Category Archives: Maryland Hunt Clubs

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 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.
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After you properly identify your target.

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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Great Buck For JT OF Iron Kin Hunt Club

Just got news from my good buddy Tuck Poddo, that his bro JT scored the first buck of the season for Iron Kin Hunt Club. Great looking buck JT, Congratulations on your success.

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Opening Day Success For Iron Kin Hunt Club

Please send a huge congratulations her way as our good friend Mike Poddo’s daughter Minnow harvested her first deer ever on opening day of this years bow season. Nothing like a big smile from a first harvest ever. Congratulations Minnow, way to go and I hope there are many more.

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Maryland Huntography on Facebook

I’ve been asked more than enough times so you can now find Maryland Huntography and myself on Facebook. Come on over and check us out.

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A Great Frederick, Maryland Gobbler Taken By Steve Poddo

I am pleased to share this post sent in from our good friend Steve Poddo from Iron Kin Hunt Club based out of Frederick, Maryland. Steve harvested a magnificent big ole gobbler on opening day this spring. Check out his story below.

Opening day gobbler 2013 (April 18th)

The alarm went off at 330 and I headed to pick up my pops.  I carried his blind and decoy bag and got him all set up for the am.  Then I headed across the farm to the spot I hunted last year on opening day.  I heard a few gobbles right at first light but then everything went quiet.  I waited till about 915 and packed myself up to relocate to another field.  As I was walking thru the field I got to an island of trees in the middle of the field.  I walked very cautiously around the patch of trees and noticed movement about 30 yards from me in the field.  It was a hen that I could only see her head and luckily it was the back of it.  I dropped to my belly and got in the prone position on high alert.  I had a mouth call in and let off a couple clucks and about 2 minutes later the one hen turned into two and were coming right to me.  The hens were not alone!!  The gobbler popped his head over the hill and was checking out why his hens were coming my way.  All the birds were just feeding and making there way towards me.  The two hens were about 15 yards away from me and continued to feed.  As I was laying on my belly I was thinking should I take him now or just let him come closer.  Well the decision was made, he was 35 yards away and I decided to see what the 3.5″ turkey loads were made of.  BOOM!!!  He dropped in his tracks.  My biggest bird to date.  He was 21.5 lbs after gutted, 7/8″ spurs and had a thick 11 3/4 beard.  I headed back to my pop’s blind and couldn’t help but think of how similar my excitement was when I shot my first long beard at 13 years old.  It was no surprise that he was equally as excited today as he was 16 years ago when I walked up with the bird over my shoulder.  Man I love turkey hunting! -@theduder8

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Another Maryland Turkey Down

Well my boys here in Maryland keep knocking the turkeys down. Here’s a big congrats to our good friend Tuck with Iron Kin. Way to go Tuck!

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Maryland Bowfishing at it’s Finest

Something I have always wanted to try, I finally got the chance to this weekend cause of a great invite from Steve Poddo, @TheDuder8 from The Iron Kin Hunting Club, @IronKinHC out of Frederick, Maryland. I have been seeing tweet after tweet from these guys at @IronKinHC as they continued to slay the fish into summer. Unfortunately my schedule just has not allowed me time to get out there and join them until this past weekend. Steve and I talked, came up with a plan, a meeting place, and we were off. Having not bowfished before, I was stoked but didn’t know what to expect, especially since I didn’t even how a bowfishing rig. No problem with me, I just grabbed my Bowtech and a couple of my not so great arrows, and I was off. I met Steve at 6:30 in Frederick, and after a brief introduction, and a few stories we were off. Since it had rained all morning, we had a long walk in the mud and slop until we arrived at the river, and then it was on. Now the river wasn’t at it’s finest cause of the rain, but you could certainly spot the carp with not much of a problem. Steve took a few minutes to explain how we were going to do things, gave me a few pointers, and the stalk was on. We slowly walked up the rivers edge steadily staring into the water looking for those dark shadows, or puffs of mud from the river’s bottom identifying the carp we were after. Steve was more than generous offering me the first fish, but since I didn’t have a bowfishing rig I was waiting for the perfect shot. It was all Steve, and my man hit his mark as he pulled the first carp out of the water.

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Yeah that’s my man Steve with his first carp of the day but certainly not his last. We continued down the river, stalking this fish, and as I waited for my first opportunity the anticipation was ever so growing. Not having a bowfishing rig, I was waiting for the most perfect shot I could get as I figured I would loose my arrow, so I wanted to make it count. Finally, I got my first shot, MISS, man it was definitely not what I expected. Aiming was definitely harder than I imagined, as the glare on the water made things difficult. My hat off to Steve, as he had taught himself to shoot his bow instinctively and man was this guy deadly. As you could have guessed, Steve smoked his second fish, after another miss of mine, LOL.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah I know I’m two down, but I do make a little come back. We continue our quest down the river, and we both have a couple more misses, but more good times. We finally get to a point, and Steve spots this giant carp very close to shore, so I got out the camera, and the stalk began. As Steve crept up on the fish, I was slowly following behind trying to keep the camera steady. He got where he felt comfortable, steadied himself, and slowly drew his bow back, “TWACK”, as the water went everywhere, we realized that Steve had just shot over the fish, disappointing but that wasn’t the worst thing that had happened. On this particular shot, Steve’s arrow had made it’s way down to the river bed, and had gotten stuck to never be found. Luckily for Steve, he had another arrow in the truck, and luckily for me we found the dumbest carp in the river. On the way back, while crossing the river, Steve motioned at me, as we both noticed this good size carp swimming right at us. I quickly nocked an arrow, came to full draw, and found my mark. At nearly five yards my arrow pierced the carp, and it was lights out as quick as it happened. My first fish with a bow was incredible.

