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Title: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: Michael on March 01, 2015, 10:21:46 AM
O.T.C. (over the counter) only!!! No excuses now get out and Hunt!!!

The Rules
1. It can be any animal harvested between March 1,2015 and February 28,2016.
2. The animal must be taken with an over the counter tag only.
3. The animal can be harvested in any State or Province.
4. The animal can be harvested with any weapon.
5. The image can be no larger than 800 pixels on the long side.
6. We will require a short story about the hunt.
7. You must be a registered member by the end of the competition.
8. All entries must be submitted by approximately Feb 28, 2016 at 5:00pm we will post a Poll and the members will select the winner.   
9. Prizes and a Trophy or Plaque will be awarded to the Winner.
10. Ending date subject to change.
11. If you have to apply for a draw it is not O.T.C. and needs to be put in the Hunting Contest below.
http://www.huntfishnw.com/index.php?topic=9923.0 (http://www.huntfishnw.com/index.php?topic=9923.0)
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: Michael on January 13, 2016, 05:03:59 PM
No entries?
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: CreekWalker on February 15, 2016, 08:32:16 AM
A lot of guys killed big bucks etc this year but I'll get things started with my first eastern whitetail. 

I have a friend who lives on Nantucket, MA and he's been trying to talk me into coming deer hunting for a few years now.  It's been tough to find the time to make the cross country trek but this year things lined up and I flew into Providence, RI on Halloween night.  We spent the night on the mainland and then used Sunday to check gear, shoot some arrows, and catch the ferry to the island (in MA you can't hunt on Sundays).  Once we got to the island I was shown my stand for the next morning and then the anticipation started to ramp up.  I was holding 2 buck tags and 2 doe tags so there weren't any safe deer, at least not that first morning.  After a restless night I got into my stand an hour before first light and sat there in the dark taking in the sounds of a very strange (to me) place.  Shortly after daylight a doe came by at about 30 yds but didn't give me a shot, stoked to have seen my first deer I sent my buddies back home a text message at what was 3:45 a.m. Pacific Time  :grin: 

As I was setting my phone back in my pack I noticed movement in the cedars behind me, I stood up and slowly started to remove my bow from the hook.  Having climbed in the stand in pure darkness I hadn't noticed that the bow hook was shaped differently than the ones I typically use.  All of my bow hooks look like an "L", if you will, with a long arm and a straight post sticking up that keeps the bow from sliding off, to get the bow off the hook I simply raise the bow straight up.  The hook on this particular tree had an extra piece on the short part of the "L" that pointed back at the tree and was about an inch long, meaning you couldn't simply lift straight up to get the bow off the hook.  I didn't know that piece was there and kept lifting harder and harder on my bow, frantically trying to get my bow off the hook as the small whitetail buck walked straight up the trail that came under my stand.  :shocked:  I finally looked up and realized the problem, by the time I had freed my bow and hooked my release the buck was about 10yds away behind a screen of trees, he popped out and walked to 4 yds away, then stopped and looked up at me in the tree for about 30 seconds (the trees on the island are really short so I was only about 10 feet off the ground).  He then spooked and I thought the whole thing was over but I gave a couple of doe bleats as soon as he turned around and he just stopped and went to back to feeding, a couple of tense moments later he stepped into a good shooting lane at 20yds and I heart shot him.   :archer:

When my shaking slowed enough I texted my buddy and he told me to keep hunting for a couple of hours then he'd come help me with the recovery, that was hard to do for a guy like me who's used to only having 1 tag each year, but I did as I was told and did my best to sit still and keep hunting.  I didn't see any more deer that day and we easily recovered my little buck.  He only made it about 20yds from where I shot him,  but the country was super thick so I didn't know that until I climbed down out of the tree and did the shortest blood trailing job ever.

The weather  the rest of the trip was unseasonably warm (50's in the morning and pushing 70 in the day) and definitely adversely affected deer activity.  My buddy killed a really nice buck on day 3 and  I spent the rest of the hunt jumping from stand to stand and even doing a little ground hunting.  I passed up another small buck at 8 yds and came close on a couple of does and one nice "8 pointer".  In the end I had a great time on my first ever trip to the east coast and definitely hope to go again with hopefully colder weather.

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Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: Michael on February 24, 2016, 01:26:34 PM
There is ONLY 5 more days to get your entry in!!! The last Huntable day is February 28,2016
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: Michael on February 28, 2016, 04:23:28 PM
This is the Last Day to enter!!!   :hello:
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: RUGER No.1 on February 28, 2016, 05:49:53 PM
I'll throw in my Idaho whitetail. Special hunt for me with my mom, not a lot of guys dont have that opportunity. Glad she moved to idaho and looking forward to our salmon elk tag this year.
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: Michael on February 29, 2016, 08:23:39 AM
The Hunting Contest is CLOSED.
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: RUGER No.1 on October 25, 2016, 12:07:42 PM
Got the mount back this past weekend! I think he looks awesome.
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: Michael on October 26, 2016, 01:09:23 PM
He looks very nice
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: stillhunter on October 26, 2016, 03:46:30 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: 7th Annual Heads and Horns Competition
Post by: bowhunterforever on October 28, 2016, 06:19:58 AM
Looks good :tup:
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