The 2021 Fall deer hunt is now in the books. Together with Dave B., Frank P. and Angelo S., we had another successful hunt.
Opening day we saw lots of deer, including one huge buck who teased us in the soybean field with a couple of does. I was the closest to him but was still well over 300 yards – so no possibility of a shot.
The morning of Day 2 we were blessed to have a few deer run by the tree stands we has set up along the western bush line. Dave and Frank were manning them and Dave managed to shoot both a doe and a buck.
We immediately noticed that our big buck was back again in the soybeans. This time he found another younger buck to play with. Too far for a shot once again but we came up with a strategy for the next day.
On Wednesday (Day 3), Dave and I repositioned closer to where the big buck had been and we waited for him to return. Frank and Angelo covered the hay field. I had a beautiful spot overlooking the soybeans, but the big guy was a no show.
We decided to use Thursday (day 4) to butcher our kills and the four of us spent the day in Dave’s garage.
Friday we set up the same as Wednesday, hoping that big buck would return. Unfortunately all we had was great weather and not sign of bucky.
Saturday was our last day. Having been frustrated by Bucky, I returned to my regular position in the hay field at the back of the farm. Frank took one of the tree stands and Dave was in a ground blind, close to where Bucky had been playing. Angelo was unable to join us.
After seeing nothing all morning, Dave walked back to where Frank and I were. We decided to call it a day and were walking back when up ahead we saw 3 deer poke their heads out right where Dave’s ground blind was!!! Too far for a shot so we just watched them as they looked at us and eventually took off for safer pastures.
Two deer seems to be our average. This is the 3rd year I have hunted deer and each year we have managed to get two.
Today was the first Cowboy action shoot since the Province imposed lockdowns back in April, effectively closing most gun clubs and many outdoor activities. As we are now allowed limited activities, the Decew Gun Club scheduled a Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) match today, July 25, 2021. The match was limited to 15 participants and two of us from the Dunnville club were able to attend.
Last September, I had the opportunity to shoot CAS at Decew GC for the first time so I was excited to return.
My goal today was to improve on my times from last year while concentrating on accuracy over speed. I accomplished that with all 4 stages shot “clean” except for one procedural penalty on Stage 2 when I shot a target out of sequence. The procedural penalty hurts as it comes with a 10 second penalty. But considering that I incurred no other penalties for missed targets, I felt pretty good. At the end of the day, even with the procedural penalty I had taken 53 seconds off my time from my first match last year.
As always, I want to do better, but today showed definite progress.
The Posse at Decew are a well organized and welcoming bunch. If you want to know more about Cowboy Action Shooting, check out these websites:
In the fall of 2020, I was introduced to Cowboy Action Shooting by a friend who invited me to attend a match at Decew Gun Club. I believed that I was going to just observe the match and learn about the sport. Well, the posse welcomed me with open arms and soon I found myself all geared up and ready to shoot! I shot the whole match and I was hooked!
Any cowboy shooter worth his or her salt has their own cart to haul all their stuff to matches. I had seen a few carts at the match at Decew and researched on the interwebs to learn more. I came up with a design I liked and in December I set out to build my cart.
The cart is constructed mostly of select pine with a piece of oak plywood for the floor. The cart will hold 2 SASS approved shotguns as well as 2 rifles. The storage box is a separate unit and will hold enough ammo for a match as well as my revolvers and their holsters.
The cart itself knocks down into two pieces for easier transport by simply unscrewing the bolts that connect the uprights to the base (by the wheels).
I had fun building it and I learned a few things along the way. If you would like to read a detailed description of the construction of my cart, you can download this PDF file.
Saturday, July 10th was Ladies Day at the Dunnville District Hunters & Anglers. This was our 3rd such event in 4 years, and even though it was run on a smaller scale this year due to Covid restrictions, it was a success.
This year we hosted 25 ladies and introduced them to the world of shooting sports. They got to experience first hand rifles, handguns and shotguns in a welcoming and safe environment. Credit goes to our many volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help out.