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every year I forget a key thing about deer hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Jason_W, Nov 7, 2012.

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  1. Jason_W

    Jason_W Member

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    I don't really like deer hunting:D

    Still I get a twinge of excitement before my first hunt of the season.
     
  2. 27hand

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    I forget how much I like being in the woods until daybreak on the first day.

    I had 14 geese fly over last Sat.
    A redtailed hawk landed about 35- 40 yds out at eye level. I kept hearing a turkey but couldn't see it untill the hawk landed in the tree. Then I noticed the turkey was about 10 yds away in another tree.

    I've watched 3 red foxes playing in a field about 60 yds out with one eveentually trotting right under me.
    A few grey foxes quite a few years back.
    Every year I have turkey's under me and tons of squirrels from the little red tree squirrels, many grey and quite a few fox squirrels.
    I had a family of raccoons climb down a tree about 10 yds away and have had a great horned owl flying directly at me to the point it was 5 yds away flying past me.

    Rabbits, groundhogs, dogs, and even hunters have walked below me and didn't notice I was 25 feet above them.

    Even though I've shot a lot of deer, I still get a bit excited when I see them moving about.

    It doesn't even matter though, whether I get something or not.

    It's one of lifes simple pleasures. A steaming gut pile is just an added bonus knowing jerky and chops are on the way.

    Yeah, I forget some key stuff as well, till daybreak. :)
     
  3. Jason_W

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    I've hunted 20 seasons now and I've never seen a legal deer.

    Also, I have the wrong personality for it. To me, sitting still in one spot for hours on end is an arcane form of torture on par with bamboo shoots under the fingernails.
     
  4. tarosean

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    What are you hunting downtown Los Angeles? Seriously where are you hunting?
     
  5. Jason_W

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    I left out the getting up before dawn part. Not a huge fan of that either :D

    If someone out there has figured out how to successfully hunt whitetail at noon without sitting at a stand for hours on end, PM me;)
     
  6. Jason_W

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    I grew up hunting northern Vermont and now I live in downeast Maine. Only bucks are legal (no spikes in Vermont) except during bow season and by special lottery drawn permit during the rifle and ML season in Maine and only during the ML season in vermont.

    I've seen plenty of does, some within spitting distance. Just never a legal buck.
     
  7. sixgunner455

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    methinks if does are legal during archery season ... i'd be buying a bow.
     
  8. Jason_W

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    I might give bow a try at some point. I can't really afford a new expensive hobby at this point.

    Besides, I have my doubts that I could bag one with a bow when i can't with a rifle.

    I hope that at some point I get to try hunting some other species of big game or maybe even whitetail in a different region. I may like it more outside of the northern New England woods which, in most instances, is objectively horrible terrain.
     
  9. sixgunner455

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    well, from what you said, you've seen does in spitting distance, but have never seen a buck. I'd be grabbing a bow, myself, and hitting a hay pile with some arrows until I could at least hit a pie plate at spitting distance. :D

    Kind of hard to bag an animal you never see. take what you can get, mano.
     
  10. Jason_W

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    Maybe I need some kind of blind. I could just chill with a good book and not have to worry about movement tipping off the deer that may or may not be around.

    Though, wouldn't the smells associated with the synthetic fabrics and dies tip off deer just as much as movement?

    If I ever own a piece of land I'm definitely putting in some food plots and probably elevated box blinds possibly replete with salvaged recliners:D

    Hey, if I'm going to sit all day, I may as well be comfortable.
     
  11. JeffDilla

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    As a fellow Mainer, come inland my friend. Central Maine. :)
     
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    I don't get that much thrill out of it, but I can't say "I don't like" deer hunting or I wouldn't do it. :D I much prefer bird hunting, waterfowl or doves being the choices to me here. no partridges or such here, only quail and I don't have a dog. Besides, they've taken a big hit in the last 20 years.
     
  13. Jason_W

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    What are the woods like where you are? Around here the only public land I have to hunt on looks like it was logged in the last few years and is growing back incredibly thick. It's nearly unwalkable. I jumped two deer yesterday and only got the classic view.

    I knew that catching up to them would be impossible in that stuff so I backed off not wanting to stress them too much. I tried to sit a bit this morning watching a trail but got real cold real fast and only lasted a couple of hours.
     
