Gun Season is HERE!

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Gun Season is HERE!

Postby ranwin33 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:25 am

The 2011 Missouri gun season starts tomorrow, Saturday November 12th.

Best of luck to all you Missouri hunters, temps in my part of the state may be a little warm, but at least this year we will not be getting wet and blown out of our stands.
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Re: Gun Season is HERE!

Postby ranwin33 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:06 pm

Gun season lasted just a little longer than bow season. One more hunt to be exact. Sunday morning the 13th I was able to shoot another 11 point buck. Probably 3.5 years old, dressed out at 171 pounds, score in the low to mid-130's. An average size deer for our property.

Shot him at 53 yards at about 7 a.m. He was most likely bedded on a hillside I was hunting next too; when my nephew headed into his stand land on an ATV he most likely caused him to get up and head my way.

My brother shot a doe on Tuesday the 15th but that was all we shot. Heading back up to do some muzzle loader hunting around December 17th and might still do some bow hunting before season end.

For now I am getting ready to hunt our Kansas farm; gun season begins the 30th. The deer we have there are far more skittish than the deer on our Missouri place. And they are not nearly as big, or as plentiful as those we have in Missouri. Maybe with 10 years of hard work on the place we will be able to turn that around.
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Re: Gun Season is HERE!

Postby ranwin33 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:19 pm

I started my Kansas hunting the afternoon of November 30. Took off work a couple of hours early and was in the field about 2:30. Glad I got out early; both the ground blinds I had set up were blown over by the wind. The big one I was planning to hunt actually had lost the fiberglass rod hub on one side. But, there was not any damage; none of the rods had broken. After 20 minutes of struggle I got it all put back together and finally situated for my evening hunt.

We bought this farm October of last year, and while I hunted it last year it was more of a hit and miss fashion then dedicated hunting. I did not have time to scout or set up stands, so pretty much went out into the cold Kansas wind and located myself in a ditch or in the woods. While I would see deer every time out, I was never in a position to shoot one with bow or gun. Just too much brush.

This year, I had some time to do some scouting and had the travel patterns of the main herd down pretty well. Plus I had the opportunity to do a LOT of brush hogging.

Having tagged out early during the Missouri gun season left me with most of a week to do nothing, so I came back early and did some work on the Kansas place. Got a couple of ground blinds up, and spent a good couple of afternoons tearing out cedar and hedge trees that dotted our pastures. Probably took out a good 40 cedars, but when I was done I had clean shooting lanes out to 200 yards.

Anyway, back to my hunt. On this farm I know I have a group of 5 does that tend to run together, and there is another couple of groups of 2-3 does. I do not see many bucks, and those that I have on camera would not be shooters on our Missouri place. I went into the evening hunt figuring I would see does and if they followed their pattern I would have a shot opportunity at about 180 yards.

I sat the blind for a couple of hours, and then around about 4:40 p.m. I noticed the white flag of a deer tail as it walked along the far tree line on the south edge of the farm. And then I saw another, and then another. I found the deer in my scope, but there were no antlers on any of the three. Then I looked up and more deer started trailing the first three. I counted 10 total, but no antlers in sight. Checking their back trail for a good couple hundred yards, and not seeing anything else, I decided to shoot the last doe after about 10 minutes of watching. Using the bottom of the ground blind window as a rest, and in a solid position I took aim… and missed. The shot did not seem to bother the deer; they kept feeding along the tree line. Having gotten the shot out of my system I now decided to wait and see if anything else would show up.

I watched the group through my binoculars for a minute or so, and then I noticed two more does coming along a perpendicular hedgerow along our eastern property line. They were both good sized deer. They seemed to have come out to see what the gun shot was all about. The stood along their hedgerow watching the other deer feed. Finally they started moving toward the other herd. I put my crosshairs on the bigger of the two and waited for her to clear some grass and the deer she was with. Finally she was clear and I shot her at 140 yards. After the shot the deer in the larger herd decided they would run toward my blind, most likely the sound of the shot had echoed behind them and sent them my way. They finally stopped about 70 yards out. After about 15 minutes all the deer had cleared the area and I waited the last 15 minutes of daylight to see if a buck might show up.

No such luck, but I got my first Kansas deer on opening day of gun season. She was a BIG doe, field dressed out at 131 pounds.

Hopefully over the next few years with some selective harvesting we will grow some bucks like those we have on our Missouri place. I plan to be out again this weekend and hopefully find a good sized buck to shoot and most likely another doe.
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Re: Gun Season is HERE!

Postby ranwin33 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:07 am

Last day of Kansas Gun Season - one more try this afternoon for a buck. See the same group of does in the same place at the same time every evening. Just wish there would be a buck in tow.

Have Missouri muzzleloader starting December 17 but I will not be able to hunt until the 18th. Already have a gun buck down, so will work on thinning the doe population, or maybe take my bow and go for a three buck year. My nephew tells me he say a big 12 pointer on his last hunt during the gun season, but could not get a clear shot. He is done for the year so I would not feel bad about arrowing that deer.
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