Prepared for battle!
I set off October 11th for Raleigh to hunt the NC Eastern Zone with my muzzleloader. I got a taste of it when I hunted the morning of the 9th in the Western Zone up at South Mountains Gamelands in Rutherford County and was ready to get to a more familiar place with a better deer population. I had made up my mind the night before that I would hunt where I shot a 9 point on Butner-Falls of Nuese Gamelands back in 2009 so when I saw a small buck laying in the ditch not far from the parking area I knew they had been moving and felt good about my chances.
Two weekends ago I had a great weekend of hunting. I'm just getting around to telling you about it as I've been very busy.
The day started out with me arriving at my friend Derrick's house at around 5:30 a.m. He was unable to hunt but I planned on giving it another shot as it was the Muzzle Loader season in the eastern part of NC. I got in my stand before sunrise and had an uneventful morning. I decided I was going to stick it out all day, and boy am I glad I did! Around 2:30 in the afternoon I had a nice cow horn buck walk into range at about 20 yards! It turned into a staring match for a bit as when I moved to get turned around to take the shot my tree stand made some noise. The deer stopped feeding and looked right in my direction. I froze and waited for him to start to feed again and I raised my gun and took the shot. As I was reloading I kept my eye on him and saw that he was hit good!! He went out of sight about 50 yards away but was moving very slowly so I knew he would go down soon. I decided to give it about 45 minutes before starting to track. Derrick came out and we tracked the deer and found him about 75 yards away! My first Buck in NC and my first deer of the year! The freezer is looking much better now :) Although it is just a large spike (about 9 inch spikes on each side) it will taste just as good! I've posted some more pictures in our media section. Check them out!
View of the oak plateau I hunted on Friday
As Paul wrote the other week, deer season is now open in NC, with archery opening mid-September and the Eastern muzzleloader season opening this past Saturday and the Western one opening today. With it being the 1st of October, most other states have opened at least one of their seasons as well so I hope everyone is being safe while pursuing those whitetail that we love so much (or mulies, blacktails, pronghorn, elk, etc.). I know it's a little - ok, wayyyyyy - late getting this hunting recap up but hurried housework before I left for and work up here in Southwestern Indiana has kept me running around like a chicken with its head cut off. None-the-less, I wanted to let you guys know how my first hunts of the 2012 season went.
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