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HUNT 4 2020
Just a quick side note before I dive into this hunt. I finally got high speed wireless internet at my house and I'm so excited that I'll be able to do the website so much faster now.
I want to say a special thank you to Lee Wilson, a long time Lodge hunter, for the donation to the lodge a special room fogger to sanitize after each hunt. Lee sent the fogger before the first hunt and it has been an easy addition to the cleaning process after each hunt. Thank You Lee!
This group of hunters comes from all over the country. We had one new comer to the lodge, Jimmy Epperson from Troup, TX (not to far from home, 6hrs) and the other six have been coming for some years from a bit farther away. The first buck of the hunt was tagged by Larche Watters of Benton, LA. Larche was late to make it into camp on the first evening but wasted no time with his hunt. He arrived in camp about 2:45 pm and many of you know the corn feeders go off at 4:30. Albert Zapata, Larches guide, was ready and waiting and they made a mad dash to get to the blind. I believe I was told that Larche shot a nice 8 point buck at 4:45. Now that's wasting no time.
Larche Watters, Benton, LA
17 1/2" 8pnt, 161# and 3 Doe
The next day a few doe were taken but the buck hunting was a bit slow. All of these hunters opted for the trophy option hunt so they had there eye on the prize. We enjoyed time in camp around the beloved camp fire getting to know one another. As you can see in the photos the Lodge has a particular camp cat that has discovered life is pretty easy and enjoyable. I guess we have decided to make 'Gringo' the yellow cat camp mascot. If your not a fan of kitties that's ok, he shoo's off just as easy.
On the second morning hunt John McIntosh of Sparks, NV bagged a nice 8 point. The buck was beautiful, even his hair had a different sheen almost a reddish color. John's buck was also the heaviest of this hunt weighing 168#s, also John harvested the heaviest doe at 110#.
John McIntosh, Sparks , NV
17" 8pnt, 168# and 3 doe
Also on the second morning Lee Wilson of Gulf Shores, AL harvested this really neat 7 point, 4x3 buck. Its hard to see in the pictures but this buck had lots of very small kickers randomly placed on the horns, it really gave him character.
Lee Wilson, Gulf Shores, AL
15 1/8", 7 pnt, 131# and 2 doe
That evening no bucks were taken, which became the normal, no one shot any bucks on the evening hunts other than Larche on the first night. But the doe were usually tagged in the evening. Hmm, interesting!
So on to the third morning hunt. A long time hunter of the lodge, Tom Peterson of Odessa, FL tagged the buck of the hunt scoring an unofficial 132 1/8". This buck was a gem, with long tines and a classic whitetail look. Well done Tom! Not only has Tom been in attendance many years at the Lodge his wife, Diane has been joining him in his adventures. Diane enjoys getting into San Angelo for some great shopping and spending the evenings visiting around the camp. It was such a pleasure meeting her.
Tom Peterson, Odessa, FL
18", 10pnt, 153# and 3 doe
On the 4th and final morning hunt there were two bucks still left untagged. Around 8:20 I received a text that Ken Carter had filled his tag. Wonderful news! Ken hauled in a great 10 point buck with good width. On the previous morning Ken had also shot a 50# smelly javelina. Ken thought I was crazy when I told him I thought the critter was cute.
"Cute" he says are you "mad" he says. Hahaha
Ken Carter, Orange Beach, AL
18 1/2", 10pnt, 122# and 2 doe, 1 CUTE javelina
The final buck of hunt 4 was bagged by Freddy McCall of Pollack, LA. This buck was a stunner! He had 10" long tines and just shy of 20" main beam. We scored him at an unofficial 125 1/8". The buck would have been just a few inches bigger had he not had a broken eye guard. Freddy was holding out for something special and he sure did. Not to mention he brought his real special and sweet wife Kathleen. Kathleen and I hit it off and enjoyed each others company over then hunt. What a sweet gal.
Freddy McCall, Pollack, LA
20", 7pnt, 144# and 3 doe
Now I had mentioned Jimmy Epperson above, our first time Lodge comer. Jimmy is from the town of Troup, TX. Having a bit of trouble early in the hunt, Jimmy was not able to tag out on a buck. But that said, he filled his doe quota, enjoyed the camp atmosphere so much and has rebooked for the next year. We look forward to that!
Hunt 4's final harvest count is 6 bucks, 19 doe, 1 javelina
Welcome to hunt 3 - Another hunt in the books and it was a great one.
