OS Member Revdillon and his recent 8 Point Buck contest entry for Team #13-
The 2015 Deer Contest has had several lead changes since the start and several teams have the opportunity to win yet. The race is very close, with the defending Champions still in the top four. Several Nice Bucks have been entered and there has been 24 youth hunts as well entered for points. Great Job on the Youth Hunt Entries!
The recent leader board can be seen here-
The 2015 Contest Forum can be viewed here-
A day full of small game hunting is a very good day indeed and nothing can be finer than going squirrel hunting and rabbit hunting in the same day.
As has been my tradition for all of three or four years now, I combined a vacation day with my off weekend to enjoy the first four days of Ohio’s rabbit season. And as the tradition goes, each year on opening day I drive to some nearby public land to kick off the season. With rain pouring down on the morning of day one, I was a bit doubtful of even making it outside, but the rain finally let up in the afternoon. With the dogs loaded in the shotgun seat of the old farm truck, I drove to the nearest piece of public land for 2 hours of fun. I saw a rabbit for one millionth of a second on the second circle and other than that I was listening to the dogs follow the track round and round in chest high weeds. Public land can be the ultimate challenge in rabbit hunting at times. Good habitat for the rabbits for sure.
The next day of my...
Tagged my buck this morning have been hunting pretty hard since Saturday and finally got a shooter in the clear. I saw a few small bucks this morning early at about 8:30 6 doe came through and he wasn't far behind. unfortunately he stayed out of my shooting lanes and in the thicker cover no shot. as I watched him chase the doe around about 70 yards away I was mentally kicking myself for not clearing more shooting lanes. After the chase calmed a bit I gave a couple of grunts toward the group. Immediately he was headed straight toward me. I drew as he passed behind a tree at about 30 yards. He kept coming he walked to within 8 yards and looked right up at me. It seemed like a couple of minutes much shorter in reality I decided he wasn't going to give it up I released the arrow. It hit him further back than I would have liked but the penetration of the muzzy was great. He ran 60 yards or so and stopped I watched him for a minute then his back legs buckled...
Several deer have already been entered for this year and some nice deer have been taken. The leader board has the Defending Champions leading again this year after a few weeks of the season and they are not going to go down easy. Several teams are hot on their heals though!!!!
Here is the link to the contest Forum for this year- enjoy!!!
One of the things I love the most about hunting are the lessons that hunting teaches. And perhaps what I love about squirrel hunting is that the lessons occur out of the spotlight. There is no glamour surrounding squirrel hunting. There are no celebrities to take the lead. There are no high fives by family and friends back at the house or photos shared in the local newspaper. There are just the woods and the hunter and the life and death of the squirrel. The lessons are deep and rich and intense. Intense yes. Intensity is a natural part of a lesson that includes both life and death. Fortune has blessed me with a large circle of mentors that have ingrained a deep seated respect for animals I hunt, the animals that give their lives to feed my family. As much as I have learned from my teachers, the lessons that happen in the woods when no one else is there often hold the most meaning.
“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching” ~Aldo Leopold...
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