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2021 Great North Woods hunt


LPJR

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"It's All Good"

Words and pics are not able to describe the gorgeous woods and land we hunted in NH. 

I took dozens of pics each time something caught my eye while hunting, which was nearly all the time. To have this opportunity to be able to share a hunt with good friends and family (my son was with us last year and could not take off from school this time) is worth it's weight in gold. 

I let both Tim and Ron know that when my son was 2 months old, I was involved in a near fatal crash that left me in a coma for 2 weeks. 

Was back on the job 6 months later after passing numerous tests. Point of this-Since that event there is not one day that I take for granted. To be able to walk in the woods again is something that I will NEVER take for granted again. Ever. Yes, it would have been awesome to have killed a buck on this trip and we definitely are getting closer learning more each time up. But, to be able to have the opportunity to be in some of the most beautiful country we can be in less than 8 hours away is truly a godsend. 

Ronnie and I are in the same profession. Talk of the job was kept to a minimum. We were in a totally different mindset. Same went for Tim. Talk of what we do in our everyday lives was not why we were up there. 

Ron must have said a half dozen times, "Guys you have NO IDEA how much I am loving hunting up here." This is coming from someone who has hunted all over North America. 

The good times and laughs were nonstop and we literally could have been up there for another week and would still be having fun. 4 days was not nearly enough and I am convinced that if we had a few more days one of the giant Pittsburgh giants would have been taking a ride back home with us. 

When I was tracking what I thought was a huge buck based on the size and depth of the tracks in the swamp, I was in another world. When I had the deer in my scope I was excited to have gotten in front of them knowing I had a chance at a buck. My heart was literally in my throat....When this feeling of anticipation ends  it is time to hang up the bow or gun for me. 

But it just wasn't about a kill. A deer taken would have been cool indeed. It was about having the opportunity to be able to take one in the gorgeous country we were in. 

Which is why I included the pics and videos in this thread. To be able to share this trip with the W&W members was a goal of mine. 

It truly was a special place to hunt. 

Some more pics and videos attached to this below to recap...glad y'all enjoyed this post as much as we had in the Great Northern Woods.. 

Cannot wait for next year already...

Like I said above...."It's All Good"

 

 

   

 

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17 hours ago, Haskell_Hunter said:

  This is the most challenging hunting I do.  The terrain is very unforgiving, the weather is unpredictable, and the deer never cooperate.  But this year, after the many years I've been doing this, was probably the most successful.  I had the right gear to spend all day in the field.  

Great summary, thanks for sharing.  Sounds like what we do in Maine.

You spoke of having the right gear... care to elaborate? What did you use, and why was what you used to use, the wrong gear?

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3 hours ago, DV1 said:

Great summary, thanks for sharing.  Sounds like what we do in Maine.

You spoke of having the right gear... care to elaborate? What did you use, and why was what you used to use, the wrong gear?

I use Merino wool as a base.  I have silk socks to keep the moisture off my feet.  Another cotton sock on, and then a wool sock.  My feet go into my neoprene Mucks.  My feet stay warm and dry.  My toes do have a habit of getting cold, but I've learned how to deal with that.

I wear jeans (another layer of cotton) and a Woolrich shirt, that's mostly wool (80%/20%).  I might look around for another brand wool shirt that has more wool.  Then I put my Filson bibs on, wool again, and their Mackinaw cruiser jacket.  Wool makes no sound when you walk through the woods.  I have just some orange winter hat I wear, nothing special.

The thing I did differently this year was to bring two packs with me.  I have a large backpack that I always haul into the woods with me.  It has more than everything I need to hunt all day and take care of myself if I get jammed up.  I bought a chest pack this fall for bow hunting and used that instead of my large pack on the last day.  What a difference it made not schlepping the additional 40#-60# into the woods.  I was a lot more mobile in many ways.  The chest pack has barely enough space for everything I need, so it forced me to travel light.  But it really upped my stalking game.

I didn't need much gear to stalk this year because it was slightly warmer out.  If it were colder I would have brought layers into the woods with me (I did this the first day and didn't need the extra layer I brought).  So I feel pretty good about the choices I've made over the years and the gear I've selected.

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On 11/18/2021 at 10:03 AM, LPJR said:

ETA shows 1456 hours. Since I was in charge of dinner, bringing up lots from Dominick's, ribs, wings, as well as several pepperoni and provolone breads. 20211117_154337.thumb.jpg.01ece1ea0ffa9aca53520f11f2fa0673.jpg

reminded me of the Brokeback shopping list:

Brokeback Mountain

WEEK ONE
Beans
Bacon
Coffee
Whiskey

WEEK TWO
Beans
Ham
Coffee
Whiskey

WEEK THREE
Beans al fresca
Thin-sliced Bacon
Hazelnut Coffee
Sky vodka & Tanqueray gin
K-Y gel

WEEK FOUR
Beans en salade
Pancetta
Coffee (espresso grind)
5-6 bottles best Chardonnay
2 tubes K-Y gel

WEEK FIVE
Fresh fava beans
Jasmine rice
Prosciutto, approx. 8 ounces, thinly sliced Medallions of veal Porcini
mushrooms
1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 Cub Scout uniform, size 42 long
5-6 bottles French Bordeaux (Estate Reserve)
1 extra large bottle Astro-glide

WEEK SIX
Yukon Gold potatoes
Heavy whipping cream
Asparagus (very thin)
Organic Eggs
Spanish Lemons
Gruyere cheese (well aged)
Crushed Walnuts
Arugula
Clarified Butter
Extra Virgin Olive oil
:rofl:

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25 minutes ago, madeinuk said:

reminded me of the Brokeback shopping list:

Brokeback Mountain

WEEK ONE
Beans
Bacon
Coffee
Whiskey

WEEK TWO
Beans
Ham
Coffee
Whiskey

WEEK THREE
Beans al fresca
Thin-sliced Bacon
Hazelnut Coffee
Sky vodka & Tanqueray gin
K-Y gel

WEEK FOUR
Beans en salade
Pancetta
Coffee (espresso grind)
5-6 bottles best Chardonnay
2 tubes K-Y gel

WEEK FIVE
Fresh fava beans
Jasmine rice
Prosciutto, approx. 8 ounces, thinly sliced Medallions of veal Porcini
mushrooms
1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 Cub Scout uniform, size 42 long
5-6 bottles French Bordeaux (Estate Reserve)
1 extra large bottle Astro-glide

WEEK SIX
Yukon Gold potatoes
Heavy whipping cream
Asparagus (very thin)
Organic Eggs
Spanish Lemons
Gruyere cheese (well aged)
Crushed Walnuts
Arugula
Clarified Butter
Extra Virgin Olive oil
:rofl:

What the hell Oliver?:whacky:

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