Finishing Strong in Alabama

Today’s blog comes from Michael Lee of Backwoods Life. Working with some of the largest names in the outdoor industry has molded the three hosts into some of the most entertaining and marketable faces out there. The guys have grown to new levels over the past years and are proud to say they are average folks living a dream. Welcome to a new show, a new adventure, and a new life………..the Backwoods Life!

We have hunted Alabama many time for the show and I have written several blogs about the great times and hunts we have had.  Rarely is it possible for all of the show hosts and crew to get together and spend a lot of time in the woods.  This past season we were able to really hit it hard and have some fun to finish off the final chapter for the 2012-13 deer season and filming season for Backwoods Life.

With January comes the prime time of the Alabama rut and Woody Sullivan, Kevin Knighton (my co-hosts), and myself were really excited about getting out there. As always, we were hunting with our good friends and crew members Jeremy Johnson and Justin Moore on Jeremy’s property.  Also we had new crew member Chad Parker along with us to help with filming.  Woody arrived a day early and the first morning out he already put some meat in the freezer with a stud 250+ pound boar.  Ol’ Woodrow had his ups and downs on the shooting side of things in 2012-13 but he made the most on this pile of pork.

Woody with his monster boar

Kevin arrived early the same day Woody killed the boar and was in the stand as well that afternoon.  I was dragging in a bit later; hey someone has to get the work done!  Finally we were all in the woods together and ready for a great few days of hunting.  The first morning that Kevin and I could get in the woods, we both were lucky.  Kevin took out another nice hog while I put a doe down for the freezer.  We were making sure we filled that up on this trip!  That afternoon I decided to sit with Woody and Justin in a box blind.  We saw several deer and right at last light a nice crazy rack buck came across the field.  Woody hammered down on him but shot just under the buck only grazing him.  The streak continued for my buddy unfortunately.

The next morning, Justin and I were in a ground blind together as Woody and Jeremy returned to the same box blind Woody missed on the buck the evening before.  Shortly after daylight we hear Woody shoot and get a text.  He killed the same buck that he grazed the day before!  Talk about some luck changing.  About that time I look to our left and we have a nice buck coming in very close with a doe.  He is a big bodied buck, but his rack is screwed up.  Of course that doesn’t matter to us; we see his body size and know that he needs to be made famous.  After ten to fifteen minutes of trying to get a shot in the hardwoods, Justin and I are on the same page and I get a good shot on the buck.  Another tag filled!

The two bucks of the trip.

Kevin and Justin both also tagged does for the freezer on the next hunts, talk about a pile of meat for the freezer!  Two hogs and five deer in three days is a great way to end the season and make even more memories living the Backwoods Life.

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