I hope you enjoyed part 1 of my hunting traditions. Here is part 2 of my experiences.
3. Southern Hunting Traditions (continued): Florida and Georgia: As noted in my last blog, my family and I moved quite a bit during my career. We moved to North Florida in the mid 80's and I experienced "tree stand " hunting for the first time. That experience has continued through today as I hunt in Georgia. After overcoming the fear I initially had of heights, I found tree stand hunting exciting. The views were terrific and I had no problem being patient as I awaited the sound of footsteps in the leaves or of activity while overlooking food plots. It did take me some time to understand stand placement but I had some great mentors. I had no greater satisfaction than taking my best buck up to that time from a stand I placed the week before season opened in South Georgia. That buck responded to a "can" call I was using to play with a spike that had come into view. I really felt as if I was on my way to becoming a true southern trophy hunter. While I no longer use hang on or climbing stands, I still enjoy elevated hunting with the use of lean up stands and tripods I've purchased over the years. I am now going back to some earlier roots and spending more time hunting on the ground and also doing some "slipping" through the woods. I feel blessed that I've had the chance to experience all the deer hunting traditions I've had over the years.
4. Some other traditions: Quail hunting: I've had the chance a number of times to quail hunt since I moved to the south. What great experiences, both with and without dogs. My most memorable occurred when I received an invitation to go on a traditional "Plantation" style hunt. The ride out with the hunt master, the work of the dogs, the flush of the birds, and the retrieval of downed birds were all memories I will cherish. Pheasant shoot; I also experienced group pheasant shoots on three different occasions. While I don't technically consider these "hunts" so much as "shoots", they too were memorable. All were done with a group of hunting buddies, so we had a lot of fun with who killed what and who missed. The meals were fantastic and the birds tasty. Turkey Hunting: I got into turkey hunting a number of years ago, and consider this second only to my passion for deer. It also took a while for me, even with good mentoring, to figure out this past time. I still work on my calling, but have had success having birds respond to my "clucks" and "gobbles". I've also been "had" more times that I can count and always enjoy the challenge. I most enjoy hunting with a partner where calling and shooting can be shared.
I don't really know how many more traditions are out there. While I do some predator hunting, as well as some small game and duck hunting I haven't discovered the traditions associated with them yet. I do know I would like to experience a good, old fashioned, raccoon hunt with dogs at some time. It seems to be an exciting experience that typically is shared with good friends. I would also like to see what kind of traditions go on with Elk, Caribou, and Bear hunts. To me a big part of the development of my great passion for the outdoors started with my introduction to my family's deer camp many years ago. I've enjoyed the opportunity to learn about each of the traditions I've had the chance to experience and hope to continue to enjoy them for many years to come. I'd also like to hear from you and the traditions you have enjoyed and experienced. Have a great 2012 and continue to enjoy the great traditions of the out of doors.