Friday, September 28, 2012

Successful Opener! 

Congratulations to my Dad (Sr) and Eric on their success.  Both of them put down a doe opening weekend of bow season in MN.  This was the first bow opener weekend we hunted and it was a good time.  

Sr shot a nice doe with his Ten Point Crossbow on Saturday evening about 4:30pm.  She came in and give him a quartering away shot that would have been tough with a bow, but his crossbow was on target and put her down after a 50 yard run through the brush.

Eric has quite a story for his doe.  Let's just say it didn't go down after the first shot....or the second.  I will leave that story for him to tell.  In the end we tracked her down and grabbed the second doe of the night on Saturday.  

I had my chances but didn't get a shot I liked, so I held back.  I still hope to fling an arrow or two before the gun season kicks off.  So far I would call this a very successful year for us.  It can only get better from here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Time is running out on the off season.  We are 3 days away from the bow opener here in Minnesota.  The picture above is consistent with what we have been seeing for the past month.  Plenty of does all over our property.  Does, does, and more does.  I can tell you what our mission is going to be for the early season, and that is to fill as many doe tags as we can.  

The Frigad Forage Big-N-Beasty food plot is still a work in process.  We had plenty of rain all summer long, right up until we planted our food plot.  At that point we were cut off and the skies closed.  The weather forecasters have called for rain and storms every week for the past month and they have been wrong.  At best we get a sprinkle here and there.  We have some patches of things growing, but overall it doesnt look to great.  I put some fertilizer down last weekend to try and spur growth a bit.  We will see how it turns out.  

This weekend my Dad, Eric and I will be heading up for the opener.  Our goal is to put a couple does on the ground and get the season started right.  As a side note, we are also going to High Five Archery in Stillwater tonight for a deer butchering class.  We started butchering our own deer last year and are excited to learn more about what we are doing.  I will try and give you an update tomorrow.