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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2016, 10:45:00 PM »
I took a few hours tonight to sit a new property, it's a weird place to hunt.  Chock full of deer but it's a field edge with just a strip of trees from one field to another but it's a corridor and used a lot.  I started.a scrape there a couple weeks ago and it's almost 5' in diameter now, things are heating up well.  The wind blows north to south then south to North and the tree strip round east to west so it's a bugger to hunt.  Anyway I plan to not hunt it very hard as it'll be easy to wear it out.  Once the bucks start cruising inthinknits gonna be exciting.

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2016, 10:31:00 AM »
I went out last night after cleaning up the yard and getting the snowblower ready, hope I don't have to use it this winter.  Any ways indigress, I had made a "milking stool" to use while kneeling on the ground.  My thoughts were it's almost as low as a pit blind and I know how deadly those things are.  So I tried the kneeling/milking stool under my butt for a couple hours.  I guess it's not a bad idea but not good for a long sit.
So instead up! I still had a gillie jacket on and was nicely blending in.  A couple bucks came by right at dusk, I was almost ready to drop the string on the bigger one but decided he wasn't quite big enough.  I've set a goal of a very nice buck this year, hopefully it works out.

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2016, 07:59:00 AM »
Hang in there Tracy. All day sits are not far away when the bucks start crusin. You will even see bucks you've never seen before. Just don't spoke the doe's away before the rut starts.
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FOR A HUNT TO BE SUCCESSFUL"
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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2016, 08:45:00 AM »
I'm gonna kill a couple does before the rut kicks in, maybe one this evening  :) . First I've gotta get the heater in Wifeys car working, why these things crap out when I want to go hunting is beyond me.

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2016, 01:49:00 PM »
In October I was bow hunting on a friends ranch just west of Caroline. I was hunting along a treed fence line and came to a gully, whereby I  proceeded very slowly. Suddenly I saw movement in front of me, and I froze.

Out of the bush, came a little black bear; a cub of about 60 pounds. It had its nose to the ground and was snuffling along. I let it get out of sight. Then I wondered where Momma bear was. Had she gone before the cub or was she behind the cub, still in the dense bush?

I waited about 10 minutes and she never appeared, so I continued slowly on my way to the bottom of the gully and eastward toward the top of the hill. I got about half way up, when something told me to stop.

I slowly turned and looked behind me and there was the female, at about 15 yards, on my back trail. We looked at each other for a while. I had an arrow out and handy, but with no intent to shoot. Finally she ambled off, through the barb wire fence and disappeared into the woods. I never saw baby again either.

Never any danger, great to see wildlife up close, but a nice adrenaline rush to be sure.
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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2016, 01:00:00 AM »
A quick review of my milk stool.  It isn't as comfy as I had hoped but ....I can use it for about an hour.  That not bad if a guy really wants to set up an ambush fast.  I haven't killed anything using it but a close call or two.

Yesterday I set up my decoys in a likely (very) spot then sat down and started rattling.  I looked up and decided the decoys were too close, so I scooted out and moved them, just in time to see a buck high tailing it toward me!  I scurried back to my bow and hid then lost sight of the Buck.   While I was rubbernecking around to spot him he spotted me. He didn't blow or snort, just wandered away and a good thing he did too because he was too small to shoot but too big to resist shooting  ;)

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2016, 02:46:00 PM »
rubber necking with a whitetail deer will get you busted every time Tracy....use your eyes and if you have to move ..only when the deer is focused on something out of his peripheral vision of you..I even draw very very slow to minimize movement...whitetails are the hardest of all N/A game to hunt close  IMHO

if he is behind you..you can only wait till he moves into shooting area...

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2016, 01:49:00 PM »
Yup Brad, I knew I was conducting the cardinal sin of movement.  Sometimes I just can't sit still, other times I've got my mojo going and I'm a still as anything.

 couple evenings ago I dig a hasty pit blind under a willow tree along the fence line and had a small Buck within my sweet zone and he was pretty lucky that I'm not desperate for meat this year.  What a little fat and sleek animal he was, the deer are in great shape this year.  

