Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Year End Review - December 31st, 2013

    For the year I went fishing 50 times catching 497 fish, which gives me an average of 9.94 fish per outing. This is a big decrease in the number of fishing trips compared to recent years, but an almost identical fish per trip average. This year I played more golf, shot more skeet and played in more softball games than previous years all of which made for fewer fishing trips on the year. I had a couple of really nice bass and really nice trout this year. We also had a long tough winter that made for a slow start to the 2013 fishing season. I did really enjoy the time I went but as always I wish I had gotten to go more and see some new and different places.
    I went hunting 12 time in 2013 killing 18 squirrels, 6 rabbits, a turkey and a deer. Overall I felt like squirrel hunting was tougher than I had seen in many years, could be due in part because of our long winter conditions from 2012 into 2013 or possible bad mass . As for turkey season I went once and killed a fall turkey. I only deer hunted 2 days. I killed a deer the first and passed on multiple deer on the other day I went.
   I hope to start predator hunting and musky fishing some in 2014. I also want to fish some new places. Take my girls to fish a few different ponds in the coming year, see some  sections of both the New and Potomac rivers that I have yet to see and I have a spring bass trip planned to Alabama for April that I have high hopes for. Possibly focus less on productivity and more on exploring some new outdoor places and the overall adventure factor that makes nature so interesting.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

December Rabbit Hunt - December 28th, 2013

Charlie, JW and I hunted with Queenie, Sampson, and the pup Duke from 8am to 12pm. We jumped 8 rabbits. I killed three and missed one more, Charlie missed one, and JW missed one. We learned that Duke is gun shy. The morning started off with a heavy frost that slowed our hunt. I found a dead spike in the middle of a thicket. The poor deer hadn't been dead more than a day, but I could not determine what killed him. He was fat, had not blood in the frost around him, and had no visible bullet wounds. He was too far from the road to have been hit by a car. He really didn't look like he had been hit by a virus. I don't know, maybe a gut shot and maybe the wound from a small caliber closed around the bullet.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Saturday in Grant County -November 30th, 2014

 Garrick, Jasper, and I hunted morning on Jordan Run and here hunting the ridges of Maysville behind Garrick's new house. We saw 2 coyotes (no shots), a coon (it got shot), over 75 does (no shots taken), a six point (got a pass as well) and a spike that was too pitiful to shoot. We had a good hunt. We saw a lot of deer and had a good time.

Thanksgiving Day Spike in the Snow - November 27th, 2013

On a cold snowy 18 degree morning Roger and I started our hunt at daylight. The snow had frozen over and made travel a very noisy process. I got to my stand right on the far end at daylight. I saw 8 gobblers going up the hill together as a group, which is kinda neat on Thanksgiving day. At 8:30 I heard something behind me and turned around to see a cowhorn spike sneaking across the ridge to a thicket. I turned and picked a hole about 10 yards in front of him. A he stepped into the hole I squeezed the trigger of my Ruger M77. The gun went of and the spike went down then got back up and ran toward the Maddam's Creek side. I put the cross hairs on him a second time and pulled the trigger hitting him a second time after which he didn't get back up.
  Roger killed a five point that morning and saw a huge bear track in the snow that looked very fresh. Years ago no one ever saw or heard the tail of a bear in Summers County and now people are killing them all over the place and seeing them very regularly. For such a cold morning it was nice to get a deer for some meat and go home in time to eat and early Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Look up the New on a Cold Afternoon
Thanksgiving day Spike in the Snow

Dad's Opening Day Buck - November 24th, 2013

Sadly the forces that be conspired against me and I had to work the first three day of rifle season, however my Dad killed this quality Summers County 8 point chasing does in the woods around 10am.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Low Water Fall Trout - November 9th, 2013

Brad and myself caught 22 trout in 2.5 hours of fishing on this super low water fall fishing day. Temps started off around 25 and warmed almost 30 degrees by the end of the day. It was a good day despite being cut a little short. We even managed to catch a couple at the mountain creek hole up river.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Opening Day Raskily Rabbits - November 2nd, 2013

Charlie and I had a great opening day with some long chases and good shoot outs despite having an older dog lay down and a young pup run off. We found Daisy later that night. The weather was perfect and the hunt was a fun one.

