2012 Deer Season Check Station


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Legionnaire
November 24, 2012, 12:34 AM
Check in your 2012 deer harvest.

11/17/2012. Opening day of gun season in NY's southern tier. Took a nice-bodied 6-point buck at 7:45 a.m. in 7J (Onondaga County). Shot from a ground blind with a scoped Mossberg 500 12 gauge shooting Federal Barnes Expanders. 40 yards.

11/20/2012. Filled one of my doe tags just before noon in 7M (Cortland County). Shot from a tower stand with a scoped Remington 700 in .243 shooting 100 grain Remington Core-Lokts. 50 yards.

Gun opens here in PA next Monday.

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27hand
November 24, 2012, 01:47 AM
Took a 4X2 smaller buck the first Mon of archery and a doe the 3rd or 4th week.
Both in Allegheny Co. Both with a Wicked Ridge Invader crossbow from the same tree about 25 feet up.

Tomorrow is the last day of antlerless only archery in 2B (roughly Allegheny Co). I'll get out in the PM.

Mon starts Pa firearms season. I'll once again be in Allegheny Co with my Ithaca Deerslayer 12 ga with Rem copper solids. On Sat, I'll head to Washington Co. 2A with a Ruger Redhawk in .44mag.

Patocazador
November 24, 2012, 02:38 PM
Small 3 point buck killed with a Ruger Old Army cap and ball revolver after the muzzleload rifle bullet disintegrated on his shoulder bone. He hobbled 40 yards behind me and paused so I took a desperation shot with the pistol. The cast bullet passed through both lungs.

Captcurt
November 24, 2012, 04:59 PM
2 does with a bow, 1 with 45LC Ruger Blackhawk, a six point with rifle and a decent nine point with 50 Cal. muzzleloader. Still got tags and working on a big one.

helotaxi
November 25, 2012, 12:53 PM
BIG (!!) southern New Mexico mule deer on the fourth day of the first rifle season. 4x4 with a small sticker on one side and some palmation on the brow tine on the other. Shot at around 25yds when he walked up the ridge while my hunting buddy and I were contouring along it.

courtgreene
November 25, 2012, 01:19 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=686171
That one. It's been a slow season for me with much less hunting on the schedule this year than years past. Hopefully we'll add to it soon.

hq
November 25, 2012, 07:02 PM
The first whitetail down, on the evening of November 9th. :)

If you're wondering the shot placement, it was from a rear angle through the lungs and heart. Didn't run anywhere. 80 yards, .308 Lapua Mega. I'm looking forward to the first snow now, feeders will be crowded with roe deer after snowfall.

http://eduskunta.com/20121109deer.jpg

Legionnaire
November 26, 2012, 07:55 PM
11/26/12. Opening day of PA's gun season today. Took a very nice doe this morning (almost as big as the NY buck taken earlier) at 10:00 a.m. Less than 50 yards with a Remington 700 BDL in .243; took the top third of the critter's heart off and she dropped inside 20 yards.

Saw several other doe, but no bucks. Lots of hunters out on the farms surrounding the one where I hunt; heard lots of shooting ... no doubt a lot of misses from the sound of the multiple shots. So still have a buck tag I hope to fill. If not during regular season, then possibly during late flintlock.

wyohome
November 26, 2012, 08:28 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y156/Deaver/DSCN3225_zps1e8eab4b.jpg
Nothing too special, but there he is.

v8stang289
November 26, 2012, 08:45 PM
Called this one in on the morning of November 10th

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/v8stang289/11%20pointer/7-10-1211point.jpg

303tom
November 27, 2012, 12:01 PM
We don`t have Check Stations in Missouri any more, it`s all done on the net..............

helotaxi
November 27, 2012, 12:25 PM
^^^Same in NM unless you're hunting one of the military ranges.

25cschaefer
November 28, 2012, 10:04 AM
I shot a big 3x3 whitetail, he would have been a 4x3 but he broke a browtine. Montana public land spot and stalk. 20yds in the neck with a 270 Win. He has a big body (I had to drag him 1/2 mile) and was pretty old, he only had about 1/4" of teeth left and he is tough (was tough, now he is mostly burger).

