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Well figure try change things up from the norm on here so here it goes .

Start of our Hunting season was with early Goose Season down here on the Cape on Sept 7 , Myself and my daughter mostly for the 4 trips we did this yr plus one day with My son , one his buddies and his dad for a 5 member trip split up in two groups on that one wich turned out be a great day there .

Opener day turned into a great morning with SSW winds that warmed things up quickly with only one chance at the Geese bagging 3 that morning Daughter got two lesser 's with her New 20 gauge semi Weatherby , ( upgraded from the 20 Remington 870 ) big difference with a Kicks Mod. Extended shooting Federal Premium #4 shot steel , real nice pattern compared to simular set up on the Remy .

Anyways we continued on with two of our 4 trips mostly trying to get a crack at the elusive birds , seeing lots of different species of ducks including some woodies and pintails in the salt marshes .

The group Co - family hunt went great as 7 birds came victim of two different set ups on a blustery over cast day with several large flocks on the move off the ocean heading inland and coming from inland lakes or brackish coves trying get into good shelter feeding grounds battling the cross wind day , as well trying keep our 2 boats outta the swells along the shore line when getting into more open areas . Over all Early Goose made some great memories once again and some good table fare .
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My Trip to N.B was not a full success altho I could easily tagged out on a smaller than targeted bear , was after a nice Cinnamon Phase what we believed to be older Boar who every time came in drove off the smaller bears , along with a huge regular phase black bear that got taken week after I left N.B .

We did help others tag out who did not care what it was , just wanted meat and to get a mount of sorts , myself not what I was looking to do altho I did get some meatvto take home from one guy whos rifle got damaged on his second day hunt ( damm near cried myself on that , His Sako Finbear stock split somehow ) so loaned him my 45-70 lever as also had my 35 Remington for back up , he ended up with a 220 lb female and we both ended up with great memory and making a new acquaintence on both sides .

One of the highlights was when a 200 lb plus bear came straight up our tree and started coming around the inside of our stand with both us trying give it the point NO THIRD PARTIES ALLOWED ! Lmao little nudge of the rifle barrel with safety off ! ! ! Gave it the hint quickly and back down it went , that happened when one larger bears decided to start move in before daylight with this one walked in behind us .

Other than that bear hunting is just that a good adrenaline rush ! Lol
 

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So now onto Grouse Season , opener was blue bird day flushing only one bird that went clear over a swamp into a thicket , was not going for that one , even tho checked out few back woods lakes to see what ducks were holding up and what species were there , also checking some older beaver huts for Beaver or Otter sign for Nov 1 Opener for trapping .

Went back at it next morning and my daughter accompany me and seemed she brought out the birds as we flushed 6 and harvested 5 of them , same area hunted with two different results as well basically same weather on both days . One never knows .

More to come on our couple of duck hunts we've got in so far , trying gear up for PEI after just getting in checking leg holds for coyotes after early start 4 am to my day
 

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Start of our Duck Hunting season consisted of 4 man group ( 2 fathers and 2 sons ) Both my self and Greg let the 2 young fellas go to the side blind and we took the point blind , birds were going almost every direction for us , good and bad tbing as even circled from behind us , between us all had about 70 decoys , (spinners , feeders , semi resting and alert decoys , The boat made for great water taxi to head of the Island , two trips both ways , one for gear and other for us .

Ended up finish out that day with 11 blacks and 1 Teal , not bad for a morning hunt , just trying get the birds to land between decoy spread was the only challenge and in good range 30-40 yrd tops .

Our 2_young fellas tho were on top their game till one had malfunction on his Benelli Pump , not good start for his season but still got couple birds ( and yes that gun was cleaned extensively prior to opener ) so that gun is off to repair center after a burr was found inside the receiver all down slide rail .

Any how after few a few days , took back to a lone hunt back to same place and had 4 blacks by 8 am then the blue bird sun began to clear the skies , and birds took the high road going over and refuse any calls or to respond to the layout , what ever it is once skies clear down that way birds just don't cooperate in any manner . Thats just hunting in general i guess .
 

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Huge Congratulations to you and your Daughter MWO FOR sharing a lifetime event together and Harvesting a very nice Critter to boot , and yes can't take the money with you so enjoy it as best as one can .

