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Just wanted to start a forum where we could post our observations on our hunts in various areas.  I along with five others hunted in the North part of zone 108.   Had a little snow before the opener so could see tracks and areas of deer movement. Checked my stand on Thursday and there was quite a few tracks and even  a fresh scrape nearby.  More troubling though was a pair of wolves leaving tracks around our hunting area.  Even went through our yard early Thursday morning.  Trail cams had lots of different Bucks on them all fall so we had high hopes.  So on to Saturday.  One of my brother in laws dropped a nice 8 point around 8:15 Saturday and that was our high point.  We all sat the rest of the day with no other deer sightings.  Very little shooting in area to be heard and what's worse the weather changed late afternoon.  Sunday dawned cold and dreary with more of the same lack of deer activity, only two does seen by our group. We heard four shots all Sunday.  Monday it was -6 at sunrise and it was a brutal sit that morning.   Everyone reported no new tracks seen and we never heard a shot till almost dark one was heard near a nearby road.  My question did anyone else have this deer vanishing act play out on them?  Maybe the wolves and weather spooked them or maybe the population there is not as high as the Dnr  claims. Anyway the one is all we tagged.  Was also noticed the lack of hunters around the area.  Was a tough hunt.  Any others got a report for us?

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Zone 172, saw nothing, only heard about 6 shots all day and trucks and hunters all over. 

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zone 183 we had 2 8pts for 4 guys, both came on Monday the 11th. Saw a few other bucks and a few does. The high light for me was walking to stand on Thursday afternoon to a big bear eating my deer gut pile, i got in stand and he would not leave, shortly before dark I had no choice but to get down and walk backwards away from him. That was a little unnerving. I got to see a bear, a wolf and a bobcat, so that was interesting.

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    • Wanderer
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    • Wanderer
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    • Wanderer
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