Dakota

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  1. How big of a factor does scent control play in your success, or how big of a factor do you make it? I have a bin of hunting clothing (various layers and early-late season gear) that I typically wash with scent free detergent and dry with Dead Down Wind dryer sheets, but that's about it. Maybe a spray or two of autumn scent once I park. What's your strategy?
  2. Thanks for thinking of me, William, I'm glad I'm back on!
  3. I've been tested twice and was negative both times, so that's good. I think this virus is a very real thing for people with compromised immune systems like me, or people who are elderly or just in poor health in general. That said, there's something about this virus they're not telling us. Why is it that when more than six people test positive for it in China they then lock down over a million people? Why are you prevented from joining the military just for having tested positive for this virus in your past? This thing is weaponized, mark my words.
  4. Cool, yeah, I found one in great condition used for about $150 cheaper than I was planning on spending. Really nice gun. Blued and wood panel handle.
  5. Dakota

    Trail Cam Pics

    Well, looks like he took it like a champ. Lol
  6. I'm sorry, I don't care how much I like you as a person, how much I love a certain sports team or know you're doing all the wrong things with the best intentions at heart - I stand for the flag and kneel to God alone. Man, I was really looking forward to the arrival of Kirill Kaprizov on my Minnesota Wild, too. Looks like Major League Fishing, PBR and American Cornhole League have my full sporting attention now.
  7. Man, velvet would be sweet! My best friend and I got into some velvet Muleys last year, but he missed at 10 yards and the buck I stalked didn't like vehicles passing by and bugged out. I never saw him leave, but he never knew I was there from what my buddy said viewing from afar. We're going out again along the Missouri River a month from now to hopefully get on some velvet bucks and maybe tag a bonus antelope, but I'm almost more excited about the two ladder stands I put up yesterday. There are some big bodied deer using the trail and it could be a good shot at a velvet whitetail! You've got the juices flowing now, William! Lol
  8. They, uh, don't get much better than that! 😲
  9. Dang, that's just way too cool! Got to love those Remington 700s, too.
  10. Dakota

    Trail Cam Pics

    That's a dang good buck up top, Frank. What did you shoot him with last year, he looks completely healthy!
  11. Has anyone tried the Wildlife Acorn Rage? I've got pretty much two weeks to have a supplement out before I have to stop. A buddy and I set up two ladder stands on public yesterday and put out a few trail cameras. We've got deer trails running just 10 yards from both stands, and I know there's a big bodied deer using it to get down to the creek in the river bottom. There are various old acorns in the underbrush, but not a lot on the trees (I'm no expert but I believe we have white oak and bur oak). I'm thinking about scattering a 15 pound bag of the powder acorn rage around the ground with the older acorns and around the stands, then freshening it up with the liquid stuff a few days before I have to stop. They also make a scent attractant, which is legal in SD during hunting season, so I figured that's what I'd use to refresh it in season. Any thoughts? Anyone with experience with this stuff? The riverbottom stand could probably get us shots out to 40, but the stand on the ridge top has about a max shooting distance of 15-20 yards with a bow. I've got four mock scrapes dug out on the connecting trails up there (two on each trail), and will put up a couple mock scrapes down in the bottom. Got a real good feeling about these spots for archery and muzzleloader season.
  12. Dakota

    2019 SD Mule Deer

    Thanks, my pleasure! Yeah, it was kinda a climbing Everest moment for me really. Its worth and value was beyond price.
  13. Dakota