Once again up and out at 4 to start checking and locking out gear till we get back from the island , had a Bob cat at one my sets , seems 1 more minute it would been a accidental catch recording , only couple more inches and snapo , then out come the catch pole to have a wrestling match for live release . None the less we both seen the other in time to allow easy escape .

Once the sun came up and cool mist started burning off out came the grouse on one particular trail , with in 200 yards stretch flushed 7 birds we harvested 3 outta them , due to others were Spruce Grouse , our Ruffers were 2 hens and one nice male , seems after the rain and cool nights with leaves dropping now at steady rate and full bloom of colors
These types of encounters are what keeps you going back over and over no matter how you may feel , life is just to damm short to sit on the porch . My trip to the island is a gift from my kids who pitched in to allow the guy who dragged them thru the woods over and over in when still in a baby carrier my son at 3 months by my side while going up and down brook sides and his mom enjoying a quiet day with me both hooking into brook trout and making early family memories that you look on .
 

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Just a few birds on day one 😎
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Updates to follow once I get settled after 3 days cracking at birds , this hunt lasted 2 hours with 4 man limit
 

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Our PEI trip went as so , Got over to our Outfitter , Point View Outfitters Duck and Goose Hunting on Wednesday evening and checked in , got our non resident licences and met up with our Outfitter over few social beverages , who also told us of where our first hunt and our guide for the 3 days would be .

DAY 1

After a good nights rest and up early at 5 am , had quick breakfast , prepped our days lunch and snacks and of course thermos of coffee , headed to the field and met our Guide ( Craig ) who was a riot and good fella to chat and get to know , made the lull in call ins on birds interesting who could take good ribbing and give one back . geese at first were slow to move , warm kinda mild day , but birds were coming up and headed to same field until a quick change of our blind to side view of the 350 plus decoys , few single geese showed interest and fell victim to our anticipation of bigger numbers , our guide quickly showed up he could get the birds to where we wanted them and then the real excitement of ggetting the bigger flicks to break up into smaller groups as not to burn up the big flock and start dropping them outta groups of 20-50 . In 2 hours we had our limit . Gave our guide a hand to full tear down and pick up of decoys and he agreed to afternoon hunt of Ducks at a side marsh , that was a blast as we had limited in 45 mins on ducks very easily . Back to the lodge and got the birds to the cooler area and get them cleaned and cut up and bagged .
That evening after getting cleaned up and good meal with few drinks , we got briefed on next days hunt .

I can clearly say the guide we paired with could speak goose fluently , directing them with high fast notes to low tweets on the calls , watching him we had clear idea where the geese or ducks were coming in from in our pit blind , getting clear point of what direction , what height and how many coming to us , letting us know if on edge of the decoys , right in the hole or even once dropped if one was walking thru or on edge of decoys . The guy was and is one the best callers ive seen in long time .

Taking birds even at 50-60 yard range easily , most were 25-35 , lots of laughs , making new friends and just great experience of seeing flock after flock of birds going all directions , seeing 100-300 black ducks at once and watching our guide to get them break up with his calls to make it more manageable to get the right shot . Having birds land right on top of the put blind and having to wait till they walked out into the decoys gets the blood pumping

Even had a unexpected and totally protected visiter

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Day Two of the trip

Again up again at 5 am , weather was cool with light fog in the distance , overcast and damp to the touch , winds were about 15-30 WNW , just right conditions as once out on the deck of the Chalet we stayed in one could here the geese in the near distance , our drive to the Pit Blind #18 was approx 20 min, our Outtfitter escorted us to our field where our Guide Craig was once again very busy setting up the different set up for day two with almost 400 decoy spread set up getting us in just that right propspective of a higher view for miles in this pit blind set up .

We laughed soon as we got our gear down in our spots as the cage hatch got sprayed by a skunk the day prior and our outfitter had scramble for another plus brought out hair spray to spray down the top hatch area just in case there was any residual on upper hatches , luckily non was there , no sooner legal light and few ducks swung around just at that questionable distance and we just passed on them , taking it in stride .

