After breakfast at the motel, we then went to Wal-Mart to buy our out of state hunting licenses. After Wal-Mart, we left for "The Farm", and a day of work. We repaired fences, unloaded the truck, and then sighted in our rifles to make sure they were still zeroed. While sighting in the rifles I told Brian to try the Model 70 in 243 Win. He shot the X at 100 yards with the rifle and said, "It shoots dead on."
View from the cabin
I asked, "Are you sure?"
He went and got the target and said, "See."
I then said, "You better keep that rifle then."
He said, "What do you mean?"
I said, "It is your rifle now."
He beamed with delight. After sighting in the rifles we walked "The Farm" and chose locations for the deer stands. Brian was given a choice spot near the pond. I had the permanent blind John had built for me and John had a stand on a ridge line. We hung out tree stands and now had eight locations to hunt from. At dark we left for the motel. We had no problem sleeping.
The permanent blind John built for me to use
Thursday morning we ate breakfast and went to Wal-Mart for food, water and snacks for "The Farm". We all went to our hunting locations and made sure we all had good shooting lanes and watched the wildlife. I watched a flock of turkeys feed around my blind. Brian watched a fox and a yearling play near the pond. He videoed the yearling. John saw several bucks walk near his stand. We collected several cards from trail cameras and John said he would change his location if he was not successful opening morning.
Friday, we viewed the cards and saw several good bucks and worked around the cabin, checked and rechecked our gear, and cleaned rifles. At dark we listened to the coyotes sing near the direction of my blind. We sat on the front porch of the cabin and talked until it came time to go back to Sullivan and the motel.
Brian and I ate supper at Steak and Shake and several people asked if we had come to hunt. Brian told them we had and they wished him good luck. I told Brian that we need to go to Wal-Mart to see something and we went to Wal-Mart. Brian was surprise to see fifty people waiting to get their hunting licenses, Friday night. While we were in Wal-Mart the line kept growing. We returned to the motel to find John fast asleep.
Charles and John sitting and talking on the porch the day before the hunt
Saturday morning, at 4:00 A.M. we left the motel and we were all in our hunting positions by 5:00 A.M. At 7:05 A.M I heard shooting to my left but knew it was not Brian or John because they were both to my right. Then at 7:45 A.M., I heard a shot to my right. A few minute later I got a text that John had got a buck and was heading back to the cabin with the buck. At 10:00 A.M. a doe fed in the food plot in front of my blind; I let her pass. At 1:00 P.M., I left for the cabin and lunch and saw Johnís buck.
During lunch, Brian told us he had seen three does together near the pond and the does left heading toward my blind. At 3:00 P.M. we returned to our stands and blind. I saw no deer from my blind and heard one shots. At dark, I returned to the cabin and John told me he had seen a four point and several does, but the does were out of range. The deer were all heading toward the pond. Brian confirmed the does, but no buck and told us he needed help to find a doe. We found a deer about 30 yards from Brianís stand. I asked Brian what was wrong with his doe and he looked and said it had spikes about 2 inches long. John showed Brian how to field dress and debone his buck after Brian tagged and called in the kill to Telecheck. We got back to the motel around 10:00 P.M. and refilled the ice chest. We had no problem sleeping that night.