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Frisky’s 2022 Hunting Diary

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Frisky 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
bowhunt 15-Sep-22
Osr144 15-Sep-22
Dale Rohrbeck 15-Sep-22
olddogrib 15-Sep-22
Jinkster 15-Sep-22
fishin coyote 15-Sep-22
Landshark Launcher 15-Sep-22
wooddamon1 15-Sep-22
Bernie Bjorklund 15-Sep-22
Jed Gitchel 15-Sep-22
TrapperKayak 15-Sep-22
TrapperKayak 15-Sep-22
TrapperKayak 15-Sep-22
Supernaut 15-Sep-22
mangonboat 15-Sep-22
South Farm 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
Live2Hunt 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
hawkeye in PA 15-Sep-22
Treeman 15-Sep-22
Kodiak 15-Sep-22
Andy Man 15-Sep-22
Two Feathers 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
felipe 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
Landshark Launcher 15-Sep-22
HEXX 15-Sep-22
olddogrib 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
olddogrib 15-Sep-22
Osr144 15-Sep-22
Don T. Lewis 15-Sep-22
tradmt 15-Sep-22
tradmt 15-Sep-22
Frisky 15-Sep-22
Babysaph 16-Sep-22
Babysaph 16-Sep-22
Frisky 16-Sep-22
Yellah Nocks 16-Sep-22
tradmt 16-Sep-22
Frisky 16-Sep-22
Frisky 16-Sep-22
Frisky 17-Sep-22
Frisky 17-Sep-22
2 bears 17-Sep-22
tradmt 17-Sep-22
Frisky 17-Sep-22
Jed Gitchel 17-Sep-22
Backcountry 17-Sep-22
Frisky 18-Sep-22
olddogrib 18-Sep-22
Pdiddly2 18-Sep-22
Dry Bones 18-Sep-22
crookedstix 18-Sep-22
bentstick54 18-Sep-22
tradmt 18-Sep-22
Frisky 18-Sep-22
tradmt 18-Sep-22
Backcountry 18-Sep-22
Pdiddly2 18-Sep-22
Babysaph 18-Sep-22
Frisky 19-Sep-22
olddogrib 19-Sep-22
tradmt 19-Sep-22
Box Call 71 19-Sep-22
Landshark Launcher 19-Sep-22
Frisky 19-Sep-22
Pdiddly2 19-Sep-22
Frisky 20-Sep-22
bowhunt 20-Sep-22
Frisky 20-Sep-22
Backcountry 20-Sep-22
olddogrib 20-Sep-22
Pdiddly2 20-Sep-22
Frisky 23-Sep-22
Frisky 23-Sep-22
olddogrib 23-Sep-22
Mechanic 23-Sep-22
kokosing 23-Sep-22
Landshark Launcher 23-Sep-22
Herbie 23-Sep-22
Frisky 23-Sep-22
Box Call 71 23-Sep-22
Frisky 23-Sep-22
olddogrib 24-Sep-22
Box Call 71 24-Sep-22
Jinkster 24-Sep-22
skramr12 27-Sep-22
Kentucky 27-Sep-22
olddogrib 27-Sep-22
Herbie 27-Sep-22
Babysaph 28-Sep-22
Frisky 28-Sep-22
Frisky 28-Sep-22
Frisky 29-Sep-22
Frisky 29-Sep-22
bowhunt 29-Sep-22
Frisky 29-Sep-22
olddogrib 29-Sep-22
Dry Bones 29-Sep-22
Yellah Nocks 29-Sep-22
Ben Ahrens 29-Sep-22
Frisky 29-Sep-22
Dirtnap 29-Sep-22
olddogrib 30-Sep-22
Frisky 30-Sep-22
grizzly63 30-Sep-22
Treeman 30-Sep-22
Frisky 30-Sep-22
Pdiddly2 01-Oct-22
Kodiak 01-Oct-22
Landshark Launcher 01-Oct-22
mangonboat 01-Oct-22
Frisky 01-Oct-22
Frisky 01-Oct-22
grizzly63 01-Oct-22
Iwander 01-Oct-22
Iwander 01-Oct-22
Frisky 01-Oct-22
bowhunt 01-Oct-22
Frisky 01-Oct-22
Frisky 02-Oct-22
olddogrib 02-Oct-22
Iwander 02-Oct-22
Wayne Hess 02-Oct-22
Andy Man 02-Oct-22
olddogrib 02-Oct-22
Frisky 02-Oct-22
bowhunt 03-Oct-22
Frisky 03-Oct-22
olddogrib 03-Oct-22
Lowcountry 03-Oct-22
Frisky 03-Oct-22
olddogrib 03-Oct-22
Iwander 03-Oct-22
9/10 Broke 03-Oct-22
Kodiak 03-Oct-22
Iwander 03-Oct-22
Iwander 03-Oct-22
mangonboat 03-Oct-22
olddogrib 03-Oct-22
Iwander 03-Oct-22
9/10 Broke 03-Oct-22
Frisky 03-Oct-22
Iwander 03-Oct-22
Orion 03-Oct-22
Ben Ahrens 03-Oct-22
Frisky 03-Oct-22
crookedstix 03-Oct-22
bowhunt 03-Oct-22
crookedstix 03-Oct-22
crookedstix 03-Oct-22
crookedstix 03-Oct-22
crookedstix 03-Oct-22
Frisky 03-Oct-22
olddogrib 03-Oct-22
mangonboat 03-Oct-22
Frisky 03-Oct-22
9/10 Broke 03-Oct-22
grizzly63 03-Oct-22
Frisky 04-Oct-22
Frisky 04-Oct-22
bowhunt 04-Oct-22
Frisky 04-Oct-22
bowhunt 04-Oct-22
olddogrib 04-Oct-22
kokosing 04-Oct-22
olddogrib 04-Oct-22
Iwander 04-Oct-22
crookedstix 04-Oct-22
Frisky 04-Oct-22
Landshark Launcher 04-Oct-22
BRIBOWl 04-Oct-22
Nemophilist 04-Oct-22
Bugle-up 04-Oct-22
Frisky 04-Oct-22
9/10 Broke 04-Oct-22
Bugle-up 04-Oct-22
Jed Gitchel 04-Oct-22
Frisky 04-Oct-22
Bugle-up 05-Oct-22
Frisky 05-Oct-22
Iwander 05-Oct-22
9/10 Broke 05-Oct-22
olddogrib 05-Oct-22
kokosing 05-Oct-22
Frisky 05-Oct-22
grizzly63 05-Oct-22
Frisky 05-Oct-22
bowhunt 06-Oct-22
Frisky 06-Oct-22
olddogrib 06-Oct-22
Iwander 06-Oct-22
Gaur 06-Oct-22
Iwander 06-Oct-22
Bugle-up 06-Oct-22
9/10 Broke 06-Oct-22
Bugle-up 06-Oct-22
HEXX 06-Oct-22
Landshark Launcher 06-Oct-22
jjs 06-Oct-22
hawkeye in PA 06-Oct-22
Frisky 06-Oct-22
olddogrib 06-Oct-22
Frisky 06-Oct-22
skramr12 06-Oct-22
olddogrib 06-Oct-22
ruintfletch 06-Oct-22
skramr12 06-Oct-22
Jed Gitchel 06-Oct-22
Iwander 06-Oct-22
bowhunt 06-Oct-22
grizzly63 07-Oct-22
bowhunt 07-Oct-22
From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22

