Monday, December 21, 2015

Belchertown Moose Poached

Unbelievable... In the Belchertown area someone shot and killed this cow moose between 12-16-2015 and 12-20-2015. The cow and her calf had been seen regularly in the area. Anyone with any information on this is asked to contact the environmental police.

Please share this with as many people as possible wth hopes of finding the poachers

Saturday, December 12, 2015

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Potential MA record bear taken on Thursday!

I can't believe this bear! According to the local check station Jim Mundell from Athol checked in this 498lb Black Bear which is likely to be a new Massachusetts State record! They are still waiting for confirmation but what a monster. Just take a look at some of the pictures shared!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Massachusetts Zone 4N Buck Down

A very nice buck taken in Zone 4N on Nov 24th by Daniel Crowell.

The Background:
Daniel got this his stand around 2PM on Nov 24th for his afternoon sit. He's had this trail cam set up in this area for quite some time and had a lot of night photos of this buck. Not using any scents (no estrous or buck urine) he sat and waited.

The Shot:
He grunted this buck in at about 3:15PM and the buck came in broadside at 20 yards looking for another deer. Daniel drew his Hoyt Maxxis 35 and sent his Rage Xtreme broadhead perfectly into this big buck. A perfect heart shot.

The Recovery:
Not much blood trail but Daniel recovered this buck approximately 30 yards from penetration. Mostly internal bleeding and an easy recovery. Great deer and great execution!

10PT and 8PT buck found locked up in Zone 11

Picture courtesy of Rich W on bowsite.com



We stumbled across an article on Bowsite.com about Rich W. who hunts in Massachusetts Zone 11. He came into his stand on Saturday morning 11/21 to discover two bucks locked up and picked to the bones by the coyotes.

The picture here says it all. Rich was hunting on Wednesday but saw nothing so it had to occur between Wednesday evening and Friday night. It's a unique find for sure, lets you know that rattling may be a good option to bring in those hesitant bucks.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another Monster Massachusetts Zone 9 Buck Down



When this first came through on our BowhuntMass Instagram account I couldn't believe the pictures. This looked like a Kansas buck with a gnarly rack!

 

The Backstory:
Two weeks ago, Chris Nanof shot a small six pointer so he was tag limited. I think he made the right choice in nailing this 170lb Massachusetts 9 pointer. Heading back to a hot location Chris laid down some code blue doe in heat. This spot was on fire the morning of Nov. 14, Chris saw five deer total including three bucks, the action started around 6:25AM when a small doe came through. Next a big 8 chasing a doe came through but didn't allow for a shot at 7:15AM. Shortly after another small 8 pointer trailed behind. Chris checked his phone and received a text that his dad had just missed an "absolute monster buck", about 1500 yards from Chris' stand. Ten minutes after the text, this same monster was within 15 yards of Chris.  

The Shot:
At 7:42 AM on Saturday morning Chris buried the nock in this beast. The buck gave him a broadside shot which Chris capitalized on with his Rage 2 broadhead. 



The Recovery:
No tracking blood on this journey... the shot was perfect and laid this bad boy down within 10 yards of the shot. Excellent work, a proud moment for Chris and his dad as well!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Zone 9 Massachusetts Public Land Bruiser Down


Take a look at this big ol' public land buck dropped by 22 year-old Nick Julius.

The back story:Nick Julius was hunting a spot in Zone 9 known for it's share of big bucks. For the last four years he's caught a couple monsters on his trail cam and done his fair share of scouting. After using scent drags for a few sits Nick decided to change it up a little and try going in "stealth mode", no scent drags no estrous doe scents nothing except BowhuntMass.com's personal favorite cover scent Scent Away spray.

The shot:

Soon after Nick texted his father that he was in his stand safely this bruiser rolled over some branches nose to the ground, rolling through at ten yards. Nick hit his grunt call but the buck had something else on his mind and didn't flinch. Nick desperate to get this trophy to stop he called "HEY!", the buck stopped for just long enough for Nick to put his Schwacker broadhead into his vitals. Nick's Mathews z7 Magnum and gold tip kinetic arrow did the trick.

The Recovery:
Nick knew he hit the buck hard but didn't know exactly how much penetration he had on him. Nick did the right thing and waited the buck out about six hours until he knew it was safe to go recover the buck. He tracked the blood trail for just about 200 yards where he found this beauty next to a blowdown. A great deer on a great morning.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Massachusetts zone 8 Halloween Buck !



BowhuntMass.com follower Jonathan Lapierre shot this big ol' Zone 8 Massachusetts Buck on Halloween evening. Lapierre was using Tinks 69 and a bleat can to bring him in and viola an arrow out of a fred bear compound bow, through the vitals and a short track later (10yds!), this buck was hauled in. Great deer on Halloween!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monster Buck Taken in MA


On the evening of November 14th this Massachusetts Monster was taken down in Massachusetts. A follower of the site sent the information to me in an e-mail but asked that his name and location not be shared since he didn't want the attention or his hunting spot to be released!

