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nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:32 AM 08/23/18 (CST)
I figured we're less than a month away from Bow Opener so we're due for the 2018 Deer Hunting thread.

Anyone getting things ready for the upcoming season? Any early season bow hunters already ready to go?

My first trip of the season will be for the opener on the 15-16th of September this year. I've had an insanely busy summer so I'm heading up north this weekend to get the rest of my stands and blinds placed and to get some cameras up for the first time this season. I had wanted them up months ago but I just didn't have the time to make the 5 hour round trip drive. I've already got my early game plan set up so the cameras will be placed to watch over some new areas that I'm curious about and may set up in if the cameras look promising.

I also plan to start a very later mineral site or 2. I had planned on doing it months ago, like the cameras, but now is the first chance I've had. I figure I've already got the mineral so it can't hurt anything and if nothing else its just an early start for next season.




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:06 PM 08/27/18 (CST)
I just acquired a a Cub Cadet Challenger for this season. I cant wait to have a UTV!!! Will make things a little easier with age. Lots of liberal limits this year again. I'm sure I will see a lot of forks in the butcher shop this year.

Take some pics!




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:59 PM 08/27/18 (CST)
Sure would be nice to get a ride out to the stand or better yet to get a deer out. I'm still on foot.

Spent the day yesterday cutting a new trail for better access, wasn't a lot of fun as it was through some thick stuff. Got blinds and stands placed and also go access to an additional 10 acres so my buddy and I are up to 30 acres in town to hunt.

We'll see what the trail cams pick up in a few weeks. So far in the yard we've seen a young 6 pointer with a nice wide rack, he could be something in a few years. Another young one with a real tall fork rack, and then a decent 8 along with a bunch of does. Nothing huge yet but good numbers and potential.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:08 PM 08/27/18 (CST)
A ride to your stand site might be nice. But it won't likely bag you a nice buck. A good work horse for your hunting area is great. Using it for hauling stands, cutting wood, clearing trails, and an easy ride for scouting and trail making can help a lot. And something to pull out your deer is a luxury yes. But relying on these things too much can ruin your chances at a nice buck. They get big for a reason.... they know how to avoid these noisy human traps!

Too many people nowadays think they need a 4 wheeler, tractor, plow and attachments to make food plots, seeds and such are needed to get a deer. I guess they have been watching too many commercials and hunting shows sponsored by the companies selling stuff and telling people that the only way to get deer nowadays is to buy their stuff. Food plots are not required and are a trap! Even my friends that hunt in WI over piles of apples and corn that have been out for months complain that all they get is small bucks and does! They don't think there are any giant bucks around their area! Except for the fact that they have the trail cam pics that say otherwise! Which they hate too acknowledge....!!!!

I'm glad you are not afraid of hard work! Making trails, setting up blinds, hanging tree stands in the right spots. And scouting hard are the traits of a big buck hunter! Hats off to you! You are more likely to get a real nice buck that way! 30 acres is very manageable on foot. And someday, even when you have a nice 4 wheeler. You can enjoy it for the right reasons. Not everyone lives forever, or is healthy enough to haul out their own deer, or hike miles back into the wild back country. So I get it. I even use them myself from time to time. But do NOT fall into the trap that you need stuff to get deer or big bucks! I actually believe that the less stuff you use is better! If that makes sense!!!???


I love hunting, and I will never stop trying to be a better hunter! And I will not forget that hunting is different from harvesting, just like fishing is different from catching.

Success is dependent on effort and intelligence....not which seed I planted this year! I hope to implant this concept on every hunter I know and respect! Experiencing the outdoors and the wilds in which we exist in has to be the goal. Yes, I'm driven to succeed every year in harvesting a buck. But that cannot be the bottom line in determining success. Respect, understanding nature, conservation and experiencing the outdoors with family and friends is my driving force.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:22 AM 08/28/18 (CST)
Great, now Dave says I need to be Intelligent to hunt deer...

Where do you come up with this stuff!

smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:54 PM 08/28/18 (CST)
Effort I got in spades, intelligence well I missed that day when they were handing that out smile smiley

This will be my 3rd season on this chunk of land and I feel like I've gained a lot of info in the last 2 seasons. We've learned that its more of a early season spot as the abundant apples draw the deer in early and by mid November its more of a travel route with deer passing through.

We've set up a new stand along the main travel route through the land so we've got the passers by covered and I've got a good stand site that covers a lot of the secondary routes that lead to the apples. However, there's too many potential access points to cover them all and some of them are through thick alder brush that is basically impossible to set up in and its also being used for some bedding so we don't want to get to far in there.

The new trail we cut was actually done to give us a better route so we can avoid the bedding areas and give us a chance at sneaking through undetected.

We've got 2 cameras near the apple orchard covering possible entry points so we can figure out which is used more often. We've got another camera covering some secondary trails off of the main travel route to see which of those is being used more and we've got another cam on the main route to see when and how often its being used. Have one more cam left to place and I'll probably wait to see what the current cams are showing and then figure out if there is something I'm missing and then place the last cam accordingly.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:15 AM 09/04/18 (CST)
I have seen some dandy bucks driving home at night this week! Still in velvet.





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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:36 PM 09/05/18 (CST)
I ended up putting my last trail cam up in my front yard for now to see if I can get a few pics of the deer roaming the neighborhood. I've seen at least one real monster last season so hoping to get a pic of him this year. I checked the camera the other day and so far all I've got is the neighbor picking up his mail and a few people walking their dogs.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:06 AM 09/10/18 (CST)
Dog walkers! Sweet!



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:43 AM 09/10/18 (CST)
Unfortunately I didn't draw a tag in the dog walker lottery.

Plans for this weekend are a bit up in the air at the moment. My hunting buddy had to back out for family health issues he has to go tend to so I'm either flying solo this weekend which I don't really mind or maybe I'll stay home and earn some bonus points with the wife. Next 3 weekends are still open at the moment so I'll be hunting soon enough one way or the other.


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