The hunt began when a huge van and trailer pulled up to the lodge, now its not no ordinary van, custom ostrich leather, alligator seats, you name it and it. Beautiful. Eight of the nine hunters on this hunt came as one large party, organized by Gerry O'hare for the last 3 years. The parties members are not always the same, so on this hunt we had 3 new Adobe Lodge hunters. The ninth hunter to join the hunt was Craig Boehler, a long time client (and dear friend). Craig had actually came as a guide on hunt 2, and stayed over to have his own hunting adventure.
Usually the first evening hunt starts off slow with maybe a doe or two, everyone testing the waters as to what they may see throughout the hunt. Well first time Adobe Lodge hunter Zach Kuhn set the bar high and brought in a whopper of a buck. Being a first time client he was unsure if he should shoot it, he text a picture to his brother Max and was given the "heck yeah, you better shoot him, I would" text reply. He wasted no time and dropped the buck in his tracks. That evening when all the hunters where in camp, they must have felt the pressure of this buck. Bets were made about the biggest buck and heaviest doe. That being said, the buck hunting got a bit stagnate, everyone kept saying they saw shooters, but just couldn't commit, worried that they may loose the bet. So on to the next morning and evening hunts, the doe were filling up the board but no buck were taken until the second morning hunt when Max O'hare tagged a nice 10 point. Max's buck had obviously been sparing and had been gored through the forehead and it came out behind his ear. It's amazing the trauma these bucks endure during the rut. Max also shot a pesky raccoon.
Zachary Kuhn, McDonald, PA
18", 10pnt, 180#
Max O'Hare, Burgettstown, PA
15 1/2", 10pnt, 128#
This has been the hunt that the bucks have really started showing serious interest in the does, they have been chasing none stop making it fun for the hunters that can get out and rattle some up. Craig Boehler is one of our clients that loves to get out and do just that. The morning that Craig shot his buck he rattled him up and the buck came in hot and ready for a fight, so with one hand holding his rifle and the other holding a horn, Craig was able to give one last scrap and the buck came to 15 yards and whammy. Buck down.
Craig Boehler, Mayfeild, NY
17", 9pnt, 160#
Two additional hunters and both first time Lodge comers also were able to get in on the rattling experience. First Nicholas Bellicini and guide Buryl went out on a great adventure and were able to rattle up a great buck, how exciting it must have been. Amongst all the snorting and brush raking Nick bagged a beautiful 8 point. When the buck dropped he fell directly in a prickly pear patch and one paddle was speared and remained on the horn, Nick decided to hopefully have the taxidermist replicate the scene and attach the pear to the horn. Nick also harvested a beautiful grey fox.
Secondly, Jason Kollar, was placed in a blind for the hunting morning. He was seeing lots of buck but was not able to get a shot. So Jason decided "what the heck" and actually had some horns with him and cracked them together in the blind. Boy this got all the bucks attention. Here two bucks came right at the blind, it sounded like lots was happening outside the blind but still Jason was unable to fire a shot. The bucks were both chasing a doe and went out of site. Finally, they came back in view but not stopping long enough to get a shot in. So again Jason slammed his horns together one more time and here comes his trophy. The buck came head on at the blind and Jason dropped him at 15 yards away.
Nicholas Bellicini, McMurray, PA
17", 9 pnt, 147#
Jason Kollar, Eightyfour, PA
17 1/2", 8pnt, 125#
You know some hunters come in and relive the story to everyone and it makes a it easy for me to write it up. Others not so much, Brian King was just one of those fellas that flew quiet under the radar. He shot a great 9 point, I photographed him, and all was quiet again. Well done Brian, nice buck.
Brian King, Waynesburg, PA
13", 9pnt, 138"
At this point in the bet between the hunters Zach was still in the lead. That was until John Crumrine tagged his 'bucks'. Sometimes in the blind a hunter can get excited and things happen. John was able to bag 2 beautiful bucks both taking the lead in the bet. John also bagged a 150# ferrel hog.
John Crumrine, Houston, PA
18 7/8", 10pnt, 153#
18 1/2", 10pnt, 145#
On the third morning and last full day of the hunt Gerry O'Hare shot a great 10 point. He told me his goal was to get a 10 point buck and I'm glad he was able to fulfill a goal with us. Gerry also took down a 150# ferrel hog. I just want to thank Gerry for arranging this group of guys to come and hunt with us. It was a pleasure getting to know you. On the very last evening hunt Daniel Papak filled his tag with a fabulous 4x4 buck.
