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  1. I'll take this seriously and I'm going to add a few other markers I track. Starting weight: 190.8 Starting number of push ups: 21 regular nonstop good form today (very sissy I know....was a lot higher just a month or so ago, but with my recent issues I don't want to push anything until Drs figure it out) Before picture: I'll see if I can get one later and sorry to disappoint the ladies but, it will be fully clothed. Morning blood pressure left arm: 113/75 right arm: 118/74 Resting heart rate: 72 Blood glucose fasting: 84 Blood glucose 2 hrs post meal: 98 Oximeter: 99% Hunting season set me back a lot. In September I was 180# and healthy as a horse. All during hunting season, the diet wasn't as clean because of time and even though there's a lot of hiking and stand carrying, it's not really enough to be considered exercise. It's mostly just sitting or standing around in trees, which isn't as healthy for the body as it is for the mind. I stepped on the scale a little over a month ago and was 201.4. I have been extremely strict again with entirely organic, whole raw foods and doing light hiking, stretching (I am way too inflexible) and light exercise. I've been hovering here at 190 for the past week.
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    Health Update

    Rusty, I actually used that line several times before and after the cat scan. lol It's not a Toomah! It's not a toomah! No one else seemed to find it as funny as I did. My thinking is....I figure laughing never hurts. Unless you have something wrong with you that is aggravated by laughter, in which case than it would hurt.
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    Health Update

    I'm making the effort. It's just like pulling teeth because I really hate this crap. They'll probably just find out that part of my DNA is turning into buck dna. Once the transformation is complete, my tarsal glands and antlers will sprout and I'll feel great again. lol
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    Health Update

    First, thank you to all that showed concern in my previous post about my health. Some great folks on here. So to be fair, I figured I'd update you guys, rather than leave you hanging. I'm sure some are disappointed to know that yes, I am still alive. lol I ended up finally going to the ER after much debate, but mostly because of a few guys on here and some family members. I honestly never would have gone. Plus I added to the cocktail of issues, so I was getting a lot more nagging than I could endure. I wasn't feeling good at all, but my friend wanted to take his son out for 6 day bears, so I forced the issue to not let them down. During that day while doing drives to them, I ended up losing all feeling on my right side (leg and arm) it went like warm and tingly and really weak. Not wanting to freak them out, I finished one more drive and then told them I wanted to pack it in. I also ended up nuts deep in frozen water so I was already miserable. I still didn't go to the ER. It took 3 more days of numbness and weakness on my right side before I finally went. Cleared of a stroke that night and my heart is really healthy. Great news! They honestly aren't sure what's causing this and I have to do some more followups, but I really do hate it and if it hasn't killed me yet, I assume it's not life threatening. So Ive only been doing short predator hunts and scouting. Climbing in a stand scares me a bit at the moment and can't really shoot the bow or drag a deer, but I'm remaining as active as I can. I've also been hiking a lot (scouting). My right side is still "odd" feeling but I'm either getting used to it or it's getting better the last couple days. I am still getting a lot of insanely bad headaches and some neck pain, but it's all likely just from the concussion/fall. Please don't list all sorts of scary things it could be. I will have a panic attack. I'm well enough to hike up steep hills in snow right now, so aside from a weakened right side and some migraines, I'm fine. ER doctors said I'm pretty much the picture of health (other than that stuff, all organs working great)....so who knows. If I have to learn to live with it, I will. I'm supposed to "rest" my brain as much as possible....until the headaches go away but honestly I'm not sure how you're supposed to "rest" your brain. The only time my brain isn't moving at lightspeed with a million thoughts and ideas is when I'm sleeping. Anyway, thanks again for the concern. Hopefully all these ailments go away sooner than later. I'd like to get back to shooting the recurve and get out with the bow a little more this year. Good luck and take care of yourselves! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!
