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Title: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on October 21, 2010, 08:14:00 PM
This site has been like a ghost town so I figured I would try to get some hunt chatter going. I don't know about you guys but my season so far has been real dry. I been out a dozen or so times and haven't seen much of anything and alot of other bowhunters I've talked with are saying the same. I've taken only to ground hunting so I know my visibility is limited but I'm a little taken back by the lack activity in my normal early fall hot spots. The combination of next weeks weather and the calender are on our side so I think things should start to ramp up.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Maze on October 24, 2010, 11:14:00 AM
This year has been sad for me. I've only been out twice. Once with my youngest boy who got cold at pime time then wanted to leave and the other time I didnt see anything. I'm planning some time off work in early Nov. so we'll see how things play out then.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: dan ferguson on October 25, 2010, 01:26:00 PM
It has been warm so far weatherwise, but I can,t complain I have shot a 4x4 mulie,23"spread with my recurve, and Sat just before the game scored on a bonus whitetail doe tag with my longbow. both spot and stalk,also one turkey so far, so I,m having fun
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on October 28, 2010, 09:13:00 PM
Congratulations Dan! Sounds like you are having a real good season. What part of the state are you hunting in?
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: smoke on October 29, 2010, 02:30:00 PM
Congrats Dan.  I've found this season to be very slow so far.  I'll give it a try on Sunday - nice just to be out there.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: dan ferguson on November 01, 2010, 02:01:00 PM
central part, alot in Custer Co. With the Reg changes this year You have to know where the Mule deer management areas are and aren,t, they could have thought this out alot further than they did, It really makes little sense. unless they change things
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: EricW on November 02, 2010, 10:04:00 PM
good season so far Dan! congrats. still on my bucket list is a muley.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: bowslinger on November 09, 2010, 01:01:00 AM
I have been out about 6 times and haven't drawn my bow yet.  I have seen a few nice bucks and a few does at one spot I hunt near Arlington, but the deer have been scarce on a piece along the Elkorn River up by Stanton.  The landowner told my brother the deer are hanging out in the hills away from the river and that he has seen very little in the fields he has adjacent to the river.

My brother, one of his boys and I hunted there on Saturday and saw a grand total of one 4x4, one spike, two does and one fawn after 4 hours on stand (no shots).  We normally see 30 to 50 deer or more at this location on an evening hunt at this time of year.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Maze on November 09, 2010, 02:20:00 PM
This is the week I took off from work and what poor weather we're having.

Yesterday morning (the 8th) some one turned the deer faucet on, because I was covered up with deer. The only deer I had come within bow range (15 yds) was a doe. Normally I would love to take a doe, but at this time of the year, I didnt want to mess up my hunting area by tracking and dragging her out. Plus the more does in the area the better. I did have a dandy 120ish 4x4 come in chasing does but he stayed out to about 30 yds. Otherwise it was a handful of forkies and some 1.5 yr old basket racks doing all the chasing.

I was seeing deer up to the time I left which was 10 am.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on November 09, 2010, 09:30:00 PM
I had taken the week off 1st thru the 5th which was probably a week early. Monday morning I got busted by a nice 5x5 on the ground while trying to get the longbow drawn before he cut my wind. Then things went dry till Thursday morning. That morning it seemed deer movement started picking up. After passing up several small bucks on Thursday  I set out Friday morning with high hopes. I could here them grunting and chasing before day break. I doe grunted and a nice 4x4 came in curious. He gave me a beautiful 12yd broadside shot and I made good on the opportunity  taking out both lungs. Since taking my first deer in 1984 with trad eqiupment He's my best buck so far and thats not for lack of countless failed opportunities which also includes caving and chasing them with wheels for 6yrs. So needless to say I am pretty pumped up and I feel like maybe I've finally broken the curse. Now I just have to figure out how to post a picture on here.  (http://2010_1105deer0195.jpg)
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: bowslinger on November 09, 2010, 11:42:00 PM
Good Job Lunar-tic!
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Maze on November 12, 2010, 11:09:00 AM
Yes, nice job indeed.
On the 10th, I failed to connect on a heavy racked buck. He had 4 or 5 points on his right side with a broken main beam on his left side just above the brow tine. He came right at me, giving me no shot opportunity. He went directly under me at 2 yds and I wasnt sure of the shot angle so I passed. As I tried to get a quartering away shot my bow limb hit a branch as I was attempting to draw.

