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nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 05:15 PM 09/27/10 (CST)
So this will be my first year deer hunting. I've been wanting to give it a shot for years but for various reasons it never worked out. But this year I decided to make it more of a priority.

I'll be heading to an area near Duluth were some family owns land next to a large area of public land.

I a wondering what tips do you have for a newbie? I'll be hunting on the apprentice endorsement this season and will be going with 2 friends who have hunted a lot in the past.

We have 2 stands placed already but we may be adding more if time permits. What should I be looking for in terms of good spots to place a stand. THe land we are hunting has a river flowing on the east side, with pine, birch, aspen, and a good amount of swamp land.

The swamp area is already surrounded by stands that the neighbor put up so I'll be leaving that area to him since he was there first.

Any other tricks you'd like to pass along?



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:39 PM 09/27/10 (CST)
Deer sometimes travel along rivers, down in the bottoms and on ridges. Look for sign...well traveled deer trails, dung along trails, scrapes and rubbs and set up a stand. If the woods are too thick you can cut shooting lanes in private land don't be afraid to go 100+ yards but be ready for bucks jumping through these lanes, they don't feel as comfortable. Although the best tip is to stay in the woods all day, I only leave my stand to go to the bathroom and even then sometimes I use a jug to pee, you never know what goes by when you're not there. And so on.............
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:40 PM 09/27/10 (CST)
Your request for advice is much the same as, "this is my 1st time to Mille Lacs, what do I do?"
1. Shoot your gun a lot. Get used to it and be a reliable shot.
2. If you shoot at a deer, and it runs away, tell your hunting partners the truth. They will check for a blood trail, and find your deer if they can.
3. Deer are like fish. They spend 90% of their time in 10% of the woods. And where that is, changes with the season. So do #4.
4. Scout as much as you can now! Leave your woods alone for at least 3 weeks before the opener.
5. Trails, droppings, rubs, tracks, scrapes are all good now. But when hunting starts, concentrate on fresh shiny droppings! That is where the deer are spending their time right now! Too many people spend their time hunting old poop, rubs made weeks ago, inactive scrapes, and trails with old tracks.
6. Based on what you are saying, it sounds like a lot of hunting pressure in the area. If it were me hunting, I would set up a stand in the middle of that swamp if it is a largest enough area so that wouldn't get shot! With all the action going on, that's exactly where the deer will head.
7. When hunting, try and approach your stand from the downwind if possible. Make 2 different trails if you can.
8. Always wear a safety harness!!!! Or sit on the ground.

There are a million other little things you could do as well, but this should be enough for this year. You can always add on next year.
Have fun and be safe.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:08 PM 09/27/10 (CST)
well so far based on this advice I'm doing pretty well. I spent all weekend scouting and placed stands along the top of the ridge along the river. Both stands overlook well worn trails that have fresh tracks all over the place and we found some areas just to our west where they appear to bed down at times.

Saw fresh rubs and fresh droppings all over the place.

When looking at maps and aerial photos I saw the swamp and some funnels that look like good spots but that area is heavily hunted and there isn't a safe place to put a stand where you wouldn't catch cross fire.

We set up our stands in an area east of the swamp where the deer appear to have been walking to avoid the swamp. There are only 2 groups hunting up there near us and they have been hunting the same spots for decades. We knew that and tried to find the spots the deer use to avoid the hunted areas. So we are set up in areas that have never been hunted, or at least not in the last 20 years.

I'll be hitting the range over the next couple weeks since its been awhile since I've shot a rifle. The shots I'll be presented with should be no more then 40-50 yards at most based on terrain and tree cover so nothing too crazy.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:45 PM 09/28/10 (CST)
Sounds like you and your buddies have this pretty well figured out. Good mentors are a big help. They could probably help you with your scent control as well. So talk to them about that.

Also, understand that the deer will be changing over to a browsing diet from a grazing diet about the time the rifle opener begins. So all that great sign that you have now, could dry up by the opener as the deer change their feeding patterns. So try and have a plan B as well. This doesn't mean go out and buy 3 more stands and go hang them. But have some other spots that you could go and sit (use a portable stool). Look for that tell tale shiny black droppings for fresh sign. And sit somewhere near them, downwind of course. This way you can stay on the fresh sign and be more flexible. Don't worry about the limited visibility factor. If you can't see them, they probably can't see you either. But you will hear them coming and can be ready for a very close shot! Exciting!!

And if you can, don't leave the woods at all. 11am to 1pm can be a great time to catch a big buck out cruising, or evading other hunters that are leaving the woods for lunch.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:20 PM 11/09/10 (CST)
Sooooooooo, How did it go?
We got 2 bucks. One 6 pointer, one 12 point monster!
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