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Folks, the 2022 season will soon be upon us, so I decided to present the Leatherwall with a diary of what will undoubtably be a successful season! This is less for entertainment and more of an educational tool, designed to teach all of you how to hunt. I have my doubts any of you are actual hunters. If you pay attention, you too could become a great hunter, as I teach you how to go about filling the freezer. It’s not about scenery. It’s not about companionship. It’s not about love of the outdoors. It’s about filling the freezer. Anything less is a failure. Man didn’t survive for some 200,000 years by standing around smelling the flowers. He hunted! That said, I’ll now start the diary by showing you how I prepare. The season will begin on Saturday, but my first day will likely be next Weds, as a cold front moves through and replaces unseasonable heat and some rain with cooler, drier air. With luck, this diary will quickly get buried in threads, but I’ll bring it back each time I go out. I expect the diary will end on or around October 6th, as that’s when the deer come into the WMA, where I hunt, and I’ll get one. I’ve never gotten a shot in September, but I will go out a few times. In this photo, I introduce you to Tinker and Taz. I just purchased my license, for $35, and now the girls are preparing my hunting clothing by sleeping on top of them for a week. Deer do not fear cat smell.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22

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Yesterday, I hit the woods and got busy preparing my spots. Sadly, either the DNR or the utilities company had removed brush out in front of my ambush spot, changing the area in a way that will impact my hunting. When something unexpected happens, you have to adapt. It forced me to prepare three spots! In this photo, you see spot #1. This is where I’d kill a deer, given a southerly wind. You can see the start of a shooting lane, right down the middle of the photo. Early on, I don’t make it too obvious. In past years, this presents a 9 yard shot. Now, it’s a 13 yard shot. The deer will pass by from left to right or right to left. You have to make them stop in your shooting lane. To do this, I approach the area from the south, walking through the field, toward that little tree. As I reach the deer trail, I stand right top of it and then continue on down the lane. When a deer reaches where I stood, it will stop and go on alert. Too late, I’ve already released an arrow.

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22

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There’s a good chance that my beloved spot won’t work out, given the change in terrain. So, I went 20 yards to the right and cut another lane. You can see it down the center of the photo. This presents a 15 yard shot. Now, when you approach a spot like this, you can’t walk to the left or right of the shooting lane. You must approach it dead on, in this case from the south, and stop right in front of it. I need the deer to stop just to the right of that tree. When the deer stops, I’m already at full draw.

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22

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On Weds, the wind will be out of the north, so I can’t hunt spots 1 and 2. This photo shows spot #3, which is straight south of spot #2! As the deer run along the treeline in the background, I’m right out in the field, hidden by a little tree and some brush. See those two green bushes in the center of the photo? The V between them is part of the shooting lane. This shot is 15 to 17 yards. In this case, you can either bleat to stop the deer or walk straight down the shooting lane to the trail, stand there and walk back. When the deer gets to where you stood, it will stop and die. That’s enough for now, but stay tuned for this adventure! Next up, I’ll talk about essential equipment.

From: bowhunt
Date: 15-Sep-22




Looks like some good setups.

I go all out and put my hunting bows directly in the litter box for a week before the season and stash them thier after hunts.Just another tip.Cats can be useful at times.

From: Osr144
Date: 15-Sep-22

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Vastly different style of hunting.Here My favourite game is feral goats.Ya just got to locate them stalk and shoot.You can't just wait for them to come along too often.Ocasionally An ambush at a water hole.In my hunting area you get mainly goats and pigs.No season either.We do have 6 specie of introduced deer but we do have permits and seasons for those.My hunting terrain in Oz Osr

From: Dale Rohrbeck
Date: 15-Sep-22




Frisky, the suspense is killing me. I’m on the edge of my seat.

From: olddogrib
Date: 15-Sep-22




Dale, don't get too excited. this "diary" will likely, as in seasons past, be a compilation of very short stories....all ending in failure. Good luck Joe! Buy Beanie Weenies when they're on sale, you're gonna need 'em. The furballs are used to having to fend for themselves. I'll ask Batman to send the ASPCA by for a wellness check around January.

From: Jinkster
Date: 15-Sep-22




So I’m assuming you got the combine all tuned up and ready for the kill?

From: fishin coyote
Date: 15-Sep-22




Your scenery pictures are nice but not as nice as crookedstix's. Good luck on the upcoming season

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 15-Sep-22




So you are saying we need to first go out and cut shooting lanes. Then , use the,"deer come to me" method? I don't mean to question a Legend,but why not just go setup over deer sign??

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 15-Sep-22




This should be educational ;)

From: Bernie Bjorklund
Date: 15-Sep-22




I'm looking forward to this one!

Bernie

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 15-Sep-22




How to become a legendary hunter: - use any weapon available. Don't hike through bedding areas taking pictures of your bow. The only scenery we care about is blood and fur. Joe I have been paying attention and will watch this thread with interest

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 15-Sep-22




Shouldn't it be named "Ford Fairlane"? Or "Bumper Car"? heheheh...TK

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 15-Sep-22




Shouldn't it be named "Ford Fairlane"? Or "Bumper Car"? heheheh...TK

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 15-Sep-22

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This ought to be a real sleeper...

From: Supernaut
Date: 15-Sep-22




Joe, best of luck to you this season.

I have no doubt Tinker and Taz sleeping on your hunting clothes will give you good MOJO. Nice pictures.

From: mangonboat
Date: 15-Sep-22




The best laid plans of mice and men...

From: South Farm
Date: 15-Sep-22




I hasten to think what would happen if I caught a cat laying on my hunting clothes. Good thing they have nine lives is all I can say..

Anyway, you need to change the title to "Journal" rather than "diary". A diary holds your deepest darkest secrets...things like the first girl you kissed, how you snooped through your parents nightstand drawers, or the first deer you ever bagged with the Buick...that's why diaries come with locks built into them.

A "Journal" is something you share with the world, something that could quite possibly make you famous, although I think you already most certainly are!

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22




A few good questions have been raised. Among them, why not set up over sign? I have. The best sign, contrary to the advice of the "experts," is not a scrape or rub. It's a well-worn trail in a bottleneck, a place where deer are led into a particular locale. In this case, all deer traveling from the east or west will pass by me, if they travel along the field edge and not through the woods. Entering the woods calls for different tactics, but hunters enter and roam the woods. I have to avoid hunters, at all costs. We're talking 37 acres here

Joe

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 15-Sep-22




I'm guessing those shooting lanes are lanes to view the farmer as he combines. When he hits the deer and it is maimed, it will take the path of least resistance right to Frisky. Got it, great advice from the master.

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22




Journaling is what I'm doing. However, I am presenting secrets, closely guarded in the past, so diary is correct.

Joe

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 15-Sep-22




When your talking deer sign one of those DOT warning signs "DEER CROSSING AREA"?

Since I'm allergic to felines I'll never reach your status.

Best of luck Joe, and remember to look both ways when your heading down the trail.

