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About troutchaser

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  • Birthday 06/17/1972

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    New York Mills, MN
  1. Thanks to everyone for the replies. We are looking at western South Dakota. Any more specific infomration as far as a South Dakota hunt? Thank again everyone!!
  2. Thanks for the reply. I understand the reason for the skinny grips, but I have a grip problem, and need to have a larger grip to even feel the bow. That is why I am looking for a large grip. Stopped by the local archery shop last night and held onto a few, and I think I have found some good possible solutions. The Mathews probably had the most substantial grip that I held last night. Thanks Again!!
  3. Just wondering if anyone has had any success with a public land archery hunt for Antelope, and any advice as to where to even start planning one. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
  4. I am getting a new bow for this season, and have been looking hard at the offerings by Alpine Archery. Not a real big speed freak or anything, just need something with a grip that fits nicely in my hand. I am not a big fan of the "skinny grips" that seem to be the rage at this time, and the Alpine bows appear to have a larger grip. I have a dealer not to far away, and will get a chnace soon to get there, but just wanted to get opinions here first.
  5. They are on the way!! Stay tuned to our HSOforum for more information.
  6. Thank you and funny you should bring this up. I also shot a 150-160 class buck the second season I hunted deer with a rifle, and I have not shot another one since. I think I have slid into the mentality that they will be bigger next year, and just haven't pulled the trigger. That was seven years ago, and when this one walked by it was "worthy" of harvesting. It will go nicely on the wall next to my rifle buck, and I guess getting one every decade or so it alright. I am not sure my wife would let me put many more than that up in the house anyway!!!
  7. The Glass boat page as been added to the HSOforum. It is in the 2008 showroom under the Sport & Fish Series. More on the way!!!
  8. Thanks to everyone on the congrats. I hope this buck doesn't spoil me for years to come Good luck to everyone else on the rest of the still very young season!!!
  9. Well after a couple of days of trying to figure out how to get pictures off of my phone, I am ready to tell my story Opening morning was crisp and there was very little breeze at all. I walked out to my stand, tyring to be quite and aware of what I may be touching, didn't want to leave a scent trail where I went. I climbed into the stand got settled, and waited for day light to come. I had read in the "Archery Tip of the Week" thread about taking an apple along to eat to mask a persons breath, so I took a couple bites and continued to wait. It was quite cold, and I was a little underdressed, but I hunkered down and kept a keen eye on the woods and adjacent corn field. The sun was coming up over the rise to the east and the warmth was welcome. I was much more comfortable now, but still no sign of any deer. At about 7:30 that all started to change. Out of seemingly no where a nice six point buck shows up on the edge of the corn field. Takes a minute or so poking around and then heads right down the trail past my stand. I knew is was not a shooter, but nice to see one and get the blood pumping. He walked passed me and finally directly downwind, and I was a bit anxious as to what he reaction would be. Nothing. He had no idea I was there, and just continued milling about in the general area. About two minutes later a fawn pops out of the corn field and walks right passed me also. It still had spots, and was pretty cool to see. By this time I am getting pretty jazzed up and now the woods and corn have my full attention. A few minutes later I notice an ear flicker in the corn, and I stay focused only to see another fawn pop out. It also had spots, and I am guessing twins. This one milled around for a bit, and continues down the trail past my stand. So now I have three deer milling about all within sight. I am starting to think that there are a lot of eyes in the woods Just a few minutes later another six pointer comes down the edge of the corn field and continues down the edge next to the woods. Just a minute or so later a small buck with a fork on one side and a spike on the other comes down the same path. The cool thing about this one was that it still had some raggedy velvet hanging of his little antlers and they were still all red and bloody looking. He went right down the edge of the corn after that other six pointer. I really didn't think much of it, but about 30 seconds later I heard the two of them knocking antlers. Pretty cool to see. They did that for a minute or so and then the six pointer slipped into the woods, and the forkhorn walked passed me again. Now there are five deer that are all within 25-60 yards away from me, and now there are a lot of eyes in the woods!! Well all this commotion has taking about 25 minutes or so, and none of these deer