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November 28, 2012

Rick Bramwell: Deer proving elusive

If, by the grace of God, I am allowed into heaven, among many things, I hope there will be crows and train whistles. An occasional flock of sandhill cranes, flying high, would be nice, too.

I’m in the woods a lot this time of year. Wherever I go the sounds of crows and distant train whistles can be heard. Larry Lawson and I hunted Whitewater State Park on Monday. We heard these outdoor sounds, but were unsuccessful in killing a deer. Several flocks of sandhills also flew over.

We were drawn for the second Whitewater hunt and did not get a good area. When we left the park at 2 p.m. only five deer had been checked. On the way home, we hunted a farm near Rushville. At last light, three deer came out of a woods some 300 yards away.

Tuesday morning it was time to see if the big buck had returned to one of my hunting properties near home.

A cloud of frost was settling over the landscape as the sun peeked over the horizon. The woods were dreamlike on account of that frosting. A piney squirrel celebrated the new day with rapid chatter. Soon, the little varmint scurried along a log. He soon came back with a walnut. His goings and comings would be my only form of entertainment. “Where could that big buck be hiding,” I wondered.

About noon I dropped in on Connie and Leon Filbrun. Leon and his sons farm about 4,000 acres; surely, they had seen the big buck. They had. Someone wounded the buck about a mile west of where I had seen it. The big deer now has a busted right shoulder or leg. The hunter jumped the buck twice more later that day without getting a shot.

The next day, the deer was jumped from a patch of standing corn; again, he got away. That was over two miles from where I hunt.

I had given Connie some cushaw squash and was rewarded with a delicious piece of pie. I left with her coveted pie crust recipe made with lard.

With all the stand sitting, I needed some action. Daisy and I headed for the fencerow, behind my barn, where we quickly took two rabbits. A big flock of sandhills flew over.

Tuesday evening, I sat another tree stand and read “Killing Kennedy” until the sun went down. There was a ring around the moon as I walked back to my truck. A message beeped on my cellphone. “If you are close, we are having ham & beans in 15 minutes,” Bob May.

A trail cam report from Clarence Hupfer tells me few deer are moving of a morning. There is a little movement, at last light, with most of the deer becoming active well after dark. Hupfer also told me that a possible new state record non-typical was harvested recently at Crane Navel Depot. I hunt there on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Congratulations to young Kaleb Alumbaugh for taking his first deer, a six-pointer.

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