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh518/25cschaefer/12786_10152304689805083_970053669_n1.jpg

Davek1977
November 28, 2012, 10:41 AM
SD Mulie, taken Nov 19th, 1PM spot and stalk, public land Saw the same deer two weeks earlier, but never got a shot opportunity before he magically disappeared.....he survived the two weeks I couldn't hunt, and I spotted him from above and worked my way to about a 200 yard shot.

hq
November 28, 2012, 11:04 AM
Very nice bucks! I really feel like an exception, shooting does for venison. :)

Legionnaire
November 28, 2012, 12:33 PM
Nope, not an exception. The six point I shot was modest. I'm just as happy with the two does, which will fill the freezer nicely. I'm a "fill the freezer first" guy myself.

25cschaefer
November 28, 2012, 08:33 PM
I wish I could shoot does, it would have been a lot easier, you can't eat horns.

helotaxi
November 29, 2012, 01:00 AM
No doe tags issued here. And the does know it.

Davek1977
November 29, 2012, 07:03 AM
No doe tags issued here. And the does know it. I can get doe tags every year. If meat in the freezer was the ultimate and exclusive goal, I'd never have to hunt past 9AM on opening day. Does are plentiful, dumb, and easy to find. I choose to hunt bucks because I like the challenge of a hunt, and filling a doe tag is often like shooting fish in a barrel around here....I'm sure doe hutning is a worthwhile challenge in some areas, but its not much different than pulling into a prairie dog town and popping the first one you see at 25 yards.....pretty anti-climatic for something you've waited all year for

hq
November 29, 2012, 08:17 AM
Some of the places I hunt (as a guest) have massive whitetail populations, to the point of being a nuisance. Several hundreds of deer accidents every year on a single short stretch of rural road, they cause damage to agriculture and so on. They HAVE to be harvested and locals can easily get half a dozen tags per hunter every season, often more.

Last time I was out there I was instructed to shoot every g___amn whitetail I see. The only chances I got to shoot a buck were pretty poor, one across a field at 300 yards at dusk and another one, a monster 12-pointer ran right past me before I had time to react. I chose not to take my chances and settled for does. During the rut that feels like a good choice as far as meat quality is concerned, some bucks are so full of testosterone that their meat has a distinct smell of urine.

Or, that's my excuse for now. I'd love to shoot a nice trophy buck, too.

Davek1977
November 29, 2012, 08:44 AM
some bucks are so full of testosterone that their meat has a distinct smell of urine. Color me fortunate I guess....I've shot a buck every year since I was 13, some rutting, some not, some whitetails, some mule deer.... and have never had the displeasure of my deer smelling like urine (unless, of course, the bladder was punctured during field dressing or some such thing)....and that includes animals that were shot on a dead run, and animals that never knew a hunter was within miles.......when properly cared for, I don't think one should assume or presume a rutting buck will taste or smell like urine in the least......In 23 years of harvesting bucks, I've yet to see, smell, or otherwise experience such a thing

hq
November 29, 2012, 08:53 AM
I've come across what some call "pee-buck" twice since I started hunting in mid 80's. They're not common by any means but once you've smelled the meat once, it kind of makes you wary. And they make a convenient, semi-plausible excuse for me not being able to down a buck. :)

Davek1977
November 29, 2012, 10:28 AM
:) Fair enough..... but....Ill take my chances and keep hunting the big boys ;)

27hand
December 1, 2012, 08:14 PM
I just shot my 3rd deer. The first 2 were a small 4X2 nad a doe with a crossbow. I hunted some really thick stuff this AM with my .44 Redhawk in hand till noon, then switched to Rem 760 pump in .06.
I went to a spot where 2 doe surprised me and I didn't get a shot last year.
The exact same thing happened just after I clipped a few branches. I was standing with rifle bbl down and 3 doe were looking at me 10 yds away. I took off the safety, quickly as I could raised the gun, they took off. 2 ran back from where they came. The lead doe bolted in front of me and ran smack into a 150 gr Nosler Ballistic tip. It went down 20 yds from me. Closest shot I ever had.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/poofy27/Shooting%20hunting%20pics/1354405531.jpg

MCgunner
December 1, 2012, 09:53 PM
11-30-2012...5:20PMCDT....9 point, 15" inside spread, about 120-130lbs gutted. Soaking on ice at the moment, probably start butchering tomorrow.

Coltdriver
December 5, 2012, 10:00 PM
Took a Whitetail doe yesterday south of Kiowa in Colorado. Snuck up on her through about a mile long stand of cottonwood trees. Spotted about 200 yards out, walked very slowly up to about 100 yards away. Bang flop with a modern Steyr in 6.5X54 MS running hand loaded 140 grain partitions about 2500 fps. 8 power fixed scope. 55 degrees on the 4th of December and no snow anywhere!

