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  1. 65 points
    Finally saw a decent one! Pics to follow. Got in stand at 230. Whole stand was iced up, stand skirt frozen and stiff, platform a sheet of ice. No way to clean it all up for a quiet stand. Then for an hour it was a blizzard, 30-40 mph winds and snow. Frozen branches cracking all around. After an hour and about 2 inches later it stopped and the deer started appearing all around early. I had 8 does behind me and 4 in front of me feeding around. I could barely move to look behind because everytime I moved ice crackled. lol Then right at dark I hear a steady, crunch, crunch, crunch, walking right behind me, to my right. I knew it was the steps of a buck. I turned my head and saw it was a nice buck. Everytime I moved a little to try and get my gun around the ice crackled and he stopped and looked, then started again, and I was able to get all the way around and on him just as he was about to spook. Knocked him down at about 75 yards with the Ithaca. Great afternoon for me. Thanks for reading.
  2. 64 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. 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 !
  4. 52 points
    Now that Buck154 had a little fun here you go. …...I've been after this buck since 2014. He has to be one of the most cautious and smart bucks that I have chased. Not only has he given me the slip but at least two other guys that hunt the area too. I went out tonight looking for a doe and with no real high hopes of him showing. I have only seen him on the hoof a few times all these years. When he came in this afternoon I thought he was a younger two year old at first. When I realized which buck I was looking at, my heart almost jumped out of my chest. He came in super cautious and face on. He almost busted me but I sat motionless with the xbow in front of me. He finally moved and gave me a 15 yd shot and I got him through the heart and he only made it 30yds. As I sit here typing, I am still in shock that after all these years I was able to get him. He was never a high scoring deer and his rack already started to go down hill. Even though he is not giant, his age truly makes him a trophy. I'm fairly certain he is at least 8.5 yr old. The first trail cam pic is him in 2014 which I believe he is 3.5 old at the time. 2nd pic is 2017, then 18 and this year
  5. 44 points
    It’s been a long journey up there but i finally made it happen. It was a wild week with temps in the negatives and 10 inches of snow. I grunted in 2 bucks. 1 of which about walked on top of me and will haunt my dreams until I’m in the dirt. Returned to the same spot the next day and scored. Dressed at 177. Huge hooves and a true a mountain buck.
  6. 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.
  7. 43 points
    I had no history at all with this buck either from seeing him on the hoof or on trail camera photo's. He suddenly emerged from cover 10 -yards in font of me and after taking just a few more steps came to a full stop and began to sniff the ground. I then took the 10-yard broadside shot, heard the arrow impact and watched as he ran off covering about 80-yards before going down.
  8. 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
  9. 41 points
    Did an afternoon hunt. I had a small 8 and a 1 horn come in at ten after 6. I took a picture of them and sent it to my buddies who were also hunting. The 2 small bucks picked their heads up and scattered and this guy strutted in. I grabbed my bow off the hook, drew and aimed. Mice smooth release and the arrow found its mark. He ran through the field and entered the woods about 80 yds away. I waited a while and then walked to where he went in the woods. Blood all over and I found him within 40 yds. I have trail cam pics of him all over the property.
  10. 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.
  11. 37 points
    Well after passing many spikes and forks all season long..I implemented the..if it's brown, its down policy yesterday because it will probably be my last time out for the season. Got a nice big body 4 PT so at least I'll have some meat. And man was it exciting 50y shot with the muzzle loader dropped right in his tracks!
  12. 37 points
    Last few minutes of the last day this buck made a appearance. I let the 20 ga H&r bark and it did it's job.
  13. 37 points
    Super cool buck I shot in Zone 13 this season!
  14. 36 points
    Got a nice 9 pt tonight. Action all night including a real nice piebald doe that tempted me for over a hour.
  15. 36 points
    You all make fun of me for my woodpiles but here's the real reason they are all so straight. The inspector is brutal.
