Tag Archive: Virginia Bowhunting

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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Almost Time

Well it’s about that time. We are a little under 2 weeks away from opening day of bow season! But before you make the mad dash into the woods, I suggest taking full advantage of this upcoming weekend. This Saturday (September 29th) Virginia allows a statewide Youth Deer Hunting Day. As long as the hunter is 15 years old or younger and are accompanied by adult who has a valid Virginia hunting license they are eligible to shoot deer of either sex. For more detailed regulations and information on the Virginia 2012 Youth Deer Hunting Day check out the VDGIF’s 2012-13 Hunting Regulations.

For the past 8 months I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods preparing for this season, probably more than I have ever before. Each year that passes I become more and more fascinated with the deer. Their patterns and behaviors never seizes to amaze me. Just a few a weeks ago I was scouting an area and I climbed up a tree like I was 10 years old to get a better look at the terrain. I found a nice little nook in the branches and sat for about 15 minutes and along came 3 does each with a set of twin fawns. I watched them for about 20 minutes, they started to get wind of me and they commenced to a snorting conundrum. For 10 minutes they stomped the ground, threw their noses up in the air and snorted back and forth. They never saw me and eventually scurried off but I was in disbelief of their knowingness that something just wasn’t right.

One thing that I always find amusing is hunter’s moon 291x300 Almost Time superstitions; from the lucky shirt to the lucky arrow we all have our fallacies that keep us engaged in the hunt. One of mine is the moon pattern. I can honestly say in my own experiences that the moon has played a pivotal role deer movement. This may be old news to some of you but when the moon is in between the Waning and Waxing Gibbous phase that’s when I’ve noticed deer are moving the most. Don’t get me wrong here, just because the moon isn’t in its Full phase it’s defiantly not going to deter me from climbing in my stand. Many of the deer I’ve harvested were contributed to nothing but pure luck and being in the right place at the right time. Sometimes the only preparation I took was loading bullets into my gun. Either way, whatever your ritual is that keeps you going back into the woods, just keep at it.

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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Last light coming up w/ @TheWilltoHunt – Deertour Virginia

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 Last light coming up w/ @TheWilltoHunt – Deertour Virginia

 Last light coming up w/ @TheWilltoHunt – Deertour Virginia

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.

Big 8 Point Encounter at 50 yds – getting Close! – Deertour – Virginia @TheWilltoHunt

20111029 173855 Big 8 Point Encounter at 50 yds – getting Close! – Deertour – Virginia @TheWilltoHunt

 Big 8 Point Encounter at 50 yds – getting Close! – Deertour – Virginia @TheWilltoHunt

 Big 8 Point Encounter at 50 yds – getting Close! – Deertour – Virginia @TheWilltoHunt

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.

Still Hunting a Power Line w/ @TheWilltoHunt in the rain – Deertour Virginia

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 Still Hunting a Power Line w/ @TheWilltoHunt in the rain – Deertour Virginia

 Still Hunting a Power Line w/ @TheWilltoHunt in the rain – Deertour Virginia

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.

My Lonely Wolf wants to climb a tree – Deertour Rain Delay Virginia

20111029 111420 My Lonely Wolf wants to climb a tree – Deertour Rain Delay Virginia

 My Lonely Wolf wants to climb a tree – Deertour Rain Delay Virginia

 My Lonely Wolf wants to climb a tree – Deertour Rain Delay Virginia

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.

No Whitetail Deer Hunting w/ @TheWilltoHunt Today – Rained out – Deertour Virginia

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 No Whitetail Deer Hunting w/ @TheWilltoHunt Today – Rained out – Deertour Virginia

 No Whitetail Deer Hunting w/ @TheWilltoHunt Today – Rained out – Deertour Virginia

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.

Feels like 39 degrees – Love it – Deer should be moving – Deertour Virginia @TheWilltoHunt #hunting #Deerhunting

20111028 104040 Feels like 39 degrees – Love it – Deer should be moving – Deertour Virginia @TheWilltoHunt #hunting #Deerhunting

 Feels like 39 degrees – Love it – Deer should be moving – Deertour Virginia @TheWilltoHunt #hunting #Deerhunting

 Feels like 39 degrees – Love it – Deer should be moving – Deertour Virginia @TheWilltoHunt #hunting #Deerhunting

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.

Stressed Huntographer – Deertour Virginia

20111028 100359 Stressed Huntographer – Deertour Virginia

 Stressed Huntographer – Deertour Virginia

 Stressed Huntographer – Deertour Virginia

About huntography

Hi, I'm Rudy and I'm Filming America's Whitetail Deer and Elk Bow Hunters, One at a time. You could be in our next documentary hunting film. Email me to learn more.