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nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:18 PM 10/22/15 (CST)
So where is all the hunting talk? A lot of us will be heading to deer camp in two weeks, so what are your plans for the season? Anything new planned, or looking to continue a tradition?

I spent one VERY long day scouting a few new areas last weekend. I only had one free day so I drove up 4 hours to our hunting area late Friday night, spent all day scouting and then drove 4 hours home late Saturday night. We found some good areas with bedding, water, and food all within a couple hundred yards. We set up in a couple pinch points between a lake and some small ponds that lead to the food and bedding areas.

The hard part was getting to these spots. They are about 1/2 mile back from the road and there are two potential routes. #1 is through an old overgrown clear cut that is thick and nasty. #2 is through a pine grove that has rows cut out of it last fall. We opted to go with #1 since the pine groves were hunted by another group last year and we don't want to mess up their hunt and also its hard walking through that area with all of the branches littering the ground. Our chosen route required us to hack out a 1/2 mile trail through that thick nasty clear cut. It took 2 of us with machetes about 6 hours to cut and mark the trail. By the end we were spent.

We finished up the day shooting our rifles a little to make sure we were still sighted in and also playing with the bows a little. It was a very long exhausting day but I think we've got a good set up for opening morning. We've also got plans B, C, and D in mind in case we need to move. Usually by Monday or Tuesday we look to try some different spots if we aren't seeing a lot of action.

So what do you all have planned for the season? Don't tell me I'm the only one feeling the itch.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:27 PM 10/22/15 (CST)
Oh the itch is active and I need some ointment soon! You beat me to the annual thread for deer hunting. I've done everything you have already but multiply it by 20 in terms of miles of trails that we maintain every year, and then of course need to adapt and change because the deer adapt and make changes. We call it the chess game! It gets played out every year during the season and then during the off season scouting in the snow. That's where you learn what the deer are really doing, and how to adjust your plan for the following year.

I'm planning on going up this weekend to just simply pull a couple chips and reload 2 trail cams. Of course some grouse may need to pay the price too! Can't wait to see some pic's! All the real hard work is done. The muscles have recovered...Yes I know how you are feeling! All that's left now is the sleepless nights until the opener!
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:34 PM 10/22/15 (CST)
We are on public land so its hard to cut and maintain too many trails without tipping your hand as to where you are going to set up. We didn't start cutting our trail until we got into the forest a little ways to make sure it wasn't visible from the road. If its easy guys will take the advantage and soon we'll have 10 guys set up on that half mile trail.

Last year was a tough year for us so the last few days of the hunt when it was the coldest we spent the time on the move slowly walking the woods to see what the deer were really up to. We new moving around would limit our chances at actually getting a shot but we sacrificed the chances at a deer for more and better information.

Our spots this year are a direct result of that info gathered late last season.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:47 AM 10/26/15 (CST)
Trails are cut, cameras are working well and I have one new stand left to hang. It will be an interesting year for hunting and processing.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:38 AM 10/27/15 (CST)
Why don't you put this waste of time, energy, and money into a worthwhile community project instead? You could accomplish some wonderful things in your community if all the money, time, and energy expended on murder were instead placed into something positive and beneficial!

Because you love to kill. If you do it then be man enough to own it. You love to kill. You get an adrenaline rush from shooting an animal running scared for its life. No more cowardly act exists on earth than to kill something innocent. Own up.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:01 AM 10/27/15 (CST)
How do we know they are innocent? I've seen some deer that look pretty shady. I'm sure they were up to no good.

I say we shoot em all and let God sort em out.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:16 PM 11/03/15 (CST)
Just a few loooooooong days until the season starts. I've trying to coast through the remaining work week and I'm spending my nights getting gear ready and finishing any last second house projects for the wife before I'm gone.

Its looking like a warm opener. I won't mind the change from the last two years when we were freezing our backsides off.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:17 AM 11/04/15 (CST)
This is always a tough week for me! So much to do with the business. And not enough time to get everything ready to go! Plus I haven't been able to sleep for crap this week. Visions of a jumbo keep popping in my head, man I can't believe it's only Wednesday!!!!! smile smiley smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:50 AM 11/06/15 (CST)
Well, the longest week of the year is almost done! I have only a couple hours of work this morning and I'm home to pack and leave for deer camp!

I hope everyone gets a deer! Best of luck to everyone hunting, and be safe out there! And would someone please get a Booner! I'd love to see someone I know put one on the ground one of these years! My money is on SandBurr!!! smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:07 AM 11/06/15 (CST)
Good luck boys. I'm sure a lot of you are either at camp already or on your way there. I'll be leaving after work tonight so not a lot of time to spend at camp before heading to bed tonight.

Now I'm going to go into Nagging Mother mode for a minute. Please remember to always wear your safety harness if you are climbing a tree. Don't make your hunting buddies call your family to tell them you are all busted up after falling out of a tree. Also, if you encounter other hunters remember to be courteous even if the other guy isn't. We all know how some guys can be during hunting season but it usually takes 2 to turn a situation really ugly so make sure not to be the 2nd guy. There's too much land and too many deer to argue over anyone one spot or one deer. *Nagging Mother mode off

Hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable, and successful hunt.


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