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Part Three Of Hunting Trip

May 13, 2009

The next morning we got up early and crawled out of our sleeping bags and looked out the door of the family camping tent and snow covered everything the trees were beautiful covered with snow. It was a picture perfect morning for deer hunting. This was going to be the day to get our bucks if it was going to happen. So we got dressed for the cold and snow that covered the forest and grabbed a cup of hot coffee and headed down the hill with our deer rifles. The guys were going to head to the north side of the forest the direction the deer was headed the night before. I was going to head over to my favorite spot. My favorite spot was a acorn forest and I knew that after all the snow we got that the deer were going to be looking for food there.

It was still dark and was hard to find the acorn feeding ground but I found it about an hour before daylight. I put up my deer blind about 300 yards from the spot because I didn’t want to spook any deer off before it got daylight. I crawled in my deer blind and waited for light to arrive, It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Right at day break it seemed the forest started to come alive with critters. I could hear weird things in the woods if you have ever been there at that time I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I got out my new buck grunt caller and got it ready. I also checked my rifle and made sure it was loaded and ready to go. Now all I had to do was wait for the big one and I knew it would just be a matter of time he was sure to show today with all the new snow.

No sooner than it got daylight I heard a shot in the direction the guys were hunting maybe they got one. I started to use my grunt caller to try to call a buck in but had no luck. About that time I saw a doe walking around some brush and she was headed right for the acorn feeding ground. Then I saw 4 more big does coming down a hill beside me and they was also headed for the feeding ground. That was sure a good sign that a buck would be around soon. During the rut which is the mating season for deer the bucks will follow the does around and check them to see if they are ready to mate. The buck always stays behind the does and shows last. I started to get hungry so i took a sandwich out of my picnic basket and ate while watching the does.

About an hour latter I heard crashing and loud noises coming from the forest on the back side of the feeding area. It was sure to be a buck I thought to myself. Then all a sudden I saw a big deer coming out of the thickets and was heading right for the other deer. As the deer got closer I could see horns it was a 8 point buck for sure. Then another deer came out behind that one and he looked like a monster I counted 12 points. It was going to be my lucky day. As soon as the two bucks got to the feeding area they started fighting. It was a awesome site that I never saw before in the wild. The smaller buck lost his battle with the monster buck and starting to leave the area. This was the time to take the monster I had been waiting on. I had a clear shot so I raised my rifle and put the crosshairs right on this chest and pulled the trigger. The monster fell to the ground right in this tracks.

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Part two of hunting trip

April 29, 2009

We arrived at hunting camp at around 4:00 on Friday. The sun was just beginning to set to our west. The sky started to get gray and the northwest wind began howling through the trees. We had to get our camp set up quickly because it was going to get dark soon and a possible winter storm was heading our way. I was in charge of pitching the camping tent while the others looked for the firewood.

About 20 minutes later the tent was up and my friends were walking up the trail carrying plenty of firewood for the whole weekend. My friend John said that they jumped three big bucks in the valley as they searched for the wood. He said they ran straight for the north side of the woods crossing a dry creek bed. Now we knew where we were going to start our hunt early on Saturday morning.

Before we could think about hunting, we had to get a fire started because the storm was approaching fast. We built a simple fire ring out of big rocks then started the fire and got the rest of our stuff unpacked and setup. As soon as we got the fire built to a roaring blaze it started to snow like crazy. It was very cold out so we decided to leave our sandwiches in the picnic backpack and barbecue some thick strip steaks. Since John had just gotten new bbq tools, he got to do the honors. Besides, none of us will ever complain about John’s steaks. He really is the master of the grill.

The snow began to build up very quickly. In an hour or so we had two inches on the ground. My new four season camping tent was holding up to the weather conditions very well. Soon the steaks were cooked and we could get out of the weather and enjoy our dinner. We grabbed the cooler out of the back of the truck and climbed into the tent for an evening of storytelling, food and beer.

As we ate, the snow and wind picked up even more. The tent was shaking hard but we weren’t worried. I was very happy I had gotten the four season tent instead of the three season one I had thought about. If I had gotten the other one, we would have either cancelled the trip or we’d have been sleeping in the truck. A little while later the steaks were just pleasant memories and it was time to head for the large family camping tent and crawl in our warm sleeping bags and get some sleep. The alarm clock was going to go off early because tomorrow we would hunt!

Please come back soon for part 3 of this story about my winter hunting trip. In part 3 I’ll tell you all about the hunt and the huge buck I got that day.

