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Spring Gobbler Season

Finally, another great Virginia hunting season is upon us. Opening this Saturday (April 13th) is the 2013 Virginia Spring Gobbler Season. The early part of the season only allows for bearded turkeys to be taken from sunrise until noon each day lasts until May 4th. The all-day season (from sunrise to sunset) lasts from May 6-18. During those down times your best bet to get a hold of me will be on the river or lake with a pole in the water. Smallmouth, largemouth, walleye, trout and catfish will keep me occupied until deer season in October.

To kick off the turkey season we’re doing it right here in Virginia. Managing Editor, Will Jenkins from TheWilltoHunt.com, fellow Field Editor, Chris Mann and myself are heading up to central Virginia to set up turkey camp for a few days. Will and I have been doing some tentative planning the past few months and have decided on embarking into one of Virginia’s largest Wildlife Management areas in Highland County. Since we can chase gobblers until 12pm, it will give us plenty of time to get after some rainbow, brown and brook trout in the nearby streams. I’ve already decided that even if we don’t bag a bird or put any fish in the net, I’ll be just as satisfied by being able to enjoy a new hunting experience in a new patch of woods with new friends.

Fortunately, I have been able to line up three other turkey hunts this year in different areas. So far this year I’ve been seeing many flocks of turkey and hearing the gobblers coming down from the roost right at sunrise. Other hunters I’ve spoken to seem to say the same and that there’s no lack of turkey movement in southwest Virgina. Using a combination of my bow and shotgun, I plan to try something new this year. Late last year a friend of mine introduced me to a new hunting product that I’ve since then fell in love with. The GhostBlind is an excellent hunting product that I intend to use this season, it’s mirror-paneled design makes it virtually impossible to see and will instantly adapt to your immediate surroundings. It’s light weight and versatility makes it usable for hunting with a bow or a gun and can used to hunt many different animals. This blind is slick and the companies motto speaks for itself, Not Seeing is Believing. Be sure to check out there website for a wide range of blinds and accessories.
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I wish everyone good and safe spring gobbler season and I’d like to her how the season is going in other parts of the state. Feel free to share your story with us here at Virgina Huntography. We’d be glad to have some great representation of the state and allow other hunters to write a guest blog post .

So, You Think You’re Zeroed In?

Flash back to October 6th. Opening day of bow season and I’m in Blacksburg, VA with Field Editor, Zac Stovall, both of us were itching to get into the woods.  The start of the season was looking grim until the sun started going down and then sound of whitetail began filling the woods. I heard a noise behind me and spotted three does coming up the woods.  After watching them for a bit I thought to myself “why not take a shot, its opening day, you got this”.  I was wrong.  Letting my arrow fly only to miss a good piece of tenderloin.  All that practice and hurry to miss my first shot, I have to be the worst bow hunter ever.

6am in the morning a few weeks later, I decided to hit up the farm.  Hunting national forest is a love of mine but this morning private land was just too convenient.  Glazing at a doe in my head light while it was still dark, I was pretty sure it was a going to be a good morning.  At the first of the season I was excited and rusty.  About 3 hours into the hunt I was surprised by a small, basket rack 8 pointer.  This deer snuck up on my blind and got so close there was no way to miss, wrong again.  Who knows what happened, first buck of the year and I hold my record with a bow. Nada.

Finally, early muzzleloading season in Virginia opened up last Saturday.  I was trying to get to Asheville, NC that evening to meet up with Zac at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo and not sleeping well the night before left me with little time in the woods.  I was already up not so bright and early but I was intent on making the best of my day.  I headed out to my blind where I saw the basket rack the week before just wasting time; hell I didn’t even eat breakfast and forgot my facemask and gloves.  The sun was just coming over the hill when I heard a rustle and I perked up real quick. Coming through a thicket straight towards me was a decent size buck with only one horn.  Normally I wouldn’t shoot a smaller buck but I was tired of missing and I was hungry. With one smokey shot, I dropped my first buck of the season.  It was then time for a quick much needed nap.

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     Any sort of hunting of any sort is an exciting experience for me.  When I’m in the woods I always think I’m ready and all zeroed in but in nature things change.  Sometimes you have luck when you’re not even trying.  I hope everyone feels the euphoria of being out there chasing down the big one.  Don’t get mad about missing, killing a smaller one than your buddy or not seeing a thing.  Just smile and think that’s just another day you’ll get to hunt for that living room hanger.  Wish me luck for the Deertour, I’ll need it.

