I ain't no "Jeremiah Johnson".....


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Rembrandt
December 30, 2009, 06:12 PM
Always enjoyed the movie "Jeremiah Johnson" and envisioned that I could handle the mountain man life just fine.....well this last hunt proved me wrong. As the crusty old trapper Bear Claw Chis Lapp called Johnson, I too would be a "Starvin Pilgrim" if I were a mountain man.

We've had 28" of snow this past month, so deep I purchased a pair of snowshoes just to keep from sinking to my waist. By far the hardest hunting I've done in 40+ years.

Half afraid to shoot something knowing that it had to be hauled nearly a mile through deep snow. Pictures may tell it better than I..........

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With snow shoes I learned quickly to keep feet apart to prevent tripping over myself...
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Snow shoes don't work too well in corn fields.....stalks trip you up.
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Wasn't what I was after, but so exhausted it looked pretty good. Hunting is over this year for this Starvin Pilgrim.....and I'm glad.

Dropped him with the ol' Desert Eagle.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Wildlife/IMG_1354.jpg

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Water-Man
December 30, 2009, 06:16 PM
Good for you! I would be a Starvin Pilgrim now-a-days.

Fremmer
December 30, 2009, 06:35 PM
Well done. At least you can climb over those barbed fences....

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 30, 2009, 06:37 PM
I hear ya on the starvin thing - I don't think many of us are as tough as we think we are.

Have to ask though - why would you pass up a good meat doe, and why would you instead harvest a little buck like that 2.5 year old? As per usual, I am confused. You are aware that the fewer does there are, the easier it is to get the BIG bucks to possibly come out during the day during the rut (at least a better chance), don'tcha? Looks like the ratio there is probably terrible, and you just made it worse, not to mention took out a little one that looks like he had potential. Never understood why hunters would do that (like some of my friends), espec. since YOU lamented in another thread that you never got the REALLY big one, despite years of trying - I think I'm seeing why.

wyohome
December 30, 2009, 06:57 PM
You sure have short fences where you live.

Rembrandt
December 30, 2009, 07:06 PM
Have to ask though - why would you pass up a good meat doe, and why would you instead harvest a little buck like that 2.5 year old? As per usual, I am confused. You are aware that the fewer does there are, the easier it is to get the BIG bucks to possibly come out during the day during the rut (at least a better chance), don'tcha? Looks like the ratio there is probably terrible, and you just made it worse, not to mention took out a little one that looks like he had potential. Never understood why hunters would do that (like some of my friends), espec. since YOU lamented in another thread that you never got the REALLY big one, despite years of trying

You're right about letting him go another year or two. Compared to the doe's he was with, his body size was substantially larger than anything that had come within range which meant more meat. True, haven't gotten the Big One yet, but it's not because there's a shortage of them.

308win
December 30, 2009, 07:15 PM
When I read your post all I could think about was all of those "what goes in my BOB" and the people who think they are going to grab their BOB, vamoose to the hills, and live off the land.

Congrats on the deer.

Ridgerunner665
December 30, 2009, 07:22 PM
No matter how hungry you are...

DO NOT eat the "yellow snow". :barf::D

Nice buck...

hogshead
December 30, 2009, 07:43 PM
The does aint got no handles to drag'em with. Figured a doc woulda known that.

H&Hhunter
December 30, 2009, 08:05 PM
What caliber is that Desert Eagle?

Rembrandt
December 30, 2009, 08:57 PM
...What caliber is that Desert Eagle?

.44 mag

H&Hhunter
December 31, 2009, 12:32 AM
Nice rig,

I've always though that one of those would make a neat little hunting gun.

X-Rap
December 31, 2009, 12:46 AM
You in Iowa?

trickyasafox
December 31, 2009, 01:13 AM
by me thats a good buck! Nice shooting

caribou
December 31, 2009, 05:39 AM
Is that Hatchet Jacks rifle?

He lived 3 years in a cave up the Musselshell with a She Panther.......She never got used of 'em.....

Rembrandt
December 31, 2009, 08:19 AM
You in Iowa?

Yep....tough hunting this year.



....Is that Hatchet Jacks rifle?

Nope, it's a genuine Knight MK85 50 cal, first year production....Hatchet Jack would have liked it. At least I didn't have to worry about Griz and a whole tribe of Crow Injuns after my scalp.

Sav .250
December 31, 2009, 08:21 AM
Kind of reminded me of my time spent in Maine. Snow shoes and all...........

Great pic`s...... :)

Rembrandt
December 31, 2009, 11:31 AM
....DO NOT eat the "yellow snow".



I was trying to write my name......if you look at just right, you can almost make out an "R"

X-Rap
December 31, 2009, 11:33 AM
Man I miss the hunting in Iowa and yes even the winters. Its gotten so much better that it was in the 70's. Nice buck and its cool that you can hunt with handguns now.