Don’t Let the Weather Ruin Your Hunting Trip

April 8, 2009

Don’t you hate it when you have a hunting trip planned and the forecast calls for lousy weather? Have you ever postponed a camping trip because it was too cold or rainy? I don’t have that problem anymore.Last November I decided to go to deer camp with my brother and some friends. We made our plans a few weeks in advance so we’d have plenty of time to get our camping equipment ready. As opening day of deer season got closer, I kept an eye on the Weather Channel and things didn’t look very promising. The forecast was for a cold and snowy weekend but we were sure it wouldn’t stop us from bagging our deer.

You see, I had canceled too many camping trips in the past and recently purchased a four season family camping tent and some thermal sleeping bags to prevent it from happening again. The camping tent sleeps eight people so I knew there would be plenty of room for the four of us and our gear. I also knew we’d be protected because the four season camping tent is built to conquer all kinds of bad weather.

As Friday approached, I packed all my supplies with complete confidence that we’d be going camping as planned. What’s even better is that hunters without the right camping equipment would be staying home. Less hunters in the forest would mean more deer for us. Also, you know how it seems like the deer know exactly when hunting season starts? Well, maybe because of the bad weather they wouldn’t be quite so careful.

Friday finally arrived and we packed our camping gear in the car and headed for the woods. All of a sudden it dawned on me that we forgot the picnic backpacks with the sandwiches for our first day in it. We don’t cook on Friday because by the time we get to camp and set up our gear, it’s too late to bother cooking. After the first night though, we take out our barbecue tools and grill up dinner on our portable grill.

Finally we were on the highway. I couldn’t wait to get to hunting camp and set up our camping equipment before the bad weather set in. For me there’s nothing better than a weekend at hunting camp with my best pals and the anticipation of the hunt to come. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you how we did on our bad weather hunting trip.

Joys of Family Camping Part II

February 4, 2009

Some of my favorite memories of the family camping trips involved sitting around the campfire at night. In fact, as soon as we’d pull into the campground I’d head into the woods looking for firewood. I’d always bring back so much wood that there would be no chance of using it but the “hunt” was tons of fun for me. Then it would be my job to start the fire. I can remember bragging that I could start a fire with one match and no paper or fuel. Today you’ll probably want to bring your firewood with you but sitting around the fire is still a lot of fun.

The campfire is one of those things that bring people together. Start a fire and there’s a good chance that the family in the camping tent next to you will stop by with a bag of marshmallows to toast. My sister used to toast hers slowly and get them brown on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. I used to stick mine right in the fire and let them burn to a crisp. We met a family on a camping trip in 1970 and our families are still the best of friends today.

Once the marshmallows get toasting and mom brings out the cups of hot chocolate, somebody may start telling stories. I used to like the ones that started out sounding like they were going to be scary but then the punch lines made them funny. We also used to sing silly songs and tell jokes that really weren’t very funny. I think what really made the campfire great is that the whole family was together and the kids had mom and dad all to ourselves.

The more I think about these days, the more I recommend that you take your family camping. I’d suggest you check out Camping Gear Stop for your camping tent and other camping gear. You also may want to visit Picnic Baskets and More to check out their selection of wicker picnic baskets and other picnic accessories.

Joys Of Family Camping

January 26, 2009

Welcome to the Joys of Family Camping. In this series I’ll draw on my own camping experiences to help you understand why I think that camping is the best family building experience there is. My family discovered camping when I was 13 years old and in the 39 years that followed, I’ve had some great family experiences while camping. In the process, I’ll turn you on to some great places to camp and help you make a list of the basic equipment you’ll need.

One of my favorite things about camping is the chance to experience wildlife in a totally new way. The earliest example of this I can remember was on our very first camping trip. It was June of 1969 and my dad decided that we would try camping for our summer vacation. Dad decided we were going to visit Assateague Island National Seashore and see the wild ponies. Imagine how cool it was for my brother, sister and I (aged 4, 10 and 13 respectively) to see these ponies running around wild. Sure, we could have stayed at a hotel and driven to see the ponies, but it simply wouldn’t have been the same as waking up, getting out of our camping tent, cooking a picnic breakfast and then walking to where we could see the ponies. It felt to me like we were part of the ponies’ environment rather than intruders into their environment.

Among the amazing wildlife I’ve encountered while camping are wild moose in Maine, a monarch butterfly migration in Long Island (yes you really can go camping in Long Island), dozens of bald eagles and hawks in Central Pennsylvania , a migration of tiny frogs in South Carolina and hundreds of deer in one evening on the Skyline Drive in Virginia. All of these trips have etched memories for a lifetime into my mind. I only wish the quality of cameras was better when I was a child. That reminds me, don’t forget to take your camera on your next camping trip and when you go, please, please take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

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