With two MT buck tags to punch in the next two weeks before moving to TN, I'd been on the prowl for a decent buck to cruise by my stand. When the tall and tight 8 pointer walked into bow range I felt he would be just the buck to wear a tag on his leg and get a free ride in the truck. No, he wasn't a big buck. But he got the blood flowin' really good and I enjoyed the moment all the same. Big bucks...small bucks...just let me shoot!
Mathews Monster Chill Bow, Black Gold Ascent Sight, Trophy Taker SmackDown Pro Rest, Trophy Taker Ulmer Edge Broadheads, TightSpot Quiver, Easton Axis Arrows, 3rd Arm Camera Arm.
Bow season for the Georgia boys is on and my buddy, Tommy Green, wasted no time in getting things rollin'. It was a big day for Tommy as he killed his first buck with the Mathews bow and pulled off his first selfie flim job of his hunt.
Way to go Tommy! Keep it up!
Few things are as exciting to me as seeing young people kill their first critters. And when it's some of the youth that have come up through our Youth Bowhunter Camps, it's even more special. A big congrats to Danner Nichols on his first bear with a bow. Danner has it in his blood! This is just one of many critters that will get the shaft from Danner in the years to come.
I'm really proud of my little bowhunting buddy, Jalyssa Swenson. Jalyssa has been a part of our Youth Bowhunter Camp the last two years. Last year she killed a doe...her first deer with a bow. In this first week of the 2013 season Jalyssa killed her very first buck with her bow. She's on fire! Way to go Jalyssa!
Punchin' more doe tags this week! It's been a great first week of season here in Montana. Doe tags have been punched and a cool red fox met his maker. Good times in the stand and ground blind. The last doe got the shaft when she walked up tight underneath the stand at just 5 yards.
I was coming home from an early season duck hunt on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee with two friends when I heard the news on the radio on September 11th. Where were you? Where was your hope then? Where is your hope now?
… As you remember what today means, where will you find hope?
…Lam 3:25 “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;”
… We all remember where we were 12 years ago when our nation was brutally attacked by radical terrorists. We must never forget those whose lives were taken. We must be vigilant, militarily, against those who would so casually kill innocent people, but our hope, ultimately, cannot rest in our military might. After all, we are supposed to be “one nation under God”. What we place our hope in, gets our focus, allegiance, and energy. It is what we seek. Only God is capable of giving us the hope we need today, as we remember. Seek Him, and you will discover that He is good. He will be all the hope you and our nation needs. Chuck McAlister
I got out for a quick hunt yesterday afternoon with my little CameraGirl, Avery. We sat in the Double Bull blind set up on the apple orchard. We saw lots of deer and even had one shooter buck in velvet cruise by out of range and feed on the other end of the orchard. We had a doe scoot 15 yards past our blind and Avery was ready for dad to punch a tag, so I turned one loose. The doe ran about a hundred yards and crashed. Watching how quick my little girl is growing up kills me. Not too many years ago, she was sitting with me in the ground blind watching Cinderella on the laptop. Now she sits there like a little lady, playing with her Ipod. Time flies when you're hangin' with your kiddos on a deer hunt.
There's nothing like the excitement of emptying your quiver on opening morning of archery season. Yesterday's opener was one of those mornings for me. I passed on a young buck that strolled past my stand at first light. A few minutes later I had a coyote pop out in the open behind me. I shot him for 40 yards but he was more like 30. My arrow zipped right over the top of his back. Moments later a red fox cruised down the trail behind my stand. I squeaked him to stop and shot him at 15 yards. I flung a second arrow at him as he rolled around trying to get into the thicket. I was tying my bow on the string to lower and climb down to go look for my fox when a doe popped out right in front of my stand. I bleated to stop her and sent an arrow on the way. The shot was perfect and she scrambled just 40 yards before the crash. It was a great morning and a great way to break in the Mathews Monster Chill.
Gear Used: Mathews Monster Chill, Black Gold Ascent Sight, Trophy Taker SmackDown Pro, Trophy Taker Ulmer Edge Broadheads, TightSpot Quiver.
Heath Helgert wasted no time in punching his MT riverbottom buck tag on yesterday's archery opener. A beautiful velvet buck is a heck of a way to start the season. Way to go Heath!