Gerry O'Hare Venetia, PA
17 1/2", 10pnt, 133#
14 3/4", 8pnt, 136#
On the last full day of the hunt some of the cool toys were brought out of the trailer and we got to play a little. Have you ever seen a soda rocket launcher? Well I have, and it is pretty fun. This was something I didn't even know existed. Forgive me if I am behind the times, but you load up full soda cans into this adapter on an AR and shoot them out into the air, we shot at the cans with a shotgun. It you hit them, and I did, the cans burst and spin to the ground. It was absolutely simple fun.
Once again the rattle snakes were on the move and we killed another right out the side door of the skinning shed. Its a big camp excitement, maybe we should make it a normal occurrence. Just kidding about that for sure, but its been on the last night of the last two hunts. Some joke that maybe we are doing it for photo ops. Hahaha
Jeri Duncan has been right in the game and was giving our guide Dick a hand taking care of a bucks horns. Jeri has defiantly been outstanding and hands on at the Lodge
So the hunt came to an end and the hunters bets turned out as so.
Zach had the heaviest doe weighing in at 114#s and heaviest buck at 180# it was such a chunky buck, you'll see in the photos below that he had atleast on inch of fat. John had the buck of the hunt scoring an unofficial 126.
The overall game count was 10 bucks, 23 doe, 1 grey fox, 5 ferrel hogs, and a raccoon.
Time is just flying by, and yet another hunt has passed. The hunt started without me this time, I was feeling under the weather, just a bit of a cold. It quickly passed and I was able to join the festivities on the second morning hunt. So that being said nothing was taken on the first night hunt and no photos were needed. We had a hunter, Andy Howey, come for a two day hog and doe hunt and he was the first to bag some game. A 150# ferrel hog. The deer hunting progressed at a slow pace.
During the hunt we have the chance to get to know the hunters. On this particular hunt we had a group of great guys from PA, come to find out they are all terribly afraid of rattle snakes (all Snakes in general really), myself included. So on the last evening, getting to talk about snakes we told them about all the snakes we had been having around the lodge in the last few weeks. We got a HUGE rattler about 4 weeks ago and the kids skinned it out and stretched it on a board. Stretched out its about 6ft long and 8-10 inches at the widest part. So we brought it out and everyone was in awe of it. In the middle of all this 'oooing and awwing' and photo options our son Cody had gone around to the walk in cooler for a soda and nearly stepped on a rattler on the back porch. Some guns were brought out, but before any shots were fired the kids made short work of it with a shovel. After the head was dispatched and buried it was brought to display. The hunters and I were all up close looking at it and it started to writhe, you would have thought it came back to life, if you want to see a bunch of men jump back and scatter that was the time. I of course gave a squeal. It was quite the show.
But now on to some great bucks...
One the second evening hunt Jamie Smith, a first time Adobe Lodge hunter, from Milford, PA bagged a great 4x5 Buck. It had some great eye guards. Jamie also filled his doe quota on the next day one weighing 100#. 17 3/4", 9pnt, 120#
The following morning Brian Baker of Montrose, PA shot a fabulous 9 point buck. The buck had a kicker off the back side and on the end it kind of had the shape of a dog bone. 16 7/8", 9pnt, 141#
The next buck to be taken on the 3rd morning was by Bob Palmer of Montrose, PA. What a pretty and mature 10 point he was. The buck had great length on the tines. 16 3/4", 10pnt, 131#
On the third evening Craig Nowell from St. Martinville, LA tagged this beautiful 6x5 buck. Wow, what a great buck, he had 2 kickers, really long tines and good mass. The buck scored an unofficial 137 3/8". Craig's buck was the buck of hunt 2. Also he filled his doe count of 3. 17", 11pnt, 149#
So at this point in the hunt we had 4 bucks taken and 4 bucks untagged and we are on the final morning hunt. I'm not sure what the previous count for unharvested bucks are on the last morning, but we had a very busy last morning.
The first buck photographed on the final morning was taken by Amanda Jones of Johnstown, NY. Amanda married into the Boehler Family which has been hunting with the Adobe Lodge for many many years. This is the 2nd buck she has tagged with us and she is becoming a great hunter. Amanda did run into a few hiccups during the hunt with livestock hogging up her blinds, but she was able to shoot this great 9pnt.
