Just thinking so far!

Crossbow Hunting

Moderators: Bill T, Excalibur Marketing Dude

xcaliber
Posts: 11384
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:35 pm
Location: NW Indiana

Just thinking so far!

Post by xcaliber » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:33 pm

OK, although we hunt Indiana which has liberal deer hunting rules, and an abundance of licenses available to both residents, and non-residents, and we have private land most years to hunt, there is limited numbers of trophy bucks to hunt. Although we may get an opportunity at a nice one, the idea of expanding that opportunity is something that appeals to me as I get older, and the years I have left to do this are questionable with my conditions. That said, I have decided to pursue opportunities in another state. We decided Ohio for many reasons, but mainly the closeness to our home area just in case something goes bad with my health. To drill down further we have decide to try an outfitter and picked Brushy Fork Outfitters. I have not yet locked in, but might do so next week. I would opt for a guided hunt, and their success rate is 75% on bucks coming in over 140" and there is a penalty for shooting one smaller. There are doe opportunities also for those that don't want to go home empty handed. Of course I want to kill a big buck, but wish to have the Kid get one more than myself, but hope to double up. I can hunt with my Excalibur, so win, win!
I'm conflicted however. but getting closer to pulling the proverbial trigger on the opportunity. The owners have properties in three counties in central Ohio, and thousands of acres to hunt on. In a way I feel like it's cheating or making it too easy, on the other hand I'm thinking since it is fair chase hunting, but guided it's still legitimate hunting, and I still have to make the shot. I need a push in the positive direction to commit to this. Here are my points that persuade me in that direction.
1. Opportunity is high because of the management, and restriction on taking smaller bucks.
2. I'll hunt in my traditional fashions here in Indiana before, and after the trip.
3. I can afford to do it without taking monies from the family budget.
4. I'm not getting any younger. :roll:
5. I'm still using archery equipment.

Link: http://brushyforkoutfitters.com/

We're planning on the third week of October, or possibly the last week. Please let me know your thoughts, and if anyone hunts this area, or even better has any personal experience with this outfitter. I have spoken with two guys in charge of the operations in length, and they really seem legitimate.

Thanks folks in advance, anxious to read some input, even negative actually before I drop $$ on this idea. :eusa-popcorn:
Matrix 380 (Max) Nikon P3 / TT / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Axe 340 Kryptek (Axe) Nikon P3 / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Vortex (Kix) Nikon P3 / TT / Bigfoot / SWAT Hybrid Heads

User avatar
janesy
Posts: 3695
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:20 pm
Location: Beavertown. Ont

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by janesy » Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:07 pm

I can fish Muskie at the end of my street. I can also be on the Kawarthas in 25 minutes.

But I do everything I can to go to an outfitter in Sioux Lookout which is further from my house than the Florida Keys and twice as expensive, to chase after the elusive "Big Girls"

Go for it, if you can afford it, and it makes you happy... do it!
Micro-Hybrid-bulldog "PitBull370"
MOBU Micro BD345 "Greener"
Blackout BD-Axe "Hatchet340"

Every little sound in the bush sounds like footsteps... Until you hear footsteps!

Normous
Posts: 7339
Joined: Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:04 pm
Location: Windsor, Ontario.

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by Normous » Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:36 pm

The real answer is "you only live once".

DO IT!
EXCALFFLICTION 1991 ->>--------> 2021
Krug Micro 355, Matrix 355 and NEMESIS
LEUPOLD VX-R 2-7, TRIJICON SRO and KAHLES Red Dot
Boo Strings
SWAT BH's
Teach Your Family How To Hunt So You Don't Have To Hunt For Your Family
Nature Is My Nurse

User avatar
Deaf jeff
Posts: 1028
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:58 am
Location: tip of the mitt in lower michigan

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by Deaf jeff » Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:53 pm

dan,
as i get older the experience of a different area for deer hunting is just as important as the kill so i booked a canada rifle hunt for 2021(harris hill resort) because i have always wanted to hunt canada and i dont wanna regret not doing it. so imo go for it and it have fun!!
IN GOD WE TRUST

Jeff
matrix 355 w/ y25 stock
matrix 330
BE executioners and zombies, w/80gr brass
100gr spitfire maxx
Boo strings
excaliber strings
Dagriz knife

User avatar
janesy
Posts: 3695
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:20 pm
Location: Beavertown. Ont

