Monthly Archives: December 2013

Maryland Huntography 2013 Dirtnap #17: Donkey Down!

Well another Saturday has passed and another donkey has bitten the dust. After having a very slow morning a camera check revealed a herd of 9 donkeys frequenting the spot so I decided to go back for the evening hunt. After putting my good friends Will Jenkins and Tim Babikow on stand I proceeded myself. The spot somehow seemed different than when I left and I didn’t have a good feeling for the hunt. Just as I was about to throw in the towel I saw a deer heading my way and she turned that frown upside down. She fed in facing me and I had to wait nearly ten minutes for a good shot, but when she turned I burned an arrow right in the pump station. She almost went down immediately and it was over before it began.

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After my moment of excitement was over I immediately thought of my boys and was hoping they got to experience the same. Unfortunately neither of the guys saw a thing, but we all did have a great time hanging out. Like I always say hunting isn’t just about the kill, it’s about all the good times to be had with family and friends while hunting. Those memories will last forever. This Saturday meant a great deal to me as I was able to help my buddy Will out by providing him the meat from my doe. We ending the night by cutting my doe up, telling stories, laughing and just having an all out good time. Hunting is about family, friends, and making memories.

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A Maryland Record Book 8pt Taken Down!

Here’s a picture of one of the best 8pt bucks I’ve ever seen and it was taken in MD just recently. I know the deer was 6.5yrs old and the guys only had one pic of him at 3.5. Just goes to show how wise these old bucks can get. I have been asked to keep all information about this deer confidential so just enjoy the picture.


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Maryland Huntography 2013 Dirtnap # 16

Good night to give a donkey a Dirtnap in the snow. Glad I had a good hunt tonight cause there’s warm weather moving in for the weekend. Get’er done hunters.

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Maryland Huntography Dirtnap #15: Mistaken Identity Leads To A Beautiful Young Buck

If there was ever a good time to tell a story it’s now. Yesterday on the last day of Maryland’s firearm season I had the opportunity to shoot a great buck, and I did, just wasn’t the one I thought he was.

With an invite from one of my best buds Dave Ziegler, I found myself in a tree on his property Saturday morning. It was a pretty slow morning as I had only seen one doe early then nothing till 8:30 when a train of deer charged down the hill. I was scanning the woods head on when I heard crashing behind me and When I turned around there was a pile of deer coming down the hill. I immediately noticed a nice buck in the group, got my gun up and began glassing him. He was a superb buck, long main beam, long tines, great mass, but he was only about 13″ wide. Now as he got closer I also noticed he had a split brow time that made him an 11pt. This buck ended up at 15 yards from my stand but I was uncertain whether he was 3 or 4 yrs old, either way I knew he needed another year and he would be a true giant. This was truly one of those experiences that keep you coming back for more. Things got slow again after those deer left and as I was about to get down I saw another herd of deer coming of the ridge the other ones came from. These deer were a little farther away and again I noticed a nice buck in the group. This time I noticed a palmated side of his rack and immediately thought of a buck Dave showed me a picture of, Shrek, could it be him. As quick as I saw him, he was gone that fast. Wow, could it be, I had to get him and I was thinking I wanted to hunt that spot again for the evening.

We all retreated back to Dave’s fathers house to warm up and figure out plans for the evening. We talked about the deer we saw and looked at pics and talked of potential deer to shoot. Dave showed me pictures of some other bucks but none were what I saw and I was pretty sure the last buck I saw was Shrek. Shrek, just like the buck I saw had a big club like end on his left side as well. With the snow storm I it’s way out hopes were high the deer movement that evening would be great.

