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shae1986

Hows the bow hunting?

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Its been pretty slow in this form latley so i thought i would ask how everyone is doing bow hunting. So far for me this year it has been the worst year for seeing deer i have ever had. I have seen only a handful of deer in the many nights i have put on stand. My trail cam has seen deer, lot of them, but me out hunting haven't seen many. Most of the deer are doing that 10-midnight appearance. But hopefully this cold weather helps me see some deer. I am going to try again this weekend. I hope everyone is having a more successful season than me. Have a safe hunting season.

A. Shae

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I agree -- it has been really bad. No idea where they are hiding.

A buddy went out this morning and saw Zippo.

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We went out tonight and we saw more deer driving out to our deer stand than we did in stand. I just dont understand.

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WOOHOO, I saw deer this morning. I saw 2 does and two fawns. the most action i have seen all season.

A. Shae

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The best time to bow hunt is the week before the opener -- I hope to hit it hard this week and next week.

Going to put out a drip bag this afternoon, if I can get done with work.

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Now that alot of the corn is coming off and pheasant hunters riling everything up is the time to go in a little deeper to their bedding areas. I have seen and heard of a lot of nice bucks getting jumped. I have been using the buck decoy with some success. I am working on a 4x5 that I have pics of and have seen 2x this last week. Sat nite put out the decoy and had a freinds kid sit in my stand and I went over where I have been seeing him. Set up about by 5:15 and by ten to six heard him about 20 yds to my left. Waited...... Saw Rack on top of buck brush.....Closer.....Draw......thump thump thump thump. Wrong deer. 20 ft broadside,perfect shot let off and let him go. It's a beautiful 8 pt, I would guess about a 125 score but I have more time and he will be real nice next year. I have been close on a lot of next year deer.Keep at it cause they are there and eventually the arrow will be released!!

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Biff --

Nice to meet you at the stag. Did you have fun?

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Got the drip bag out and I saw some nice rubs -- going to be fun to get out there in a couple of days.

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It has been horrible back home also The big city norcross I saw small bucks opening weekend but it has got slower and slower every weekend weird I did not even see a deer yesterday> I am waing for a boom laugh.gif good luck to all. the guns will be comin out soon grin.gif

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hitman, Yeah it,s always a good time. I won my annual $100.00 dallar jar of pickled herring. Dollars go for good things tho.

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Well a buddy and me went out on sunday night to try to stalk a doe. Well it worked up to the point where when we got 40 yards away the deer just decided to walk into the popple trees. SO we continued seeing some more deer and spooking some. We got out of there and he is hanging some stands there this week for this weekends hunt. Gotta try to get in stand this weekend.

A. Shae

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biff --

good to hear you had fun. All of the money goes back to the community. Pretty cool.

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I have been hunting a dairy farm with lots of alfalfa and corn. I have seen deer pretty much every time. Quite a few small bucks and fawns in range but nothing worth shooting yet. The weather has been pretty good lately except for the high winds. I try to get out just before an approaching cold front. The deer are still hitting the alfalfa pretty hard. The corn is coming down so that should push more deer into the woods. The next couple weeks are going to be awesome. I have seen three different big boys that would look great on my wall.... Now I just have to close the deal......

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Pace --

Can I follow you and shoot what you miss?

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Had a strange deal last night when the neighbor to land I have permission on saw my vehicle and actually came into my woods and tried to chase me out. First he claimed I was hunting on his land and then after he realized I had permission then he said I was hunting to close to his propery which he rifle hunts. I was about 100 yards from the line. I told him I have every right to hunt here. He then told me he would appreciate it if I didn't hunt here anymore. Man what a tool!!!! I can't hunt there rifle season so I told him I will leave it alone then but I will be there off and on til the end of December. He got mad and stormed off. Strange. I talked to the landowner after I was done and they apparently don't get along very well. He was going to talk to him and tell him to stay off his property. At least I saw 14 deer. Had 5 in range. Small bucks and fawns. Nothing big.....All heading to and in the alfalfa field. I tried a rattle sequnece at about 6:00 and all that did was scare the small ones that were in the field eating.

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I had to work late and went home for supper and on the way back to work I thought I would stop and glass some fields were I hunt.