From: Treeman
Date: 15-Sep-22




In future years this diary will rival Fred Bear's Field Notes in importance. Lol

From: Kodiak
Date: 15-Sep-22




37 acres of public land right next to Austin? Dude, you need to find some private ground to hunt. I know that area really well, I grew up real close to there. Is it the WMA that's right next to I-90?

Good luck though, it's all about getting out there and doing it. Also,I wouldn't skip the first few days of the season, in my experience it's the absolute best time to arrow a good buck.

From: Andy Man
Date: 15-Sep-22




Nice looking area

Hopefully you can fill the book up this year

From: Two Feathers
Date: 15-Sep-22




I better start keeping notes so I don't forget anything,

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22




Kodiak- Yes. By I-90. Right in front of what becomes state hwy 46. I'll be posting a Google Earth shot of it.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22

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Here's a Google Earth shot of my hunting grounds. The three red dots are about where I'll be sitting.

Joe

From: felipe
Date: 15-Sep-22




Nice; is that your big house like 25 yards away. Do like Babysaph would and just shoot one out the window.

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22

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I can see the roof of that house from my spot, but it's at least 150 yards away. The girls are asleep on the picnic table chair cushions and Fatty has taken over hunting clothes duty, as shown here.

Joe

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 15-Sep-22




I also have outside cats,and sometimes deer in my yard. The deer get used to them. But in no way would i hunt MY yard deer. Thats just not challenging enough for me,but if that is your thing,go 4 it. Now I understand why you want cat smell on your clothes. I am kinda disappointed to learn that you are trying to kill a yard doe. But,to each his own.

From: HEXX
Date: 15-Sep-22




I did not know Frisky hunted cats (?).

From: olddogrib
Date: 15-Sep-22




I have it straight from Joe's "stop-over" Midwest hunting buds that never take him along....fatty didn't get that way due to Frisky's hunting prowess. It's a wonder the poor beast isn't anorexic, but he's a better hunter than Joe!

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22




Osr144- Feral goat hunting would be great! Dallas Conway style!

Fatty was 22 pounds and is now on a diet. He weighed in at 18 pounds last week.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 15-Sep-22




"Diet" translation: Fatty is getting venison that is still "on the hoof"!

From: Osr144
Date: 15-Sep-22




Lots of properties won't allow you to shoot wild goats as they have commercial value.Folk of the Muslim faith pay good money for goat meat.The property.managers are heli mustering the wild goats from the air and they get halal butchering at the meat works to conform to Muslim coustom.Basically a good free resource.I have only shot two deer both Asiatic breeds 1 Rusa and 1 Samber.We have Red deer ,axis Fallow and chital deer.We are not allowed to shoot our native animals these days but we used too.Professional shooters can cull the native Kangaroos but common folk can't.we can hunt pigs,goat,water buffalo,camel foxes ,rabbits.and feral cats and wild dogs.There is a possibility our salt water Crocodile may be getting a limited season.You just get your deer mate osr

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 15-Sep-22




Joe thanks for the tips. And good luck this season.

From: tradmt
Date: 15-Sep-22

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Well I wish you had a finished diary so I could hunt better, season been running here already and finally made it out one day. Only made it to 25 yards on some does but I felt the wind was just a bit much to let an arrow go on a walking deer. I really could have used some insight from a real hunter. :)

From: tradmt
Date: 15-Sep-22

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Nice evening other than windy as all get out.

From: Frisky
Date: 15-Sep-22




Man, talk about a crappy, desolate area! Glad I have a great spot!

Joe

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 16-Sep-22




Fatty? Can’t stop laughing. Love the cats

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 16-Sep-22




Fatty? Can’t stop laughing. Love the cats

From: Frisky
Date: 16-Sep-22




His name is Tippy, but I changed it to Fatty until he drops weight. I'm fat shaming him.

Joe

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 16-Sep-22




Do you use wider tires so the Electra can float on that soft field soil? And for a bumper is chromed steel okay, or do you replace it with a softwood log?(giggle)

Best of success, hope you nail a 'biggun.'

From: tradmt
Date: 16-Sep-22




I wish everyone else would understand how crappy this area is. :)

From: Frisky
Date: 16-Sep-22

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Now, I’d like to discuss essential gear. You’ll need a pack of some sort to carry essentials. I use a 2oz nylon bag I bought at Walmart for $5. It’s shown on the right in the photo. In it, have your armguard (not an essential but looks the part) glove and a spare glove or tab. Have a face net. Have a spare string (not shown) Have your cell phone (turned off) and a headlamp and powerful LED flashlight. Make sure everything is charged! If it’s during the rut, bring a grunt call. Have two super sharp knives. One is fine though. Have face paint. Bring plastic bags and toilet paper. You’ll use the TP to mark blood trails, until the snow arrives. Have rubber gloves, your license, wire to afix it and a pair of reading glasses, if needed. I also include a small camera. If you’re prone to forget your hunting hat, keep it in the bag. Of course, don’t forget your bow and arrows! Also, always have a spare stringer! Not shown. Total pack weight is exactly 4 pounds. Don’t go heavier. This is the heaviest my pack has weighed, due to the new flashlight and being forced, by family members, to take my phone with me in case the car breaks down.

From: Frisky
Date: 16-Sep-22

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Next, you need a chair. Real men don’t hunt out of trees. Carry a light weight chair that won’t squeak. That means no swivel. It should be comfortable for up to three hours. You also need proper ground clearance. Make sure you practice from your chair. Chair weight should not exceed 6 pounds. Mine is 5.4 pounds. I prefer a 3 pound chair, but comfort makes up for the weight of my chair. So, I carry in 9.4 pounds in my left hand and my bow and arrows in the right hand. I go back less than 400 yards.

From: Frisky
Date: 17-Sep-22




There are ways to cut down on pack weight, as 4 pounds is a lot to carry. Keep your can of mosquito spray in the car. Put it on when you string the bow. I knock 12oz off pack weight when I take a 2oz knife and leave the two heavy knives shown home. That alone takes pack weight down from 4 pounds to 3 pounds 4 oz. I usually use a flashlight that's 4oz lighter than the one shown. That brings pack weight down to 3 pounds. I save another 2oz by leaving some of the face paint home. That takes me to 2 pounds 14oz for the pack weight. That's more like it.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 17-Sep-22




Finally, some people I've hunted with take almost 10 minutes to start the walk to their spot. This is a disgrace! You should get out of your vehicle and be ready to hunt within 2 minutes. If your partner takes longer than that, dump him. You don't bring the house with you. You leave the house and go hunting.

Joe

From: 2 bears
Date: 17-Sep-22




I know you don't need it but GOOD LUCK. >>>----> Ken

From: tradmt
Date: 17-Sep-22




You might get thirsty.

From: Frisky
Date: 17-Sep-22




You don't bring water. You don't need it unless you're in the desert. I'm sick and tired of all these hydrators running amok.

Joe

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 17-Sep-22




Now Joe here is where we part company. Even a legend gets older. As I understand it dehydration is a contributing factor for stroke. This is the only thing I can find to argue about. Keep it coming.

From: Backcountry
Date: 17-Sep-22




Lack of adequate hydration can lead to loss of coordination, confusion, and poor judgment. Apparently Frisky has been hunting without having any water along for some time now.