The snow started around 2pm right when we were getting ready to get back into the woods. I got my gear together and headed into the snow storm with high hopes of a BBD. It took me a while but I made to where I wanted to be and started climbing my tree. I was only half way up when I heard some crashing and saw some deer crashing down the hill side where I saw them in the morning. Right away I saw a good buck so I grabbed my gun and tried to ready myself. Without really thinking, I let the excitement get me and as I tried to rest on the top of my climber it slipped a little since it wasn’t locked in and I gave myself quite a scare. As I gathered my composure, the buck had made his way into the thicket of rhododendron and again I settled myself. I found him in the scope and saw the palmation on his left side and the Shrek tunnel vision kicked in. I was dead certain it was him, and without even thinking I never looked at the rack again. I got solid on my stand and got ready for the shot. I followed the buck in my scope and as he made his way through the brush I patiently waited for my shot. He made he way into an opening where I could see his shoulder, I steadied my crosshairs and squeezed the trigger. The buck dropped instantly and as I started to celebrate he jumped up and was gone in an instant. I called Dave and told him what happened, and we decided I needed to get down and look right away since it was snowing so hard. I got to the spot where he went down and found blood. I followed blood for about 300 yards and found the buck down in the creek. The closer I got the more insecure I was about who I shot. As I got right up on the buck I just couldn’t believe it, he wasn’t Shrek, and he wasn’t a giant, damn what had I done. Well I had made mistake, I had gotten so caught up in the moment, and who I thought he was, I left all rational thinking out the window and I had shoot a magnificent young buck with the same characteristic of the giant Shrek. Damn did I feel bad, and know I had to tell Dave. He arrived and totally understood, I knew he was disappointed he lost a great young buck, but understood what happened. I think this has happened to all of us at one time. Just goes to show you can’t ever assume anything cause accidents do happen. I take this experience as a reminder that no matter what you always I mean always need to properly identify your target. Dave I am sorry brother, I know how hard you manage your property. I hope this story sheds some insight for people that are performing QDM on their property.

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Sorry I found it kind of hard to smile when Dave took the picture.

After you properly identify your target.

Maryland Huntography 2013 Dirtnaps # 13 & 14

What I thought was going to be a disaster this past eve turned into pure adrenaline pumping action. I was all set up in my tree on probably one of the most perfect nights I’ve sat this year. Everything was perfect till I heard a voice holler and the next thing I saw was a dog running up the driveway and into the thicket. Them he comes the dogs owner walking toward the woods yelling for her dog, you got to be kidding me right. She walked into the woods on my left side while the dog was in the thicket to my right. This wasn’t the first time this has happened and man ole man was my blood boiling but when the owners sister wants to walk there’s nothing you can do. The thing that really pisses me off is that she always walks an hour before dark, yes always at prime time and I just don’t get it. Anyway it took all I had to talk myself into staying up on stand and I’m glad I did. With about 15 minutes of shooting light left I had two deer coming my way and here comes the dog walker again and there went the deer. I saw the deer run and stop at the edge of the woods, and as they watched the dog walker go by on the driveway I knew I was going to get another shot. It wasn’t five minutes and here they came. As the doe made their way toward the field I readied myself for a shot. I was poised like a ninja waiting to strike and as they hit my opening I drew back and smashed the bigger of the two. I watched her run back to the woods and then I noticed her counterpart just stood watching as well. As luck was not on her side she ended up quartering away from me at about 30 yards so I grabbed an arrow and took care of her as well. Such a great and exciting bowhunt especially in the snow, and talk about rewarding after I thought I my was ruined.

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Maryland Huntography 2013 Dirtnap #12

It’s been almost a month since I’ve threaded a deer with an arrow so I couldn’t resist when this big doe came by last night. The deer were a little nervous last night as they usually are in the snow but with the help of my Apparition Scents Nosy Whitetail her curiosity killed her. Nothing like putting one down in the snow after sitting in the cold all night. I do love late season bow hunting, plus this deer went to a family that needed meat. God bless our hunting family.

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Big Buck Success For Dave Zeigler Sr.

Congratulations to my good friend Dave Zeigler Sr. on this monster buck he harvested on the first day of gun season. This buck they call Crusher had been roaming the farm all summer long and finally met his fait as he was searching for a doe early Saturday afternoon. Crusher had been watched all summer and into the season by Dave’s son Dave Jr. who runs all the cameras on the farm. Crusher is the biggest buck they have taken off the farm this year and the biggest for Mr. Dave to date. Congrats again on a super buck.

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