Even Little Creek Can be Tough - October 26th, 2013

I hunted the highline ridge pass at little creek from daylight till 11am. I covered from the mouth of Long Run to Leonard's camp and back. It was 18 degrees at daylight, very cold for October. I jumped one grouse, saw only 8 squacks, and killed 4 in my 5 mile hike. There is some mass high, none low and game seems hard to come by. I feel like the long though not severe winter really did a number on small game this year. In the 15 years I have hunted Little Creek this year has the least amount of small game yet. Once the sun got up it did manage to warm up to high 40's. The cold must have got the deer moving because on the way home I saw at least 20 deer and 4 differnt small bucks all standing in fields.

Slow Squirrel Saturday - October 19th, 2013

I hunted alone for squacks on youth day for deer on the Bluestone WMA, a really bad idea 12 year olds with high powered rifles running around everywhere. I hunted Shanklins all the way up the poster signs with no luck then moved down to the mouth of Indian Creek and hunted up and down the Featherbed seeing 4 killing 2 greys. It was a tough morning and I could not find much game or mass anywhere.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gun Dog - October 14th, 2013

Black faced fox squack

A warm fall day was spent in Monroe county chasing a mix of fox squirrels and greys with Sally. The squacks were holding tight and were not moving around much most likely due to the 70 degree temps. There are still a lot of leaves on the trees which made finding the game tough and at times hitting squacks even tougher. Derrick and I fired a combined 12 times to kill two squirrels one one single tree. If I would have heard all that quick shooting off from a distance....I would have had to wonder if those weren't two people shooting at each other. I was a fine day to spend in the woods and I enjoyed it a lot. If you have never hunted with a squrriel dog you need to give it a try if you get a chance, it is a ton of fun.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Friends Fall Accomplishments - October 13, 2013

Congrats to Sgt. Jones for this bear bow kill that he killed off his home property.

Congrats to Pastor James Leslie for this good looking early season buck bow kill.

15 Minute Fall Turkey - October 12, 2013

I headed up to Mouth of Indian Creek wildlife management area before daylight for the 1st day of fall turkey season. There were a lot of other hunters car in the area so I headed a little further in than I normally might have. I got a spot I had hunted before and pulled over. As I was loadig my shotgun when I heard turkey talk not 75 yards away on the river's edge. "Nothing is ever this easy" I thought to myself. I put on gloves and a facemask and started stalking that way. The first bird that flew down was 40 yards away. I put the speed dot on her neck and pulled the trigger with my Mossberg 835 and down she went. The other 20 odd turkeys went nuts. It would been really easy to kill another had a second hunter been present.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday Morning Float - October 5th, 2013

Brad and I floated from the dam to the first take out over 3 hours. I caught 12 and Brad caught 9. The water was still warm enough not to need waders and the fish bite was slow. We got a lot of half hearted hits. The fog hung heavy on the river valley until after we got off the water at 10am.

New River Largemoutth - October 2nd, 2013

Brad and I fished the last hour of daylight below the dam. We caught 12 fish total. I caught a good sized LMB and Brad hooked and wrestled with a 10 pound carp for ahwile before the hook pulled loose. The fishing was slow but the two big fish fights made the trip worth making.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mountaintop Acorns - September 28th, 2013

I hunted Little Creek in search of squrriels today. I started low and found no mass. I saw only 2 and killed squrriels in 2 plus hours down low on the creek. I then moved to the ridgetops some 400 feet of elevation higher and found tons of acorn mass and many squacks. I also ran across a ton of bear sign up high. I killed the remaining five of my limit in a little over 30 minutes. Next time I go that way I know to start high and stay at higher elevation. It was a nice overcast cool day for hunting but still way to many leaves still on.
Meadows Little Creek Mansion

Monday, September 23, 2013

Clouds Make for a Good Afternoon Bite. - September 18th, 2013

Brad and I caught 15 bass each in a quick 2 hour float from the dam to advance beach. Heavy cloud matte made for some good fishing before dark. G tails were the main weapon.