The strategy used:
This hunter used the hocks off one deer#1 from a different location, rubbed them on his clothing and used this as cover scent/attractant. Once this monster smelled the foreign hocks it stopped him dead in his tracks and the hunter took care of the rest... JUST LOOK AT THE MASS on this buck!

Friday, November 13, 2015

An update on Sunday Hunting in Massachusetts

This is why we love Senator Humason, he supports and sponsors the Sunday Hunting Bill. We are in a waiting pattern but here's what we learned from reaching out to the Senator. Doesn't seem like any progress was made but at least the wheels are moving in the right direction. I like what Connecticut has done, lets hope for a mirror of that!
"Thank you for writing to Senator Humason about this matter. The Senator asked me to let you know that the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture heard public testimony on the bill on Tuesday. The Senator has submitted his own testimony in support of the bill.
From this point, the Committee will consider any testimony they have received about the matter and make a recommendation for the bill’s next step in the legislative process."- Senator Humason's Director of Communications.
 
 

Monday, November 9, 2015

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We launched some new bumper stickers a few weeks ago and they sold out quick! We got some feedback from others that they wanted something they could stick to their rear windows of their trucks. We went back to the drawing board and came up with this new design. It's 4"x6" and it's a white decal with a clear background. It's $10 and the best way to pay is through the website or send pay pal to bowhuntma@gmail.com.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sunday Hunting in Massachusetts hearing Nov. 10

According to a source, there will be a hearing on the subject at 1PM Tuesday November 10th at the Westborough Mass Wildlife office 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA.

There are four bills with respect to hunting on Sunday in Massachusetts:

Bill S.429 has been repealed
Bill H.762, H.3236, H3239 all address the repealing of the hunting ban on Sundays in Massachusetts.

The reason we support hunting on Sundays?

1. More time to hunt. One more day of hunting in Massachusetts each week gives us hunters more time to hunt. Most of us hunters are not lucky enough to work from home or to take the entire hunting season off so we're often limited by our work schedules. We'd gladly trade Monday for Sunday!

2. Economic benefits. More Hunters= More $ spent on hunting. Hunters contribute millions towards habitat restoration, preservation and conservation each year. With an extra day to hunt the hope is we can attract more hunters to the sport! One estimate says it could be a $5M-$50M revenue generator for the state.

3. Join the club. Does it feel like everyone else can hunt on Sunday? That's cause it's true! Most states (like 47!) can hunt in some fashion on Sunday. Massachusetts is one of 3 states that entirely restricts hunting on Sunday. Time to get with the times.

4. Pursuit of Happiness. Hikers can hike, walkers can walk, runners can run, thrill seekers can seek thrills, golfers can golf, bowlers can bowl on Sundays but Hunters can't Hunt on Sunday. We feel like Massachusetts hunters should be able to pursue their passions and their hobbies every day of the week!

5. Fight Lyme. More time to hunt will help manage the herd. In areas where there is more than 18 deer per square mile hunting provides herd management and helps to prevent the spread of Lyme disease.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bow Hunting Massachusetts: Key Dates of the Massachusetts Rut 2015




October is typically a slow month in Massachusetts. Only a select few bury their dream buck early season. Some even nail two like Dominic out of Dartmouth, MA who ran into two monster bucks in Southeast Massachusetts during opening week (above).



This is the first year that Bow Hunting Massachusetts has pulled together a chart of key dates. For those wondering when to take some time off from work the answers are below!

October 27th-- The full moon in October. Typically there's a lot of action around the last full moon of October. This is the first of the must hunt days in Massachusetts. If you can get in the woods for sunrise do it but if not don't be afraid to sneak out for an early afternoon hunt and see what comes out. Bucks will be just starting to look for the "early does" and starting to drop their guard. I would suggest getting some Tinks 69 putting some on the bottom of your boots and a little in a mock scrape. We have had good luck doing this in the past.

November 5th/6th-- Historically in MA these are two great days to be on the stand for morning hunts. There will be a few does in estrus at this point and the bucks will be preparing for war. Try to get out there extra early since the activity will be pretty high. Let's hope for some cold weather to go along with it.

Veterans Day November 11th -- Our favorite day of the year. This is hands down going to be one of the hottest days on the stand. Get in early and try to stay on the stand all day. The breeding wont be at it's hottest until a few days later but this is our first shot at that elusive monster!

November 13/14th-- If you're a Saturday only hunter this is your day. Get on the stand early and be prepared for some extra action. At this point the bucks should be breeding does and browsing hard.

November 21st-- As the weather patterns shift this is another Saturday worth waking up at 4:30AM. Get to your stand early and dress warm. The bucks should be moving and their guard will be down.

November 26th-- Happy Thanksgiving. If you haven't nailed one yet, don't fret.... Thanksgiving might be your day. The 26th is the day after the November full moon and might be your last shot of getting that big buck before the gun season starts.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bow Hunting Massachusetts: 2015 Rut Report

We here at Bow Hunting Massachusetts are usually frustrated by following rut reports from the major sites. While we like to reference those rut reports, anyone who has hunted in the Northeast knows that the rut comes to different parts of Massachusetts at different times.

We have our 2015 rut report ready but not exactly ready for publication until Tuesday!

Stay tuned!