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2019 Hunting stories.

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  1. ohihunter2014

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    Lets share some of our 2019 hunting stories. Deer, Waterfowl, Bear, Elk, and even small game hunts. Share them with us so we can live through your hunt.

    I didn't get to deer hunt but twice last year after deciding I was going to work full time and go to school full time. This year you would have thought I was a rookie. I begin my first Ohio 2019 archery hunt with my Barnett Wildcat c6 crossbow on my buddies farm. He put me in a large oak that sits on the edge of a corn field and a small creek and oak flat behind it. We generally sit evenings until rut and then its all day sits, so right before dark I notice movement coming my way along the edge of the field and its 3 doe. Mom and twins from the spring. Mom looked like a donkey walking towards me she was so big. Well the wing swirled and she turned and headed back into the woods and right as darkness was fading I hear noise at the bottom of my tree and a possum is trying to climb my tree. I hissed at it and it got down and left and I went home.

    The next weekend I decided to sit one of my spots which is a 20acre woodlot surrounded by beans and corn. I pull in the drive lane at 515pm and there is two doe feeding in the beans. I park and head into the hickories and either blew those deer or different deer out and back into the bedding area. I wandered around for about 8-10min trying to find my climber tree because all the small logs I placed around it were gone. I finally found it and its too big for a climber. I move back 10yards and find another tree which looks like old climber marks. I make my climb and 20min later I hear noise. I look over and there is a small doe walking toward my tree. I feeds under me and then proceeds to poop under my tree. I watched it as it cracked hickory nuts and wandered off. I also saw what appeared to be a small spike in the distance. Light began fading fast and I could no longer see through my scope but the fields were still lite. I began climbing down and hopped off the climber. I then hear leaves rustle and there is a big body deer standing 20yards away. I couldn't tell what it was but there are rubs everywhere in there.

    This weekend was a great hunt. Saturday, my buddy invited me to his place and says bring the climber, I am putting you in the oaks/hickories. We arrive about 4pm at the farm and he shows me where he thinks they are coming from and then disappears to his stand. I find a nice hickory with lots of cover around it and make my climb. I no sooner sit down, bow still on the ground and here comes a small buck right at me. He hits my buddies boot tracks and stops dead, snorts and turns and heads back to the bedding area. I sit there playing on my phone waiting on 630pm when all the doe usually fill this area. Its really windy (15-20mph) and at 515pm I hear noise over my right shoulder. I look at here comes a deer. I am right handed and no way I could get into position without getting busted. I look down at 13yards and its big 8pt (130''+ buck) he's been after. I text him and say the big 8 is right in front of me! Can I shoot it? I then though man, what a jerk move because he wants that deer. I text him and said I'm going to pass because its headed your way. He replies, no! Shoot the deer! The deer feeder away from me and now offers a shot. I call my buddy and ask if he's 100% sure. He replies, that deer could get shot by the neighbor, hit by a train or car tonight, shoot it! The buck fed about 35yards away and appeared to lay down next to a fallen tree, get back up and just stand and stare off into the woods. He did offer me a severe quartering away shot, but I didn't have confidence in the shot so passed. He then slowly walked toward my buddy never to be seen again that night. My buddy text me saying there is a huge bedding area that houses bucks about 100yards from me. I am pretty sure he put me there on purpose to tag a good buck. A few hours go by and 30min before legal light I hear more noise coming right at me and a small 6-8pt came running in and offered me a shot but this farm is managed for deer, so I let him walk. I saw a couple more doe before climbing down and that was it. Sunday ended up being a bust with only a 4pt seen between the two of us.
     