Was late start as first set of birds never showed interest until 8:30 am then the fun began close to 20 mins of Craig calling the birds getting them to split into groups where the majority would not get gun / decoy shy , groups fell in 4 then 4 again then 7 and stayed that way from 11:30 till 4 pm when the birds began to take flight once again , our outfitter never shot with us on first two days , we told him he could but he instead offered up his Berretta A400 to one of us to try out , we were more than happy with his offer to try it out , plus on every hunt he brough out different types of Goose Jerky , Pepperettes and salami that he had procrssed . Damm it was all excellent , lots of getting to know him , and sharing secrets , we provided him on day two with a bit of left overs , smoked pork chops , fried rice and side of apple crisp .

Birds came once again from anywhere but this time we seen them off a mile or more and just covered the hatches and waited for that call to take em down , day two left us easy hour b4 end legal light to get tore down , packed up and head back .

Having once again sounds of Pheasants in the corn , , coffee and lunches in the trench , shooting the breeze about hunting adventures and experiences , talking about big game hunting , and even fishing .

We had birds coming in that either did not cooperate with the calls and other groups that could not resist , with limit again on day two it was clear this trip was everything it was meant to be .

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So onto day 3

Well not much to say as for hunting it's just that , got up at 5 am , showered , down for breakfast and stool out on the deck for a warm muggy heavy air morning , not a sound out on the river or bay , damm it I said , took cup coffee and stood there listening , hardly a sound unlike both previous mornings , birds were telling you your in for good or bad day .

Our Outfitter ( Reid ) came over and said well Craig is up back same spot wants know if you guys want there or not , unless you want late start to head to Souris 45 mins away you gotta leave now , said we take our chances on the one we said for him to set up on , 100s of birds in that one day prior while we were banging birds across the way from it day before , another Pit blind with trap doors Pit # 24 , said hes there and not making him travel 45 mins more with almost 2 hour set up .

Well it was 9:15 before first rip came thru , 75 - 100 birds , Craig cranked up the called while we watched his movements in direction he watched the birds in direction they moved , telling us the were going smaller group s but not committing to us , then outta no where about 7 landed outside the decoys on downward slope of the potato field , said one walking inside the decoys but dont shoot unless clear shot the others were walking toward us , soon as we came under our pit the lifted for proper shots , I reached out with the 10 and #2 shot and crumpled a hybrid Canada/Snowgoose , at about 65 yards , Craig said what a hit on him , Range finded the bird and said that was something else , we tagged 3 birds whole morning and nothing ekse moved but that set , glassed fields , no shots even down the bay or river . Pheasant guys not having any luck even with dogs down our way of the Preserve . True blue bird day , we got one more chance at 11:45 and damm birds stayed high and circled several times , thougt Craig was going blow a lung out thru the calls , said frig you O.K and apologized for not getting us a shot , cripes we could not been any happier this is what we came for , a adventure , chance to have birds right on top of us on the roof of the pits , we shook his hand and said great job , thanks for the laughs , thanks for just doing best you could , we even said he could shoot with us and he did on day two and three . We called it a day at 1 pm said these birds are not moving due to humid , heavy calm weather with low tides and calm glassy water out on the bay and river . That's waterfowling , that's hunting . Good or bad it was all good , in the end 46 birds came down , cannot complain for 3 days . Brought home some good game table fair , today is Goose Jerky day or start of it .

None the less , back to the chalet and get cleaned up , earlier supper , Rabbit / Partridge pie , Stuffing , Mashed whipped spuds , and gravy all over , damm what a finisher for a meal . The trip was a success for us , lots of food , drinks , talks , laughs , memories and picking up lots of tips from one hell of a guide who as I said can clearly speak goose and sing notes to get those birds .

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come back on one condition Craig is our guide and we have some venison for him as he loved the meals we sent his way as our way to say thank you for everything he did on his end.

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Back to trapping on Monday morning , went back to re set my leg holds , as well check trail cams , first batch of 6 went in then over to another trail for an other batch and so on till they were re set , went to check trail cams and activity has gone dark last 3 weeks . Not a single deer nothing but bunnies at my apples .

so on way back around figure i do double check on everything , came back to third last set at top of a hill where 3 trails meet and right at the fresh scent set I just put in couple hours prior is this fella , won't have to worry about this young male bothering the deer anymore .

