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  1. Venison, tomato, veggie soup. Roasted deer bones and made into stock along with trimmings, grew the tomatoes, onions, squash... cook some rice, maybe some egg noodles to thicken and we have a healthy, nutritious soup for a winter's day, maybe make a loaf of rustic bread with your kids. I see folks in tough times in their cars lining up for free food, how can we teach them to provide for themselves? It's easy, fun, cheap and rewarding... (image upload failed, sorry)
  2. Can't miss that crappie spawn! They are tough to find otherwise
  3. Take time to thank the Maker for your good health and strong constitution, some are not as fortunate
  4. They are hUGE but stuff into a small backpack alomg with my HSS muff https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033C3PX6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. Busted out the boot blankets today! Very cozy sit for 25, feels like 18
  6. Now I've heard it all for sure... vegans who kill and waste
  7. We had this conversation at lunch during the season and it keeps coming back up in my mind when I'm tired of watching squirrels. Before everybody starts to filter out of these great threads I thought I'd ask. When I came of age 50ish years ago it was smooth bore shotguns, traditional bows, shorter seasons, no camo, tree stands were wood 2X4s and not that prevalent and one doe tag for three hunters with the guy wearing the arm band the only one who could bag a doe. Now its longer seasons, rifles and rifled shotguns, compounds, crossbows, tree stands, camo, scents and scent killers, trail cams and range finders. Add to all that DMPS are given out readily with leftovers to boot. So more deer must be being taken now-a-days but the herd is flourishing - why? Are there more deer than back then? Why? Is it more Ag crops or wooded suburbs or what? Perhaps its been too much time in the woods but I'd love some opinions - thanks.
  8. The last of 2019 venison...this was a small fork horn that out tasted the two other fat does. Nothing special but we grew the sprouts and have many more buried in leaves for early winter protection. I'd like to think this meal cost just a few onion slices but then I start thinking of all that gear! On to the 2020 deer...
  9. ...so out comes the doe in estrus scent this morning...
  10. negative... herd moved on. If there was a prize for most miles walked and vertical feet climbed (between 9 and 11K altitude) with very few elk tags filled I'd had been the winner
  11. I have kept a journal of every time in the woods, hunting or scouting for many years, if nothing else these notes help an aging man remember some great times. Here's one (unedited) from opening day of Colorado elk season 1993... when I had strong legs and a take down recurve 8/28 Opening Day What a day! up at 3:45, parked at marker 183, I made it to the flat knoll top at 6:00AM so my timing was perfect if not a bit late. There were elk in the bowl feeding. I set up on top of little knoll to ambush but decided they would cross lower so I made my way down. Saw 3 bulls in the bunch and probably 8 cows. The one small young bull was jumping up and down like a bronco bull and twirling in circles all by himself in the timber. I herd two bulls clash but did not see them actually fighting. Herd them trashing trees, snapping off branches. While I was trying to stalk the noise makers I saw a rag horn nearby but he caught some of my movement and I tried to wait for him to come around a tree but he vanished without a trace. Then I watched the bronco billy bull and tried to stalk him but he moved off. It is amazing how one minute they are totally crazy with lust and then they can spot the smallest movement and stop instantly!. I continued to try to stalk him and another 6 pt as they were moving off but I needed to move quickly and they got nervous. I circled around to head them off as they tried for the bedding area but the cows were too aware and I couldn't pull it off. What an experience. I heard a bull splashing in a wallow and later found it. The tree next to it was soaked and there was muddy water all over and trashed trees! I will go back there for the next 3 days and stake out that wallow. Wow! From a technique standpoint I once again see how incredibly aware these animals are and that I really need a close shot. I need a bit of luck to have them move right by me for a shot as stalking is really tough. I'm beginning to see the sense in tree stands at wallows. With my equipment and their senses, This is probably one of the best methods for me to hunt and get a close shot. I wish I had that wallow treestanded already but I don't so I'll just take a ground stand there and hope. What a day! I'm off for the next 3 days after I work tonight, back up tomorrow at 3:30 and up to the same spot and wait at the wallow.
  12. Still no daytime sightings except a lone panicked looking doe around noon a couple days back on camera, all activity at night, not even 5 minutes before legal afternoon hours.... still petrified from opening weekend's constant drives, they have a couple weeks to relax before my clock runs out. Comfortable with Carhart socks, toe warmers and warmest zipper boots... base layer and WWII vintage wool army pants, base layer, long sleeve T, light zipper jacket, fleece vest, camo sweatshirt, old winter waist coat and camo shell... flip back mittens loaded with hand warmers in the zipper compartments, and muff... pullover Balaclava and reversible knit cap.
