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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:03 PM 10/20/14 (CST)
Well, it's almost that time of the year. I went up and did some trail making, put up some tree stands, moved some others to hopefully better spots, and worked my ars off! And have been very sore all week long!

The bad news, 2 bad winters in a row have really hurt the deer herd up in the Ore area.

The good news, the big experienced deer seem to have survived the harsh winter pretty well. And with fewer deer to feed the wolves, fewer wolves too!

So I expect us to not shoot a trailer full of deer this year, but the ones we get could be pretty nice! Here is my brother with a shed found very near a new stand I just hung 5 minutes before he found this! We also found some other fresh sign of his too, so I know he made it through the winter. Needless to say I'm pretty fired up about this spot. I did put out 2 trail cams as well, so hopefully I can share some pic's of the boys who make the "top of the list".

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:56 AM 10/21/14 (CST)
I am hearing the same from people up in the northern section. Do you think the wolf hunters/trappers are making an impact?



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:40 PM 10/21/14 (CST)
Essentially the quota has been easily achieved each season. So the polite answer is sort of....one must understand the balance of reproduction, hard winters, and food supply. I think that hunting and trapping is only taking a portion of the available annual reproduction. But 2 years of brutal winters have taken a toll on both the deer and wolf populations. So the fluctuation in populations is happening naturally as well.

I would expect next years wolf quota to drop in response. The good news is that the moose population will rebound faster. They are bigger animals that handle hard winters better than deer and wolves. Then, with a continued wolf hunt, we should see a more stable population of moose once again. We are already seeing more of them now which is good news.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:43 PM 11/05/14 (CST)
Well folks, it's that time again! Anyone out there all pumped up like I am? smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:03 PM 11/12/14 (CST)
It's always good to see a good plan come together! Lots of scouting, trail making, stand site selection, trail cams, etc.

And opening morning at 7:45AM this 8 pointer came to a can call. He was using the same the trail a couple other deer used earlier. He's not huge but respectable. And will taste very good.

And of course he's currently at Sand Burr's cutting and wrapping service. I can't wait!

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:11 PM 11/13/14 (CST)
You're a natural Dave! A deer whisperer!

Deer's on the way!



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:12 PM 11/17/14 (CST)
Spill the beans big guy!!!!



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 04:44 PM 11/17/14 (CST)
Lady luck has truly been on my side lately. So the story goes like this. Saturday morning we got up to some brutal conditions. -10 or so on the van thermometer. We decided to head out anyway and see if we could make it to 9am. We did but it wasn't much fun. Especially since the deer didn't seem to be moving much at the time either. So we headed back to camp to cut more wood for a fire and to warm up. While we did that the weather warmed too, the wind died a bit and the sun made it feel pretty decent compared to the morning conditions. So we thought an active mid day movement was likely. So we made plans to get right back out there. But where? My son Tyler was going to make the long 45 minute walk out to the "spot". But after a bit of conversation he talked himself out of it and into a much closer spot. So I offered up to make the journey!

Now the "spot" is a rocky ridge over looking a low area that has been clear cut. They left a narrow strip of popular along the river. The natural cover ground blind sits high above the whole cut giving you a great view of everything. It's about 75 vertical ft above the very bottom with a long winding logging road on the opposite side along the mature popular. A guy could have up to a 400 yard shot. The low area is full of red osier and grass. I've never failed to see deer here ever. The only drawback is the long 45 minute walk that has 2 large hills.

So off we went, dropping Tyler off at his chosen spot along the way. He asked if I were to shoot should he come right away, I said no, we would need more help so just wait for me to come back, otherwise he's just making more work for himself. So I reached the spot at 12:47PM. I took off my vest to remove my cushion to I could slide into the ground blind as quietly as possible. When I put my vest back on and turned around, I saw a large dark bodied deer exiting the trees and hazels into the clear cut below. So I threw up my Ruger to check him out, I could see that he was a buck right off but he had his head down, then he turned broadside and stopped and raised his head and looked around like he owned the place. And he did, and wow is all I could muster in thought. So I cranked up my scope to 9X grabbed a 2" poplar and made a solid rest and took aim. But there was some tree branches in the way, so I had to wait....yes wait for him to walk about 30 yards to clear any possible brush to deflect the shot which was going to be 175 yards. So I watched him high step with his front legs and pose and put on a show in those 30 yards. I really can't even hardly remember it all, but it all seemed to happen in slow motion. Suddenly, everything was clear and the crosshairs were solid and my 7mm went off! He bolted instantly running hard and low. I chambered another round thinking God I hope I didn't miss! Finding him in the scope again he was busting through heavy 2nd growth popular not offerring another shot, but then he slowed and suddenly his head seemed to be looking in the opposite direction and he disappeared...I said to myself I think he just piled up! It was 12:50pm. So I carefully watched the area for 10 long minutes to see if he got up or tried sneaking out. I know I talked to God the whole time waiting, I hoped he was listening! Seeing nothing I couldn't wait anymore, so down the hill I went to the site of the shot. The 1st thing I noticed was a heavy bucky smell, a good sign. But I was having a hard time figuring out the blood trail sign initially because of the fluffy snow just ate up the blood and it sank down. But then I could see the pattern in the snow form right in front of my eyes! These were 6ft fans of blood spray then 5ft then 4ft then 3ft of a double lung shot deer. My heart began to race, my pace on the blood trail quickened, then the blood ran out...but I had his tracks and only a few more yards later, 125 in all, there he lay!

Thank you lord so much I know I said more than once...but how I will I tell Tyler about this? I'm so sorry came out at least twice went we met on the trail......and then he knew.

Mean while my brother Ken also shot a buck so Tyler helped him drag his in 1st, then they both came and helped with my bruiser. I went back to babysit it and wait for them and make sure the wolves didn't get it. We got back to camp at 5:30pm tired, sore, and happier than ever!

The reason SandBurr wants me spill the beans....he's the lucky dog who handling the cutting again and already heard the story!



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 12:03 PM 11/18/14 (CST)
Its hard to get tired of fondling your deer Domino! smile smiley ooo smiley wink smiley



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