Last Years Grand Prize winner, Goshengrunter- and his entry!!!!
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2016-2017 OS Deer Hunting Contest Sign up!!
It’s that time of the year to sign up for the 2016-2017 Ohio Sportsman Deer Hunting Contest. If you want “in” this year, you need to “sign in” in this thread and you need to have at least 20 posts in the Ohio Sportsman Forum by the deadline date to be eligible(Get Busy and get 20 posts before the deadline if you don’t have 20 yet). The deadline to sign up this year is September 5, 2016!! Don't wait until the last minute and miss the chance to be in!!!
Make sure to check back shortly after the September 5, 2016 sign up deadline to check in with your team once we post them.
If you don’t check in with your team by the due date in September- we will replace you with an alternate, so make sure you check periodically in early...
Get ready, the sign up thread will be starting soon and be posted in a few weeks for the 2016/2017 OS Deer Hunting Contest. This thread is to get you "primed" to look for it when I post the sign up thread, so keep your eyes open.
There will be a limited amount of time to sign up, so when we get the sign up thread posted, make sure you take the opportunity and sign up.
Stay tuned-look for it within the next week or two!!!!!
This season I shot my thirteenth wild turkey. Seems appropriate that it was a jake and that I had not shot a jake since 2003, thirteen years ago.
The first time I ever shot a wild turkey was in 2000. My husband and I had started hunting turkeys a couple years earlier and had been quite unsuccessful. My boss is an avid turkey hunter and took mercy on us. I think he was just getting tired of hearing about my failed efforts at turkey hunting. One fine spring morning, he took my husband and me turkey hunting to show us the ropes. My husband shot a nice mature gobbler that morning. An hour later I found myself seated precariously next to a brushy hedgerow as first two hens and then a jake filed past not 5-10 yards away. That jake became the first wild game animal I ever shot.
That hunt broke the turkey hunting ice. Well sort...
I've been wanting to do this for awhile. Back before I started the blog, I would share my hunting tales within the Ohio Sportsman forum itself. It is getting harder and harder for me to find those posts from years back and there are a few that hold special meaning for me. So I thought I would transfer some of those tales over to my blog. While I'm impatiently waiting for the 2016 turkey season to begin, it seems appropriate to start with a turkey story. The first one is one of my favorite turkey hunts to remember. The hunt took place on the last day of the 2008 season and I was determined to get a turkey. I sat through pouring rain under a port-a-roof umbrella for 3 1/2 hours until the rain stopped, the sun came out and well, I'll let you read the story.
The story has been copied and pasted into this blog with no changes or editions. From May 18, 2008:
There was a reason why I titled my blog “How Did This Happen to a City Girl?” and it had nothing to do with groundhogs. It had more to do with marrying a farm boy and learning about life on a farm. It was about adjusting to living in a house where chicken feathers mixed in with the dust bunnies. It was about touching a gun for the first time while in my mid-thirties and then nursing the bruise caused by shooting a shotgun for the first time. But most of all it was because of my decision to start hunting for food and groundhogs were not food.
My first 10 years of hunting were pretty normal. I only hunted things that most everyone else around these parts hunted like deer and turkey and rabbit. But if you trace my family tree back a few generations, you’ll run into a line of Appalachian hill folk. I think somewhere deep...
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