A stroll in the woods…

This past Saturday morning, a buddy of mine picked me up and we went scouting for turkeys on public Game Management Land.

When he picked me up he said that he suggested I bring one of my pistols – which I responded by simply lifting my sweatshirt and showed him my holstered XD.

a creek

I asked him if there was a particular reason why – and he replied that there are “A LOT of hogs in the area.”


Once we arrived to our destination we entered the woods in total darkness and spent the next 4 hours hiking down different paths as well as venturing off into the thick stuff every-so-often. 

Being out in nature is not something that I am able to do often enough. I absolutely love it and really helps in reducing stress and putting things in life in perspective.

When you take the tie to take a look around at what God has provided us – it is absolutely beautiful.

I was pretty impressed as their was little evidence of man besides the logging road we walked down. Like many of you already know – hunters tend to love the land they hunt and take care of it. 

tree stand
An abandoned tree stand.

My buddy blew his calls several times hoping to hear some gobblers. Nothing was heard. Most likely the males and females are still moving together.

Once they separate – then the gobbling will begin. The forest was certainly not quite though. Birds were chirping up a storm and I could hear a rooster from a nearby farm.

fresh turkey tracks

Tracks were everywhere. As you can see from the picture above – turkeys were present – just not heard.

These tracks were VERY fresh and we probably just missed seeing. Very close by was also a set of what is likely coyote tracks. Deer and coyote tracks were everywhere.

animal tracks
Some more tracks – dog or coyote?

buck track

Like is most areas of the country – deer hunting is HUGE in Southeast. I have never seen so many tracks in all my life. We recently had a long torrential downpour – so all tracks were made within the past couple days.

wild boar skull

Evidence of wild pig presence can be seen in the picture above. These animals are a serious threat to many farms from South Carolina to Texas and beyond.

They populate at an unbelievable rate – and can be dangerous. Those tusks are no joke.

My buddy offered to take me back out on a hunting trip in a few weeks and I am seriously thinking about it. Could use some turkey in my freezer.


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5 thoughts on “A stroll in the woods…”

  1. Rourke, It is amazing how you can clear your mind of all the crap that daily life leaves behind when you are out in the element that god intended for us to be in. I love going up in the mountains and hiking and just looking around. It is surprising what you can see if you just open your eyes and pay attention to your surroundings. Sadly time spent in nature goes by way to fast. Pretty sweet that you saw all the tracks everywhere, to bad you didn’t see any turkey but I am sure when you go this next time they will be running around everywhere. You will bag a few I am sure of it. Sounds like you had a great time.

  2. There is nothing quite as refreshing as spending some time in the woods and observing nature. I have two young children and we love to take them to the state game lands down the road and explore.

    Also, I read somewhere that if there is a societal breakdown, feral hogs might be the last food source. They are very intelligent, and therefore difficult to find, and they breed so quickly that they might not be wiped out.

  3. What Rourke is seeing is what I’ve been seeing for a great many years. A little personal Info BB gun 5yo, .22cal 6yo at Christmas, crazy about females since 14yo (now spouse) age 54. Retired NG been in the construction industry since 17yo, I would have drawn a retirement in 2016 if SHNHTF. I’m for all our founding fathers built this country on. Their are so many people out their with their head in the sand that haven’t got an idea what the NWO have been on for the past 100+ yrs. The current DC Corp has awaken few supisous patriots. My new wife of 2 yrs (first one past in 05 0f 22 yrs) went to high school with me 2 yrs younger at times have thought I’m a little overboard for when I leave the house my Boyt Bag like a purse (Colt MDL 70 1911)has been with me since WACO, a High Standard 22mag in pocket, CASE in other. In the event I should have to travel over 25-30 miles from the house I’ll have my BMaster with 7 extra clips or my Win 1300 with plenty of BShot. If I didn’t have these tools with me how in the world could I protect my wife, your wife, old people, kids and assist a rapist or robber in taking a Dirt Napp. Most everybody thats knows me, including Local Law, City, County, and local STroopers, know I were a White Hat. My father trained me well and the military trained me better and the woods taught me more.
    The Preparedness tip for today is, when their was no current the only means of preserving food was smoke or salt. Smoking being difficult process for most people being expensive nor pracitable for most, chose salt. You can obtain livestock salt for under $10.00 for 50lbs currently. Then you can pack your meat and fish salt.

    Rourke should you print theirs no spell check and list as SGTCARTER Your doing a good thing.

    Randy Lunsford Keep your powder dry and your gun loaded


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