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Friday, May 23. 2014
This post sets the stage for all of the ghostlike occurrences we had at Rob Haney’s ranch, some were terrifying, some were comical and all were interesting, very interesting! It all began in the spring and went on for 8 or 10 years, then the entire house burned down during the summer, when there were a bunch of fires around Abilene, Texas..
Just before Brad joined the Army, he and I went up to help Rob repair his barn and, since it was very comfortable for the springtime, both nights we slept out on the porch. The screened in porch was on 2 sides of Rob’s old ranch house. I noticed that Rob was sleeping with his AC roaring, but said nothing to him about it. Maybe it covered up our snoring!
The next morning, sunrise found us along a creek, in a makeshift blind, making hen turkey sounds. Brad leaned over to me and whispered, “Dad, did you hear those animals bumping around under Rob’s house last night?” Whispering back, “Yes, Son. It sounded like someone walking around the porch, or a herd of ‘dillos!” I continued, “To me it sounded like they were walking right around my bed.”
Staying out for over an hour we didn’t have a turkey come in close and as Brad was sitting in the grassy blind he exclaimed, “Dad, I think a snake, or something, just bit me. Something just hit my left ankle!” “What”, I exploded! As Brad was taking off his boot, I looked around in our hastily made blind and didn’t see anything. Boot off, Brad showed me 2 red marks on his lower ankle, but closer inspection showed that his skin wasn’t broken. Sure must not have been a big one because a big one’s fangs would have gone right through his boot! Hastily we excused ourselves from the blind and decided that work on the barn was the best thing to do.
The second night there was more bumping around, but barely waking, we both slept right through it. As we were leaving for Houston, I mentioned to Rob, “You need to trap those animals under your house and close up where they are getting in.” His short reply was, “I’m going to.” Little did we know that he slept out at his ranch 3 or 4 nights a week and his roaring A/C was not all he used to protect himself from the "Ghosts", but I get ahead of myself, more ghosts stories will follow in the fall.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, April 20. 2014
Being on the telephone with Mrs. Bush, not the former presidents wife, but the president of the Marble Falls Chapter of the Son’s Of The American Revolution (SAR), looking out my kitchen window, to my surprise, was a turkey hen! Mrs. Bush had just told me that everything was fine with my application, but I cut her off with, “A hen turkey just walked through my yard.” Having my camera handy I took these pictures of her as she walked.
Having collected the cards from the game cameras on this past Wednesday, this gobbler has been hanging around the corner feeder. Being released from the DL I think that I’ll try my hand at this turkey and, no, I didn’t hunt while I was on the DL, but I wanted too!
The beard on the first picture barely shows, but on the second one, the beard shows clearly.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, April 5. 2014
On Tuesday of this week, I went turkey hunting, hopefully to see one of these gobblers and these "shots" were taken by the same game camera, but it"s astounding that the turkeys would only frequent only one feeder. I guess a black eyed, pea brain size only can handle one feeder, haha!
Hoping to see a big gobbler, I think there are 2 around here, I sat down in my hide and waited 10 minutes before I started making hen turkey sounds. Calling, I was immediately responded too, by clucks and puts, then a gobbler gobbled and I waited for one to come in.
As the wait got longer a single hen came into the feeder, then 2, then 3, another one came up, but didn't go into the feeder. All the while I waited for the gobbler to come up, no pictures because I was getting the shotgun into position, as the wait got longer I finally decided there would be no gobbler this hunt.
But, there would always be Thursday, I had a Docs appointment at Scott & White in Temple, but I should be back by 4:00 PM, plenty of time to go after the turkeys again. Lo, did I only know that following the appointment I would be grounded, not only grounded, but also strong warning from the Doc not to lift or strain anything, hoping the stitches wouldn't pull out!
