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Old September 05, 2019, 16:03   #1
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Whitetail 2019

Let's get my annual thread off this season kicked with prep. Our bow season in KY actually starts this Saturday, but temps are still in the '80s and will be for a while. I'll stick to doves until sometime in October when it starts to cool off.

In the mean time, I am finally back in the US for a bit and dug my bow out this afternoon. When I am not traveling I usually work from a home office. This gives me the latitude to walk out back and shoot a couple dozen arrows 3 or 4 times every day to get practiced back up. Here are the first arrows shot since December last year. Not a group to write home about, but I'll take it after 9 months off on a breezy day.

Practice, practice, practice and practice some more. Good luck gents

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Old September 06, 2019, 09:20   #2
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Deer have been getting so close to house lately cold drop concrete blocks off deck and crush their skulls as eat our figs. Was killing a ground hog next door when deer walked right by after I pulled the trigger. Believe he was happy that the ground hogs had scattered so wandered up to eat berries next door that ground hogs had been munching.
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Old September 26, 2019, 15:31   #3
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Did I ever mention how much I love my Matthews Z7

I've got myself tuned back in pretty well and am happy with my groups (at least about as well as I can get, I'm certainly not William Tell). I can consistently keep 6 arrows within a tennis ball at 25 yards and within a baseball at 35 which is about as far as I will likely shoot. Yes I do have a 45 yard pin that is sighted in, but a deer would have to be a monster standing very still in perfect position for me to pull the trigger at that range. I'm not saying I wouldn't, but 25-35 is where I see the most deer from my stand and that is my "sweet spot".

This photo is three consecutive arrows shot at 10, 15, and 25 yards using the same sight pin. I don't have a chrono but I'm told this bow shoots about 320 FPS and I believe it. The arrows don't drop in any significant amount until out past 25 yards.

If I hold my 35 yard pin on the target from 25, the 25 yard pin is only 5-6 inches above the bullseye. This is without a doubt the flattest shooting bow I have ever shot, and only set on a 50 lbs pull.



It's still in the 80s here and will be back in the mid 90s over the weekend, so way too hot for deer hunting. Someone needs to tell the weather dude that it is almost October and bow season is in
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Old September 26, 2019, 18:18   #4
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Nice shooting. I'll take the crossbow out this year. I want to get a lighter pull compound and get it set up. The Bear I have now only goes down to about 60# but I want to go to 45-50#. 60# is too much for my crunchy shoulder.

I picked up a .450 Bushy upper for my AR15 and got it sighted in so I hope to drop a deer with it this year. Changed my .45 cal blackpowder to a solid copper Barnes saboted bullet. Lost two deer with the CVA Powerbelts so I'm done with them.
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Old September 27, 2019, 09:15   #5
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Ive got some great bow hunting in this year so far. I tree stand hunt primarily.
Sad thing is Ive drawn on 3 or 4 nice bucks but opted not to shoot due to the time it takes to process the animal and my hectic work schedule.
Finally have a weekend off and Ill hopefully take something.

Nice group by the way.
Im shooting a Hoyt pro defiant..
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A guy half a mile up the road got a 12 pt with a bow recently I'm told. But I'm worried this season as the "blue tongue" is in my region and county .Been nearly a decade since blue tongue reared it's ugliness on white tail deer...but it's said to be here.
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Old September 28, 2019, 14:14   #7
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That's some nice shooting Invictus. Our Pa bow season doesn't open until Oct 5.

I just moved up to a Mathews Vertix. It's a great bow. New for 2019. I had been shooting a PSE Premonition, tried the Vertix and found I could draw almost 10 pounds more than the PSE. I've chronoed the Vertix with a 450 gr arrow and I'm getting 290 fps at 58# draw weight.

Can't wait to get in the ladder stand and have a deer walk out in front of me. It's gonna be warm here this coming week, in the low 80's most of the week, but they say we have a big cool down coming. Hope they're right.

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Did I ever mention how much I love my Matthews Z7

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This photo is three consecutive arrows shot at 10, 15, and 25 yards using the same sight pin. I don't have a chrono but I'm told this bow shoots about 320 FPS and I believe it. The arrows don't drop in any significant amount until out past 25 yards.

If I hold my 35 yard pin on the target from 25, the 25 yard pin is only 5-6 inches above the bullseye. This is without a doubt the flattest shooting bow I have ever shot, and only set on a 50 lbs pull.



It's still in the 80s here and will be back in the mid 90s over the weekend, so way too hot for deer hunting. Someone needs to tell the weather dude that it is almost October and bow season is in
Nice shooting!!