 

Crossbow Doe Down

Since the opening day of Virginia bow season less than 2 weeks ago I have been very blessed to be able to go hunting almost every day. Whether if I’m in the woods for one hour or pulling an all-day hunt, I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve spent in my tree stand. I can honestly say that every time I’ve stepped into the woods I have seen deer and that alone makes me extremely happy. Over the years I’ve killed a deer with a rifle, bow and muzzle loader but since last year I’ve been determined to harvest a deer with a crossbow. Traditionally, hunting with a crossbow in Virginia was strictly reserved for handicap hunters but in 2005 lawmakers opened crossbow usage to all hunters.

Yesterday I wasn’t able to get out in the woods until 5:30 in the afternoon, giving me only about an hour of daylight. After only being in my stand for 5 minutes, I watched 2 does sneak by me on my backside and slowly crept out of range. About 10 minutes later, a group of 4 does emerged from the brush directly in front of me and headed right into my shooting lane. I put the red-dot on the biggest one and let the bolt fly. A spine shot only left her with a few deep breaths. It’s a good feeling to have some meat in the freezer, now it’s time to try and put a trophy on the wall.
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My Opening Day

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Well I missed the real opening day so today is my first day hunting in Virginia. Scrapes are popping up everywhere and being checked and freshened every night.

I came iin planning to hunt a trail leading to a line of scrapes but the wind was all wrong so I switched to plan B. I’m hunting an old home site that is a common travel route for deer between a bedding area and acorns. I don’t usually but I’m hunting from the ground hoping for a close encounter. If I don’t see a thing it’s still a beautiful afternoon in the woods.

Good luck to all the Virginia bow hunters out there!

Nice to See You Again

After checking a few trail cams today, I was pleased to see a nice 8-point Virginia whitetail buck. As of today, it’s right around 3 months before bow season begins and I’ve seen a moderate amount of velvet cropping up in the mountains. I think the hot and humid weather may be keeping these big bucks bedded down all day and it forces them to travel in the late evenings and into the night. I try not to put too much complementation on their patterns right now; we all know that when October comes around its a whole different ballgame.

I really hope this guy makes an appearance on the 2012 #Deertour. If you want to check out more of my trail cam pictures and keep track of the deer in my area this season check out my online album here.

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Stepping Into Summer

Memorial Day weekend was amazing this year in southwest Virginia. Temperatures held steady in the mid 80’s and we didn’t see a drop of rain all weekend. Fishing and hiking were ideal, and I managed to do a little bit of both on my extra day off. Special thanks to those serving around the globe in the U.S. Armed Forces fighting for our freedom so we can enjoy the great outdoors.

Even though whitetail and turkey seasons have wrapped up for the year, October bow season never seems too far away. I’m always on the lookout for wildlife, even during the off-season. Over the years one thing I’ve noticed that the deer around here in the summer months get a real smooth, almost red coat. While I was doing some work around my house on Monday afternoon, I noticed this curious doe sneaking up to my back porch.
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To show a better comparison of the color difference of the deer fur, here’s a photo I took last September just a few days before the 2011 bow season opened. It’s a nice 8-point buck that has already grown out his winter fur and a spike that’s still donning the summer coat. These deer were photographed in Washington County, Virginia.
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Elk Are Officially Back in Virginia

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Photo by Sam Dean, The Roanoke Times

I posted a little while back about RMEF and VDGIF teaming up to return elk to Virginia. I’m pretty excited about it even though they won’t produce a huntable population for probably at least a decade. Just the thought of being able to drive just a few hours to the mountains  and possibly encounter a mature bull elk in the next few years is pretty awesome.  It’s always been a dream of mine to go elk hunting and to potentially do that in my home state even if it is a long ways off is literally like a dream come true!

There are currently 11 elk in a 5 acre enclosure in Buchanan County. They were trapped this winter in Kentucky with the intent of bringing them to Virginia. They have been thoroughly tested for various diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease and Blue Tongue. There are 5 Bulls, 5 Cows and a week old calf. They will be released into the wild shortly. The plan is to bring 75 elk form the Kentucky herd into Buchanan over the next 3 years.

For the full story check out this article by Mark Taylor in The Roanoke Times. What do you think of bringing elk to Virginia?

 

Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

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What is Generation Z?

Gen Z consists of people born between 1992- 2010. Yup, many are in high school or still in strollers. But don’t underestimate this group. The older folks in this group are very social and tech savvy. According to eMarketer, “By the end of 2011, 96% of US teens ages 12 to 17 will use the internet at least monthly, significantly higher than the 74% penetration for the total US population. Nearly three-quarters of teens will use Facebook monthly this year”

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So What Does this have to do with Whitetail Deer Hunting?

