Friday, December 10, 2010

hunting




. I have been wanting to go hunting. Don't know about the rest of you, but after always going to Versus to see if any endurance sports were on, I would end up being disappointed to find hunting. However,  I always seemed to stay glued to the tv when all there was, was hunting was on for hours and hours. Conditions always looked cold and the terrain was rugged, or same cold conditions, but guys were in a blind just waiting to make a shot. I loved the whispering voice of the hunters and thought it would be pretty cool to hold up a buck one day. Well, this past weekend that was ME!! Dallas (my father-in-law) gave me a call last week to see if I was able to go hunting with him in East Texas, and I was thrilled. Packed up my truck and drove 3.5 hours to Buffalo, TX. Sunday afternoon we sighted-in the guns and then made our way to the blind we would be hunting from. We were unlucky on the first day as the only excitement was 15-20 cows hanging out right in front of the blind eating all the acorns. Not a single view of a buck or doe the entire 3 hours! The fun part was just hanging out with my Father-in-law, drinking beer, and eating junk food.




Next morning we were up at 5 and on the road by 5:30 to be in the blind at 0600. It was freezing! 28F degrees and you're sitting in a wooden box with nature. I think this is what I enjoyed so much about this trip. It is you and nature. I was in a wooden box (blind), in warm clothing, enjoying the brutal conditions with a gun in my lap to see if I had a good shot in me. If I did I won. If I didn't the deer won.

Once the sun stared peaking out the real excitement began. I was stationed on small blind tucked into the forest with a 180 degrees of sight and I was just waiting for a buck to jump out of the bush. Every crack in the forest had my heart racing as I was realising that I could actually pull the trigger and take out a deer. Now this is a very powerful feeling of  ultimate control! I now learn that this is called deer fever. It wasn't until about 0800 that a doe just casual walked and stood about 15 feet away from my blind. I picked up my gun and she was in my scope. I then thought, if I'm going to take something home to Austin, I don't want a doe! I want a at least a 8 point buck. Plus I really wasn't too interested in a gutting a doe in freezing conditions.

Six more doe and 30 minutes later I heard him rustling in the bush and then he exploded out tree cover and just sat there, well in my range were I was 100% confident i could nail him. On closer inspection, I noticed the spread of his rack was not greater than 13 inches, however, his rack was broken on the right side. I was not sure if I was allowed to shoot him. Made a movement to the phone to txt Dallas about shooting when he bolted and was gone.

At 0930 I was out of the blinds and heading back to Austin. I loved every minute of this trip even though I shot nothing except a target to sight my gun. If you haven't been hunting, I highly suggest you do.

Cheers,
JC

3 comments:

Dr. TriRunner said...

Hahaha.. the day of the NYC Marathon I couldn't for the life of me find it on TV. I pay for like 25 different sports channels and seriously, where did it go? So I tried Versus... which was a fail but there WAS hunting on. Except I think they kept calling it "sportsmanship."

ANYWAYS. Hunting! Awesome of you to go for it. My grandpa, uncles, and cousins always go hunting... but I think I would freeze solid up there on that stand! I do get some awesome venison jerky out of it though... so I can't complain!

I also ended 2010 on a less-than-optimal note. Haha although comparing my racing season to yours is like comparing a tic tac to an elephant, so.... point of story: I'm cheering for you for a strong start to 2011 that powers through all year long! Keep at it!

-Erika

Chuck said...

Did you wind up bagging anything?

And I just came across this article: http://community.fitnessanywhere.com/blog/2010/04/30/trx-takes-pro-triathlete-james-cotter-higher/
Pretty baller bro! I'm trying to get some TRX equipment for Christmas- you'll have to share a couple workout routines with me!

ERG @ Elkton Runner said...

Haha! This was a fun read!

We have a lot of hunters here, but there is a lot more brush and tall trees, so no need for a blind! You have to be sneaky though. :)

I have never hunted but my hubby is an avid elk and deer hunter. We have a few antlers around.

I could sense your excitement and was wondering if your wife would be cooking up some interesting chili with marmite.