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Sunlight on the Antlers, Doug Levan 2010-2
2010 Bow Season Come on guys, lighten up...Due to Dougs good nature he is one of the well liked guys in camp. A lot of responsability goes with that. Especially the ribbing of just about everything he does. He had a very memorable hunt. There is quite a story involved with this buck. I can not print some of it, but if you ask Doug, I am sure he will tell you.
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2011 - 6 - Foshia, Lonny, November Pa. Rainy Wet Weather Class
says: '2011 -6- Foshia, Lonny November Pa. Rainy Wet Weather Class
So I just got back from my rainy/wet weather woods class with Dave. I needed him to come out to the woods today. I found something that made my pinky toe hard while he was away in WV. What had happened was quite a lot, as I found out today. I already knew some idiot had cut a path right through my favorite 12 ring that has been a 12 ring for like 15 years now. This was the spot that Big came through the past few years. Some jag off destroys the area and now makes the deer move to a different spot, a new 12 ring if you will. In my travels during the last few days of bow season I find a new area, this was an area I had never seen or stepped foot on before. Previously, all I ever did was riding my quad past the spot, not taking a single step on the ground to proof what I thought, I just kept rolling by. From what all I had learned in the past 2 years it was an area that holds all the ins and outs that are primo setups for big bucks. I was excited. For the first time since I started hunting I found something new and good and I knew it. I did it all on my own. All other years I have had the help of other experienced hunters or knowing the land and the general area where the bucks were. This got me close enough to yield staggered results. I take Dave out and I show him what has happened in the woods and what I found. He tells me what I had ACTUALLY found was the new 12 ring. But I did not find the 12, I found the 10. Oh heck, this was good enough music to my ears. I now had proof positive, confirmation that all the teachings and mental pounding that I was taking from Dave and myself were sinking in.
Along with our walks to the places I wanted to show him; my rainy day class began. This was a class Dave has been trying to get me to take for quite a while now. There are many reasons behind it and I was told I had advanced enough that this was my next level. Some of the lesson was taught with the rainy day (bow) lesson I did up at his place. The material slightly overlaps but is completely different in its own aspects. The aspects of what can be seen, why it can be seen, and where it can be seen change. Being in the rain is a whole new aspect of hunting. I hate being in the rain myself. I hate being wet and cold and miserable. I am not a - fair weather hunter - by any means, but I have my limits. I got drenched today. All for good reason. I would love to tell you why we where out there today. I would love to tell you what makes the rainy days different. I could tell you what is seen and remains to be unseen. I can not even hint at the talk because that is the reason you go to Dave. Just trust me on this when I say you want to know what I know now. As we walked and talked my 10 ring was slightly adjusted and as always Dave honed in on the 12 ring, now asking ME why this was better. Dave was making subtle adjustments and critiques to my answers as he always does and my understanding became a clearer picture. His spot was better as usual, but I got dang close all on my own. Today I had more answers then questions though, and that made me feel really good. It is that dang 1 percent that is going to cost you every time. I will get it down someday. While we were walking the area I had also found my first few buck beds along with several buck trails. This was something I had not been able to do in years past. I could pick out a doe bed, I could get you to a doe trail, but that is not what we are after is it? He trains you to focus on your true goal and think. When asked why it was a buck bed I could proudly answer why it was, what made it such a good spot, what things around it make it attractive, why he felt protected, where he could see, and what he could smell. What came into play next was the relevance to land area, the territory rub markers, trail markers, scent posts, food plots, doe areas, water holes, and procreation areas. I was so proud of myself and I could see my buddy, teacher, and mentor was even more pleased with his student. There was a gleam in his eyes not like in days past and his smile should have made the sun shine on the dull rainy wet day. I knew I had passed the test and my level 1 training was complete. I was now on my way to a greater understanding of where I needed to be and why I was there. What made it a good spot? What made it speak to me was that it spoke to the bucks and I had grown enough to understand the reasons. I had not found the golden notch. I had not found the bulls eye. What I had found was enlightenment, and that was close enough.
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