WET AND RAINY DAY

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WET AND RAINY DAY

Postby ripper7 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:04 am

WET AND RAINY DAY
OCT 11 2011
I had been looking forward to the opening day of deer hunting for months. As the day approached I checked TWC to see what the weather would be hoping for bright clear skies but what they weather prediction was 60-70% showers overcast with a high in the 60s.With this knowledge nugget I hoped for best and planned for the worst. I purchased a treestand umbrella. The weather forecasters were correct, the early morning brought rainy skies but there was a chance of it being on and off showers throughout the day.
Armed with my wet weather gear and the stand umbrella Iventured out. Traveling down the dark twisting wet road through Sumter National forest I saw only 2 trucks pulled over on the side of the road. It looked like only the die hards were out on a this opening day morning . I arrived at the hunt club and it was still dark . The mist that I dealt with during the travel down picked up and made a tapping sound against the car. I slowly got dressed in the balance of my hunt clothes and waited for the rain to let up a little. It finally slowed enough for me to take a chance.
I went to my favorite stand . The wind direction made this stand a poor choice but it was the easiest to get to into with a minimum of disturbances and I felt the rain would decrease wind blown scent. It is surprising how quiet the woods were due to the rain, no birds no squirrels nothing but the patter of rain dripping off leaves and splashing to the forest floor with a soft plop. I moved quietly through the woods and quickly got about the business of hooking in my climber. I slowly ascended the tree installed the rain umbrella and pulled up my rifle. I now had a over view of a replanted cut over with a mixture of 10-12 foot pines interspersed with tall grass openings in which I hoped to ambush a deer as it moved through the opening. I was as snug as a but in a rug. Bugs in rugs will get wet if there is enough moisture and there was plenty of it. It was a slow soft shower but I was not getting any dryer slowly and surly I was getting wetter and wetter.
Time slows down when sitting in a deer stand and the rain seemed to make time move slower. The warmth created by the exertion of the climb began to ebb and the cold began to creep into my muscles this was soon followed by a wave of tiredness. I shut my eyes for a moment to fight of fatigue. When I opened my eyes I saw the hind quarters of deer disappear behind a pine tree. It soon reappeared in a open space between more tree branches. I glimpsed antlers through my scoped rifle before the deer was hidden by more trees. I anticipated its next move into the next clearing. As soon as the buck's shoulder was exposed I pulled the trigger. The deer dropped to the ground hidden by the tall grass . After the shot I took a bearing with my compass to establish a line to the deer. Once on the ground I needed the bearing so as not to wander about aimlessly. At about 70 yards among the tall wet grass I found a 6 point buck.
I was able to drag the deer close to the road and was determined to do something I never did before , field dress a deer. It was with some apprehension when I started this process. I had seen it don on You Tube and had helped dress out a deer last year. This time it was different. No one to assist no one to advise. Having the right tools helps and fortunately I had them 2 sharp knives, one with a specialty skinning tool and long sleeves gloves. With a few false starts and some squeamish scooping I was finally able to do the job. I put the deer in the trunk of my daughters car fortunately I had brought a bunch of plastic sheeting for such an instance. After the trunk was closed it was off to the processor.

The most important take away of this opening day adventure was having the right equipment makes a difference ,rain gear, safety vest compass tow rope gloves plastic sheeting etc . It was very rewarding to hang tough and get a deer

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Re: WET AND RAINY DAY

Postby kellory » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:22 am

Well done, sir. I don't think anyone likes to gut them, but it a part of hunting. I find it easier to gut them while hanging, by throwing ropes over limbs from one or more trees. this spreads them wide when tied to the rear feet (I prefer to gut head down) I use heavy duty cheap tarps to keep a car clean, if I can't get the pick-up, First tarp wraps the deer like a borritto with the ends tucked in the wrap, and a second lining the trunk incase of a leak. Which umbrella did you get? Mine works quite well against everything but blowing rain. Mine was made by Ameristep, for tree stands.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.

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Re: WET AND RAINY DAY

Postby ripper7 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:33 am

IT IS AN ALLEN INSTANT ROOF. I BOUGHT IT AT SPORTS ACEDEMY FOR UNDER $20. IT SURE WAS A GOOD INVESTMENT THE PERFECT TOOL FOR THE DAY BUT YOU ARE CORRECT IN THAT ON A WINDY DAY ALL BETS ARE OFF.

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Re: WET AND RAINY DAY

Postby kellory » Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:46 am

ripper7 wrote:IT IS AN ALLEN INSTANT ROOF. I BOUGHT IT AT SPORTS ACEDEMY FOR UNDER $20. IT SURE WAS A GOOD INVESTMENT THE PERFECT TOOL FOR THE DAY BUT YOU ARE CORRECT IN THAT ON A WINDY DAY ALL BETS ARE OFF.
I just went and checked my gear,
I don't know the allen, but this is what I use, and it works very well. It hangs from a bow holder, tree stair or nail (which you can leave in place) has two tree hugging straps that snap and draw tight, and two tiedows in case of winds that wrap behind the tree. I would put the diameter at 4-5 feet, and it can be used in stands or ground level. memory steel edge, and can be deployed very quickly and quietly. It can also be used as a quick ground blind. I left the pictures large so you can get a good look. Your allen is cheaper though, I think I paid 40 or so, about 5 years ago, but good gear will last you a long time.[attachment=0]This is what I use..jpg[attachment=0]inside view.jpg[attachment=0]open, it hangs from a bowhook or nail.jpg
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The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.

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Re: WET AND RAINY DAY

Postby ripper7 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:21 am

YOU PROBABLY GOT A BETTER RIG , THIS YEAR MONEY IS REALLY TIGHT AND THE ALLEN SET UP IS WHAT I COULD AFFORD. SOMETIME YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND I AM UNDER NO ILLUSIONS AS TO ITS DURABILITY.

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Re: WET AND RAINY DAY

Postby kellory » Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:04 am

I understand completely, my hunting money come strictly from recycling. :mrgreen:
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.


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