As more folks begin to use social media channels and tools to connect with each other around their main interests, such as whitetail deer hunting, more opportunity arrises. Opportunity to meet great new friends. Hunt new land. Learn new hunting tactics and strategies. Learn about new trends and products. Share stories. And more.

In the old days, many of us would talk about deer hunting with our immediate sphere of friends during hunting season. Then we’d fall back into our daily day-to-day routine after deer hunting season. Today, we can talk to them about deer hunting online. All year around. From our mobile device or via many social networks and forums. We can even talk to the companies whose products we use. Imagine that. That was really not possible, at this level anyways, when I was younger.

We are all becoming better connected with each other. So if I’m a deer hunting fanatic in any major city, I can now meet many like minded outdoors folks online, much easier. I can even meet people from around the country or even the world. Growing up, that was not possible for me. I just had hunting friends from contacts in my family or local friends.

Generation Z is growing up talking about and learning about deer hunting and the great outdoors online. They are mobile. They are doing things we never had the opportunity to at their ages. They have more ways to meet other hunters than I ever did at their ages.

Hopefully, this is a good thing for our industry and outdoor heritage. Reason being, as many Civics and Baby Boomers get older, our hard core deer hunting ranks will decline. In many instances they already have. The folks who I learned to hunt from, including my dad, no longer hit the woods in search of a deer each fall. Believe it or not, priorities and interests change as you get older. I’m sure many other Gen X and Gen Y folks have similar stories. Because of this, someone has to pick up the difference.

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Meet Jesse Coe.

Huntography: When & Why did you get started bowhunting?

Jesse: I started in 2009, I was 13 years old. I started because I was visiting my family up in Michigan, and my uncle handed my a little Mathews Genesis bow, and told me that I could use it this season if I wanted to try out Bow Hunting. So I did, and that season changed my life. Plus, I LOVED the warmer weather that October and early November brought!

Huntography: You have a great Facebook page with over 10,000 fans, tell us how you got that started and where it is today?

Jesse: I started it the same year I started bow hunting. I loved bow hunting so much, so I decided to make a silly facebook page. The same night I had made it, I was already getting folks on there that I did not know! By the next season, we had enough fans to do a big giveaway, so I got a hold of some companies and we came up with a giveaway for our fans. That really boosted the number of likes and brought in a lot of people. In early 2011, a friend of mine suggested that I should get a hold of some companies and start doing partnerships ( like a sponsor ). So I took his advise, and then I teamed up with Tru-Fire, Hatcams, Rack1, DoubleTake Archery, RhineHart Targets, and soon to be Gorilla Tree Stands! Never in my craziest dreams did I ever think I would end up here. To God Be The Glory! Oh yeah, I also signed a contract with Harvest Time Archery as an Advisory Shooter Staff.. icon biggrin Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

Huntography: Dang! How old are you again? 

Jesse: I am only 15 years old, this will only be my third season! I have A LOT to learn still. And my only deer harvested with a bow was in my second year.

Huntography: Where do you see yourself in 3 years? [age 18]

Jesse: To tell you the truth Rudy, I dont know! I had no idea I was going to be here 3 years ago. Lord Willing, and His Will alone, I will end up as a host of TV show. But I’m still young, I would like to fine a good enough Job to support a family on until that happens.

Huntography: Bow or rifle?

Jesse: My passion is the bow. I’ve used rifles as a kid, but it never really appealed to me. Not like a bow did! Plus, a lot of gun hunters around my neck of the woods ( West Virginia ) left a bad taste in my mouth, not saying all gun hunters are jerks, but living and bow hunting in one of the most over hunted states in the USA is hard with crazy gun hunters.

Huntography: Favorite outdoor show?

Jesse: I dont really have a “Favorite” show. If its got bow hunting in it, I’m good!

Huntography: Describe your ideal hunting scenario? [environment, temperature, time of year, gear etc….]

Jesse: Mid October, falling leaves, crisp cool morning, sitting in the stand in some West Virginia woods, and of course, with my Mathews bow in hand. The sound of a deer coming in on the crunchy leaves is like no other sound! Im sure every bow hunter can agree with me on that one? This year, they will be coming into my spot to tear up some Rut Fuel/ Acorn Crush by Rack1!

Huntography: You’re a part of Generation Z, people born between 1992 and 2010. How does your generation perceive deer hunting, archery and the shooting sports?

