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Old November 11, 2017, 19:02   #1
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KY whitetail - 2017

Due to numerous factors, some fun, some not so fun, I have missed all of early archery season this year. Today however I am home for opening day of gun season and once again trying to kill a trophy buck with the most dangerous weapon in my possession, a blond girl

Legal shooting is 30 minutes before official sunrise, so open season was at 5:56 am today. At 6:01 the first young buck came by. Too small but dayum it was a pretty sight in the sunrise.





I started out the day with a blond fox, but then along came a red fox too! Stand back Martin





A doe came by and another scrub buck. Quiet morning. Here deery deery !!!!





It was 28 degrees when we walked out the door at 5:30. When the sun came up, so did a breeze. By 7:30am Blondzilla had had enough of the cold, so we went downstairs to the enclosed blind.





A little break during the day, then back out in the evening. If it was the last day of the season, this little 4 pointer would be Blondzilla meat. Since it was the first day of the season, he got a "free ride" and she got a little practice sighting.





It is dark now and we are back up to the house. She is out feeding horses. I am wasting time with you guys. Life is good brothers.



To be continued.....
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Old November 11, 2017, 19:30   #2
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Had to work in the AM. Got my crew set and what they had to do and got back at the house by 7:45am. Son was already walking back in by then. He saw one doe and I damn near ran over two on the gravel road coming in. Anyhow it got too warm and too still. My neighbor but 400 yards up the road from me shot a 16 point monster next to his chicken coups a few minutes after 7am. Some fellas have all the luck.
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Old November 11, 2017, 20:11   #3
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I started out the day with a blond fox, but then along came a red fox too! Stand back Martin



It is dark now and we are back up to the house. She is out feeding horses. I am wasting time with you guys. Life is good brothers.

To be continued.....
Nice Mikey! If you count the grey fox in the blind you hit a fox trifecta!
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Missouri whitetail - 2017

Got this doe on Saturday, 11-11-2017 (opening day) with about 20 minutes of legal light left that evening. She's a big old girl!
Shot her up in my field, about 70 yards behind the house. Double lung and heart shot. Broke her right front leg as well. She ran about 30 yards and dropped dead.
She was skinned out right after this photo was taken.

Going to be some good eating!

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Nice idsubgun! Looks like some very good eating

Blondzilla missed a nice buck on Sunday morning. Not a real "trophy" but a solid 8 pointer.

She is actually a dang good shot, but she got flustered for a couple of reasons which I chalk up mostly to "buck fever". Part of that is that she could not see the antlers with the light colored background of the cut bean field (see the third photo in OP). He walked through from our left to right at about 110-120 yards. I kept whispering "shoot him, shoot him" but she thought he was small and was holding off. When he got near the woods to the right in that photo, she had a dark background for contrast on the antlers and realized she had to hurry before he went into the woods. She got excited and "hurried" a bit too much sadly. She also (I learned later) had a bit of rain mist on the scope which was slightly blurred, but I really don't think that was as much of a factor as the "hurry up" shooting. Who knows???

I had to work today, but I am off the rest of the week and hope she gets another shot at a nice one. She will continue to hunt for bones at least until next weekend, but by then, "if it's brown it's down"
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I have many bucks around the property but the only time I see them is on the game camera after midnight. I'd like to tag one of them but I'm all about the meat. I'd rather shoot a doe then wait for that nice buck.

What I need to do is buy a crossbow. Missouri allows crossbows now in archery season. I can't hit the side of the barn with my compound bow, even if I was standing INSIDE the barn! I truly suck with it!
During archery season, I can shoot 3 or 4 deer, and then one during firearm season unless I buy an extra permit for firearm season. So if I could get all the deer I'm allowed legally as a landowner (which is 5 or more acres, we own 9 acres), I'd have a freezer full.
Hell, I just went up to close up the chicken coop and there was 3 does standing in the field.
My wife is stopping at Walmart on the way home, to get her landowner permits. She wants to shoot one. Landowner permits in Missouri are free. So all our deer and turkey permits cost zilch! Nada! Nothing! An excellent price!
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Blondzilla also hunts on a landowner tag which is free here. Myself I occasionally hunt deer elsewhere with friends, but also I hunt doves, coyotes, groundhogs, etc. elsewhere and fish the river. KY offers an annual "sportsman" license for $95 which covers every outdoor license needed except the Federal waterfowl stamp. KY also has deer zones which vary across the state, but here we can get 1 antlered and 2 non-antlered each, plus get a bonus tag for 2 more non-antlered deer. Some zones are almost unlimited on non-antlered deer, but statewide, we are only allowed one set of antlers a year per hunter.
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We're allowed two antlered deer, one in firearm, and one in archery.

And a bunch of does. I'd have to count them.
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Blondzilla and I hit it again this morning. Legal shooting time was at 5:59am but it was cloudy and drizzling rain so not actually light enough to see for safe shooting.

About 6:02 what we thought was a doe crossed the field to the east of us at about 100 yards off and was obviously walking with a limp in the front. Blondie commented that she wished she could see and take that one limping, just for the meat, and just to get her out of her misery.

About 8, Blondzilla had to head back in to take one of our dogs to a vet appt. I stayed out. About 9, the same limping deer crossed the field again. Now it was light enough to see that it was actually a spike buck and the right front foot was held way up off the ground.

