Deer season in the life of an old Carp

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,420
Corbin, Ky
It’s that time again and I’m feeling blessed to be able to hunt some this season! I don’t go as far in the woods, climb as early, or stay as long, but I sure enjoy hunting. So I thought I would journal my season and share what it’s like trying to hunt when you’re a sickly ole codger!
Day one, opening morning, rain and all, I was in a tree. But unlike in times past, I was in a ladder stand, driven right to it in a side by side by a friend. Around 8:00 AM I caught movement coming up the hill toward me. Sure enough it was a large old doe. Unfortunately she didn’t get that old by being dumb and I could see right off that she knew something was out of place. I think she caught movement before I did, probably that silly old Carp sitting in a tree looking at his phone, and laughing about his buddy having hornet issues in his tree. Why do they issue “smart phones” to dumb people like me? And why would anyone be looking at their phone while hunting, oh well. Anyhow, her not know what it was kept easing towards me, and I kept easing up with bow in hand. As she cautiously approached something else caught my eye, a Buck I hadn’t saw walked out from behind my tree, he stopped right under my stand, maybe 5-6 yards! This was too good, opening morning and a buck wanting to make things easy on me. But as I sized him up I saw it was only a four pointer, not worth ending my season of hunting bucks for, so I chose to pass. I then turned my attention back to the doe that had now came within 15 yards, still nervous, and wondering why the buck wasn’t getting in trouble. After a while she made the mistake of coming in to about 12 yards and broadside. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Not if you’re an old Carp! I done had her claimed as I eased my fingers to the string....(to be continued...)
My bow of choice foe opening day: the Rainbow Carp. A bow I built back in 2013, it was crying to hunt again...
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Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,420
Corbin, Ky
Well what could go wrong now, large doe, no fawns, and close Range? Let me remind you that we live in a time of new-fangled fancy gadgets. And sometimes even us ole codgers get caught up in the hype. One would think that if a feller built his own bow, string, and quiver, he wouldn’t need the latest gadgets. But I found myself drawn to a really good invention in my book, the lighted nock, boy aren’t they nice!
As my fingers reached the string to draw, focused on the spot I wanted my arrow to go, I never got to draw.. just the slight bump of my fingers and the loose, (too loose), nock decided to just fall off the string!! Being such a speed master I did manage to snatch it quickly as the nock went up, and the broadhead went down, caught it just before the arrow fell off completely. But all this didn’t happen without noise, nor without movement, nor without attention! Both deer looked like they were shot out of a cannon! Look at the stump in the picture, buck was in front, doe just beyond it.
So I gave myself a good well earned laugh, I earned it, now it’s your turn. (To be continued)
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Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,420
Corbin, Ky
Went back out Saturday evening for another attempt. Sat up on a big soybean field in a Chestnut Oak. No Deer were harmed, spooked, or even seen. I did have lots of action however with the Sand Hornets that seemed to want me out of their tree. I stayed still and stood my ground, thought I was doing rather well as they flew by several times, even circled me quite a bit. Still not panicking I sat still..... then my phone went off in the side pocket on my pants leg, it was set to vibrate!.....
 

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,420
Corbin, Ky
Now on to today’s hunt or hunt plans I should say. My partner was off today so we planned to hunt. Got up around five, no alarm clock needed, part of getting old! Unfortunately there is more to getting old than meets the eye, especially if you have serious illness, which is much worse than aging. Got up as planned but my body refused to cooperate, I was just too weak, couldn’t get it together, so I had to cancel in hope of a better evening. That didn’t work out either! All I managed to accomplish today was to fling some arrows and that wore me out! Health issues can be cruel, Oh well; I am still greatly blessed! Enjoyed the texts from him sitting in his blind.
 

Jman

10 pointer
Feb 14, 2003
1,502
Hang in there Carp! I doubt that there's traditional hunter out there that hasn't hasn't had "arrow coming of the string" issues somewhere in their past! I've nocked at least three off in my short experience. Ha!

Get your strength back and get back after 'em!!
 

grinder

12 pointer
Oct 28, 2003
2,825
harrodsburg, ky, USA.
Now on to today’s hunt or hunt plans I should say. My partner was off today so we planned to hunt. Got up around five, no alarm clock needed, part of getting old! Unfortunately there is more to getting old than meets the eye, especially if you have serious illness, which is much worse than aging. Got up as planned but my body refused to cooperate, I was just too weak, couldn’t get it together, so I had to cancel in hope of a better evening. That didn’t work out either! All I managed to accomplish today was to fling some arrows and that wore me out! Health issues can be cruel, Oh well; I am still greatly blessed! Enjoyed the texts from him sitting in his blind.
Ya cant kill an ol Carp. One of them varmints ya cant get rid of!
Good stories bud! Im on a funeral trip, then mini vacation, i’ll hit the trees again when i get back.
 


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