Opening Day in Ohio

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Opening Day in Ohio

Post by HunterGKS » September 1st, 2018, 6:04 pm

Today (09/01) was the opening day of the 2018 squirrel season & I was primed & ready to go. For years, I was fanatical about getting into the woods before sunrise but have come to the conclusion that foxes are lazy slug-a-beds so I didn’t get set-up until 07:15. It was 69, a light breeze, & high, white fluffies. As I drove back to the woods, at least 4 deer bounded across the bean field on the north side of the woods.

There were several reds up in the trees dropping nuts & generally being he PIAs they always are. At 07:53, 2 deer came in behind me within 30 yards. They saw/scented me & off they went blowing like crazy.

At 08:10, I saw a branch bouncing in a tree to my left. I saw a fox but it never gave me a shot even though it was there for about 15 minutes. I decided to walk though the SW section of woods to see if I could find a fox or 2. I hit the south edge & walked back along the edge of the woods, seeing a tree that had fallen into the field & needed to be removed. I got to my deer stand where I set-up my trail-can & then headed back to my spot.

I sat down at 09:30 & 2-3 minutes later, there was a racket coming from the shag in front of me on my left. 2 foxes came running down the tree & stopped. The .17 barked & the top bushy was as good as in the pot. The lower 1 started back up the tree & stopped 3 times in the open. The problem was that the sun was position perfectly so I couldn’t make out the squirrel except as a blob on the side of the tree so it was reprieved.

I headed in for lunch at 10:45 with the temp at 83. I got back to the woods at12:15 & broke out the chain saw. A tree had fallen across the 4-wheeler trail so I cut it up & then moved out to the tree that had fallen into the bean field on the south side of the woods cutting it up & moving all the broken limbs out of the field. Then it was back to my spot.

It was 80 when I sat down at 12:45 with a little stronger breeze & slightly overcast skies.. I put on my head set so I could listen to the OSU game. At 01:45, I saw a limb bouncing in the tree tops to my left. At 01:55 I spotted a fox in the shag in front & to my left. At 01:57, another fox started moving around in the tops behind me. At 02:02, the 1 in the shag made the mistake of showing itself & the .17 did its job once again. At 02:03, the 1 behind me started moving around again but no shot. The, at 02:05, 1 started scolding to my right. I saw it several times but, again, no shot.

At 03:20, another fox showed up to my left but disappeared. Then ,at 03:58, I looked at a sapling right next to the shag & there was a fox hanging on the trunk heading up. The .17 added that 1 to the pot as well. I decided that 3 were enough & headed to the house with the temp still at 80. The 1st & 2rd bushies were female & the 2nd a male.

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Re: Opening Day

Post by OLE RASPY » September 1st, 2018, 8:50 pm

Good going George. 👍🏻
TURKEYS
COYOTES
DEER
SQUIRRELS
(all in this order)

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Re: Opening Day

Post by PennBirdy » September 2nd, 2018, 6:05 am

Excellent shooting and play by play analysis!

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Re: Opening Day in Ohio

Post by MAK » September 2nd, 2018, 7:56 am

Good day Hunting and for your team

My Nittany Lions got a scare
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Re: Opening Day

Post by HunterGKS » September 2nd, 2018, 12:43 pm

OLE RASPY wrote:
September 1st, 2018, 8:50 pm
Good going George. 👍🏻
Thx.
George

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Re: Opening Day

Post by HunterGKS » September 2nd, 2018, 12:43 pm

PennBirdy wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 6:05 am
Excellent shooting and play by play analysis!
Thx.
George

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Re: Opening Day in Ohio

Post by HunterGKS » September 2nd, 2018, 12:46 pm

MAK wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 7:56 am
Good day Hunting and for your team

My Nittany Lions got a scare
Thx. Offense was great but the defense needs a lot of work before we start playing the big boys.
The new QB set records for most TDs (5) & most yards (325+) for a QBs 1st start. Not sure if he'll
be as good as JT but that's a helluva start.
George

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