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A big storm is moving in at what would of been the best weeks of hunting. Heres hoping many still can fill there tag. It is a strange year. The season clicked off fast, this is not going to help folks. Going today to prep for power outages etc. Good luck every one, deer , storm and all.
 

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A big storm is moving in at what would of been the best weeks of hunting. Heres hoping many still can fill there tag. It is a strange year. The season clicked off fast, this is not going to help folks. Going today to prep for power outages etc. Good luck every one, deer , storm and all.
Yes sir time to get the boat ready. 4" of rain they say min in 3 days. Thank god it is not snow. I filled and ran the generator yesterday just in case
have to love those honda's. Sitting like 2 years and add gas one pull and sits running
My old bud was happy yesterday finally he has a scrape close to his apples. Still has not seen even one deer since the start of muzy season but is going to get that one buck now :)
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YUP...we should have been in the woods today too, but this brew ha ha comin here in a few days has me preppin for the next 2 days..extra water, gas and propane..bootin up a new genny this mornin, give it 4-5 hrs for break in and change the oil..gonna get a back up sump pump too today...I'd sooner have it and not need it than need it and not have it !!!
 

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The old man used to say..."Be prepared for the worst, and hope for the best" ! Truer words !!
 

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lol - after hearing/seeing the upcoming forecast - trying to change my vac days.

Dont mind hunting the rain - actually had a close encounter with a beamed buck yesterday while stillhunting in the rain. 15 paces when I swiveled my head to the left and seen him - he did one of those majestic broadside leaps, gun to shoulder but he was in the alders - no shot. Blew on the grunt tube a few times and waited a good 20 - 25 mins - nada.
Forecast says 90k or more winds plus all the rain, lol- be dodging fresh blowdowns if was in the woods methinks.
 

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lol - after hearing/seeing the upcoming forecast - trying to change my vac days.

Dont mind hunting the rain - actually had a close encounter with a beamed buck yesterday while stillhunting in the rain. 15 paces when I swiveled my head to the left and seen him - he did one of those majestic broadside leaps, gun to shoulder but he was in the alders - no shot. Blew on the grunt tube a few times and waited a good 20 - 25 mins - nada.
Forecast says 90k or more winds plus all the rain, lol- be dodging fresh blowdowns if was in the woods methinks.
Rain best time for still hunting IMO but not with that much wind coming
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Caught a full case of buck fever today. Decided to give up the bait pile as the bears have claimed victory over that. Ventured out to some logging roads with my father that I’ve frequented in the past, parked the truck at sunrise and started walking the edge of the clear cut. 10 mins in we bumped 3 deer over the ridge ahead of us, wind was in our face so I decided to let out a few grunts. 15 mins later I see a spike come up over the ridge where the other 3 went. Let him get within about 40yds and decided to let him walk. (2nd spike I’ve passed on in 2 days). Jokingly said to myself “Lord there better be some good fortune in my future” lol. Hunted the whole perimeter of that cut and decided to go out into another cut we’ve never hunted before. Got on a real solid deer trail around 2:30pm walking a hardwood ridge, fresh droppings still warm, scrapes everywhere. As we come out the backside of the ridge back into the clear cut, my father stops me and says “don’t move, there’s a monster buck out there”. Sure enough, 50-75yds into the cut theres this beautiful thick framed buck bedded down on a south facing slope in the sun. Winds in our face, he’s got no clue we’re there. Ok how do we get him now? Moved around trying to get a clear shot as there was a ton of whips and alders in the way. Got setup, thought I had a clean shot. BANG! Buck stands up, looks at me and takes off. Crap! Went and checked for blood, it was a clean miss. Shot right over his back. My fault, I rushed it. Kicking myself pretty good over that one now.
 

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Caught a full case of buck fever today. Decided to give up the bait pile as the bears have claimed victory over that. Ventured out to some logging roads with my father that I’ve frequented in the past, parked the truck at sunrise and started walking the edge of the clear cut. 10 mins in we bumped 3 deer over the ridge ahead of us, wind was in our face so I decided to let out a few grunts. 15 mins later I see a spike come up over the ridge where the other 3 went. Let him get within about 40yds and decided to let him walk. (2nd spike I’ve passed on in 2 days). Jokingly said to myself “Lord there better be some good fortune in my future” lol. Hunted the whole perimeter of that cut and decided to go out into another cut we’ve never hunted before. Got on a real solid deer trail around 2:30pm walking a hardwood ridge, fresh droppings still warm, scrapes everywhere. As we come out the backside of the ridge back into the clear cut, my father stops me and says “don’t move, there’s a monster buck out there”. Sure enough, 50-75yds into the cut theres this beautiful thick framed buck bedded down on a south facing slope in the sun. Winds in our face, he’s got no clue we’re there. Ok how do we get him now? Moved around trying to get a clear shot as there was a ton of whips and alders in the way. Got setup, thought I had a clean shot. BANG! Buck stands up, looks at me and takes off. Crap! Went and checked for blood, it was a clean miss. Shot right over his back. My fault, I rushed it. Kicking myself pretty good over that one now.
Opps, sure sounds like a place to be setting.
 