Patocazador
December 6, 2012, 04:18 AM
I got a deer yesterday with my sporterized 1909 Arg. Mauser in 7.65. Neck shot at 50 yards.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/105lbJCdeer4web.jpg

squarepants33889
December 6, 2012, 09:46 AM
Freezers are looking full, boys!

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w489/squarepants33889/MuleDeer475.jpg
Here's my first mule deer. And first muzzleloader kill. 170 yards quartering away. Down like a sack 'o' potatoes. That .45 caliber bullet hits like a hammer.
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w489/squarepants33889/photo2.jpg
I just got this doe yesterday with my faithful .270 win. She was walking away when I gave her the "baaahaa". She turned straight on to me and a 140 grain Nosler Partion went in her throat and out the back of her neck. Two leg kicks, and it was time to get to work. The season is over her now. Now its time to bag a couple of the 'yotes' I left in the fields I was hunting!

helotaxi
December 6, 2012, 10:06 AM
^^^Nice buck!

IDriveB5
December 6, 2012, 11:12 AM
Squarepants- great buck! Really nice body and antlers.


I took this buck on 12/1/12:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/IDriveB5/Hunting%20and%20Wildlife/IMG_0028.jpg
Now to find a nice fat doe!

helotaxi
December 6, 2012, 11:44 AM
BIG (!!) southern New Mexico mule deer on the fourth day of the first rifle season. 4x4 with a small sticker on one side and some palmation on the brow tine on the other. Shot at around 25yds when he walked up the ridge while my hunting buddy and I were contouring along it.
Now with photo!

http://imageshack.us/a/img545/5909/dsc000022u.jpg

squarepants33889
December 6, 2012, 03:09 PM
Thanks guys. I was hootin and hollerin like a kid on Christmas. I was range finding a smaller buck about 50 yards away when a sentry doe caught my wind. She snorted an alert, but the wind was sever and I believe they were confused about my exact location. Right when I thought my luck was up, this big guy stands up in a brush patch at what I later range finded to be 170 yards. My started pounding but I was already nicely positioned with my Savage smokeless muzzloader resting on shooting sticks and resting on one knee. My muzzloader barked, and before I recovered from the recoil, my biggest deer ever was in a heap in the grass. Wahooooo!
I sure wish it had brow tines like IdriveB5's. Very nice, dude!

squarepants33889
December 6, 2012, 03:16 PM
That's a beauty Helo. Can you guys wear camo there during rifle season? I wish! The reg's up here require us to wear blaze orange, red, or white on the top half. Btw, that's a real nice rifle setup you got there.

MCgunner
December 6, 2012, 03:41 PM
I hunt on my own land. Camo is standard wear. If I hunt on public, I wear the orange. Haven't hunted public in a long time, though.

Color me fortunate I guess....I've shot a buck every year since I was 13, some rutting, some not, some whitetails, some mule deer.... and have never had the displeasure of my deer smelling like urine (unless, of course, the bladder was punctured during field dressing or some such thing)....and that includes animals that were shot on a dead run, and animals that never knew a hunter was within miles.......when properly cared for, I don't think one should assume or presume a rutting buck will taste or smell like urine in the least......In 23 years of harvesting bucks, I've yet to see, smell, or otherwise experience such a thing

You can add my 49 years to that. Never heard of such. Killed game, including the buck I shot this year, on a dead run. I've had 'em smell gamey, just soaked it out of 'em. But, i wouldn't call it a urine smell. I'm thinkin' maybe THAT'S what he's talking about, a gamey smellin' animal. Process it properly, you can rid the meat of that. I've always kept it on ice to bleed out a few days. Some say hang it in a cool house, works I guess, never had one of those cool houses to know. The idea, though, is to get the blood out.

Let's not start another argument over processing, though. :D

Spartacus
December 6, 2012, 04:37 PM
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My first ever! 11/17 around 5pm. I was in the woods for about 20 minutes (out all morning and didn't see a thing) and he came down off a ridge, chasing three does. Approximately 60 yard shot. Mossberg 500, Winchester SuperX Sabot slug.

