April 11, 2015

TR 04/11/2015

Fished southwestern Crawford County.
9 browns to hand.  When sun came up high in the sky they shut down.

Stopped at a beaver dam near the road on the way home to see how my brookies were fairing.  Seven to hand in no time.  Examined brookies' gills and what I saw made my skin crawl.

I guess you would have a hard time breathing with Gill Lice attached to your lungs too.

April 10, 2015

Things I Found On A Trout Stream

A huge Fishing Spider trying to eat a Question Mark Butterfly
 Not a clue what this is.
Woody Nightshade a very poisonous flower.
A confused mother bird
An abandon homestead
A new car
Open hearth

April 09, 2015

Tracking Injured Bucks

I deer hunted for 25 years and really loved the sport.  I stopped about ten years ago due to back and knee problems.  Prior to quitting hunting I got pretty good at retrieving injured deer.  I took it as a challenge to my outdoor skills.  I was even enlisted by friends to help look for their injured deer.

We always started at the initial sign of blood or where the hunter thought their buck was hit.  Not all deer bleed right away and care needs to be taken to not give up too quickly.

This monster had a massive inside spread.  It had been on stream for a while.  The critters had chewed on its horns and the skull was bleached and it had a little moss on it.  The buck was found while trout fishing.

My favorite method was marking the point of hit and getting on trail.  I would mark the last sign of track or blood and then do small circles with another hunter.  Two sets of eyes are better than one.  If the small circles fail, I started larger circles.
This twelve pointer with eight inch G1s and ten inch G2s had an eighteen inch inside spread.  It was found ten yards from a trout stream while fishing and had no obvious wounds.

If I lost the track I would always evaluate the terrain.  When the first hit is made, the deer are working on adrenaline and could really go up some steep hills.  After the initial rush of adrenaline the deer typically will find a place to bed down.  If they are not bothered they will many times seize up and be found on their bedding site.
I found this entire deer skeleton about ten yards from the stream while trout fishing.  I examined the body and saw no obvious wounds.

Then there are the other times that a less than an optimal shot is made.  Those deer that have bedded and are not injured fatally have a terrible thirst.  They have lost blood and are weak.  The deer typically will go down hill the most easy route in the area.

The deer being shot typically causes loss of blood and the deer get excessively thirsty.  It could be the start of an infection that causes dehydration and the deer needs and wants water. The thirst can be overwhelming.  I typically scouted any stream or pond in the area for the injured deer.

I don't hunt anymore but I still trout fish a lot.  My lessons learned while deer hunting are still there and are proven over and over again each Spring when the weeds are knocked down by the winter snow.

If you are looking for an injured buck,  find that nearby waterway.  Your tenacity will be rewarded. 
This sweet buck with a 19.5 inch spread was found by Tristan George eight yards from the stream. He was trout fishing.  It had been there a couple springs due to the bleaching of the skull.