And it is 52* here - and raining. Not my ideal September weather... but I'm rooting for the bow hunters everywhere. Go kill those long-legged rats!
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Today was the last day of archery elk season here in Colorado. Was too windy to even hear if anything was calling back. I spent 9 non contiguous days on the mountain logging 58 miles of hiking and over 20,000 ft of vertical gain.. and no elk.. called one in a week ago, was actually calling to and getting responses to an elk down the ridge from me and at one point another one came in behind me and I didnít know it was there until I happened to turn around and it spin and exploded back in to the trees, was only 15 feet away, I never heard it.

Allready planning for next year.
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LANSING, Mich. - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared a warning to hunters after a man in Michigan was found to have developed tuberculosis caused by bacteria transmitted from deer carcass.

In a report released this week, the CDC said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services was notified in 2017 of a 77-year-old man who had tuberculosis caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis or M. bovis.
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Old October 11, 2019, 16:09   #11
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Temps were still near 90 when I left home a week ago. Got back last night and it was 66 when I got up today. The temps are dropping quickly this afternoon however. A lot of the crops are out and October weather is finally arriving with lows in the mid 30s the next two mornings, which should get them moving around a bit more. This evening I will drag out my cold weather gear and I plan to hunt as much as possible this weekend.

For me, now it begins.......
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SC is a nice place to live for hunting. Deer season runs from Aug 15 to Jan 1 each year for private land. The DNR lands have seasons set up for bow, primitive, and rifle. Dog hunting still allowed in certain parts of the State. We just went to a All Deer Tag system last year with doe tags for every weekend after Sept 15 (doe season opens). Tags were only good for those specific days so if you hunted during the week, no does allowed. This year they changed to a max of 6 does(any day after Sept 15) and 5 bucks for the season (total of 11 deer).

So far I have seen 3 deer this year. They came in behind me and I never got a good shot. Doe first followed by a funky looking cowhorn that if seen again will be culled. After that a little spike came by sniffing too. No rut then but now that temperature has dropped 20-30 degrees, I expect some more action to happen soon.

Good luck to everyone looking to put meat in the freezer this year.

Forgot to add, NEW LAW prohibits the use of deer bodily fluids for attractants unless hunter harvested from a kill in the State. $1000 fine if caught possessing it. This takes many of the store bought items off the market. The reasoning behind this is Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in a couple of attractant companies herds and DNR want that $#!+ to stay out of SC. There are some good synthetic Doe in Estrus scents out there but I haven't seen any good buck scent anywhere.
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I loved to bow hunt! I would bow hunt during regular rifle season I loved it so much. Killed my first deer with a bow. Then I made a couple of bad sticks. It really dogged me. I quit bow hunting because of it. Now that my state allows cross bows with optical sights the mystic is just gone. Did the same thing when they opened it up to in-lines during what once was "Primitive weapons season". They took the 'seasoning' out of it both for $$$.
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A friend took this pic of a group of does around the feeder yesterday at my place.



And an interesting bunch, after dark.



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My friend from church was at my range checking some 6.5 Cr loaded last Wednesday. 15 minutes after he stopped shooting a doe came out of the woods at 125yds and started grazing. She watched us for a few minutes and calmly walked back over the berm into the woods. Not 5 minutes later she reappeared with her yearling and started grazing again. I can almost promise you that the weekend of Nov 1st she won't be anywhere around during daylight hours.
Got the grandkids a nice box stand set up on a hillside in a whiteoak/beech orchard overlooking the creek. They should be set up for a nice hunting trip when they come.
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A friend took this pic of a group of does around the feeder yesterday at my place.



And an interesting bunch, after dark.



We are headed to uncles ranch in Austin in November. Canít get drawn here in az anymore it seems. Very least can take out some hogs.

Cant wait to be on the ranch!
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Damned hogs! I'm afraid they will out-compete the whitetails for the same resources. This was taken the night after the deer pics:

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Iím with you buddy. There are parts of the country where they have actually affected peoples Wells. They are a menace. Out here we just have Javelina but Iím sure within the next 15 years will have actual pigs here as well.

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Got this guy this evening. Two more deer tags and a possible elk tag...Hope to get lucky and fill at least some of em....
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Congratulations! That looks like a nice buck.
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Unfortunately, last year I chose not to hunt due to the bears running all the deer and everything else off. We've had a terrible bear over-population in Harlan KY for years now. And it has gotten to the point where they're running everything else off.

Anyway, we have a couple of nice deer up at the cabin where I hunt this year. I'm going to hunt a couple of days this year, but still don't plan to put too much pressure on them. If I get one, it'll be the only one and I'm not even going to try to tag out or anything and be greedy about it.

