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8 hours ago, johnplav said:

Success within the first hour of the season.  She’s hanging out in the deer fridge now. 

Looks like a solid quartering to shot, how far did she go down before she fell?

 

Edit: And obviously congrats! :clapping:

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1 hour ago, heavuser said:

Looks like a solid quartering to shot, how far did she go down before she fell?

 

Edit: And obviously congrats! :clapping:

She ran 40 yards.  Took out one lung and liver… didn’t lose any meat besides some ribs. 

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I made it up into my poplar tree blind about 1/2 hour before sunrise.  I decided to hunt this stand for a couple hours, before church this morning, because of a report I got at a party last night.  A guy drives by our house every morning on his way to work at 4:30 am.  He says there is always a group of deer in our field, in front of the creek, between our house and my aunt’s next door.     
 

If they are bedding in the 7 ft tall grass in front of this stand, I might see something, but nothing yet.  The new chair I put up here a couple weeks ago is very comfortable.  It will be hard to stay awake these two hours.  
 

I did hear what may have been a deer crossing the creek from up front and moving into that tall grass about 10 minutes before sunrise.
 

 I brought the tree umbrella with me, because there is about a 50 % chance of rain, but nothing yet.  I will also bring it along this afternoon, over to my parents place.  I killed my first deer from under it, while it was raining, over there on January 1 of this year.

That was with this T/C Omega that I am hunting with right now.  I guess I will bring it over there this afternoon, rather than my Ithaca 16 gauge, as I had originally planned.  That way, I won’t have to repack my bag of gear.  

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If I don’t kill a deer today, then I will keep hunting the weekday evenings at home (rain or shine).  I have yet to hunt my foodplots during “prime-time”.  That might happen tomorrow afternoon, if nothing shows up in the next hour here, or the last two over at my parents later.  

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No wind at all this morning and only one mosquito so far.  I also had a fat grey squirrel climb up my tree.  I should have brought my pellet gun.  I will bring that along with me over to my parents this afternoon.  
 

A few squirrels for the crockpot would be nice.  It’s been a few years since I had any of those. Extra deer hunting lately has cut into the time that I used to spend hunting those.  I always see more squirrels, over at my parents place, than I do here at home. Hopefully, that holds true today.  

 

 

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I got set up at 6:00 pm in my evening stand over at my parents.  1/2 hour past sunset at this location is 8:01 pm.  They seen a doe with a decent sized fawn in this clover plot two evenings ago.  I brought my ML and pellet gun and I am waiting on a big doe or a grey squirrel.  
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I got set up at 6:00 pm in my evening stand over at my parents.  1/2 hour past sunset at this location is 8:01 pm.  They seen a doe with a decent sized fawn in this clover plot two evenings ago.  I brought my ML and pellet gun and I am waiting on a big doe or a grey squirrel.  
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Any action?


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Any action?


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I didn’t see any deer or squirrels.  I did hear what sounded like deer moving around in the thick woods behind me.  With all the green leaves and holes in the canopy, from dead ash trees, the visibility is terrible in there.  
 

 

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1726368201_firsthunt.thumb.jpg.3a30851cee8f2dc60e8f9d1d8ad83a10.jpgI've been waiting for last night for 8 years.

Last night I took my son out for a PM sit in 8A. This was his first time tagging along on a hunt with me. Temps in the low 70's and a light SSE wind. We were settled in by about 4p. 

I hiked him in to the 2 story box blind i built last year. The canopy is still way too thick for the upper deck to be useful, so we sat in the bottom area. Around 4:30 we saw a nice buck walk (headed North) from the woods, across a small unplanted section, into the corn. About 20 minutes later we saw a smaller buck behind us in the woods walking South. Hard horns on both. 

By 6:30 he was starting to get antsy and was ready to go. Being a school night, I decided it was probably time to still hunt back to the truck. The walk is about a mile and would take about 45 minutes. So we pack up and follow the tree line along the bottom of the field and then turn North. I'm not sure what we'll see because of we're walking out with the wind more or less at our backs. Well we didn't make it very far when we spot a group  deer about 200 yards North of us feeding along the corridor between the corn and the trees. I took the binos out and counted 7 deer. It was 4 bucks, 2 doe and a fawn. The bucks were all 8 pts or better and one of them was by far the biggest deer I've ever seen alive! It had a big old pot belly, the fur was a bit more gray than the others, and the antlers were dark. My son was super excited. We slowly stalked up to see how close we could get. Ultimately we got to within about 40 yards of the does and the bucks were only 75 yards away. Man I wished it was regular season! My son really wanted me to shoot the doe. I passed though. This was at about 7:30 or so. If I shot, had to trail it, then clean it and drag it out.. I wouldn't have made it to the truck until closer to 9.. then would get home closer to 10.. too late for a school night, so we let them walk. Eventually they all fed out of the area, they didn't spook or blow or anything. 

