Cory and I decided to hunt Butner game lands with two other buddies of ours for the opening day of the Eastern NC Muzzleloader season. We had about an hour drive from my place in Burlington, NC to Falls Lake so we left the apartment around 4:30 a.m. and planned to meet up with the other guys around 5:45 to start heading into our spots. It was a cool morning in the upper 40's to low 50's. The cooler temperature had me excited for a couple of reasons: first, I would hopefully not be covered in sweat after the walk in to our stand location and, second, I had high hopes that it would have the deer up and moving around in the morning.
The first two full weeks of North Carolina's Archery season are in the books and we have been fortunate enough to spend a couple days in the woods. No deer yet but lots of valuable information has been gained on this particular piece of public land we are hunting.
Shew, long time no post and I apologize for that. It seems the blog gets put on the back burner when it comes to work, weddings, mowing grass, you know, when life happens. Back in July my buddy Seth and I hit Mountain Island Lake up a couple Saturday mornings and the following slideshow is of a few of what we caught those weekends. Enjoy!
I fell asleep last night after returning home from going out with friends so I never was able to get the Photo of the Week up yesterday. Instead you'll get a combo special with that and the Video of the Week. I'll also leave you in suspense a little as to what each one is, with credit being given to the creative geniuses behind each at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
I meant to get up the Photo of the Week yesterday but I was busy seeding a portion of the backyard in the morning and then attending a birthday party for my buddy's little girl. Add in a late dinner with the wife and I really never got around to making a post yesterday, but here I am tonight doing so and with the turkey opener for NC coming up next Saturday I wanted to share a picture of a strutting tom. I had lots to choose from but the one below, taken in Tennessee by Bowland Photography and shared on their photography blog, was the one that won the honor of getting shared with the readership of Inside Out (hopefully that number is not in the single digits!).
Now it is Video of the Week time. With part two of my outdoors filming blog series coming up this week, I thought it would be pertinent for this week's video to be one that I found on the Campbell Cameras Pro Staff blog. It showcases b-roll footage and was filmed and edited by pro staff member Trent Busenbark and is entitled 2012 Nonsense. Enjoy!
Due to an unexpected visit to the vet today (luckily it was nothing major for our Clyde dog, just a knee cap dislocating occasionally), I missed out on some fishing with the family. That made me search the web for some bass fishing pictures and the above one just jumped out at me. I have never seen a heron try to tackle swallowing a fish that big and for Jerry Segraves to be able to capture a photo like that at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is a real treat for my eyes.
I've got a pair of Cooper's Hawks nesting behind my house so today I wanted to find and share a photo of these beautiful birds of prey in action, which you can see below thanks to the photograph (#3 of 49) by Rob Palmer that I found on FalconPhotos.com.
The video for this week is from Go Pro and is their video showcasing the capabilities of the Hero3 Black Edition, mixing in clips of the amazing footage it is able to capture in such a small package as well as the pictures it produces and that you can turn into time-lapses. Enjoy!
Forgot to post this up yesterday, but better late than never. I remember seeing the above Erik Seo image somewhere else, or at least one that looks just like it, but I ran across it again today on the National Geographic Photography website when looking at some skiing pictures (the 6-plus inches of snow we got the other day while I'm working here in Ohio have me longing for a leg-burning run down a mountain).
Below are our hunting season reviews. First up is Paul's end of season recap followed by Cory's storytelling of the late season, enjoy!
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.
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