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Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 8:32 am:   

Grand nephew need a theoretical adult to sit with him in a stand on the first day of juvenile season in Tenn. At 57, and never having been on a deer hutn in my life ,that was me, the stand sitter, gun bearer, and accomplice... In the stand early, 45 minutes before daylight. Not sure the 15 foot ladder on that thing was built for anybody who weighed more than a hundred it turned ouit the most ecxcitemnet of the day was to see wheteher it would hold me fro the trip up and down. Anyway, we were there plenty early, and faced a 40 acre green field from a vantage point that should have been prime for any moving deer, as I have seen them pass throug right under our stand location on many mornings while duck hunting a flooded creek in a lower edge of the same field. My shooter had a 20 guage loaded with slugs, so they would have to be close to get a good shot. It was super windy on that full moon , but the best woods was slightly upwind, so we felt like we had a chance. After daylight came, and two hours passed, my shooter started wondering where his father and brother were and then we climbed out. Never saw the first deer. Scouting (or the absence of it)may have something to so with it, you think?
FlatLand Gobbler
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 9:23 am:   

SEE, that didn't hurt now did it? Next trip they will introduce a Doe, and future trips after that will be a button Buck, and then a yearling, all the way up to and including a giant Ten Point Buck! After that your aversion therapy will be complete, and you will be cured of your Deer Phobia!

Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 10:14 am:   

not a chance :>)
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 1:56 pm:   

Wait till you start striper fishing, you'll love that too.
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 3:06 pm:   

MF-I will just concentate on getting the bait for the strippers.....course I keep turning it loose...I did find myself cheering for the Hokies the other night, so I guess anything is possible.
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 4:39 pm:   

I'm proud of you GN for setting aside your personal feelings on hunting the 4 legged deer for the benefit of a young hunter. Who ever said old dogs don't learn new tricks! Put a smile on my face today!
Bird Dog
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 4:51 pm:   

Stipper bait? remember this is a family channel.:>)
Bird Dog
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 4:53 pm:   

I meant stripper heck I can't type Ether!
Big Bird
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2004 - 5:26 pm:   

You're a hoot. Good news is that if this is your mid-life crisis you get to live to be 114!
Please consider drawing the line at rifle hunting the BIRD. That would just be over the top and we would all worry that you would have reached the point of no return.
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - 7:02 am:   

GN I am proud of you that you sacraficed your beliefs for a youngster. Now when you go again and he scores you may be hooked, or at least compelled to go again.
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - 7:58 am:   

Careful GN...them 4 legged fur critters can be as addictive as them 2 legged feathered ones...

Might have another customer..LOL!!

Bird Dog
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2004 - 8:22 am:   

You could always take him w/ you, getting him hooked on grouse hunting! I'll bet he could learn to feed dogs w/ the best of 'em. Besides, a young pair of legs can be real handy in the mountains.
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2004 - 10:14 am:   

You know how hard it is today to get somebody interested in grouse hunting when you cannot show them any grouse? Seriously, that is the issue facing many bird hunters cannot find enough wild birds in the east to either train a dog or to interest a youngster in the dogs and the hunt. Out west there is aworld of public land and enough game birds to fire up a kid, not so here. My two grand-nephews do duck hunt with us some and do turkey hunt and deer hunt with their Dad.
Bird Dog
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2004 - 6:51 pm:   

Very sad and very true. All the reports I've heard on grouse this year echo whats already been said on the board. scarce

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