Monday, October 31, 2016

*Kayak hunting

Recently I read about guys duck hunting from his kayak and how it worked. The information was put together by a group of people on a blog about hunting. Kayaks and canoes are both recommended and have proven to be successful in the field. I think hunting from kayaks or canoes can be a great way to harvest ducks and will work great. Both are small personal boats that don't have a motor which means you have to row it. The good thing about that though is that you can travel very quietly through the water and not have to worry about scents or vibrations that can possibly scare away the animals you are hunting. Although they are slower than a motor boat they can go more places because they can travel in shallow water and through weeds or grass. You can also carry them because they are so light and aren't very big. The down side to them though is you lose a lot of stability in most of these boats, although they make some very sturdy they are also very expensive and heavy.

This is a very fun and exciting way to hunt ducks because of how close you get to them. If the ducks re sleeping you can almost touch them you get so close. I look forward to hunting out of a kayak and trying this new style of hunting. Kayaks and canoes are improving each year with new technology making them stronger, lighter, faster, and more stable. Although you can't cover as much area as a motorized boat you can go into places most people don't and get to the good ducks. This is form of hunting is very effective because you go to the ducks instead of wait for them to come to you. Although hunting this way works very good it can be dangerous too. If you get caught in heavy winds or a strong current it can pull your boat and move you out of place. Hunting from a kayak can be very fun and successful as long as you are safe and hunt hard.

Kayaks and canoes have been around for hundreds of years and they have proven to be very good on the water. There are various different styles and numerous brands make them. There are sit on top kayaks where it's like a platform you sit on top of and there are also sit in side where you're legs are inside of the kayak and it's like a hollow tube. Either way they both serve the same purpose and are very effective. Most canoes are the same where they are a deep shell you sit inside and it has no top. The boats are very accessible and also easy to transport making them a perfect candidate for hunting boat.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Duck hunting interview

Holden Palmer, a sportsman that has hunted ducks for 15 years tells me some tips and gives reasons for why duck hunting in storms are better!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Building a Tree Stand

In Ag Mechanics we learned how to weld which made me think of tree stands to deer hunt out of. Metal tree stands are a very good way to hunt deer the give you a birds eye view. The tree stands are not permanent but can be very sturdy. This relates to my blog topic because tree stands are a very popular way of hunting. In Ag mechanics we learn about building skills with wood and metal which is used in hunting a lot. The class is all year for one hour a day where we can go into the shop and master our skills.

To build a tree stand you have to start with the ladder, that is the part you climb up the tree to get to your spot. After you build the rails and cross bars that form a ladder you can make your platform. The platform is what you stand or sit on and shoot from. The platform can be any size but the smaller it is the lighter it will be so you can move it easier. the last thing you will make for it is a chair, being up in a tree stand for hours can be hard on your body especially if you are standing the whole time. Another part that you will have to find is how you want to secure it to the tree, and there are a couple ways to do it. You can strap it around the tree with straps or use stakes that go into the tree that hold it up. It will take a while to build but it will turn out good if you take your time.

After you make it you need to make sure it is strong. Being safe is very important and especially when you have weapons and are up in the air. You want to check all of your welds for any cracks and you want to push and pull on all of the connections. Many people get hurt hunting in tree stands each year so you want to be very careful for when you are using yours. To buy a tree stand it costs over one hundred dollars and making one will be a lot cheaper. Once your tree stand is all ready to go you will want to find a spot to set it up and hunt from. What I normally look for is a place where the deer are moving often and are concentrated like over a game trail. If you can funnel the deer into a path you are already set up on then your chances on getting a deer will improve greatly.                

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

First Buck Hunt

A long time ago I got to go on a hunt and shoot my first deer. My birthday was on the opening weekend of rifle season and I was pumped to go out buck hunting. I had just got back from a trip to see my grandparents and I had the itch to get a deer. I got my gun loaded up in the truck and all my snacks and raincoats. The one hour drive to the ranch felt like it took forever but we eventually arrived to our destination. Once we got there I had to get out of the truck in the rain and open up all the gates which was brutal for me but I was still excited for the hunt. We drove a ways and I shot at some quail and missed all of them, I thought it was a bad sign but still pushed on. We drove a ways farther and I had another chance to shoot some quail but I missed more which was unlike me. We called it a day and went to the cabin to go to bed and get some rest. I could barely sleep all i was thinking about was getting a buck.

We went out the next morning and My dad shot my gun for me to make sure it was sighted in. The gun was dead on so all the misses from the day before were on me but I still felt confident knowing that my gun was on. We hit the road and it was foggy with some rain drops I thought it was the perfect weather. We drove a little bit farther and saw some bucks in an opening and I saw my chance. I was pumped up and couldn't think about anything else but the deer. I hoped out of the jeep and loaded my gun, I was all nervous and had some buck fever and was shaking. The two bucks were just hanging out and did not care that we were right there.

I shot once and missed them so I reloaded and shot again but I missed again. I kept on doing this until I got to me seventh shot, I pulled the trigger again and he dropped. I looked back at my dad and said " it fell down" he walked up to where I was and told me I got it. I was so happy, after all that time i finally got one and it was a dandy. I couldn't wait to show my mom and friends, we got home and took tons of pictures and it made so happy. That night we had deer meat and it was the best I've ever had.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fishin joke

Where does a fish keep his money? In the river bank!

Buck hunting in the rain

This last big rain was a huge help for buck hunting this weekend. The rain pushed out a lot of animals and made many hunters more successful. I saw a lot more deer out because of it and made the hunt more fun. When it rains it pushes the deer out of the tress where they hide into the open where you can see them. The rain makes a lot of noise in the trees so that they wont know if a predator is sneaking up on them. It is a lot harder to shoot or find the buck when they are hiding in the brush and wont move unless you walk right up on them. Although I didn't get a buck last weekend in the rain many people did and the rain played a huge role in it.