Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Young Bucks, Old Bucks

Look at the awesome rack on this 8-point my nephew John took on his first hunt of the season last Fall down in Louisiana. This buck was taken with a bow and John said he didn't even have to track him. "I walked right up to him." I told Johnny-man that all the hunters in his circle of buddies would be freezing their toes off every day until the end of the season in an attempt to better that bad-boy.

Next to the deer stand he hunted from, John said there is a tree a few feet away with a hole it in. The hole is home to a snake, likely a rat snake, that has been there for two years running and evidently is content sitting there and watching the hunt from the safety of his hole. Reminds me of a few years back at the Sugarbush campground in Colorado when a few of us were sitting around BS'ing and this 4-5' long snake falls out of a tree with feathers out of his mouth and a big lump behind his head. I looked up and saw the limb that he fell out of still wigglin'. I mean this was a fairly good sized snake and he was way out there on this skinny limb. Perhaps he had coiled and pounced on that bird from a distance. Regardless, I had never witnessed a snake hunting birds in a tree before. But I digress...back to the deer story.

A short while after I was sent news of nephew's successful hunt, I am visiting my nieces (his sisters) over Thanksgiving and I commented on John's nice buck. His sister said yeah, that was a big one, but "look at what my Dad got a little while later" and she showed me this photo:

Ohhh doctor! A-nother impressive buck. This guy was also taken with a bow, which I believe is all either one of 'em hunts with these days - at least for deer. You can tell from this ol boy's tines that he likely had a successful rut.

Back at the house, my brother-in-law poses with his mount:

Pat said the mount is currently sitting on the couch waiting to be hung and their dog, Charlie, just lays there staring at it. She thinks Charlie is protecting her and "saving" her from the animal.

Young bucks and old(er) bucks. As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Translation: Like Father - Like Son. Congrats men!


Carey Crain said...

Hello, my brother and I are heading out to the Flat Tops for a fall fly fishing trip. We plan on doing a 3 day loop from Stillwater Reservoir to the Island lakes and back. We will be going the 9th of October. I know its late, but its the only time we can both get out there. Could you give me some tips on good flies to be using? Any other advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

the_fitzman said...

Hello Carey - sounds like a great trip! I am jealous... but I have never fished those lakes nor any lake in the region that late in the year. So, the only advice I can give is the old "match the hatch" if there are hatches and rises. If not, and the lake looks "dead" like many high country lakes can often appear, I'd probably start with a wooly bugger (black or black-n-olive, with a couple strips of flash) and drop your favorite nymph off the back (I'd likely try a zebra midge or a Fitz special) about 18 inches. Throw the rig out with lots of slack and let her sink before retrieving at several different speeds/actions until you find what works (hopefully something!). Feel free to share pix or adventures with me on your trip - I would be very interested to know how the Reservoir and the Island lakes fish during early October. I would think they'd be feeding pretty good heading into winter.

Best o' Luck!