Jan 2, 2000: the 83rd and Last Day of Deer Season '99:
I took my new hunters chair to the Hammer Hole area and slipped it in the
brush. Purchased the chair at Wal Mart. It looked great, but it's an uncomfortable,
noisy piece of junk. If a deer would have showed, my butt was too sore
for my brain to work. Tink hunted the pocket. No deer today.
Jan 1, 2000: the 82nd day of Deer Season '99:
I hunted a stand in the thicket near the Hammer Hole. Three does used a
trail 35 yards from me. Shortly after, 5 does filed by on the same trail.
I looked at the area when I got down and I see where I can put a ground
blind. All I need is a chair, I'll take it with me tomorrow. Tink hunted
down from the Pocket and there was no deer activity there.
Dec 31, the 81th day of Deer Season '99:
Today we went to Stephensville
and met Blaze Irish from the Womens Hunting Club on Yahoo. She and Tink
and are internet acquaintances. We all ate lunch at a local cafe (good
company, mediocre food) and talked.
That's Blaze Irish and
Tink in the pic below.
Dec 30, the 80th day of Deer Season '99:
8-point buck went directly to the December Tree scrape and smelled the
ground and rubbed his forehead on the overhanging branches. Tink watched,
12 yards away, patiently waiting for a clear shot.
The buck stepped closer and smelled the ground and limbs where Tink had
poured his doe in rut scent when he started scenting
the scrape on Dec 24. As Tink moved slightly the buck looked up at
him. Tink froze and the buck smelled the ground again and quickly looked
are Tink Nathan and his Homecoming buck.
the buck turned and skirted the edge of the clearing. Tink drew. The buck
entered the woods on the opposite side of the small clearing. Tink let
down. The buck took a few steps and reversed directions, he was coming
back. Tink drew and aimed and as the buck's chest came into the clear Tink
touched the trigger on his release. The arrow was true and the buck bolted
and ran uphill and away from the clearing. Crash, Tink heard him fall 50
we took the picture below we drug the buck uphill to my truck. Tink told
me that it has been a while since he could hunt whitetails. (Tink has been
in Africa). He added, "This is my Homecoming Buck."
happy homecoming Tink. Welcome back.
Tink and my friend Leroy Sisco comparing bow setups at the Red Barn, after
hunt) This morning Tink returned to the scrapes at December Tree
and I hunted in the Back 200. No activity for either of us. Tink make a
fake scrape to see if he can get the bucks thinking they have an unknown
buck in the mix.
Dec 29, the 79th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) Tink hunted December Tree and the scrape is active and was
visited today. He scented it up and waited. No deer showed. I hunter T.E.'s
Folly and no deer moved through.
hunt) We hunted the Back 200 and Tink saw 2 does. A flock of wild
turkeys came by me (out of range).
Dec 28, the 78th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) I hunted the Hammer Hole and several does moved through the
trails in the brush and briars. Tink was at the Pocket and there was no
deer activity. At dusk a group of coyotes ended the day with their yelps
and extended howls.
hunt) Nothing moved again. I scouted around and see lots of sign
at the Canyon and at the Pocket and Hammer Hole again.
Dec 27, the 77th day of Deer Season:
hunt) Nice afternoon. I saw a spike buck and Tink went deerless.
Tink watched a big doe come toward him. When she reached his approach trail
her nose dropped to the ground. She sniffed a moment and walked away. This
morning I loaned Tink my new rubber boots (Christmas present). I normally
wash them with scent eliminating soap but I had not done it to these. Shoulda
done it. Meanwhile at the Hammer Hole I zipped.
We are off to hunt. Tink is going to the Dry Up Pond and I am headed for
the Hammer Hole.
Dec 26, the 76th day of Deer Season:
Tink hunted the Dry Up Pond stand and I returned to the Pocket. Again,
no deer moved. On a more positive note, I saw the first Robins of the Fall.
I've noted their arrival date for years and usually they show up on either
December 17 or 18, so they are a little later this year. Right now Tink
and I are on the way to meet the County Wildlife Biologist Misty Sumner
and go eat some Pizza.
Tink hunted the Ladder Stand down from the Rolled
Wire. No deer showed. I slept in.
Dec 25, the 75rd day of Deer Season '99: Tink hunted the Hammer
Hole and I was at the Point. Nothing moved.
Dec 24, the 74rd day of Deer Season '99:
a pic of Tink Putting scent on the overhanging branches at the main December
It was a pleasant afternoon. We both saw the same number of deer, zero.
