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  1. wtnhunt

    Kentucky food plot beginner

    Depending on your deer density and on other available food sources, that strip that is roughly a half acre may not be big enough for a bean plot. Here there is so much other ground around in crops that where I plant beans in the summer I am usually not hit by overbrowsing. Hard to say whether that would be the case there. Usually where there are fair to good deer densities you look for a minimum of an acre for a bean plot. For a clover plot you could get away with the smaller plots and that would probably be what I would lean towards for that strip. Here in west TN with weed competition clovers will do better planted in the fall than they do in the spring. I would put all of that strip in one planting and look for another spot for another plot if it were me. Also, with a fall clover planting you can add a grain for a nurse crop, I prefer wintergrazer rye grain to go with clover. The deer will hit the rye too.
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    Great 2 days in Missouri

    Congratulations again Al. Great season for you and great deer, both yours and your buddies.
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    Wife killed 2018 target buck

    Talked with the taxidermist last night and he said he probably has one but if he doesn't he is sure he can find one. Also said he could probably replicate the markings on the deer from pics, or at least he will try.👍 This deer's main beam on the right measures 23.5. Best base measurement I could get was greater than 6.5 on the same side, I need to go back with a piece of wire instead of using a seamstress tape. His inside spread from center to the right side was better than 10 inches basing from a plane across his nose to center between bases. If he was matched up would probably be better than 20 inches inside. Everything about him said mature deer, I was really hoping to get a weight on him. We thought he would go over 200 lbs last year and think this year he was probably even heavier. And yeah the yotes seem to come from nowhere, dunno why the heartworms don't kill them. We start hearing them often around the time before our archery season opens. Pic below is of him with one we think was a 2.5 year old, body size comparison. He really was that much taller/longer/bigger, makes guessing body size a little deceiving in pics when he was standing alone. I plan to go back sometime maybe this weekend and see if I can make any determinations by the shoulders and ribs as to where she may have hit him. She was aiming a little ways back from the near shoulder, said she had it pictured in her mind with the angle that the bullet should have exited just slightly in front of the far side leg. I don't think she got an exit at all. Maybe the bullet is lodged in the far side shoulder, would explain the limited blood.
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    11-16 early check-in

    Yeah ma nature seems confused, sure the animals are too. Was below freezing all day here yesterday and the mix started well before the forecasters anticipated. First year I was here, in TN in 92, we had 6+ inches of snow on the ground for Thanksgiving or the day before, I was out working in it. Don't recall having any significant measurable snow this early since. Schools called early here yesterday, the geniuses who make the decisions always wait til the last minute, gave 45 minutes of notice and had all 3 schools closing at 1:30, we have one kid in each of the 3 schools. Common sense would say to stagger the pick up times, but common sense is uh..... Was a huge traffic nightmare. We have good schools, but they always are one of if not the last school system in this part of the world to make their calls, we did however know last night that the kids were out for today. We ended up with about 2.5 inches of snow over the ice. With a 26 last I checked low for tonight I suspect they will be out again tomorrow but doubt we know until in the morning. Our rifle opens this weekend. Doubt I see a deer I will kill this year, but who knows with the big old mean buck out of the way maybe something special will come along. Gonna be back up near 60 for highs, sure the deer are confused. I want to get out this afternoon while there is still some of this white stuff on the ground, but doubt my wife gets home in time. Looks like the second year in a row of no muzzleloader deer for me, kinda bummed. Our 7 year old son has finally decided he wants to go hunting with me, may try to get him out for an afternoon sit since temps are gonna be decent. Our oldest daughter and her husband both have shown interest in hunting this season, but dunno. I need to see my son in law show some competency with the rifle he is gonna hunt with before I send him off. Sunday after church plan to meet with the taxidermist to take Catrina's deer in, he said he might have a cape that will work. For the most part of the weekend I suspect I will either be in a stand or at the house with kids while someone else is out hunting.
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    Kentucky food plot beginner