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    Record message on digital recorder, when they trigger the motion sensor it powers up the radio and TX the recording back to your position.

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    Your success depends on how well you can sneek up on them.
     
  15. Jason_W

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    Oh, I still go. I really just want a freezer full of venison and fulfill a long overdue rite of passage.

    Like you, I enjoy small game hunting a lot more.
     
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    I'm fortunate enough to be invited to hunt several parcels of private land by a group of old timers who own a few lots of 40+ acres each. The type of woods varies, but it is mostly hardwood stands. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of thick evergreen growth in areas but they are beautiful plots of land interspersed with nice fields of clover. This is only the third year I've hunted with this crew but it is excellent habitat.

    I also hunt in Northern Maine, north of Shin Pond, for tradition's sake with my 91 year old grandfather. The deer are extremely scarce up there, but I just enjoy being in the middle of the north woods hunting. I never really expect to see deer up there, but I'm ok with that.
     
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    Still hunting.
    Bonus; you find rabbits that way, too. Walking very slowly and quietly through the woods sharpens the senses in a way sitting in a stand never will.
     
  18. Jason_W

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    That sounds pretty close to ideal.

    I'm hunting a chunk of public land on the outskirts of Ellsworth. There is plenty of sign and I've seen deer, but there are no centralized food sources (all browse) and there are no real open areas to watch. The best I could find was a 35 yard long shooting lane overlooking one of the many deer trails.
     
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    The luck factor is crucial.

    And everyone misses now and again. I missed a partridge a couple of weeks ago that was the easiest shot I'd encountered in ages.
     
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    Head south! Our gun season is not yet open and I have not even bothered with my bow this year. I normally see multiple bucks every trip to the woods but I really enjoy having my Kindle with me. It allows me to sit a lot longer without getting fidgety. I could easily kill 20-30 deer per year if I had any need for that much meat. The limit here would be 2 per day for a total of 202 per season.
     
  22. Art Eatman

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    I hate going to a stand before daylight. Yuck. I'd rather set out around 9 AM and go walking hunting. Ease along through brush or sneaky-snake in jungly stuff.

    It's fun to kick Bambi out of bed from maybe fifteen yards away. Hair standing out in all directions, eyes rolling back, ears laid back, and trying to make a standing start in fifth-gear overdrive.

    If I'm gonna sit, I prefer to be on a hillside in late afternoon, overlooking some likely spot.
     
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    I hate getting up and out in the dark -- but I love being there listening to the deer mill around grunting, and seeing the sunrise and first light on the tree tops. At our farm (Kansas) my son will tell you that he has had repeated success shooting deer about 10 am after sleeping in and walking to his spot about 9. Go figure. Also, you can just about set your watch to the deer emerging from the trees about 4 pm. I really think the most productive time here is from 4 till dark.

    I can't decide which I prefer -- the solitude of deer hunting or the companionship of upland bird hunting. Happily I don't have to choose. One thing, though, it's a lot easier to drop a quail in your vest than to field dress a big buck.
     
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    If that's true, than you are a far more patient and stubborn man than I.
     
  25. 41 Mag

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    Sounds a LOT like my daughter, (don't let that get to you,) but she is VERY accomplished at hunting which might.:D

    Her theory is she don't need to get up and be cold sitting in the dark waiting for light to overlook an empty wood lot or pasture, when she can sleep in and head out when SHE gets ready. She usually shows up around 9:30, eats something, then heads out around 10 or so. It seems to work for her though most of her nice bucks have been taken between 10:30 and 1:30.

    This was one she got two weeks before delivering my oldest grandson back around '01,
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    and with several more VERY nice ones for our area in between, this is what she pulled in last year,
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    Needless to say I don't tell her how or when to hunt much anymore. The last one was dropped at 10:55 after sitting out on the side of one of our wood lines for around 45 minutes, the first one was around 1:45 in the afternoon after walking down the hill and setting up on a fence row, being out for about an hour. (She was told by her Dr and myself specifically NOT to go out, and then got her mom down there to help her load it in the truck.)

    You might give hitting your areas a bit later as folks are heading out and making racket and such. This would disguise your entry, and believe me the deer learn to pattern people just like we do them. Get out a bit late, settle in and see what might get up and start moving mid morning to mid afternoon. You might be surprised.
     
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