Tonight I'm thinking about another pit blind along a tree line, I've got a treestand there and have taken several deer from it but it's at the end of the trees and I'd rather be more toward the middle.  On the end my decoy isn't visible for very far and I have to rely on a deer wandering by first, whereas in then"middle" the decoy would be visible from many places.  

So many decisions...one thing is certain, I hope I find the set rattling antlers that fell off my pack?

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2016, 01:30:00 AM »
Well, kind of a non-report..... I sat in a treestand the other night and I saw a ton of deer, it was windy as heck and they were all on the otherness of the field.  Moral of the story...im gonna have to move to where the deer want to be...not where I want to sit.

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2016, 02:06:00 PM »
I know this is a couple of weeks after the season but it's the first time I've had time to sit at the computer.

I had the last twenty days of the season to go hunting this year and I was excited for my prospects of getting a whitetail buck with my bow. I had committed to filming a friend of mine on his mule deer hunt in eastern Alberta the last 5 days of the season but other than that I had a couple of weeks to try and get my buck. My friends and I would be hunting the big timber and, while they were all rifle hunting, I had committed to the longbow this year. Deer numbers have been down in the timber for a few years but I had found a couple of funnels that have been good to me for the last couple of years. I had my trail cameras out all summer and had some pictures of good bucks. I was getting pictures during my hunt as well but mostly at night. It snowed the second day we were there and fresh tracks were going past my stands each day but despite hunting hard I did not see a single deer from my stands. They were mostly travelling at night or while I was sitting in the wrong stand.

One morning I stopped to pull a fellow hunter out of the ditch and when I checked the camera in front of my stand, after sitting all morning, I discovered a buck had walked through 15 minutes before I got there. That's the closest I came. I guess no good deed goes unpunished. Blame it on the super moon or whatever but we just weren't seeing much daytime movement. The second last day of my hunt I decided to forget the tree stands and do a little scouting for next year. I found an area with plenty of good sign and did some exploring.

The next morning I put the bow down and picked up my muzzle loader to go sit on a pipeline where several trails crossed within a hundred yards. A small buck caught me off guard and made it across the line before I got a good look at him. Luckily he also had to cross another line and this time I had the doe in heat call ready. He was too small to shoot with the muzzleloader but I just wanted to have some fun with him. Wouldn't you know it but he covered a hundred yards to come with in 25 yards of me despite me being in plain view of him. He was so lucky I didn't have my bow that morning. He would have been in some serious trouble. Guess I should have stuck it out with the bow. I did some more scouting in the area the rest of that day and found a couple of excellent funnels that I can't wait to hunt next year.

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2016, 02:47:00 PM »
Good idea to do an after the season report.  I took a day with the muzzleloader in an area were I be bowhunter before.  I thought to fill an antlerless tag but all I saw were three nice bull moose.  I think I'll be back n that willow bush for some antler hunting in early spring.  Had some trouble with a trespasser this year, next year he'll feel my wrath.  
  My adventures hunting Mulies with Mitch are giving me the urge to go south nex season and try for a granddaddy. I've got lots of mulie points to burn. And I've got some spots well scouted so I should go while they're still fresh in my mind.
  I've been mentioning pit blinds a lot in recent years and including this year I've shot at least three bucks and probably 4/5 does out of them.  They're so effective in blown away.  The deer this year (which I've dubbed the "wheelie Buck" because of my surgery) came in very aggressively and definately saw me, just like the buck last year.  They don't seem to get spooked when the hunter is so close to the ground.  Getting a shot off is difficult and you have to be ready and able to do it fast, there's no time for settling in for the shot.
  Several Of us have mentioned that we need to practice a lot more during hunting season.  Practice always takes a back seat during the season and it's a bad habit to get into.  Next year there's gonna be w target bag in the back of the truck all the time.
  What else...maybe I'll make ladder stands in the off season, they're a lot more fun to get into than a treestand.  Does anyone have any plans on making ladderstands out of aluminum extension ladders?

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Re: 2016 Hunting Season Stories & Pics
« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2016, 07:34:00 PM »
Watch for them to come sale on AO, Tracy. I have picked up several of them new in boxes for $50- $75. I can't build them for that. They are powder coated, engineered and usually have a harness.
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