From: Frisky
Date: 18-Sep-22




Be reasonable about your water requirements. Most of the time, you're getting out of your car, walking a few hundred yards and sitting down in a blind or in a tree. You don't need to be sucking on water every 5 minutes. You're there to hunt, not hydrate. Last I read, Ishi would squat down in a field, for hours, and not worry about hydrating, and he was in California, for cripes sake!

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 18-Sep-22




Frisky is "ready to hunt" two minutes after climbing IN his vehicle...it takes him that long to reach his "killing fields" backroads!

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 18-Sep-22




Backcountry LOL!!

Frisky…I am on the edge of my seat!! Kerry and I are waiting with bated breath to see how this all unfolds…pass the popcorn please!

From: Dry Bones
Date: 18-Sep-22

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Frisky, this aint California, but out here you better have something to drink. This is on a private ranch I get to hunt. There is a small creek drain just over a mile from the camp. You can drive close to it, but I usually walk. A lot less noise coming in that way. I took a Turkey a couple seasons back at that spot and my buck last season was maybe 100 yards further in. Pack light, travel fast, but do it quiet.

Bones

From: crookedstix
Date: 18-Sep-22




I'd have more respect for you if you hunted by prowling through all that scrub brush, and succeeded by spotting the deer before it spotted you. Anyone can sit in a chair all season watching a crossing, but a legend ought to be able to tiptoe in on one.

From: bentstick54
Date: 18-Sep-22




If you’re only hunting a couple of hundred yards from your truck, a real hunter should not even need to take a pack of any kind. If you’re not out long enough to need water, your bow, a couple of arrows, and a belt knife should be all a real hunter would need. Oh, and your stool. Everything else could stay 5 minutes away in your vehicle of choice further cutting down your weight.

From: tradmt
Date: 18-Sep-22

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From: Frisky
Date: 18-Sep-22




Talk about a disgraceful blind! You might as well shoot out the kitchen window.

Joe

From: tradmt
Date: 18-Sep-22




It works so I guess I’ll accept its disgracefulness. Lol

From: Backcountry
Date: 18-Sep-22




TradMt— Yep, that blind sure fooled a bovine, anyway! Were you hunting pronghorns?

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 18-Sep-22




Geez Frisky…” a few hundred yards from your car??

After we climb a few miles and a 1000 feet up to camp we walk another “…few hundred yards” just to fill our water bottles! Bow in hand of course!

I thought you were actually going to stalk an animal instead of sitting at city limits waiting for a deer that’s tired of living to walk by on his way to a corn-pile!!

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 18-Sep-22




don't recall me ever shooting one out of a window.

From: Frisky
Date: 19-Sep-22




You don't see me walking up and down mountains and then coming home, in disgrace, empty-handed. I walk a few hundred yards and score on a deer. To update, I allowed the first two days of the season to go by without going hunting. You can't get one by sitting around the house, so I will be going.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 19-Sep-22




A true "Legend" never misses opening day...truck in the shop?

From: tradmt
Date: 19-Sep-22




Backcountry, yes, pronghorn and mule deer.

Killed a muley doe off tgat water and a small pronghorn last fall, unfortunately, it’s dry this fall.

From: Box Call 71
Date: 19-Sep-22




Hey,just like old coon hunting days.dogs would scrabble,pee,and sniffing ,and fighting ,then finally get after the coons.not much like us guys nowadays.

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 19-Sep-22

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Hey Joe. You need one of these calenders,to keep track of all the times you go out, and come back empty handed.

From: Frisky
Date: 19-Sep-22




I stayed home today, so my day 1 entry won't be until Weds. Near 90 for tomorrow. It was 80 today, and I don't have warm weather clothing to wear. I decided to mow the lawn and shoot at Legend's Range tonight, under the stars. I'm not in a huge rush, as I don't even see deer at the start of the season.

Joe

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 19-Sep-22

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Only thing I see being hunted for here is excuses why you’re not out hunting!!

A true legend doesn’t let warm weather get in the way! No need for warm weather clothing…wear shorts and camo your exposed hide like this guy!

From: Frisky
Date: 20-Sep-22




Mosquitoes. You have to cover yourself here or be bitten to death! I'd have to wear my thin flannel shirt and hope they didn't bite through it too much. I'd rather bide my time and strike, like a rattle snake, when the moment is upon me!

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 20-Sep-22




He's just smarter than you guys.He knows where to park for a quick walk to make a kill right under other hunters noses who go deep and get skunked in crappier spots.The good spots can be easily accessable if you know what to look for and are patient like one of his cats.

From: Frisky
Date: 20-Sep-22




Bowhunt is correct. I know what I'm doing. Remember, I"m on 37 acres of public land, and I'm competing with incompetents. Often, they walk in, just as the sun is setting, and stand around, arrow knocked. I have to cross the prairie grass field, in the Google Earth pic shown in the thread, to get away from these guys. If I go into the woods to the north, I have to put up with a 50/50 chance someone will walk by as the sun sets! Now, the deer and I both know to stay along the field edge to avoid hunters. Thats why they're an easy setup, but I need a southerly wind. North is at the top of the photo of my area. If the wind is out of the north, it blows through the woods and out into the field. So, I have to hide right out in the field and possess the prowess of Ishi to get a shot. This is something NONE of you can do, as you lack both the mindset and the skillset. I'll be doing this on Weds evening, as the temps fall and the wind howls out of the north!

Joe

From: Backcountry
Date: 20-Sep-22




As Yogi once said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” So I’m keeping a close watch on this thread in the off-chance that Frisky Joe might post something useful... like a cookie recipe or something.

From: olddogrib
Date: 20-Sep-22




"I'm not in a huge rush, as I don't even see deer at the start of the season."

Nor the middle, nor the end.....but wait till he see's one through that windshield!!!!

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 20-Sep-22

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olddogrib...no deer thru the windshield with Frisky's new hunting rig...

Scooped up on the deer catcher and right up onto the engine block to start cooking once the hood slams down!

From: Frisky
Date: 23-Sep-22




9-22-22 Day 1. Well folks, the hunting has finally begun! I showed up at the WMA, and a hunter was there. I didn't worry about him, figuring he'd be 300 yards away, up in a tree. I never did see him. As I cut across the field and approached spot 1, I saw a flock of turkeys in and around spot 2. That got me to 110 species of birds for the season. I left them alone and went straight to spot 1 and sat. Had I been hungry, I would have poached a turkey. They're one of the stupidest and easy to hunt creatures on the planet. Conditions were fine. I had almost calm air and a temp of 60 degrees. I sat for 3 hours and 20 minutes, and my chair was fine. I never had to stand. I saw one mosquito. Tonight's cold will wipe them all out, so I won't have to wear netting. I noticed a warbler migration coming through, and at sunset, a baby rabbit came out and stood a yard from my feet. He was smart enough to wait until the hawks went to bed, but I did hear owls in the area. At the end of legal shooting time, I stood up, grabbed my stuff and went home. It was a total waste of time. I would have been better off staying home with the cats, who, by the way, were starving! It's about filling the freezer folks. If you don't do that, you wasted your time. Around the 6th through 17th of October, the corn will start coming out (corn is everywhere) and the deer will travel through the WMA. That's when I'll fill the freezer, but I suppose it's ok to go a few times in September, just to get the kinks out.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 23-Sep-22

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One more thing. Before I left to go hunting, two little girls stopped by and asked me if I'd like to buy a painted rock, for 25 cents. I replied I'd give them a dollar if I could have the only red one in the bucket. They sold it to me, telling me they'd give me an even better deal than the 25 cents by letting me have two rocks for a dollar. I told them one was enough. So, I tossed the rock in my hunting bag, for good luck. It probably jinxed me!

