Fall is Coming!

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The Salsa Blackborow has been pulled out of the garage for a scouting ride. I have had a great summer playing with the kids and working hard at the shop. Hunting season is just right around the corner and I am so excited!

I keep asking my kids, if and when do they want to go hunting? My son has said yes for sure, daughter said no. A drive to work one day this past week. A epiphany hit, and started to think. Has my son really thought what was hunting all about? He is a picky eater and I am sure he wont want to try squirrel? The first animal most likely he will be getting after this fall to get some experience. As I type this I look back to my first fall days of hunting with my father and uncle. I carried around a Ruger 10/22 with a banana clip or my uncles 410. I was afraid of big loud guns. To this day I just shoot a 270. Out in the woods we came up on a porcupine trying to get away from us. My uncle said we have to give it a sporting chance before shooting. No shooting animals in trees or sleeping. I am sure we were not going to eat it. Just wanted to give me the first chance of killing an animal to see and feel what it does to a human. A young teenager I have shot many birds and squirrels and didn’t eat all of them.

So back to my son on the question of, If you shoot it, will you eat it? I picked him up from school and was heading to his sisters school. I started the conversation of, dude hunting season is coming up. He said really? I really want to go with you. I replied its going to be great! Then I said. You know if you shoot a squirrel that you have to eat it? I instantly saw a the look on his face of, I did not think about that? I said you know hunting is just not all about killing animals. It’s a lot more! I told him we can go and he has to try the squirrels and we will prepare many different ways to find the way he likes. Trying not to be too hard but want him to understand what hunting is. Well I am super excited to get him out in the woods figuring out how to shoot and testing his human skills on feeding his belly. I have been wanting to try squirrel hot wings. Grill up some squirrel and toss them into a bucket of wing sauce.

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The Salsa and I have been getting along for years now and I kind of think it’s time for the new Salsa BlackBorow? Plan on really working the bike and hunting this year. The Flat River State Game area is right down the road from and its a easy bike ride to it. Scouting is on my brain. Trying to see just where it will give me that chance for a deer. I still see my uncles for first week of gun season. October is a busy month so I am not sure I will get many chances for that. Still shooting my bow for that practice. Today need to glue on some new fletches. All mine are old.

I am going to cut this post short and go for a wonderful fall ride in the game area.

more pics coming soon

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Love Nature

I chose to skip on Hunting this week and take my kids and girlfriend to the hunting property. I was a short trip up there to grab 2 weeks of trail cam photos and my ground blind. We rolled into my fathers Saturday afternoon and quickly headed up to the property to have some daylight. It has been snowing all last week here in Kent County and hoping the same for the east side of the state. The task for the weekend was to grab the blind and show the kids the property, then go to a Christmas party on Sunday down by flint.

When we arrived I put the kids in some winter gear and we grabbed some fire wood for a little fire. I grabbed 2 bags of corn and a sled to get out in the woods. Andrea my girlfriend came with me and it was a blast just showing her around. I’ve been going there since I was 10 and it means a ton to me to share it with my family. As Andrea and I walked checking out different footprints in the snow and I pointed out different features.  I noticed a few different trees had fallen across the lane, more work for me in the spring. I drop the bags of corn at a spot that I planned on moving the trail cam to. I noticed my ground blind had a collapsed roof from about 4-6 inches of snow. We quickly broke down the blind and cleaned up the area. Loaded it on the sled to swing around and grab the trail cam data card. As I reached it I noticed some fresh marks and pee at the buck scrap. that gave me some hope that the rut was still happening and a buck or 2 made thru the hunting season. I was wondering did we scare off the deer or was it earlier? turned out it was around 1pm that 2 bucks were at the scrap. We were there about 4pm, just enough light to get in and out. Andrea n I headed back with the sled full of gear and I couldn’t wait to see what was on the data card. Kids met us half way back and they had a fire going, papa started of course. We sat at the truck eating some snacks and I was getting the computer ready for a show. I had about 116 pics on it.1300:121617:22F:0000:CAMERA1:7E[145:0061]G[008:0x0006]

this one hit the spot after a little bigger buck did. A funky little spike. I don’t think I saw this one during hunting.

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A little bigger and maybe older than the other one. I don’t know for sure but one of the guys shot at a 4pt and missed during rifle season. So this one has 4pts on it but onside is a spike, other has a fork and little spike off its forehead. I have photos of him peeing at the spot just before this shot. damn I love nature and being able to capture it!2213:121117:20F:0000:CAMERA1:6E[084:0868]G[056:0x0076]

A nice doe wondering around in the snow.

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before the snow and a cute doe and fawn playing at night.

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I will never know why it is running thru the night.

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I am assuming the buck is stopping it’s feet at something if you notice the both pics. a good little spike that will be bigger the years to come.

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Calling her little piggy. She wonders up to the camera for a sniff.

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Maybe I left to much human scent on the camera?

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This pic is from me leaving on the last weekend I hunted, im just off the side walking away. This scrap has been used for more than 30 years on the same tree. The scrap rotates around from different years but always under this tree. My uncle has had a tree blind to the right on the photo for more than 30 years. My father and I have fixed the tree blind and now its used by another hunter because I quit going up for the last 7 years. I am back with more knowledge and patience. I plan on hunting in a different area so others can use this spot. Actually the tree stand is directly behind the tree to the left of its trunk. the little mounds are the property line that the new owner of that property put in about 10 years ago.

I am going to leave the camera here at this spot for 6 months and retrieve it in the spring. plan on getting. Few more and place them around the area I am going to work for the next couple of years unless it proves me to try a different spot. I have some major plans and hope I get the time to put them in place. Really looking forward to next year hunting season.