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  1. 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.
  2. 25 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!!
  3. 20 points
    What a morning !!!! Only 1 woodie shy of limit . Could have shot another hen as I was covered in them
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
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  8. 6 points
    If you go to their homepage online, it’ll take you to a form to enter a contest . $ 5,000 worth of prizes per store that they’re opening in NY, it’ll use your zip code you to match nearest store . I’m in , and willing to cut my odds, by telling members here , but coming off back to back gun wins in Culver’s QDMA banquet ,I’m feeling confident.
  9. 6 points
    See the guy that walked by my stand the day I wasn’t in it Typical
  10. 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!
  11. 5 points
    Still hunt... Pro-tip: I read on another thread that if you take one step each minute, you'll be back home by next Tuesday.
  12. 5 points
    Natural habitat? Aren’t you the one that has a stand on someone’s paved driveway? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 5 points
    Guide figured 6 years old and 1,200 pounds. Not a giant, but huge to me!
  14. 5 points
    Wedding tonight in Lake Success Long Island. The parting gift was White Castle! Did Crappy do this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  16. 4 points
    Buck n doe shop jalapeño cheese dogs Far from Costanzas quality but pretty good Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 4 points
    Seems like a great day for you lucky boogers who can hunt today/this morning before the rain (full wash out on the way in SE). I will be enthusiastically educating the youth of America, loving every minute if my job! (Today’s lesson:the power of sarcasm on social media.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 4 points
    Year in a blind. Still edible? Or will they taste like Tacks imitation crab.
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  22. 4 points
    Sounds like my oldest grandnephew. He's activity hunting a two legged doe. Poor kid will ultimately realize his error. Maybe..,
  23. 3 points
    3 man limit before 9AM. Awesome morning. Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
  24. 3 points
    3an limit by 9AM Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    Ha Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
  27. 3 points
    Cant take it anymore. Got home from work at 7. Planned on sleeping until 1 then setting a stand on stateland. Yep didnt happen slept until 11 and im heading out the door.
  28. 3 points
    Major leaf drop going on now. Should open up the sight picture a little more in the woods for this weekends hunting. And will hopefully give us a bit more time to prepare for the shot.
  29. 3 points
    NY does NOT have wanton waste laws Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  31. 3 points
    So glad i checked in- if i wanted disappointment, id keep watching the yankees. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. 3 points
    My friend and his 14 yr old grandson harvested a 7 pt during the PM hunt yesterday! Don’t want to post his pict without permission but they were both very happy !!
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  34. 3 points
    A good chiropractor! Preferably one trained in the Palmer school method. DO NOT let them touch you w/o an X-ray first. I have the same problem and my C helps me. A general physician won’t be able to do anything
  35. 3 points
    Pics from post season 2014...
  36. 3 points
    Thank you for the kin @armkb! Also just wanted to let everyone know that I just sniped a squirrel munching on an acorn right on the top of his head 5 yards away with my gum. I am quite proud and pretty sure he shit his pants Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
  37. 3 points
    A: Kill nice buck with Grampy at 8:00 am B: Take cutie cheerleader out in the evening. Win-win!
  38. 2 points
    Buck in the beans 100 yards out for ten minutes , we’ll outside the ears and high . Also looked like some weird dark drop time, ya know the ones that are fat and seem almost hollow. he headed to rear corner of woods I’m in giant doe and two fawns in green field 300 yards out , just grazing in the wide open
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    I ain’t scared! 46 raining and supposed to stop? 10-20 mph wind. Cmon Bucky! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Chased two tails around for a bit. Couldn’t get closer than 50-50 yards. Looks like a mom and child duo. Should’ve bought the shotgun though. Squirrels galore. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  45. 2 points
    Not near you, but I just shot, and I'm no youth! Pic to come!
  46. 2 points
    Sorry no pic,but i have to say i am shooting awesome right now. I shot two Field points at 47 yds today and was an inch off on each. I feel so confident in my shooting,but have not been able to get a decent shot opportunity. I won't shoot 45 yds at a deer at this point though i feel comfortable. Any deer closer than 35 is getting it,aside from little ones. This guy is ready.
  47. 2 points
    Congrats! I just finished reading the story. You both must have been bummed at the lack of blood and wondering what happened! Very happy it turned out so well!!
  48. 2 points
    Morning sit for me in 4-0. Good luck to all especially the utes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  49. 2 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.
  50. 2 points
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