2012 Harvest Pictures

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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby JPH » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:41 pm

Lots more does today. No buck activity but I had a ball.
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby Deebz » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:00 pm

So far this season I've managed to kill a young doe (1st session) and a nice 10 point (Saturday morn) with the shotgun. (I just posted the story of the buck in the IL hunting journal thread) I've passed several small bucks with the bow.

My wife also managed to score first blood with her new crossbow... GREAT SHOT...
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby Rutnut » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:35 pm

That’s a very nice looking Buck Deebz. Sweet! Going European on that thing?
Great shot on the squirrel by your wife too. Maybe it’s the photo, but it looks like you have some very big squirrels where you are.

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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby Deebz » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:20 pm

I am going to do a european on my buck. My wall is filling up pretty fast in the last couple years... I'm glad the wife hunts too, it's easier to talk her into hanging deer headso on the walls :D

and that squirrel is definitely HUGE...I'd guess around 2 lbs live weight. Her bolt hit him right under the chin and blew through. He was pretty much dead right away.. He died so fast there was absolutely zero trauma to the internal organs... it looked like one of my dissection specimens that had been preserved...
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby msbadger » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:17 pm

Congrats to you both and wow that is a big squirrel ....Mighty fine buck and nice doe.......Great seeing your season going well
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby Rutnut » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:20 pm

Well, after hunting nearly everyday in Nov, i finally got a chance. I watched two doe sneak behind me and I knew a buck was near. Sure enough, 5 minutes later he showed himself walking the same trail as the doe. He would have walked by out of range, but I grunt and he stopped...100 yards away. After a few minutes he turned and headed my way. I made a great 32 yd shot with my bow....during Gun season!!

He's only a small 8 but He'll make some tasty jerky! Now, normally I would pass on such a buck but I am participating in a controlled hunt. The owner wants a massive deer harvest…the incentive is by shooting a deer this year, I am now eligible for 2013. Regardless, I wouldn't ever regret killing him, it’s just my personal preference. Honestly, I am all smiles. I put in a ton of effort, and I feel rewarded and blessed.


The best part was, when I got back to my truck I had a MSG from my taxidermist. Took 12 long months but my 2011 mount was done (9 point, double patch). What a great day!


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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby JPH » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:06 pm

Good for you Rutnut, and Deebz too!

I filled my last Iowa gun tag on a doe fawn tonight. Party hunters/drivers have killed some nice bucks but record high temperatures have kept buck movement to a minimum for solo hunters like me. I waited as long as I could with my any deer tag, but light was running out on my last evening. I had a bunch of fawns strung out between 100-200 yards (odd that there were no adult does). After careful glassing for buttons, I took her at 150 yards.
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby msbadger » Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:27 am

Nice mount on your 9pt Rutnut and good job on the 8pt and securing a place for next year....Should be out with the cross bow this morning but the wind is howling...I'll have to wait until light to do a slow stalk in if nothing today I'll go to the shot gun for another gun doe and then my regular bow comes back out for late archery...hope to see what is making all the new rubs around my stands....
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby Deebz » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:18 am

Good work everybody! Glad you still got to use all your tags this year after losing your spot JPH...

Good luck to everyone who is still out chasing them around. Hopefully we'll get out a few more times with the bows and see if my wife can get a shot.
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Re: 2012 Harvest Pictures

Postby Ohio farms » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:18 pm

Nice deer everyone, but Deebz that squirrel is a horse.
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