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 23-Sep-22




"Hope springs eternal"...to go along with the lame excuses. Sorry, that just slipped out, but this "journal" is going to be a compilation of "cricket symphonies". I've told you repeatedly the cats are malnourished...where's the ASPCA when you need them? Batman, they need a "wellness check". I'll buy your plane ticket. Fatty's just found Joe's snack stash!

From: Mechanic
Date: 23-Sep-22




Enjoying every diary entry. Lol!

From: kokosing
Date: 23-Sep-22




That rabbit foot would be better luck than carrying that rock around.

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 23-Sep-22




True Legends carry rocks in there hunting packs? I didn't know that. We are all learning from this diary of yours. I'm betting this thread hits 400 before your arrow hits a yard doe. :^)

From: Herbie
Date: 23-Sep-22




Keep these reports coming, Joe!

From: Frisky
Date: 23-Sep-22




Just a note that I won't be hunting today, regardless of what Fred Bear said about hunting in the rain. Fairly heavy rain is moving in fast.

Joe

From: Box Call 71
Date: 23-Sep-22




Use the rock to check the weather.if it’s wet,it’s raining,if it’s dry,it’s not raining.

From: Frisky
Date: 23-Sep-22




Good advice boxcall. The rock was dead weight in the old, worn pack, so I removed it. It was a failure. When I start the Teddy fundraiser sale, I'm thinking about selling that rock. I'll call it a good luck rock. I'm skipping today, due to rain, and I have to host a birthday party for my brother John tomorrow. However, I checked the long-range forecast, and it looks promising. My tank was on empty, so I filled it full last night. One more thing of interest. My driver's side car door lock broke. I can't get the door open. So, I have to crawl over the shift lever, through the passenger side, to get to the driver's seat. By wearing my old, light weight snow boots, I found I can fly in and out of the car easier than with my running shoes on! However, I'm going to stick to the WMA because it is a three mile drive.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 24-Sep-22




If you bust them with a "full head of steam", you should not have to worry about getting out of the vehicle quickly to finish them off with an arrow...they'll be "DOA" and pre-tenderized!

From: Box Call 71
Date: 24-Sep-22




Hey, get the windows down and do the dukes of hazard modified nascar window entry.that will mezermize any deer around watching from afar.

From: Jinkster
Date: 24-Sep-22




so you haven't wetted an arrow yet?

From: skramr12
Date: 27-Sep-22




In your sack, you definitely need a snickers bar, a few Jameson nippers (helps cover your breath) and a cold beer waiting in the truck for the ride home. The beer in the truck is something to look forward to after getting skunked hunting.

From: Kentucky
Date: 27-Sep-22




This can’t be the only way… I’m allergic to cats.

From: olddogrib
Date: 27-Sep-22




Ever seen a maternal doe's reaction to a bobcat? Maybe with that long drought you need to reconsider your cover scent? Of course when you're in the vehicle it's probably too late when the feline smell registers. lol!

From: Herbie
Date: 27-Sep-22




In Thunder Bay right now but plan to be in MN in the morning…rested and ready for tracking. Go Joe!

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 28-Sep-22




Frisky. You remind me of me lol

From: Frisky
Date: 28-Sep-22




Folks- Just to update, I have only been out the one time. The wind is slowing and switching to the south, so I'll be out there both Thursday and Friday to end the month. My brother is seeing deer all over the place, at his place 8 miles down the road, but he's such a schumk, I'm not going out there. I'm going to stick with the WMA for now. I've been working out with my bows and shooting my slingshot at the same velocity of an arrow, so it keeps my brain tuned for shooting the bow. I'm pretty confident any deer I get a shot at is dead.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 28-Sep-22




Herbie- I'd like to be in Thunder Bay right now. I'd be muskie fishing!

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 29-Sep-22

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Day 2- I went out this evening and found my chair had come apart! This is a known issue, but I got the chair, figuring I could fix it if it happened to me. Well, I made a field fix and used the chair without a problem. When I got home I made a stronger fix, with paracord, as shown here. It was a quiet evening, as I sat in spot #1. I felt spot 2 would be better, but I was worried about spooking a resting buck if I went to it. At 7PM, I saw a big deer approaching from around spot 2. It had to be a buck. When it got to me, I could see a big rack and body. It walked by me but stayed in thin but tall grass. I hit full draw but had no plans to chance a shot through grass. It browsed as it walked, right where I had passed through earlier. It never scented me. Just before I walked out of the house, I kicked fatso off my hunting clothes and put them on. I'm telling you, it works! I didn't get a shot, but now I'm in a position to set him up.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 29-Sep-22

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I placed the sweater I wear under the jacket on the table with the jacket and pants and Fatty jumped back on them to season them for the next hunt.

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 29-Sep-22




I got all three of my cats sleeping on my hunting clothes now.I got Big Boy my version of Fatty who digs polar fleece and enjoys hanging out on the fleece and he sleeps like a baby.

They are spraying on the camo a bit which is kinda gross.But its better than the old skunk cover scents LOL.

I should be ready for opening day.Just a little more cat scent cover up and they wont smell me downwind.I think the sprayings are the clincher!

From: Frisky
Date: 29-Sep-22




Moe is my only sprayer. If he sprays, he gets thrown out the door and kept out, and he knows it. You don't want them spraying your clothing, but it would work. You just want them to sleep on the clothes. That's enough scent. It does work. If they had not been sleeping on my clothing, that buck would have caught my scent. Now, I'm in a position to get a shot if another opportunity comes to me.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 29-Sep-22




Okay, I'm going to make an extremely generous offer. ODR's Gen-U- Wine feline-based cover scent. Special price of $75 an ounce to my LW brothers only. I'll get a couple cases of beer at the grocers today, so I should have the supply chain full and ready for orders in no time!

From: Dry Bones
Date: 29-Sep-22




ODR, that is hilarious... and a little gross. Same thought as to the cats actually spraying the clothes. Frisky, not sure how your going to get that Buick in position to bumper thump the buck, but I'll keep watching until something happens. :-)

-Bones

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 29-Sep-22




Remember, softwood bumper! Oak or maple busts way too many bones. A real mess! I knew a guy that rolled up an area carpet and tied it to the front of his pine bumper. No more busted up ribs!

From: Ben Ahrens
Date: 29-Sep-22




Keep the updates coming frisky! Looking forward to seeing everything come together.

From: Frisky
Date: 29-Sep-22




I didn't go out today, as I decided to get laundry done and give the spot a rest. Tomorrow, the last day of the month, might be the day I get my first shot in September, and it might be at that big buck! It's going to be gusting to 20mph, but they said they expect the wind to die way down in the evening. The wind will provide noise for me to slip into place, unseen and unheard. When it dies down, the buck will likely be bedded in the woods and come out. His antlers are not the usual sun-bleached whiteish. They're brown. That tells me the buck is woods animal, feeding in the corn at night and heading back to bed down.

