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  1. 58 points
    Sat my first watch of the year this morning. I have been skunked a lot recently during bow season and with two kids we really go through the meat. I saw antler and a big body and it didn't take long to decide even though it's opening weekend to pull the bow back. My kids and I really cut out some good lanes this year and luckily this guy walked right through one at 38 yards. I saw him coming slowly, he stopped just before the lane and I thought maybe it wasn't gonna happen. He then took about 3 more steps. He was quartering away ever so slightly but stopped perfect in the lane. I put the pin on him and followed up my shot. I heard it hit really hard and at first thought it was to far forward, but it turns out it tucked just behind the closer shoulder/leg and buried into the opposite side. I watched him run and watched the arrow sticking out about half way and then the arrow disappeared. I heard him crash at least once then nothing. Gave it a good hour and went to the spot, not good blood which had me super nervous. About 20 yards away however I had great blood and a good tracks. Followed it for about 60 yards and saw a white stomach. I will be honest that one little tiny part of me thought wow no more hunting for 6 weeks but I got over it pretty quick. I can find some time to take the kids duck hunting now. I know I never post but I do read almost every post all day in the Live from the Woods thread. It's great to read all the stories and I am thankful I have meat in the freezer.
  2. 55 points
  3. 51 points
    Was a great morning (10/10)...weather was crisp and very little wind. Decided to hunt before heading into work and if i got lucky i could always take the day off or head in late. Got in stand quiet and immediatlely heard deer moving around in the thick stuff to the north. All the movement shut down as the sun came up and birds and squirels started to make noise, i figured deer had been feeding all night and were headed back to bedding area before light. Around 7:35 i see a small doe coming thru the woods to my south working her way to the bedding area north of me. She got to 20 yards and was hung up for 15 minutes. She was nervous and something was not right for her to continue...I knew she couldnt smell me as wind was perfect for the direction she came from. She finally turned and took a couple big bounds back from where she came from. I figured another deer was in the thick stuff but i couldnt see anything and thought my morning was done. 3 minutes later i see movement in front of me and right away i see the antlers and tell myself its one of the shooters we have seen. I watch as the buck comes directly towards me head down and smelling the ground. He gets to 25 years and stops behind trees puts his head back and is licking the air, again i know wind is perfect so i wait till he puts his head down and just flicks his tail, i go to full draw as he steps out from trees and slight quarter to me, put my pin on his shoulder and touch release....i see blood instantly as he takes off, i can see him stop and i lose sight of him 30 yards from the stand. I make all my calls to let people know im gonna be late (and i need to settle back down as the aderenline was pumping)...i get down and go to where i shot him find blood right away. Its amazing how you watch and replay the shot and deer running marking every tree and bush from the stand but as soon as your on the ground it all changes! I follow blood for about 20 yards and there he is lying right where i lost him, double lung and one of the easiest track jobs ever. This buck was in FULL rut, his tarsel glands are black as can be, big neck and he had the definite smell of a buck in rut...makes sense now why that doe would not commit to heading to the bedding area, she was not ready for this guy to be around her. Good luck everyone, don't overthink the "rut calendar" or moon phases and when the "best" time to be in the woods is! The best time to be in the woods is anytime you can!!
  4. 39 points
    Hi there, I know I never post in fact my last post was 2014. However I watch this thread all day every day. This morning was my first sit this year. I really hunt for the meat and not the antlers. I have gotten skunked on bow for a few years without even getting a good opportunity to shoot and I don't have a lot of time to hunt. Anyway this guy stepped into my lane at 38 yards just quartering away a hair. I tucked it just behind his shoulder. Hit the other side and he took off, watched the arrow snap off while he ran. Listened to him crash a few a few times and then heard nothing. Gave it about an hour, followed a massive blood trail a out 100 yards and he was piled up. Not a giant but he is mine.
  5. 33 points
    My cousins wife was was lucky enough to draw a moose tag in zone 19. He was the sub. On our first afternoon, we called up this guy. It was incredible. We heard him grunting back at us a thrashing the brush as he came in. Alan dropped him at 70 yrds.