Not a Grouse or anything on the move , Some fresh Cat tracks in different spots , hoping that changes , got in from evening check on the gear but nothing else , change in weather should help that .
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Well to follow up and move with General Deer Season opener , Friday was one angry windy day , being up in the Blind / Hut lmao even that rocked time to time with gusts , nothing was on the move last few weeks the blind site has become stagnant of activity , so off to the big hardwood ridge I headed around 10 am , go a few hundred yards at a snails pace watching for movement and checking for fresh sign , knowing that off to the side of the hardwood is a semi active trail in front of a old ground blind I still keep in good shape , sure enough once made my way about 800 yrds from one of my two main blinds was a huge scrape .

Sat in the ground blind from 10:30 till 1 pm when I was it was just at that time for late lunch , backed outta there slowly and double checked for fresh sign , or activity . Lots of fresh deer track by passing the apple / mineral set up due to high acorn accumulation at the hard wood , so out for lunch and made the decision to go hunt the ground blind for that evening and watch the side of the ridge hoping see something on the move .

Yet nothing moved and took the time to slowly stalk my way back out around 6 pm , by time made it to Cottage trail it was almost dark . And still very windy , tried putting that wind to my advantage with NE winds swirling made for not easy day and bitterly cold at times .

Even during my lunch break , was eating on the move checking trap gear and re scent/ re bait dirt holes if needed . Made for long day

Next morning was dead calm , day break started with two Ruffed Grouse perched up the tree next to me with one walking after few mins on top my blind , squawking away both were till one flew straight out in front of me and other off to my left . Nothing on trail cams over night or any movement thru the morning . Evening time after lunch and trap checking back to the hardwood ridge I went , well let me tell ya sitting there till almost dark was great , quiet and pure peaceful could even hear the shrews and mice move among the leaves covering the ground . Winds day prior knocked down lots of cover of the trees . Making better for watching for movement , that evening sat out on the deck and listening to the coyotes open up with howls and barking calls , could even hear the big owl up back calling out . It's not always about bagging game , its also about enjoying yourself and fresh air and exercise good food after long day and just being at peace .

Nothing exciting those two days , yet lots of time to think , explore and enjoy whats out there .

Hoping more will chime in and share this years travels and experiences .
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Just a somewhat average day today or maybe not !
Any day to take one these buggers out is a good one !
Another one bites the dust , this young male fell victim to same set and his buddy did only week ago , going in and checking sets , could clearly see putting that set back into action with almost same scent post style .

Was going deer hunt this evening but wind conditions at the blind was not the best out here , seems the edge of the hardwood stand gets wind at a moments notice , plus gave me time to process this guy #5 of the season , even the yotes are moving differently and doing some stuff ive never seen b4 including taking down a beaver dragging it onto the trail where I came in early and disturbed their kill that they did not get to enjoy . Not much of the beaver to process except bait.

So here I am prepping for deer hunting in the morning , hoping something has decided to start daytime visiting as most are either hour to two after dark or before daylight , coyotes have kinda pushed them off as all Sept and part of Oct I've had does visiting all times of the day with few button bucks
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Hello everyone ,
Would like to start out and congratulate Digby21 on a very nice deer and thank them for sharing with us .

Well lets say yesterday was quite the day weather wise , it poured it's heart out where I spent the day from a forecast of 1-3 mm early Tuesday to at least 20-30 mm as brooks rose , trails flooded and pathways I use were waterlogged into small run offs . Trapping gear got soaked , no matter what I did to keep it covered in my morning run.

My day started off at 4:30 am and get the fire on for some heat and hot water , got showered, good breakfast ( eggs , ham, toast ) and of course coffee , walked out on the step and light sprinkles , said well get the rain gear and lets go so I can deer hunt the afternoon and evening . Headed out and into my 4th set snagged a 23 lb Female Coyote , said well #6 is in the books , the #3 and chain drag/log drag worked well hopefully weather has made more movement .

