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  1. 54 points
    It's been a long week with the bad weather but persistence paid off ! I thought tonight was going to be a bust when a single doe hit the field which was the only one I saw the last time from this stand. All of a sudden another big doe came busting out into the field with this brute on her ass, I bleated with my mouth very loudly four times and he locked it up at 40 yards,took the shot, ran another 80 yards and he was down !
  2. 52 points
    Shot this buck yesterday at 3:30pm. He is a buck I have at least 3 years of pictures. As a few of you know me I love hunting for mature bucks. They don't have to score great, just love having history with them when possible. This buck I nicknamed him 3 years ago "Pigface" cause he had a short stocky head and reminded me of a pot belly pig face. Think he can be call Hoghead now.lol has a big block head. His G2 is 11" and he dressed 185 lbs
  3. 44 points
    I'm on a roll this year. So I got a farm I hunt in Sussex county and the farmer told me he has been seeing a black truck shining the fields late at night from his house. So I told him to call me next time and try to get a plate. Well he saw them again this past weekend shining the fields with a guy standing in the bed of the truck. He tried to stop them and they took off. So I advised the fish and game officer's and they agreed to watch the fields last night.....well the same guys came back and sure enough got caught red handed shooting a buck out of the truck with a Ravin at midnight. They are from Wallington and had no ties to the area. I'm sure they will plead not guilty and like poacher joe, pay a minimum. Just want to thank our fish and game officer's for sitting out all night waiting for these dirt bag cheaters.
  4. 43 points
    A long time goal that started 5 years ago was accomplished Monday night when the hunting gods smiled down on Chris Jr. & blessed him with his 1st ever Black Bear 🐻 It was an amazing night with tons of action, making it one of the most memorable times we have ever spent in the woods together! I sat right by his side, talking him through it right up until he made the shot with his crossbow. A big thanks to all those that had a hand in making it happen. It’s a beautiful bear and I’m so glad he got his first in our home state!!! Vernon, New Jersey 10/14/19
  5. 39 points
    Was up in the stand. Around 7:35am this buck was cruising through head down. Gave him a grunt and stopped him. And sent my arrow home. Double lung hit ran 20 yds and dropped. I’m very happy w my first buck. Shot many does but it’s not the same. My blood was pumping. Great day out. A little bummed now I have to wait for another. But I’m bringing my wife out now and she wants to get one down. Hopefully I can put her on a big boy.
  6. 37 points
    Super cool buck I shot in Zone 13 this season!
  7. 36 points
    My son Nate has killed a few nice bucks and does with his shotgun but hasn't killed a deer with his bow yet. He has never been a fan of the crossbow and always wanted to use his compound. He had a few misses over the years but it finally came together last night. He drew on this same buck on Saturday morning but got busted. Last night this buck came back to the same stand from the opposite direction with a much different outcome. Nate hit him high and didn't think he got much penetration. The buck ran into an overgrown meadow and I was hunting the woods on the backside. I never saw the buck in the meadow so I was hoping he never made it to me and died in the meadow. Nate lost sight of him in the meadow and said he stopped twice and then just disappeared. I got over to Nate at dark and we evaluated the scene. Since Nate said he hit him high with little penetration, I was confused because we had blood high and low and in some spots it looked like both sides of the trail. We found the arrow about 60 yards away and it was completely covered in blood. The trail really picked up at that point and Nate spotted him about 20-30 yards after finding the arrow. Nate did hit him high but the arrow came out low. He took the arrow on impact but Nate punched it all the way through. It just didn't come out right away.
