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Train wreck 22-23 *Alll Abooaaard*

Unread postby PK_ » Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:31 am

This season has been pretty crazy. I will try to cover everything that happened without getting too long winded…

First hunt of the season for me was Friday Sept 9. Decided to hunt midday during the week since I knew another guy was hunting the same spot as me in this area. I figured he wouldn’t be hunting midday during the week and Sept 9 was the full moon and near peak rut. Climbed up around 10am and planned to sit until 2pm. 2 o’clock came and hadn’t seen a thing. I knew a buck should come thru so I decided to sit til 2:30. 2:05 I hear commotion, grab the bow and turn to see a good white racked buck headed right to me. Ended up with a 23 yard quarter away shot. Shot felt and sounded good. As soon as I hung my bow back up I hear thunder and feel the wind switch. I climb down real quick to mark blood at impact and call to get a dog.

Long story short the deer was not recovered and showed back up on camera. I still cannot figure out what went wrong. Very frustrating way to start the season.

Running track and blood:
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Made it out for a hunt a couple weeks later and stalked up on a group of hogs and was able to arrow one:
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Early Oct made it out for a weekend bow hunt and brought the pup to hopefully get him on some blood trails. Driving on a two lane highway early one morning I came around a corner and a herd of cattle were crossing the road, no time to do anything but hang on and brace for impact:

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Ended up killing a nice 4point and got the dog on the track. He also got to track a couple other animals for friends.
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Went to TN for an Oct bow hunt. First day we scouted around and I was pretty dejected at how awful the area seemed to be. Went to check a small bedding point near a swamp and didn’t bother to bring my bow. As I am standing there amazed at the amount of beds on this point I hear a dog barking in the swamp near some houses and don’t think much of it. Couple minutes later I spot a big deer with a dark rack trotting across the swamp coming right to me. I knelt down and was able to snap some pics as he stood there about 15 yards away. Can’t tell in the pic but he is a perfectly symmetrical 10pt probably pushing 150”… :doh: **ALWAYS carry your weapon**
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Couple days later I had an encounter with this other 10pt at sub-20 yards at last light I just didn’t feel comfortable couldn’t make out his shoulder behind the pins… :doh:
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Early November I went with a buddy from the beast to hunt the Mountains of VA. Had an absolute blast. We were expecting some rut activity but the Buck movement was horrifically nocturnal. Even so, we both had opportunities at big mountain bucks by bed hunting, just couldn’t quite seal the deal. Can’t wait to get back into the mountains again. Even tho it was challenging and ‘unproductive’, it was one of my favorite hunts I have been on.

Late November I went up to PA to rifle hunt with the family. Brought the dog along again so I wasn’t going to be picky. Opening day I shot a 7pt and got the dog on the track he did very well. My brother shot a 7pt from the same stand the following day and the dog got to track that one as well. Very happy with how he has been doing:
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Also this was my brothers first deer!
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Took about a month off from deer hunting after that trip and waited for conditions to get right to hunt again here in FL. Did get after some birds in the meantime with the dog and realized I am not much of an upland hunter, nor much good of a bird dog trainer. We have a lot of work to do this summer :lol:

Got back out around Christmas for a Sat-Sun for that cold weather. Ended up killing a nice 4pt and an old 5pt I was after last year:
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5pt:
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I was ready to pretty much hang it up after that, but the weather got absolutely perfect a few weeks later so decided to do another weekend hunt and was able to connect on a nice 8pt. This one was a bit of a rodeo. Hit him and he went right down. Watched his white belly for a few minutes and started packing up, next thing I know he is up and running into a swamp :shock: :? . Saw him bed, I had to climb down and sneak in for a follow up shot :doh:
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Anyways. Even tho this season started out rough and had ups and downs it definitely has given me some great memories. You just have to keep positive and stick with it no matter what and remember to always enjoy the process. Even when you fail. These were just the highlights of my season, I had a bunch of failed encounters and sits that didn’t work out that I didn’t get into and it can wear on you if you let it. You have to look at those encounters as a win, even if you don’t get a kill…

Ugh, ok I’m done rambling. Hope everyone had a good season.


