BigWally's Whitetail Strategies!!!

MuzzleLoading Season !!! 2005

Welcome To My Site!!! Page 2
Archery Season 2011-2012 !!!
Gun Season 2011-2012
MuzzleLoader Season 2011
Deer Season 2010 !!!
Jeremy's First Archery Deer
Muzzleloader Season !! 2010
A Hunt To Remember !!! Page 3
Another Memorable Hunt:!!! Page 4!!!
Whitetail Strategies: Page 5
Video Page!!! 6
Shtogun 2006!!! Page 7
Whitetails Without Snow!!Page 8
Whitetail Anatomy!!!
Bow Stablizers, Compound Bow Stabilizers
First Deer At New Camp!!! Page 9
Encounters Of The Wild Kind!!! Page 10
Two Man Hunts!!! Page 12
Funny But True Hunt!!! Page 13
Dare To Be Different!!! Page 14
After The Hunt !!! Page15
Making Sense Of Scents!!! Page 16
Rattling Bucks!!!Page 17
My Nephew's First Deer!! Page 18
My 1st Archery Deer !!!Page 19
Why Do We Kill !!! Page 20
Doe's Are Deer Too!!! Page 21
Shotgun Season 1988 !!! Page 22
Awards Page!!! Page 23
Favorite Venison Recipes!!! Page 24
Muzzleloader Season!!! Page 25
Hunting Buddy My Son!!! Page 26
Father Son Hunt !!! Page 27
Trophy Bucks!!! Page 28
New York's State-Record Double Play!!! Page 29
NYS DEC!!! Page 30
Favorite Links!!!! Page 31
Some Hunting Humor!!! Page 32
Teaching Young Future Deer Hunters!! Page 33
Unexpected Encounters!!! Page 34
Shotgun Season 1997!! Page 35
A Spot & Stalk Hunt!!! Page 36
Some family Photo's!! Page 37
Lets Go Fishing!!!! Page 38
Fishing Pics Continued !!! Page 39
More Fishing Page 40
Breaktime !!!! Page 41
Bowhunting 2007!!!Page 42
Regular Season 2007!!!Page 43
Overall Thoughts On 2007 Gun Season!! Page 44
How's The Herd? Page 45
Turkey Season 2008! Page 46
In Memory Of Brother Bob!! Page 47
2008 Fishing Season !!!! Page 48
My Dad & Me!!! Page 49
In Honor Of Our Troops! "Let Us Never Forget" !!! Page 51
Bow Season 2008 !!! Page 52
Bow Season 2008 Continued Page 53
Gun Season 2008 Page 54 !!!
Gun Season 2008 Page 55!!!
Another Successful Hunt Page 56!
Deer Season 2008 Cont.Page 57
Muzzleloader Season Page 58 !!!
Summer 2009 Page 59
JW Ready for 1st Deer hunt page 60
Big Cat Sightings Page 61
The Year Of The Bucks!!! Page 62
Archery Season 2009!!! page 63
Archery Season 2009!!! Comming Soon Page 64
Gun Season 2009!!! Page 65
Groundblind Hazards!!! Page 66
Calling all shed hunters page 67!!!
Bow Season 2001 !!!
In Memory Of My Departed Sister

I Credit My Rattle Bag And (The Can) Doe Estraus
Bleat- (By Primo's) For Bagging This Bruiser

Some Tanned Hides!!!!!!!!!
And Various Leather Works !!!

A Smoke Pole Hunt to Remember!!!