Truth is, I'm just as happy putting a doe in the freezer as anything else. While I'm not a head hunter or trophy hunter, there are two that have been on the trail camera that I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to put on my wall.

There are several bucks up there right now ranging from a small, young, spike up to a monster 8 point and even a really nice 12 pointer.



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Great looking deer and pics! Man, those pics are good; that's a Tasco camera?
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I'll be out in West Texas the first week of November hunting with a group of very close friends. The "package" offers one buck, one doe, two turkey, and all the hogs you can shoot. I'm hoping to tag out on all the above.

After spending the first 37 years hunting in USGI surplus Woodland pattern camo, I finally broke down and ordered some insulated Realtree camo stuff. Partially because the old stuff is worn completely out and doesn't fit; partially because my dad repossessed his camo parka before I moved out of East Texas. Everything is supposed to arrive today and I'm starting to get excited about my upcoming hunt.
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Great looking deer and pics! Man, those pics are good; that's a Tasco camera?
Yeah, that's the cheapest one they sell. I think I paid about $29 for it.

I have some wildlife innovations cameras that were better, but I can only get about a year and a half of life out of them before they start giving me problems. One of them stopped switching between day and night and all the daytime photos were just solid white and overexposed.

The other one, I don't know what happened to it. It just started taking photos about every 3 seconds until the batteries are drained and there are 3400+ photos of nothing on the memory card mostly of just the trees in the background.

So far, the little cheap tasco has been doing pretty good. Not as clear as more expensive cameras at night time, but plenty good enough to do what I want them to for the cost.

Sorry for the hijack OP. But here's some of what was on the card the last time I checked it.











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Thanks for the info John A. I might look into getting one of those to supplement the two I use now. One is an older Primos that runs on 4 D cells and has been out in the elements for 5 or 6 years now and still keeps on going. The other is an Apeman brand camera that I got as a gift a couple Christmases back. It has been less reliable. I like the pics you've shown from that Tasco cam.
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Due to travel, I mostly missed the early bow season this year. Two mornings in early October, two mornings last weekend, and today. I saw a few deer on all 5 mornings, but only does and even they were out of range. While I do hunt the late bow season, October is by far my favorite and it sucks to have missed most of it this year

This Saturday is opening day of our 16 day gun season. We checked the scope on Blondzilla's rifle earlier this week and she is ready to go. I really wanted her to use a 30-06 this year, but she is "gun shy" about it and elected to stay with her 243. I'm on vacation all next week so I'll hunt with her everyday until she is successful (or until she says "fuggit I'm getting bored with this" ).

My focus the last several years is all about the "stick & string" whitetail hunting, but I do still like to go out with a rifle after Blondie is done. I've killed deer with a Garand, an FAL, an L1A1, and a couple others with open sights. What next? M16 clone? Trapdoor Springfield? Eddystone? I do love me some Garand shooting though and they cancelled the Vintage 3-Gun match this year? Hmmm????

The current cold spell has arrived here today with temps expected in the low 20s the next couple of mornings. That should get them moving around a bit more...I hope
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My focus the last several years is all about the "stick & string" whitetail hunting, but I do still like to go out with a rifle after Blondie is done. I've killed deer with a Garand, an FAL, an L1A1, and a couple others with open sights. What next? M16 clone? Trapdoor Springfield? Eddystone? I do love me some Garand shooting though and they cancelled the Vintage 3-Gun match this year? Hmmm????

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Thats pretty much what I do.
If I happen to fill a tag first then I haul a FAL around with the boys.
Wifes got a tag as do my sons and Ive got a Elk muzzle loader tag still..

I had a few nice animals in my bow sights this year but opted out of shooting due to time, lack of light to track or a hectic work schedule. Really wishing I would have taken one now.
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I did check one of my cameras yesterday and got this fat body roaming around for does. Dates are off obviously.

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That is me! I usually see a lot more deer here at dusk rather than dawn, but I don't usually bow hunt in the evenings. Tracking them down in the dark is just not my idea of fun anymore. I do sometimes go out in the evening just because I enjoy being out there and watching them move around, but it would take a very special deer in a very special circumstance for me to draw back on it. I just figure he will back another day.

Dusk hunt? Rifle yes. Bow no.

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I'll be out in West Texas the first week of November hunting with a group of very close friends. The "package" offers one buck, one doe, two turkey, and all the hogs you can shoot. I'm hoping to tag out on all the above.
Well, my hunt was Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. I'll do a seperate post on it once I get the pics off my phone. Killed a decent seven point buck, two does, and three pigs. We fixin' to eat real good for a good while.
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A hunting buddy/fellow painter shot this antler-less buck at my place last Sunday morning. We have a brief antler-less season here in Milam county this year. We can kill two between opening day and Nov. 18 I believe. He said this buck had two little points that stuck through about 1/4".

