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Rugbyguy

DEER SEASON 2006

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I know there are multiple photo boards already set up on this site, but I would like this thread to be used by the Rochester area posters. Lets see your gun and bow kills for the year.

I leave for Deer Camp in three hours; the wait is killing me!

Good Luck to everyone this weekend and remember to BE SAFE!!

Now, let's see some whitetails!!

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hey, good luck to you guys! this is my FIRST YEAR not going deer hunting in MINNESOTA frown.gif but i will be hunting third weekend of november in Buffalo county wisconsin. also, my first year hunting deer with a rifle. I will be using a Remington 7MM. I will for sure get pics of that monster buck i will be getting grin.gif

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Certainly have been blessed this year with my bow. A nice doe my 1st evening on stand and this nice 8 pt'r 2 weeks later. Good luck everyone and be safe! Bow2006004.jpg

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wow, i would say that is a nice deer..any plans on a head mount?

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Am working on a skull mount. Should look nice once I finish

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Nice job! Congrats to ya. laugh.gif

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That's a nice 4x4. Past the ears a ways and nice and tall. Thanks for sharing.

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What a weekend!! Hunting is Southeast MN gets better every year. 7 of us ventured onto our property opening morning and by the close of shooting on Sunday evening 5 bucks had met their match. We opted only to shoot mature bucks, but someone wasn't paying attention to that and shot a year and half old 6 pointer, but otherwise we shot 3 mature 8-pointers and a nice 10. Hopefully posting the pictures will work out as I have never posted pics before.

8 pointer shot 7:30am opening morning, tailing a 6-pointer. This beauty was shot by my 16-year-old brother. The G2's measured a full 12". Green score of 143 6/8". This buck was nice!!

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This buck is a dandy 10-pointer shot as light was fading Sunday evening. This bruiser was also shot one of my younger brothers.

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I decided to get in on the action with an 8-pointer of my own Sunday morning, but I was certainly outclassed by my younger bro's.

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This last shot is of the 3 bucks that fell Sunday morning.

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Nice Shooting Boys

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Sounds like a blastin weekend RugbyGuy. Awesome with all those buckies. Nice job.

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nicely done fellas. So did you have to work hard for them or did they deserve to die. STORIES go great with those super pics. ike

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1st Photo- 8 pointer - Shot 7:30am Saturday

Tony was on stand watching a nice 6 pointer work his way down a hillside in his direction, sizing him up to see if he was a shooter. When the buck was getting close to in range this monster 8 came flying over the hill and started chasing the 6 pointer. After circling the 6 pointer twice, Tony ended the game with a well placed slug. With the 8 pointer on the ground the 6 pointer thought he was tough and grunted numerous times at the 8 pointer. Tony opted not to take the 6 and let him go on his way.

2nd Photo - 10 pointer - Sunday Evening

Ryan was on stand over looking a watering hole when this guy showed up for a drink. He watched the buck, knowing it was a nice deer, but not sure if it was a wall hanger. He decided to pass on the shot, then the big guy made the fatal decision to visit the food plot, directly below Ryan's stand. One well-placed slug and the buck didn't even take a step, fell in a heap.

3rd Photo - 8 pointer - 7:30am Sunday

I was watching two deer walk away from my stand as I glanced over my shoulder and saw a buck 30 yards away and closing the distance. My gun was resting on my ladder seat between my hands and I had no chance to raise it before he would get by me. I watched the 8 pointer cross the trail I walk in on a whole 12 yards away from me, without getting busted. I let him walk and looked for the next possible time time to raise my gun and find a shooting lane. When he walked behind some brush I raise my gun and grunt him to a halt. Then I place the crosshairs on the only shooting lane I have left before he is out of sight. As he enters the lane I grunt him to a halt again and of course breathe on my scope. I know I am holding on the deer so I pull the trigger. 60-70 yards away he takes off out of sight. I don't know for sure if I have hit him as there was more than one branch that could have got in the way. I wait for 15 minutes without hearing any commotion off in the distance and begin my trek. I get to the point where I think I hit him and look and find a skid mark of dirt and a paint can worth of blood. I knew I had him!! I trailed him for one hundred yards on a major blood trail until I found him lying dead. I ended up heart shooting him with the exit breaking his left front leg. Dead deer running 100 yards on 3 legs, these animals never cease to amaze me.

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Congrats to you and your group, Rugby! Some beauties for sure. Good practice for deer population management. Mature bucks are the way to go.

The night I got mine, It started out w/ a decent funky racked 5 pt'r in my lane. I passed and was given quite a show as he doubled back to chase a fat doe right under me...he followed and looked straight up at me (about 2 steps from the base of my 15 ft ladder stand) not once but 2x! I must have passed inspection, then he lolleyegagged around 10 yds behind me, sniffing where the doe had just been.

Once they all left, I offered up a little thank you as this was what I enjoy about hunting....the EVERYTHING you get to experience. The way it makes you feel alive. Hard to explain but I am hopeful the group here understands. I figured this was a fantastic stand experience but I was deemed worthy to experience more

10 minutes later, the buck I shot comes into the picture. Comes nearly to the spot where the 5 ptr "eyeballed" me. (full draw tense here...PLEASE don't look up! ) Turns and backs out to allow my shot. I forgot to mention I had 5 more pairs of eyes; 2 does and 3 young w/in 40 yds of me, They all shifted to brushy areas just outside of my lanes just moments before I drew.