  5. Hunting in snow is cool and I love following tracks...can learn a lot in the snow. BUT.... I actually prefer no snow or quick melting storms for hunting. I hate leaving boot tracks that someone can follow into my spots. One hunt in a great spot, in the snow, can lead someone into a honey hole they may never have found. Even when I scout in snow I avoid entering where other people do, avoid people trails, try to avoid leaving boot prints where visible to high traffic areas, etc. Call me paranoid, but public land around here is highly pressured and people definitely follow boot tracks. This last storm was great though. Wasn't deep snow, stuck around for like a week or so. I ended up using it to figure out a nearby WMA that I am trying to learn. Low deer density but I saw one very big buck in there this year, so it has my interest. After covering several miles, following tracks over a few days I now know of two buck bedding areas. The best bed was very exciting to find, it was just one of those beds you know gets used by a big buck every year. Worn down into the ground, ancient rubs, fresh rubs, hair, poop, it was perfect. It also had three alternate beds around the thick point for different winds, the other area had five beds. I've noticed this more and more as I study how big bucks bed, but the sign outside these bedding areas is nearly zero. A few small rubs, but that's it. In fact I walked by this area a few years ago and didn't bother because it didn't have any of the kind of sign I like to see. However, now that I dove in, I found that immediately around the beds in the nasty thickness, it's torn up and most of the beds have a giant rub. Huge rubs too, but the rubs don't go past about 30 yards from the beds. After that, just faint trails. Almost as if they know not to leave sign where people see it. Can't be sure yet, but I'm guessing by the size of the tracks, the location and size of the beds and the size of the rubs, it's an old mature buck that uses both spots. Without snow, I probably would have skipped this area again, but the large tracks led me in. The one spot watches a major people trail too. These bucks must have nerves of steel watching hunter after hunter walk by on the trail no more than about 80 yards away. I myself have probably walked right by that buck on that trail at least a few times. Oh one more reason I don't want snow right now is my four wheel drive is broken. lol Parking spots become much more limited when the snow gets too deep anyway and in the past they only plow some of the WMA lots, not all.
  6. I've done this at least a few times. I've also hung cameras upside down. Not sure if that makes me dumber than you or not, but at least I turned it on those times. What makes this worse is, I don't really use cameras very often. Not sure if that's a good excuse, or a better reason to feel like an idiot since my ratio of moronic camera usage is higher. lol
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    Huh, I thought it meant: Lets Go Bowhunting Together Quietly If you'll excuse me I have to cancel some plans with a guy named Bear now.
  8. OK Bill. Sent you a PM Hunter4623
  9. Thanks guys. Bill, that's exactly what I was getting at! Got to enjoy life and make time for your family and friends. Could all end in such a stupid way... I feel pretty fine now considering and I hate going to doctors, I'm sure I'll be fine. Seemed isolated. I occasionally "fast" now. So I hadn't eaten for two days before and was feeling a bit dehydrated after the morning hunt, so I I broke the fast there with a ton of salty pretzels and a bunch of water about an hour before the event. I had already had salt and water in the AM too though (which is how I usually fast)....The excess salt and water must have sent my blood pressure way up. My brother checked it after he got me seated on the couch and resting and it was pretty high. After a little while I was fine though. I watch my own numbers, bp, hr, bs, etc.