Return to Bluestone Lake - September 21st, 2013

Brown and I fished Bluestone for 6 hours. I caught 4 and Jason caught 6. We caught them on a variety of baits before the big rain hit. Jason caught the two nicest fish seen in the pics. We landed a descent limit even though you would think the bite would have been on better than it was.

Slow Bite in the Afternoon - September 15th, 2013

Brad and I floated from the Dam to Advance Beach in the last couple hours of daylightn on this Sunday afternoon. I caught 5 and Brad 10. None of the fish we caught were big. The bite was slow. We had a lot of fish that hit weak. Water was falling and very clear.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Down the River Five Wide - September 11th, 2013

Greg, Brad, Todd, Nic, and myself went on a quick afternoon float down the New from the Dam to Advance Beach. We landed a hair over 50 fish between the five of us in 2 hours of fishing. Greg had the biggest being over 17 inches. A few others were caught around a pound but most fish were on the small side. The fish were not real aggressive. A lot of times they nipped instead of hit the bait.

Slow Day on the Greenbrier - September 7th, 2013

Jamie and I floated from Barger Springs to Cameo Club on the Greenbier with little results fish wise. It was a nice day to float and the scenery was good, but fishing was tough. The water was clear the fish were spooky. The sun was out and bright. We only managed to catch 8 or so total bass in about 6 miles of water.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday Morning on the New - August 31st, 2013

Jamie,Nathan, Brad and I floated from the Dam to the first Ranger Station takeout. We put in at 7:30 and took out at 11am, in time to go watcht he Mountaineers start their season. We landed appoximately 75 fish total. I had 22 most of which were fromt he Dam to the bridge. Jamie broke his 20 years without catching a fish streak with this nice smallmouth.

Afterwork Float - August 26th, 2013

John, Brad and I floated from the dam to Advance beach with about 5 gates of water flowing down the New. We landed 48 total fish with John landing the most. We didn't catch anything really big. The bulk of my fish game down the Greenbrier side of the float that had a little more water clarity than the New river side. It was a quick float.

Lake's Pond - August 11th, 2013

Brad and I fished Lake's pond for a couple hours on a rainy cloudy cool August afternoon. We caught 10 bass about a pound each mostly on Fluke's and top water lures. The grass in the pond wasn't bad but the bite was slow by pond standards.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quick Float on the New - July 27th, 2013

Brad and I floated from the dam to the first take out. We caught 10 and 7 respectively on g-tails. They were running 4 gates and the fast moving water kept the float time down to about 2 hours of fishing time. We caught some really good sized fish for this time of year in the 1 to 1.5lbs range. The high water had a heavy stain color to it.

Bluegills on Bluestone - July 26th, 2013

Brad and I fished the Stone on a nice September like cool July evening. We struggled to catch gills at a rate that we are used to a Bluestone. We ended up with 45 fish in 2.5 hours of fishing and maybe a half dozen good sized bluegills. Lots of mayflies but we were unable to get the fish to hit a fly rod for some reason.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Independence Day on the Greenbrier - July 4th, 2013

Brad and I floated 6 miles from Pence Springs to Talcott between 6am and 11pm. Brad caught 21 and I landed 10. G-tails produced the best, but the low clear water made the fish a tad skiddish. We saw a couple nice bass and I had about a 3 pounder miss on a fluke. Most of the fish we caught were 8 to 12 inches. The cool overcast morning gave way to a sunny afternoon.

Falling Water and Hard to Find Fish - July 3rd, 2013

JRock and I fished the Stone from 9am to 1pm with very little to show for it. We landed a few bluegills and a smaller bass or two. It was a nice overcast day to be on the water but the Corps had pulled about 5 feet of water off the lake. The falling water made for some tough fishing conditons.