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Indeed Chris! Time to have some fun. For the sake of camaraderie lets get out first names out there.

fly: Frank

Maine Hntr: Chris

mrswtnhunt: Catrina

Elkoholic:  Sorry - I forget.

My season starts October 1st and I'm hunting my own private land for the first time. I put in for several public ground draw hunts every year and this is the first time I haven't been drawn for any of them. All my cards are going to be played out on 32.5 mostly wooded acres in the bluffs of the Mississippi. I did manage to get a 1/2 acre food plot in and it's looking decent for a first year. I also have 4 bucks I would shoot on camera and 1 that is my main target I've named Mule because of a forked G-2. Attached are some pics of the deer I'm after. Good luck everyone!

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Hey everyone, let the fun begin.  I'm the odd one out as I hunt the northwest corner of Montana and spend most of my hunting time in still hunting/calling mode.  Archery season is currently in progress, and although my primary goal is to fill a once in a lifetime moose tag, I have spotted a few nice bucks in my journeys.  If not for the moose tag, I would normally be concentrating on elk at this time of year.  My deer hunting is mostly a November venture, but I usually also put in a few days deer hunting during archery season.  It is supposed to snow this weekend with temperatures getting down to the low 20s and that might get the critters moving.  You never know how the season will play out.

Good luck to all and be safe. 

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Checking in from West Tennessee, I will be mostly hunting during muzzleloader season which starts November 9th. That is usually when I have my best luck. Good luck to everyone and stay safe out there. 

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Opening day today - I went out for a few hours this evening. Temps at 90 degrees so I didn't expect to see anything - and I didn't. All my cam photos show the deer are only in my food plot at night so I hunted over acorns and a corn field that hasn't been harvested yet. While I did not see anything it was so nice to be in the woods hunting for a stand on your own land.

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Well, my hunting has gotten a little derailed as I'm stepping out of retirement to help out with a staffing shortage at the pharmacy I used to work at.  I hadn't been seeing much game movement, even with the colder weather, and maybe a little break will change my luck.  I should still be able to get in a few days hunting each week.  The next couple of months should be fun.

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Started my season in a tree today. Wet and slow day, doe and 2 fawn. Feels good to be back up high though. Good luck to anyone getting out there.


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No luck so far. Seeing several does and even a couple mature bucks on trail camera when I'm not there or at night. There are does and mature bucks in my food plot every night between 11pm and 4am.  Frustrating.

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I've been out a couple times in Maine with no luck. Only does and fawns with no shot opportunities. I'm looking to start getting in the woods here in Mass possibly this weekend and the next few weeks, getting a lot of pictures on cam, nothing too big but I'm looking to put meat in the freezer and points on the board first. 

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Thought I had better check in.  Not much luck on the hunting front.  The bucks should be starting to chase and with that I'm hoping for some more deer sightings.  It appears that everywhere I have gone there are wolves in the mix, which unfortunately makes for little game movement.  We definitely have a predator problem here in the northwest corner of the state.  The temperature has also been on the cold side, with several mornings on the negative side of zero, making it seem more like December or January.  I'm still hoping to get a moose in my  sights, but I'll be concentrating on deer for the next couple of weeks.

Good hunting everyone!

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We are on the board team! He's not the biggest buck in my Whitetail Woods but he showed up during daylight hours and presented a nice 30 yard hard quartering away shot. The shot looks back in the pic but it exited right behind the left front leg. Got liver and lungs. He weighed 225 pounds (prior to field dressing) and I'm putting him at 3.5 years. It sure feels good to harvest a nice buck from your own ground. I saw at least two other giants earlier this week but couldn't punch my tag. I've hunted every day since October 30th and have seen a 3.5 or older buck on each hunt. So much fun!

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congrats Frank! nice to see someone on the board for us, cause i haven't had much luck at all. I've got Friday off so i'm looking to sit both Friday and Saturday and temps are looking like highs in the 30's on both days with a little morning snow on Friday.. hopefully that coupled with the time of year has them on their feet and moving.

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Congratulations Frank.  It is nice seeing the rewards of your work killing deer on your own land, even better when you see your kids success there.

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Congratulations Frank!!!  Sounds like you have a real nice honey hole of your own to hunt.  Seeing the number of deer liken that sure makes it easy and fun to put more time on stand.

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Thanks everyone. It is a blast! One of my best seasons ever. Seeing a lot of nice bucks. Let this one walk. He ended up in my food plot by my truck!

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Got it done tonight! my personal best deer and first archery deer ever, I've hunted archery a long time and like it the best of all seasons but my luck is always during gun season.. rewarding to say the least. Story to come later but here are a few photos.

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I regret to tell you had a very very respectable 8 point in my crosshairs, but misjudged distance and just put it over his back. Betcha he felt the bullet go over his back it was a very near miss. An inch or 2 lower and he would have been bagged and tagged. This 8 had real tall tines, good mass and width, he would have done 165 inches minimum. 

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First of all, congratulations to Frank and Chris on bagging a couple of good bucks.

I notched my tag this morning on what was planned as a few hours spent in the woods with little expectation of firing a shot.  Getting old and gimpy has caused me to take it easy on the day before a scheduled work day.  Forget that, as a small buck following a doe came my way and he was sporting a nasty wound high on his neck.  I debated shooting him for several minutes before deciding to put him down.  Apparently someone tried to shoot him in the neck and was a little high to  get the job done.  This buck was well known to me as I have many trail cam pictures of him and had seen him on multiple occasions over the past couple of years.  He was just 3.5 years old and for the past two years sported just three points per side with no brow tines.  I'm not sure if he would have recovered from the neck wound, but barring an infection (it was full of dirt and pine needles) I think he would have. 

It was pretty nasty looking.

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He looks better from this side.  Almost forgot to take pictures but I remembered just before the skinning started.

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I see Catrina has shot a dandy 8.  Congratulations!

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15 hours ago, elkoholic said:

First of all, congratulations to Frank and Chris on bagging a couple of good bucks.

I notched my tag this morning on what was planned as a few hours spent in the woods with little expectation of firing a shot.  Getting old and gimpy has caused me to take it easy on the day before a scheduled work day.  Forget that, as a small buck following a doe came my way and he was sporting a nasty wound high on his neck.  I debated shooting him for several minutes before deciding to put him down.  Apparently someone tried to shoot him in the neck and was a little high to  get the job done.  This buck was well known to me as I have many trail cam pictures of him and had seen him on multiple occasions over the past couple of years.  He was just 3.5 years old and for the past two years sported just three points per side with no brow tines.  I'm not sure if he would have recovered from the neck wound, but barring an infection (it was full of dirt and pine needles) I think he would have. 

It was pretty nasty looking.

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He looks better from this side.  Almost forgot to take pictures but I remembered just before the skinning started.

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I see Catrina has shot a dandy 8.  Congratulations!

Wow! looks like we had a good week! That'll put some good points on the board for us, don't know if it's enough to catch up but we can atleast make it a game! 👍

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