  10. Stopped by to visit my mom after a morning hunt on Monday. My brother stopped by too. We were talking in the kitchen.... I got up to go pee. As I was peeing I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest and then I started losing consciousness. I could tell what was coming, I've lost consciousness before just like this. Started losing vision...but thought I could fight it off. Holding the wall as I was peeing thinking....Got to keep it together, then I can sit down. Guess I didn't keep it together because the next thing I know I hear my brother yelling. Sounded like he was down a really long hallway. I honestly thought I was in bed and felt so wonderfully comfortable....He was beginning to piss me off. As I could hear him yelling....I was wondering why my brother was at my house and what the hell he was yelling for. LOL Turns out he was right over me yelling for our mother to call 911. After I finally came to, he explained that he heard me make a loud grunt, then they heard a loud crash. He came to check and when I didn't answer, he knocked in the door and didn't find a good situation. I fell backwards over the tub wall and smashed my head into the soap dish in the shower. The soap dish almost broke my neck and was pushing my head into my abdomen at a crazy angle. The shower curtain was also trapped over my face. I wasn't breathing and was bleeding profusely from the head. As he was removing the shower curtain and trying to see if he could safely move me, I began to seizure. He immediately moved me onto the floor and protected me from hurting myself until the seizure stopped and I came to. When I did come to, I declined any hospital or doctor nonsense. They wouldn't let me hunt that afternoon and wouldn't let me drive either. Who am I to argue with that, much more reasonable than what I wanted to do considering the circumstances. Just thought it was funny how fast it could all end. If I had been alone when that happened, I probably wouldn't be typing this. My brother sees this type of stuff all the time with his job and much worse, but it shook him up a little bit. I felt bad, they were both shook up actually. Hate to put people through that. I'm still sore as hell even today, but the headaches are going away finally and my neck isn't hurting as much. Seizure must really contract muscles too...Holy hell, I felt like I ran a marathon the next day, all my muscles were so sore. I never really realized how easy it would be to leave the world though. Glad I didn't. Thank God my brother was there. OK, back to talking about hunting. Got out three times this week after this nonsense. Hard to focus with the headaches the first day but I passed a young buck Wednesday afternoon, and got skunked the other two times, been slow. Should get out for 2-3 days of 6 day just for a change of pace. Might still bring the bow though. I don't know.
  11. Nice. Year of the firsts for sure. Congrats! You're onto something there too. Over the years I've always noticed a lot of animals are very tightly packed into certain areas, at least on public land. Bucks, bears, turkeys, foxes, coyotes, ducks, weasels, beavers...They all seem to favor the same areas on hunted land. Find one type of critter, you usually find the others.
  12. What have you been doing? I would continue that routine if possible. The second you start changing stuff, you often scare them off. If you do decide to put out bulk, save at least some to bring in when you do hunt and also because we might have rain. Unless you have it protected from the elements. Like us, bears seem to prefer to eat nice fresh rolls or cake, not mushy, soggy rain-soaked goo. I would also consider what you're seeing with visiting times on camera and bait when the bears are likely not around. Could go about it two ways, if the bear is consistent already, you might want to just bring in the first bulk load the day you hunt. Or give one hunt entirely stealth and unchanged before you add food. Good luck.
  13. I probably could have squeezed in a morning hunt, but it's a busy day ahead and I didn't want to get stuck, tracking, dragging, butchering. Besides, I have to spend a few days with family each year so they remember what I look like. lol Seems like it would make an awesome tradition to have some kind of family hunt in the AM though. Maybe pheasant or something easy. Very cool that some of you guys do that! Good luck to those out and happy turkey day to all!
  14. Good luck in your search for chestnuts Lunatic!
  15. Happy giving of thanks day everyone!
  16. Difficult to choose between stuffing and cranberry sauce...or the corn bread my brothers wife makes...it's the consistency of a good chewy brownie...then again, the white meat turkey with gravy..mashed chunky potatoes with garlic... Who am i kidding, I love it all. Can't wait to go into a food coma later. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving.
