how is your deer seasons going???

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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby JOEL » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:07 am

i took a 3point buck and a doe in bow season i passed a spike and a doe on the gun opener Im heading out this friday morning with the"if its brown its down" attitude.got 2 doe tags and a buck tag plus 2 late archery/BP tags
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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby shaman » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:08 am

I have had a moderate season. For everything that has gone right, there has been something else impinging on it.  As things go, last year was the best year for us ever-- just about anything would have been a let down. 

For starters, the big influences on our hunting this year were:
1)  Hurricane Ike
2)  The Drought

I'm not going to say it was going to be a banner year for acorns without Ike.  This was our second year of drought.  However, we have had extraordinarily good luck with acorns in 2006 and 2007, and this year was flat. Ike blew down a lot of acorns early, so after mid-October acorns were no longer that much in play.  Most of my best stands are all in oak groves. One of my best stand had zero sightings this year for three sittings.  Normally this one produces a 4-6 sightings each time out. 

This was offset considerably by my new food plots and a new stand to take advantage of them.  The vast majority of deer sightings came from that stand.  I bagged my 8-pointer out of it last Thursday.  If it had not been for that stand, I might still be out there trying to tag a buck.

Mooseboy, 16, got his feet wet in a big way.  It was his first season out all by himself. I prepared a new stand for him, exploiting a previously untouched part of the property.  He pulled a doe and a spike off that stand.  Sadly, he wishes he had held off  on that spike. He learned the hard way that you don't take practice shots with the safety off.  Ooops.

Angus, 10, got his first deer and his first Fall turkey as well.  He's seriously happy.

So why am I not ecstatic?  It boils down to a couple of things:

1)  Since so many of our stands depend on a good acorn crop for success, we had a lot of good stands not producing. 

2) Outside of some pre-season sightings,  the big guys just didn't show themselves. Usually we see at least some sign of their presence.  This year, there were 0 rubs and 0 scrapes.  Last year was phenomenal. That is not uncommon. The monsters seem to follow the acorns.


Another issue that nearly wrecked the whole season was my truck.  After 5 1/2 years of faithful service, my S-10 blew a radiator and a head gasket.  It was out at the shop nearly 2 weeks.  I missed the weekend of scouting before Rifle Season started, and only got the rig back a couple of hours before I was to leave for deer camp.  Just getting to camp at all was a blessing.  Mooseboy could have driven me down in his car and left me for a week, but so much of what makes our camp tick comes from that little truck-- taxi rides from the stand, hauling deer, going for provisions. If I'd bagged a monster on one of the days I was going to be down by myself, I'd have probably had to quarter it on the spot and schlep it up the hill a piece at a time. It died a second time while I was at camp. Girlfriend had to bring me a new battery.

Still, you can't beat meat on the pole.  You can't beat deer in your sights. You can't beat having the stand swaying in the wind and graupel stinging you in the face.  I had an extra bonus too. Thursday night, I got the buck stowed and retired to the back of the house with a bottle of Single Malt, a plate of pate and some crackers.  Angus is only 10, but he is a bagpipe prodigy-- youngest member of the Cincinnati Caledonians ever.  So there I am under the full moon with my beaker of scotch toasting my success and decided to take things to the next level.  The Caledonians practice on Thursday nights, so I called over to practice and put in a request for Caber Feigh (The Stag's Antlers) and listened over the cell phone. Now THAT, gentlemen,  is about as good as it gets: deer blood still up to your elbows, getting lit under the full moon with America's oldest Pipe & Drum band giving you a serenade.
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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby 8uck5nort » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:10 am

ORIGINAL: shaman

I have had a moderate season. For everything that has gone right, there has been something else impinging on it.  As things go, last year was the best year for us ever-- just about anything would have been a let down. 

For starters, the big influences on our hunting this year were:
1)  Hurricane Ike
2)  The Drought

I'm not going to say it was going to be a banner year for acorns without Ike.  This was our second year of drought.  However, we have had extraordinarily good luck with acorns in 2006 and 2007, and this year was flat. Ike blew down a lot of acorns early, so after mid-October acorns were no longer that much in play.  Most of my best stands are all in oak groves. One of my best stand had zero sightings this year for three sittings.  Normally this one produces a 4-6 sightings each time out. 

This was offset considerably by my new food plots and a new stand to take advantage of them.  The vast majority of deer sightings came from that stand.  I bagged my 8-pointer out of it last Thursday.  If it had not been for that stand, I might still be out there trying to tag a buck.

