Fish n’ Hunt

As of late life has thrown some challenging curve balls which have been putting a damper on my photography, fishing and hunting! This past month has been better and I have been able to get out and do those things we all love to do. I was able to harvest a nice Florida 8pt that weighed about 140lbs. He was only about a 2-3 yr old deer. I have been tracking his big brother whom will hardly show himself. Like they say though, “big bucks don’t get big by being stupid”. I did see him during archery and gun but he is just too sneaky. He is a 10pt and goes probably 170lbs. I know people say the deer are like dogs in Florida but I have a place north of Ocala that produces big doe and pretty decent bucks! I have also gotten into stone crabbing. Per recreational license you are allowed to have up to 5 stone crab traps per person. My good friend Jon and I have eight that we check once a week. Thus far our biggest yeild is 32 claws in one haul which came out to around 6lbs worth. We have been baiting with hogs feet and ham hocks which seem to work really well. The crabs enjoy them and they are very durable. And since I am a big hunter I can’t go with out hunting down triple tail this time of year either. After we are done plucking traps we make our usual run after the trips. The one in the picture put up an awesome fight and made for excellent table fair. This same day we came across another triple tail that was larger than the one we caught but he would not take any of our offerings. I dropped a shrimp on him several times but no such luck. Till next time and a happy new year to all!

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