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triple_duece

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Haven’t been posting all our hunting adventures. No shooters on my property since Hunters kill. I did see 20 deer yesterday morning while the boys hunted wma. Also seen a bear and killed a yote. Hoping I see another yote or a strange buck to show up. It’s been cold here for a few days and colder tomorrow. Deer are rutting so anything can happen.
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triple_duece

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It’s been a bit since I’ve posted. This next story is a great and sad moment for me. You see, the greatest man I’ve ever know passed away on December 30th, 2020. My Dad was everything to me, my mentor, coach, protector and loving father anyone could have.

December 30th, I found myself, and my boys at the camp. Loving the passion that my father passed down to me, which was the love of the outdoors. It was on my mind as it approached and although I never said anything to my boys, it weighed heavy on my mind and heart. Hell I couldn’t even bare to write this days event till now as I’m cutting onions in the stand now waiting for daylight.

I didn’t know it, but this day would be special on many occasions. Anyway, the wife texted me a day prior and said she was driving up to the camp. It’s been a year since she’s been up. That morning Hunter would be hunting the wma and me and DJ would be hunting the property. Daylight broke and a deer here and there started to pass through. It was cold and no wind. We have been hunting our target bucks but hadn’t seen hide nor hair, even on cams. As the sun came up and the heavy frost started to drip of the trees the action picked up. Some smaller bucks were chasing and I’d passed on “lucky”, he’s a nice 3 yr old 9pt w a kicker on the G2. I could’ve killed him w my bow in October but passed on him. He also showed up close to Dj and he got to get a great look at him.

Hunter sent me a snap of what looked like a doe or spike and I was asking him what it was. Not much service where he was so that was 15 minted prior. What he was trying to really get to me that he killed a good buck, no stud but a solid 3 yr old laying dead 45 yards away in the heavy palmettos. Meanwhile I have a doe hurriedly passing 50 yards from my stand and a heavy 6pt or the crab claw 8 follows. He stops before crossing and looks my way. All I can tell is it’s a heavy 6 or crab 8. I aim and squeeze and the rest is history as he runs 40 yards in the heavy crp. Around 9:30 I tell DJ to get down to help me load my buck on the atv, I’ve already pulled him out on the turnrow because of the bears. As he walking up emotions take over me and I start to tear up. None of this would’ve been possible without Dad. Dj looks at me and I say, you know what today is huh? He walks over to me and gives me a big long hug. We take pics and head to the camp to meet the wife and Hunter. We pull up to the skinning rack and I hug Hunter and then my wife. I asked her if she knew what today was and she and hugs me. We take pics and clean deer. Anyway sorry for the long read and the wait.
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This is the stuff that brings me to this site. People not afraid to share their stories and a lot of times their emotions. Nice job on the anniversary buck Nick, it has special meaning to you now that’s for sure. Congratulations again to Hunter!!! You boys were taught very well by your dad and I’m sure he was smiling down on you all, proud that you got after them that day.
 

Jackalope

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View attachment 190185It’s been a bit since I’ve posted. This next story is a great and sad moment for me. You see, the greatest man I’ve ever know passed away on December 30th, 2020. My Dad was everything to me, my mentor, coach, protector and loving father anyone could have.

December 30th, I found myself, and my boys at the camp. Loving the passion that my father passed down to me, which was the love of the outdoors. It was on my mind as it approached and although I never said anything to my boys, it weighed heavy on my mind and heart. Hell I couldn’t even bare to write this days event till now as I’m cutting onions in the stand now waiting for daylight.

I didn’t know it, but this day would be special on many occasions. Anyway, the wife texted me a day prior and said she was driving up to the camp. It’s been a year since she’s been up. That morning Hunter would be hunting the wma and me and DJ would be hunting the property. Daylight broke and a deer here and there started to pass through. It was cold and no wind. We have been hunting our target bucks but hadn’t seen hide nor hair, even on cams. As the sun came up and the heavy frost started to drip of the trees the action picked up. Some smaller bucks were chasing and I’d passed on “lucky”, he’s a nice 3 yr old 9pt w a kicker on the G2. I could’ve killed him w my bow in October but passed on him. He also showed up close to Dj and he got to get a great look at him.