seem to be in the mood to move on, so I decide that I need to finish my apple. I start crunch away at it and they really seem to have no care in the world, or any idea that I am there. One of the fawns decided to walk back towards me as I am crunching away on my apple and walks directly under my stand. I think it actually walked between the ladder and the tree, not sure, but the path that it was on sure seemed like it would have had to be that close. It continues by me and gets to the edge of the field and then turns around and heads back from where it came. I have now finished my apple and drop the core to the ground. I thought maybe that that would get a rise out of maybe one of the five deer that I can still see, but to no avail. Gradually they all continue to move on and over the next 5-10 minuts or so they have all gotten out of sight. I am seriously thinking about heading for the cabin, as now I am about frozen. I stood up in the stand to get a better view, and to see if I could spot any of the five, when from behind me I hear something. The sound was a small 8 pointer that had just jumped over an old fence on the edge of the woods and some CRP and he was followed by two more bucks. They were coming down the woodline, and I could not get a good look at them until they hopped into the woods. The second one hopped in and he was a nice buck, a shooter even, but I had time to wait for the third buck. When he jumped over I knew I had my chance at a trophy. They were aobut 20-25 yards behind me so I had the protection of the tree to be able to move around and get myself in position for the shot. There was a small shooting lane, and that was where my focus was now at. I watched intently as the first buck stepped through the lane, and exactly how it was traveling. Straight across the lane, affording me a beautiful broadside shot. The next buck was not far behind, and he followed the same path directly across the shooting lane, affording me yet another great opportunity, but number three was the one I was waiting for. Number three steps into the lane, and I give out a whistle. Not sure why, I think it was some genetic, ancestral thing, but the buck actually looked the other way. I am not much of a whistler, and maybe he didn't even hear me. I was already at full draw and my pin was right on its vital so I pulled the trigger. Now that was one of the coolest things I have ever seen or done in my life. It almost seemed to be in slow motion. I saw the arrow hit right where I had aimed. The buck hunched up and then took off like a shot!! I knew I had put a good shot on it, but I lost site if it just a few yards after I shot. I heard a couple crashes and then nothing. Then it all settled in, I was extremly calm during their approach and during the shot, and I think seeing all the deer earlier in the morning had help with me nerves, but after I shot I was a wreck. Between all the excitement and being a bit cold, I was shivering uncontrollably!! The excitement was unbelievable!! I waited about a half of an hour and walked back to the cabin. I had to walk pass where I shot him and saw the blood trail. It looked very good. At the cabin I met up with my buddy and I told to whole story to him. He was amazed and excited also. He had not seen anything all morning. We heading out to find him about a half hour later, and after just a few minutes of walking down the blood trail, there he laid. It was an incredible hunt and this was also my first bow kill ever!! I am just amazed at how vivid the whole situation is in my mind, I will never forget this hunt. First Bow Deer Ever Good luck to everyone during the rest of the season!!!
  10. Well I bought a trail cam this year and had it out in the woods for a few days. Here is one of the pictures: I think I need to work on the aim a bit!! Nice shot of its back though!! And here is another: Just a nice shot of the woods. And here is my favorite Is this thing on?????!!!!! Really enjoying it, and I hope I have set it up better this time!!
  11. The best information I can give you is to go to our HSOforum and check them out. The showroom has been updated with all the 08's except for the glass boats, which will be coming very soon.
  12. The glass boats are definitly a go, and they will be on the site as soon as we get the right pictures that we are looking for. The hull was not scraped, as has been stated, but we did redesigned the hull instead of using a Triton hull. When we got it right we started to move forward. The hull is our complete design. Tooling up for such a big project has taken some time, but the response to the boat has been fantastic. I had the pleasure of driving the boats a couple weeks back, and boy are they terriffic!! Stay tuned to the HSOforum for more information coming soon, and keep an eye out at your local dealer for the first units that they recieve.
  13. Hello Just wondering if anyone has been to Kukukus and what is the water level like? Also wondering if we can get our 17 foot boats in the lake. Thanks
  14. Class 5 is refering to gravel. Most gravel roads and driveways are covered with class 5 gravel.
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