If this rain quits this afternoon (Friday) I'm going to be at it again.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on November 12, 2010, 08:14:00 PM
Trying to post a pic again, if not I gonna have to call in someone who knows what their doing.[IMG]http://images.imagelinky.com/1289610395.JPG[IMG]
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Mike Most on November 12, 2010, 10:34:00 PM
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Hows that

Mike Most
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Mike Most on November 12, 2010, 10:35:00 PM
Oh yeah, one heck of a deer.....
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Maze on November 12, 2010, 10:47:00 PM
I got out to my hunting area around 2 pm. The deer were already on the move. My guess is they've been moving all day since it quit raining. Once it started raining again the movement stopped.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on November 14, 2010, 08:03:00 AM
Thanks Mike, I'm not to good with computers.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: stykshooter on December 10, 2010, 08:23:00 PM
Congrats that's a good one.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Wary Buck on December 13, 2010, 11:31:00 PM
Lunar-Tic, that's a nice buck for sure.  I've had a decent season and really can't complain.  It's been more challenging in terms of seeing big bucks, but I still tagged two nice ones and also took a couple does and also helped a hunting partner take four deer of her own which was rewarding.

Took this doe on Oct. 9 with my hunting partner in the stand with me.  She'd already killed one doe from that tree with me watching.  Maybe 15 yard shot.
 (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o94/WaryBuck/IMG_1538.jpg)

Then took this doe in early November with a 15 yard shot and perfect hit.  
 (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o94/WaryBuck/IMG_3767.jpg)

Mid-November took this unique buck, again with my hunting partner sitting beside me, on a great and exciting morning hunt.  I'll have to check my notes, but I think it was about an 11-14 yard shot and another perfect hit.
 (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o94/WaryBuck/IMG_3780.jpg)

And then a few days later, I took this buck at about 20 yards.  Hit was liver, so I gave him some time and found him 200+ yds. later at the end of a difficult, but very satisfying trail.
 (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o94/WaryBuck/IMG_3812a.jpg)

Used a Pronghorn longbow and Woodsman head for each kill, the last one with my back-up bow (first blood for me with that one).  Bows are 55#/64" and 53#/62".  My hunting partner killed a really big 152" 5x6 early in the year that I was able to watch unfold from 60 yds. away.  Her kills were with compound so no pics of them, but her values are traditional and we've had a great season.  I'm still at it, but not as hard as usual with no buck tag burning a hole in my pocket.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on December 14, 2010, 04:19:00 PM
Congratulations Wary Buck, looks like you are having an excellent season. I sure would like to drop a couple of mature does like that. It seems to be getting a lot tougher now to get one of those old girls off by herself. From what I saw this past weekend, they seem to be running in groups of 5 or more now with a couple of young bucks in the mix.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Wary Buck on December 25, 2010, 01:07:00 AM
Fooled another big old doe on Christmas Eve.  About 12 yard shot with my 'Curly Ash' Pronghorn.

 (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o94/WaryBuck/12-24-10115.jpg)
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: Lunar-Tic on December 27, 2010, 06:31:00 PM
Nice! That doe looks huge. 4 hunts left before Saturday for me.
Title: Re: 2010 Bow Season
Post by: smoke on December 28, 2010, 09:24:00 AM
Congrats everyone - some very nice animals taken with true archery gear!  I ended my season a couple of weeks ago after taking a nice 5x4 with my osage selfbow.  While I still have a doe tag, I think I'll start carving out another bow instead.  Good luck on the rest of the season to those of you still hunting!