After that it was blanks till I got to 3 rd last set and found my trap neatly piled up on top of its chain extension next to the steel stake on a mound set , fresh Cat scat all around and fresh boot prints at the set , just after passing a guy on a ATV who took a turn off once I approached , the evidence said it all , POACHER ! ! This guy kept his helmet on whole time and no plate on the bike , You see trail cams work wonders catching illegal chitt , clearly showed him taking a Bob Cat outta my leg hold and then trying take the trap too but he got spooked , must heard me coming in the Trail head with the truck . None the less I know who to watch for next time .

Yeah I was P. Off , but what can you do the risk of having gear in the woods , pretty bad you gotta set trail cams to watch over it all .
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So finished up my checks back to the cottage for change of gear and fresh thermos of coffee , said damm it poured, but it's letting up so should be good afternoon / evening , got some lunch and my rifle and headed up to one of my stands. A question I've asked myself numerous times , and talking b4 technology took over everyones lives, what do others do to pass those long hours in the stand and yes I still stalk and sit when weather cooperates , yesterdays did not , it started pouring straight down again at around 1:30 pm and continued on till dark raining steady . So as for myself I really like to read to pass the time besides indulge on some treats of course , a favorite of mine is Bridge Mixture , brings back memories of my Grandfather sharing a box of them with me as a child. Anyways back to my newest book that I recently had chance at flea market to pick up another copy that got destroyed in a flood in 2016 , seemed like this 1970s copy was never read , just stuck some where and forgotten about , read it in my early yrs several times , none the less still a good book
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Lmao , how ironic of a book to take along , but I've taken others on outdoors , survival and game prep over the yrs . As the afternoon went by and scanning the landscape, Nothing but few Blue Jays and the odd squirrel had moved . As last hour closed in the rain had stayed with me , listening to it hit the roof and saturating everything . I sat watched and listened , soon as I seen it hit that point where taking a deer would be too risky I quietly backed out and down my trail as it darkened even more on my exit of the woods .

As for today the morning was drying everything out and it will be a afternoon trip checking gear and watching for a certain ATV and its rider . .

Everyone stay safe out there .
 

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Good Morning everyone ,

Well another couple days have passed in the woods and not much on the trapping front, even tho Coyotes are still a heavy issue everywhere .

Had chance for Father / Son hunt yesterday and eagerly got up for head start of our day. Left from home this trip , up early enough to get thermos of coffee and slip out quietly not to disturb the misses and our dogs . Headed over to Micky D's for coffee and so on for our trip out , taking our time to enjoy one of the first frosts of the yr down our way .

Talking along the way about how one of our blinds have gone without activity last 4 weeks +, other than coyotes as close as 100 yards along the edge line of small brook of run off water from the hardwood ridge up back . Even saying with this cold coming in should see something moving along the roads where we always see deer . Sure enough a big Doe and a Spike buck crossed in front of us giving enough time to come to almost full stop and get full look at the spike buck .

Continued along watching eagerly for more movement but nothing other that a fox was to be seen , still good sign first ones spotted in the many drives out or back in over a month , was getting bit nervous if this was going be our season , repositioned 2 cameras on opposite side of where coyotes have been big issue about km away plus stuck a cell cam down bottom of the 60M high hardwood , evening b4 showed big doe just traveling thru on cell cam and nothing else .

My son's blind once he got down in the mid morning showed 2 big does and a young spike buck cruising the small hardwood stand all hours of the previous evening and thru the night with few day time pics

My blind has gone stagnant last 4 + weeks showed finally a button buck on video at the apples from the evening prior just before dark , was waiting for mid day to go check other 2 cameras a km away at a ladder stand I put up back in 2015 and has been either hit or miss spot , but this yr seems to be spot to work on for rest of the season , a very nice 8 point showed up with 3 different does , where apples were only dropped at same time cameras were set up.

My morning hunt went from deer hunting to coyote hunting from Sun up till 9:15 constant barks , howls from just inside the tree line , even using a distress call and then going in to stalk and sit till just before 11 where i just said time to check the big hardwood . Nothing dared venture out into the crosshairs of my .308

So said well gotta move where there are and backed out quietly for noon time lunch and texted my son to say I'm keeping put for afternoon up at the big hardwood ridge . I'll come down so we can fire up the stove , make fresh coffee and hot soup for the cool slight breezy afternoon to that evening wait for sundown .