Joe

From: Dirtnap
Date: 29-Sep-22




Can't kill em sitting at home. Good luck tomorrow

From: olddogrib
Date: 30-Sep-22




They're brown from rolling on the ground in his own scat, laughing at the guy who smells like cat piss that thinks he's going to kill him!

From: Frisky
Date: 30-Sep-22




Day 3- Conditions were good, so I went to the WMA. I snuck over to spot 2, as ESP told me spot 2 was associated with the big buck. The wind was light and SSE, and I was facing south. 13 minutes to sunset, I saw the buck running across the field toward me! There was a hunter, to the east of me about 300 yards, that he must have spotted. He ran by me and entered the woods, 15 yards to the west of me, and stopped in heavy cover. He then trotted over to a downed tree and ducked under it. Then, he stood there and looked right at me! I thought, why did he just look at me? He figured I was harmless (not knowing I'm the most dangerous predator in existence) and he trotted down the trail and out of sight. I saw a ray of sunlight shining on a leaf in front of my bag of supplies. A closer look showed my 5,000 lumens flashlight had turned on! When I hunt, I bring a headlamp and a backup flashlight. I gave my flashlight away to someone in need and had to take that crappy bright one! I knew it could easily turn on, but I took it anyway. The buck must have spotted the light shining through the black bag on the ground. After looking it over, he thought nothing of it. I even thought it was natural light. His rack is barely wider than his ears, so he's trophy sized but nothing huge. Looks abut 180 plus pounds. Now I know exactly where he enters and exits the woods, going to or from the field! That means, unless someone else gets him, he's going to die, and that downed tree is the key to the next ambush! Stay tuned, as this is going to get good! I don't like hunting the weekend, due to other hunters, but we'll see how it goes. I do know that no matter what direction the wind blows, I have him narrowed down to one tiny spot, and that spells death in the presence of the APEX PREDATOR!

Joe

From: grizzly63
Date: 30-Sep-22




excuses, excuses, Oh great one!

From: Treeman
Date: 30-Sep-22




This is going to be great if/when you get that buck! Like Babe Ruth calling that homerun! Lol

From: Frisky
Date: 30-Sep-22




Yes, Treeman is correct! I'm calling this one! Not many public land bowhunters have the confidence and skill to call the shot on a big buck!

Joe

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 01-Oct-22




“ Pride goeth before the fall…”

From: Kodiak
Date: 01-Oct-22




In my experience you get exactly ONE chance at a big buck...so I'd wager you're screwed. You've got 2 weeks until pheasant opener, then it will really get tough there.

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 01-Oct-22




I'm learning about ESP, ...bright flashlights in the daytime excuses...and basically,litter box cover scents..lol

From: mangonboat
Date: 01-Oct-22




Meanwhile, at Bucks Bar, the bucks are drinking cold Buckeye beers and laughing about the cat-piss guy with the glowing backpack and playing liars poker to see who get's to run past him next.

From: Frisky
Date: 01-Oct-22

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Things aren't bad out, but I'm staying home. Tomorrow marks the 47th anniversary of my first deer, shot through the heart and lungs at 40 yards, with my Bear 76er. I'll be out there! Here, you see three cats on clothing duty. In my zone, lure lures and cover scents are banned, due to CWD. Cat scent is the answer.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 01-Oct-22

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In this photo. Fatty forced poor Taz off her spot. At three times her weight, she didn't stand a chance!

Joe

From: grizzly63
Date: 01-Oct-22




magonboat for the win!

From: Iwander
Date: 01-Oct-22

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I think I'm beginning to understand....

From: Iwander
Date: 01-Oct-22

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From: Frisky
Date: 01-Oct-22

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The girls are back at rest on my clothing, preparing them for tomorrow's 47th anniversary hunt in my 49th year since I first bowhunted deer.

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 01-Oct-22




Alot of old timers did use cats for coverup scent because it works plain and simple and its cheap compaired to over the counter remedies that are less effective.

Famous big buck killer Myles Keller from Minnisota swore by his cat coverup.It might be a Minnesota thing.Dont knock it and mock it till you try it.Something about it.Like a secret recipe or magic potion.

Better head to the cat shelter and get yourself a few cats and see for yourself.You can throw away your scentlock outfits and rubber boots and scent away sprays.

Good luck with that buck Frisky.Its a long Season.Hope you prevail!!!

From: Frisky
Date: 01-Oct-22




Bowhunting- I'll be after him! Of course, if a doe comes along, I won't pass on a shot.

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 02-Oct-22




That should be Bowhunt. Spell check got me!

From: olddogrib
Date: 02-Oct-22




Congrats on the 47th anniversary. I believe that "first" may have also been the last...exempting road kills!

From: Iwander
Date: 02-Oct-22




Good luck Joe, all kidding aside (for now) Steve

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 02-Oct-22

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How about a sleeping black Cat for Luck

From: Andy Man
Date: 02-Oct-22




Being the great legend of the north

I thought this would be a short reader’s digest story and not a 2 book novel

From: olddogrib
Date: 02-Oct-22




Andy, if you take the time to separate the "wheat from chaff", the wisdom found here will be no more than a paragraph, or two at most....and most of that will be about cats!

From: Frisky
Date: 02-Oct-22




Day 4- I set up by the fallen tree trail. Wind was perfect. At sunset, I heard a noise at my feet. I looked down and a pair of big, black beetles were walking around. A red squirrel also scurried to his nest. Other than that, it was pretty dead. At the end of shooting time, I walked out into the field and was about half way through it when a big deer took off. Probably the buck! The other hunter was there again. I think the buck is aware of him and not me.

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 03-Oct-22




Sounds like you might have bumped him tonight as well?Might get really wary now of that area.

A morning hunt or 2 might be advisable.If he's getting used to evening pressure and human intrusion.Sounds like the other hunter may have an eye on him as well as you stated.

Maybe some mid day hunts when things heat up in the pre-rut

Keep us posted.

From: Frisky
Date: 03-Oct-22




Yes, he's getting edgy. However, I'm cut out of the mold of Ishi and can ambush him right out in the open field, if necessary.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 03-Oct-22




That might be a bit if a stretch. The only "mold" you have in common with Ishi is what was growing on him after he croaked! No disrespect--RIP, Ishi. We will not be duped by this cultural- appropriating charlatan, lol.

From: Lowcountry
Date: 03-Oct-22




Sounds like that buck is aware of you now. Good luck.

From: Frisky
Date: 03-Oct-22




I disagree the buck is aware of me. Unless a doe shows up, he can consider himself toast.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 03-Oct-22




I'd wager he's already manic depressive and suicidal with fear!

From: Iwander
Date: 03-Oct-22




That's a smart old buck. He's probably hanging out in Joe's crazy cat lady's back yard by now, just like he's done for the past 4 seasons.

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 03-Oct-22




Take him in the middle of the day when the moon is approaching full. You will likely be there by yourself and buck movement is high probability. He's already got both of you patterned.

From: Kodiak
Date: 03-Oct-22




Every time you walk in there you lay down a scent trail that lasts a long time. The buck knows you've been there, guaranteed.

From: Iwander
Date: 03-Oct-22

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From the looks of the pictures, it's just the buck and the cat lady now. All the cats are piled up on Joe's hunting gear, and the cat lady is hand feeding the buck in her backyard out of sheer boredom.....

