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2011 - 4 - Foshia, Lonny, October Class and First Day in the Tree in Pa. Results
says: '2011 - 4 - Foshia, Lonny, October 10, 2011
Honestly I am not sure where to begin all this. It has been a year since my last post. In that time Dave and I have spent hours and days with each other. His map reading class was like none I ever had in the military, I can assure you of that. Reading the map and applying deer movements, how they track, why they track that way, what to look for, what to avoid, and where is a good spot and why, IS ALL THAT. No it is not food. No it is not water. It is A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H....., honestly it is more information than I could imagine. For me, it was always, see a deer, pick a tree near a rub, scrape, bed, or food source, etc and whack at them, right? Not any more. That was my mode of thinking for almost 20 years of hunting. Find a thing or two to get you near him and with a little luck and help from God that you could harvest something. Sure enough that proved good for me for what it was. I have harvested multiple deer like a few 8pts and such but it was hit and misses. I would go all season and only get a few shots at something worth while. Sure I would see that nice 8 or 10 point from time to time but he was always 60+ yards out. Some seasons I would go all season long and maybe see 6 bucks that were in range and worth taking. After all my classes with Dave, to include my 2nd map reading class, several miscellaneous classes up at his farm, several ground truthing days at my hunting grounds with more classes as we walked along I began to see a better picture of what needs to be where to be successful, and why certain things are the way they are. I have told the story many time of needing to know the WHY factors. As I began to transform my thought process into what it needs to be, Dave began to create challenges for me. When I would ask questions, many times he would tell me, You already know the answer. So I would have to go back and think of all my past lessons and the things we talked about and the answers of WHY started to come from ME, and not from him. Granted , Dave would tweak them a bit on the things I missed saying, but I was starting to think more for myself. Dave began to not be my crutch that I needed everything for. Because of all the things he has taught me, I have begun to stand on my own two legs. THIS is what I have always wanted, to become as good as a hunter as him, and my father before me. Without his expert training and the constant building from one thing to the next, filling in the spaces, going back, reinforcing that till its rock solid, then beginning the next evolution in my training, I would not be where I am today, granted I still have lots to learn, and my training is FAR, FAR, from over, but I have taken leaps and bounds from where I was two years ago. Everything from shot placement with certain situations, how to make difficult shot seem easy, from all the bow shoots/ classes, at his house, everything has been priceless in becoming how confident I feel going into this years season. I could tell you about specifics on what he taught me, all the little ins and outs about some tricks he still has up his sleeve, tiny tid bits of stuff that is pure GENIUS and you would never think it would happen like that... but that is his job, not mine. Just know that he is DARN GOOD at what he does and you can take that one to the bank!
Oct 2011 update - After our last day in the woods merely days before the season, Dave and I while doing my ground truthing class, pick out a tree to basically be my tree for the season. I do not know this yet, but he does. My first day in that tree, I see 6 bucks within 10 yards, 2 of which are legal shooters, and 2 were the same ones that came back both morning and night. While in the tree all the lessons that Dave and I talked about began to pin ball their way to the surface. All morning and afternoon all my WHY questions were rattling around in my head. Why are they going this way, why did they come from over there, where are they going, why are they going there, where is the sun, where is the wind, how are the thermals working today. I was thinking of things I NEVER thought of 2 years ago, nor did I even know about, for the most part. Honestly I could only answer some of that during that day. I came home and thought about it that night. I woke up thinking about it, I went to work thinking about it. Right around 4 pm the day after, it all started to hit me like a brick wall. I had a huge pizza eating grin on my face and could not wait to go talk to Dave to see if everything I had thought about was right. Even the last few pieces of the puzzle that I did not know, I wanted to ask Dave. He merely looked and me and gave me that - you already know the answer - speech again. So I thought for a moment and then it came to me. I told him what I thought, and I was right. Fact is that I no longer had to ask Dave for my answers, at least the current ones. I have been given the knowledge and tools to think for myself. I have been trained enough that it was not months or weeks that I had to think about correct answers to my questions then having to go - Dave I need to know why - Now it has gotten to the point that within a day or that day that I am answering my own questions and merely checking with him to make sure I have the correct answers.
While I have not YET seen Mr. BIG -yep he is still out there- Dave assures me that the spot we picked is where he will be, and you know what? I do not doubt him for one second.
If you see Lonny, ask him about how the day went, with reading the maps of ground I had never been on, then ground truthing and how my educated predictions were right on. Ask about the buck beds he found, the crick and the rub flats, the beech nut flats polluted with beech nuts, the hemlock patch with the trails and beds in it, and my personal favorite, the single 12 foot high christmas tree, air freshner, right over his huge buck bed, fifteen yards from the intersection of quad trails on two sides and a dirt vehicle road to his front, with an a permant active hunter stand just above him out of line of sight spot. He has a big rub right in front and escapes out on the side hill under the stand. It is funny, because he hides in plain sight with a christmas tree air freshner scent wafting around him to make his day more enjoyable and to hide under, and keep the rain and wind off of him...ha ha... and then there were all the bucks waiting for us surrounding his truck at days end....it was an awesome class and day in the woods for both of us....
david a poerio jr
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