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by janesy » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:26 pm

xcaliber wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:33 pm
OK, although we hunt Indiana which has liberal deer hunting rules, and an abundance of licenses available to both residents, and non-residents, and we have private land most years to hunt, there is limited numbers of trophy bucks to hunt. Although we may get an opportunity at a nice one, the idea of expanding that opportunity is something that appeals to me as I get older, and the years I have left to do this are questionable with my conditions. That said, I have decided to pursue opportunities in another state. We decided Ohio for many reasons, but mainly the closeness to our home area just in case something goes bad with my health. To drill down further we have decide to try an outfitter and picked Brushy Fork Outfitters. I have not yet locked in, but might do so next week. I would opt for a guided hunt, and their success rate is 75% on bucks coming in over 140" and there is a penalty for shooting one smaller. There are doe opportunities also for those that don't want to go home empty handed. Of course I want to kill a big buck, but wish to have the Kid get one more than myself, but hope to double up. I can hunt with my Excalibur, so win, win!
I'm conflicted however. but getting closer to pulling the proverbial trigger on the opportunity. The owners have properties in three counties in central Ohio, and thousands of acres to hunt on. In a way I feel like it's cheating or making it too easy, on the other hand I'm thinking since it is fair chase hunting, but guided it's still legitimate hunting, and I still have to make the shot. I need a push in the positive direction to commit to this. Here are my points that persuade me in that direction.
1. Opportunity is high because of the management, and restriction on taking smaller bucks.
2. I'll hunt in my traditional fashions here in Indiana before, and after the trip.
3. I can afford to do it without taking monies from the family budget.
4. I'm not getting any younger. :roll:
5. I'm still using archery equipment.

Link: http://brushyforkoutfitters.com/

We're planning on the third week of October, or possibly the last week. Please let me know your thoughts, and if anyone hunts this area, or even better has any personal experience with this outfitter. I have spoken with two guys in charge of the operations in length, and they really seem legitimate.

Thanks folks in advance, anxious to read some input, even negative actually before I drop $$ on this idea. :eusa-popcorn:

Thought a little harder about it. I don't think you should do it. Fact of the matter is that you don't know what the land is like. you haven't seen the accommodations. The food may be inedible. The guides could be complete mucktards. It might be too hard for you. It might be too easy for you. They may not even speak English.

So, because I'm a nice guy and just willing enough to throw myself on your perverbial grenade. Book the first trip ... and I'll go on your behalf and report back. With pics

Let me know, I'll start packing.
Micro-Hybrid-bulldog "PitBull370"
MOBU Micro BD345 "Greener"
Blackout BD-Axe "Hatchet340"

Every little sound in the bush sounds like footsteps... Until you hear footsteps!

xcaliber
Posts: 11384
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:35 pm
Location: NW Indiana

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by xcaliber » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:32 pm

janesy wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:26 pm
xcaliber wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:33 pm
OK, although we hunt Indiana which has liberal deer hunting rules, and an abundance of licenses available to both residents, and non-residents, and we have private land most years to hunt, there is limited numbers of trophy bucks to hunt. Although we may get an opportunity at a nice one, the idea of expanding that opportunity is something that appeals to me as I get older, and the years I have left to do this are questionable with my conditions. That said, I have decided to pursue opportunities in another state. We decided Ohio for many reasons, but mainly the closeness to our home area just in case something goes bad with my health. To drill down further we have decide to try an outfitter and picked Brushy Fork Outfitters. I have not yet locked in, but might do so next week. I would opt for a guided hunt, and their success rate is 75% on bucks coming in over 140" and there is a penalty for shooting one smaller. There are doe opportunities also for those that don't want to go home empty handed. Of course I want to kill a big buck, but wish to have the Kid get one more than myself, but hope to double up. I can hunt with my Excalibur, so win, win!
I'm conflicted however. but getting closer to pulling the proverbial trigger on the opportunity. The owners have properties in three counties in central Ohio, and thousands of acres to hunt on. In a way I feel like it's cheating or making it too easy, on the other hand I'm thinking since it is fair chase hunting, but guided it's still legitimate hunting, and I still have to make the shot. I need a push in the positive direction to commit to this. Here are my points that persuade me in that direction.
1. Opportunity is high because of the management, and restriction on taking smaller bucks.
2. I'll hunt in my traditional fashions here in Indiana before, and after the trip.
3. I can afford to do it without taking monies from the family budget.
4. I'm not getting any younger. :roll:
5. I'm still using archery equipment.

