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Archive for August, 2011
True Country Whitetails Pro Staff member Damien Rexrode video taped a number of good bucks while scouting. One of them was an absolute GIANT of an 8 point. Check out the video and see for yourself.
As hunters, we all know that part of the season where we hit a lull. It’s the part of the season, typically towards the end, where it’s tough to get out of bed and put that work in we know we should be doing. Where your mind is still giving it 110%, but your body just will not follow. This is how August 10th, 2011 started for me.
The day started with that god awful sound we all hate, except for on opening day, the sound of the alarm clock seemingly smacking you in the face. Yelling, “Hey you’re the one who set me for this time, now get your butt out of bed!” The night before, I watched the weather just before heading to bed as I always do. A break in the heat was coming, and it was going to drop down into the low sixties from the mid to high 70s at night. Yes, I understand for some this seems like it’s still too warm to mean anything. Well, for us here in the Northeast, the heat wave seems to be a heat tsunami lately, I can’t remember it being in the 80s! I knew it was going to be a good morning the following day to be up early and glassing the fields prior to committing to actual work for the day. So, 5 AM arrives, and I slowly, and I mean snail’s pace, drag myself out of bed, and head to my normal duties. Shower, clothes, feed dogs, feed deer, grab my lunch, and out the door. This happens in about 30minutes on a normal day. Today, it happened in about 20, remember I said snail’s pace getting out of bed?
It’s getting towards the end of scouting season, with only a few weeks till opening day of the 2011 Delaware hunting season(this is the 1st state to come into archery for us here in the NE). With tens of thousands of trail camera pictures sorted, hundreds of trips swapping trail cameras, countless hours glassing fields, food plots, mineral sites, etc etc. The lull hits, it’s getting next to impossible to get out of bed. But somehow I managed to do so, and boy am I glad I did!
After leaving the last of the deer pens, I grab the binos from the back seat of my brand new F150(yea I am still excited about my new truck) and I head for the back roads. As expected, deer are everywhere, lots of doe and numerous small bucks. Guess it’s time to head to work………bam! I slam on the brakes, a giant steps out right as I started to roll the window up to call it quits. A true booner, a 10pt that is all of 22+ inches wide and sky high. He stands there looking at me at approximately 40yards, and stands there as 5 other small bucks enter the field in front of him. Our eyes meet, and I swear he grins at me, as if to say; “Shows what you know pal, I have been living 1/4 mile from your front door, and you haven’t been able to find me.” But as fast as our minds sync, he realizes, now he’s been discovered!
So, now I’m speeding to work, because I am late after watching “Macho Man Randy Whitetail” for about 15 minutes. I begin to text the TCW Pro Staff guys, to tell them what just happened. Folks, please don’t speed and text while late to work, do as I say not as I do. At work, I try and bear through work and keep this new buck off my mind, and I think it was actually more mind numbing.
After work, I decide to run to check a trail camera that has been out on a 3 week set. A spot that I went crazy on text and voicemail to the pro staff about two months ago, when I encountered another good buck. Yes I have a sickness, I am aware. But, after checking this trail camera at home, again in a hurry because I have a Moment of Peace Adventures meeting that I have 15minutes to get ready for because I wasted even more time chasing giant whitetails.
This time the guys have to believe me, because now I have proof! Several shooters to add to the hitlist, and over 15 different up and comers all on the first round of trail pictures at this spot, that I have now added to MY honey hole list! There is no I in team, but there sure is a ME! Back to wearing out my phone sending pictures and making excited phone calls while speeding to my meeting because I am late. Do we see a pattern here?
I am not quite sure what the moral of this blog is. Maybe its just a place for me to brag about how good I am, or as many say, how lucky I am at finding big deer. Or maybe its to motivate some of the readers to get their butts out of bed when that lull comes, and force your body to follow your mind. Because your whole season, scouting or hunting, can be made an unforgettable one in just a few moments!
Thank you for reading. I apologize for my rambling, spelling or grammer errors, and run on sentences. As my heart is still beating like I just ran a marathon. Now I need to try and calm down so I can go to sleep, because tomorrow looks like another good morning to glass the fields before work. For some odd reason, I don’t believe I will have as tough of a time dragging myself out of bed tomorrow.
Damien J. Rexrode
TCW Pro Staff
Watch out for stickers when in the woods!
Yesterday I was out with TCW Pro Staff Damien Rexrode and my daddy, Bryan Roth. I was helping them hang a tree stand and put up a trail camera. I was walking through the woods behind Damien and my daddy and I got caught in a sticker bush. Instead of backing out of the bush I tried to push through it. When I did it cut my leg and hurt really bad. It was bleeding. It hurt so bad that I cried and I had to sit down for a little bit to feel better. After I felt better we got the tree stand set up and the trail camera ready. I can’t wait to see the pictures we get on our camera.
True Country Whitetails pro staff member Bryan Roth has a great night of scouting after timing a storm front perfectly to catch a lot of big bucks on their feet. Some of the bucks in this video are definitely on the hit list for this fall!