  13. To have little to no clue after reading those is to be human, let's start with crossbow == muzzleloader and go from there. We are here to discuss it and get it understood for the poor less intelligent like me
  14. But this is late season bow coining up that I'm asking about ...I took a buck with xbow during muzz season and put bow/muzz antlered tag on it. The first question was succinctly answered, you cannot use your crossbow during late bow season (week after reg season). but this was brought up last year this time here which made my eyes glaze over ..I'm still not convinced of if/not crossbow is permitted in late bow season if you have both bow and muzz priv and also if I can/not take a buck during that late season and slap an unfilled reg season tag on it antlered or unantlered.... beer please!
  15. Excuse my French but... Cheese and Crackers those regs drive me nuts - thanks for the reply and back to pulling the bow with fold back mittens and cold weather face mask trying to taste that kisser
  16. Want to check with you folks who I trust... In the Southern Zone the regs says: Crossbows may be used to take deer during: early and late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone and late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone using Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs, DMAP tags, or an unfilled Regular Big Game tag (late season only); ...and gives these dates... Late Bow and Muzzleloading Deer 7 consecutive days immediately following the regular season Questions: 1) I believe crossbow is allowed for the week after regular season if you have muzzleloader privilege, correct? 2) Can an unfilled regular season antler only tag be used to take a buck in this late season? ...and if yes, even if I have filled my antler only bow tag? Thanks in advance!
  17. hehe, came in for lunch and to see if anything walked past the cameras during daylight and to catch up here and had to laugh as I read "I'm covered up in deer" (Congrats on a great looking buck!) after my text exchange with my brother this morning who is 60 miles away.... (emojis removed) bro: What exactly does a whitetail deer look like"? me: Their tails are completely bright white and four feet long, they stand 7 foot at the shoulder and have one very large eye in the middle of their head. bro: are they indigenous to the area? me: Yes, for many, many years... the curious thing is that they have developed a defense strategy whereby they burrow underground beginning the 3rd Saturday in November each year (called a scrape) and cannot be found thereafter! bro: Fascinating! I'd love to see one. me: but aren't you worried about your "perfect season" like the 72 Dolphins and maybe Steelers this year? ... and on we went... his perfect season is that he shot the only deer he has seen since opening day, I got a buck with the crossbow so we have meat and are still having a blast.
  18. Still no daytime movement... they'd probably be the same even if they weren't driven constantly opening weekend but this year they are really affected... on the plus side, just bagged up some really rich stock for soups, sauces, etc... gotta smash and roast those bones! Out tomorrow with the 16GA into the brambles. Tip of the day: don't try to move a stand when yesterday's wet straps are frozen today:)
  19. Getting gear ready for retro day... early 60s Sears 16GA armed with Sluggers. Shoots consistently six inches right at 25 yards so will apply Kentucky Windage should I get the chance.
  20. Here's an old one! Would love to sit down and chat with her. Makes me wonder what percentage of whitetails die of old age
  21. Funny how as the weapons get a longer reach I find myself hunting thicker places...
  22. Just reviewed notes. I've been out in the woods for at least a few hours 30 of 50 days since Oct 1st - I'm retired so have the time. Missed a dead nuts shot on10/22 as did not get that kisser in place, another lesson. Of the 20 days missed, some were super hot, some rain, some dog tired (moved a hang on stand in the rain when quiet as camera showed no deer in first spot - that hurts a 65 year old). One day in particular I was slurping down pancakes while a buck walked under my stand on 11/9 as evidenced from trail cam the next day(ugh!). I had a buck almost walk into me in a ground blind one day, I was hand cuffed and he bounded off. I watched another buck walk under my stand on the 13th while in a brush blind nearby and texted how I am being tested this year but am keeping a good attitude. The next morning I was lucky enough to have had him rutting under that stand all night (via camera)and kind enough to get out of the way while I got up the stand and was rewarded. I knew I needed some hunter's luck and got it - two days of meat care. Various does, crows, squirrels, woodpeckers, foxes, house cats, owls and hawks kept me company. Besides some nice bucks, the most beautiful thing I saw was a torrent of oak leaves cascading down on a bright sunny day. I never see the action in regular season as in the early seasons given the rut, the colors, the weather, the lack of deer drives but hope is there always... any 5 seconds from now could be a lifetime memory.
  23. Hopefully is doesn't turn out like the time I stunk up the house boiling elk parts trying to make hide glue during my make your own bow phase... an experiment that may had added to the pile of reasons for one of my divorces!
  24. From my reading, the bear was revered by indigenous peoples for its fat, a very tough thing to find in the wild. I put out the fat from the top of cooled deer stock for the birds and nothing touched it all winter! But that show got me wondering so will give it a try - need that fat doe first though...
  25. If I get a fat doe this season I'm gonna render it... If interested: https://www.themeateater.com/cook/butchering-and-processing/how-to-use-wild-game-fat