  16. 35 points
    I saw this buck last Sunday but he stayed just out of range. My friend installed a feeder yesterday. The buck came in along the same line as last week and I double-lunged him at 27 yards by the feeder. He was quartering, so that's the exit wound. I think he's a 3.5yo. Any opinions?
  17. 34 points
    My oldest daughter went for her hunter safety course today. She did the course at Wallkill. Being it is suppose to be a Women’s course put on by the NWTF my wife took her, while I did house work all day. But my Bean is an official huntress. Passed all field courses and test. She is super excited for September.
  18. 34 points
    I picked up my Delaware mount from a deer I got last season. Looks great and it filled the empty spot on my new wall nicely.
  19. 33 points
    Between school and work our daughter hasn't been able to hunt yet this season. This will be our first sit this afternoon. She wants meat to bring back to school and her time is very limited so the first thing we see that's made out of venison is getting an arrow sent its way.
  20. 32 points
    My brother has too much time on his hands and likes to torture his chocolate lab. He calls it his pure bread retriever.
  21. 32 points
    Well, new to me. 2012 Ram 4x4 with the 5.7 Hemi. 66,000 miles on it. Rides like a car. The 4 link suspension in the rear with coils really is a long way from my old Dakota with the leaves in the rear. Lovin’ it!
  22. 31 points
    Been watching this guy waiting for the right chance and last night was it. Perfect wind for where I needed to be and he showed for his appointment. I let the arrow fly at 5:05 gave it an hour and he was lying about 40 or 50 yards from contact. He was the only buck I was interested in at this point in the season and I got him on the first sit. Sometimes things work out.
  23. 29 points
    My friends wife drew a coveted Iowa bow tag this past year. Since I guided him to his best buck ever, he asked if I could replicate that for his wife. Here's what happened. Congrats to Kristina she's got ice in her veins and made a perfect shot. https://www.realtree.com/deer-hunting/rack-reports/2020/01/07/christina-krajcsovics-s-giant-iowa-bow-kill
  24. 29 points
    Went hunting with msgrit today... Never do that again !!!!
  25. 29 points
    Nice 9 for my buddy Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  26. 28 points
    Got a nice 8 pointer on the second opening day of PA deer season. Hunted a pipeline in Tioga County. The only shot I heard that day was mine. Quiet on Saturday as well. God I love deer camp.
  27. 28 points
    Took my stepson out today. Set up this morning saw a decent buck in a hay field never came in. Went out around 11am had a nice lunch then went back in the stand. 4pm a spike comes out and right in front of us, smallest body spike I ever saw looked thin ect. The kid decided he didn’t wanna shoot it. We were hoping for a bigger buck. Had a deer come under us and right out in front us. Looked like an average doe body was bigger than the spike. It was getting late kid smoked him with my grandpas 20 gauge Remington Mohawk 48 semi #3 buckshot. After high fives undid his harness and got down. A button buck. Either way he was happy and I ordered two packs of hot sticks specifically for him from hunterdon deer butcher. Good day in the books. Second deer, first deer with a gun.
  28. 28 points
    Got this guy on the 19th. Its been a very slow deer season. Haven't gotten out like I have in years past and only seen one doe up until Tuesday. Had a short window Monday got in and pulled cameras. While out I ran into a guy who was hunting the other side of the hill. Didn't know he was there and he had a huge pile of corn. Could explain why all the movement went to night time. But one camera only a few hundred yards away had all day time movement. Made the decision I would hunt there. It also cuts the deer off going to the corn pile from the bedding area. Two good bucks and one we thought had a freak rack but the picture wasn't great so couldn't tell. Well the morning didn't go as planned. Had a flat tire when I was leaving. Got that fixed and stopped to grab snacks. Somewhere I got a screw in the tire. Off to get a plug kit. Plugged my tire and decided Id hunt the rest of the day anyways. Got in stand at 10:35 and buck was down at 11. He came in from my right checked a few scrapes and continued down the trail to the bedding area. Ive called in the past and the bucks always run away faster than they came in. So I am not confident in calling while deer hunting. But heading to the bedding area I thought what did I have to loose. He got to about 60 yards in front of me and I let a single grunt out. He turned came right back in and turned broadside for me at 24 yards. He didn't go 30 yards before he fell over within sight. Luckily he fell within sight because there was no blood trail. There was barely any blood where we found him. Turns out this is the freak rack buck we had on camera. He has a broken off point and you can see his brow tines are worn down from rubbing or fighting. The back of his tines he has a few small points sticking off. Pretty cool rack from the pines.
