Opening weekend came and went without a buck for myself. My Dad did shoot a spike for meat and more importantly a gut pile to be able to wolf hunt. My brother and I both passed up smaller buck in hopes of a big boy. We had lots of snow in our area, 6". That made things a bit tough. So back at it this weekend, with 6 more inches of snow in the forecast, uggg!
But my buddy did bag a nice one near Mille Lacs! Congrats Joe!!!
Well my season had come and gone. I was out on opener and didn't see a thing. I was in an area with alot fresh sign (scraps, trails, droppings, etc) but they didn't show themselves during shooting hours.
My buddy that was hunting about a mile away saw 3 does on Saturday and took one in the afternoon. It was a large 200+ pound doe.
I ended up having to get out of the stand a little early on Saturday afternoon to help him drag the deer out. He was at least a 1/2 mile from the road and he had to go up hill the entire way with it so I was nice enough to lend a hand.
Beyond that it was an uneventful opener. With a cranky baby at home I ended up calling it a weekend after the morning hunt on Sunday. i was back home in St. Paul before 3pm with the rifle cleaned and put away by 3:30.
Looking forward to next year and hoping to be able to get more time in the stand.
Yeah the 200 pound doe was pretty crazy. He texted me that he had shot a deer so I started the hike over to his area and when I came up to him I thought he had shot a nice buck since all i could see at the time was the size of the body. I was shocked to see that it was a doe when i got closer. We dubbed it doe-zilla.
When he dropped it off at the butcher shop it was the biggest bodied deer there by a decent margin. Bigger than all the small to mid size bucks. I saw an 11 pointer strapped to a car on the drive home on Sunday that was even a little smaller than the doe.
Normally I'm a little hesitant to guess weight on animals because it can be so hard to be accurate but we all felt pretty confident that this one was in the 200 range. Even after field dressing it still took 3 guys to get it onto the roof of the suv.
I wrapped up my hunting season this last weekend. We were not having a very good season up to Saturday morning so we decided to take some smaller bucks to fill a few tags. So I shot my smallest buck of my life...a spike Sat morning. He will be very tasty! My Dad hunted his gut pile for a wolf with no luck. And finished his hunt without filling his wolf tag.
My son was hunting a spot where we kept seeing a forkie. But ended up seeing a six pointer that wouldn't cooperate. And then saw a 9 pointer and dropped him at 20 yards. A very big bodied buck that didn't have the horns to match. Lots of venison in only 2 days.
So I decided to take Sand Burr up on his meat cutting expertise. I'm looking forward to eating some fresh MN venison any day now!
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