Post by Ron Kulas on Sept 30, 2018 12:39:55 GMT -6
Opening weekend was hot. Awful hot. No deer taken.
The 2nd weekend was cooler and I had deer in range but not enough camera light so I passed.
I hoped to get up north early enough on Friday afternoon but that didn't happen so I climbed into a stand near my parents house as I would not make it out to the lease in time. I saw a spike and 2 does. One doe had a broken leg. It was very windy but the wind dies right after sun down. Then the deer arrived on the field. No shots were taken. The spike buck bedded right behind my stand until a neighbor fired a gun which make him bolt.
Sat. Morning I headed to the new lease.I picked up another lease in Central WI and the farmer wants deer populations reduced. Thats all I needed to hear. The front half of the farm is potatoes, The back is corn and a wide river runs through the center. Trail cams show a large antlerless population. I bought a sled and modified it by adding some slick wear strips to make dragging deer easier.. Im using an Ultimate Predator Adventure cam, mounted to the bow. This deer came out of nowhere and really surprised me as she came in without a sound.
The weekend of Oct 20-21 I headed East to chase whitetails. The worst part of any traveling hunt is the traveling. In this case, going through Chicago on a Friday during rush hour with construction.
6 hours later, I was in a better place and ready to bowhunt. Here are some images and video of a successful weekend. The weather on Sat. morning was fantastic but by miday there was a front coming through bringing high winds and rain. The deer were on their feet early perhaps due to the upcoming foul weather and the early rutting activity.
I was able to take a buck with a 30 yard shot. The buck had been chasing a doe and offered me a quartering away shot. The arrow entered behind the front leg and exited in front of the far side shoulder. The Woodsman severed all the plumbing lines at the top of the heart. The buck ran into the doe as they both wanted to take the same exit route. The buck bounced off that encounter and ran in a circle returning him to my stand. (see video)
A sharp and well placed broadhead is an amazing thing in its ability to quickly dispatch an animal.
The most well traveled knife around (and not just traveling with me.) This is a traveling knife that has been all over the globe with many hunters.
Another victim of the 165 grain woodsman broadhead.
Dressed weight 185 pounds
The woodsman is sharpened and ready to return to service.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2018 9:43:00 GMT -6 by Ron Kulas
Sat. Oct. 27. Bowhunting on my WI lease, Sat. Morning hunt. I took a doe with a 27 yard shot. The broadside shot smashed both shoulders and knocked the deer off its feet, rendering both front legs inoperable. The doe attempted to get upright but could only push itself forward with its rear legs. The Woodsman head ended her quickly and passed through buried in the dirt.
Here is a video of the morning's events.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2018 12:10:46 GMT -6 by Ron Kulas
The 2018 season extended into 2019. What a way to kick off the new year of bow hunts. It was a good afternoon today (jan 2). 10 point, 11" long G2's. 205 Lbs. dressed weight. Heart shot with a 50 yard run after the hit. S.E. Wisconsin. Next month its Gaters and hogs with a bow In FL. This is the latest I waited to punch my WI buck tag.
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2019 20:55:29 GMT -6 by Ron Kulas
Perhaps Im green scoring it wrong but after watching countless scoring videos Im pretty sure Im doing it right. Here is the buck I killed yesterday just prior to going into the pot of water for a euro mount and my Indiana bow buck euro mount from October.
Its been about 90 days since I killed this buck with a bow in WI so I took it to the Deer and Turkey expo over the weekend to have it scored. The bucks are then put on display for the weekend for the attendees. When I went to pick it up there was a note on the rack asking me to come to the measuring area. It turns out the buck makes not only Pope and Young records but also Boone and Crockett award and the Wisconsin Buck and Bear club wanted it entered in their book. How often does a guy kill 2 160+ bucks in a single season with a bow? Then when the weekend concluded I found out I took second at the event. Now I have Utah Archery Elk on the brain.
Last Edit: Jan 2, 2020 7:45:43 GMT -6 by Ron Kulas