  29. 28 points
    My grandfather's shot gun that he left to me but grandma held on to till recently.. jc Higgins Sears n roebuck semi auto 12 gauge 2n3quarter.. I know it's basically worthless but I will hold it dearly and take it out a few times per year as it's a chance to hunt with him in a way again
  30. 27 points
    Just got home from a weekend at the state show. I was pleased to be awarded: Best of show: reproduction fish Best of show: fish mount Best of category: masters division 1st place : masters division for my fish Also decided to bring this deer head last minute and enter it in the commercial division. It ended up winning a 1st place and best of show for the commercial division. Thanks to my customers who allowed me to borrow these mounts and enter them at the show. http://www.jerseyjaystaxidermy.com
  31. 26 points
    Now 25’ climb down on shaky lags :-)
  32. 26 points
    A good friend of mine that is a cameraman for hunting shows, took this pic a few nights ago. All credit goes to Justin Mueller.... He's the man.
  33. 26 points
    It took a bit of work, but l was able to find a fishing boat that specialized in recreational fluke fishing when l was in Korea last week. My wife who is Korean called the captain and made reservations for me and her two brothers. We left Seoul at 1:00AM Friday and arrived in Boryeong on the west coast at 4:00AM. We signed in at the boats tackle shop where the mate (who l think was the captains wife) sold us hooks, sinkers, and plastic worms for the trip. We left the dock at about 4:30AM for a 2 hour ride to the fishing grounds. The Korean boats do not have any seats at the rail or inside. The choice was to sit inside on the padded floor or sleep downstairs on a bunk. I opted to sit on the floor inside. Sitting on the floor is part of their culture and customs. When we arrived at the fishing grounds, l was shown how to rig my TriggerX plastic worms Texas style. I did not see Gulp in any of the tackle shops in the fishing village. l asked if they had Gulp and showed them a picture, but they had a puzzled look on their face. Everyone, and l mean everyone on the boat used the same setup consisting of a sinker, hook, and plastic worm. No bait whatsoever. The boat did not have any bait. All rigs used were simple without teasers, glitter and other stuff you frequently see here. No bucktails either. The water was very calm with little to no drift even though we were fishing in 30+ meters of water. I started jigging my usual fast way when all of a sudden the woman mate starts yelling "cheoncheonhi cheoncheonhi" which means "slow down" in Korean. She grabs my arm and shows me how to slowly lift the rod up and slowly take it to the bottom in a slow and deliberate motion. Everytime l reverted back to my NJ style of fast jigging, l heard the dreaded cheoncheonhi cheoncheonhi words and finally gave up and started fishing their way. I eventually got the hang of it and boated 4 fluke and a few other fish they call rockfish that look a bit like an NJ seabass. The crew was very helpful. If my plastic worm wasn't rigged right, they took it off the hook and rigged it to their standards all day. The fishing was a bit slow, but just about every flounder was well above the NJ keeper size. AFAIK, there are not any size restrictions or bag limits, but l did not confirm this. My fluke were in the 4 to 6 lb range. The captain says that 80cm (32 inches) are fairly common there. I'd estimate that the biggest fish caught the day l fished was 8lbs or so. The day l fished was during a heatwave. It was really hot. It was a different kind of hot than in NJ and very uncomfortable to fish in. We didn't return to the dock until 6:00 PM which made it a 13+ hour trip. Even with the extreme weather, hardly anyone took a break and they fished hard all day. The boat provided lunch consisting of traditional Korean cuisine. Everyone gathered around the stern and ate lunch at the same time and went right back to the rail to fish. These people came to fish and catch fish. They didn't stuff their faces with Wawa sandwiches and potato chips all day, drink alcohol, bust balls, or engage in unnecessary BS. They were 100% focused on fishing. All fish were