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Saw this little guy out in the yard this morning. Only a 6 pointer, but nice to see anyway.

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Old November 08, 2019, 17:06   #33
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She: "Honey, do you know where my insulated camo coveralls are?"

Me: "Yes babe, they are in a tote on the garage shelves. I'll go get them".

Little did I realize the obstacle course she had created between me and the shelf in the past week




On a more positive note, a "bullwinkle" walked through this morning about 6:30. I snapped a photo, but it was facing into the sunrise with the phone cam zoomed all the way out. The antlers washed out in the photo, but he was a dang nice buck.

He never got within bow range for me today, but if he does a repeat tomorrow morning (he was within 100 yards, walking slowly, and pausing occasionally, for most of 5 minutes) then Blondzilla will have her a trophy buck. He was too far for a bow shot today, but an easy rifle kill and very well within her comfort zone of shooting. I have my fingers crossed for her in the morning!!
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Old November 09, 2019, 19:28   #34
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Range report - Opening day of gun season in KY

It was a glorious fine day to be in the woods. Cold and crisp this morning with frost on the ground. About 25 degrees when we walked to the stand at 5:30.

Opening day morning at daybreak here usually sounds like the D-Day invasion. No one else is even anywhere within a quarter mile of us, but the sound of a HP rifle shot carries for a couple or three miles or more that tie of day, and there are plenty of hunters in our rural county area. Surprisingly, we did not even hear the first shot until after sunrise. That is 30 minutes after legal shooting time and about 45 minutes after you normally hear someone shoot on opening day. That was interesting?

About 7 am, a little buck came through. Blondzilla will gladly take a nice trophy buck, but she is in this for meat and is equally happy with a big fat doe. Little bucks get a pass so they can become big bucks someday. This little guy got a pass, but he came up almost directly under the stand and fooled around for a bit. She could have killed him by dropping the rifle on his head. He got a free pass today, but somehow I don't think he is smart enough to become an old big buck.



About 7:30, a really nice buck came through but he was walking fast out in the bean field at 100 yards (almost at a trot but not running scared, I think he had a sniff of something and was horny). Our stand sits 20 yards back from the edge of the field (for bow hunting) and between the intervening trees and looking into the sun, she could not find him in the scope except for brief glimpses. No shot dammit.

We came in about 9:30, cleaned up and went to a friend's annual burgoo cook for some beers and fellowship. Personally I am not big of burgoo myself, but she loves it and the friends are cool. Burgoo is hit or miss depending on who makes it. I'm fairly certain these particular folks break the golden rule and pick up road kill from gravel roads. Everyone knows that good burgoo only uses road kill from asphalt roads

This evening we went out about 3:30 and stayed until dark. Did not see squat.

We will hit it again in the morning though. Life is good brothers.....
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Yeah, me and my youngest son got in the stand just before daylight and got to see the sun rise through the mountains.

Unfortunately for us on this side of the state, the Fish/Wildlife in their infinite wisdom only allow us to take antlered deer during rifle season while the other 3/4 of the state can tag whichever they like. Been like that for as long as I can remember. I think they just don't like anyone on this side of the state and make their rules out of sheer spite.

I have 4 to 1 the number of does on our property than bucks and I have the trail cam photos to back it up. I should be able to make the determination of what I put in the freezer, but that's how it always goes here. I'll be the first to say fish/wildlife don't know their ass from a hole in the ground and couldn't find it with both hands.

I didn't even hunt last year because the bears had put too much pressure on the deer and were running them all off.
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Yeah, me and my youngest son got in the stand just before daylight and got to see the sun rise through the mountains.
Embrace it. Enjoy it. Every last minute of it.

Deer or no deer, you already won there
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I agree wholeheartedly. He's the youngest of my 3 sons. The other two are grown and have families of their own now. Today was a good day.

And he's wanting to go back in the morning.

So, we'll be going back again bright and early.

You guys be careful too !!
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Embrace it. Enjoy it. Every last minute of it.

Deer or no deer, you already won there
Yup...

Im hunting this year with my son on his first season. The excitement in his eyes, willingness to rise early and hike hard, and just the great conversations.
Id trade an hour of that for 10 bucks in the dirt on my own...
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Old November 09, 2019, 22:01   #39
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Yup...

Im hunting this year with my son on his first season. The excitement in his eyes, willingness to rise early and hike hard, and just the great conversations.
Id trade an hour of that for 10 bucks in the dirt on my own...
Ain't that the truth!
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