Monday, November 24, 2008

Deer Season

Just a few pics of our day deer hunting. That's a dog box in the back of my truck
We hunt with beagles. Here is a pic of the boy's walking the dogs into the woods. One of the guy's saw 3 deer cross the wheat field, so they are going to try to get the dogs on the trail

We got a couple last Saturday
Here is big Jay and his massive spike buck

And the boy's at the end of the day skinning out. My son is the one on the left

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sarah Palin Comes To Town

I got some great pics at the Palin rally in Fredericksburg today. Just wanted to share. You can read more about it at

Monday, October 13, 2008


My brother and I put up a tree stand last night, and I mean last night. We had a gathering at my uncle's Sunday, and afterwards he came by my house at around 8:00 and we marched through the woods with my 2 young sons in tow and assembled and attached his tree stand for next Saturday's bow hunt. I wanted to go out there today and get some pic's of the spot he picked out, but when my boy's and me got close to the stand, a snake dropped off the ladder. I HATE SNAKES ! so armed with only my camera, I decided to go back to the house and grab a shovel.
Off again, back to the stand, and before we could get into the trail, here comes the snake. I thought it would be a good idea if I got the boys back into the house and handle the situation. I got them to the front door and heard my wife scream because he had followed me to the door. That was all I needed, it was on now
I got him to the edge of the grass put him out of my misery
After I got a good look at it, I found it was some kind of pine snake or something, supposedly harmless, but how harmless can it be if it could cause me to break my leg running from it, or staring my brother in the face when he climbed up into his stand with his flashlight in his mouth and they met eye to eye ?
I will try to get some pics on Tuesday

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Best Part Of Football

Sitting back on the bleachers with some coffee, enjoying the cool fall air
Watching your little boy cheer for your team, and the 20-0 win was pretty good too
But catching your son before he heads to the locker room to tell him GREAT JOB.....
That's priceless

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall Festival

Thursday, September 18, 2008

On The Pier Today

The pier at the beach was a little dead today when my brother and I went out to catch some fish. The wind was blowing and the water was rough, but it was worth it to be out of the house for a little while.

It was about 75 degrees, and sunny, so you could not ask for more than that. We fished the bottom with Carolina rigs and bloodworm's, and because of the rough water, we had to use 1oz and 3 oz weights.

We pulled a few spot and croakers, but the surprise of the day for me, was the rock fish I pulled in. In this area, you don't expect to see rock fish come back in until around mid October. I have seen them in September before, but they were in the 15 lbs range. When the late season gets going, they run 25 lbs and up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tree Stand Spots

He's out there
So is she, and I have been watching for months where they go and where they hang out
I have been watching the woods, and the soybean field to find where they travel the most

I have found all the openings they use to get in and out of the field

I know where the rub lines are, and know from these that there are several bucks that travel from the pines and into the field to eat. They are starting to establish some territory.

I found some deep tracks that tell me there are some heavy deer in here. The ground is fairly dry, and the deeper the track, the heavier the buck

My brother checks in here from time to time to see what I am up to, This pic is for him. I took it on the path that he wants to set up his tree stand. Karl and his friend will start hunting here first with compound bows. After that, black powder season comes in. The last mud bog of the season is coming up, and I am sure that when it is done, I will see him and the guy's every weekend

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hannah Stoped By

Hannah came through my area this weekend. As usual, when some kind of storm is heading our way, everyone stocks up on milk and bread and toilet paper. We saw the clouds and felt the wind Friday evening
All morning we waited for the worst, but just had some light rain and wind. I rode out to the beach and saw where the water was up a little.
The worst of it dropped down on us at around 2:00 pm on Saturday
Some of the private piers were underwater, and the road that follows Monroe Bay was flooded.
During the worst of it, we drove out to the boardwalk. We watched it sway, and tried to stand on the beach to feel the force of the wind. Luckily we were not hit bad. Let's all hope Florida makes it through the one heading to them

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Growing Pains

It's that time again, school has started today where I live, and and the air is full of the smells of new school clothes, backpacks, and bus exhaust. The sounds of the kids yelling about where their new shoes are, the bus rounding the corner, the squeaks of the springs and brakes, and then the worst sound of all. The sound of mommy sniffling, and her voice cracking as she says " be careful baby, Mommy will be here when you get back " Our 5 year old started kindergarten today, and this marks his first journey into the outside world. As a dad with 2 older boy's, I have been there before, but it never gets any easier to let them go. It only took a few minutes to console mom, and little brother who was left at home all alone, but they bounced back, and went on with their day. Mommy did return to the bus stop 15 minutes early for his return home, and teared up when the bus rounded the corner 10 minutes late. After a few hugs, and a ride back down our long dirt driveway, life returned to normal. Thank God for kid's, I wouldn't miss a minute of them.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Those *%$@# Raccoons !

I have had minimal problems this year with rabbits and deer in my garden. I do live back in the woods, way off the paved road, and surrounded by corn and soybean fields. I expect some intrusion from the local wildlife, but this morning, some of them pissed me off

I had been nursing a few cantaloupes, and knew that this morning was going to be the day to enjoy them. I went out to pick them and .........

This is what I found. The raccoons had picked them last night and took them under some honeysuckle to have a feast

If you can see it, they scooped out all the flesh, and all that was left was the rhine. They took 3 melons, and I found the remains of a squash. I think it's time to take the 22 out of the cabinet. Tonight I will prepare

I will let Super Hank out of the pen tonight. He is my squirrel/deer/rabbit/attack dog. A true Hank of all trades, remover of cats from the trash cans, snake chaser, outdoor alarm system, and friend. The dog can read my mind, and knows what the target of the day is. I will give him first shot to rid me of my melon snatchers, until then, I am off to Hall's for some store bought melons