Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

October 26, 2014

Grandson Garrett gets a spike deer


Youth Weekend for Deer Hunting in Texas

yielded nice spike buck deer for

Grandson Garrett

October 22, 2014

11-year-old hunter bags rare albino deer

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 7:56 pm

HOWELL, Mich. — It’s rare that an 11-year-old hunter bags a 12-point buck with a crossbow.

It’s even more rare when that buck is an albino deer.

Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township took down the trophy buck last week while hunting with his father, Mick Dingman.

“He kind of feels like a rock star right now. Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines,” Mick Dingman said.

The Dingmans had spotted the albino deer several times over the past couple of years and had even snapped photos of it.

“The whole neighborhood is familiar with it. Quite a few of the guys in the neighborhood were trying to get it,” Mick Dingman said.

Mick Dingman said Gavin and his brother Graham, 13, were arguing during dinner over whose turn it was to hunt with their father Monday evening. Luckily for Gavin, it was his turn.

When he saw the albino deer, Gavin said he was “very nervous” as he took aim with his crossbow.

“My dad was just like, ‘Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you’re not 100 percent, we don’t want to injure it,’ ” the boy recalled.

Gavin’s shot from about 30 yards was true. “I double-lunged it,” he said.

It wasn’t Gavin’s first buck. He shot a six-pointer “straight through the heart” last year with a crossbow, he said.

Mick Dingman said he had total confidence in his son’s ability to take the albino deer.

“I’ve had people tell me, ‘You should have taken the shot. You don’t let an 11-year-old take a shot at a deer like that,’ ” he said. “To me, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter if it’s a spike or a doe or a trophy deer. If you have confidence in them, it shouldn’t matter what they are shooting at.”

Gavin will have a large trophy to remind him of his hunting success. The family is having a taxidermist create a full-body mount of the deer.

“It’s too rare and too pretty not to spend the extra money and have the whole thing done,” Mick Dingman said.

Gavin said his friends and classmates have been impressed with his rare feat.

“They are like, wow, that is so cool,” he said.

How rare is an albino deer?

In a December 2013 report published by USA TODAY, Wisconsin naturalist John Bates, co-author of “White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest,” said albino deer are born once in about 20,000 births. Some biologists claim only one in 100,000 deer is born albino, the report said.



grand daughter KJ came to visit her papaw


October 21, 2014

TPWD Reminds Hunters about Proper Deer Carcass Disposal

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 7:16 am
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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds hunters throughout the state to properly dispose of carcasses from harvested deer to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in deer. This is particularly important for harvested mule deer taken inside the Chronic Wasting Disease Containment Zone, which covers portions of Hudspeth and El Paso counties, and the surrounding High Risk Zone.

“Because many hunters process their own deer, they are key players in slowing the spread of diseases such as CWD,” said Ryan Schoeneberg, Big Game Program Specialist with TPWD. “One possible way that disease can spread is by the transportation and improper disposal of carcass parts.”

Deer can become infected with CWD if they come into contact with other infected deer or an environment contaminated with CWD prions. While CWD prions are found ubiquitously throughout the body of an infected deer, they are known to accumulate in the brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, and lymph nodes.

CWD was first found in Texas in Hudspeth and El Paso counties two years ago and the disease appears to be limited to those remote areas thanks in large part to hunter diligence, restricting unnatural movement of deer, and ongoing measures to monitor and sample for evidence of the disease.

Hunters who harvest deer in the Containment Zone are required to present the unfrozen head of the deer to a designated check station within 24 hours of take in order to have tissue samples removed for CWD testing. Additionally, hunters in this area should not take whole deer carcasses out of the Containment Zone, or carcass parts that contain brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, or lymph nodes, according to Shawn Gray, mule deer program leader for TPWD. “We recommend hunters in the Containment Zone and High Risk Zone quarter deer in the field and leave all but the quarters, backstraps and head at the site of harvest, if it is not possible to bury the inedible carcass parts on the ranch or take them to a landfill.”

Hunters are urged to follow these safe handling recommendations:

Proper Carcass Disposal

  • Avoid cutting through bones, spine, or brain when processing deer carcasses.
  • Remove meat in the field and leave the carcass behind. Bury it if possible.
  • If processing harvested deer in camp or at home, place carcass parts in trash bags and properly dispose of them through a trash service or landfill.
  • Take harvested deer to a licensed commercial processor to assure proper carcass disposal.
  • For taxidermy work, use a licensed taxidermist to assure proper carcass disposal.

Safe Parts to Transport

  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spine or head attached,
  • Hides or capes from which all excess tissue has been removed,
  • Antlers, including antlers attached to skull plates or skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue.

For more information visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/

October 20, 2014

Prospects Good for Texas Deer Season

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:25 am



AUSTIN – If early field reports by bow hunters and those hunting on Managed Lands Deer Permit properties are a sign of things to come, Texas hunters should see deer in good condition and above average numbers of mature bucks when the general season kicks off Nov. 1 statewide.

“I had a report of a bow hunter in Walker County connecting on a buck that scored 163 B&C (Boone & Crockett scoring system),” said Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department White-tailed Deer Program Leader. “It turns out it was the hunter’s first time to bow hunt. I got another report of a 183 B&C buck harvested in Atascosa County on a low-fenced MLD property.”

Cain noted he’s received several reports indicating decent antler quality this year so hunters should be in for a nice surprise with the quality of bucks they are seeing.

The general season runs through Jan. 4, 2015 in the 209 counties that comprise the North Zone and through Jan. 18, 2015 in the 30 counties of the South Zone. For county specific regulations, check the 2014-15 Outdoor Annual — Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations available at hunting license sales outlets, online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us and as a free mobile app download on iOS and Android platforms at www.txoutdoorannual.com/app.

When it comes to deer, wildlife biologists use rainfall as a barometer for gauging hunting season because of the direct correlation between rainfall and impacts to habitat during certain times of the year (primarily as it relates to nutrition and cover deer need). Rainfall or a lack thereof can significantly impact deer body condition, antler quality and fawn production – the end results are what hunters see each fall.

According to Cain, mast crops (acorns, mesquite beans, etc.) that provide a good forage resource to help deer meet the demands of raising fawns and growing antlers during the stressful part of the summer have been in good supply this year. Those native food sources appear to be carrying over into the fall, which means some hunters may have to contend with native food sources competing with artificial feeders early in the season.

“Precipitation has greened up vegetation around much of the state in the last month and with green conditions deer aren’t utilizing feeders as much,” Cain added. “The green vegetation and warm temperatures in October have made hunting a little tough, but there are a few folks having some luck.”

Texas whitetail population estimates have remained fairly stable over the last few decades at around 4 million deer. Hunters can expect to see about the same number of deer as in 2013. Bottom line from a hunter perspective is there will be plenty of animals to pursue.

October 18, 2014

Grandson practicing his welding skills

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 7:37 pm

garrett-101814a garrett-101814Grandson Garrett is fabricating a ladder tree stand for deer hunting.

He’s learning to weld in one of his classes at school.

October 7, 2014

A few recent game camera photos

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Notice all were night photos.

And all were young deer.

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