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  1. fly

    Dream to Reality

    Thanks everyone! Tim... yes, there is a creek that runs from the north east corner to the south west corner. I went on a day it was raining and had been raining for 2 days. Creeks were up everywhere. This creek has a couple places it might be a couple feet deep but plenty of places to easily jump across or ride an ATV through. Flooding will not be an issue. Tim, I hope you're able to one day. William... yes, my son and I will be working together on this property. I bought a tree identification book to help us figure out which ones to cut and which to leave. In addition... he's a junior in high school and has expressed an interest to go into forestry. Adam... I timed it during the day (most traffic) and it took 39 minutes to get from my driveway to the parking area at the property. In the early morning's I figure it'll take 30-35 minutes. Al, yes... I'm having the place re-staked by a surveyor as it would appear there is a ridge tip located at the north and south borders that will make great stand locations. Additionally, the east border has at least 3 great locations for a stand on the high ground. I don't like hunting bottom areas much due to swirling winds. I'm thinking about making a 5 acre sanctuary in the very center of the property (see square in picture below). I'm considering hinge cutting a lot of the 5 acre sanctuary to allow sunlight to enter the forest floor and create a thick bedding area. I figure deer will like to bed on the down slope of that ridge in the square. The orange arrow lines would be trails I would make and the numbers are 10 possible stand locations. I'll likely only get about 3-4 fixed position stands up for this fall but will use my climbers until I figure out the deer travel routes. I'm not going to get in a hurry but possibly put in a 1-2 acre clover plot in the red circle area. It'll be fun trying to make improvements. If anyone has other suggestions I'm all ears.
  2. fly

    Dream to Reality

    After many many years of waiting until the right time the good Lord has finally blessed me with deer hunting property to call my own. I choose to buy instead of lease because I'm tired of losing ground to hunt on after spending money and time getting it set up for hunting. My 32.49 acres of ground is in the west-central part of Illinois. There is a county road that ends at the access to the property which means I will not need to pay for road maintenance. There is electric and water going to the property (should I ever decide to build). I can't wait to start putting in a trail system and tree stands for this coming autumn. It is a dream come true for me.
  3. fly

    Team 1

    Thanks William! I went out in the afternoon and was met by a 5 foot wall of snow and ice that the snow plows had pushed in front of the entrance to the dirt road I use to access my hunting area. I had to go around to the south end of the property and gain permission to from a neighbor to access my hunting location. The neighbor was a hunter and cool about it and invited me to his house after the hunt to view his trophy room. I agreed and made a new friend. As I walked through the 2 feet of snow I saw more coyote tracks than I ever have before. It must be their mating season. From the stand I saw a smaller coyote (likely the female). Didn't get a shot off as it was in super thick brush about 30 yards away. Then a few minutes later a larger one (male I assume) was following. I got a shot off in the thick brush but could hear the bolt hit branches in route and a clean miss due to what I think was a deflection. Before I could cock my crossbow another larger one walked past. Then a few minutes later a fourth large coyote on the same trail! Bolts and broad heads are expensive so this one would have to be a sure thing as the first bolt disappeared in the snow. I never got that shot and as he passed by so did my 2018 season.
  4. fly

    Team 1

    I'm headed out today for what may be my last deer hunt of the year. Haven't had a buck on camera over 130 inches all season so I'm not to hopeful. However, it is my birthday so I think I'll get out one last time.
  5. fly

    Replacement cape question

    My taxidermist sells capes for 30 dollars. I've never heard of air brushing a cape. I decided to just hold off on buying a cape and used one from a friend that wasn't mounting his deer that was about the same size. I'm more concerned with matching the size first then color.
  6. fly

    ready to get down..... late season buck

    Some years you take what you can get. This year was like that for me as well. Congratulations on a great looking 7 point.
  7. fly

    Team 1

    I'm still hunting from time to time. All that is left is archery but it goes until January or something. Looks liek our team has done pretty weel this year. Any luck ODH?
  8. fly

    What constitutes a trophy hunter??

    My 2 cents... The term trophy hunter is commonly used by anti-hunters as a negative term. We all know they want all types of hunting destroyed but they can't get that so they target what they can. When a hunter kills a lion the anti's will always refer to the hunter as a "trophy" hunter - even if the meat is eaten and the lions mane is bald. If the term gets enough negative publicity (social media) people will develop an automatic negative reaction to the term and hunters will start justifying what they kill as "non-trophy" to avoid backlash. I think we as hunters need to stop this and say HELL yes I'm a trophy hunter! It doesn't matter if it's a doe or a buck or has 150 inches or 10 inches. If you legally harvested a game animal that you are proud of then it's a trophy! You don't have to mount it because you'll have the memory and to me that's the real trophy. Now that I've said that... yes I do take pictures and mount the bigger animals I hunt. Mostly because I like to decorate my house with them and have the reminder of those memories each day I walk through my house.
  9. fly

    2018 Nebraska Buck

    Nice!
  10. fly

    Great 2 days in Missouri

    Truly amazing! You all are sure doing something right!
  11. fly

    Team 1

    Congrats Lewis! I'm still hunting but not too heavily any more. Deer camp was fun but no deer this year. Saw a few small ones but nothing we wanted to shoot or that was in range.
  12. fly

    Got it done Friday-Illinois 8 pointer

    Awesome! If we took 150 class bucks every year it wouldn't be as big a deal. Congratulations!
  13. fly

    IL 8 point

    Thanks everyone. We had some arctic weather come in. Should make for some good hunting with the rut in full swing!
  14. fly

    IL 8 point

    Thanks William. Butchered him up this evening. Still had a considerable amount of fat for a November buck.
  15. fly

    IL 8 point

    This 2.5 year old 8 point took the wrong trail on November 6th to flee from a neighbor on a 4 wheeler. The full on rut hasn't hit in IL yet but should any day now. This buck was taken with my TenPoint Stealth XLT using Rage 2 blade Crossbow X broad heads. The 2 inch slightly quartering away cut went through both lungs but did not leave a blood trail as the manufacturer advertises. However, the blades opened and the deer only ran 50 yards and fell over. I watched it fall from the stand and it expired in less than a minute. It is always nice to know that your shot was true and that the harvest is a sure thing. This deer was taken on a private ground farm that I will likely be loosing permission to hunt on after 12 years due to family members of the owner needing a place to hunt. I had set my goal of a mature deer early in the season but after finding out the news I decided any deer presenting a good shot would do just fine. I'm very happy with him.