Final Touches on Barn & Paul’s Big Buck

Roofing WorkThis weekend Paul, Eli and Luke worked on the final step in finishing our pole barn – roofing metal. Shade and protection from rain with a large area for cooking and relaxing. Yeehaw.

The Pig is a work in progress just like getting to know where the deer are and their habits. We’re learning it slowing but surely.

Paul w/Monster RackWhile the guys were out there this weekend Paul scored a little buck.

He said it’s a six point but I’d love to know what Joe would think of that!

I think you should write him a comment about that big rack in his hands. All I can say is, “He’ll eat pretty good!”

Joe’s First Buck

Joe's BuckJoe is currently king of the Pig. Here he is with his first ever buck. A nice 6pt. That smile says it all. So far Joe is the only member with a buck.

The rut is not on yet. We saw a lot of deer, a lot of small does to be precise. We kind of lost count. All four of us hunting harvested a doe to get some meat in the cooler and while we were hunting, some meat in our bellies!

We hope to be back out in November during the rut so look for some more hunt updates at that time.

I’ve started a photo album for the hunt here: 2014/15 Crystal Pig Hunt Club Photo Album. That’s hunt life in pictures.

Joe Gets a Doe

Joe Gets a DoeIt’s deer season at The Pig (short for Crystal Pig Hunt Club). On opening day Saturday Paul, Luke, Joe and I were on location. We all got a doe that day! Now, it’s time for a buck. We’re not in the rut yet. We’ve seen over 30 does and only 2 bucks so far.

In the pick, Joe gets his first deer, pictured with his Dad and my brother Paul. You want to talk about excited. He got it with his first shot too.

So, we’ve had some good fresh venison on the grill and in a stew and I think some more recipes are coming.

Now back to the hunt.

Deer Farmers Association

North American Deer Farmers AssociationThanks to the Farm Bill I just learned about the North American Deer Farmers Association. Farm Bill? Yep. They sent me a release about their take on the legislation which is happy, happy, happy. I’m thinking of joining. I may not actually farm deer but work a property lease where we harvest them!

The North American Deer Farmers Association was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

For more information about NADeFA programs and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit

New Holland Rustler Makes Deer Pickup a Snap

New Holland Rustler Deer PickupI’ve been waiting to show you how easy a New Holland Rustler makes deer pickup. On my last two days of deer hunting I got a 4pt. buck. I was able to drag him to the firebreak around the property which is wide enough for 4-wheelers and utility vehicles. Then I walked back to where the Rustler was parked and with my nephew Joe and brother Paul we picked him up and got him hung up in a tree back at camp.

We had to cross a creek and put some boards over it thinking we might need them. But I didn’t stay on them and we still drove right across. This Rustler 4-seater has a long base which allows the front tires to get across a space like the creek and just keep pulling away since it’s also 4-wheel drive! I still did a lot of walking on this hunt but having a Rustler nearby is very handy.

If you’re interested in this beast of a machine you can find out more about them on the website or at your local New Holland dealer.

From the Archives

Luke First DeerHere’s one of my favorite photos from the archives. This is Luke’s first deer, first buck and it was a monster!

On Luke’s first hunt back in 2005 on opening day Paul walked him to the ground blind we had set up for him. He started walking to his stand and had not gone far when he heard the first shot. The one that took down this buck. He turned back toward the stand and saw the buck doing a wild dance as Luke proceeded to sling some more lead in his general direction. None of them hit. The first one was all that was needed.

When asked later, “Son, do you know what you’ve done?” Luke said something like, “I dunno.” Well what he had done was kill one of the biggest bucks and biggest racks in all our years of hunting up to that date!

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

First Deer in Camp

First Deer in CampIt’s the first day of the Georgia Crystal Pig Hunt Club deer hunt! It has been a good morning so far. I got the first camp meat, this nice doe. I saw another one and couple turkeys come down off their roost.

I got off my stand and drove over to the deer and loaded it on the New Holland Rustler. Thank you New Holland. Great machine! After putting this one in the cooler I’m getting ready to head on out to the afternoon hunt.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

2013 Rustler Hunt Photos

Hunt Camp MorningIt’s a morning view like this that really makes hunting camp memorable. We’ve got a beautiful work day started here at the CPHC.

Speaking of photos . . . here’s where I’m collecting photos from this year’s hunt. They include a very wet first work day and first camp out and work days. Now I’m adding photos as we prepare to hunt some deer and I’ll be updating when time allows.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album