Deer season in the life of an old Carp

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
After the miss and the deer running off I look in the distance and see her approaching again, she had not had enough, she wanted to know what happened. But this time she is being more cautious and approaching by going downwind of whatever had disturbed her. She got within range again but kept herself in the thickest stuff she could find and where she could keep checking the wind. She was carefully looking all around but not seeing anything so she kept easing closer. Finally she reached the place to where she could smell something rotten and that should not be there! She turned inside out and disappeared. Then stopped far out of sight to alert every other deer in the mountains by blowing at me!
But the hunt continues !
 

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
A couple more hours went by after the miss and I’m still kicking myself for blowing an easy shot. But to my surprise I see more deer coming from the same direction. One of them looks quite large! But as they approach I see that it is a huge long headed old Doe. The one with big momma is about the size of the one I missed. Surely she didn’t go tell mom on me! She didn’t get that big by being dumb, I could tell by how she carefully approached, in the brushy stuff, and headed in the direction to pick up the sent of anything that shouldn’t be there. Being between two large trees has advantages and disadvantages. They got behind the large tree below me and must have turned right in my direction. I couldn’t peep around the tree for fear of being busted so I stood still as I could. The smaller yet decent sized doe finally started coming out on my left but stopped with only her neck and head sticking out. Big momma was still behind the big tree and still coming. Finally she pops out and I slowly begin leaning around for a shot. But she won’t turn, she keeps coming straight. I began drawing several times but didn’t want to shoot straight down, spine shots kill, but it usually requires a second shot, and it’s not a pretty picture or sound. Don’t ask how I know. Anyhow, she is now standing almost directly under me, and I’m looking down with fingers on the string, waiting for her to turn. But she had a better plan…
I took a picture of where she was standing inside the logs under me…
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Sandman73

6 pointer
Dec 1, 2004
152
Paris Ky
Thursday September 29th
Got an invitation to go hunt a public land WMA with a feller I met through 3D shoots. Since I preached Wednesday evening I waited to leave Thursday morning. It was a little over a two hour drive for me but having never hunted it before I was excited to get a few days to check it out. Got there and met up with the friend and I immediately realized he was telling me right, I didn’t need anything, but I done had the truck loaded. He had a big camper with all the comforts of home right out in the middle of nowhere. After laughing and snacking we hit the woods scouting, this didn’t require a lot since he has hunted there a lot, and already had some places picked out to accommodate a broke down old codger. We found sign rather quickly, acorns were falling, and we found feeding sign under some. We set out for an evening hunt and once up a tree I could actually see my truck. I had spotted a three fork Red Oak tree on a trail that looked like a good place to nestle in for the evening. You can see the tree in the background in a picture I took the next morning from a different tree I tried out. (To continue)
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Blessed to have you along and get you on some deer. Not easy on public with a longbow.
 

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
Well it’s Monday morning and I’m trying to catch up on journaling the hunting adventures of an ole Carp...
Last report was about the big loggerhead doe standing nearly straight down under me. Well stuff happens, and it’s never a sure thing, so we call it hunting. As I waited for her to turn either way for a more preferred shot she did the wrong thing; she looked up! Directly above her she spotted what must have been the ugliest critter she had ever spotted in a tree. One glance and she turned inside out, at least that’s how it appeared, she disappeared in an instant! Her friend quickly followed suit and only stopped in the distance to announce my presence to everything in the mountains.
 

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
Friday September 30th PM
After hearing about all the action my friend was having where he was hunting I was getting the itch to try and make the hike. He had told me that he could put me in a great area if I was able to walk that far. A simple task in my younger and healthier days but a bit more challenging on an ole Carp! But I have come a long way and been blessed greatly to be able to hunt again. I have gone from having to ride an electric cart in a store, and sitting down to preach, to walking and climbing trees again. But it’s even easier when you meet one of those folks that just go above and beyond the call of duty. And I must say that the Sandman73 on here has exceeded not only expectations but also any imagination of what good people do for others. The walk was hard but doable. But what I didn’t expect was for him to carry my tree stand all the way in. Then not just tell me where to hunt, but to take me in the woods where he had hunted, still carrying my stand. Then show me deer sign, trails, and everything one could hope for in a hunting set up. But where he was showing me the sign I couldn’t seem to find a suitable tree to climb. As any high priced guide would do he kept looking until he found a great tree farther down the hill with heavy trails. He got me down there and pushed away a log so I could get my stand on the tree. The finally made the hike out and on to his hunting spot, please don’t give him my address, I dread the thought of what a guide service bill I must have ran up, and he is not finished yet!
Here is his rig as he is just a swinging in his tree..
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Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
I got settled in and before long I spotted a visitor up the hill from me. That was where I had wanted to set up but couldn’t find a good climber tree. But after a little browsing she began working her way down the hill toward me. I eased up because she was coming on my right side, got myself ready, and kept watching her work her way closer. When she finally got into range I kept looking for an open shot but either the angle was wrong or there was too much cover for a clear shot. She got within fifteen yards and I had my fingers on the string trying not to move. Unfortunately her pace was not in sync with mine. I was beginning to get that weary off balance feeling you get when standing like a statue for a long period of time. But she was close, and I knew not to move, which was hard enough in itself, but even harder with the skeeter or something biting me on the left side of my neck. I could take it no longer, I ease up my shoulder to ward off the biting creature, and eased my elbow back against the tree for a point of reference before I lost my balance completely and fell. She is standing well within range but under a tree, and quartering hard towards me. What else could happen?
Well as I continue standing with fingers back on the string now she is finally moving again, but stopping too much, and in the wrong places, but then something strange happened. I hear a clear distinct sound of a dog barking! Not a real dog, but the text notification on my phone. Some dummy had forgotten to put it on silent mode.
 

Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
Strange as it was she didn’t appear to hear the text notification And now I’m sure hoping not to get a spam call! She is still very close and I’m waiting for a open shot and good angle. It happened quickly as she turned away from me in search of an acorn or something. She exposed her shoulder and side and I quickly came to full draw, but I remembered to pick a spot low, and to follow through. The shot felt good, and sounded good, but I couldn’t see the arrow or where I hit. As she jumped and ran the second bark came on my phone, but this time I didn’t mind, the arrow and deer was already gone!
I sat down to relax, silence my phone, and to review what just happened in my mind. I checked to see the text message, it was the Sandman, he was checking to make sure I got set up okay. He was in his swinging saddle and seeing deer in the distance. I caught him up on what had just happened, I couldn’t say for sure if I had connected or not. So we decided to give some time and I would get down and see what I could figure out. After a good while sitting, looking, and wondering, I eased down to look. After a short time looking first in the wrong place I spotted my arrow. It was sticking deep in a dead piece of limb, but the color seemed to have changed, and it wasn’t from exposure to the sun, it was Red! Looked like a good pass through. Surely that couldn’t be, I’m only shooting a 40# bow! It looked like this…
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Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
I made an executive decision to make a quick walk in the direction she ran to see if I could find her. If not I would come back to the trail she was leaving. Took a little walking but I saw a big ditch ahead and memories of past recoveries came to mind. Sure enough there she lay upside down at the bottom of it! About that time I get another text message, this time just vibrating in my pocket, so I checked it. It was another hunting partner, the Tarzan, he had been updated by the Sandman, and curious. He ask the question, where do you think you hit her, so I took a picture and sent it back. My response was;… about right here… I got a LOL back.
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Carpdaddy

12 pointer
May 12, 2016
2,349
Corbin, Ky
By this time the Sandman’s Deer had spotted something swinging in the tree and bolted on him. So he went above and beyond again. Instead of hunting on until dark he got down to come help me. And instead of “helping” he just drug her out of the ditch and went to work while I was sitting in the leaves checking her in. By the time I had that done he was ready to start bagging meat. In ten minutes he had everything off one side and bagged. It was something to watch! If he were actually a guide I would have to give him five stars! But would never get his bill paid! I just opened and held the bag while he stripped her to the bone. I got a picture but will spare you all that.
 

Jman

10 pointer
Feb 14, 2003
1,431
Congrats on the kill, Carp! It's an awesome hunt when you can travel to a strange land and score so quickly! Do you see another trip up there this year by any chance?
 

Jman

10 pointer
Feb 14, 2003
1,431
.......additionally, I heard that there was a whole lot of arrow launching going on up there in those woods! I wasn't safe for any human to be in there walking around from what I can tell!! Sounds like everybody that went launched meat seeking missiles!
 

Sandman73

6 pointer
Dec 1, 2004
152
Paris Ky
By this time the Sandman’s Deer had spotted something swinging in the tree and bolted on him. So he went above and beyond again. Instead of hunting on until dark he got down to come help me. And instead of “helping” he just drug her out of the ditch and went to work while I was sitting in the leaves checking her in. By the time I had that done he was ready to start bagging meat. In ten minutes he had everything off one side and bagged. It was something to watch! If he were actually a guide I would have to give him five stars! But would never get his bill paid! I just opened and held the bag while he stripped her to the bone. I got a picture but will spare you all that.
Glad to have the opportunity Carp. If someone would pm me his address I'll get that bill in the mail. 🤣
 


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