Jesse: Im sure it’s safe to say that many in my generation have never been into the woods, and that’s not there fault. The love for hunting, archery, shooting sports, fishing, trapping, ect, was never taught to them by the older generations. So they never think about it. And when they see a redneck like me with my torn up blue jeans tucked into my big camo boots and a flannel shirt and my camo hat, they look upon us like outcast from normal society. ( although there is a lot of folks like me around here in WV. ) They were not raised like us, so they are not going to think like us. And I don’t expect them to. I really enjoy it when ever I find someone my age that has a love for the outdoors like me, because its hard to find!

Huntography: How many of your high school friends hunt deer?

Jesse: I’m home schooled, so I dont really “get out” much. But I have two high school friends, and they both love hunting as much as I do and we often go hunting together when we get the chance. Its always fun to have a little friendly competition during the hunting season!

Huntography: Do the friends you mentioned have older family members or friends who have passed down hunting traditions and ethics? Or are they just learning from what they see on TV/ DVD’s?

Jesse: All of them do. And thats something that really helps me and my friends. Their dads have really showed me some good tips and tricks when it comes to hunting and shooting.

Huntography: Do you have a Smartphone like an iPhone or Android?

Jesse: No, I dont. I would rather save that money to buy some new boots or a camo coat!

Huntography: Have you ever shared a real-time update on Facebook or Twitter LIVE while deer hunting?

Jesse: I have, sometimes I’ll say something like ” just got in the stand, a little late but better than not getting in at all!” or my favorite was ” dragging my buck through the woods! “.

Huntography: How do you feel about social media and deer hunting?

Jesse: I think the social media is a great way to ‘get the word out’ for a company that is trying to sell product or advertise a new TV show! I know that I am on the internet a lot more then I am watching a TV show. The internet is a hard thing to master, but when you learn how to use it, its a powerful tool.

Huntography: What advice would you give to today’s youth about deer hunting?

Jesse: Don’t give up, and listen to what your elders tell you! It might be a few years until you put your first deer on the ground, let alone a big buck! Remember to take in EVERYthing that happens in the woods, and learn from it. Don’t give up. Respect the animal that your chasing. Learn from it. Become a better hunter. The best hunters are those that KNOW what the animal is going to do, before it does it. Dont rush anything. Take your time. The shot will come, and when it does, DONT RUSH IT.

Huntography: What would you like to see the Gen X and Gen Y generation do more of for our way of life?

Jesse: Just pass on the knowledge, that’s all they need to do. Teach your kids how to stalk a whitetail in the snow. Or how to get with in 20 yards of a buck with a nose that can smell a mile. PASS ON THE KNOWLEDGE. If they dont have a kid of there own, ask to take a friends kid. Some how, pass on the knowledge, even if they have to use the internet to do so!

Huntography: Would you like to be in Season 3 of Huntography?

Jesse: I would LOVE to! The first season was awesome, and I know that the 3rd will be way more better. Your doing a great thing, Rudy. Keep up the good work!

Huntography: How has being home schooled effected you compared to other kids your age?

Jesse: I grew up home schooled with my 3 older brothers. My mother did an extremely good job teaching and raising us. I really believe I would not be who I am today if it was not for my education.

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The above demographics are for Jesse’s Bow Hunting page on Facebook. Compare to your own pages numbers. 

Ages 13-17: 19% Male and 4.6% Female

Ages 18-24: 25% Male and 7.1% Female

Ages 55+: 2.1% Male and 0.24% Female [Almost non-existent]

Huntography: I noticed you have so many young folks that are fans of your page compared to other popular fan pages I’ve seen. Are you doing anything unique to reach out to them? How are today’s youth finding your page?

Jesse: No, Im not. I think its awesome that we have so many young people on the page, and I love passing down my knowledge down to them, but I’m not targeting younger kids more then any other age. I think the best answer to that is question is this, Generation Z, my generation, is also called Net Generation, Generation Text, or the Internet Generation. I think its just that there are more younger folks on FaceBook then there are older.

I do what I love, and I put food on the table for my family. I have yet to kill a decent buck in my past 2 seasons. But my time will come sooner or later, until then, I’ll be busting some does!

Jesse Coe, Owner of Bow Hunting On FaceBook.

Advisory Shooting Staff at Harvest Time Archery

Thanks so much Jesse! You have a bright future ahead of you.

One last thought

As a Gen X parent myself, I’m already passing down all of my outdoor knowledge to my Gen Z children. They love the outdoors. I hope many of you do the same. Let’s keep our fabulous outdoor tradition and family hunting heritage going, for many more generations to come.

 Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

 Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

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