IDriveB5
December 7, 2012, 09:49 AM
Congrats on your first deer!

helotaxi
December 7, 2012, 10:31 AM
That's a beauty Helo. Can you guys wear camo there during rifle season? I wish! The reg's up here require us to wear blaze orange, red, or white on the top half. Btw, that's a real nice rifle setup you got there.
You can't see it in the photo but both my hunting buddy and I were wearing blaze orange hats. Not required by law or regulation unless you're on DoD land but a really good idea considering the number of yokels driving around the National Forest during the 5 days of deer season.

sleepyone
December 7, 2012, 10:12 PM
eight point 4 year-old taken at 50 yards right at dusk with Model 70 .270. 17" inside spread. Scored about 130. 150lbs on the hoof and about 125lbs field dressed.

This guy was in full rut. Check out his swollen neck. Shot him as he was running a doe. Caught him with his pants down so to speak!

haywoodhunter
December 8, 2012, 09:46 PM
Squarepants- great buck! Really nice body and antlers.


I took this buck on 12/1/12:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/IDriveB5/Hunting%20and%20Wildlife/IMG_0028.jpg
Now to find a nice fat doe!
awesome g2s!!

ricebasher302
December 9, 2012, 07:34 PM
Just a nice but unremarkable young 4x4 for the freezer. Didn't get to hunt as much this year as I wanted, but made some time to get this guy in a creek bottom. Hit him across the neck under the chin with my 7 mag.

Heard the BANG, saw the hooves. Hunt over.

bison
December 9, 2012, 10:24 PM
Out in CA our deer season is long over! Most of the state opens in late August when it's hot as the blazes, then closes near the end of September. Success rates run about 20%. I got this nice buck in mid-Sept as he was trailing a doe and fawn on top of a ridge on my ranch.

Box T
December 11, 2012, 12:35 AM
Some beautiful bucks in this thread - thought I'd add another. Got him Saturday morning south of Seguin Tx on my parents place, 92 ac low fence. It was a good day. Hopefully the image upload works176042

helotaxi
December 11, 2012, 04:51 PM
^^NICE deer!

Box T
December 11, 2012, 08:29 PM
Thanks! Hiis left g2 was forked and the front fork is broken off, an his right g4 is broken off a few inches down from where it would have been. The bucks have really been fighting this week. He is a very special deer for our little place - seven years hunting here and never seen a buck even close to his equal.

hq
December 15, 2012, 06:16 PM
The curse is over: Buck down! My first one, shot yesterday evening. Not trophy material, definitely young, but at this point I don't couldn't care less. I'm grinning from ear to ear. :D

http://eduskunta.com/buck1.jpg

buckner88
December 15, 2012, 10:57 PM
My first deer on my first deer hunt.

.243 take down during the morning on 11-29-2012

HOOfan_1
December 16, 2012, 03:20 AM
Some beautiful bucks in this thread - thought I'd add another. Got him Saturday morning south of Seguin Tx on my parents place, 92 ac low fence. It was a good day. Hopefully the image upload works176042

What do you think that thing weighed? 230 lb. at least I would think

MCgunner
December 16, 2012, 10:43 AM
Some beautiful bucks in this thread - thought I'd add another. Got him Saturday morning south of Seguin Tx on my parents place, 92 ac low fence.

Nice buck. First read it, had to make sure you weren't my wife's cousin's boy, but thair place is east of Sequin off 90A. :D I know Andy got one this year. He's have been REALLY braggin' if it was THAT big. :D

That dear has some shoulders on him, looks heavy.

JEB
December 17, 2012, 01:40 AM
well our season has come to a close today here in Iowa (2nd shotgun) and our group took a total of 14 deer (a pretty low number compared to years past). five of them i was lucky enough to shoot (one was an assist for my FIL). two does, one button buck, one large bodied 6-point and one for the wall! this is my second buck ever (first was a heavy 8-point). 11 points total (including the two little stickers), and a split main beam; scored out to 133 1/4. i have only seen a split main beam in a picture one other time, so this guy will be on my wall soon. gun used was a mossberg maverick with a fully rifled barrel, bushnell 1.75-4x32 scope, firing federal power shok sabot slugs.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176254&d=1355722714

gspn
December 17, 2012, 02:24 AM
Two doe in about 20 seconds with a single shot .45-70 at 55 yards and 40 yards respectively. I hung them for a week in the walk-in cooler then processed them. They were the most wonderfully tasty backstraps I've had in ages.

I've been out with my 12 year old several times but we haven't gotten lucky yet. He's seen 4 or 5 small bucks but nothing shootable. Hopefully will get a chance to go again this week and put some more meat in the freezer.

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