  8. 35 points
    Well I'm happy to say I finally got my first deer with the compound bow, this is my 2nd year with the compound bow. The 1st year was a total disaster I ended up wounding 2 deer and totally missing another, my confidence was right in shitter after the 2nd deer. This year I have been on the deer and the first time I pulled the trigger on an animal it was a bear and I was able to harvest it, but my first shot was a spine shot. This week (Monday, Tuesday, and Today) I have been hunting in the mornings from sun up until 10am or so. Monday I saw 4 deer ( 3 bucks & a doe) and one of those bucks was big. Tuesday I saw 3 more deer. Today I was in my stand and as the sun came up I saw a scrape 10 feet to the let of my stand that was not there on Monday or Tuesday. I was hoping that I would have the opportunity to actually experience a deer come and check the scrape in front of me. At 0715 I see a big bodied deer sneaking up the draw to my right and walk about 30 yards behind me. after that there was only squirrels until 0850. I look over my left shoulder and up the hill I see a big ass deer, it actually looked like a small cow coming through the trees. I immediately stand up and grab my bow, I wait for him to get behind some brush and come to full draw. He is heading right towards me and that scrape, he comes right to the scrape and sticks his nose in it and smells it. Then he proceeds to rub his forehead and antlers in the branch right over the scrape. He immediately stops and has me pinned, he knows something is wrongs but can't figure it out. He is looking straight at me and I only have a head on shot, I stay at full draw waiting and he turns around and walks about 10 feet and stops and turns around to look at me. It is either now or never, at this moment the deer is about 20 feet from me, I rush my shot and released the arrow it went straight into the dirt. I don't know how I missed that shot I mean Ray Charles could have hit that deer. He bolted up the hill 10 yards and did the stupidest thing ever, he stopped to look at me again. I have already nocked another arrow, I drew back and sent it home. As he ran off with the arrow hanging out of his side I realized there was another deer there that I never saw. After 30 minutes I get down I decided to grab my first arrow and as I walk over to it I realized its covered in blood and there is hair everywhere. I walk over to where the second shot was taken and there is a big puddle of blood. After an hour I had my tracking help come assist me due to being colorblind and I can't see red. After about 10 minutes we were standing over my nice buck
  9. 25 points
    The morning started slow but picked up with several decent 8 pointers checking the does but I passed on them because there are some bigger bucks on my camera. I had high hopes for the afternoon. At about 5:40 a nice but came into my area. I only had about 5-10 seconds to get a look at him before he turned and walked out of sight. I immediately grunted but I thought he was gone for good. Ten minutes later, I saw him hanging up about 70 yards out in heavy cover. I mixed in a few bleats with the grunts and he came looking....and that was his last mistake. It was a heart shot and he only ran about 60 yards. I didn’t get a great look at his rack but I thought he was bigger from my earlier glance. Oh well, he’s not my biggest, but im ok with him. Maybe the big boys on film will pay me a visit during the muzzleloader or gun season. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 22 points
    Well I’ve decided to stop lurking and contribute again. I kind of put myself in the timeout chair for almost a year. I put myself in time out because I felt I was getting too worked up over certain topics. Life is too short to for that. I am looking forward to contributing to the forum in a positive way from now on.
  11. 21 points
    Bow hunting in the morning & afternoon with a youth pheasant hunt squeezed in between! Junior cleaned his own birds 🐦 & cooked up the breasts himself as well. I’m trying to raise him up in the right. We passed plenty of deer 🦌 today, just didn’t see any shooter/target bucks.
  12. 20 points
    Started the day up at 3am to drive north to my bear spot. Pulled in at 5:30am. Bear with me as phone service is spotty. Will try to update now and then. Going for all day sit.
  13. 18 points
    Was able to get time to hit the Paulinskill before dark tonight to try for some fall stockers.....These were 2 of the toughest trout I have caught in awhile. Lost one on the first cast that was twice the length as the ones kept...Water was crystal clear and was cool to fish for some decent rainbows with the leaves changing.
  14. 17 points
    My grandpa passed away last Tuesday peacefully at home at the age of 85 after a long battle with alzheimer's dementia. We buried him this Tuesday at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery. Then last Friday a good friend of my wifes passed away of a heart attack at 35 years old (funeral was Sunday). During the week I found out that a meal train was setup for the family (husband, 2 - 17 year old daughters and a 5 year old son) of my wifes friend. After finding out that the husband really enjoys venison stew I told my wife I was gunna go out today in hopes of harvesting a deer in order to make him a bunch of stew. Well at 9am a good size doe snuck in on me presented me with a quartering away shot at 6 yards. When I found my bolt I noticed that 2 blades never deployed and 1 blade snapped off of my broadhead. Thankfully I broke a shoulder, took out 1 lung and upon exiting hit the esophagus. She was down within 50 yards. Dropped her off at the butcher and as soon as I get the meat I will be making a bunch of stew and dropping it off for the family. It was a beautiful day in the woods with a great ending.