  17. Honestly I was a little hesitant to open this because I thought you were going to preach qdm the way I used to. Glad to see you didn't. You're right...its a choice. Can't shove it down anyones throat, can only try to encourage and educate those that are interested. AND, it has to be for the right reasons. Sadly I think some or even most qdm preaching has been done because of what Lunatic said, selfish reasons. To be perfectly honest, I used to struggle with the idea that hunters wouldn't pass young bucks. It was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that someone had no desire to let a buck grow up into a more worthy adversary. BUT, as I met more "casual" hunters I started to understand. The last few years now I finally understand it. I dont care what anyone else shoots anymore. I can only control what I shoot. Have fun and be responsible, that's all I ask. I now understand goals can change from season to season or property to property and person to person. There are people out there with very limited time or knowledge or they simply have different reasons behind why they hunt. Who is to decide what they should or shouldn't shoot? Not me. And I used to worry about the number of mature bucks because I didn't see them as often. Now I've learned....don't worry about the number of mature bucks. They take care of themselves. lol Keep passing what you're passing as long as you're happy. The mature bucks are out there and some are huge (but remember not all of them are that big antler wise). In fact, the more I learn about mature bucks, the more often I see them. The more I see them, the more I've learned that there will always be plenty of solid bucks and at least one or two giants around every year because most hunters are lazy and live in a little box of widely accepted hunting tactics. Big bucks rarely fall to the lazy hunter. They fall to the guy that scouts and observes year round, hunts smart and hard and makes effort not excuses. Remember it's a lot easier to make excuses than it is to legitimately crawl and wade 2 miles into a swamp every day for that one fleeting chance at a giant. You might only see him once or twice in an entire season. You might even blow the shot. That's a lot of work for no kind of guarantee. So most people don't try that hard and don't even know these deer exist. Judging by scars and "stuff", I believe the majority of old bucks are the ones that have been wounded by hunters a time or two when they were younger. Get hit with an arrow or slug and I bet you learn pretty fast to avoid people at all costs. So someone has to shoot at the younger ones to wisen them up. lol In any case.... Shoot (and eat) what makes YOU truly happy as long as its responsible for the resource. Good luck. Happy Thanksgiving.
  18. Staying warm without expensive clothes is basically about moisture and wind. Here's some things I do: - I wear just enough clothes while walking in to be almost cold. I don't want to get too cold because it's difficult to get warm again, but you definitely don't want to sweat. Because of this I really take my time, especially while I'm hanging my sticks and stand. - I only wear a ball cap until I'm settled, then I'll put on a fleece cap, because the head is pretty much our thermostat. - Keep clothing and footwear a little loose. Looser fit = better circulation and air pockets that trap body heat. - Only wear soft wicking materials next to skin. - When it's really cold, wear a kidney belt with warmers. (makes a huge difference) - Over top of wicking base layer, use some sort of wind breaker (pack it in) I also bungee my bib/jacket (or sometimes coveralls) to my treestand and pack it in. If I think the tree might be difficult and make me sweat, I hang everything and climb back down to get dressed. Otherwise I normally just get dressed about 50-100 yards from intended tree and move in slow motion the rest of the way (including stand setup). Only times I ever get real cold now, is if I accidentally overdress on the way in, or if I go too fast. Sweat/moisture is the #1 enemy of warmth. Wind is #2.
  19. Not that it matters what I think, but I agree with you. If I was you, I would explain that you don't hunt for the kill and that while you greatly appreciate the offer, you must respectfully decline. If he insists on doing something, tell him that you'd rather go on a much cheaper diy hunt somewhere and if he's up for it, that you would like for him to go too. Assuming he doesn't hunt, get him involved if you think its appropriate. He doesn't have to actually hunt, but a "deer camp" atmosphere is fun for almost anyone. I generally don't think like most people though, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
  20. BS. Top one is from Whittingham, the bottom one was killed in Berkshire Valley. Must be nice to live or at least hunt an area that holds so many big bucks. Some day I will have to hunt the midwest. Don't get me wrong, we have some giants here too, in fact there actually is or was one around this year that looked just like the top one. I haven't seen him since September though, so not sure his fate. But out there, those bucks are almost a dime a dozen. Around here you might locate two or three that big (that are legally huntable) each season if you're lucky and log the time and miles.
  21. Sorry to hear that man. I spent two days looking for mine, just to be sure. I knew right away though it wasn't a killing shot. Losing one can really take a toll on your confidence. The last thing any of us wants to do is waste beautiful animals, so I know what you're going through. Chin up, keep at it. As long as we do everything in our power not to have it happen and not to give up on a track job. That's all we can do. Good luck getting back on the horse.
