Hunting with Fellow Hunters
Ben and Jared

While hunting, you can run into fellow hunters just about any where. A lot of these hunters can provide useful tips and information that they're willing to share.

We ran into two such fellow hunters in November 2009. Jared, who is studying to be an EMT/Paramedic, and his friend Ben, who is an active duty National Guard Recruiter.

Here we see Jared (left) and Ben (right) ready for bow hunting.

As we visited, they said they usually hunt public areas along Highway 20, but today was the first time they had visited the Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area off Highway 90 West. You may know, it's the area where you go up the dirt hill under the power line before you get to the entrance sign off Highway 90 to get you in the gate.

As we talked, I learned their particular scouting technique today involved making a couple of trips around Lewis Loop taking particular note of the locations where other hunters had parked their vehicles and where they had actually seen deer in or along the road. They totalled up 5 deer around the area and then picked their spot. They were going in on both sides of the creek until they found a well-used game trail where they were gonna use their climbing tree stands to get some elevation.

We talked a bit more and I learned that Ben and I both dislike coyotes. I told him I call them "deer eaters" and he related that if they get close enough to him, they'll never kill another deer fawn. He's seen on 3 separate occasions doe and yearlings feed under his stand and then mosey on, only later to be trailed by coyotes. So he knew exactly what I meant. He showed me a picture on his cell phone of a spotted fawn he walked up on one day recently.

This, in turn, led me to show him a photo of our beagle Max's first deer.

I gave him this website address and encouraged him to leave comments which may lead to further Ben and Jared adventures. Stay tuned.

See ya around fellows. Good luck and happy hunting.

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