Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Live - Cocoa, FL; Hunt - Mims, FL; Lk. Poincette, FL; Union, SC
Plow through and enjoy this forum va rifleman. We've had some really good discussion here and there is a wealth of information. If you respond to and resurrect an old thread, I am certain I can find something new to add.
I was deeply into Quality Deer Management, subscribed, and was a member there, posted a lot to their forums, and read extensively about food plotting and the pursuits of whitetailed deer in places I could only dream about. I emulated (Northern) food plotting techniques with lousy (Southern) results. I envied those with "so many" deer to watch that they could PASS on 8-pointers for some elusive 10 or 12. And does in some places so plentiful that seeing less than dozens a day would be a concern.
Many there are bow hunters. Getting up close and personal to a deer is non-existent where I am. Thus, I am a sniper. Seeing and shooting a rare daylight deer at 250 or less yards and downing it before it walks another two steps out of my line of fire, forever, has been a learned behavior. LONG hours on stand ever vigilant looking down narrow passages not unlike yours.
I had other pursuits though that they didn't. Hogs...lots and Lots and LOTS of hogs. We had 24/7 feeders to bring them in off of the flood plain, fatten them just a little, and keep them coming until we shot them, and shot them, and shot them, and shot them, and still they came. Like fish in a barrel.
Shots from rock steady stand rests, into the "X" between ears and eyes, not large centerfire calibers which cause them to run for cover, 25 yard shots, using 22 rimfire. They will start to run, wait a second, raise their heads, settle back down to eating corn in a few seconds, and you can shoot another, and another, and another in sequence - if you are patient. I had five on the ground this way.
I cooked and ate a heap of BBQ. The freezer was always full. If I shot it I had to recover, clean, and eat it. When the freezer was already full and I wanted to hunt I had to give away processed meat. There is always someone willing to take it off of my hands. Few have returned the favor. Oh well. The well spring of shooting opportunity on my land was phenomenal.
I have shot my fair share of the thousand hogs (give or take 500) removed from my tiny 20-acre parcel. The tens of thousands of State owned real estate adjacent to me is a HUGE wildlife pump.
I lamented food plotting for deer where the hogs would root through my fields to the point I was afraid of breaking a tractor axle. I did once too, but not due to any wildlife created hazard. That's another story already documented on GBO somewhere.
Where the hogs are plentiful the more timid deer are few. I got lucky with a host in SC that invites me every year to sit in his stands for 10 non-resident days searching for venison. It lasted 28 consecutive years. This will be the first year I am going to pass. Not looking forward to that, but hey, life goes on.
Last edited by land_owner; 08-16-2019 at 05:13 PM.