Iccyman001's 2017 Journal

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  1. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    It's that time of the year to officially kick off the 2017 season!
    2016 was another fantastic year with lots of fun, friends, and great memories!

    As some of you may know, I recently moved to Florida due to work and my wife and I had our first baby! (Remi Mae)

    Don't let that fool you though...this will be another giant year with hunts all over the US. There aren't may things that can keep me from the western mountains! :wave::wave::wave:

    I won't bore you with all this years possibilities yet, but I'd rather give roll right into this year because yesterday my 2017 was officially started off with a BANG....or should I say a benelli supernova BOOM ;)


    I hope you enjoy!









    Previous Journals:
    http://www.missouriwhitetails.com/forums/showthread.php?t=204939
    2016^

    http://www.missouriwhitetails.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196539
    2015^

    http://www.missouriwhitetails.com/forums/showthread.php?t=180633
    2014^
     
  2. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    Yesterday was such a fun day and amazing day.
    I OFFICIALLY KILLED MY FIRST LONG BEARD! :eek::

    This was my second year turkey hunting and after killing 4 jakes last year, I was set on a long beard. The season opened March 18th and I have been chasing them on the weekends.
    I've had so many run ins, but everything was out of range.
    If I had my bow they would stop at 50 yards and if I had my shotgun they would stop at 80.

    Well yesterday this bird practically landed in my lap and presented me with maybe a 10 yard shot or less :D
    17 lbs, 10.5" beard, and 1" spurs, public land bird!:eek::

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    I was so fired up and now I'm ready to go fill my last tag for Florida!
    I'm also going to try my little heart out and do it with a bow!
     

  3. jawesome357

    jawesome357 The Instigator

    Oct 31, 2013
    The only OC
    Subscribed and following! Congrats on the Thunder chicken man and good luck with the rest of your year!
     
  4. DonJuan

    DonJuan Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    S.E. Mo.
    Gonna be a good thread to follow for all you newbies :D
     
  5. 260rem

    260rem Member

    327
    Nov 2, 2014
    Kc area
    That's a great bird. Congrats!
     
  6. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    Thank you!! :eek::

    Im going to give it my all to make it another fun year! :eek::
    I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. :D

    Thank you! Good luck to you too this year!
     
  7. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    One thing that I have to put out as a disclaimer every year is I plan A LOT of hunts because I always have to be flexible... work can have me in one spot today and in another country tomorrow. So I need to adapt and overcome so I can hunt as much as possible :D


    So lets start with where we are at right now.

    My applications are in for New Mexico right now.
    I did my usual: elk, deer, antelope, oryx, ibex, and bighorn sheep.
    I'm a glass half full kind of person so I am willing to bet I get a tag or two!

    What's nice about this year and I'll touch up on it later, is for the first time ever.... I have some private land options available for two NM tags. I won't say which they are yet, but I am VERY excited.

    So for those two species I put in for the best units possible for the draw. So that way if I do draw I have awesome hunts ahead of me. If not I have these two tags for a 45K acre ranch that barely gets hunted. :D More to come on that!

    I've got an application in for Maine Moose and Kentucky elk.
    I bought a preference point for Colorado deer.
    I've bought a couple super tags so far for Wyoming and I still have Idaho and Montana super tags to purchase.

    April 4th I'll apply for Oklahoma elk, deer, antelope and turkey controlled hunts.

    Then depending on how the NM draws go I'll either be applying for some Wyoming hunts or just buy preference points for the year.

    I've also got a great year for whitetail hunting ahead of me.
    I'll be chasing them in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Florida and possibly Alabama.


    I also still have another Florida turkey tag and I'll be hunting Kentucky opener for turkeys.

    I should mention that depending on how the NM draws go I will be applying for either a Moose Idaho tag or Idaho mule deer controlled hunt.

    There are plenty of other things I always throw in too like OTC hunting ID, MT, and applying for a couple of controlled hunts in Florida and Tennessee!


    We also have hogs, coyotes, and FISHING!!!!!





    So as you can imagine... this will be a VERY FUN YEAR!!!! :eek:::eek:::eek::
     
  8. EZRA

    EZRA Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2016
    Cool! But what about sheds
     
  9. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    That's coming too!
    I'm hoping to shed hunt Florida, Kentucky, and New Mexico this year!

    I've actually found a few so far this year (small ones). I'll post them here soon because I have a few stories to post to catch up from the year. :eek::
     
  10. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    So I have a few stories to post from earlier this year so I'll start off with Florida.
    After moving here at the beginning of the hunting season, it was a mad dash to find some hunting spots and hit the ground running.

    After a fun season of chasing a big deer (he won, but he won't be so lucky this upcoming season) it was time that I really learned this area.