From: Iwander
Date: 03-Oct-22

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But hang in there Joe, steady wins the race and your persistence will pay off sooner or later!!

From: mangonboat
Date: 03-Oct-22




In the meantime, the big black beetles are edible and easy to fix with an air-fryer.

From: olddogrib
Date: 03-Oct-22




Mark, Joe will likely be on a steady "diet of crow" when this journalistic effort inevitably ends up down the crapper to join the collection of Frisky's previous advice. But at least it does provide the discerning on the LW here an opportunity for "target practice" when we can't actually be shooting our bows.

From: Iwander
Date: 03-Oct-22




I sense that Joe is stringing us along, preparatory to one of his seething comebacks. He's likely to "Robinhood" us all with a few perfectly places words at any moment now.

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 03-Oct-22




I failed to mention it will also likely take a 60mph favorable wind. If there is such a thing.

From: Frisky
Date: 03-Oct-22




I do want to mention I'm going to take advantage of 40mph gusts, if and when we get them. In early October, of 2002, I hunted this WMA for the first time. I came upon a rectangle of planted grass. It was straw colored and about 35 yards long and 20 yards deep. It was 7 to 8 feet high. I called it elephant grass. ESP told me a buck was resting in there. So, I made noise and walked by and went about 100 yards. I then snuck back and hid by a tree. At sunset, I heard a sneeze, and out walked a mature buck! He began browsing, at 16 yards, but I could not get a shot off in the cover. He them headed for the field. The buck I'm now after will spend time in the elephant grass. A strong wind will allow me to enter the grass, and he's toast!

Joe

From: Iwander
Date: 03-Oct-22

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From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-Oct-22




Frisky. Since your diary is likely to become quite long, though relatively uneventful, I think you should divide it into parts. Start another thread (Frisky's Diary II, III, etc.). Takes too long to scroll to the end, given the meager offerings one usually finds there. Regardless, I'm waiting on bated breath for your next entry. :>)

From: Ben Ahrens
Date: 03-Oct-22




From: Frisky
Date: 03-Oct-22




One diary thread should suffice. I said the day of the kill will be around October 6th. Maybe as late as October 17th. So, we're coming to the end of the diary.

Joe

From: crookedstix
Date: 03-Oct-22




I predict that your buck will go nocturnal on you with the coming full moon, and that your diary will become a litany of shame as you face another winter of track soup.

I went out on the Maine opener this past weekend, and enjoyed several nice bowls of venison stew yesterday. The exact details of how I acquired this meat must remain secret for now, but let's just say that Frisky himself would approve of my methods.

From: bowhunt
Date: 03-Oct-22




The day of the kill will be around Oct 6th -17th.

Say it aint so Joe.

Keep it rolling.

Not sure about 8ft elephant grass and high winds leading to deer toast.

From: crookedstix
Date: 03-Oct-22




Just for the record, this is what backstraps look like Frisky. The day may come when you too will get to enjoy them.

From: crookedstix
Date: 03-Oct-22

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Oooops...now where did I put that picture...oh yeah.

From: crookedstix
Date: 03-Oct-22




And what better addition to a venison stew than this 10# chunk of hen of the woods, which I also spotted in my travels...hunting, I mean...

From: crookedstix
Date: 03-Oct-22

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Hmm, I think I'm getting senile...here's the mushroom pic...

From: Frisky
Date: 03-Oct-22




Unlike some people I know, I don't have to lower myself to eating road kill. I eat arrow killed venison, and I add fresh garden veggies, not stale mushrooms, like some old bum would pick up along train tracks. I'm supremely confident I'm going to have fresh backstraps this October!

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 03-Oct-22




I always assumed you got that nickname when seasons ended with an empty freezer and "fatso" had to share the canned cat food. And I feel a DVD is in the making, plagiarizing Wensel's cornfield stalking in "Bowhunting October Whitetails" with a totally pompous name like "Stalk the Elephant Grass Like a Legend". No bigger than the patch you described is, I'd recommend just plowing right in there in the Power Wagon and do a couple donuts....you'd stand a better chance of taking out something!

From: mangonboat
Date: 03-Oct-22




Crookedstix had me going for a minute...I thought that basket was a bicycle basket and those were tenderloins. That would a story for the ages. But I recalibrated my spatial calibrations and realized those backstraps were probably harvested from a poor lost lamb.

I recall Frisky Joe posted several photos of a field edge where he harvested red osier saplings from which to make arrow shafts As I recall, that looked like a likely place to ambush something edible.

From: Frisky
Date: 03-Oct-22




That red osier forms a line of cover the big buck uses when he runs through the field, to and from the corn. I keep it in mind. I'm not your typical Leatherwaller. I hunt at a different level. It was mentioned my coming and going through that field would have left a scent trail that would scare off the buck. Explain why he browsed right through where I walked, only 2 hours earlier, and never caught my scent. You are all underestimating the duty the cats perform on my clothing.

Joe

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 03-Oct-22




Duty on them too? That’s disgusting but I have heard of folks doing worse.

From: grizzly63
Date: 03-Oct-22




Most big bucks I have seen live in the corn and seldom venture out until the idiots have gone home. Until rut starts. Maybe one of them big kitties will find you irresistible with all that cat piss on you and then you can write a story about that. MEOW!

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Oct-22




This buck is NOT a corn field dweller, as evidenced by his dark antlers. Nearly all of our bucks have their antlers bleached by the sun, as they lay out in the corn. This guy is a woods buck. He has survived high traffic volume, on Interstate 90, and hunters. He won't survive the APEX PREDATOR, unless he leaves the WMA. I bushwhacked that big doe that thought she had me patterned! I showed her who was patterning who!

Joe

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Oct-22

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This photo shows where I set up in three spots. It also shows the paths the big buck likes to take, both entering and exiting the woods. Only the best bowhunter in the world could get him, and I think that's probably me. Examine how close to the action I was, before I ever laid eyes on the buck! That's a professional in action!

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 04-Oct-22




Is that some kinds manmade china wall at the top if your airial photo?

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Oct-22




That's Turtle Creek. I believe it was probably a real creek but was dredged to make it deeper. It was probably used for farm runoff in the past. Now, they're trying to clean it up. It's wild back there, with a 50 plus foot drop to the water. It's a perfect place for a big buck, but I stay away from it due to other hunters coming in that will ruin your hunt.

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 04-Oct-22




Yaa I could see that corner being an excellant funnel.

From: olddogrib
Date: 04-Oct-22




I'd wager that two-lane at the bottom of the pic is the crime scene where lots of deer "homicides by vehicle" have occurred that would make Stephen King's "Christine" look like a toddler's bedtime story!

From: kokosing
Date: 04-Oct-22




Frisky is waiting on the harvest moon. No head light will be needed on I-90 at this time.

From: olddogrib
Date: 04-Oct-22




True Ronald, but nothing freezes them in place for that impending catastrophic demise like top-of-the line LED's on high beam, lol!

From: Iwander
Date: 04-Oct-22




Joe's a smart guy. Surely he's got enough sense to stay in the house after dark.

From: crookedstix
Date: 04-Oct-22




He's not smart at all. He challenged me by saying that he'd get a deer before I did, and I've proven him wrong by harvesting some wonderful venison already.

