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So over the last 5 years or so, I've gotten back into hunting after hunting a little as a kid. None of my friends hunt so I've been kind of on my own and it's been un-rewarding from an end result standpoint...5 years of deer turkey and dove hunting with a grand total take of 1 dove LOL!...still great to get out and I'm getting closer on the big game so it's eventually gonna happen. This year I drew an Ottawa NWR waterfowl hunt and I've never duck hunted, even as a kid, but it was on my list of things to do so off I went.
I spent the last month or so gathering info (Thanks Mr. Ducks on this forum!) and acquiring gear. I had my licenses and stamps, new waders (needed em anyway), a few decoys, a shotgun, some shells, some calls, and a whole lotta hope! I knew my regs, had studied my species, practiced with my decoys and calls, and had a plan. Yesterday was the big day.
After the meeting and blind drawing, I head out to my spot a little nervous but with plenty of time til...
Okay okay.... I know it's early but it's right around the corner. Don't know about you guys but I enjoy reading about people's hunts and what's going on where, so figured i would make a thread!
I have seen a lot of fresh nice scrapes lately, few small rubs, and a small buck chasing a doe here recently. Hope this cold spell gets something's in gear. Starting this weekend I'll be in a stand everyday I get a chance, best of luck To all!
My son (53 years old) decided to start shooting with a slingshot about three months ago. He has become fairly accurate with it and is getting better by the week. The following pictures are a box target, 100 shots of various ammo at 33 feet . !/4" steel ball, 3/8" steel ball and standard size white marbles. The old deer head target was shot in the eye at 33 feet, first shot.
Hi folks, I posted last week about chasing river smallies up here in the Cleveland but received some sage advice about taking advantage of what is available, so I went steelhead fishing this week. Buddy (face blocked for his privacy) and I crawled out on some rocks in the harbor and fished Thursday for a little bit and he caught a nice steelhead (that we ate for dinner) and a pike! He's not done much freshwater fishing so I was excited. I went out alone for an hour Friday and caught a nice steelhead myself! What a fight. Left her in the water and released her. My dad drove up this morning and brought the boat up so we fished in the harbor. He caught one nice steel and my buddy lost one near the boat. Slow morning but nice to be out there. Overall a nice change of pace from constant studying
Weather your a Hunter or Fisherman,.. Do you posses "True Sportsman Ethics"? Im 45 years old,.. When it comes to fishing, I came out of the womb with a St.Croix fishing pole in my hand and one of them round, heavy wrinkled and lightly faded fishing hats, with a heddon glass eyed, wooden pumpkin seed lure hanging off of the bill! In the mid to late 80's, I started hunting! First it was squirrels with my father, then rabbits and junkyard car windows with a few classmates! At the end of the 80's,..88 to be exact,.I caught the "deer fever"! Not to be confused with buck fever, which would come a short time later! The herd was just coming on here in East Central Ohio,.and i had an old bolt action mossberg 20 gauge,with a poly choke, which was basically my multi use weapon and my only weapon,.and for the record, I still have it! At any rate,. Coming up through the ages,. I always seemed to keep an older, more knowledgeable, friend base! I hung out with my father in law who basically...
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My three year old has been bugging me to take him fishing. Well I was off yesterday and it was just me and him so I thought why not let's go fishing. Went to my buddy's pond to try for crappie and gills. Got a couple gills and this warmouth on a Bobby Garland jig under a bobber. He was tickled but he only lasted about 45 min. Nonetheless I think it was good to get him out and hope it's a good start for a life long fishing partner!
Okay okay okay....
I'll tie on a topwater...
Pop R... that'll do
Conclusion- big fat smallies like topwater
Y'all gotta stop with all these topwater posts or I'm going to have to buy a whopper plopper!
In all seriousness there is nothing like watching smallies crush a topwater. From the big ones like this 18.5" I just posted to the 12"ers doing backflips to attack it. It's plain out fun!
Good luck out there !
A buddy called over the weekend and wanted to see if I'd tag along to the Ohio River on Monday morning. I know that I am going to receive some ridicule from him when I break out the fly gear on his boat...I do it anyway. We had no solid plan for the day, sort of "whatever seems to be hot" would dictate what we would do. We started by looking for bait and active fish near a riverside industrial plant. The hope was we would find some skipjack and that would give us fresh bait if we wanted to try for cats. No skipjack were caught, but I did pick up a little smallie that was busting bait near a piling.
No skunking, so that's off the table. The fishing there was slow, so we decided to try for cats with the frozen bait he had with him. The cats were not cooperating where we were, probably more of a location problem. We decided to give the rocky shore below the tailrace some attention. There was a lot of bait there, and fish were...
Hit Hoover on the Jackson Coosa yak on Sunday to do some trolling for crappie, smallmouth. 10 minutes in the wind started blowing from the NW and made it challenging to troll with a paddle. Did pick up 2 nice 12" crappie, lost a smallie (I believe), but also had a couple bad lure, line, rod tangles. hard to fix on a yak 300 yrds from shore. Nice 2 hours on the water. however. With Oxbow closed looking for a new place to put in? Suggestions appreciated...looking for something away from the crowds.
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