It was a perfect first hunt for him. He learned lots of valuable lessons about noise, movement, playing the wind, patience, and that a hunt doesn't need to end with a dead deer to be a success. He can't wait to go back out with me. All in all it couldn't have gone much better.

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Cool hunt Bolt action, your boy ought to be pretty well hooked  after that.

 

I made it out to the upper deck of my two-story blind, near the center east side of our farm, at 5:51.  There is a steady 20 mph west wind, and this location is the best I got for that.  Hopefully, something antlerless comes out to the little plot of clover I am watching over before 7:45.  Legal time ends at 8:30, at my location, but it would be to dark to identify antlers at that time.  
 

Last September, I saw a decent 2.4 year old 8-point from this spot on my first evening hunt, but nothing antlerless.  I dont think that I saw that buck again, until June 21 of this year.  I think it was him that walked across our back yard as I was putting up the pool.  
 

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Maybe I will see him again tonight. I’ll try to get another picture of him if I do. This was him on June 21:

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He has a “normal” antler on the left, and a funky one on the right, the same as I saw post-velvet last September.

It is nice out here tonight with the wind, no skeeters at all.  It would be nicer if big momma backstrap were to make an appearance before 7:45.  I’d also be happy if I could get a pic of “funky right”.  He would definitely be a shooter for me this year, but not till November when crossbow opens up.

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1726368201_firsthunt.thumb.jpg.3a30851cee8f2dc60e8f9d1d8ad83a10.jpgI've been waiting for last night for 8 years.
Last night I took my son out for a PM sit in 8A. This was his first time tagging along on a hunt with me. Temps in the low 70's and a light SSE wind. We were settled in by about 4p. 
I hiked him in to the 2 story box blind i built last year. The canopy is still way too thick for the upper deck to be useful, so we sat in the bottom area. Around 4:30 we saw a nice buck walk (headed North) from the woods, across a small unplanted section, into the corn. About 20 minutes later we saw a smaller buck behind us in the woods walking South. Hard horns on both. 
By 6:30 he was starting to get antsy and was ready to go. Being a school night, I decided it was probably time to still hunt back to the truck. The walk is about a mile and would take about 45 minutes. So we pack up and follow the tree line along the bottom of the field and then turn North. I'm not sure what we'll see because of we're walking out with the wind more or less at our backs. Well we didn't make it very far when we spot a group  deer about 200 yards North of us feeding along the corridor between the corn and the trees. I took the binos out and counted 7 deer. It was 4 bucks, 2 doe and a fawn. The bucks were all 8 pts or better and one of them was by far the biggest deer I've ever seen alive! It had a big old pot belly, the fur was a bit more gray than the others, and the antlers were dark. My son was super excited. We slowly stalked up to see how close we could get. Ultimately we got to within about 40 yards of the does and the bucks were only 75 yards away. Man I wished it was regular season! My son really wanted me to shoot the doe. I passed though. This was at about 7:30 or so. If I shot, had to trail it, then clean it and drag it out.. I wouldn't have made it to the truck until closer to 9.. then would get home closer to 10.. too late for a school night, so we let them walk. Eventually they all fed out of the area, they didn't spook or blow or anything. 
It was a perfect first hunt for him. He learned lots of valuable lessons about noise, movement, playing the wind, patience, and that a hunt doesn't need to end with a dead deer to be a success. He can't wait to go back out with me. All in all it couldn't have gone much better.
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So you’ll wait to post the buck pic until 10/1?


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14 minutes ago, Belo said:

I gotta ask. Does it feel a little weird in early september? 

Thankfully, no early doe season in the two WMUs that I hunt. I took my son out and shot a doe on nuisance permit a couple weekends ago and it definitely felt a little weird to be butchering a deer in August. As I get older I find that I like butchering my own deer less and less but still do it...

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46 minutes ago, WNY Bowhunter said:

Thankfully, no early doe season in the two WMUs that I hunt. I took my son out and shot a doe on nuisance permit a couple weekends ago and it definitely felt a little weird to be butchering a deer in August. As I get older I find that I like butchering my own deer less and less but still do it...

I have access to dmap's as well. I haven't used them as my area isn't really crawling with doe. They shelter in the nearby unhuntable burbs. Even if I did have a lot of doe, it would just feel odd. I guess it'd be something one would get used to though.

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