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fly (Frank) checking in with Team 1.  The KY season has already started but I haven't been down there yet. I probably will not get down there until October or November. I was NOT fortunate enough to get into any good public ground draw hunts this season but one never knows what can happen. I'm primarily concentrating my  early season and pre-rut efforts on a private ground farm in Green county IL. I'll hit KY for the rut and hunt the immediate post-rut on public ground in the Shawnee at our annual Deer camp. I'll then be back to the private ground farm to finish out the season.

My goals this year: 1. Take three deer by seasons end with one being taken at deer camp. 2. With the exception of Deer camp (any deer will do) I'll be holding out for a buck that is 4.5 or older. Don't care about the score this year.

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Morning team,  Kansas and Indiana open this Saturday.  I likely won’t fire up until late October, but will take a doe or two between now and then.  This will be the third season on my own farm.  This summer We made some big changes that included reestablishing NWSG’s, adding a water control feature to a wetland, clearing invasives, timber stand improvement and several others things as well.  Kansas will likely lead the charge from an opportunity standpoint this year.  Right now the Indiana farms are slow, but that can all change, especially late season over standing crops.  There also is a slight chance I catch a few days in an Illinois stand as well.

 

 Overall I’m excited for the season and really looking forward to seeing how our team can fare in the contest!

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Glad to be back on a team with you again Pat. Hopefully you'll be fortunate enough to cross paths with another one like that fantastic buck you took last year.

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Hey guys , just checking in. Bow season is open here now but due to me still commercial fishing I may not get a chance to go. Rifle season opens Oct 26 and no way in h e double hockey sticks will I be missing that lol. Good luck to all teams ( especially mine :D ) 

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Well Pat?????

I sat for 3 hours yesterday AM - not a deer. Still was good to be in a tree on opening day.

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 I wasn’t able to get out after him again.  Possibly tomorrow night.  I did laser in on a mature deer at a different farm.  He’s very daylight active in a very small area over a food plot.  He’s on the hit list, but I have other deer I’m more interested in for the time being.

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Pretty big cold front hitting this week.  I’m going out on a limb and saying some mature deer will hit the ground, even though mid October is historically more difficult to hunt.

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Around here we get the October lull for that middle week in October. The summer movement pattern is shifting as crops are all but out now. This is fine with me as all I've seen have been does and too far to shoot. Probably will get out on evening this week even though we are smack dead in the lull.

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Weather conditions and first time in got Husky in trouble last night!  This is a new buck that showed up in October and immediately was ruling the roost with a poor attitude.  He actually was running off the 8 that I posted earlier.   We named him Husky because he’s a very short, but stout deer.  If he were a person he would have been about a fully mature male 5’5” weighing 230lbs that likes to fight.

Weather conditions were exceptional last night with high pressure, blue bird skies, 10-15mph wind and temps 20+ degrees below the average which offered me opportunities to hunt multiple mature deer.  Unfortunately for Husky, he moved into an area that was in the urban zone which allowed me an extra tag.  Trail camera MRI showed him extremely active in the area.  This set up gives the deer the illusion that they are walking into the wind checking the food plot prior to entering.  Immediately upon gettting in the stand I had 6 does within sight.  About 1.5 hours later, a small 6 point came around the bend of the cut corn and filtered into the turnip and radish plot along with a button buck.  The 6 ended up feeding in to about 20 yards directly in front of the stand.  All the sudden his head comes up and he is keyed in on the funnel where I expect deer to come from.  Almost immediately I hear a few foot steps, but cannot see anything.  Next thing I know,  a deer walks to the edge of the plot and stops 15 yards away.  I can’t see any rack, but his body is visible and I immediately know it’s a mature deer.  I grab my bow while trying to identify him.  He drops his head and I realize it’s Husky.  He pins his years back and begins his stiff legged walk towards the 6 displaying the dominance we believed he had.  He walks the 6 off the field at 10 steps but he’s always behind tree limbs.  He then decided to take issue with the button buck feeding at 34 yards in the center of the plot.  After bumping him off as well, again behind brush, he finally decided it was time to snack on some greens at 45 yards quartering away.  I dialed the pin to 40 yards, settled in and turned the grim reaper loose.  As expected, he slightly dropped and my arrow couldn’t have been any better.  He mule kicked, fell on his nose and bolted from the plot.  The immediate car crash in the woods confirmed a big deer had just hit the ground!  For not having an exit hole, this was the most incredible blood trail I’ve ever had.  The pump station had been disconnected and it appeared he dumped all his blood in 40 yards.  He ended up dressing at 190 on the nose and is a great way to start the 2018 season!

 

I still have my statewide tag left and one out in Kansas too!

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