  6. 25 points
    10/17/19 I was contacted last night by a bowhunter that had been out scouting and saw a big buck leave a cut cornfield and go into the woods. He had his bow with him so he parked and snuck in after him. He was able to get to under 30 yards due to a heavy downpour. This is where my lecture begins. I personally believe it’s unethical to bowhunt in heavy rain and I told him that. He agreed that hadn’t been a smart idea and he had let the size of the buck cloud his judgement. Ok, back to the story..... He felt that he had made a good shot and waited 20 minutes before going after him. He said that despite the downpour he still had a good bloodtrail and followed it 200 yards through hardwoods and backed out when it went into a tall weedy area. Kunox and I arrived at first light in the pouring rain, after getting in excess of an inch overnight. There was a deer in the field when we arrived and Kunox went hot almost immediately after starting the track, so we did a restart and got him going in the direction the hunter had marked. We got to the grassy area and Kunox took a trail out of it back into the hardwoods. I pulled him off when it became obvious he was pulling way too hard and the track was way too fresh to be our deer. We went back for a restart and he took a trail into the thick stuff. 20 yards away lay this beauty! I’m sure they would have found him on their own, but I’m glad we had the pleasure of doing that for them! The hunter was very smart to back out when he did, rather than risk pushing this big buck.
  7. 24 points
    10/4/19 I was called by a hunter that shot a doe this morning and requested our assistance. The doe had dropped at the shot, got up, ran a short distance, dropped again, then got up and ran into a thicket. He and his son tracked sporadic blood for about 250 yards before losing the trail. They recovered the arrow along the way and it showed only half of it had penetrated. Luna and I arrived 5 hours after the shot and got to work. Luna quickly took us to the hunters point of loss and continued on. We cut through a failed cornfield that was only a foot tall, then entered a thicket and Luna went hot. We never saw the doe, but did find blood. We followed, hoping to get a look at her condition to determine our next course of action. Luna led us through a field and into the woods, where we found a drop of blood. This was at the 800 yard mark and I decided at that point to back out and return in 2 hours. The hunter had been positive on the phone that the shot hadn’t been high, but the evidence was showing otherwise. To be continued...... At 4:00 we went back in and I had Luna run the entire track. I told the hunter if we jump the deer and it’s running strong, I’m pulling the plug. We continued past the spot where we stopped earlier, and soon started seeing steadier blood. We continued and before long I spotted the bedded deer which jumped up and struggled to run away. I called the hunter up and had him finish her with his bow. Total track was 1,355 yards. We were fortunate to catch up with her.....it was indeed a high back hit.
  8. 24 points
    Been mowing one of my pastures for 4 hours and been waiting for the sunrise and as always it never disappoints. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  9. 23 points
    So my husband brought home another hunting partner . He is hoping she will be his lol . Daughter already claimed her . Meet Ruby.
  10. 20 points
    What a morning !!!! Only 1 woodie shy of limit . Could have shot another hen as I was covered in them
  11. 20 points
    Son shot a 7 pt at 15 yards at 9:20. Came in with a 6. He saw quite a few deer this am. Buck went 75 yards lung shot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 17 points
    I sat in this stand opening morning until 1015 am then had to go to work look whos should up and hung around 10 yards from my stand.
  13. 17 points
    Been waiting on posting pics cause I’ve been preoccupied with other stuff but just had the scope mounted and it’s ready for the range . Tika lamanent T3 Stainless in the 243 with Zeiss conquest optics I bought off of @Dinsdalelast year. Can’t wait to burn threw a case of ammo on this beauty.
  14. 16 points
    Surgeons pleased with progress. Still has thing attached to brain monitoring it , desperately wants ice chips but cannot have due to fear of lung aspiration, did move his left leg a smidge , sat in chair for 10 minutes, breathing and oxygen need improvement. These are all moving in the right direction and better than had he not had the surgery. We’re being cautiously optimistic. It’s hard to hear he’s said he’d rather die than this. Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts.