Link: http://brushyforkoutfitters.com/

We're planning on the third week of October, or possibly the last week. Please let me know your thoughts, and if anyone hunts this area, or even better has any personal experience with this outfitter. I have spoken with two guys in charge of the operations in length, and they really seem legitimate.

Thanks folks in advance, anxious to read some input, even negative actually before I drop $$ on this idea. :eusa-popcorn:

Thought a little harder about it. I don't think you should do it. Fact of the matter is that you don't know what the land is like. you haven't seen the accommodations. The food may be inedible. The guides could be complete mucktards. It might be too hard for you. It might be too easy for you. They may not even speak English.

So, because I'm a nice guy and just willing enough to throw myself on your perverbial grenade. Book the first trip ... and I'll go on your behalf and report back. With pics

Let me know, I'll start packing.
:lol: :lol:
Chris, funny you say that. The Kid has a job, but is taking a test in a few weeks to get into the pipe fitters apprenticeship program. If he gets in, which I'm pretty sure will happen, he may not be able to go. Deposits are non refundable, so if he can't go, it is transferable to another person with advance notice. :eusa-dance:
Matrix 380 (Max) Nikon P3 / TT / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Axe 340 Kryptek (Axe) Nikon P3 / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Vortex (Kix) Nikon P3 / TT / Bigfoot / SWAT Hybrid Heads

User avatar
DuckHunt
Posts: 1689
Joined: Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:07 pm
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by DuckHunt » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:33 pm

While I plan to have more than a couple decades left of hunting, we all know we don't always have control of the circumstances and they tend to change. My hunting area sounds similar in that I'd be hard pressed to ever see a 140" deer, much less harvest one. I've taken 88 deer off the property in 16 seasons and last year I got the first to gross 120". We have numbers, and that doesn't always lend itself to large antlers. If you're looking for 75"-100" bucks, then you'll be happy as a pig in slop.

If I want to harvest a 140+" deer, I'd need to go elsewhere. I've considered it and may very well try an Ohio or Kentucky outfitter at some point in the future. As our quality (healthy) hunting years wind down, having quality hunts seems more important. If you have the means, I say go for it. Just remember that its hunting. Don't be surprised if mother nature throws a warm spell right in the middle of the one week you planned all year to hunt. Its easy to adjust and take a day off when you're at home. It plainly sucks if you're out of state and committed to those dates you paid for no matter what.
Micro Suppressor 400 TD/TACT-100/16.5" Spynal Tapps
Micro 340 TD Realtree Timber/TACT-100/16.5" Spynal Tapps
Matrix 350 SE/TACT-100/18" Zombies

papa bear1
Posts: 1320
Joined: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:30 am
Location: southwest missouri in the ozarks

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by papa bear1 » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:09 pm

janesy wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:26 pm
xcaliber wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:33 pm
OK, although we hunt Indiana which has liberal deer hunting rules, and an abundance of licenses available to both residents, and non-residents, and we have private land most years to hunt, there is limited numbers of trophy bucks to hunt. Although we may get an opportunity at a nice one, the idea of expanding that opportunity is something that appeals to me as I get older, and the years I have left to do this are questionable with my conditions. That said, I have decided to pursue opportunities in another state. We decided Ohio for many reasons, but mainly the closeness to our home area just in case something goes bad with my health. To drill down further we have decide to try an outfitter and picked Brushy Fork Outfitters. I have not yet locked in, but might do so next week. I would opt for a guided hunt, and their success rate is 75% on bucks coming in over 140" and there is a penalty for shooting one smaller. There are doe opportunities also for those that don't want to go home empty handed. Of course I want to kill a big buck, but wish to have the Kid get one more than myself, but hope to double up. I can hunt with my Excalibur, so win, win!
I'm conflicted however. but getting closer to pulling the proverbial trigger on the opportunity. The owners have properties in three counties in central Ohio, and thousands of acres to hunt on. In a way I feel like it's cheating or making it too easy, on the other hand I'm thinking since it is fair chase hunting, but guided it's still legitimate hunting, and I still have to make the shot. I need a push in the positive direction to commit to this. Here are my points that persuade me in that direction.
1. Opportunity is high because of the management, and restriction on taking smaller bucks.
2. I'll hunt in my traditional fashions here in Indiana before, and after the trip.
3. I can afford to do it without taking monies from the family budget.
4. I'm not getting any younger. :roll:
5. I'm still using archery equipment.

Link: http://brushyforkoutfitters.com/

We're planning on the third week of October, or possibly the last week. Please let me know your thoughts, and if anyone hunts this area, or even better has any personal experience with this outfitter. I have spoken with two guys in charge of the operations in length, and they really seem legitimate.