Hunter sent me a snap of what looked like a doe or spike and I was asking him what it was. Not much service where he was so that was 15 minted prior. What he was trying to really get to me that he killed a good buck, no stud but a solid 3 yr old laying dead 45 yards away in the heavy palmettos. Meanwhile I have a doe hurriedly passing 50 yards from my stand and a heavy 6pt or the crab claw 8 follows. He stops before crossing and looks my way. All I can tell is it’s a heavy 6 or crab 8. I aim and squeeze and the rest is history as he runs 40 yards in the heavy crp. Around 9:30 I tell DJ to get down to help me load my buck on the atv, I’ve already pulled him out on the turnrow because of the bears. As he walking up emotions take over me and I start to tear up. None of this would’ve been possible without Dad. Dj looks at me and I say, you know what today is huh? He walks over to me and gives me a big long hug. We take pics and head to the camp to meet the wife and Hunter. We pull up to the skinning rack and I hug Hunter and then my wife. I asked her if she knew what today was and she and hugs me. We take pics and clean deer. Anyway sorry for the long read and the wait. View attachment 190186View attachment 190187

Fantastic story brother. Thanks for sharing it with us. A couple of damn good bucks to go with it.
 

Sgt Fury

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Your dad did an outstanding job of raising a son who provides well for his family and has passed along a hunting tradition that will go on for future generations. I’m sure he is looking down and smiling. You’ve worked hard to get to this point in your life and I know you’ll spend your retirement enjoying every moment you can with your family and the outdoors. This thread is one of my favorite and I really enjoy reading about your adventures. Keep living the dream bud!👍
 

Hedgelj

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View attachment 190185It’s been a bit since I’ve posted. This next story is a great and sad moment for me. You see, the greatest man I’ve ever know passed away on December 30th, 2020. My Dad was everything to me, my mentor, coach, protector and loving father anyone could have.

December 30th, I found myself, and my boys at the camp. Loving the passion that my father passed down to me, which was the love of the outdoors. It was on my mind as it approached and although I never said anything to my boys, it weighed heavy on my mind and heart. Hell I couldn’t even bare to write this days event till now as I’m cutting onions in the stand now waiting for daylight.

I didn’t know it, but this day would be special on many occasions. Anyway, the wife texted me a day prior and said she was driving up to the camp. It’s been a year since she’s been up. That morning Hunter would be hunting the wma and me and DJ would be hunting the property. Daylight broke and a deer here and there started to pass through. It was cold and no wind. We have been hunting our target bucks but hadn’t seen hide nor hair, even on cams. As the sun came up and the heavy frost started to drip of the trees the action picked up. Some smaller bucks were chasing and I’d passed on “lucky”, he’s a nice 3 yr old 9pt w a kicker on the G2. I could’ve killed him w my bow in October but passed on him. He also showed up close to Dj and he got to get a great look at him.