    Soybeans for annuals, period. Deer seem to do very well on beans, and will continue eating the stubble well on into winter. If you have a local supplier eagle RR beans are great, if not the shipping is too much to justify and would look at other options. Been using hoosier pride roundup resistant beans here that are sold at rural king. Have had pretty good luck with them. For perennial would go with a mix of clovers. All a matter of preference really, my favorite clover mix is from pennington. Their clover blend in my experience does very well. Good luck, and stick around and post some pics next spring/summer.
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    Wife killed 2018 target buck

    Been a strange season. Beans still in all around us, and really just been unusual. Even with talking to some other local hunters that typically do well just not seeing the deer they expect, I went several times with not seeing a single buck and not honestly seeing all that many does either. Have not even heard any close shots which is highly unusual. For the month of October for the most part we had pics of only one buck and we had plenty of pics of him but all at night. I was pretty sure this was the buck we passed on several times last season that had splintered his antlers early on. We had a couple hundred pics of him last year and saw him too many times to count. He even walked in view of our house during daylight on a couple of occasions during the rifle season letting me know he must be bedding nearby. We thought he was 4.5 last year. We believe this area was his area and he did not tolerate other bucks as we saw his aggressive dominant behavior. I pulled cards the week before last and noticed his activity was getting close to legal shooting time and also noticed he had a group of 3 does in several frames and in some frames on a scrapeline he was tracking that group. Told my wife, Catrina, mid week last week any time now he is gonna slip up and move during daylight. So Thursday she got off work early and was in the stand sometime after 3. I figured she might see him at last light. I get home with my kids at 3:30 and get my 7 year old son to go outside with me to help me put a new fuel pump on my truck. We had been outside for a few minutes when we heard the shot, at around 3:40 with temps in the 50's. So I get my son and go back to the house to get my phone and go to text my wife as I hear another shot. Few minutes later she texts me "it was him, first shot low don't know about the second". Unfortunately she was unable to see the deer or the direction he went when she shot due to the cloud of smoke, this would prove to cause major issues with trying to figure out just which direction he went. The shot was from her accura mr loaded with 100 grains of triple 7 and pushing a 240 grain hornady American whitetail(interlock), and the shot was at about 140-150 yards. She had a hard away angle on the second shot and raised to the second dot on her inline xr scope. The buck was following a doe. She said she knew immediately for sure when the buck stepped out that this was the same buck as the one we had seen several times last year, by his stance, size, and body language. After getting the kids settled I head back to start helping her look and I get a text to wait that the doe had circled back around. So I took my time and walked back after she told me the doe finally walked off. We searched for blood all over the area she thought he was standing and found none. So went in the brush and started searching primary trails and after looking a good while finally found some blood on a good trail. Blood looked indicative of a good hit but there just was not much of it. One of us had to leave to get our 13 year old daughter from her color guard practice, so I sent Catrina and I came back to the house and got lights and kept looking. By this time it was getting dark pretty quick and I was not sure which direction the little bit of blood I found was leading. I found more blood, but still was not sure if I was following the right direction. Impossible to pick a single track with all the fresh fallen leaves and churned up ground. By the time my wife got back I took a quick break to eat and then we went back to looking and had been looking for just a few minutes when we heard some yotes start howling. I said we should probably go to where they are, but still was not sure at that point which way the deer went. I knew that the old channel in that direction was very tough to follow even in daylight due to loggers having pushed a load of tree tops down that way when they cut the neighbors woods, it is swampy and thick and just not easy ground to cover, much less in the dark. We had heard splashing in the opposite direction when we first started looking 2 hours earlier and she said the doe had looked really hard that way so we thought her deer might have went that way. I ended up finally finding the trail of blood that lead to the spot where the deer had entered the brush. Our oldest daughter had gotten here to help watch our 7 year old, my wife's light was going dead, but I still had a good charge on the battery I had and told Catrina we should get a pistol and try to get to where the yotes were. By this time my wife was really down and she was cold, our oldest daughter who is 16 weeks pregnant wanted to go with me to look some more. Think by this time I had been looking close to 3 hours and told my wife I would take our daughter and see if she might see some blood I was missing. It started raining on us and we called it quits. I should have gone by myself and followed my gut, wanted to follow the channel but decided I would wait until morning knowing there would be no blood to find with the rain. So Friday morning I took off looking after my wife took the kids to school. She caught up to me a little after 8 and we spent about 3.5 hours looking, having gone to where I thought the yotes had been about 14 hours earlier. My wife had walked within less than 5 yards from where I would end up finding what was left of the carcass and head from her deer yesterday morning. I hunted Saturday afternoon and saw several bucks, with one right at last light being what I was sure would be a shooter. That pretty well confirmed to me that this buck was dead and I decided I was not going to give up on finding him. Further I pulled cards on cams and where he was so regular the last pic of him was on the 7th. I had looked on Monday for about 3.5 hours but looked in the other direction towards where we heard the splashing. It was when I was about to turn and walk back yesterday morning after having looked for about a 1.5 hours that I saw a couple buzzards circling. I watched them and tried to pinpoint where they were circling and I knew that was the area I thought we had looked but thought I would look again that maybe we somehow overlooked him. As I got closer there was a black vulture on the ground that would not leave and I knew at that point the deer was there somewhere. I had to back track a bit to cross the channel and as I got closer the buzzard hopped up on a tree directly above the remains of the deer. I really don't know how he was missed on Friday morning with seeing how little was left, I doubt there would have been anything to salvage Friday morning. I think he was a 5.5 year old and plan to check his teeth at some point. Heaviest mass of any deer I have seen here. He has 10 points over an inch long. Interestingly he had the opposite side matched and intact last year prior to splintering his antlers. Not much left of his cape 4 days later, but the pattern of the white on the face matches pics we had of this buck in the prior season in the second pic below. The 2017 season, he is on the left in the first pic 2018 season Not the outcome we were hoping for, but at least we know where he is. Pics really don't do this deer justice, he had very nice mass for a TN deer, the jump in mass from last year to this year is pretty impressive and shows there is potential for TN deer to have mass if they are allowed to get some age. Hope to get a good mount with as close a cape as possible and recreate some pics with the hunter. The deer probably went no more than 350 yards.
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    Replacement cape question

