Welcome to my little corner of the Tree Stand! By theory, if you're reading this, you want to know a little more about me. I'll try and oblige you, after all, we're all friends here.
I've been deer hunting for over 25 years. Like many of you, I took my first deer when I was young. If my memory serves me right, I was 13 at the time. Needless to say I was on top of the world!
I have used nearly every weapon imagineable to take deer. Rifle, pistol, bow, blackpowder. I'm waiting till the day the open the season up to rocks and spears...lol
I tend to lean toward the traditional ways of hunting. I've come full circle in my tactics and belief. When I first started hunting, there was no designer camo or "must have latest scent". There were no DVD's or video's to show me the things I didn't know. Don't get me wrong, I don't think all those things are bad, just that many new hunters rely too much on technology to kill a buck rather than the grey matter between their ears.
I'm not into the number racket. I honestly don't know how many deer I've killed, but it's been a few. I went through the whole Trophy hunting phase also. By my mid twenties, I spent nearly every day of season hunting and many more days out of the year finding and patterning good bucks. I often joke with people that I stayed single for over 10 years of my life because I didn't want marriage interupting my deer hunting. When I look back, that statement probably carries quite a bit of truth.
Now days, I still like to shoot the big boys, but I chase the whole experience of deer hunting more than I do just shooting something with a massive set of antlers. I'll likely shoot a smaller buck rather than wait out the big boys these days. I may not have told you, but I sure do like eating venison! The funny thing is, my 4 year old daughter will eat it until she makes her self sick! I still process the deer I kill.
I'm self employed and married now. My deer hunting time per year has dropped to virtually nothing. I'm lucky if I get to hunt 5-10 days out of the year. I have a wonderful family and the trade off is more than worth it!
I've never been on a paid deer hunt. I've hunted out of state several times over the years, but I always did the footwork myself. I considered finding a place to hunt, then finding the deer as part of the fun and challenge of hunting a new area.
I love deer guns also. I'm what many people call "gun poor". Although since I've been married, I only keep a few around. I've taken deer with many traditional deer caliber. 6mm Remington, 25-06, .308, 30-06, 270, 7-30 Waters, 30-30 Winchester, 35 Remington, 30 Remington, 444.Marlin, 45-70, 300 Winchester Magnum and probably a few I've forgotten right now.
Well, that's it for me. How about you? Join in and share you experience with us here at the Buck Hunters Blog. The blog doesn't work without you!