Thanks folks in advance, anxious to read some input, even negative actually before I drop $$ on this idea. :eusa-popcorn:

Thought a little harder about it. I don't think you should do it. Fact of the matter is that you don't know what the land is like. you haven't seen the accommodations. The food may be inedible. The guides could be complete mucktards. It might be too hard for you. It might be too easy for you. They may not even speak English.

So, because I'm a nice guy and just willing enough to throw myself on your perverbial grenade. Book the first trip ... and I'll go on your behalf and report back. With pics

Let me know, I'll start packing.
You beat me to it janesy. :problem: :lol: :lol:


OOps my bad. :oops:

Dave :eusa-dance:
Last edited by papa bear1 on Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
Be safe in all you do! See ya in the woods!!!
2010 Equinox/ Known as Doe Bow
Firebolts
Swhacker BH,s 125 grn
cheek pad /excell string
D-Bars
S-5,s
vixenmaster custom strings

W.Miguire
Posts: 1592
Joined: Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:26 pm
Location: Washington Island Wisc.

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by W.Miguire » Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:36 pm

Go for it Dan , you will have the time of your life. I had a chance to go to Manitoba and I had a blast . took the largest buck in camp that season. the only thing I didn't like I only hunted 35 min. :thumbup: just go and enjoy yourself
W.M.

Timbrhuntr
Posts: 524
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:16 pm

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by Timbrhuntr » Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:58 pm

I looked them up on another bowhunting site and they seem to have pretty good outfitters reviews. They have 41 reviews 39 5/5 and 2 4/5 and out of the 41 27 reported being successful.

longbow joe
Posts: 3382
Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:55 pm
Location: south eastern pa (bucks county)

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by longbow joe » Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:02 am

Seems like ..everyone here wants to go to ohio to shoot a big one.
Micro 335 camo crossbones /matrix 330 nikon bolt /vixen ll / offspring with a micro stock crossbones/ matrix 355 with a micro stock crossbones/ metal ibex (adopted manco morto)/Phoenix/ trigger tec's /xacts/super freak ex's/ spitfires/zombies

xcaliber
Posts: 11384
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:35 pm
Location: NW Indiana

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by xcaliber » Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:16 am

longbow joe wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:02 am
Seems like ..everyone here wants to go to ohio to shoot a big one.
I'm waiting for the Kid to say yep / no. I'm working on a third guy too! 8)
Matrix 380 (Max) Nikon P3 / TT / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Axe 340 Kryptek (Axe) Nikon P3 / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Vortex (Kix) Nikon P3 / TT / Bigfoot / SWAT Hybrid Heads

xcaliber
Posts: 11384
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:35 pm
Location: NW Indiana

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by xcaliber » Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:24 am

Timbrhuntr wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:58 pm
I looked them up on another bowhunting site and they seem to have pretty good outfitters reviews. They have 41 reviews 39 5/5 and 2 4/5 and out of the 41 27 reported being successful.
I spoke with them on the phone, and you can tell right off these guys have it together. I'm hoping to lock in next week. :wink:
Matrix 380 (Max) Nikon P3 / TT / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Axe 340 Kryptek (Axe) Nikon P3 / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Vortex (Kix) Nikon P3 / TT / Bigfoot / SWAT Hybrid Heads

mr meat
Posts: 4790
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:40 pm
Location: The land of ice and snow North Bay

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by mr meat » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:33 am

As they say, Just Do It!
vixen 11
exocet 175 with Aging custom stock #27
Exocet 175
exocet 200

matrix 355
Micro Camo 335
Micro Nightmare 335
380 Lynx
BJ custom arrows
Boo string on vixen

User avatar
Doe Master
Site Admin
Posts: 4609
Joined: Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:57 am
Location: Baden , Ontario

Re: Just thinking so far!

Post by Doe Master » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:40 am

My advice is to do it . :)
It is a memory that will live forever . Me and Dad did a hunt in Saskatchewan . Neither one of us shot the biggest deer but we had a blast . Our thoughts were people pay for leases or hunt camps every year and we don`t . So the money we would have spent on that went into a hunt instead .
People at times get wrapped up in the words guided hunt . If you go visit a friend to hunt on their property isn`t that a guided hunt then . You may not pay with money but bringing wobbly pops or food is still a payment of sorts .
If your son or a friend can go then it is an experience of a lifetime . A bond . :)
Prone est ut nos es plurimus periculosus

Post Reply