When he got in the truck after hunting Tink smiled and said. "Sitting out
there was like pouring a healing water over a very tired soul. The tranquility
and quiet evening was so healing to my spirit. Today was the anniversary
date that I lost my mom, and it made it feel ok."
We are heading out. Tink will hunt the core scrape area, the December Tree.
I haven't decided if I'll go to the Pocket or the Point, I'll figure it
out on the fly.
Tink helped me move a 2nd tripod into the Hammer Hole -- where several
major trails converge. A little branch trimming later and the site is good
to go. This afternoon we are hunting the December Tree scrapes
Dec 23, the 74rd day of Deer Season '99:
saw deer this morning but none were harvested. The Duck and Matthew went
home at noon. This afternoon Robbie, RC and Dusty all saw deer but couldn't
make it happen. Tink hunted the Hammer Hole and had a doe at 10 yards but
not where he could shoot. I saw 3 does.
Dec 22, the 73rd day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) Tink hunted the Gate stand and no deer showed. Tink told
me this was the first time in 8 years that he has set in a treestand whitetail
hunting and he thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. (Tink has been in Africa).
Dusty hunted the Rolled Wire and had a doe come in, but not quite close
enough for a shot. John Askew saw 2 young bucks. Robbie and his son RC
zipped. The Duck saw a doe family walk by. All of us went to the Red Barn
to eat dinner and then we watched Matthew's video footage of deer.
hunt) The thermometer read 18 degrees this morning and the moon
was so bright you could see your shadow. The Duck saw 3 does, Matthew videoed
2 bucks chasing a doe, and the rest of us zipped.
yesterday afternoon my bud Robbie and his son Robert (RC) age 16 came down
with a new bowhunter, Dusty (18).
Dec 21) It was pretty cold this morning. There was snow on the ground.
I saw the only deer, one forky, he was really fat. On the afternoon hunt
the Duck and Matthew saw a half dozen does. Matthew videoed them.
Dec 20, the 72st day of Deer Season '99:
trail led to the steep bank of the Leon River. The Duck peered over the
edge and shown his flashlight beam down the straight up and down, and very
muddy, bank. His buck lay on a shelf, 60 feet below. Without hesitation
he came and got me.
We loaded up the things we figured it would take to drag the buck up the
steep river bank. Once at the river I couldn't find a gradual place to
get down so I slid down on my butt. Since I didn't slide into the river
Matthew (the Duck's 13 year old grandson) followed after me.
the Duck hooked my Power Ratchet to a tree (these are made by Rope
Ratchet and are super handy, I have several sizes and types) and threw
the loose rope end down to me. I fastened the rope to the buck and the
Duck hooked another rope to a tree and I used it to steady and pull myself
back up to the bank. Matthew stayed with the buck and and crawled along
and kept the bucks head and antlers from hanging on roots as I pulled and
the Duck ratcheted. It wasn't very fast but we made it happen. Here are
the Duck (Don Beckwith) and Matthew with Don's "Mudslide" 8-point. (It
is 8:31pm right now.)
Dec 19, the 71st day of Deer Season '99:
I insisted that the Duck hunt the Pocket, since I've been seeing bucks
there. He did. Two ground dragging Gobblers came running out of the brush
and went right by the Duck before he could get into action. No deer showed.
Matthew video hunted at the "L" and 2 does came right to him. When he pushed
the "On" button he got the Eject one instead. Clickety clack went the camera
as the tape released. One of the does looked right at Matthew, but he held
stone still and soon the doe forgot about him. Very slowly and carefully
he slipped the tape back in and went to videoing. We are going to look
at the footage (at my house) in the morning.
hunt) The Duck, Josh, and Matthew stayed in camp this morning. Robbie
B hunted the Dry Up Pond. A sixer came by first. Then he saw a buck with
a big rack approaching. (Robbie B is a guest and is limited to harvesting
does only.) The bomber buck bedded down, walked around and stayed in
the area for over an hour. When Robbie returned to camp he and Josh left
Dec 18, the 70th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) The Duck came down with his grandson Matthew and Robbie
B (the Duck's son). Matthew took his video camera to the Hammer Hole. A
bomber buck showed up in the brush and waited in the area quite a while.
As luck would have it, on video you can't see the buck because of all the
brush. Robbie B hunted the Dry Up Pond and saw 3 young bucks. The Duck
took Robbie's young son Josh with him to Myron's Corner. After they had
spent an hour sitting quietly in the stand Josh got hungry and they returned
to camp. (Josh has a compound bow and can shoot it real well for a young
Dec 17, the 69th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) It's been a while since I sat out there for several hours and
didn't see any deer. Today was one of those days.
