Team Total Outdoors

Adventures with James from the city.

Tom Turkey

This is the first Turkey I’ve ever called in, and harvested in NC.

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So, I went out at about 10 am on the first day of the season for 2014. I know it’s a bit late in the morning, but I got in at 2:30 am from a night Tilapia bow fishing trip and was too sleepy to wake up before 9am.  I had set up in the thickets by a swamp where I’ve seen them in the winter, but after calling for an hour, I got board and walked up to a ridge where a tree stand was set up for the deer season that just past.  I noticed two trees next to each other that provided great shade from the sun, and sat down.

It was hot, but the shade and the moist cold ground was soothing, the other spot I was sitting in had sticks and twigs pinching all the nerves on my legs as I sat.  This part had nice shade and just leaves, which kept the ground real cool and it also offered good concealment.  As soon as I placed the call in action, I heard a Tom gobble somewhere really far.  It was far enough that it sounded like a faint whisper.  I called again, and he gobbled back, it was ON!  After a 10 minute dance with the king of birds, I knew he was on his way, as his echoing strut would gradually become clearer and louder.

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He barely came into the woods at about 30 yards, when I suddenly turned my head. A big no-no, as he was there, looking at me.  I feared he spotted me while we were eye to eye, but I think the shade and my quick action to put a set of hen clucks calmed his curiosity.  He puffed up and gobbled as he walked behind several small trees to my right.  That was my chance, I quickly shuffled my feet to the right. Those leaves were so loud, I felt as if I would spook him, so I clucked again while taking my Benelli Montefeltro off safe.  It felt like 2 hours had passed, and I feared he would move on. That’s when it happened, he moved just a bit to the left, which provided me a 12 inch gap between all the trees, and I squeezed.  After a loud pop, he dropped and I had harvested my first ever Turkey, which I intentionally called in.  Amazing.

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Our First Striped Bass Trip

The crew, going after some fish! Steven, James, Lance.

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No words can describe how it feels to go out, to a place you’ve never been to before, where you have no idea where to start.  The fact is, we’ve never gone after Stripers, so we had no idea what to do, except fish!

We got 2 keepers out of the deal and that was worth everything we did to make the trip happen.

We hit the lower Roanoke River here in North Carolina, boy was it huge!

How do I feel about the first Striped Bass trip?  AWESOME!

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Gear: Carolina Skiff 16ft, Bait: Frozen Finger mullet from 2 years ago I had freeze packed, Tackle: Medium spinning rod, Shimano Stradic with 10lb power pro and Carolina Rig with 2/0 circle hook.

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Lance, above, got his on an ultralight shad jig!!lol, I think he had 4-6 lb test line and a chartreuse 1/16 oz jig head.. Crappie style hahahaha.  Nice.

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You ate what?

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It’s cookin’ time.. Me being the hunter at heart that I am, I didn’t want to just kill something and just throw it away..  I learned there is a Crow hunting season so, as usual, I did it.  Took my 12 Ga Benelli Montefeltro, bought a crow call, and called a few in.. yes, I missed a bunch and got a few.  The ones I recovered went to the kitchen.  A bird is a bird is a bird… Crow harvest crows to eat

Prepared harvest, Crows are birds, birds can be eaten.crow breast

Looks and tastes great once prepared, looks like something you could eat…

 

Lunch

January of the rains

We had a trout trip on the Mitchell River, here in NC, late October of 2013 and had a blast.  We caught lots of fish that day, too busy to take more pictures, and Steve-o wanted his picture on the net..  Catching fish like a PRO..

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Then along comes January 2014, every time we’ve been wanting to go, it’s freekin’ raining and lightning, or some severe weather system passing through..  Well, today, we hit some sunlight..  We tried the Ararat, but the water was IMPOSSIBLE to even walk in.  That river was high and moving!  Very not safe.. so we went to the Mitchell, and here’s how we did..

I caught 3 fish, and missed one.  Steven got 1 fish and missed one. Nay, well for his first time out here, he did well, he didn’t give up.DSCF6752 DSCF6753 DSCF6755 DSCF6759 DSCF6765 DSCF6767 DSCF6768

 

While the fellas were fishing, I found other things to do:

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Squirrel Hunting

Well, it’s squirrel season..  Been busy thinning the local population.  DSCF6728

Nothing like eating fried tree rats, that’s right, none of these go to waste.

Gear: Stoeger Condor O/U .410 bore, with #6 reloads.

Team Member Status..

Here’s what the team’s been up to..

So, Steve-O decided he was going to St. Thomas this week and get himself a fish..  well, he sure did..  Congrats on the nice Wahoo and Mahi..Wahoo St Thomas

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Nay’s Baggin’ squirrels with his Air rifle, and taking out deer with his longbow and compound bow!

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Little J has been fishing like a champ..

 

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And James from the city?  well, I guess just eating pizza enjoying the show..

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At least I got a print of a deer on my shirt…

Ticks, Doves, Deer.

DSCF6664With Dove season in, and Deer season opening, I decided to do a dove hunt alone in my back yard.  Got permission from my neighbor who owns the farm and did a little “after work” hunting.  Three doves down and about 15 shells shot, getting a bit better, lol.

Been busy healing from a tick attack over at Nay’s place.  I ran into several nests of ticks, spent about 2 hours + pulling ticks with my wife’s help.  Yeah, I’ll never forget the experience, and will never go without DEET again.