    Down here in the NW Florida panhandle we have a 265K acre range that we can hunt that is run by the Air Force. It's broken down into many different units with different rules. I.E archery areas, gun areas, dog areas, etc.

    My goal is to take the entire off season and walk as much of the place as I can. I want to find food sources, sign from last season, bedding area, water and more.
    Once I have some core areas narrowed down then I can start focusing on the mechanics of each area.

    Ideally I'd like to find areas that require you do go in a little deeper than most of the weekend hunters. There are LOTS of people who road hunt or hunt right off the road, so if I can break off just a little, it really makes the area much better.

    I can kill turkeys, hogs, and 2 deer a day while I am here.

    Before turkey season started I spent time on an area that you could not drive your vehicle into. I would walk anywhere from a half mile to eight miles in.....

    I found TONS of turkey and deer sign, so it got me excited!

    Here's some of the stuff I've found so far.

    Shed #1 of the year
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    I found these about three miles in from the nearest road. It was RANK and just screamed hog wallow!

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    Shed #2 of the year

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  11. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    I found one place that got me VERY excited about for when the season opens.
    It seems like a secluded area that not many people know about.

    It's a little body of water that is surrounded by mud and cover.
    I found bear crap, hog sign, deer sign and turkeys. :eek::

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    Well, I had to see what was running around so I put up a camera..... ;)
    It didn't take long to see I'm gonna like this place.

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    Every time I head out to this place I find fresh sign of all sorts. Deer, turkey, and hogs!

    It's a very target rich environment and there is a spot that is PERFECT for my climber. I cannot wait to get out there and hopefully arrow some animals. :eek:::wave:
     
  12. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    Another thing I am really excited about sharing with you this year is me trying to figure out how to fish! I've been a couple times, but it was never anything I really took seriously. Now that I like in an area with great fresh and salt water fishing, I decided that it would be a good way to keep myself busy in off seasons! :eek::

    I was able to convince a coworker to take me fishing earlier in March.
    I explained to him that I understood how fishing spots are like hunting spots. You treasure them and tell no one else about them! He liked that I could relate and also was really excited when I told him if he brought me.... I'd cook ;)

    So I packed my Coleman stove up in my pack, cookware, spices, and the fixings for ORYX BURGERS... YUM!

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    It was a nice relaxing evening. I was able to try out a new hobby and do another one that I love.... COOKING!

    I caught this little guy within the first hour!

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    My coworker landed himself a nice 4lb'r

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    and I kept up my end of the deal.......


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    If anyone ever wants to take me fishing, I can cook! :D:rolleyes::wave:
     
  13. BustinBucks

    BustinBucks I will use the report button

    Jul 31, 2006
    Eagleville, MO
    Sounds like an interesting journal here
     
  14. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    I figure worst case scenario is I can post a bunch of pictures for you guys and food porn. :D


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    Best case you'll get that stuff and much much more!:eek::
     
  15. BustinBucks

    BustinBucks I will use the report button

    Jul 31, 2006
    Eagleville, MO
    What does your wife do while you're out traveling on hunting trips and work adventures?
     
  16. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    Generally my big hunts fall when she's working or around time's she can go visit family back home.
    Other than that she's usually just working and holding down the fort.

    I do everything I can to keep a fine balance all throughout the year.
    When it's an off season I'm doing anything and everything she wants.
    She's a teacher so during the summer (thankfully the off season) we do a lot of traveling/exploring.
    She's also really good about coming out scouting or shed hunting with me.
    She loves camping so it's easy to kill a few birds with one stone.

    She's also super happy and occupied with our new baby. :eek::

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    I'm also pretty good about not pushing the limits too far. I can tell when I need to stay home for the day verse going out, so I pick and choose my battles.


    As far as work adventures.... that's a whole different story.
    She prefers I go on those while she's working because it makes time go by faster, but I have no control over that, so we make do!
     
  17. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    It's official............... I'm hunting NM elk again!!!!!!
    Same unit as the last three years!!!!!!
     
  18. Hooks

    Hooks Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Down the bayou
    When will you be going to the Valle Vidal on your turkey hunt?
     
  19. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    Not this weekend, but the next!
    I'm leaving tomorrow after work to head up to Kentucky.
    I'll glass and scout Friday and then hunt Saturday and Sunday.

    Then I'll work next week and head off to NM. :eek::





    There is a small looming chance that due to "current events", I may have to conduct some work businesses overseas....
    Cant say too much, but Valle has a small chance of getting nix'd. :confused:

    That's why I'm blitzing to KY, just in case!:eek::
     
  20. iccyman001

    iccyman001 Member

    776
    Sep 30, 2013
    I barely slept last night.....

    The thought of chasing elk got me all fired up, I gave Idaho $2400 to hold onto for a moose permit (9% draw odds), and I am leaving for KY today!!!!!
    It's going to be such a great year!!!! :D :D