140", 9pnt, 120#
The second of the morning was bagged by Mark Caterson from Montrose, PA. Mark was a first time Adobe Lodge Hunter. I bet Mark was glad he held out for this 4x5 buck, he was a dandy! On both sides of the main tine, they flatten out at the ends like a spear. Pretty cool buck. He unofficially scored 125 1/8". 18", 9pnt, 160#
The final buck of the hunt was tagged by Bruce Legg of Montrose, PA. This buck had great width and length of tines. What a beauty. Bruce also harvested a turkey. Skipper had for many years tried to convince Bruce to come spring turkey hunting but the trip was to far for two trips a year. Bruce was very happy to finally have shot an Adobe Lodge Turkey. Skipper would have been pleased. The tom had 9 1/2" beard and weighed 15.4# 19 1/4", 8pnt, 131#
The final hunter of hunt 2 was Marie Boehler from Mayfeild, NY. Marie passed up many bucks but the opportunity never presented itself for her to tag a buck. No worries though, she'll be back in January for another hunt with her daughter, and granddaughters. If you take a look at the photos you'll see Marie sporting a fashionable outfit of camo and a handbag. Just love this gal!
The total inventory for this hunt is 7 bucks, 18 doe, 1 turkey, 1 hog
Here we are already with another hunt in the books. To say the least, this hunt started with absolutley beautiful weather. After last weeks cold snap we deserved it. This hunt kicked off on a full moon Halloween evening, this first evening all was quite in the skinning shed with only one doe coming in. So David made quick work of her and we had an early dinner cooked by the one and only Tony Hill. ( I feel like every hunt my belt is getting a little tighter, and we're only on the second hunt )
I need to do a better job of taking note of each day and night so I could give a more acurate acount of each day and evening hunts. I get so wrapped up in taking pictures and visiting that I lose track of who brought what in on what day. next time I'll do a better job. Skipper was a phenominal note taker, I guess I need to get some note cards for my pocket. Needless to say, we had so many great laughs on this hunt! Some great stories were told by hunters and guides. Some even made me blush,all in good fun.
In one of the pictures below you'll see some kitty cats, which belong to me, but in my defence, I have tried to keep them away from camp. But aparently on this particular hunt we had some hunters come out of the closet as secret cat lovers, not naming any names, but someone had kitty cat treats in their truck. Hahaha! You know the signs in National parks that say "Don't feed the Bears", well you know where I'm going with that. I should probably get one for the lodge.
So on to some great bucks taken on this hunt.
Sam Seps of San Jacinto, CA bagged this buck on the 3rd morning. He had a great story with his hunt. He said upon shooting the buck it leaped straight up in the air coming down on his back legs and busted one leg at the ankle almost clean off. Sams Dad, John, myself, and skinner David had some particularily good laughs about his story and during our photo shoot. Sam also harvested 3 does. 8 pnt, 19", 143#
John Seps also from San Jacinto, CA brought in this beauty on the 2nd morning hunt. He had 5 points on one side and 6 with a great kicker on the other. John was also able to fill his 3 doe quota, might I mention, in one evening. And John shot a 150 # ferrel hog. 11 pnt, 17", 140#
Now on to the Ivey Family all hailing from Houston, TX.
Joe Ivey shot this cool buck on the 2nd evening hunt. Look at how long those tines are, Joe really knows how to pick a real special one. Also, Joe bagged 3 does. May I mention, Joe is just one heck of a fella. He really made my week with his kindness. 8 pnt, 15", 133#
Tony Ivey - OK, take a look at this buck! Tony's buck was the buck of the hunt, scoring 140 7/8. Look at that photo, this buck was just so nice in every way. I had a little technical difficulties with the camera (really just me) but I was trying so hard to get a good shot, Tony was so patient. Tony harvested 2 doe, and if you take a look down the picture gallery you will see one. Wow, the impact of the bullet and the exit wound must have created a suction. Never seen the likes before. 10 pnt, 20", 144#
Russell Ivey brought in this classic white tail beauty from the 3rd morning hunt. Ya know, I'm a sucker for the real symetric bucks and this guy meets that goal. He is naturally perfect. Well done fellow cat lover, oh whoops, did I let the cat out of the bag. HAHAHA Russell also bagged 3 does. 8 pnt, 17", 135#
Jim Gillard of Ramona, CA tagged this monster buck on the 2nd morning hunt. What great mass he has all around and a super healthy body. Jim also called in a grey fox, and bagged 2 doe. 12 pnt, 16 1/2", 140#
Dude Phelan of Ocala, FL - You may recognize this name from the last hunt. Dude has been hunting back to back hunts with Adobe lodge for some time now. So needless to say he knows how to havest some great bucks. On this hunt he got a real trophy! The two bucks he took couldn't be more different in looks. We all had bets on how much the buck would weigh, he was the most chunky buck I'd seen in a while. 9 pnt, 17", 155#
Cameron Perryman of Valparaiso, IN First time Adobe Lodge Hunter. Alright, prepare yourself to see the most interesting buck. The picture just doesn't justify how extremely different this guy is. His nose was dished and very snubbed. It was almost like he had a cleft pallet, or maybe had a sevre injury. Check out those eye guards, they are almost not there, making it even more unique. hmmm, interesting stuff. Cameron also called in 2 grey fox on separate hunts earning him the name of fox slayer. He also tagged 1 doe.
