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ridgerunner88

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  1. Thanks everyone for the insight. I have heard oxbows can be a challenge. I will put a camera up and if some guys show up then I get the chance to attempt a high degree of difficulty hunt. Will be fun to try, successful or not! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Its an interesting area.. due to topography there is only one way in and out.. i found that trail… didnt find any beds or many tracks… may throw a camera looking at that trail to see if another/same buck goes back there this fall Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Yes and the trees that were laying down were facing downstream… how would a flood cause that type of damage? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Wow, thats cool. Good to know, thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Scouted an oxbow yesterday and found a lot of trees with damage that looked like buck rubs. However there is a beaver dam near by and I am wondering if it is just all the work of the beavers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. He came back… coyote confirmed. Wish NY had an open season so we could take these guys out during the summer before deer season. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The OP pic is from 6K… which is northern zone CNY Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I appreciate all the responses. One thing though, I may have presented my first question in the wrong manner. My goal is to just shoot a deer, not go after a trophy buck. However all I hear on podcasts is how to hunt for big boys. I know that is more difficult. I want to know the “basic” “level one” tactics a guy can apply on public land to see a deer and shoot it. Dont care if the deer is a doe, spike or monster. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 1. Many of the podcasts I listen to including yours talk a lot about how to hunt for the trophy bucks. From what I have gathered, the bigger bucks are harder to hunt and thus mean less room for error. With that being said, is there a different strategy to apply if I were to just want to target an average 6 or 8 point? Or instead should I just start trying to implement the strategies used to target big bucks with the understanding that I am going to get busted because of my inexperience but those busts will only be the trophies and with some luck I should still be able to have some shots at the younger bucks? 2. I have been e-scounting and in person scouting a piece of public land close to my home. I have placed a few trail cameras out, discovered some buck bedding and other promising deer sign. The layout of the property limits everyone to a northern access. The first ¾ mile from that access point drops you down into a deep valley then the rest of the property is two other ridge systems. I have only scouted the first portion of the property but have identified promising areas based off the topographic and satellite further back in the bottom half. My goal this summer is to locate multiple spots so that I can pick and choose the day of based off the weather conditions. I have heard on multiple podcasts that one needs to be careful not to overhunt a spot too early. With that in mind, do you think I should focus on locating good early season type spots closer to the access point and then work my way deeper into the forest and off the beaten path as the season progresses, basically start my season close to the truck then gradually work my way back in? This will “budget” my good locations and ensure that when hunting pressure does rise when rifle comes in, that I will have already moved on from the easy access locations into the harder access locations. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. First time using trail cameras and got my first notification tonight. Pretty exciting, I can see how this can get addicting. I am guessing this is a younger buck. Any insight from guys? How do I estimate age and that kind of stuff? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks! I was leaning towards coyote but the short haired coat made me question it. That tail though is too long for a deer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  13. Started a journal to track my hunts. First entry complete! https://bighuntstories.wordpress.com/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. This is my first year turkey hunting and this morning I missed a big Tom. It was a really hard pill to swallow since I felt like I let my brother who spent 4 mornings acting as my guide down. He is basically the reincarnation of Fred Bear, he is an amazing outdoorsman and it hurt bad not to seal the deal on all his hard work. The few hours after the hunt I was pretty low and couldn’t get the sting of the missed opportunity out of my head. However to my surprise while mowing my lawn, I was able to finally take some time and get my mind right. After that 45 minutes of yard work I felt a relief because I realized that missing today was the second best thing that could happen to me with regards to my hunting development. I focused on determining the root cause of why I missed this morning. I started by asking why… Why did I miss? Well technically I didn’t miss, I actually either grazed him or shot him the breast and he just ran off. Why did I hit him in the breast? Because that is where I was aiming. Why did I aim there? Because he was broadside and walking, I wasn’t confident to shoot the smaller area of the vitals/neck. I just wanted to guarantee I hit him. Why wasn’t I confident? Because I was using a crossbow I didn’t own and had only shot a few times to site in. I had never shot a moving target and didn’t understand the difference that movement would make on how I needed to aim. That is the point where I realized this was a blessing in disguise. If I were to have made a perfect shot and killed that bird this morning. I would have gotten away with not understanding my target animal’s anatomy and not taking the time to become skilled enough with my weapon of choice to have the confidence to attempt the required shot. I just purchased my first compound bow two weeks ago and look forward to taking it deer hunting this fall. Today was a wakeup call that reminds me the amount of preparation I am going to need to take this summer in order to be prepared for the fall. If I would have been successful this morning, my ego and false sense of belief in myself would have led me down a bad path and potentially to me wounding a deer because of my lack of skill. Now with this new found reality check I am in the right frame of mind that will lead to me taking the steps to improve my abilities, not rest of my laurels. Today still stings but the pain is good! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Pattern at 30yds with 3” Shell non TSS. Had no problem taking down a turkey at 65 yards and a coyote at 35 yards. I added a Red Dot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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