Seven deer in a 1/2 acre patch. No kidding.

I am going to sit there tonight. Hopefully by 4 p.m. The wind it perfect for a ground blind in the tall grass by a tree. I am pretty pumped.

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Guys at work are into bowhunting. They have been practicing shooting in the back room at the store. Some poor old guy walks in just as they released an arrow and nailed him. I think he would have made it if they hadn't gutted him right away. Sorry, this post just reminded me of that old Ole and Sven joke. We need one of those instant gremlins that shows that I'm ashamed of myself.

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I was out scouting this last weekend, midday and counted 19 deer in a square mile area....all doe's no bucks....if there are doe's eventually there will be bucks.

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Well i have some things that have to get done tonight so no hunting tonight but its full go this weekend, much like its been every weekend, but hopefully my luck has changed and something will happen this weekend. Good Luck to all.

A. Shae

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Upset --

Went out hunting and ZERO deer. Zip.

Used everthing. Scent-lok, spray, coon and doe in heat. Wind was right everything. I saw seven deer in the same location the night before.

Very upsetting.

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Got out thursday nite, Bought some new #1 estrus,Hunter Specialties I think. Had a drag rag and everything was perfect wind wise. I laid down a trail on the way in and went to a good crossing point by the creek. Came across and walked out 200 yds. and back, Set up my buck decoy,climbed in the stand and prayed.. again. Was about 6:00 and was glassing a half mile to a bean field watching all of the roosters and scanned to where I laid a trail. Then I saw him. He stood watching and looking for this doe that peed for a straight half mile. Then he started to follow. He came to the fence and finally jumped it and slowly worked his way to the creek and stopped for a Terry Redlin pose and had a drink. Slowly came across and stopped by a scent wick. Of course I had it way to far away. So now he is about 70 yds out. Another basket rack was with him and followed his path and then came by him. He came to about 40 yds. and saw the decoy. He stared and stomped, came a little closer and went back to #1. This goes on for 20 minutes and needless to say I am going insane. I am running out of light and finally #1 comes up to about 50 yds then turns broadside like he is going to leave. So I decide this is it. I pull back, put my 50 on him and let her rip. Feels good. He takes off and wipes out in 20 yds.flops and goes in Buckbrush. I now am shaking and have to sit down. I waited about 40 minutes and heard the coyotes start their nightly howl and decide I better go look. All I have is a little led flashlight and can't find a drop of blood. Now I'm thinking maybe he hit the fence and wiped out and is now gone w/o a scratch. I am very worried. I decide to fan out and look for the deer and not the blood. Five minutes later I find him, Double lung fatal and he only went fourty yds. I am just pumped now. I have been on this guy since August since I got trailcam pics of him in velvet. He is a beautiful 4x5 and scores out at 140 gross. Biggest yet with the bow. WOW sorry I'm so long winded but you know how it is guys. I will try and get some pics on here in the next few days.

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Congrats Biffle, sounds like everything worked out, glad you found him.

I was out tonight, didn't think i would have time to but i worked it out. Saw the most deer in one sitting out of this particular stand, 2, 2 spikers walked out about 40-50 yards, very cool to watch.

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Thanks Shae,, Hitman has your luck started to turn for you yet. I am going thru withdrawals now. Two straight nites w/o sitting in a tree or on the ground. Got him butchered last nite and off to the taxidermist this a.m. Good luck.

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Biffle i got a question for you.

Do you like using decoys, ive never used one but always thought of it. Do you have a full body or just a printed one. Any info would be appreciated. Also do they work all year or only during this pre rut phase. Thanks

A. Shae

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Iv'e been playing with them for years. I have more fun with them than anything. I have yet to have one get hammered by another buck. I don't use too often and it depends on where I am at. I like to use em on private land then I can leave them out in the field, I usually take them out of my spot a ways off and bury them in the cane or grass. This year It's just been my big buck Delta shooting target cause my actual decoy got ripped off a few years back. When they work they work, I have seen does walk right by without paying too much attention or they get real nervous when they don't move and they stomp and blow. I guess I like to use them more the couple weeks before gun hunting cause when a buck sees it it has usually kept his attention off of me and has covered a few of my mistakes for me.

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