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Offline EricW

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2009 Hunting Thread
« on: September 14, 2009, 05:17:00 PM »
Well tomorrow is the big day for deer and turkey. hope everyone has a safe and successfull season. Lets start posting some pics and stories from this year's success.

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 08:50:00 PM »
Gosh darn it I have Husker Harvest Days so I'll have to wait for the weekend. But then again new customers can possibly mean new places to hunt!

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 09:19:00 PM »
Hope we can take some pics Eric.Mooseman I like the way you think.  :jumper:    :jumper:    :jumper:
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2009, 07:01:00 PM »
I'm blessed to have two wonderful daughters, both of whom have spent a lot of time following me around and probably alternately amaze and bore their classmates and teachers with stories from the natural world.  They both like to fish and shoot bows and my youngest, Emily (6), is especially into nature and spends most of her free time catching frogs and snakes.

Well, I've taken them bowhunting but as you know a lot of things have to go right to "get something" when you're alone, even more so when there is an overanxious kid along.  Plus, I pretty much will only take a mature doe or big buck, and the chances of that happening are not too good under the conditions present.  Emily wanted to go out Friday evening with me and we went to the buddy stand and it was just dead still.  So much so that I just knew it wasn't going to happen.  But 15 minutes in, she said she saw a deer and soon enough I saw the tail flick in the grass too and here he came.  It was a very small spike buck, but the wheels began turning in my head and I realized he would qualify under NE's regs as an antlerless deer and I could tag him on my season choice tag, not endangering my two either-sex permits that I have other high hopes for.

Anyway, Emily whispers for me to shoot it, so when it pauses at 13 yards I lean over the side railing of the buddy stand and drill it perfectly through the lungs and top of the heart.  It scrambles off 40 yards and piles up in the high grass from which it came.  I looked back at Emily (she had a great angle to watch the shot) and her smile said it all.  

She led the way on the ample blood trail, and was so into it that she walked right past the deer 8' away as the blood trail went a few yards past and then stumbled back in a tight fishhook pattern.  Got that part on video (botched getting it started on the shot).  

Pretty happy day for Dad and daughter, that's for sure.

 
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2009, 09:43:00 PM »
thats a great story wary. ive been trying to get my son into going also. hes 5 and really likes to go out and do things in the woods but not quite ready to sit in a stand for more than 5 minutes.congratulations.

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2009, 10:04:00 PM »
Great job Bryce! Just don't get any better than that. Got to love spending those times in the woods with your kids. Spent the last week out west with my dad trying for antelope and deer. He passed on a couple of small antelope bucks early in the week and regrets it, but had a great time anyway. He did have a few other bucks come in but only had one shot and missed. I had a nice 8 point whitetail buck at 12 yards and he caught me drawing and busted out. Lots of "what if" moments but a grea week away from everything.

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009, 11:42:00 PM »
For anyone interested I posted pictures from last week in the PowWow section.
 http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=078799
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2009, 01:35:00 PM »
Yeah, isn't it amazing how 40 acres in eastern NE might be an entire property that you have permission on, and yet out in western NE it's nothing.  Great pictures.  This is a great time of year, isn't it?
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 10:17:00 PM »
Way to go Bryce! Heck I haven't even been out yet and my South Dakota hunt was a bust- way too much water up there this year and we were pretty early to try and decoy, I did get to about 40 yards on a group but got busted by a kid that walked up to 12.......mmmmm three hour stalk on my belly in the cactus, priceless! Ha good luck to you all.
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2009, 07:39:00 PM »


Shot this guy Friday nite during all that wind (Oct. 2) after stalking in on him in a standing cornfield.  Shot was a little back so recovery had to wait for morning and coyotes beat me to him.  I did up a little thread about it on the PowWow called 30mph wind hunt or something like that.
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2009, 09:46:00 PM »
nice buck Bryce. sorry to hear you had to share it.

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2009, 11:36:00 AM »
Shot this one last night, smoked him at 23 yards on camera. This is actually my first longbow buck after passing on many over the years, thought I was just going to be a doe shooter forever!
 
ONLY IN THE WOODS AND FIELDS DO I FEEL ALIVE, LIKE A HUNTER FROM TIMES PAST, ALTHOUGH THE HISS OF MY ARROW GOES FORTH, I AM TAKEN BACK, IT IS MY ESCAPE...

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2009, 12:26:00 PM »
Congrats!! Nice buck Todd. Glad to see you could make it out and have some fun.

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2009, 03:49:00 PM »
That's a great looking buck, guess you need to change your handle to Right Trail, Right Time.    :)    Congrats!

Have added a couple does to the meat pole.  On Oct. 6, took this doe while standing in the standing corn overlooking a trail I knocked down with my vehicle in the high grass rimming the cornfield.  10 yards, double lung, short recovery.

 

Took another doe fairly early Sat. afternoon, Oct. 10, on a different property.  The doe was really wired so had decided to pass on the shot but then she began scratching her nose with her opposite rear hoof.  No way she's gonna jump string doing that!

Ended up hitting low at 20 yards--right on/through the elbow and into the chest cavity just below/behind the heart.  This trail was a first for me.  Blood trail was at least 1000 yards!  That's a THOUSAND, not hundred.  Arrow stayed in 300+ yards and most of the blood trail was a 'walker' although I took it slow in case a follow-up presented itself.  An hour later and the deer had gone WELL over a half-mile and possibly 3/4 mile, and I come up on her...I think she'd just bled completely out as there was no damage to the heart.  

We're in the middle of a three-day antlerless rifle season in eastern NE hence the blaze orange.

 

A lesson here is to stay on the blood even if convinced it is a flesh wound.  Obviously I would never quit as long as I had blood, and even after that would do a grid search, but this was quite a trail.  I've included a picture of the entry wound so you can see exactly where I hit.  Notice the burrs (beggar's lice) all over the deer.  That was fun picking those out after the hunt (at least they come off the Sitka stuff fairly easy but there were HUNDREDS).  
 
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2009, 09:57:00 AM »
Shot this one sep 22nd
 
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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2009, 05:19:00 PM »
Nice shooting Jimmy! Still waiting for everything to fall into place. have had deer in range but never where I could get a shot off. I did miss a small buck last Fri. A little farther than I thought and shot low.

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2009, 10:44:00 PM »
Well I drew blood just not what I was expecting to come in for a 12 yard shot. But a coyote is one that I have never taken before so I can call it a first!!! I could not believe how much they can chew up an arrow in the short time it took for it to expire. The second yote hung around till dark about 50 yards from where I was.
 
 

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2009, 11:11:00 PM »
Good shooting Dave. Nice looking yote. Or maybe a future quiver?

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2009, 04:09:00 PM »
Well the yote got the ball rollin for me took a doe this morning she just about walked into my lap. Shot was 3 yards in the edge of standing corn. Thankfully she ran into the pasture instead of the corn.
 

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Re: 2009 Hunting Thread
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2009, 11:03:00 PM »
Glad to see some of you are having some luck. I'll just have to sit and bask in your success. Great job Dave.

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