  2. ohihunter2014

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    Well I took a about 3 full weeks off deer hunting due to family/GF obligations and got back at it this past weekend. I climbed in the stand around 45min before sunup and had to fight with a shooting rail that was installed around the stand and my harness catching on stuff and the pull rope being tangled so I made some noise. I heard deer take off from behind me and I sat and waited. Around 930am I hear leaves rustling and look over at two doe running for deer life (haha see what I did there :rofl:) and they stop. I watch behind them as a big body buck comes cruising in, heading right toward the doe. The older doe seemed to know what was going on and the fawn doe was in full panic. I could only see glimpses of his rack in the timber 65yards away so threw a few grunts with the true talker grunt tube at him and he stopped. I grunted again again and he turned and wanted to head my way but he was only about a big 4-6pt and was more interested in the girls. The doe ran about 50yards and stopped and he took off again and chased them into the bedding area. I have never experienced any rut action before and thought it was pretty neat.

    My feet were freezing because I grabbed old boots on accident at 430am and I texted my girlfriend asking if she would bring my good boots and wool socks to me and have breakfast with me and my buddy. She made the 30min drive, stopped at Walmart and bought me wool socks and hand warmers and then went and grabbed my boots from my truck at my buddies house. We got back to the farm and my buddy said he had been up 31hrs with 4hrs sleep and was going to take a nap for 1.5hrs and hunt from 3pm-530pm. I climbed into the same stand as that morning and around 330pm I texted him asking if everything was good? He replied yep. I climbed down at 545 which was legal light and heading out I blew several deer out of the cut corn field. I then noticed the truck was running and asked if he was in it? He said he decided to sleep instead of hunt. I felt so bad because its his farm we were hunting and I rode with him. He said he was making it up to me for last Saturday when we rabbit hunted and then planned to deer hunt and he canceled deer hunting. My part of Ohio got hit with EHD the last few years and we used to take 130-180'' bucks off his farm and now only seeing small 6-8pt bucks. I planned to hunt yesterday but the GF asked for help cleaning her garage and winterizing stuff. 3 weeks until gun season and I am off for 9 days.

    Oh and I forgot to add. I too had been up along time with 4hrs sleep so decided to take a nap in the millenium treestand and heard leaves right under me. I look around and nothing so I put my head back down and hear noise again. I was in a large oak with a small hickory about 10ft away and there is a fox squirrel upside down, just staring at me. I looked over and said damn, here we go! I'm gonna have to listen to him bark for 20min. He started at me for a few minutes, climbed down and went on his way without a sound.
     
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  3. Captcurt

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    IMG_0621_2.jpg Saturday the 9th was our rifle opener so I crawled up into a ladder stand in an overgrown field. There is a major trail along the edge that sees a lot of traffic, plus there is a food plot on top of the ridge. This year the food plot is off limits and reserved for the land owners son. The deer are heavy on the acorns right now so the food plot is pretty dead for a few more weeks anyway.

    I hadn't been on the stand 30 minutes and hear a dog running towards me. I hear the deer go off the hill behind me and the dog runs within 60 yards of me before loosing the trail. It is close enough to hear it's panting but I can't see it. Dogs are not allowed in this zone and I was given orders to shoot any dog that I saw on the farm, but I never saw this one. The owner had two registered Charolais calves disappear and has me on the look out for remains or anything that could be responsible for their disappearance.

    I decided to move because of all of the commotion and went to a ladder on the south east corner. This is a hay field that gets a lot of traffic when shooting starts on the neighboring farms. I hadn't been on stand 30 minutes and a doe came bounding across the field. I stopped her with a bleat but she was behind a cedar when she stopped. I couldn't have shot her if I wanted to but she acted like a buck was behind her. I kept watching the fenceline where she had come from. It was a good 10 minutes after she had come through that a 8 point came trailing. I let him cross the field to within 60 yards before I turned the 300 WSM loose on him. He was a very nice 8 pt that I had seen the year before but didn't have him on camera this year. I would be happy with one like this anytime.
     
  4. ohihunter2014

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    Thats a nice buck, Capt. December 2 starts our 7 day gun week and I will be letting the 45-70 Marlin 1895 rip on one.
     