Mooseboy, 16, got his feet wet in a big way.  It was his first season out all by himself. I prepared a new stand for him, exploiting a previously untouched part of the property.  He pulled a doe and a spike off that stand.  Sadly, he wishes he had held off  on that spike. He learned the hard way that you don't take practice shots with the safety off.  Ooops.

Angus, 10, got his first deer and his first Fall turkey as well.  He's seriously happy.

So why am I not ecstatic?  It boils down to a couple of things:

1)  Since so many of our stands depend on a good acorn crop for success, we had a lot of good stands not producing. 

2) Outside of some pre-season sightings,  the big guys just didn't show themselves. Usually we see at least some sign of their presence.  This year, there were 0 rubs and 0 scrapes.  Last year was phenomenal. That is not uncommon. The monsters seem to follow the acorns.


Another issue that nearly wrecked the whole season was my truck.  After 5 1/2 years of faithful service, my S-10 blew a radiator and a head gasket.  It was out at the shop nearly 2 weeks.  I missed the weekend of scouting before Rifle Season started, and only got the rig back a couple of hours before I was to leave for deer camp.  Just getting to camp at all was a blessing.  Mooseboy could have driven me down in his car and left me for a week, but so much of what makes our camp tick comes from that little truck-- taxi rides from the stand, hauling deer, going for provisions. If I'd bagged a monster on one of the days I was going to be down by myself, I'd have probably had to quarter it on the spot and schlep it up the hill a piece at a time. It died a second time while I was at camp. Girlfriend had to bring me a new battery.

Still, you can't beat meat on the pole.  You can't beat deer in your sights. You can't beat having the stand swaying in the wind and graupel stinging you in the face.  I had an extra bonus too. Thursday night, I got the buck stowed and retired to the back of the house with a bottle of Single Malt, a plate of pate and some crackers.  Angus is only 10, but he is a bagpipe prodigy-- youngest member of the Cincinnati Caledonians ever.  So there I am under the full moon with my beaker of scotch toasting my success and decided to take things to the next level.  The Caledonians practice on Thursday nights, so I called over to practice and put in a request for Caber Feigh (The Stag's Antlers) and listened over the cell phone. Now THAT, gentlemen,  is about as good as it gets: deer blood still up to your elbows, getting lit under the full moon with America's oldest Pipe & Drum band giving you a serenade.

 
A fellow scotch drinker.[:)]
 
I agree nothing beats a great day of deer hunting and then sitting warm with a sipping glass of 18 year single malt Glenfiddich (or one of your choosing) remembering the day.
 
I have a victory pipe I usually break out on occasion and enjoy a long slow pull of fine pipe tobacco out of my meershaum lions head pipe along with said scotch especially if the day had a buck on the ground. 
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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby hh23viking » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:32 am

I've been on vacation all week. Here in New England,We've gone from high 60 degrees to 20 or so today with high winds..Strange for sure..It's been super slow this year for some reason..Does and young bucks seen but no shooters...Heading back out after lunch,HH

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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby mndeerslayer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:06 am

Well so far i have not seen a deer during hunting hours they tend to wait to come out after i leave the bar at night just my luck . at night i have seen about 15-20 does most of those just after legal shooting hours i have this weekend left to try getting one with a gun before i try with the truck !!!!!!!!!![:)]
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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby JrbSr » Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:14 am

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just wodering how my fellow hunters out there are doing this year since i am not having much luck myself.....hahahaha

 
Don't feel to bad.
Mine isn't any good either.
I am a diabetic, and the Actos 45 mg made me retain fluids.
So my camo won't fit.
I am on disability and don't have the $$ to buy more camo.
Its the first weed of gun in NC, and my teenager sons gave me a bug.
So I am sitting at the computer instead of hunting.  [:'(]
Oh well it could be worse.
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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby Southern Man » Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:20 am

Season going good in KY. I don't think I've ever seen as many quality bucks as this year. Tagged out opening day. Am working on bonus deer on public land......

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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby adirondackhunter » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:44 am

My season was over before it got started.I took a doe ,bear, 10pt by Oct 31
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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby JPH » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:48 am

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My season was over before it got started.I took a doe ,bear, 10pt by Oct 31


Poor guy. [:D]

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RE: how is your deer seasons going???

Postby findog » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:54 am

It started great. I took a 120 lb. doe opening day of Oct.1 then a nice 10 pt. grossing in the upper 130's. I have slumped ever since. Been having an encounter with a giant 8 pt., but he has bested me 3x. Hope he makes it through upcoming gun season, unless I can drill him with my 50 cal. That would be cool.

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