POST SEASON SCOUTING
Even though the hunt ended... I am in a routine of watching and glassing. After work, I would make a quick run to the hills and look in all the favorite spots and without a hitch... I would always get a glimpse of a good bull or buck.
I began to see particular bucks and bulls in the same general spot.
Before I knew it... March was upon us.One night I had spotted BIG 5 and Pete Carney (C3)and I went up to get some photos. It was a bit dark. But got a couple of photos and video non the less. (C3 is making up a short film or video clip of footage. Its awesome.I will link you to the footage when it is available.)
Wouldn't you know it, Pete returned the next morning and this large cow had appeared in the same spot with two red circles on its head!
We arranged to go out and look the next morning. Pete found this one. It took about hour to find it.
In between looking for the other side of BIG 5 I found this old big mossy back shed. It's one of my favorites. Tons of character.
The next shed we spent about two hours combing the hillside. We basically were looking in the wrong direction most of the time. I climbed up on a high advantage and started looking with my binoculars. I was combing over some scrub oak and caught a glimpse of bone among scrub. CAN YOU SEE IT?
We call this one needle in the haystack. Its right in the middle, pretty much standing straight up with it 4th and 5th looking like a "T" in the open snow.
No bad for a 5 point. Dang this one doesn't have grown scrinkage.
Pete and I with our first sheds of the season. It was a first for both of us to watch, film, video, and pick up a particular bull matching set, let alone a bull we were targeting to find. We both are still just all tickled inside to have such a moment.
The best part was Pete's new camera set up. I'm telling you. Good photos make a better memory than crappy blurry photos.
LESSON; Buy as much as you can afford. They are worth it. Thanks, Pete for hauling your gear.
Bryan Tucker came along as he was a hunting partner on this bull during the season. Sean Morgan just about shot this bull as I made a push for him, but the BIG 5 was too smart, he winded us and blazed out of area before I could get around hill to push him into Sean. Next year, I guess!
I don't have the photo, will seek it out from PETE, But someone has a story on this bull as we found a perfect broadhead mark on the back of the right side antler. It was hit on the right side smack dab in the middle of this horn, penetrating about 1/2 an inch.
BIG 5 is one bull we have on our 2012 season as a bull to look for!