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  5. dak0ta

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    Woke up and headed up the mountain for first light. This is legal light, view from atop the mountain.
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    Grabbed my R700 at first, because I wanted to shoot a deer with my .270 Win reloads. About 200m in, I flush some grouse, and I wasn't really expecting to run into any deer, so I back tracked to my car and swapped out for the ol' Ithaca 37. Filled the pockets with bird shot, and took 1 slug and 3 rounds of 00buckshot in case...

    Well, I didn't see any more grouse, and decided just to push up the mountain towards the top (1400m). Halfway up, I see gametrails galore, and tons of fresh deer droppings. I swap out the birdshot, put a Federal Tru-ball Low Recoil slug in the chamber, followed by 00 buckshot.

    As I hit the final ascent, I peak the plateau and I see where the mule deer have been bedding down. Fallen logs and all the tall shrubs and grass have been flattened. I avoid walking into it and circle around. As I circle around, I see 1 doe stotting away, and another perk its head up and stot away. That's cool, worth the hike up...

    I then take a shot of my Ithaca atop, just cause it's so nice up there:
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    As I walk to look over the edge down the slope, this buck comes up to about 20 feet from me. It's probably rutting time, so I'm not sure if he thinks I'm a buck or he's being territorial, or he hasn't seen a 2 legged critter before? Anybody with experience can let me know what this was. Anyways, he was in slug gun range, so it was a quartering shot. Slug went where I aimed, right inside the right front leg, thru the vitals, thru the abdomen, and stopped on the farside hide. He ran about 50 yards and collapsed..

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    Recovered slug:

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  6. Captcurt

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    Never look a gift buck in the mouth. This just goes to show that you should never give up. Congratulations.
     
  7. dak0ta

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    Thanks, you always hear about the best mountain rifle for hunting in the West, but I'm a shotgun guy through and through. I just feel more comfortable with it, and the Ithaca is a joy to carry. Also the load versatility you can pack in a few rounds. I said a prayer for the buck and thanked it for its sacrifice.
     
  8. 27hand

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    My deer season started a few months ago with the placement of a couple cameras in my back yard.
    I live in a residential area next to a 14 acre plot Im not permitted to hunt.
    My stand is 75 feet from my house, 20 feet above grade and offers me about 30 yards max shot in early archery
    I had been watching to development of 2 brothers.
    Buttons last year. This year one became legal with a deformed right antler. The other was smaller , not legal but had a deformed left antler.
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    With a couple cameras out, I see a grainy pic of what looked like a nontypical. It's the first non typical I've seen back there.
    48442183417_8d20285d3a_c.jpg 2019-08-02_08-31-01 by poofy27, on Flickr

    Whoa. Cool. I put a few more cameras hoping to get a better pic.
    Instead of the non Typical, the next day I get this shot.
    48515530772_79dede092a_c.jpg IMG_0655 by poofy27, on Flickr

    The 11 point is the biggest racked buck I've seen back there.
    A few days later the non typical shows up. with a legal 6 point buddy.
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    I'm loving this. within a few weeks, I get these guys back there.
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    Now, the lay of the land is such that my tree stand is at a natural funnel and on a bench. 3 trails come to the stand and 2 leave.
    A huge oak tree above provides some food. I have a salt block out till 30 days before the season when I'm required to remove it.

    Anyway, I finally get a shot of the non typical in daylight from a camera above him.
    Before: 48571136246_23d41a4b37_c.jpg 2019-08-18_08-23-51 by poofy27, on Flickr
    Our early archery in my special regulations area started on 21 Sept. I finally got out on Tuesday the 24th at about 6 AM
    At 7:35, I see a deer coming, pick up my camera, realize it's the non typical and picked up the Ten Point Wicked Ridge Stealth FX4. The carbon bolt is topped with a Nap Spitfire 100 3 blade.
    The deer gives me a mostly broadside presentation at 15 yds and I get a complete pass through shot.
    Roughly 90 yards out, I find him.
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    So, My buck season lasted for all of 2 hours. My drag was about 90 yards back to my garage.
    I don;t generally get deer mounted, primarily because I shoot the first legal deer that comes along.