Dec 14, the 70th day of Deer Season:
hunt) I walked into the cedar thicket at the Pocket and climbed
into my ladder stand. In a minute I was ready to hunt. I didn't know, yet,
that 8 yards away a bomber buck was bedded down, watching me. Several
minutes passed. Everything was still. Suddenly the buck bolted toward the
rusty, aged fence 20 yards away. The ground is rocky there and as he jumped
he slipped and collided loudly with the top wires of the fence and flipped,
fanny over head, to the other side. Unhurt, he regained his footing and
all I saw was antlers, tines and his wide butt, moving like a rocket. His
tail wasn't flagging either. Wow. I didn't have a clue he was there. Boy
was it cool. A couple hours later a forky came by on my left. Just before
dark I head the wild hogs but once again they didn't come to me. It's time
to hunt another area.
hunt) Doug saw 2 does early on. The cold set in and he got down at
8:30. He walked about 80 yards and spotted a group of deer approaching
on the trail his stand was on. Quietly he quickly boogied to his stand
and climbed up in it. Seconds after he pulled his bow up two spikes ran
a large doe up beneath his stand. Doug decided to shoot, but he heard another
deer coming and held off in case it was a mature buck. It was 2 does ...
and now the large doe was out out of range. And the deer were gone.
thermometer read 20 degrees this morning when I left to hunt the 3rd Wire
area. The long tined sixer and 3 young bucks were on the move early and
later 6 does went through the fence crossing into the bedding area. I checked
on Doug and he told me what happened to him. Then he helped me work on
one of my stands and he returned home.
Dec 14, the 69th day of Deer Season:
hunt) The Duck had to go home this morning and I didn't hunt. This
afternoon Doug (a member of our lease) came down. He hunted Rick's
River Stand and saw a couple of deer and a group of wild turkeys that flew
up to roost in some big trees along the river about 100 yards away. At
the Pocket I heard two groups of wild hogs behind me, headed east to west.
They were plenty loud but they didn't come by me. The temperature dropped,
big time, an hour before dark.
Dec 14, the 68th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) As you know, the Duck (Don Beckwith) has been hunting a particular
buck for 5 days. After daylight he heard the frost crunching as something
walked toward him in the cedars and brush, it was that buck, at last. The
buck was alone, meaning the doe he was tending was through her rut cycle.
It stopped in the trail 12 yards away, offering a perfect shot angle. Don
had never seen the buck close, it had good body size and his 8-point antlers
were 2-inches or more outside his ears. Don smiled and unhooked his release,
it was an exceptional 2 1/2 year buck, next year he'll be an even better
buck, and after all, he does know the way to one of the Duck's stands.
hunt) Within minutes after I sat down in my ladder stand at the Pocket
I saw a big doe coming toward me in the brush, directly in front of me.
Behind it the sun shown brightly on the tines and rack of a heck of a big
buck. The two of them walked by me, very close. The deal is that I live
in a 1-buck county and I've already used my tag for this county, so all
I could do was watch this bomber buck with his current rut partner. As
soon as I returned to camp I told the Duck about and suggested he bowhunt
there tomorrow morning.
Dec 13, the 67th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) As the Duck pulled up his bow he heard a loud snort and saw a
flag behind him. That was the only deer encounter this morning.
hunt) Six does walked down the trail towards the Duck's stand at the
Canyon. At 12 yards he drew, took his time and aimed carefully. Suddenly
there was a loud (unidentified) crashing sound in the brush. The does bolted
and ran uphill. They stopped and looked back at the disturbance. And selected
another trail to leave the area. I didn't get to hunt today, (business
stuff to do).
Dec 12, the 66th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) The Duck's son Robbie B (he's hunting this weekend) has bowhunted
with us since he was 10. He got his first deer with a bow at 12. He hasn't
bowhunted in a few years, you know the drill: women, marriage, kids, life.
But he is back and I'm glad to see him with us again. It rained an inch
and a half last night. We need it. Right now it's heavily overcast and
36 degrees. I saw deer all morning at the Rolled Wire. The Duck saw the
bomber and doe in his area (again). John Askew and Bryant both got into
the wild hogs but the pigs gave them the slip.
hunt) Robbie B hunted the Gate. Two does and a button buck came through.