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Caught a full case of buck fever today. Decided to give up the bait pile as the bears have claimed victory over that. Ventured out to some logging roads with my father that I’ve frequented in the past, parked the truck at sunrise and started walking the edge of the clear cut. 10 mins in we bumped 3 deer over the ridge ahead of us, wind was in our face so I decided to let out a few grunts. 15 mins later I see a spike come up over the ridge where the other 3 went. Let him get within about 40yds and decided to let him walk. (2nd spike I’ve passed on in 2 days). Jokingly said to myself “Lord there better be some good fortune in my future” lol. Hunted the whole perimeter of that cut and decided to go out into another cut we’ve never hunted before. Got on a real solid deer trail around 2:30pm walking a hardwood ridge, fresh droppings still warm, scrapes everywhere. As we come out the backside of the ridge back into the clear cut, my father stops me and says “don’t move, there’s a monster buck out there”. Sure enough, 50-75yds into the cut theres this beautiful thick framed buck bedded down on a south facing slope in the sun. Winds in our face, he’s got no clue we’re there. Ok how do we get him now? Moved around trying to get a clear shot as there was a ton of whips and alders in the way. Got setup, thought I had a clean shot. BANG! Buck stands up, looks at me and takes off. Crap! Went and checked for blood, it was a clean miss. Shot right over his back. My fault, I rushed it. Kicking myself pretty good over that one now.
awesome experience right there, WM. Cool your Dad shared it with you.
Those kind of moments are what hunting is all about, IMO. You'll learn from it & be a better hunter.
Sounds like you have some new places to hunt- best of luck!
 

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Wow! Excellent hunting stories. Congratulations to those who were lucky enough to harvest an animal.
To the hunters who were busted by their quarry: well this is why it is called hunting and not going for groceries.
Buck Fever, WM. All part of the sport. Don’t worry, you will forget all about it when you come across your next nice deer.🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌
Actually, you won‘t forget about it, as over time with the retelling of the story, it will make a great memory in your hunting chronicles.
 

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oh trust me, absolutely heartbroken LOL
Welcome to the club WM guaranteed every one on this site has missed !
The fun of hunting is the adrenaline rush hit or miss and THE MEMORIES!
Kudos for posting an unsuccessful harvest too bad others are too proud to let’s us know when they F-up!
 

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It was a beautiful day in early October. I unloaded the bike and drove into an area I haven’t hunted in many years because it’s about two miles in and too far to drag one out but with the bike everything changed!
I hid the bike off the road and headed in through the the softwood forest slowing down as I approached the transition area ( soft woods to hardwoods) slowing working my way through what was always a good area and one I had scouted earlier. I had two cameras in there watching trails with numerous deer pics on both!
I’d been still hunting appropriately an hour when I saw movement and caught the glint of sunlight on antlers, I froze, slightly ahead and to my right a buck was moving along and if all went right he would pass in front of me under twenty yds away. The deer was totally unaware of my presence. I was somewhat hidden by small evergreens and when he was totally hidden I came to full draw. A minute or so later ( seemed like an hour!) he stepped into the opening. That’s when I realized it was a big big deer, definitely in the 215-220 lb range, but he was old, more gray hair then Thunderstick!!! He is / was well past his prime tho and the rack, 8pt , was obviously past it’s prime and in the reversal stages,lol. So I let off with the bow and he caught the movement and looked straight at me but didn’t run. So I took two steps toward him waving my hands and telling him to smarten the hell up ! He took off like a bat out of hell then! I just figured he lived this long and deserves to live out his natural life span. Plus even the hamburger would have been tuff! Although I had this deer on camera 4 or 5 times before he never appeared again in daylight,so I think he got the message.
About an hour later I put an arrow through the lungs of a six pt at about 16 yds. Dressed out at 144, great meat deer!
 
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Welcome to the club WM guaranteed every one on this site has missed !
The fun of hunting is the adrenaline rush hit or miss and THE MEMORIES!
Kudos for posting an unsuccessful harvest too bad others are too proud to let’s us know when they F-up!
Thanks for the words of encouragement and congrats on your harvest! Sounds like it was an awesome day as well. Also glad to have you back D!
 
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