The Doc cut out a cancerous melanoma from my left shoulder that required 18 or 19 stitches to close up. Softball will be out for 2, weeks, of course we had another tournament this weekend in San Antonio which I'll miss, so for 2 weeks I'll be on the DL, but he didn't say anything about turkey hunting!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, March 12. 2013
This past Sunday, I drove down to metro Houston, Tomball, Texas to be exact, and attended a going away party for one on my grand nephews, Jarred Buck. Jarred has enlisted in the U.S. Army and leaves next week for Ft. Jackson, S.C. for his basic training. Brad was a big influence on Jarred and his decision to enlist, Jarred, an Eagle Scout, is super qualified for this job and I wish him well for this endeavor!
After the going away party I drove on in to Houston and spent the evening with Chuck and Linda Towne and Monday at 1:00 PM I went on one of the most eventful doctorâ€™s appointments of my life! The doc, who Iâ€™d been to several times with my right knee told me right away, â€œJon, you donâ€™t need a knee replacement because your right knee is basically strong, just a cortisone shot, (which didnâ€™t hurt at all), some (inhuman) exercises along with heel inserts and within a month or 2 youâ€™ll be fine!â€ Those were welcome words to my ears because the doc knew me and my love for Senior Softball he was willing go the extra mile for me and rehab my right knee and not resort to a very painful surgery, Praise The Lord!
Eighteen days to turkey season and this one should be fairly good, (they all look fairly good two weeks before), but weâ€™ve had some good rains and very cool nights, maybe the drought is broken and maybe the big birds will be moving around!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 16:21 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, March 4. 2013
Itâ€™s kindaâ€™ the blah time of the year, winter wonâ€™t end until March 20th, 2 plus weeks away My deer hunting, with our countyâ€™s one-buck season, came to a close early, however the really big buck up on the hall wall made it all worthwhile! Having started my garden, 5 rows are planted, turkey season starts the end of this month so things are moving ahead.
Spring Turkey season starts on March 30th and runs until May 12th. Topping that off there is a special Eastern Gobbler season in limited counties of our State, Lamar County, Paris Texas, being one. Suzanne, my daughter who HAD cancer, lives in Paris and has, after 9 treatments been pronounced cancer free, Praise The Lord! My plan, God willing, is to open the season in Mills County, then itâ€™s off to Lamar County for a try at one of those Eastern Gobblers.
My garden is moving along quite well, having planted 2 rows of Texas 1015 onions, (developed by Texas A&M University), they are the best onions around! Two rows of spinach are just now developing tiny leaves and Iâ€™ll harvest them by April 1st. Then, as an experiment, last week I planted a row of sweet potatoes, we like them fried, baked or mashed and it looks like the â€œcountryâ€ in Layla and I is finally coming out. The rest of the garden, squash, purple hull peas, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers will be planted well after April 15th.
Why so late, because weâ€™ll have several weeks of nice spring weather, then all of a sudden the temps will drop below freezing, central Texas weather, you know! Iâ€™ll still count on the old mesquite trees, when the old ones bud and start filling out, then itâ€™s really spring!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hill Country Happenings at 17:01 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, April 21. 2012
No turkey hunting Wednesday afternoon, having just driven to northeast Texas from my place in Goldthwaite, however, Wesley, my grandson, was playing Pony League baseball that evening, heâ€™s 13 now and one of the stars on his team (and in the league too)! The team is blessed with good coaches, young guys that really know their stuff, they put this all together for a win Wednesday and Wesley was scheduled to pitch on Friday night, but thatâ€™s another story.
Thursday morning, a very beautiful morning, Paul Culbertson and I went out to his place for a try at an eastern turkey, â€œa tryâ€ was the key words. We arrived about 5 minutes late, the sun was just peeking over the horizon and the big birds had already left their roosts. Hurriedly we built a ground blind, settled in it and even though we were a tad late, let out 3 crow caws, but no turkey response!