Tim the student
December 31, 2009, 11:55 AM
Originally Posted by X-Rap
You in Iowa?

Yep....tough hunting this year.

Sure is. Not a lot of fun humping the hills with waist deep drifts.

Nice buck - good job.

scmerrill71
January 1, 2010, 12:18 AM
i think ive seen that movie 3 times in the last 2 weeks and im still a "starvin pilgrim", but my day will come , just like jeremiahs`s did. nice buck...

deerhunter61
January 1, 2010, 12:51 AM
Yep I know exactly what you mean Rembrandt. We got some snow here this past Tuesday and it was some real tough hunting...:D

Here is a photo...I have always wanted to hunt in snow and this is as good as it has ever been. I think I would like to try something like you have experienced here.

I can guarantee you I am not Jeremiah Johnson though.

Oh and I am in the Texas Hill Country.

41 Mag
January 1, 2010, 07:36 AM
Nice hunt and deer for the conditions.

Thing you got to remember is nowadays, most of us aren't used to dealing with conditions like that on a regular basis, so your right we're all a bunch of Pilgrims. In those days however, you either learned all of the little tricks growing up, very quickly there after, or simply became part of the wilderness on one form or another.

I have to say, that show is at the top of my list for all time favorites. We don't have any grizz's like ol Jack had to deal with around these parts, but we got some pretty danged big ol hogs, and we refer to them as "East Texas Grizzly's". On occasion they really live up to the nickname as well.

Thanks for sharing.

Marlin 45 carbine
January 1, 2010, 08:44 AM
congrats on the buck. here in the WNC mountains (Blue Ridge/Smokies) where we see the occasional 0d F. temps and 18" maybe more of the white stuff (usually mixed with sleet) my lower back and knees ache like the dickens when that stuff is on the ground. no going out in stuff like that for me.

d2wing
January 3, 2010, 11:28 PM
Good job. I posted elsewhere about my problems with the cold and snow here in Minn. I'm glad you have big enough snowshoes. Mine are too small
for the amount of powder we have. I hear you about dragging it out. The deer here are pretty heavy.

qajaq59
January 4, 2010, 06:36 PM
Hunting on snowshoes is great when you are 25 and in good shape. Boy, that was a loooong time ago. lol

Rembrandt
January 4, 2010, 06:59 PM
....Hunting on snowshoes is great when you are 25 and in good shape. Boy, that was a loooong time ago.

Same here, I'm pushing nearly 60......no wonder I'm pooped!

d2wing
January 4, 2010, 08:02 PM
I'm over 60 and I'm about to buy another pair.

Victor1Echo
January 4, 2010, 09:03 PM
That's the problem with the whiteman--no imagination. Did the Indians (I hate using Native Americans) camp in the snow? Not if they didn't have to. You go into the mountians in the summer to keep cool, and down in the valley during winters to avoid the heat. Trappers--man were thay hard up for money.

Rembrandt
January 4, 2010, 09:16 PM
...That's the problem with the whiteman--no imagination. Did the Indians (I hate using Native Americans) camp in the snow? Not if they didn't have to. You go into the mountians in the summer to keep cool, and down in the valley during winters to avoid the heat. Trappers--man were thay hard up for money.

You may have a point, but the Trappers & Injuns didn't have a Department of Natural Resources telling them when, where, and how many critters they could take.

308win
January 4, 2010, 09:22 PM
You may have a point, but the Trappers & Injuns didn't have a Department of Natural Resources telling them when, where, and how many critters they could take.

And suddenly there were few if any critters left.

d2wing
January 6, 2010, 09:18 PM
Not true Victor. Indians live just about anywhere in Northamerica. In fact the Chippewa chased the Souix out of Northern Minnesota for mainly the wildrice.
They routinely raided each others villages. Ever hear of Canada?

X-Rap
January 6, 2010, 09:32 PM
Yea Victor not every place in North America has mountains. You are correct if you speak of the Utes and other dwellers of the Rockies but d2 has a point, the Indians up north didn't go to Mesa and Sun City in the winter.

JEB
January 9, 2010, 03:48 AM
dang, what part of iowa are you hunting? im down here in the south east corner of iowa and we never got near that much snow!

Rembrandt
January 9, 2010, 08:45 PM
...dang, what part of iowa are you hunting? im down here in the south east corner of iowa and we never got near that much snow!


Southwest corner of the state.

RangerHAAF
January 10, 2010, 12:14 PM
I hear ya on the starvin thing - I don't think many of us are as tough as we think we are.

I disagree, humans can be as tough and as hard they have to be when the circumstances require it.

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