  22. Never wet? Teflon spray? lol I'd like to know that secret tip. See I'm the moron that backpacks hip-boots on my stand for half a mile to cross a river. I get to the river and say..."Nah, looks shallow enough, I'll just cross".... Next thing I know, I'm laying naked on a river bank drying my clothes in the midday sun. lol Wish I could say I've only done stuff like that once. lol
  23. I won't be out, taking the day off from hunting. Rut whooped my butt these past few weeks. Looking forward to sleeping in and building up enough piss and vinegar to get to February now. lol Looks a little windy, says 18mph here, so that's not too bad. I've seen (and missed) some of the biggest bucks on windy days. I think they know that most guys sleep in. Pick a thicker tree so it's not a roller coaster ride. I was worried about blowing over in the one I was in one of the windy days this last week. Forget which day, but man oh man....Every heavy gust I would just pray! lol Good luck everyone.
  24. Good idea! I just get wet instead of carrying the tree umbrella though. lol Marking blood is a great idea though. I usually use toilet or tissue paper so I don't have to go back for it. From now on, if leaving the trail overnight, I'm going to use your tip so I can return in the dark in the AM even easier. So you're the reason I have stopped and stared at what I thought was a deer for twenty minutes in the dark. Hoping it would move so I could continue on without spooking it. lol Those frigging two tacks are all over black river. lol Then again that place looks like a major airport at night. So does berkshire valley. I had to resort to using different types of reflectors because I would go into unfamiliar areas, tacking as I went so I could find my way out (and remove my tacks on the way out) and I'd end up climbing down, turning on my light and seeing 500 bright eyes in all directions. I got turned around a time or two because of that. lol I used to panic a little, now I just wander around in nasty swamps until I find my way out or it's time to climb a tree for the morning hunt. lol
  25. No problem. It's all just observations and we're all just trying to learn. As for your question...Well a few ways. Maybe there are better ways, but here's how I do it. - Always be observing. When you're driving around, observe. Listen to others that are hunting near you. Observe from the stand, on the way in and out, on the way home. It's all intel that can help. Pretty obvious though. - Spotlight or at least drive around looking for deer. The rut wears me out like the bucks. I generally hunt all day and spotlight for a few hours per night. It wears me down, but gives me the most up to date intel on where bucks and does are rutting. I hunt several public pieces so I check them all out most nights and in the morning I go to the properties where I saw the biggest buck or the most action. I will also change plans based on observations on the way to hunt. Example was one day last week. Saw one of the big 10's shadow a doe through a yard. Turned around and changed my plan entirely. Bit me in the ass cause I didn't see anything that morning, but there are times when that has worked out. Definitely helps keep me on mature bucks. -As I also mentioned. Keep a log of observations. I rotate through areas during the rut based on prior year observations right down to the day and time. Some properties seem to hold a few early breeder does, others have some later breeders...and during the peak, just about any property has something going on but have a system and go through it based on wind and weather patterns. I remember Cat saying something about "the rutting woods". At the time, I thought he was a little crazy...now after more years of watching for it, I fully understand what he meant. Certain areas are kind of "rut" areas. They turn on and they are normally good year to year around the same days. Some mature buck is going to move into that area and breed does around that date every year. I know it sounds crazy, but I honestly think it's because does come into estrous about the same day each year. - Finally, I find the mature bucks are in the same general areas they are in all the rest of hunting season. They do leave, but if you weren't on them before, you're just waiting on luck to bring you a transient. So find them the rest of the season, then focus on the doe bedding near them. I do agree with Hammer too, the past few years, everything has been a little earlier. I used to love Nov. 7-9th or so...now it's more like Halloween to the 4th that I have some of the best days. But that brings up another point. You have to spend more time in the trees than the squirrels do. Not just the same tree, move with observations or gut feelings. I hope that helps. It's still not a guarantee, but all of this helps tip the odds a little.
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