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Re: Train wreck 22-23 *Alll Abooaaard*

Unread postby upwind predator » Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:37 am

Great write up PK and still a very successful season for ya and some nice bucks!
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Re: Train wreck 22-23 *Alll Abooaaard*

Unread postby Huntress13 » Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:38 am

Wow, that was a crazy train! Still you made it work. Awesome that you've got your dog tracking.
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Unread postby oldrank » Mon Jan 23, 2023 12:36 pm

Good write up. Looks like a fun season. What do they do if you hit a cow like that? Does insurance cover the farmer for the cow?
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Unread postby Sailfish_WC » Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:00 pm

Congrats on the season
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Unread postby hunter_mike » Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:34 pm

Wow crazy season! Glad you had some good times to go with the rough ones. And also glad you made it out of the that terrible cowlission in one piece! I imagine the yota was toast after that?
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Re: Train wreck 22-23 *Alll Abooaaard*

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Mon Jan 23, 2023 4:00 pm

I hope you got a salvage tag for that cow :lol:

Great year and a lot of meat :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby seazofcheeze » Tue Jan 24, 2023 3:49 am

Congrats on a great season except the Toyota v. Cow incident, that's always a bummer.
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Unread postby stash59 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:25 am

To me it sounds like you had a ton of fun!!! And how many people can say they hit a cow? You'll be telling yout great grandkids that story!!! ;) 8-) :clap: :dance: :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbup: :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Unread postby Bonecrusher101 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 3:27 am

Awesome season, congrats! I really enjoyed this write up with pics!
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Unread postby PK_ » Wed Jan 25, 2023 7:14 am

Thank you guys it was definitely a memorable season that is for sure.

The truck is in the shop, hopefully it won’t be totaled out. I am single owner of it and planned to keep it for the long haul. I actually hit 3 cows spun out on the road and ended up in the ditch. Thankfully I did not spin into the ditch initially as we would have rolled for certain. Anyways, after reconnecting the battery terminals the truck cranked right up and drove, no leaks and no dash lights other than the airbag light.

oldrank wrote:Good write up. Looks like a fun season. What do they do if you hit a cow like that? Does insurance cover the farmer for the cow?


So the law as I understand it in Florida is if the cows are on public road at night the Farmer is responsible for all damages, if the cow is hit during the day, the driver is responsible. However these cattle were unbranded and untagged being run illegally on state land so I had to run everything thru my insurance. The Ag department sent a helicopter with thermal that evening and eliminated the herd.
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Unread postby brancher147 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 12:28 pm

Sounds like a roller coaster. Nice job making the best of it and still knocking some bucks down. Yep those VA mountains are always a good time
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Unread postby KRONIIK » Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:11 am

PK_ wrote:Thank you guys it was definitely a memorable season that is for sure.

The truck is in the shop, hopefully it won’t be totaled out. I am single owner of it and planned to keep it for the long haul. I actually hit 3 cows spun out on the road and ended up in the ditch. Thankfully I did not spin into the ditch initially as we would have rolled for certain. Anyways, after reconnecting the battery terminals the truck cranked right up and drove, no leaks and no dash lights other than the airbag light.

oldrank wrote:Good write up. Looks like a fun season. What do they do if you hit a cow like that? Does insurance cover the farmer for the cow?


So the law as I understand it in Florida is if the cows are on public road at night the Farmer is responsible for all damages, if the cow is hit during the day, the driver is responsible. However these cattle were unbranded and untagged being run illegally on state land so I had to run everything thru my insurance.The Ag department sent a helicopter with thermal that evening and eliminated the herd.



:shock:

How many cattle?
(Not second-guessing their actions; probably necessary before somebody got killed in a collision. Just a bit surprised to see such quick and decisive action by a Government agency...)
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Unread postby <DK> » Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:51 am

Great pics !!
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Unread postby PK_ » Fri Jan 27, 2023 7:20 am

KRONIIK wrote:
PK_ wrote:Thank you guys it was definitely a memorable season that is for sure.

The truck is in the shop, hopefully it won’t be totaled out. I am single owner of it and planned to keep it for the long haul. I actually hit 3 cows spun out on the road and ended up in the ditch. Thankfully I did not spin into the ditch initially as we would have rolled for certain. Anyways, after reconnecting the battery terminals the truck cranked right up and drove, no leaks and no dash lights other than the airbag light.

oldrank wrote:Good write up. Looks like a fun season. What do they do if you hit a cow like that? Does insurance cover the farmer for the cow?


So the law as I understand it in Florida is if the cows are on public road at night the Farmer is responsible for all damages, if the cow is hit during the day, the driver is responsible. However these cattle were unbranded and untagged being run illegally on state land so I had to run everything thru my insurance.The Ag department sent a helicopter with thermal that evening and eliminated the herd.



:shock:

How many cattle?
(Not second-guessing their actions; probably necessary before somebody got killed in a collision. Just a bit surprised to see such quick and decisive action by a Government agency...)


There was probably around 15-20 in that group. Yea it was not a quick decision, they had known about that herd of cattle for over 2 months before my accident and there were several other minor accidents before mine but I guess mine was the final straw…
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