The 2022 GEO Archery Deer Hunt occurred across several properties that are spread throughout Alamance, Person, and Orange counties in central North Carolina. Due to funding issues our event participants were heavily reduced to allow funds to be reallocated for the October rifle camp. Josh Tabor was flown in from Rutland, Vermont to try his luck at an early season whitetail buck. Josh hunted exclusively with Drew Blake over 3 days and shared time bonding with Drew and his family. Meals were prepared by Drew’s wife, Sarah, and consisted of venison pasta, breakfast quesadillas, and fried catfish with traditional southern sides. This was Josh’s first experience with catfish which he seemed to enjoy. Josh and Drew hunted in areas known to produce monster North Carolina whitetail bucks with trail camera photos leading up to the event proving just that. The pair hunted out of preset Barronett Featherfive ground blinds in landscapes varying from hardwood ridges over looking large creek bottoms, fallow fields, and cutovers. Drew picked Josh up from Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 11:30pm Thursday September 22nd. The pair arrived back at camp around 1:00am and settled in for the next morning. Hunting was hot and slow the entire weekend with no deer harvested. Although, no deer were harvested, Josh and Drew spent time learning more about each other and deer hunting in the south. We appreciate Josh for his understanding that our hunts are not guaranteed. At the end of the day, our trips are about a lot more then harvesting the animal we’re pursuing. Our hunts are about getting people outdoors that may not have the resources todo so on their own. If you like this story and want to learn more about Josh please let us know. He is looking for a mentor to take him hunting in Vermont. If you know of anyone in the Rutland area please reach out to us so that we can connect them.
Registrations are closed for this event