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Oh yeah, I was finally on the board, and more pumped than ever. I had no idea bowfishing would be such a rush, oh yeah, I was PUMPED! After our celebration, Steve proceeded to head back to the truck to get another arrow, and I’ll admit, while he was gone, I spotted another fish, but missed again, too fun. When Steve got back, we hurried back down the river to where he lost his arrow, and continued upstream as Steve kept telling me it’s better up here, it’s better. I had no doubt and followed him with great anticipation to see what we had in store for us. Well we got where we were going, and I’ll let the following footage explain it all:

Bowfishing

I think the video says it all. I didn’t know what to expect but I had an absolute blast on the river that day, so if you’ve been thinking about it, don’t delay, get out there and try it. I’l sure you’ll love it as much as I did. You can bet I’ll be getting a bowfishing rig as soon as I can, as I can’t wait to get back out on the water with my bow. It wasn’t a deer, but it sure was a hell of a good time during the hunting off season. I want to thank Steve Poddo, @TheDuder8, and The Iron Kin Hunt Club, @IronKinHC. Remember us boys here in Maryland, we BRING IT.

Bow-Fishing, Feeding the Passion when Deer Season is Out.

Just recently I published a story about two great fellas, Tuck (@Prez_Tuck), and his brother Steve (@TheDuder8) , and they are the founders of The Iron Kin Hunt Club. These guys have built the club around three things, Faith, Trust, and Honor. Really what else do you need if you are surrounded by family and friends that live by the same motto, and have a love for the outdoors. In talking with these guys I learned that not only are these guys huge bowhunters of deer, but these guys don’t stop when deer season is over, they have taken it to the next level and have found other critters to go after. Tuck and Steve have certainly made the most of their free time from deer hunting to learn the art of bowfishing. I thought I try and take advantage of all the seasons but it seems as though I’ve been missing boat, and these guys have been hitting the mark, or carp I should say. I don’t wanna give too much away so please take a moment and read this great story written by Steve below:

As a hunter I try to take advantage of every season that I have to legally harvest animals.  I’m always looking for something new, and my first experience was this past year when bow season ended and I was introduced to rabbit hunting.  Rabbit hunting was a blast, and working behind my buddy Stanger’s (@bowfanatic81) beagle was amazing.  As rabbit season passed, I also had an opportunity to hunt some geese for the first time.  We learned a lot on that trip…but that is a story for another time.    Before I knew it April was upon us, and I had nothing to hunt until turkey season.  I still remember asking myself, “What in the world am I going to do until September?”

 

Little did I know the answer was staring me in the face at our local bow shop; Jefferson Archery (@jtownarchery).  I was in there one day and talking to some of the guys that just got back from a bow-fishing trip.  They were very enthusiastic about the experience and knew I would be interested.  So I purchased a very old Parsons compound bow for $20 and the AMS Bow-fishing kit (@AMSBowFishing) for $150 and I was in business.  They helped me get set up, and I was ready for another experience out in the woods at the local creek.

 

Well the weekend came and @bowfanatic81 and I headed to a local creek to test out our new bow-fishing rigs.  The creek was loaded with carp ranging from 5 to 40 pounds.  It was “on like Donkey Kong, JACK!”  The first couple of shots we took missed way high, but  once we figured out that we needed to aim about 6 inches low, the carnage began.   There is nothing quite like hearing your buddy yell “GOT EM!!”, from 50 yards down the shoreline.  We celebrated together, high-fived, took some pictures and then went back to the carp stalking.  That Saturday we ended up shooting 30 carp.  For those curious, I only shoot carp.  (Please respect the fish and check your state regs on what you are able to shoot with a bow).

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I know a lot of people bow-fish from a boat and seem to think that is the way to go.  If I had a boat set up with lights and generators I would think the same.  However, I am very content stalking the carp on the shorelines.  It’s a very unique experience to creep up on a feeding carp about 5 yards off the shore.  They are extremely skittish and roll out quickly if you don’t tread lightly in your stalk.  I now find myself spending many days out in the creek during the summer staying cool in the water with my bow in hand.

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From this experience I found that bow-fishing does not have to be limited to fish.

Stanger (@bowfanatic81) has a pond that was also loaded with frogs.  At night I would walk around the pond with my head lamp shooting frogs.  I tried stalking them in the day time but they would jump in the pond before I could get close enough to shoot.  I started using my bow-fishing rig instead of my deer bow because the arrow is much sturdier and can be shot in the ground with out causing damage.  The first time I tried my deer bow, I shot some frogs using my 50 yard pin at close range but broke $40 worth of Axis’ arrows (no bueno). Regardless, we now have a freezer full of frog legs to eat.  And they are some “good eats” for sure!!

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It is amazing to know that as bow hunters we can hunt critters all year long.  The state of Maryland only requires you to have a fishing license to bow-fish.  I recommend checking your state regulation book for the specific guidelines in your area.  For anyone out there like me, bow-fishing is an awesome way to enjoy the great outdoors and still feed your passion to hunt when deer season is out.  Give it a try if you have the opportunity, it’s a blast.