    How much can a decent taxidermist do with a cape to match up to pics? Is it possible to airbrush in white on the forehead of a cape to match up to pics? Would you expect to pay more for extra work like this and if so how much would be normal?
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    November 9 check-in

    Well would have been hunting a ghost, recovered the old buck's head this morning, will let the hunter tell her story if she wishes to, if not I will post some pics and my part in it all. Unfortunately gonna have to find a cape. Don't know how we overlooked the deer Friday morning, one of us had been within just a few yards of him. I was about to call it quits this morning when I saw a few buzzards circling. Pinpointed their location and as I got closer one buzzard on the ground would not leave and I knew what that meant. Sadly we had heard the yotes exactly at this location less than 2 hours after the shot, about 200 yards away from where we lost blood and in a nasty thick slough. I had said I wanted to take my pistol and fresh batteries and go back to where the yotes were but the girls said no, not at night. I thought we looked close in the area Friday morning, but the deer was somehow overlooked. Popped one Sunday morning after I got back from hunting. I hate freaking yotes!!! Good luck on that buck Jerry.
  9. wtnhunt

    how old, and what will his antlers do...

    Not the end to this we hoped for but an end none the less. Story to come soon.......
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    Almost cried.

    Really probably best you didn't have a rifle since you didn't have permission there.
  11. wtnhunt

    Venison Roast

    Usually cut roasts into steaks here. Been quite a long time since I have done a roast, but have done a few in the crock pot similar. Thanks for sharing.
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    Almost cried.

    Sounds about how my luck tends to go.
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    Salute To Our VETERANS!

    A day late, but Thank you to all our veterans. Kids had their veterans day programs at schools today.
  14. William my post Nov. 11 can u change that to 10th?  I goofed and site not allow me to correct it



  15. First kill this season, sure there will be more. Mature female close to 40 lbs in my pasture at 9:45 am yesterday. No more pups from this one. About 45 minutes later went to putting my bed back on my truck and a dozen or so black vultures were already on it.