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  1. coonhunter

    Spare Arrows

    Three arrows in my quiver. Believe it or not, they are Beman 400's tipped with 75 grain muzzys. It has always worked for me all the way back to the aluminum arrow days, til I finally switched to carbon after years of saying no way. All I know is that at 39 yards, they still pass through the deer and leave a nice blood trail. Usually have a slam dunk of 20 yards or less, but it is nice to know that they perform under field conditions at longer distances.
  2. I agree with you 100% Dave 6x6. That's what i meant in my earlier post when I said people don't even believe some of the things I have seen in the late part of the bow season. My hunting area is mostly shoot the first buck through, but there are a few areas that hunters are letting the young ones walk for the most part. Fortunately, I hunt a couple pieces of land that although not managed for older bucks, the experienced hunters are doing a lot more passing on the youngsters, and shooting some does if they really want some fresh venison. It really doesn't take long before neighboring properties start seeing some nicer bucks being killed, and it can spread. Once you get a few older bucks into the mix, a hunter can see some great rutting action where young bucks are scared to get too close to a mature buck while he is actively courting a doe. Or, if they get to curious or too close to the action, they get run off, and sometimes violently. I love it, even if i don't get a shot at a buck i want to shoot. Happens more often than not, but it sure is fun trying.
  3. I'm with you Phade. I hunt a ton of thick stuff. The benefits are that you usually don't have a lot of company from other hunters, and if a deer shows up, it is usually close to or already in range. Just have to plan your shooting areas ahead of time, and have to pass up quite a few marginal shots. Tracking out an arrowed deer can be tough in the thick stuff because you usually can only get a general direction. Persistence has always paid off for me, and it sounds like for you also. And, I am pretty sure I know why you hunt that thick stuff too.
  4. 4F in town of Edmeston: Had whole weekend off and put in three good sits in two stands. Saturday morning the fog hung on for quite a bit longer than I thought it would. Very damp and still morning. Only saw two come by my stand. Both were fawns and their mommas were out a little further from them. Saturday evening the wind was kicking up pretty good but the deer were moving a lot better. Had a mixed bag come by my stand consisting mostly of does and fawns. A one horned buck and a 1 1/2 came through sniffing their trail pretty good but were still more interested in eating. This morning seemed like a beauty of a morning, but the wind was the wrong way so I had to move to a different set-up. I chose to stay on the downwind side of a bedding area just to see if any bucks were checking it out yet. Saw several does and fawns again, but no buck activity at all. I will say that one button buck came almost right under my stand, and his buttons were polished right up just like the big boys. Pretty enjoyable weekend, but the leaves are still holding out tough. Makes it tough to see activity on other trails so I choose to play it safe and stay on the outside edges until I know where to set up without having the older does wind me.
  5. I agree with Burden24 about the timing being different across the state. Every year, it seems my area is a week later than places my friends hunt at. It may just be the fact that they see a couple youngsters trailing or bothering the does, and I don't worry too much until i see a two year old actively running a doe. For hunters that have never seen active rutting behavior, it is easy to be fooled by the youngsters, but when it happens for real, it is awesome if you hunt in a good area with a few older bucks. I have seen some sights over the years that people can't even believe happen around here.
  6. The cold sure had the deer active this morning. I saw thirteen including three bucks all within range. The bucks were two from last year and one two and a half. They were traveling together and fed in the beech section I was perched in. The two youngsters spent a little time sparring and it seemed to get the older buck fired up because he chased them around a little grunting just about every step. Made for an exciting morning. Never had a deer move through until the sun started hitting the forest floor and warming it up a little around 8:00. Get back out this evening.
  7. I guess I am in the minority here. I hunt on an open farm. People hunt turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, and grouse there during the day. I don't care if beagles run a rabbit right under my stand. I am just happy to be out in the woods. I see my share of nice bucks, and see lots of younger bucks to go with lots of doe and fawns. At night a couple times a week, I know at least one guy that runs coonhounds there as well. Guess what? I still see deer all through the season. During gun season, when the people really come out, I just have to get where they don't go. The number of deer drops for the first week or so, and then they are right back. That is what kills me about all the places locked up tight for one or two people. Sure, they see some nice bucks, but now there will only be a couple people enjoying the land instead of several like where I hunt. I just grew up knowing how to share and be more tolerant of my peers. At any time in the last 30 years I could have posted this land up tight, but still choose to share. No antler restrictions, but enough choose to pass on the young bucks that we see several nice 2 year olds and a couple mature bucks every year. Don't believe all the stuff they put in the magazines and on the hunting shows. Just become a better hunter and help out your peers once in awhile.
  8. If you are spooking deer in the morning trying to get to your stand, you may want to try it in the afternoon and evening so the deer are bedded in the woods and have to travel by you to get to the field. You may end up spooking deer at the field when you leave as well.
  9. Hardly any apples this year so the deer are on the grass and cut corn fields quite a bit. They will be around as long as you have some good cover. I am starting to see the deer eating the leaves from the berry briars in the woods. i will get back out this weekend and see what is happening.
  10. There are times during the season that it seems like every doe and fawn in the county is hanging in my area. But, eventually the bucks show up. I haven't seen an older buck from my stand yet. I usually don't until they start checking the does, so i don't get too excited until the does start kicking their fawns out. Are you hunting in farm land, swamp, fields, or what?
  11. I like a climber because I try to scout my way into a prime bowhunting spot. I will climb a tree well downwind from a potential hotspot, and work my way closer as I figure out the exact spot i need to be. I am not someone that feels the need to be 30 feet in the air. Most of the time i am 18 -20 feet up just to cover some of the rolling contours of the land i like to hunt. During the first few days of gun season I will carry my climber in and out, but as the deer start to get pressured, I will just carry a folding chair in a shouder bag to sit on the ground for awhile. If there is no action, I will just fold the chair up and walk to the next knoll or valley and set up again. although I walk quite a ways in to hunt most of my spots, I really prefer to sit my hunts out. I have had success still hunting, but prefer to sit in a stand.
  12. Congrats. I sure is fun to get the kids out.
  13. coonhunter

