eagle pass by very close, which was pretty. We picked up the decoys around 7:15.
Tally for the weekend:
5 deer (two more missed)
1 hog hit but lost (2 more misses);
Almost forgot, I know that hogs eat anything, but I've never seen this before: a doe that I shot ran approx. 50 yards and crashed. Shortly after, I could hear hogs approaching near where she had crashed. I could hear some commotion in the woods, but the hogs never showed themselves. When I tracked the deer, I found that the hogs had eaten the guts out from the deer not even 15 minutes after I shot. They didn't touch the meat, so I wasn't too upset, but I was surprised.
I made a quick trip to the camp yesterday afternoon to take advantage of the cold weather and the rut. This buck showed up at 4:30 behind a doe. He was 245lbs. I haven't measured him, yet, but I estimate he'll be in the mid 140's. Can't wait to go back.
I shot this buck on Saturday evening during the last minute or two of legal shooting hours. The front had just passed through a few hours earlier. He weighed 235lbs with his head and antlers still partially on the ground (winch was bottomed out). I even put my truck on oil change ramps to get some extra height. I haven't measured him, but I'm guessing approx. 125"
Save your money. Bought the light on Thursday. Tried it out on Sunday evening. Everything, including shadows ends up looking like blood. After only a few frustrating minutes on a good blood trail, I put it up and picked up the 'ole faithful mini-q and immediately resumed on a pretty easy blood trail. I returned it today.
I should have kept my mouth shut about the Rage 2-blade. I've gone through all of mine, and now I can't find them anywhere.
Opening day was a success in my book. I shot a nice doe in the morning in LA that ran 65 yards and crashed. Then, another doe in the afternoon in MS that dropped in its tracks. My guest shot a nice 240lb hog in the afternoon.
This morning I watched a 2.5yr. old 8 pt. (14" velvet) feed for over an hour and distances as close as 7 yards. Looking forward to a great season.
These are a couple of trail camera pictures from about a month or so ago. That's me, sticking out like a sore thumb in the stand in the top right. I stuck a hog about 10 minutes after the picture was taken. It would've been better if it caught the hog running off with my arrow. He dropped within sight. So far, I'm very pleased with the Rage broadhead.
I tried out the Carbon Express Maxima Hunter this year, and was pleased with flight and speed, but the inserts pull out nearly everytime I shoot a broadhead into a target. It happened 3 out of 4 times, so I quit practicing with broadheads (even on soft-foam targets and layered targets). I've heard from others that this is common. Has anyone found a remedy?
These amazing pictures were apparently taken from a tree stand. I don't know when or where, but if it were me, I don't think I would be getting out of my stand any time soon.
I shot this hog last week, while hunting by myself one afternoon. Getting him in the back of the cart by myself was a bit of a challenge, but I managed to do it without a hernia. To appreciate the size, I attached a picture of a 150lb hog that I shot earlier in the season. I'm guessing he weighed close to 350lbs.
Starting to get some encouraging photos from my trail camera. Although we haven't really seen rut activity, yet, these deer already have wet tarsals and are checking scrapes. Despite the weather and the full moon this weekend, the big boys ought to be getting a little frisky.
Think you have a hog problem? I'm glad this isn't my property.
I thought the cold weather would get the deer moving this weekend (15 degrees Sat. morning at the camp), but we didn't see a whole lot of deer. Friday evening this guy stepped out at about 5:00 (It was the only deer I saw). His body looked mature, but I couldn't tell what kind of rack he had from the profile. I made some noise to get him to look at me, and I immediately noticed the brow tines and G2's. He may not be B&C, but I was proud to kill the first buck on my new property. His hocks were dry, but his neck was swollen. Actually, I think his neck was just big. 10" G2's, 6" brow tines.
He was about 80 yards, and when the smoke cleared, I had no idea which way he ran. When I got down to look for blood, I noticed movement in the tall grass/brush right where he was standing. After looking through my binoculars, I could see his head moving a little. Then, he noticed me and went nuts. He did a couple of cart-wheels into the thicket, and I was shuffling to load another round. He dragged himself out of sight, and I had memories of a deer I lost like this last year with my bow. I debated charging in after him, since I could hear him making his way through the cutover at a slow pace, but I didn't want to push him.
With very little blood at the point of impact, I decided to give him the night and return in the morning. After about 10 yards, the blood trail was an easy one. He only went about 50 yards was frozen stiff, which made picture taking a little challenging.