Blondie wants meat? Blondie gets meat! Kabloom went the Garand at about 120 yards. Score!

The front right foot he was holding off the ground was a compound fracture above the ankle. I will save you the gory details and photos, but it was ugly. I still thought I could get some good back straps for deer jerky, so I went and got the mule, loaded him up, and later lifted him up with the shop crane.

My fishing buddy turned 65 yesterday and we had lunch plans today. He called about the time I pulled the deer up on the hoist, so I decided to close up the barn, go in and clean up, then pull the back straps after lunch when it had cooled out a bit.

When I get back to my shop a couple hours later, I walked in the door and was immediately assaulted by that Chinese guy. You know who I mean? It was Ho Lee Fuk. The last animal I smelled that was nearly this bad was a cow that had been dead for two weeks in August. This deer smelled worse and was walking around less than 4 hours earlier. Heck, I have seen gut shot deer that guys found the next day which smelled like crushed rose petals in comparison. Ugh!

I have no idea if this smell was gangrene, an infection, or what. I do know I had zero plans to cut any of it up or feed it to anyone, even including the dogs. Off it went for coyote food.

Whatever happened to this deer's leg, I truly believe the Lord put him in front of Blondzilla this morning so she could say "I wish I could put him out of his misery" and put that idea in my mind. On any normal day of hunting with her, I would have went in when she did. I believe I was led to stay put for a reason, and this particular deer was it. Without the limp, it was certainly not a deer I would shoot, and without Blondie's comment, I would have probably ignored the limp and just let it go on. I certainly have no real insights, but I do believe the Lord had a plan today for one of His creatures that was suffering and we were blessed to be His tool to end it.
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The deer had gone "septic". The anti-bodies were unable to fight the infection at a rate greater than the wound was producing. Thank God you put it down.

Mrs.ss and I hope all is well with you and your family. ~ss
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Blondzilla FTW this evening

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Very Nice....

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Very nice. Deer hunting in KY is great.
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Nice rack... The deer, the deer.
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You enjoy being cold. Works for you, eh?

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You enjoy being cold. Works for you, eh?

Warm is good. Works for me.
Warm IS good!!

Heck, I've been looking at these and told the wife I needed one!

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Warm is good. Works for me.
When we bought this farm, I moved a ladder stand around for a few years until I figured out the best spot to hunt which is literally a deer cross-roads.

First I built a tower there, 6' square with the floor about 11" above the ground. It is made with four treated 4"x4"x16' poles and a bunch of used treated lumber I got for $5 at an auction. 360 degree view in a very choice location, but on rainy days or on days it gets down to mid 20 or less, it is not ideal being out in the open.

I thought about adding a roof and then if I added a roof I could add sides to keep in heat. That would ruin my clear 360 degree view however so I stewed on it and did nothing for a couple of years.

Then the solution dawned on me!

I dropped 6' below the tower floor and built another floor which is about 5' off the ground. I enclosed this "downstairs" room which has sliding glass windows on 4 sides and a small propane heater. Now if it is raining or is too cold, I can just move "downstairs" and continue hunting in comfort. Especially important when hunting with Blondzilla

I'm sure there are others, but I am the only person I am aware of that built a room addition on a deer stand
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I'm sure there are others, but I am the only person I am aware of that built a room addition on a deer stand
LOL! Hell Mike, I like it. Maybe you should add a sun deck on top for those sunny midday hunts when game traffic is slow.

This reminded me of the story an old friend told me years ago. He was visiting his in-law's residence in Alabama for the first time; car on block in the front yard, bass boat sitting on the ground in the backyard. Finds out that the swivel seats in the bass boat functioned as the "hunting stand" for spotting deer in the pea patch behind the house. Only in Alabama!

Personally, I'd rather hunt from an airboat but only if I can get these ladies to crew for me!

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LOL! Hell Mike, I like it. Maybe you should add a sun deck on top
It's there. Here is the original tower before the downstairs addition.

I will beat 12v71 to it by admitting these three "dears" all have "nice racks"

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Looks good bro,,,and congrats and regards to the better half....
I love a nce dark rack with polished tips like that...
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It's there. Here is the original tower before the downstairs addition.

I will beat 12v71 to it by admitting these three "dears" all have "nice racks"

LOL again... Touché
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It's there. Here is the original tower before the downstairs addition.

I will beat 12v71 to it by admitting these three "dears" all have "nice racks"

I ain't sayin' nothing about mounting trophies....
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Had a nice hunt tonight. Probably saw 10-12 total,one was a unicorn spike,and another was an 8 point. Passed them both. The 8 point was small-ish. Maybe 10 inches inside.Well inside the spread of his ears.
I'm big on a warm blind. Nothing much I hate more than crappy designed blinds.
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4 point came in tonight,along with about 8-10does,the uni-spike came in. 4 point took off after a doe,uni-spike chased a doe right under me,she pissed,he mounted and boned her.
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I'm back to work now for 3 days this week, then will hunt again Thursday and Friday. Early archery and then our 16 day gun season I am purely trophy hunting. When gun season ends (next Sunday) and late archery starts up, "if its brown it's down"
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