  15. 16 points
    Missed the am. Pm turned out to be a very, very short sit with my hunting buddy. Lightning came and we boogied home. Did see a doe withing the first 7 min though! Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  16. 14 points
    Oct.5,first time out this year.Climbed a tree on State land I was up and loving the cool calm conditions by 7 a.m..About 8 I notice movement out about 50 yds., Small deer. Oh there is another one,and another,and another and so on until 5 doe were moving toward me.2 mature and 3 fawns I believe. No shot at the biggest so the 2nd biggest would have to do.Probably 15 yds. I make a lousy shot too far back. I don't believe the arrow hit a branch it looked clear.Did the deer start to move,not sure.Did I pull the shot ? Could be.(yes I do practice shooting my bow) Climbed down and found a broken arrow and a great blood trail.Followed that slowly for 100 yds. or less and found her dead in a nice clear area of pine trees.So I got lucky and hit an artery and ended up filling a DMP the earliest I ever have.I had 2 DMPs last year that went unfilled so this is nice.
  17. 14 points
    I always strap my release to bow. Worked well for me.
  18. 13 points
    My daughter Carly was successful this morning on the youth hunt...I'll post details in the harvest thread soon. Good luck hunters and mentors!
  19. 13 points
    I've had 2 bucks come by this morning. One nice one, but he either had a broken off drivers side or just had a spike on that side. We'll have to see if the pics post ok.... Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  20. 13 points
    Nice night for a quick sit. Nada. Bumped em just off the field on the long walk back to the house. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  21. 13 points
    Final count 18 deer ( ok six were far off ) , hand full of turkey ,one Fox . Not bad for wearing street clothes under my camo , no scent loc , sprays ,special soaps , or magic beans .
  22. 11 points
  23. 11 points
    This one time, we had dinner at my ex's parent's house. Ate a ton of clams, and got all messed up (blackout) on Genny cream ale. Long story short, I woke up butt naked on their couch at 3 am. Covered in dried $h!t. Turns out, I had crapped at the top of of the stairs. On the carpet. Stripped naked, stepped in it, and tracked it down the carpeted stairs. I spent the next two hours scrubbing poop footsteps out, threw away my ex's shoes that were on the landing, (they had crap in them), and washed up quick before anyone woke up. Thought I had it all taken care of. Well as it turns out, I must have wiped my ass loofah style with a few of the bath towels, because my ex found them in the kitchen garbage the next morning. Some quick thinking on my part, and I blamed it on the dog. Said he'd had the runs, I couldn't find anything else to use to clean it. That story turned out to be a stroke of genius because there was still a huge $h!tstain (couldn't scrub it all out) at the top of the stairs to corroborate it, and the dog (poor bastard) hadn't been feeling well. I came away like a hero, the dog took the blame, and to this day, I bet there is one nasty stain on that carpet. Who got the last laugh now, Baby.
  24. 10 points
    Mixed 1lb of garlic/cheese bear sausage with 1lb bear burger, smoked them in my Camp Chef till they hit 150 degrees then seared them in cast iron till the hit 165 degrees. First bite I said "Why did I wait so long to hunt them" it was that good. Wife and friend loved them. I didnt add a thing to it, wanted to try it as is. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  25. 10 points
  26. 9 points
    We dropped our dog off at the whelping kennel today. She is scheduled for a Sept 26 due date. She has at least 6 pups in her that hopefully make the grade to become guide / service dogs. She was doing great with this litter, but was pretty tired over the last week. Could barely get her to walk a half mile (she was doing three a day until mid last week). I'll post updates and photos on her / her pups progress.
  27. 9 points
    I'll add to that with a squirrel selfie Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  28. 9 points
    I thought so, I haven’t had him on cam in almost a week now, I’m actually thinking I may just go home after work today. I’m planning on hunting all weekend. It’s funny the wife posted a picture of my kid on Facebook and it made me just wanna go home. I guess as a dad it’s no longer fair for me to disappear for days on end to go hunting. Honestly never thought I would have ever said that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. 9 points
    Compound at lunch. She is tuned finally! Bare and fletched.