    youth hunt

    Now, to a good story about the youth hunt. My friend's daughter has been anxious to shoot a deer for a couple years now, but she was not old enough to be anything but an observer until this youth hunt came up. She is fifteen and an active outdoors woman enjoying fishing, small game hunting, camping, and lots of shooting. Yesterday morning she sat through the rain and cold, windy weather all for naught. She was chilly and frustrated, still full of hope. Yesterday afternoon, I invited her up to hunt in my area because her dad had to work. She jumped at the opportunity and we enjoyed much nicer weather and a lot more action. We were set up on a field edge of cut corn that I knew deer were already feeding on before dark. She had a forked branch stuck in the ground for a shooting stick and was all ready for a shot. She was really wanting to shoot a buck because her older brother has gotten one his first two years of deer hunting. But, no way she was going to pass up a doe if it came right down to shooting or not shooting. By 4:00 we already had several does, fawns and a couple small bucks in the field and she was a bag of nerves because they were close to 300 yards away from us and feeding parallel to us. I told her we had lots of time and there were more deer in the area. Sure enough, a nice, young spike came out at a little under 100 yards offering a beutiful shot. Unfortunately, buck fever set in pretty bad, and she just couldn't seem to calm down enough to hold the scope steady. I got her to breathe deep through her nose a few times and she was able to get her breathing under control. By now the buck is quite a bit further away and she doesn't know if she can still hit it. I reminded her that we were not trying to hit it, she was going to drop it. I ranged it at 160 yards and told her all was well with her shot and to just hold right where she wanted to hit. A couple minutes later he turned broadside, and I told her to take the shot when she was rock steady. It wasn't more than a couple seconds and the rifle went off and the buck dropped where he stood. I had to keep her there for a few minutes while I explained to her about making sure the deer was down for good, and then, that the gun was empty and the bolt open. That is just one of my personal rules. I like to know without a doubt whether a gun is safe or not. We got up to the deer and she was just a jumping up and down. It sure did me good to see a hunter showing the sheer joy of getting a buck. I did most of the field dressing, but she did get bloodied up helping. Then the 1/2 mile drag started. We made it, and I sure was glad she was there to help. This was done in 4F in the town of Edmeston. She used an old .270 Remington with a Simmonds Pro hunter scope(I think that is what it said. ) Perfect high shoulder shot just like she saw in the hunting shows and the deer never took a step. She couldn't thank me enough for getting her a shot, but I feel I was the real winner here because in this day and age you just don't get many opportunities to see such pure joy in anyones face like I got to see. Thanks for reading, and i apologize for not having a picture to post.
  14. The majority of my bow hunting is done in the Edmeston area. Plenty of deer there. Just waiting for the bigger bucks to start checking out my doe areas. Fawns are still with their mamas, so it is mostly last years bucks, and a few 2 and a halfs right now.
  15. I have been reading for a long time and finally decided to sign on. I am from Oneonta and have been an outdoorsman as long as I can remember. I grew up in a hunting family, and consider myself very lucky that I had a father that passed on his love of hunting and the outdoors in general. I mostly just hunt for deer now because of work and family commitments. I absolutely love bowhunting and I do still gun hunt because of the the comraderie with friends. I also enjoy camping and do quite a bit of walleye fishing in the spring and early summer. I am not on here to argue or be a know-it-all. I have quite a bit of knowledge and like all others, i have an opinion. I will not post just to contradict someone, but sometimes i will write my personal opinion in a respectful way.