After lunch I headed back up parking the truck at bottom of the trail head and proceeded up the 1/2 km hike in got up in the stand and started checking GPS and some mapping once I heard Chainsaws in distance , I know two nearest roads are both on opposite side of a still water ravine that goes back up to another small hardwood/spruce mix

No sooner that 2:30 pm I heard a shot off in the distance , about couple mins a second , my heart sank in some ways , then with in a 10 min span 18 shots , Cripes sake target shooting coming into prime time of the day and yes I hunt as much of the day as I can , From 2:30 pm - 4:20 pm over 200 plus shots and even sounds of exploding targets going off . Must be nice to go into the woods , waste money lime that and screw up someone elses day hunting ! ! None the less I sat watched hoping the 8 pointer would come my way from all that B.S about 3 kms away . But no I sat right till sun went down listening , scanning , waiting , nothing moved and nothing but sound of few grouse off side of me going to the trees for the night .

Texted my son said meet you out at the road , coming out your way , no sooner picking him up coyotes went in to full howls , yips and barks , off in the distance . Soon as its time for Snares , going in and be plastering the area.

pardon me for being all over the place in this part of the thread , still tired from long week and not much sleep.

At the end of the day it was all good , just spending time with my son in the outdoors was the best part of the day

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Good Afternoon everyone ,

Guess I'll give some more to the Chronicle , well trapping is at stand still guess since I've relocated most my leg holds as coyotes have changed up their traveling a bit with taking some of their members out , sitting at #16 with them and they have seem to be in 3 groups and sticking to same areas but staying off beaten path , turned to my survey lines for travel now and soon time for snares for them .

On the hunting scene has had some good and really bad weather days , we are working 2 blind sites that the deer are frequenting regular as rut seems to be getting more in swing with colder weather even getting some day time action now . 2 different occasions on same day last Tuesday morning had big doe in at day break then another deer walked on my back side , not winding me but standing off to the back facing away in part thicket looking into the thicket of spruce and swamp . Tried getting better look b4 it went in but to no avail just hearing it go around and back out to front of me walking along the inside of the thicket for at least 2 hours b4 leaving the area. Thought it must been the 8 pointer we have on camera following a big doe that she herself was no show . Rest of that day was quiet , and peace full , watching Blue Jay frequent the apples , squirrels running about chattering making noise thru the fallen leaves , woodpeckers flying about the hardwood pecking for insects , the 5 Whiskey Jacks who all come from same direction every time and leave the same route . Morning and evening routine of the Grouse coming off the roost and then back again in evening time .

Then theres the piece and quiet of ones own thoughts and ideas , funny how one can think more clearly when in such a less stressed environment . Pretty good day in my book , that's what counts .

Skip up to Friday and Saturday , well Friday was a real quiet day not a breeze , with lots of smaller wildlife moving about as previous days prior , no deer in the morning , tons of camera vids on night time action with few daytime vids of the buck moving about in the thicket sometimes there for a hour or two , but not coming out for a clear and clean shot . Friday was also another father/son hunt , he in one stand in smaller hardwood while myself in the bigger hardwood , keeping in touch and meeting up for lunch and trap checks or change of location for them . He had couple coyotes on Friday come about 30-50 yards in the bottom of the hardwood to the left is thickets and swamp , barely getting rifle up them gone again . What ever reason they are not coming up to the apples but are brazen enough to go right along the blind in tbe thicket and bark or howl right off to the side of it .

Myself for friday had big doe come in at 4:40 and just stand there looking back , I knew she had company but it would not come closer , just right at dark the doe quietly slipped back out the way she came in . Only to see next day on camera 40 mins later was her and the 8 pointer both at the apples on video for almost 2 hours back and forth .

As for Saturday , My daughter wanted to get out for day of deer hunting so yes we went , instore for a blustery , raining heavy at times , but time to catch up , wait it out and take the day for what it was . Checking cameras at that stand showed , 83 videos from night b4 on one shooting lane , 8 point in mid lane at the mock scrape and 9 vids of big doe and 3 newbies at areas a spike , 3 pointer and a 4 pointer , never b4 on camera at either of two hardwood stands .