tagged and kept in a community cooler. There were multiple fish markets at the dock where fish could be cleaned and prepared for a nominal fee. We had our fluke made into sashimi that was unbelievable. It was far better than anything l ever had in a sushi restaurant. Many took their fish home whole. Another difference was that everyone is required to wear a life preserver vest. Everyone also had to show lD on the boat. They required me to have my passport. One notable feature of the Korean boats that l like is that the exhaust pipe is center ship up high. This allows one to fish the stern without inhaling diesel fumes when power drifting or when the vessel is moving. It makes a big difference. They do not use sunscreen much there. Most wore long fishing pants, long sleeve fishing shirts, face covers and hats to protect against the sun. Tipping is not customary in restaurants or for other services in Korea. The mate was very surprised that l gave her a tip for the great service. The captain enjoyed having a foreign tourist on the boat and mentioned me in his fishing report. Link to captains fishing report of my trip: (use the translate feature in Google chrome or other browser) https://m.blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=kdb0801012&logNo=221611391151&navType=tl Next trip l will bring some bucktails and Gulp to see if it makes a difference. I was really surprised that everyone used the exact same Plain Jane rig without any bait....just a plastic worm. With the slow drift, nobody casted either. I had a great time. It was interesting to compare and contrast the fishing methods between two geographic regions of the world. If you're ever in Korea and want to fish, l recommend calling Captain Kim Dong-baek at 010-6621-8968. He will definitely put you on the meat. Captains blog: (use translate feature in browser) https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=kdb0801012 Attached are some photos of boat, fishing village, and sashimi etc.
  34. 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
  35. 25 points
    Like I posted yesterday, it was truly an incredible experience to double up on 2 mature gobblers with my son. To capture what happened next on trail camera is a bit surreal.........The shots were at 3:49 and both birds were down with feet up and doing the flop in the first pic. At 3:51, a fox comes running from the woods into the field and starts to grab the gobbler that was down on the left and is seen dragging it away by it's head in the last pic.... UNTIL.................. My son runs out of the blind to scare off the fox and It took off with lightning speed, letting go of the bird..... Pretty cool sequence captured on the Moultrie! The link to the hunt thread is attached below the pics......
  36. 25 points
    Bucket list complete. Thank you Joe snook Marco Island Florida. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  37. 24 points
    My son took out the dog today at Collier's Mills today. Of course I had to work. He said someone hit a bird and winged it. He put the dog on it and gave the bird to the hunter, much to the guys surprise. Then his next opportunity came. A bird flew at eye level across the field and he knew it was a no shot bird. He came home empty handed but I know he has turned into a responsible hunter and great young man. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  38. 24 points
    Yeah okay. Lol. I might get one more in there.
  39. 23 points
    The first time I went to New York City the Twin Towers where my first place I visited so I always loved them. I was in the Twin Towers August 22nd on my birthday 20 days before they came down. I returned to the towers 20 days after they came down to help feed and hydrate the recovery teams searching for the deceased. It was surreal to say the least. So today was my first time back since 911. They have done an amazing job with the new buildings and the memorial.
  40. 23 points
    Amazing how the girls bring the ghosts out...Good 6 pointer was all over this doe a few weeks ago..Never saw him before. On a side note, the new Simmons trail camera won at the W&W Christmas party is awesome. Has not missed a beat, even with the extreme temps...