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Oct-22




There's a bum in this thread who once harvested a road-killed skunk. Enough said!

Joe

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 04-Oct-22

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Hey, Joe. You know not to leave your cats in the vehicle when shopping at the meat market.

From: BRIBOWl
Date: 04-Oct-22




Stupid shit found here!

From: Nemophilist
Date: 04-Oct-22

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From: Bugle-up
Date: 04-Oct-22




Kinda hate to admit it, but I don't think Joe is completely full of hogwash...I'm not saying he'll anchor his deer, but his tactics have some merit.

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Oct-22




Yes, there's a lot of stupidity in this thread. Folks, just pay attention to my posts, and learn from them. Ignore the stupid postings. Bad back today,but I might to go out. We're closing in on a dead deer!

Joe

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 04-Oct-22




How fast ya runnin’? Got’r to the floor?

From: Bugle-up
Date: 04-Oct-22




Get out there Joe, looking forward to tonight's update.

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 04-Oct-22




It takes a legend to appreciate a legend. Let's face it most of us aren't even a bedtime story. Hunt on Joe. The story of the elephant grass reminds me of Art Young understanding the thinking of a mountain goat.

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Oct-22




Just a quick note I passed on hunting today, even though the wind was right. A back issue was creeping up on me, and I didn't want to drag that big guy out of there today. Horrible weather on the way, just on time! That will get them into the woods and along the field edge, where I plan to strike like a timber rattler!

Joe

From: Bugle-up
Date: 05-Oct-22




Dang, this is where old age and stamina may be meeting a cross- roads for you...I felt sure you would be out there tonight. Now I fear the bad weather will set you back for days...further delaying our in-depth education on whitetail hunting prowess...and it's been getting good.

From: Frisky
Date: 05-Oct-22




I have the stamina. I worked out hard today on my bike, but that too aggravates an old back injury. My greatest challenge won't be getting a deer. That's as easy as snapping my fingers. It's getting him or her home. I've been using Google Earth and measuring distances, so I know the shortest drag to a road.

Joe

From: Iwander
Date: 05-Oct-22




I've heard they the real smart fellas take the wheels off their bikes and set them up stationary. Less bumps, easier on the back! Pretty crafty for sure.

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 05-Oct-22




^^^LOL^^^

From: olddogrib
Date: 05-Oct-22




If the deer's laying dead on the yellow line that should be a real short drag....just pull over to the shoulder so you don't become a casualty. Then we wouldn't have anybody on here to bash!

From: kokosing
Date: 05-Oct-22




Once in a Blue Moon.

Next Blue Moon is 2037.

From: Frisky
Date: 05-Oct-22




An absolutely beautiful day today! I biked hard and cleaned the eaves. It's a perfect day to hunt, and I decided to wait. Cold, nasty weather hits tomorrow. It will drive the deer into the WMA, where I'll await them and report.

Joe

From: grizzly63
Date: 05-Oct-22




How man excuses is that now? oh great one. I thought you belittled others for such antics ? Come, come now, take your bow to the field and fetch us some venison. And not by that feeder by the local farmyard. You know, the natives used to harvest animals off horseback, maybe you could use the bike?

From: Frisky
Date: 05-Oct-22




I stayed home on a great hunting day today. Tomorrow will be unhuntable. I'll probably have to wait until Friday. However, my back is feeling better! Remember, I don't have MTQuiver to do my dragging. I have to pick and choose when I go.

Joe

From: bowhunt
Date: 06-Oct-22




Good luck with the back!Makes things tough I know.

From: Frisky
Date: 06-Oct-22




I want to go in the morning, but I have to give Teddy his insulin. So, I might just skip tomorrow, as I can go Friday and Saturday, though I hate weekend hunting in the WMA, and I see at least 3 great weekdays next week! That's prime time! I think I'm within 8 days of having to plug in the spare freezer. This thread will soon be over. A lot of you might be a little upset I count my chickens before they hatch, but fate cannot be changed, and my destiny is to fill my tag!

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 06-Oct-22




I guess you have to have a bit of admiration for optimism in the face of overwhelming odds and empirical evidence......but it's a very thin line away from delusion!

From: Iwander
Date: 06-Oct-22




If only Nanuk Of The North or even his predecessor, The Mighty Quinn could have got thier hands on a keyboard and WiFi connection. They could have both learned a thing or two reading this hunting diary that Frisky has so openly shared with us!!!

From: Gaur Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 06-Oct-22




I think we should rename Frisky “just tired”

From: Iwander
Date: 06-Oct-22

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From: Bugle-up
Date: 06-Oct-22




"I guess you have to have a bit of admiration for optimism in the face of overwhelming odds and empirical evidence......but it's a very thin line away from delusion!"

I think this statement is what keeps us all coming back to Joe's post. Keep up the optimism!

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 06-Oct-22




I consider this thread just a bunch of fellas sitting around a fire telling jokes and having fun. I hope no one is so delusional as to think my comments are serious.

Good luck Joe.

From: Bugle-up
Date: 06-Oct-22




Ditto

From: HEXX
Date: 06-Oct-22




I already filled one of my tags while Frisky was only dreaming about filling his. WMA 2A.

From: Landshark Launcher
Date: 06-Oct-22




Only Legends can go kill bucks,as easy as snapping their fingers. I think by this time-line in the diary,we would all be impressed with a yearling kill. I'M still saying 400 plus posts before anything dies around here..;^)

From: jjs
Date: 06-Oct-22




Joe, there is a dead doe along I90 west of Austen, if you are quick enough maybe you can beat out others for grilled venison, there should be enough scrapes for a meal.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 06-Oct-22




He'd be better off going and fetching that 'dead cow'!

From: Frisky
Date: 06-Oct-22




Folks, you're always going to have jealousy rear up in my threads. Just ignore it. The wind is blowing, so I'm going tomorrow. If it was blowing harder, I'd hunt the elephant grass.

Joe

From: olddogrib
Date: 06-Oct-22




Landshark Launcher, if you exempt the killing of time, I'm wagering you estimate is way low, lol!

From: Frisky
Date: 06-Oct-22




I guarantee we won't get to 400 posts before the kill! It's now just a matter of my getting out in the woods.

Joe

From: skramr12
Date: 06-Oct-22




We should start a Calcutta. Pick a day and time, morning/afternoon, during Frisky's legal bow season. 70/30 split, the shooter (joe) gets 30, the owner 70. Might put a fire under his tail to bag one and give a little life to this thread :)

From: olddogrib
Date: 06-Oct-22




Careful there, there's folks on here who would gladly add 200 tonight, just to prove you wrong! I'm all for letting a man have his dreams.

From: ruintfletch
Date: 06-Oct-22




A true Legend would have one on the ground by now...

From: skramr12
Date: 06-Oct-22




All in fun!! Sending good luck that the stars align for Frisky and he gets himself a nice buck!

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 06-Oct-22

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From: Iwander
Date: 06-Oct-22




The wind is blowing. It sure is Joe. LOL

From: bowhunt
Date: 06-Oct-22




Hot air that is?

From: grizzly63
Date: 07-Oct-22




I think his goal was 200 so he was already successful.

From: bowhunt
Date: 07-Oct-22




Make it a 1000.





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