Hunter sent me a snap of what looked like a doe or spike and I was asking him what it was. Not much service where he was so that was 15 minted prior. What he was trying to really get to me that he killed a good buck, no stud but a solid 3 yr old laying dead 45 yards away in the heavy palmettos. Meanwhile I have a doe hurriedly passing 50 yards from my stand and a heavy 6pt or the crab claw 8 follows. He stops before crossing and looks my way. All I can tell is it’s a heavy 6 or crab 8. I aim and squeeze and the rest is history as he runs 40 yards in the heavy crp. Around 9:30 I tell DJ to get down to help me load my buck on the atv, I’ve already pulled him out on the turnrow because of the bears. As he walking up emotions take over me and I start to tear up. None of this would’ve been possible without Dad. Dj looks at me and I say, you know what today is huh? He walks over to me and gives me a big long hug. We take pics and head to the camp to meet the wife and Hunter. We pull up to the skinning rack and I hug Hunter and then my wife. I asked her if she knew what today was and she and hugs me. We take pics and clean deer. Anyway sorry for the long read and the wait. View attachment 190186View attachment 190187
Wow, got a little dusty here in Ohio. Great story. Thank you for sharing and i look forward to the next campfire we enjoy together.
This is the stuff that brings me to this site. People not afraid to share their stories and a lot of times their emotions. Nice job on the anniversary buck Nick, it has special meaning to you now that’s for sure. Congratulations again to Hunter!!! You boys were taught very well by your dad and I’m sure he was smiling down on you all, proud that you got after them that day.
This x1000
This story hits hard with many of us members. You sir, are doing it right. Know that he is proud of you and those boys.
Agreed
 

triple_duece

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Awesome! I feel like the midwestern bum living here watching you guys get after it!
No need to feel like that! This isn’t our first rodeo, a lot of time, money and efforts it takes. Also the years of experience that my boys absorbed and have the love of the outdoors. Heck I wouldn’t be doing all this without their help. Hit me up anytime. This may be our last week at the camp, next Friday we may be in Venice killing ducks and catching some fish. More or less living off the land.
 
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triple_duece

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Didn’t hunt this morning, slept in till 7. Got up and started packing up some and went outside to clean 20 catfish by myself. Ended up with 5 gallons of meat. Got home just as the weather was hitting camp and home. Had golf all size hail up there earlier.

will go shoot some wood ducks by the house in the morning.
 

Iowa_Buckeye

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Didn’t hunt this morning, slept in till 7. Got up and started packing up some and went outside to clean 20 catfish by myself. Ended up with 5 gallons of meat. Got home just as the weather was hitting camp and home. Had golf all size hail up there earlier.

will go shoot some wood ducks by the house in the morning.
You need to post your best catfish recipe. Maybe a separate thread for that so I can find it later…. We have been going to Lake of the Ozarks and doing the VRBO thing the past couple years and catch some nice cats off the docks. My girls want to eat one this summer as opposed to putting them all back. I’d also be curious if you have any tricks with how you fillet them? Looks like you probably got a bit of practice.
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triple_duece

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You need to post your best catfish recipe. Maybe a separate thread for that so I can find it later…. We have been going to Lake of the Ozarks and doing the VRBO thing the past couple years and catch some nice cats off the docks. My girls want to eat one this summer as opposed to putting them all back. I’d also be curious if you have any tricks with how you fillet them? Looks like you probably got a bit of practice. View attachment 190439
Unfortunately, I love them fried. If they are big filets, I’d say 1/2 thick or better I split the filet or cut across making 1/2 or less strips. You can blacken them in a skillet or grill them. If they are big and your tastes isn’t much for the red meat, you can cut it off the filet. I cut it out if a freeze them after defrosting. Freezing them makes the red meat “bloodline” much stronger. If you’re blackening them in a skillet cut the red off. Cut in sizes of mostly equal thickness. This lets you cook the filet without and over cooked piece or undercooked piece. Fresh is always best, and yes being a commercial fisherman I can tell. Don’t shy away from big cats, there are as good as the small ones. Anything I can answer just ask.
 

triple_duece

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Cornmeal and flour, all the spices you like. Channels are great but usually have a high fat content along the head and back area. Cut off if freezing. Blues and flathead will have fat on back and belly. Usually looks like meat but a solid milky look to it. I’d say preparation is your best friend. I grew up eating channels and blues, but flathead bellies might be at the top of my list. It’s more dense and has a ribeye texture. I don’t know if you can get it but Louisiana seasoned fish fry or zaterains season fish fry you can’t go wrong. I don’t use an egg for wash if the meat is wet and I can’t stand a beer batter, it’s like wrapping your fish with a pancake.
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Home cut fries is my favorite. I do like corn nuggets over hush puppy’s