  41. 22 points
    Had our very own NJWOODS&WATER'S version of LEFTY KREH over today for a visit. Had a few laughs over some Easter bread and were discussing nothing other than fly fishing.... I was presented with one of the coolest fly rods, flies and fly box setups as a gift which is the reason why Brian stopped by. I cannot wait to use the equipment. To say the least, it far surpasses what I was attempting to use in the past few years in the trout streams. First off, a huge thank you to Brian (bucksnbows) it was truly appreciated and made my entire week! As we were talking about flies, Brian began take a "few" of his fishing items out of his vest. Like I described in the past, he is equipped like a S.W.A.T. member or tactical team member on the stream....I said I had to take pics of this as it was more impressive than the fly shop at Cabela's, no joke.... Everything from stream thermometers, to numerous tippets, to everything in between. One of the tiniest flies is pictured below next to one of the peeps that were on the table from Easter...Unreal.... When he said he just picked up one of the "sexiest" fly rod and reel setups for himself the other day, I was saying to myself how can something be described as such. To see it today, it truly is a work of art and is beautiful to say the least. Could talk fishing with Brian all day.....He is humble, professional, and educational. No wonder he loves what he does for a living. It is a passion that people rarely see anymore when it comes to the outdoors and fly fishing. If you ever get the chance to go fishing with him, by all means do it. You will quickly understand what I am talking about... Hoping to get together at one of the handicap/easier access spots soon to use some of the pheasant tails or hendricksons and give the new setup a try.
  42. 22 points
    My 18 year old son met with an Army recruiter today and has to go back again tomorrow. Looks like he'll be going to boot camp after he graduates high school. My oldest son just got out of the Marine Corps. My kids are aging me very quickly.
  43. 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.
  44. 22 points
    My son starts kindergarten tomorrow so I took this week off to spend the day with him today and see him get on/off the bus this week... He wanted to go out on the boat and go fishing so why not let's go, we went to lake musconetcong this morning, picked up a few good bass but it was tough picking plus no wind, hot, and I could see that he was getting board after three hours. Place is chocked with weeds so not really a place for him to fish so I said let's go, loaded the boat up and headed to hopatcong. Much better water on hopatcong and we caught a few good ones there too but he loved messing around with the boat rides in-between fishing spots...can't believe how fast they really grow up and tomorrow let the fun begin for all of us hahaha..
  45. 22 points
  46. 22 points
    SEEMS like a lifetime since boat was where it belongs. .
  47. 22 points
    We went out with mark on Blue Runner Sportfishing for an over night tuna trip Friday night into Saturday night. All I can say is if you guys are looking for a charter boat with the best captain and crew in NJ book with them. We had an epic trip we hooked up to 11 big eye’s at once and were able to land 8. They were from 100-140 pounds. We picked through mahi all day and yellowfin. We kept the 12 mahi and kept 5 yellowfin biggest was 60 pounds. Just an amazing trip To say the least. I’ve been fishing with mark for 10 years and will keep it going too notch captian and guy, extremely knowledgeable And nice. Here is some pictures.
  48. 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.
  49. 21 points
    Perfect weather, track is a little muddy from the rain last night. Drying up nicely now. Some before, during, and after pics.
  50. 21 points
    Tried out a new spot that I quick scouted two Sundays ago. Nothing to speak of and didn't expect much, but a beautiful piece of woods for sure until I managed to get myself surrounded by swamp. Saw a cool frog while traversing the swamps of South Jersey. Moved to spot two where the other day while ground hog huntin me and the wife saw a nice tom with a hen. I was pretty sure I knew this bird even though he didn't have his limp this year. Last year he was very noticeable as he limped around like a peg legged pirate, hence the name club foot. Me and the wife chased him around last season, but never sealed the deal. There isn't many turkeys in this area, but I had a feeling it was him. Not in the mood to write a novel, so long story short it was him....
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