9 pnt, 19", 120#
Wayne Allums - Carthidge, TX Wayne has been turkey hunting with the Adobe Lodge for some time and decided to give our deer hunting a try as well. Just like turkey hunting here he was not let down. Wayne tagged this buck on the 2nd morning like a pro. The buck is magnificent. Wayne also tagged 2 doe, one weighing 101#
9pt, 19 1/4", 153#
The total count for this hunt is 9 bucks, 19 doe, 3 grey fox, and 1 hog.
Well 2020 season has begun and we have had a great start. We had 7 hunters and 1 non-hunter. To begin with the weather turned off and got down right cold. We had freezing rain, a little snow, and fridged wind. The temps were in the 30's and one morning it was 27. The hunters sat in the blinds the first evening and froze, so we pulled out the little propane heaters the next morning to make it a bit more comfortable.
On the first night there were no deer taken, probably because everyone's trigger fingers were frozen! But we had a great meal cooked by Harald of smoked brisket. Really, if you don't gain weight while your here your metabolism must work to fast.
The second morning again no deer were taken, the hunters had said the deer were really jumpy and nervous and we all came to the conclusion that the wind was making the ice in the trees rattle, break, and fall.
Day 2 Evening Hunt - The hunters fingers must have thawed out and got itchy. Four bucks and a doe or two were taken. And that's when I got real busy taking pictures. (Please be patient with me I'm new to deer photography and if you have hunted with us before you know Skipper was a master at it.)
The first buck of the season, on the 2nd evening, was taken by Debra Finger from Hickory, NC. We got a call from her guide saying she had taken a 6 point. Let me tell you, when they came in, it was no ordinary 6 point. What a monster! Debra told her story as follows, " I had already packed up my gear, unloaded my rifle and was ready to be picked up, and here came this buck. I threw up the scope and all I saw were eye guards. I reloaded and put up my rifle up and down so many times. Then I finally decided I'm gonna shoot him." And the proof is in the picture. Well done Debra what a beautiful buck. 6 pt, 20 1/4 "
Next, I shot Dude Phalens buck. (lol with my camera) Dude hails from Ocala, FL. What an exceptional 10 point buck, Dude said that this is the biggest Adobe Lodge buck he has taken. 10 pt, 19"
Also on the 2nd evening, Ronnie White of Milton, WV bagged a great buck. This buck had 13 points, yes 13. What a cool buck. One of his horns actually split and was a double horn. As you can see in his picture he unfortunately has a broken tine, we wonder if it would have been doubled. What a great first Adobe Lodge Buck! 13 pt, 18 3/4"
And now we come to Pat Florence from Twin Falls, ID. Pat, as well, bagged his first Adobe Lodge buck and it was such a pretty buck, meaning he was such an ideal white tail buck. He had great shape and one real nice eye guard. 8 pt, 17"
On the 3rd morning Theron Chapman, another new Adobe lodge hunter, scored a super nice buck. Theron and his dad, Mark who has been a hunter of Adobe Lodge came as a non hunter, are from Ona, WV. What I really liked about this buck was it was like he was two different bucks, he was an ideal 4 pt on one side, and the other he was a 5, but his eye guard hooked back. I wish I had gotten a better photo of that hook. That being said I have to compliment Theron on his shooting skills, his next hunt out he bagged 3 does. Two of those were consecutive and the 3rd about 15 minutes later. Great shooting 9 pt, 19 1/2"
On the 3rd evening Sheldon Perry of French Creek, WV shot a beautiful 9 pt buck. We new when we got the word from the guide he was bringing one in it was a special buck because Sheldon was very diligent about his selection. We heard from Sheldon that it was his 2nd best buck ever taken, scoring 132. 9 pt, 17 1/4"
Our final buck of the hunt, on the last evening hunt, was taken by our very patient hunter Wendy Florence, also from Twin Falls, ID. Wendy brought in a beautiful very symmetrical buck. An absolutely gorgeous and healthy white tail. 10 pt, 15 3/4"
Before I sign out of this hunt we want to thank Pat and Wendy Florence for bringing the camp a great treat of weanies. Pat is a butcher and has a hog processing plant, they were delicious and didn't last long.
Also, thank you to the guides, skinner, and cook! You made it a successful hunt.
The overall stats of this hunt are 7 bucks, and 13 does.