    2019 SD Mule Deer

    Thanks, William!
  14. Looking at purchasing a revolver for bear/cat protection, self defense and probably short range deer hunting. Definitely focused in on the Ruger GP100 in 6" barrel. Anyone have experience with one? Can it be sighted in without issues?
  15. What's everyone binge watching these days? Definitely MeatEater and The Hunting Public for me. Such awesome educational shows! I know it's helped me a lot in my hunting the past few years.
  16. Been a long time since I've hooked into northern that size, actually, maybe if ever. I've really gotten into the smallies lately, though!
  17. I'm not sure how it is in other states, but where I live the bulk of deer licenses are lottery drawn. Now, it's nice when you want to eventually draw a great area, but there's just no way to get the family together for a quality deer camp anymore unless everyone is bow hunting or just muzzleloading for whitetail does. Youth, mentored youngsters and first time adult hunters do have an advantage in that their tag is guaranteed for an any antlerless deer statewide starting September 12th-January 1st, so you can get a somewhat mixed bag of hunters in camp. It just seems like the traditional deer camp isn't feasible in many states anymore. Thoughts?
  18. That's a heckuva bull! Love seeing America's eastern elk herds thrive - even if they're Rocky Mountain and Manitoban elk. Lol
  19. Dakota

    2019 SD Mule Deer

    Man, that was the toughest, hardest, stupidest, most reckless, BEST hunt of my life! I'm ready to do it again! 😂
  20. Dakota