    At age 70, the drags are becoming a bit more difficult.
    Luckily, this guy was a small bodied, young deer.
    The 9 point I got last year and the 8 point the year before that were bigger bodied bucks but I was a younger stud muffin then and only hurt for a month after dragging those 2.

    Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
    I'll post up the doe story from a few weeks ago later.
     
  9. Robbins290

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    Got a doe for this year. Used a 5.56 nato round. Worked great, dropped it where it stood. about 25 yards away. Braodside
     

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  10. ohihunter2014

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    Well this is some B.S..

    I decided to only hunt the evening this past Saturday due to obligations and such and trying to rush to get out there I was a total wreck. Too many clothes up top, but not enough on the bottom, gear malfunctions, etc. We had a NE wind for Saturday which is only ideal for 2 really tall(30ft) stands and one mediocre stand. I headed to the mediocre stand and while walking down the ATV trail I see a deer I spooked. While climbing up the top strap for the sticks broke, but I was able to grab the stand and use that to pull on instead of the stick. I got in and put my padded seat on the 5gal bucket and realized the metal rod behind me was killing my back. My buddy said to get down and head to the tower blind in the woods but that's so thick its not a bow stand. The wind was more North so I headed for a stand in a large oak on the edge of an oak flat and a cut corn field. I climbed in and watched the west bedding area and nothing. I then hear a deer blow and 2 take off running. I figured my buddy had shot. I text him asking if he shot and he said no, the deer smelled his estrous wick and started blowing at it. I sat there from 3pm-535pm and watched a doe come out of the corner of the field where he originally wanted me to sit in a giant wooden tower. I am now irritated that I should have just sat over there because that was a big body deer. That deer feeds out of sight and at 515pm with a legal light of 535pm I see a small doe come into the corn and start feeding toward me. I am getting pumped up and she starts feeding at an angle and is going further away. I sit and watch until I hear noise over my shoulder and here comes a large body deer through the corn about 50yards out heading North. Watching this deer I catch a glance of antlers as it heads towards the woods. I throw a few soft grunts with the true-talker grunt tube and it stops and looks my way. I can now see its a nice 120'' class buck. He begins to walk to the west and I think I have him on a string, but he jumps into the woods. I grunt again and nothing. I mean it is November right? He doesn't respond to grunts, doesn't care about the doe feeding 40yards away?? Its 525pm and here come a few more doe. I can hear the train coming from the East and figure start climbing down while it comes past the farm hammering the horn and they wont hear me climb down. I put my pack on and begin lowering my bow and drop the pull rope out of the tree. I then hear a crash and see a deer coming right toward me. Its 530pm and I glance over and about 40 yards away there stands the buck perfectly broadside next to my stand and I just dropped the pull rope. My buddy was covered up in deer so blew his coyote howler call to spook them when he walked out so they didn't associate him with a human and it spooked that buck back my way. Had I not dropped the pull rope or lowered the bow he would have been toast.
     
  11. ohihunter2014

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    Sunday we decided to squirrel and rabbit hunt. He has a 9yo Black mouth Mountain Cur who is a beast at treeing squirrel, so we decided to head to a large farm but someone was bow hunting. I reminded him of our usual squirrel/coon spot we didn't visit at all last year so we headed there. We park and the dog runs to the side of the hill and is looking into the woods. I spot 2 fox squirrel and the dog takes off. He tree's but we cant find either squirrel. We move on deeper into the woods and he trees several more times, but they are all den trees or nests. I found a ton of deer sign in there and not one sign of hunters. I spot another fox squirrel in the little ravine and we send the dog for it. The squirrel runs up and down tree and into a bunch of large den trees. The dog moves on about 50yards away and trees again and now we see a big fox squirrel on the limb. My buddy breaks out his Ruger Mark 5 target pistol with 3-9 scope and takes the shot. One down and 11 more to go for our two man limit. The dog takes off again and trees another few den trees and nests and then finds me a big fox squirrel. I settle the cross-hairs of my Savage Mark II FV at 12x on his face and squeeze. The squirrel falls and then grabs a limb and swats at his face. He turns upside down facing me and I shoot again and drop him. That shot hit him in the chest, but no exit hole. I wonder if it didn't just bark him the first time? The squirrel showed a hole in the chest and hole through the right eye ball. Tough suckers! We walked some more and found a big coon hiding in a hole in the tree and had some fun with him and a stick and then headed home. The dog treed close to the truck and my buddy took the shot and missed. The squirrel headed to my side of the tree and I shot. I must have grazed him cause he fell into a branch, barked and then headed into a hole. We didn't have time to get the beagle dog out for bunnies, but we have until Feb 28th for that.
     