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DSCF6669So, I’ve been sitting in a tree stand for like 4 hours and I got fed up and decided to “Still” hunt my way out to the car. It was about 7:20 when I started down the hill, slowly, I would just walk a little, stop, look around, walk a little.  I was about 6 minutes into my routine when I caught a glint of movement in front of me.  I stopped, mounted my crossbow and began to look through the scope.  I couldn’t believe what was going on in front of me, 3 deer were walking straight at me. Two does from my left and an 8 point buck directly to my front, in the path I was using to walk in and out.  Well, the buck didn’t notice me standing in the middle of the path, 25 yards in front of him, so he kept coming.  At about 18 yards, the buck decides something is in his path, so he suddenly stops, stares at me and turns just enough for a quartering shoulder shot.  All I remember is the sound of an arrow “Whack”, then all the deer running off.  I waited about 10 minutes and walked out of the woods.  Blood trail lasted about 25 yards across a little creak, and next to the trail that leads out.  Smooth hunt, just how I like it. I’ve always been successful still hunting, and just feel more like I’m hunting when I actively look for my game.Buck2013

Gear: Excalibur Axiom cross bow, Muzzy MX3 broad heads

20 Guage Doves

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Nay calls me up and says, “Jamie, want to go dove hunting with me?”.. What do you think my response was?  Oh what…Dove, wow!  So, got myself a 20 gauge over under ATI Calvary SX from my local gun shop (at under $500.00 you can’t go wrong with the Over Under). Search: “Colfax Guns and Ammo”.

Yeah, I never shot the thing until the day before, Nay gave me some quick skeet training in his back yard.  He would throw and I would shoot.  yeah, that hour of training came in real handy.  I learned how to lead just a little and bust some clay.

So, we go over to a private farm, Nay’s buddy holds a dove shoot once a year to the local populace, 15 bucks for the day and 8 bucks for well needed round of lunch.  Contact and details for Thornton Taxidermy and Guide Services ( specialize in Dove, Deer and Small Game ).

What a challenge, I must have shot at least 150 rounds, and yes, I did get my bag limit of 15!!  Not all of the guys got their 15, but I sure as heck did.

Nay, well, he and his wife brought us all down, 27 together as a team.  What a fine set of hunting budies he and his wife are..  Yeah, they put us all to shame, but dang, it was about the funnest hunting I’ve ever done.

DSCF6639Nay knows how to shoot that 20ga of his, he dropped just about every bird that flew his way.  I mean, they couldn’t get past him, not even if they came up over the trees behind him.  They appeared out of no where, and in that split second, boom, puff, feathers, bird spirals down. Just like that.  What a pro!

DSCF6656Yeah, so we did really well, we got our limits, I was impressed and surprised that for my first time ever dove hunting, I got my 15, though I lost three birds in the woods, I’ll still count them as part of my 15 bag limit.

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King Dove Hunter “King Dover”

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My first birds!

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The Field bellow, what a fine view.

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These rounds here, yeah, this is a small percentage of what I shot this day, maybe like 8%..hahahah.

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Nay setting up, ready to take em’ down and show us all how it’s done.

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We did a little traditional shoot during our lunch break!

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  Waiting in the sun, just loving the shade. I’m assuming this is what doves see, just shadows.. lol.

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Road kill?, nah, it’s our day’s trophies!

Nay and his wife showing off again..

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All Things Traditional

I was talking to my fitness coach today, and we ended up spinning off in conversation about outdoors and traditional archery.  Meanwhile, I’ve been running like a mile and a half already on the treadmill and just finished our intense workout..  but hey, what’s better than being outdoors?.. Talking about being outdoors.  So, here’s what the conversation was about, all things traditional archery.

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You know, I did start off with a compound bow when I was sixteen, and I occasionally take one out to the woods.., BUT..

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I love shooting instinctively, that means, I don’t look at the arrow shaft, I don’t look at my string, I don’t look at my bow.  I only choose a spot on my target and stare at it.  As I pull back my arrow, it becomes an extension of my mind.  Like pointing my finger at it.. you know?

I very much cherish my first traditional deer kill, it was with a hummingbird custom 3 pc. recurve at 45lbs draw.

Yes, the best part was finding my broken arrow, with blood.

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Then Finding the deer! Man that was the hardest hunt I’d ever done, after 5 days camping out hunting full days and missing about 7 deer, 1 or 3 per day, and about giving up, I finally got my doe.

Note; I recovered the doe at night, I shot it in the evening and waited about 2 hours before going in after her. With traditional gear, and any other archery, it’s always good to wait them out a little.

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Can’t go wrong hunting pigs with a traditional bow right?  here’s my first sow on a 62 lbs draw Hummingbird Custom Recurve..

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Yeah, I like to practice, plus doing 3D shoots is awesome, check us out at http://stacgang.org/  As usual, I keep the website fresh with info.

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Of course, there’s the bow fishing right?  Yeah, I speak of it often in my blogs..

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Thanks for being interested, and as always, write it down – make it happen.

Small words, big trip…

Bat-ManDSCF6374The Great Smokey Mountains; Where black bear tracks and wild brooks are found.DSCF1013

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It was an amazing hike and back country camp trip, little words for this post, as I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Departure, zero dark thirty and a cup of coffee…

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The hike in.

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Camping and fishing…

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Departure!

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