It was December 16th
 After  filling my Archery tag during archery season , And Then again filling my Tags during Shotgun Season, I decided to give Black powder season a whirl. I was hunting In Wyoming Co. NY at a neighbors  farm down from my brothers house which borders the oppisite end of the town Reserviour , My cabin is located on . There is a very healthy deer herd there & has been for quite a few years now in & around that whole area. My brothers & two nephews decided that day to hunt one of the parcels of state land in Wyo. Co. A few miles from where he lived. I told them I had seen on a couple of occassions some deer That I had spotted and a  nice buck hanging with a couple of doe's, so I was going to stay & hunt that area. As I was getting dressed while having coffee , My brothers phone rang , I answered it was Johnny, the neighbor who's property I was about to head down to . Johnny asked Wally are you still planning on hunting here today? I said yes was just fixing to head out there. He informed me then, that while out in the barn upon going back to the house, he spotted a really big buck along with a few doe's heading down his back pasture towards a thicket that lead to a swamp near the reserviour, where his sons had treestands set up. I told him I'd be right down in a few min. So I finished getting dressed & drank my coffee  , Grabbed my thermos & headed out back through my brothers property, down towards Johnny's. It was about 6:45 as I passed Johnny's barn. I met up with him heading back to his house & stopped a minute, to ask him where abouts the deer entered the swamp / thicket. He pointed in the direction where he saw them enter & said The Buck appeared to be a Very nice one sparring a decent rack. Johnny & his sons didn't hunt Blackpowder season, they only hunted Archery & Shotgun Seasons. I thought it was aweful nice of him to call & even let me know he had seen these deer & very Thankful as well. we then parted way's he wished me luck !
As I approached the area he spotted the deer enter the thicket. I came upon their tracks leading in to where Johnny & Myself figured the deer may bed down. There was about 6 inches of snow, & 3 or so of that was fresh from the night before. The wind was right in my face, so I decided to make a wider circle around towards the treestands him & his sons had set up all hand made. I called them (Cadillac Stands) very well constructed. Anyway I proceded to climb into one that was closest to the area the deer went in . It was now approx 7:15 or so. It was cloudy & overcast with a light snow still falling , But the winds were light & steady. About 7:45 I heard an unmistakable Boom!!! Obviously from a smoke pole off in the distance. Then it was fairly quite for a time. About an hour later I heard a snap of what sounded like a limb etc. looked behind me & 3 doe's were headed right past my stand about 25 yrds away. I raised my muzzleloader But seen just the doe's . I wanted to hold out as it was still early however, that gave me just the adreanalin pump I needed to warm back up again. It was about 8:50 or so when I decided to give my rattle bag a try. So I gave out about a 20 to 30 second sequence of rattling & then grabbed (The Can made By Primo's) & gave out three bleats with it . It remained silent for about 10 or so minutes . When I looked straight out in front of me , heading right out of the swamp thicket directly towards my stand location, which was about 25 yrds from a heavily traveled deer trail. There the 3 Big doe's & to the side of them about 10 yards back . I seen a very nice racked buck heading right along the inside of that thicket about 18 yards or so behind the doe's. The Does were Very cautious as they approached the trail along side my location I only hoped I had covered my scent trail enough so I wasn't busted by the doe's, before having a shot opportunity at the buck . I Sholdered my Knight rifle, glanced through the scope at the buck for a better look, Man he was a Bruiser!!! I thought to myself as I started shaking with anticipation!!  I watched the heavy bodied buck trail the doe's from a short distance behind them. Finally the buck came to an opening which crossed over the deer trail, leaving me a beautiful shot opportunity at about 45 yards.  I placed the crosshairs from the scope right on the bucks shoulder, & Squeezed off a shot!!!!!BOOM the shot sounded like a bomb went off in the stand, And when the smoke cleared, I looked & saw the big buck just as he fell not 30 yards from where I had shot at him !!! Man!!! I was beside myself shaking was not even the word I can use to describe the adreanilin rush going through my veins at that instant. After several minutes I managed to calm down enough to get down out of the stand & walk over to take a better look at the beautiful Buck I had just scored. Upon walking up to the buck OMG, I thought!!! he was twice the size I had imagined him to be from where I had shot at him. I knew he was big but seeing him close up was mind blowing to say the least . After several minutes I heard Johnny start his tractor & it sounded as if he was heading my way. Within minutes he was & upon seeing the 8- pointer he could hardly believe it himself. He went on to congratulate me, I was so thankful to him & offered him some of the buck , He said no thankfully as his freezer was full from archery & shotgun as well. I had already field dressed the buck pryor to his arrival, So he offered to run me & the buck back to my brother George's house , I accepted & said thanks once again to Johnny, He was a great Guy who has sinced passed away this year . Johnny will  be missed greatly by all who had the pleasure of  knowing him. Including myself & brothers Geaorge & Bob & all his friends & neighbors. May You Rest in Peace My friend!!!.Later that day  My Two Brothers & nephews upon returning home were  very happy I had scored the big buck. As well we slit the jawbone & determined the bucks age to be just at or a little over 4 years old . He was around 220 lbs on the hoof. Black Powder opportunities around various area's of NY offer awesome hunting opportunities, as its really just becomming more n more of a sport with the extra chance to bag a deer in Decemeber. With a deer herd as healthy as NY offers I look foward to many more hunts , And with a little luck along the way Mabye I'll have another chance at a deer of a lifetime as was this buck. It made my entire 2005 season overall another hunting Memory I will certainly never forget anytime soon nor will my friends & family!!! I Hope you enjoyed this hunt with me As I did sharing & reliving it with you's
 Until Next Time May You Have A Great Safe Hunt!!!&          May You Bag The Deer Of A Lifetime!!!
                      Wally Moose 

I Believe the lack of hunting pressure during muzzleloader season offers a whole new opportunity for hunters to reach into their bag of tricks & still have good opportunity to bag a Trophy Buck Depending on the hunting pressure / weather plays' a factor as well . As A reminder here in Ny the Peak of the rut in the southern zone at least is around the 18th of NOV. Any doe's that did not breed during the first rut will again come into heat again in DEC around 30 day's after the first rut, Keeping this in mind during the late archery / Muzzleloader season , Though most big bucks, being battered & all will once again experience the (Rut) behavior Posibbly giving you another shot at the Buck of a Lifetime so good luck & Good Hunting

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