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Camp Ripley 2018


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Who is all headed to Camp the next couple weeks?

 

Hoping to good weather and hunting all.

 

I will be in the second weekend.  Planning on my traditional spot.

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I saw this one. ☺️     207 on the camp scale.  Couldn’t be more satisfied.

I had just the morning to hunt Sunday and didn’t see a deer.  The rest of my group saw some does but didn’t take any.  I agree with Anyfish; the bucks vaporized compared to the past few days around he

@Wanderer saw this sign at a store! I hope ya get a giant buck!!

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Not me this year my cousin is fighting for our freedom over seas. When he gets back we will hit ripley again. My old man is to busy making musky baits 

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I’m in for 2nd season also.  Looking forward to sharing a good hunt with both new and old friends.

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These fish came of the feeding flat.

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Care to share where in Ripley this feeding flat is?

 Maybe I shoot a deer and catch fish in Ripley this year!😁

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A bit of a hike in, but well worth it, Mud Lake off the Inchon Trail I'm sure.....maybe we can meet up Brian and Tracie, I'll bring the potatoes and baked beans 😎

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Lol wrong topic for that photo

9 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

These fish came of the feeding flat.

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I could not figure out where this post went stupid phone

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Good luck in ripley guys!!

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Farrell lake has some walleyes we could try!

 

Your in 2nd weekend as well Tom?

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I worked all last summer at camp lawn mowing. I’ll tell ya it was a lot of work but very rewarding. I love hands on work and like to get the job done. The one day it was to hot to mow so we jumped in the trucks and did a 60 mile loop down range. Let me tell ya there’s some nice deer out there this year. I’ve been around camp my whole life but yet to experience the full “experience” of camp. It was so cool. Ferrell would be a good bet for eyes or gills very small pretty lake indeed. Good luck to all who will be participating and we look forward to hearing your stories. 

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I'll be out second weekend in my traditional spot as well. Always see deer but I have yet to stick one. Hoping this is the year!

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This is what I heard from someone who hunted:

 

The 200 lb mark was broken by at least one buck.

 

Deer sightings were OK.

 

Bears, bears, bears... gorging on acorns.

 

About 700 hunters participated.

 

Success rate unknown.

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74 deer harvested, 5 or 6 bucks topping 200 pounds.  Right around 10 % success rate.

 

Info per area wildlife manager.

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I bet that success rate goes up this weekend if the rain doesn’t get too crazy.

 

It should be 10% + Anyfish’s buck at least. 😉

 

At least you can have someone around to help you drag it out.

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With 700 people 74 deer aint bad 

And  no bonus tags

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8 hours ago, Wanderer said:

I bet that success rate goes up this weekend if the rain doesn’t get too crazy.

 

It should be 10% + Anyfish’s buck at least. 😉

 

At least you can have someone around to help you drag it out.

I will be sure to call you!

 

But of course, you can do the same.

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With 700 people 74 deer aint bad 

And  no bonus tags

Unfortunately bonus tags are in play again.

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23 minutes ago, ANYFISH2 said:

I will be sure to call you!

 

But of course, you can do the same.

Unfortunately bonus tags are in play again.

I liked the bonus tags in ripley as many people only were chasing trophies. I shot a fair number of does and fawns there. Only shot one buck and some idiots took it is was a nice 9 pointer.

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I guess I dont mind the bonus tags, but prefer it when it is a 1 deer limit.  Only because I like seeing a lot of deer.  Selfish I know, but!

 

I have yet to shoot a deer in Camp myself.  This will be my 16 Year hunting out of 20 years applying. Love Camp, even on the down years.  My time is  coming, I hope.

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I’m torn on the bonus deer tag.  Still don’t know if I’ll have one in my pocket for the hunt.  With the few memories I have of the glory days, yes, it would be nice to high numbers of deer again.  But really, weren’t there getting to be too many?

 

The peak population and two deer limit days collided with the two consecutive bad winters that seemed to trash the population of the whole county.  It’s back on the upswing though.  Hard for me to say what damage us bow hunters in Ripley can do by harvesting a few more does and fawns than wouldn’t otherwise be taken with a one deer limit.

 

I haven’t harvested a camp deer yet either.  Being picky when the numbers were high and then hunting the low numbers haven’t led to success.  But I’m hooked on it anyway.

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I am picky too no little bucks, in camp but I will harvest a doe or fawn and let little bucks walk.

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Pretty long lines waiting to get in at 5 this morning.  Bring your knee boots to walk around!  Lots of standing water.

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Anyone already at camp? This is the first time I haven't been able to take the day off work and time is standing still!

 

Also, I will be using my standard archery tag. I would prefer to take a doe and save my tag, but it's not looking like I will have many other opportunities to get out later in the season.

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Line is crazy long already.  I may have to rethink my plans for next year.

 

Wet it is, Happy to be here though.

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54 minutes ago, jgrimmz said:

Anyone already at camp? This is the first time I haven't been able to take the day off work and time is standing still!

 

Also, I will be using my standard archery tag. I would prefer to take a doe and save my tag, but it's not looking like I will have many other opportunities to get out later in the season.

 

My truck is but I’m back at work.  Nice to be a local for this hunt.  I’ll take off when my meetings are done.

 

I’m in pretty much the same boat as you, tag-wise.  Unless I change my mind today.

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That would be nice! I've arrived there a little after gates open, 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, but never afternoon. Every year it seems there is a mad rush until around 10-11AM, then a slow trickle of cars until late afternoon. 

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