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  12. BigBore44

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    Well you didn’t wound him, and he’s still out there waiting for you to come back. I’ve ALWAYS found that the more bad luck I have happen before and during the hunt, the better my success chances.
     
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  13. badkarmamib

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    I took my 10YO son Saturday. He sat with me last year, this was his first time carrying a rifle. Pulled up at dawn, so he wouldn't have to navigate 1/2 mile by flashlight. Last hill, I told him to go extra slow and extra quiet, as we were approaching the deadfall I wanted to sit against. As we crested the hill, I got upset because the grass had grown too tall to see through. While I am focused on the grass, I hear a whispered, "Dad. Dad!" A doe is standing in the middle of the tall grass. I whispered to get down to sitting. He did, I made it about halfway before she heard us. Waited, she turned, got about 3/4 down before she turned again (dangit, quit looking, my knees are getting sore!). Finally got down, he got her in the scope, waiting for a view of vitals. When she stepped forward to a clearing, he lost her, thought she had laid down. Before he could find her, she smelled us, wheeled around, and took off. He still had fun, wasn't too disappointed, and wants to go again. Hoping to try again next weekend, will try to get up there about 30 minutes earlier.
     
  14. 27hand

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    A couple weeks ago, I was up in my backyard treestand. I just grabbed stuff and climbed. Poor planning but wasn't expecting anything to happen. It was just a nice day.
    Here comes this doe. I grabbed my phone and started snapping a few shots.

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    Another 4 doe come into view and I take one more pic, set the phone down and pick up the Ten Point Xbow.
    49087457316_b0306b7ed4_c.jpg 2019-11-18_06-50-36 by poofy27, on Flickr

    One sees me and I could have kicked myself for not having already drawn a bead.
    She stomps but didn't spook.

    I take the shot at 15 yards and almost immediately wonder if she jumped the string.
    She ran but was kind of almost dragging one leg, I honestly thought I screwed the shot and was going to be tracking this one.
    I found her at about 150 or so and breathed a sigh of relief.

    48998296483_3010a53894_c.jpg 2019-11-01_10-18-54 by poofy27, on Flickr

    Now, the area she ended up is managed by a local LEO who did not give me permission to hunt there but when asked, okd me to recover an animal.

    I sat for a bit, got my knife out and turned on my headlamp as it was dark.
    Headlamp **** the bed ( a battery retainer came off into the leaves).
    I gutted her in darkness and started the 150 yard drag uphill to my garage. Processor was open till 9 and I got her ther about 830.

    The 70 YO knees are still problematic and I passed on the last day of archery because I couldn't see me Carrying the climber, a crossbow and daypack 3/4 of a mile to a spot I cleared a month earlier.

    That was deer #2 for this season.
    I'm heading 2 hours north the day after Thanksgiving to my friends camp. He and his one son will hunt. I will likely fish.
    When we get back, I'll have a doe tag left for the area I cleared but it'll be a rifle and no climber.
     
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  15. Rembrandt

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    For those who grew up with black and white TV, Art Linkletter hosted a show featuring interviews with kids who always "said the darndest things". Here's a pic of my 8 year old grand daughter and her deer story.....in her own words.

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