  30. 9 points
    If they took the payment sending the merch is very much a priority
  31. 8 points
    Slow but very excited. Guess what I found. Milkweed coin purse baby! The season just got even better.
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  33. 8 points
    Slow at work with the GM stuff going on and just got the green light on taking fridays off the rest of deer season,aslong as doesnt get real busy!!!!3 day weekends will give me some nice stand time
  34. 8 points
    This is a day where comfort food is necessary.. I made up some tuna casserole
  35. 8 points
    Usually by my third buck bomb I’ve seen something, not sure what’s wrong. Time to rattle Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  39. 7 points
  40. 7 points
    Well my oldest son who is a senior in high school decided he didn't want to play football his senior year decided he wanted to bow hunt with me again. He did when he was in 7th and 8th grade but things picked up and time was limited to maybe 1 or 2 gun hunts. So we decided he was going to sit a new set I put in this summer where a decent 8, and a 6 have been pretty regular. At 5 my phone is vibrating in my pocket non stop. It's him dad I just shot at a doe should I get down are you coming no wait there are more deer and so on. I reply take a breath and relax sit down I'll be there shortly and now I'm telling myself the same thing. I pack up and go to him ok where was she when you shot? He guides me perfectly to where she was when he shot and I have to sadly pull his arrow out of the dirt and say sorry bud you missed. This is when I hear I shot at her again. What you shot at her again ok where was she that time this time there is no arrow but no hair or blood I can see where she took off and followed for about 50 yds go back are you sure she was standing here yeah dad but I think I hit a branch or something sure enough 5 yds in front of me is a swinging branch. 20 yds behind me is the arrow. He immediately starts saying I'm sorry dad I'm sorry. I asked what are you sorry for and he says because he missed. All I know to tell him is a clean miss is better than a wounded deer you can't find and a little more practice time. He's completely bummed and I honestly don't know who is more down him or me. Anyway it was a great afternoon with my son.
  41. 7 points
    Just heard this on my local news, our local store will be one bought by sportsman’s warehouse. I haven’t been in the F&S since their crap they pulled. It will be nice to have a large sporting goods retailer that supports the second amendment that I can support with my cash. Looks like the Henrietta store also ..
  42. 7 points
    Do you have to put the lotion on the skin or you get the hose? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. 7 points
    Football Sunday under way!!! Fancy cheese platter Mac and cheese balls Should have saved this spread for a Packers game Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  44. 6 points
    See the guy that walked by my stand the day I wasn’t in it Typical
  45. 6 points
    Few years back my niece got married on the day before opening day and her and her husband drove to the cabin that night. We had the 1 bedroom all set up for them....no details. lol That was a first! Now a few years later they will be coming up with their daughter all of 4 months old! Gioia the mom loves to hunt and has 1 doe and 1 buck to her credit! Eric the dad shot the 5 point at bow season so he gets first duty with Avery opening morning. We were all wondering who was going to get opening morning with Avery. My brother the granddad was going to do it if no deer was taken at bow. Gioia is a Real-estate broker and Eric a State Trooper. They are such wonderful people I just love that there will be a real little one at the cabin this opening day. It really throws the old image of deer camp out the window! BTW my camp is located on Avery road the little ones name is Avery Rose. That is Gioia and Avery fishing the south shore of LI today with my brother!
  46. 6 points
    Daughter and I are in the blind out back, hoping for a big doe. Hoping I don’t see one of the better bucks I have let go because don’t think I could resist with her with me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. 6 points
    My sisters other half got a nice 10 pointer yesterday out in 3K Glen Spey. VERY happy for him, he's been through a lot lately, and it couldn’t have walked in front of a better guy.
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    Piece for me and one for the old lady
  50. 6 points
    No frills Mission Venture and it’s latest victim (not counting a few does) The Jerkman made me whip it out! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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