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I was thinking just a few days because all the intestines are still intact. Every time I’ve gutted a deer, the intestines are gone the next day. 
You have to remember that in the water there aren't the scavengers there are on land, they can't dry out etc. Breakdown is much quicker when it is exposed to air. Same with a fish even, put a fish on land and it's rotted in days and gone in a few more. Put that fish in the water and it'll last weeks. I'm no biologist or scientist but I do know it takes a lot longer to break down in water. My .02 says that deer has been in the water for at least a month from my experience, for what it's worth... it's too bad either way though.

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60 yards and piled up 30 yards behind cousin.by far biggest buck!

I'll write up the full story later. Still trying to settle down. Basket case of emotions today. The long story short on this buck.... I missed/hit a tree 2 years ago. Didn't see him last year. Had an

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Hey Everyone,

I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post, it seems like a great forum with lots of insights into New York's hunting opportunities.  I hunt in 3M near Chester which is a mix of mostly smaller woodland tracts strung together by rural/farm communities, in short I have limited land to hunt on but there are animals around if you are willing to put the time in, it seems.  2018 and 2019 were my first years, with does harvested in both, but no bucks until now.  I have learned a lot in a few years (had no idea how important scent management was until last year) but thankfully things are getting improving with each season.  This year I passed on does to try to get a buck, but I really hadn't seen many in person until today.  At last light I took this one, a little light on antlers but full bodied.  I actually thought he was a doe at first but after the shot I realized I filled my buck tag :) (pics of the landscape and harvest attached)

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6 minutes ago, 3MAlex said:

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You need to check out the agreement you signed when joining here........Section 126, paragraph 3: "We no longer charge by the written word for new members" 

Welcome Alex!

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6 minutes ago, Lawdwaz said:

You need to check out the agreement you signed when joining here........Section 126, paragraph 3: "We no longer charge by the written word for new members" 

Welcome Alex!

Thanks! I’ve learned a lot lurking, I’m glad to see other more experienced guys have plenty of nature sits too (no deer at all!), it’s definitely nice to have a warmer season where you aren’t freezing to death for 20 days straight!

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8 minutes ago, 3MAlex said:

Thanks! I’ve learned a lot lurking, I’m glad to see other more experienced guys have plenty of nature sits too (no deer at all!), it’s definitely nice to have a warmer season where you aren’t freezing to death for 20 days straight!

Not exactly. I’d much rather have it cold deer don't move much when its so warm. 

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12 minutes ago, SpacemanSpiff said:

Not exactly. I’d much rather have it cold deer don't move much when its so warm. 

I have noticed that, in fact this whole season i’ve been busted by bedded does almost every time walking to my ground blind, and I mean the whole 9 yards with that disheartening wheezing sound that you know every deer within half a mile heard.

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13 minutes ago, 3MAlex said:

I have noticed that, in fact this whole season i’ve been busted by bedded does almost every time walking to my ground blind, and I mean the whole 9 yards with that disheartening wheezing sound that you know every deer within half a mile heard.

That blowing doesn't mean its over. Some deer are just wired tightly. I had a deer blow for over 10 minutes about 130 yds from me,maybe it smelled me,maybe not. There were a lot of deer filtering onto the oaks flat. More deer kept moving through even while and after the nervous nelly quieted down. This was bow season,and i shot my buck after that whole affair.

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26 minutes ago, BowmanMike said:

That blowing doesn't mean its over. Some deer are just wired tightly. I had a deer blow for over 10 minutes about 130 yds from me,maybe it smelled me,maybe not. There were a lot of deer filtering onto the oaks flat. More deer kept moving through even while and after the nervous nelly quieted down. This was bow season,and i shot my buck after that whole affair.

You should name that doe Karen.

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We hunt in 4C. Opening weekend my father and I saw 8 different bucks (3 shooters). All were chasing or searching. We also saw a number of doe. This weekend we each sat dark to noon Saturday and Sunday and saw zero deer. I think we caught tail end of rut opening weekend and it is done. Deer are hunkering down. I can't remember the last time we had back to back sits at any time during gun and saw zero deer.

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Good luck all. Haven’t been in the deer woods since Tuesday evening last week. Wife had some pretty serious hip surgery so I’ve been mom, dad and nurse for a while. She’s doing well and I’m partially glad I had to take a break.

I’ve seen the deer woods open up after the first week and when much of the orange army goes home. Could definitely use another deer for the freezer, if not 2 for some sausage.


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4 hours ago, mowin said:

Out after a bday buck. 

In 43 yrs, I only takin one buck on my bday, so my self imposed restrictions have been lowered significantly.  

Good luck , slam a big one and Happy Birthday.  I cant think of a better way to celebrate a birthday.

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So, as expected, my morning bday hunt was a bust. Not even a doe spotted.  I'll be out this afternoon if the rain lets up.
 

I am sorry that your birthday fell on the morning of a full moon?!??


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6K hunter here.. I am working today and tomorrow and got the honey pass to head out Wednesday.. it is looking pretty good with a few inches of snow hitting the ground the night before.. looking for anything with horns to make it number 3 in the freezer

I am a public land hunter with no treestand/saddle so I am relegated to the ground... what would you guys suggest as a strategy... i am hunting some state forest that has some pretty good elevation changes... should I go find a ridge and sit tight downwind and hope the second rut will kick in (judging by your posts the past week it looks like the first rut is officially done) or try and be super aggressive and try and walk up on an unsuspecting buck and hope to get a shot off before I spook them

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I am sorry that your birthday fell on the morning of a full moon?!??


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Lol, ya I hate full moons. 

I had two different bucks during yesterday's afternoon hunt 70yrds out.  Both 4pt.  Was really hoping one would have showed this morning. 

Not looking likely for the afternoon hunt. Heavy rain.

Always next year. Maybe my 44th season will be different.  

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20 minutes ago, ridgerunner88 said:

6K hunter here.. I am working today and tomorrow and got the honey pass to head out Wednesday.. it is looking pretty good with a few inches of snow hitting the ground the night before.. looking for anything with horns to make it number 3 in the freezer

I am a public land hunter with no treestand/saddle so I am relegated to the ground... what would you guys suggest as a strategy... i am hunting some state forest that has some pretty good elevation changes... should I go find a ridge and sit tight downwind and hope the second rut will kick in (judging by your posts the past week it looks like the first rut is officially done) or try and be super aggressive and try and walk up on an unsuspecting buck and hope to get a shot off before I spook them

How bout a slow still hunt.  Just glass and work it slow.  Ground should be quiet with all the rain.

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