  15. 15 points
    What a morning for pheasant hunting! June was on fire today! Got a 3 man limit fairly quickly, one of them being a first time pheasant hunter! Always great to get someone new out there and hooked Very few people out this morning. Only saw 2 other gentlemen with their dogs in the entire place. Gotta love hunting the weather. Keeps everyone else at home! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 15 points
    I figured I would share a quick story and pics of a deer I knew well and chased for the past 3 years. He was a 6.5 year old unicorn that finally met his demise this past Friday. I dont know the hunter but the buck and I played cat and mouse quite often. I definitely learned a lot from trying to put an arrow in him on film...a second time. He summered in the same woods, shed his velvet in the same areas and spent the fall just off the property I could hunt...only to tease me a few times a season. I first noticed this buck as a two year old with an extra main beam coming out between his eye and antler. Like a kickstart on a dirt bike..as a 3 year old i passed on him several times while video taping. As a 4 year old i put and arrow in him as he fed on acorns straight below me...low hit and never found him until late season with the gun..and i let him go. (No camera) as a five year old he blew into a 170 inch mega and never gave me a opportunity. This year as a 6 year old I had my heart set on killing him. I watched him grow and he never gained the magnificent crown he had before. He ended up finishing as a 130" 8 that weighed over 210 lbs. His extra beam merged into one massive base. But once again he disappeared to his safe area and was legally harvested. RIP
  17. 14 points
    2018 pics. I have to grab the 2017 pics from my laptop. I’ll post them up shortly.
  18. 13 points
    First deer of any kind was a button buck shot during doe day 1976, Stokes State Forest. 12 gauge Browning and 000 buck. 14 years old. Also, first buck with a gun. 1980 Stokes. Last day of 6 day firearm season. Browning Auto 5 and Remington slug.
  19. 12 points
    this was sent to me ,the writer has a better sense of reality than many that age... https://fee.org/articles/college-student-my-generation-is-blind-to-the-prosperity-around-us/ This article was written by a 26 yr old college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who was in grad school for her MBA. It's a short article but definitely worth a read. College Student: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve. I'm sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis (Florida) trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of presidential candidates calling for policies to "fix" the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook's, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we've become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don't give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty-One Times!!! Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful. Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, "An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity??? Never saw American prosperity! Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I've ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let's just say I didn't have the popular opinion, but I digress. Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they've never seen prosperity, and as a result, we elect some politicians who are dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn't live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or we didn't see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don't know what it's like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don't have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it's spreading like a plague.
  20. 12 points
    Just passed on a chunky 8pt
  21. 12 points
    In 1995 I installed a brand new sliding patio door on the addition to my house. The door rotted out at the bottom and I could not even open it any more, it was time to replace it. I really don't like working on the house anymore so I called around to get some prices. First quote was from some company from PA, and they gave me a price, white, vinyl on both sides door, $6,000 Next price was from Anderson Renewal, again cheap vinyl on both side door and again $6,000. I am lazy but I am not paying $6,000 to purchase/install a door. Went to Lows and I bought a nice looking, all wood inside Pella door for $1,100, including delivery. I removed the siding in 30 minutes, remove and installed the door, with help from my wife and daughter, in two hours, and I reinstalled the siding in an hour. Next project is to replace the decking on my deck which was ruined by Behr deck cover paint. I am looking to go artificial so let me know what works well.
  22. 12 points
    Got a mid 20's apprentice young lady out in zone 18 for her first hunt. A lot of doe action in this spot so hoping she kills something this afternoon.
  23. 11 points
    Me and the Missus spend a considerable amount of time riding around looking in knot holes. Every once in a while, one is occupied.
  24. 11 points
    Leaving anything on Public Land is like leaving your car unlocked and then asking why it was burglarized
  25. 11 points
  26. 10 points
  27. 10 points
    One small boo boo. Looking for a bigger one
  28. 9 points
    My son got it done tonight. His first bow deer and it’s a buck. 5 ptr. Story and pics tomorrow. We just walked in the door. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. 9 points
    8 pointer down today. why he was making a scrape.
  30. 9 points
    Welcome back. If you Are pissed then write it and then post it the next day. I bet the next day you will not. I mailed a letter once to twp engineer in Hillsboro as a Chief Engingerr of a construction company. It was the type of letter with “ a pox on you and yours”. The next day I felt like shit about it and I never again mailed or emailed anything negative in writing the same day I wrote it. It is remarkable how different things look when you are not angry.
  31. 9 points
    Trail Cam image of the arrow hitting the bear.