    2019 SD Mule Deer

    Haha oh boy, well, that's a long story... Prior to last night I hadn't been on the forums since 2011, but had been in heart failure from 2010 to 2016. Ended up crashing after a broken engagement and a "screw that" family vacation to Disney World in 2015. My heart literally blew out (pulmonary, aorta, mitral valve) on the plane ride back, but in such a way where I felt like maybe I was starting to come down with pneumonia (lungs were filling up with blood). Drove down to Omaha the next day and I don't remember the next six weeks. Was in ICU for 11 weeks, situated with lol Fe support equipment to sustain me until transplant, spent a week in their cardiac floor, then seven weeks relearning how to walk at Madonna Rehab hospitals between Omaha/Lincoln. Ended up getting my transplant in 2016 - a perfect match - but I've got neuropathy and arterial blockages from being on a heart/lung bypass machine for 40 days in 2015. I'm a mess physically, take a horsepail load of meds and catch about everything that comes around, but I'm alive, thankful and blessed! Anywho...I was back bowhunting three months after transplant, so nothing was going to stop me from hunting. It had taken me three years to draw this "West River" (the Missouri divides SD) any deer tag for a county along Wyoming and Montana where I've previously antelope hunted many years past. I nearly didn't go, because I'd already been out west twice that year (archery antelope/deer, Black Hills elk) and had been unsuccessful. Well, I booked a room at Ft. Meade in Sturgis thanks to my dad's veteran status, loaded up my Jeep and hit the road! I got out there close to noon or so the day before to scout, and had actually brought my bow along too just in case. I was honestly ready to take whatever I could considering physically I qualify for a permit to actually shoot from my vehicle. I'm too stubborn for that. I saw a forky muley buck bedded down along a reservoir and backed my vehicle around so I could get out and stalk down to him with the bow, but I came out from the road up top at the wrong spot and the buck was already standing and looking at me. I laughed and tossed him an "as you were" and left. Lol The next morning was pretty uneventful, not a lot to see, but you could definitely hear the occasional rifle shot. I ended up going back into Belle Fourche and then headed northwest to much more familiar country from my early antelope hunting days. Glassed up a few groups of deer, and even ran into bowhunters who were still out chasing. Never could get within range of anything except for a real nice whitetail buck my rangefinder gave me the completely wrong range on. I fired twice but he just looked around. I embarrassingly called it a night there. Sunday saw me down along the reservoir again. The dirt paths were too muddy to get into the deep back country there, so I did the same as the day before and regrouped. It drives me nuts how many people out on these open prairie and rolling buttes just drive around public land. They don't get out and dig deep. I took what's known at "the loop" west around the back side of some vast Walk-In and BLM land and found a chunk that appeared promising, also was an area I got a tip from by a fellow South Dakota muley freak on Facebook. With Steve Rinella's words, "get off your butt and get boots on the ground" ringing in my ears, this disabled guy took a hike. Where this section of the loop was at, the land was pretty high and sliding down little ravines to a grassy valley to the east. The little folds in the land provide great bedding areas for deer and antelope, and I stopped at a good vantage point at about a half mile. It seemed every time I stop to take a drink, I see game, and this was exactly the case. Far out to the east I could see a few white butts feeding away from me. Usually out here that means antelope, but these were bigger bodies, so I grabbed up my gear and waited til they fed into one of the rolls and then I ducked down back into a ravine and hustled 800 yards to a stock dam. I got about 600 yards in and got a better picture of what I was approaching. To this day I don't know if I actually saw an antelope with them or if my eyes were playing tricks on me, but I was disgusted thinking I'd put all this work into stalking antelope over deer...and then I saw a few big grey bodies. Game on! At this point I was ready to take whatever legal deer was there. I was completely on my own, disabled, 400 miles from home, 30 miles from civilization and 50 miles from my heart meds! I got about 50 yards from the stock dam, and that's when I saw antlers! I crouched and crawled to the brim of the dam, placed my hunting pack down in front of me and rested my Vortex 4-12x40 topped Remington 700 .308 across the top. I saw antlers, I saw width, I saw a giant body and a thick swollen neck, and then I saw the deer were starting to get skittish. He had about four does with him and they were all getting antsy and starting to look my way. I had initially ranged him at about 280 yards, but he walked back about 20 yards as the deer bunched up. I waited for the does to clear and fired a straight on shot home. Chaos! Deer are bouncing everywhere and I'm limping around trying to get up and get a better glimpse of my deer. You don't realize how tall the prairie grass is out here until you're in it, and I was seriously afraid I may have lost this deer. Then I saw the right side of his antlers. They were sticking above the grass by a wide 22"+ margin! Just thinking about all of this as I type, and everything I've been through in life to get to that point - great, you've got me crying. Lol Kneeling there next to that deer, having a moment between me, that deer and God within a world record sniper rifle shot of Montana's Big Sky Country, it just doesn't compare. What I didn't realize is that my phone had completely died on the stalk, so I had no way to take in the field pics, contact anyone for help, use GPS to get back, etc. That's a surreal, almost frightening thing. I set down my pack, quartered him up and it took me two trips with a sled over the next 20 hours to pack out the whole thing. Yes, I did go back to Spearfish for supper, looking like a mass murderer covered in deer blood of course. Lol Got up early and drove the 50 miles back out to finish the job, had everything loaded by 10:27am and home to the Sioux Falls area by 8-9pm or so. He's a great 3x3 with an added brow on his left side, bladed G2s. Was the widest buck at my taxidermist's shop this year, too! We aged him at 4.5 years, and concluded he just didn't have the genetics to be anything better than what he was. Nothing bad with a mature cull deer, and everything that I put into getting him - you might even say the transplant and physical therapy to relearn how to walk - it's just all indescribable.
  21. They're certainly a fun hunt! There aren't too many on the eastern side of the Missouri River, but their population is increasing in size and territory, and there's close to eight eligible eastern counties in the rifle and archery seasons these days. There's a good chunk of public land up and down the river, but wouldn't surprise me if most are more easily hunted in the private agriculture fields (wheat, alfalfa, etc.). Got a tip on a vast ranch covering nearly half of one of those counties, so I'm praying I'll be able to get access. People are more willing to let you hunt their antelope than deer, pheasants and waterfowl out here.
  22. Shaun300 got me my old profile back after this. Lol
  23. Has anyone tried them yet? I ordered the Drunken Squirrel, Sabertooth and the Beaver BBQ rub. The Drunken Squirrel is a good blend I like to mix in with my pan fry cornmeal/flour mix for fowl or small game. But that Sabertooth blend is perfect with the coffee/chili blend - there's almost endless opportunities with that rub! Looking forward to using it on some fresh deer this winter.