One of the does got right where he wanted it and he drew, aimed ... and
missed. No one else saw any deer this afternoon. The Duck had a large flock
of wild turkeys come in his area and fly up into the large trees
by the dry up pond.
Dec 11, the 65th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) It was overcast and 34 degrees and the deer moved good. I hunted
December Tree and got to watch a rutting ritual. An 8-point buck, with
a just outside its ears rack sporting 10 inch tines, showed up with a doe.
He followed her around and marked trees and limbs as she took up residence
at different spots in the small clearing and up on the hillside. Four yearling
bucks charged (that scent always brings 'em) at different times but the
larger buck just looked at them and they stayed their distance. The Duck,
at the Dry Up Tank, saw the bomber 10-point he has been hunting, it was
with a doe too. He saw 3 more bucks and several does. Robbie hunted the
3rd Fence on my place and ran out a bunch of deer when he went in (an hour
before daylight, too). One doe came through the area but not close enough.
hunt) John Askew hunted the Pocket and got his 3rd wild hog. It started
raining after he got in so we didn't get any pictures. His son Bryant (14)
got his first shot -- a wild hog -- and a 2nd shot at a doe, but he didn't
get his arrow where they were. Robbie (the Duck's son) went to the Gate
stand at 1:00. He saw the long tined sixer and several does. The sixer
was close enough but the does weren't, so nothing happened.
Dec 10, the 64th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) At the Gate stand I watched two does browse through. Three bucks,
a spike, a sixer and the long tined sixer came over to them but were only
interested in a patch of volunteer clover that they were eating. At the
Dry Up Tank stand the Duck saw a bunch of does and 3 different bucks. One
was a 16-incher with a doe. All were within range. His son Robbie just
arrived and the Duck is going to BBQ steaks tonight. (Ain't this hunting
life tough !!)
hunt) The Duck hunted the "L" and two bucks chased a doe by him. Later
he saw a bomber buck he was hunting in October and it was with a doe. At
the December Tree I found that the main scrape has been reopened and is
active again. The 2nd rut is beginning. Ahhh, life is good.
Dec 9, the 64th day of Deer Season '99:
hunt) The Duck hunted Myron's Corner and had two does come through
his strip of woods. Then he was covered up by cows for the rest of the
afternoon. (Oh the perils of hunting on a working cattle ranch !!) At
the Gate I saw several does. A yearling 6-point dogged them all. This buck
has been on my place all season. It's cool to watch him mature. In September
he acted and postured himself just like the does. But now, with his first
rut behind him, he stands square, with his neck straight up and his head
and antlers held high. He has real long tines for a sixer. Three or four
years from now ... he just might be peering down from my wall, watching
me update Bowhunting.Net.
Dec 8, the 63rd day of deer season '99:: Back home in Texas. The Duck
is down and we'll be bowhunting. This weekend his son Robbie and my bud
Robbie will be down too.
the daily report on our Bowhunt at: Wells
Creek Outfitters in Brown County, Illinois
Are The Logs For: Oct,
around after the season is over always helps me put a few more of the pieces
in the deerhunting puzzle. It's as much a part of the hunt as the hunting
season. I started scouting the first weekend in February. Here
Are My Scouting Logs For 1999
Back To Where You Were
| Nov | Dec
Whitetails @ Wells Creek Outfitters - in Brown County, IL. This
area consistently produces trophy class Whitetail Bucks for bowhunters.
Loco's Great West Texas Bowhunt - Oct '99
I received an invitation for myself and one friend to bowhunt with
Loco at his 6,300 acre deer lease in the desert near Del Rio, Texas.
This is as far West as Whitetails go in the Southwest and Venado said that
this bowhunt would be different from other deer hunts I was familiar with
... he wasn't kidding. Logs
& Pics of the Venado Loco hunt.
Pullam & Chrissy of the YBC Bowhunt Texas - Brian
Pullam, YBC Team Leader, and Chrissy, YBC Columnists bowhunted Whitetails
at my place in Texas and 16 year old Chrissy brings home her first bow
Chrissy with her Doe.
18: I went on a Deer Spotlight Survey with our area's
Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist and, believe me, the deer population
is not just a wild guess.
10: Making sense of the Rolled Wire area with a Terraserver map.
It's a deer hot spot, but why? The satellite map (it is free) tells all.
With Your Map. Here are the other recent updates:
the Rolled Wire
Up To Bowhunt at the Rolled Wire & the 3rd Fence
A Map of your hunting place
With Your Map (we scout the Rolled Wire)
Hog Hunting (in progress)
Spring Bear Hunt