  32. 8 points
    I just got off work at 1:45. Pull into my farm. Owner stops me to tell me about a big buck she saw just 2 hours ago. I pull in and drive around a swamp to my right. I see a bunch of doe. Get my camo on and grab my bow. Slowly walking in. 4 doe run about 50 yards. I see the buck. He’s chasing a doe, HARD!!! He goes away from me about 100 yards away. So I walk around the opposite side of the swamp. The original 4 doe have strolled back toward me. I see the buck off in the distance, nose to the ground, running. He’s headed right for me. I nock my arrow and get on one knee. 4 Doe are coming walking right towards me from the right. Buck running toward me from the left. He gets 20 yards I stand up. He doesn’t slow down. I yell. He doesn’t even notice me. Not a happy ending. I never got a shot. But it was one of the coolest experiences in my short hunting career. Now I’m in my stand. About 200 yards opposite side of the property. Kicked up 3 more doe coming in here. Should be an exciting night [emoji1696] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. 8 points
    Seared venison backstrap and garlic Parmesan shrimp
  34. 8 points
    Alright no more horsing around.....game faces on, work to be done! Deer were all over on the way in just now. Some does that look like Trigger. Hoping to touch up the greens with a bit of red tonight. Let's see if this thing is on....Brian-- heads up....it's a live hunt we are doing right now!🦌🦌 Hoping this course queen below makes her way towards a nice Maple tree.... Rusty don't go far. You may be summoned around sunset...🤣
  35. 8 points
    dates and times are wrong on some
  36. 8 points
    Well your arrow went where it was suppose to so that’s a plus LOL
  37. 7 points
    My son shot a doe and he's giving it to his friend in need.
  38. 7 points
    Good luck . IMO that isn't liver blood. It's muscle blood.. Liver is much darker towards purple.. Hopefully you caught something vital and find him today. .
  39. 7 points
    Doubled up for the second time this year. Got a fat doe and a funky 7pt buck not a big rack but dressed out at 145 . Both shot Within 20 minutes of each other . Both dropped in sight
  40. 7 points
    If you are new to hunting then put an arrow in that deer the first chance you get and be proud of it. Don't worry about age and rack size yet, get some experience and enjoy the ride!
  41. 7 points
    He must have somehow crossed the Clintons!
  42. 7 points
    If you don’t eat it and you can’t do anything with the fur then why do it?
  43. 6 points
    Layer 1 - refried beans Layer 2 - 1.5 lb of chopped venison that was cooked with salt, pepper, garlic and some taco seasoning. Layer 3 - chopped onion Layer 4 - sliced mushrooms Layer 5 - chopped lettuce Layer 6 - black olives Layer 7 - shredded cheese
  44. 6 points
    While NJ can produce bucks that will rival midwest states, there just are not enough of them and most will never get access to the properties that produce these deer. Forget about genetics, if you cant get a deer to 4,5 or 6 years old, they never get to mature. . Our seasons and bag limits are really killing most peoples chances of ever harvesting a good buck in Nj. To increase the probability of an encounter with a trophy class deer, you need to hunt where there are more of them to better your chances. Fertile soils and good genetics and age grow big bucks and hunting them in November when they are actually moving can give you half a chance. Most deer in the area I hunt in Illinois are nocturnal ghosts in miles and miles of mountainous farmland and river bottoms. During the rut is when these giants roam during daylight hours. You need to get out of Nj heading west or North up to Canada. You need to hunt more remote areas and states that actually lets a whitetail live a little longer. Guys that kill big ones consistently are the ones to listen too. Most guys wont give up their hot spots but they can steer you to an area for you to start. You will need to do the rest on your own. Extensive research needs to be done before you even leave your house. If you dont have the time to spend finding a new hunting area, you need to look at a reputable outfitter which is hard to find. Hunt where they live, put in time and a little luck is always good too. I look forward to every November heading out of state where I know their are multiple trophy quality bucks to hunt,not just one ghost you will be lucky to see in a 6 month season. with 20 other guys hunting him. Hunting outside of NJ takes trophy hunting to the next level.
  45. 6 points
    Decent one on his own, gave no reation to grunts or bleats
  46. 6 points
    1 Buddy had a great Sunday on the Flatbrook. He dosn't eat fish!! He gave them to my other buddy, who's wife won't eat smoked food! Yesterday they were brined for 6 hours and then smoked over applewood for 2. I got them this morning. Rushed out for fresh bagels,cream cheese and saute onions. Brunch is served. Will barter some booze in the near future.
  47. 6 points
    This thread is the highlight for these 2 mods, Ron! No apologies necessary!
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
  50. 6 points
    Been tagged out for a couple weeks so fishing we went. Was not a hot bite by any means but we got 1 big one to salvage an otherwise slow trip. Cant wait to get back in the tree on the 26th!
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