The day went on , neither wanting to move , just watching , even the grouse stayed put most the day barely walking from cover to cover spots of the brush piles . Rain kept up once 4 pm hit got even harder hoping it would let up for getting back as it would not so called it quits at 4:45 not wanting to risk losing a deer that time of day if opportunity arose . Theres still time in the season , talk about a fast walk back out in the pouring rain , only to have to travel back home as my daughter got called into work on her night off . So no stay at the cottage last night.
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Good Afternoon everyone ,

Guess I'll give some more to the Chronicle , well trapping is at stand still guess since I've relocated most my leg holds as coyotes have changed up their traveling a bit with taking some of their members out , sitting at #16 with them and they have seem to be in 3 groups and sticking to same areas but staying off beaten path , turned to my survey lines for travel now and soon time for snares for them .

On the hunting scene has had some good and really bad weather days , we are working 2 blind sites that the deer are frequenting regular as rut seems to be getting more in swing with colder weather even getting some day time action now . 2 different occasions on same day last Tuesday morning had big doe in at day break then another deer walked on my back side , not winding me but standing off to the back facing away in part thicket looking into the thicket of spruce and swamp . Tried getting better look b4 it went in but to no avail just hearing it go around and back out to front of me walking along the inside of the thicket for at least 2 hours b4 leaving the area. Thought it must been the 8 pointer we have on camera following a big doe that she herself was no show . Rest of that day was quiet , and peace full , watching Blue Jay frequent the apples , squirrels running about chattering making noise thru the fallen leaves , woodpeckers flying about the hardwood pecking for insects , the 5 Whiskey Jacks who all come from same direction every time and leave the same route . Morning and evening routine of the Grouse coming off the roost and then back again in evening time .

Then theres the peace and quiet of ones own thoughts and ideas , funny how one can think more clearly when in such a less stressed environment . Pretty good day in my book , that's what counts .

Skip up to Friday and Saturday , well Friday was a real quiet day not a breeze , with lots of smaller wildlife moving about as previous days prior , no deer in the morning , tons of camera vids on night time action with few daytime vids of the buck moving about in the thicket sometimes there for a hour or two , but not coming out for a clear and clean shot . Friday was also another father/son hunt , he in one stand in smaller hardwood while myself in the bigger hardwood , keeping in touch and meeting up for lunch and trap checks or change of location for them . He had couple coyotes on Friday come about 30-50 yards in the bottom of the hardwood to the left is thickets and swamp , barely getting rifle up them gone again . What ever reason they are not coming up to the apples but are brazen enough to go right along the blind in the thicket and bark or howl right off to the side of it .

Myself for friday had big doe come in at 4:40 and just stand there looking back , I knew she had company but it would not come closer , just right at dark the doe quietly slipped back out the way she came in . Only to see next day on camera 40 mins later was her and the 8 pointer both at the apples on video for almost 2 hours back and forth .

As for Saturday , My daughter wanted to get out for day of deer hunting so yes we went , instore for a blustery , raining heavy at times , but time to catch up , wait it out and take the day for what it was . Checking cameras at that stand showed , 83 videos from night b4 on one shooting lane , 8 point in mid lane at the mock scrape and 9 vids of big doe and 3 newbies at areas a spike , 3 pointer and a 4 pointer , never b4 on camera at either of two hardwood stands .

The day went on , neither wanting to move , just watching , even the grouse stayed put most the day barely walking from cover to cover spots of the brush piles . Rain kept up once 4 pm hit got even harder hoping it would let up for getting back as it would not so called it quits at 4:45 not wanting to risk losing a deer that time of day if opportunity arose . Theres still time in the season , talk about a fast walk back out in the pouring rain , only to have to travel back home as my daughter got called into work on her night off . So no stay at the cottage last night.
 

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Tyson10gauge, love seeing that your daughter wanted to get out with you.
Thanks Beaverhunter
She has a real love for the outdoors and travels regularly with me when she has the time to do so , both hunting and fishing , my other daughter is away in N.B and misses those chances to do the same .
 

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Snapshot of Earlier this yr at end of waterfowl season in January , and yes she loves her Pink Camo 20 gauge lol 😀
 
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