Solid shot; watched him lay down directly across the valley from me. Knew it was a good shot but had to wait until dark to get down. Rain was expected that night, didn't want to chance losing trail.

In the meantime, After my shot I saw an 2 more mature bucks (nice 8 and a heavy racked 8+) and a decent 6 pt. All 3 were within range! (two of them after light conditions that I would not have shot....good binos helped "see" them in fading light)

I have bow hunted for nearly 30 years and will never forget what I experienced that evening. The Great Spirit had certainly smiled upon me.

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Deer season started out very slow for me. Didn't see a shootable deer until tonight. I could hear him grunting in the woods for about a half hour, slowly getting closer. Finally a doe come out of the wood and close on her tail was this buck. He was still grunting and tearing up the tall grass with his antlers. What a sight to see. Took him at about 50 yards, 1 shot, down immediately.

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man you guys are wacking some nice deer that is good to see. does any body specifically manage property for bigger deer. like with an earn-a-buck policy or with QDM or anything like that?? just curious. ike

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Man alive, yet another nice Buck taken by a Roch folk. Nice one WCS. 10pointer right? Can't quite tell.

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11 pointer.

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My first buck. Shot at 175 yards with my ML. grin.gif

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great looking deer you guys!

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Atta boy YG,

175 is a good shot. Congrats on your first Buck.

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You hunters ought to shoot some does. The place is being over run with deer. Shooting bucks is no help. :-) Didn't anyone tell you does are better eating? Getting to be dangerous to drive hiway 52 after dark.

Nice deer.

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Nice work Alex!! Done for the year then or can you still go during the ML only season?

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Not done yet. grin.gif

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hey DEL..yea i agree, better eating, but i am out looking for the perfect head mount grin.gif

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Del-

I'm sure folks are getting does too. I know our party has four, but nobody wants to see a picture of a doe smile.gif

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    • ANYFISH2

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      Made it out yesterday evening, SAW 4 deer. The same small buck and 3 does.  They sure seemed skittish with the wind.

      For the fact I am getting very few daytime pics of any deer, I am at lest seeing a few every sit.

    • delcecchi

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      The crescent and south switch meet all the criteria, except for boat access.   And they even usually have some sort of craft beer on tap, like surly furious etc. 

      The only place near the lake that has upscale food that I am aware of is the casino.    We try to get to the wilderness grill for lunch a time or two.   And daughter and husband will sometimes go there on date night while they are up, although the pull to the east is less now that the quilt shop in tower shut down. 

    • I am going up this weekend with a few buddies and the plan is to fish hard...will post back and let ya know if we find anything.

    • cabin040

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      Was up for the week of Sept 10-17th.  First day spent on East and West Fox lake and we did well on bass, crappie and northerns.  Second day was very slow fishing.  Spent one day on Kego and did well on bass and norhterns.  Hit Mitchel twice and did well on sunfish and bass.  A few nice crappies in the mix as well.  Went to Little Boy for a day of walleye fishing, and it was very slow.  1 walleye and 1 smallmouth bass.  Great week of fishing on a few new lakes.  A very nice area to explore.

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    • Cliff Wagenbach

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      The trees are turning color fast now! Seems to gain color by the hour now!

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      “Routes through hilly or rugged areas dominated by deciduous trees tend to have the best mix of color,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “And the dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees in mixed forest.”

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      Mid-October

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      Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October.

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      Regulations handbook and hunting license
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      The two committees are comprised of members identified through a self-nomination process. Those who want to serve on the committees should have a strong interest in natural resource management and how it is funded. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint committee members for three-year terms. Applications are being accepted online until Oct. 10.

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  • Posts

    • ANYFISH2
      Made it out yesterday evening, SAW 4 deer. The same small buck and 3 does.  They sure seemed skittish with the wind. For the fact I am getting very few daytime pics of any deer, I am at lest seeing a few every sit.
    • delcecchi
      The crescent and south switch meet all the criteria, except for boat access.   And they even usually have some sort of craft beer on tap, like surly furious etc.  The only place near the lake that has upscale food that I am aware of is the casino.    We try to get to the wilderness grill for lunch a time or two.   And daughter and husband will sometimes go there on date night while they are up, although the pull to the east is less now that the quilt shop in tower shut down. 
    • ozzie
      I am going up this weekend with a few buddies and the plan is to fish hard...will post back and let ya know if we find anything.
    • cabin040
      Was up for the week of Sept 10-17th.  First day spent on East and West Fox lake and we did well on bass, crappie and northerns.  Second day was very slow fishing.  Spent one day on Kego and did well on bass and norhterns.  Hit Mitchel twice and did well on sunfish and bass.  A few nice crappies in the mix as well.  Went to Little Boy for a day of walleye fishing, and it was very slow.  1 walleye and 1 smallmouth bass.  Great week of fishing on a few new lakes.  A very nice area to explore.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      The trees are turning color fast now! Seems to gain color by the hour now! Cliff