We saw, nor heard a turkey and sat in the blind until around 9:30 AM, then went back to his cabin for a bite of breakfast. Our hunger satisfied, at 11:30 we went back out to the ground blind, the turkeys usually coming to the feeder around noon, but again, no turkeys, they picked this morning not to come around. However all was not lost, we still had Friday morning and our plans were to be out before sun up, improve our blind a little, then entice a bird to come in.
Thursday afternoon and evening were spent watching my grandson, Will, play Little League baseball, Willâ€™s 9, really just learning, but he has a lot of fun and he will be a good one too! Friday morning, 5:30 AM, thunder blaring, Suzanne woke me with, â€œDad, itâ€™s raining, thundering and lightning. What about todayâ€™s hunt?â€ â€œWake me at 6:30 and weâ€™ll seeâ€, was my sleepy reply. The thunder rumbled, rain poured down, then down came dime size hail, this ended our mornings hunt, north wind blowing 15-20 MPH, almost 2 inches of rain, this also rained out Wesleyâ€™s game.
All was not lost, because Suzanne, Paul and I, ate Mexican food for lunch, spent Friday afternoon shopping and the boys and I packed up and headed for Plano, where Layla was running a Senior Softball tournament. Both boys will work and help her with the tournament and Sunday afternoon Suzanne will pick them up.
No turkeys Thursday, rain, hail and lightning Friday, a definite bust, but thereâ€™ll be other chances too!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 10:37 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Saturday, April 14. 2012
After a successful hunt with Mickey Donahoo at his hunting lease, I returned to Goldthwaite and, I guess because of the shots in each knee, was able to resume my morning walks. My first walk was this past Monday, nothing showed up unusual or picture worthy, but as I was walking back to the house, I noticed, on the other side of the road, turkey tracks and I took this picture. Turkey movement around here was exciting to me!
Somehow, the date and time on the game camera has messed up and it reset, maybe lightning hit it? Anyway, the camera was working and on the afternoon of April 9th, this nice gobbler was feeding.
The next day a gobbler and an unidentified turkey, maybe a jake, more likely a hen, but last year was so bad I donâ€™t think any broods were successful! Around here, bucks have lost their horns and these 2 young ones were feeding and paying no attention the turkeys walking along and browsing.
Eastern gobbler season opens in east Texas this Sunday, April 15th see my post â€œTurkey Huntingâ€ on March 21, 2012. Weather forecasts are horrible for northeast Texas, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, clearing on Monday, but hopefully, Monday or Tuesday morning Iâ€™ll be opening this season too!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Pictures at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, April 11. 2012
After shooting the turkey, Mickey and I decided, even though it was after 4:30 PM, that weâ€™d go to another feeder and try for a javelina. We went back to the ranch house, picked up his .204, rifle, stuck the turkey into the fridge, drove back to the new spot and hurriedly built us a spacious ground blind.
Not long after completion, out walked a gobbler displaying his fan, not strutting, just showing off.
The first gobbler was still walking around showing off his fan, shortly he was joined by another gobbler, this one more wary.
The second bird, more wary, barely nibbled at the corn and protein, then walked toward our ground blind. Mickey, softly calling with a box call, had this oneâ€™s interest and as the big bird moved close to us, I snapped this picture.
Hereâ€™s a picture of an unusual bird, a bearded hen, only 10 to 20% of hens will have beards, and yes, they can lay eggs and raise poults.
We stayed around until dark seeing lots of turkeys, gobblers and hens, but no javelinas even though we were sure weâ€™d see some. Up before the sun on Friday morning and back to the spacious ground blind. We could hear the gobblers coming down from the roost, gobble, gobble, gobble and knew they would head our way, but first up was this young doe. She spent several minutes trying to figure out who, and what, we were.
Finally the doe eased off, then the turkeys showed up. This picture shows a gobbler and a hen feeding, while another gobbler stands guard.
We came home, back to Goldthwaite, Friday afternoon celebrating a real good turkey hunt and some real good pictures!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Pictures at 09:55 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
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