TheHornHunter

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    Rush, Mendon, Honeoye Falls, West Bloomfield and Macedon
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    Hankin's custom smokeless muzzleloader, Browning X-bolt 308, Ithaca Model 37, Winchester '94
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    Hoyt Powermax, Mission Sub-1
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  1. Thanks for the thoughts! Good point about checking in the rain - I hadn't considered that at all. If I go with the Cuddelink I will probably get their cell version. How good is the range on their mesh network? The vast majority of the properties I hunt are in a 1 mile by 2 mile block of pretty wide open farm land so if they can reach 1/2 mile I think I could get the whole block covered by daisy chaining.
  2. Congrats! I ate tag soup my first year as I'm sure many others on here have. Like others have said, any deer is a trophy and I'd strongly encourage you to focus on having fun, learning how the deer behave and shooting whatever gives you a good opportunity as you start down the wormhole that is deer hunting. Don't worry about what anyone else does or shoots and don't ever let anyone try to make your kill feel any less special because it wasn't a certain age or size.
  3. Thanks! I will check that one out. Maybe it's better because it's the actual Apple brand. I've always got them off Amazon and for some reason never seen an Apple one there before.
  4. Interesting thread. My lease partner and I are having an ongoing debate about cameras. We each have about 20 cameras so 40 total for the ~1K acres we hunt... and we have 4 currently deployed LOL. I'm more of a trail cam fan than my partner who is convinced they spook mature bucks. The most useful part to me is trying to age deer and figure out what's a shooter which is really useful when it comes to quick decision making when I see one on the hoof. I will admit I think there is some truth to what my partner says... our properties that we run no cameras on consistently hunt better and hold more big bucks than the ones with cameras. I don't think it has to do with checking the cams either, because we both do it in the rain, on good winds and only every 2-3 weeks unless we are hunting nearby. Next year I am thinking of trying the cuddeback system and putting my cameras up in a tree 10-15' high to try and mitigate the risk of deer seeing them (they are about 6-7' high right now). Does anyone here run the Cuddebacks or have thoughts about them?
  5. What adapter do you use? I've gone through at least five different SD adapter for my iPhone and every single one as crapped out after a couple months and won't read the SD cards.
  6. Out in 8H on the brassica field i missed a nick buck at last week. My muzzleloader ended up being about 2 feet off at 100 yards so I feel a little better about the miss. I’m guessing it got banged going up a tree or walking around. Anyways, back dialed in and ready to send it! Good luck to all those out. Feels like a good afternoon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. That was my logic too, but I’m in Monroe. Did you get one of the CVAs? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. CVA 45/70 I had converted to a .45 smokeless. Jeff Hankins at Hankins Custom Rifles did the work. It’s a tack driver and does sub 1” groups at 100. It also wrecks absolute havoc on anything it touches. Here’s a shoulder shot from last year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I’m pretty confident he will be. I hadn’t hunted here in a while and had written it off for big bucks. We pushed it out for doe popping thanksgiving and it’s tore up with fresh rugs and scrapes so I had a feeling something big moved in. Hopefully will get another crack at him. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. It’s a smokeless muzzleloader so probably closer to a rifle than a regular muzzleloader. Ballistics say it’s good to 400 but 300 is my limit and it’d have to be perfect conditions to take that shot. I dropped a doe at 260 last year with it and this is the first time I’ve missed with it I think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Missed a good buck last night and spent this morning double checking for blood to make sure I didn’t hit it. Was planning on shooting a doe and had her in my crosshairs after belly crawling through some tall grass but I caught a glimpse of antler at the last second and quickly decided he was a good buck. About 225 yards with my muzzie. I think I just rushed the shot but heading to the range to make sure my zero is intact. Good luck to all those out, shaping up to be a good afternoon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Same... always a little bit of waste despite my farmers best efforts to minimize. Not a ton but enough to keep deer coming for a couple weeks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Get a metal detector. I’ve found arrows that way before Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I’ve heard one shot and seen no deer this morning in 8H. Weather has them hunkered down Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Sat this morning and this afternoon, ground hunted both times. Pretty good AM. Saw a bunch of deer and one of what I thought was a shooter. I’ve seen him a half dozen other times and thought he was mature but those were all 100+ yards away and I had second thoughts with him broadside at 20 yards. Everything about him looks mature but his neck just doesn’t have the swell I’d expect for a 4+ year old. Still an awesome experience to have this critter sneaking around for a half hour within fifty yards of me on the ground! The PM hunt sucked. I wore my light camo since it was 55, got soaked on the way in and then froze to death in the wind. I had two young bucks spar five yards in front of me which was super cool. They both stared straight at me and and I thought I was for sure busted but then they went at it for a minute or two and wondered off. Doing doe patrol tomorrow with a decent crowd, hoping we can stack em up! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk