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What a great season! 2 deer in the freezer including my 1st Buck.

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I can't believe it's over already. Muzzleloader here closes on Sunday, but I was back to work today, I managed to spend more time hunting this year than previous years. I got to know a couple local spots fairly well, I feel like I was able to bring some knowledge and intuition to the table this year. 

Got 2 trips to my family camp in the Adirondacks in, where as I previously posted, I took a nice Doe with my muzzleloader in Oct. A few weeks later our youth weekend debacle occurred, painful but exciting and unforgettable. Then on opening day of rifle in VT I passed on a bear, although he would've made a nice rug, he was just not quite big enough for me. We have TONS of bears in the northeast nowadays, I bet the chances are good for me to take one in the future. The next week a trip to my buddies camp high in the Green Mtns for a few nights. We covered a lot of ground and had some fresh sign but no one took a deer there this year. Lots of good food with good friends and a couple wicked hands of cards made up for it though. Then for the last week of rifle in NY northern zone (We're closed in VT that week) 3 of us headed back to my camp over there, I managed to take a nice little spikehorn the first day, about 130 lbs with 6" spikes and a little sticker ... almost 3 points. What a fun hunt, had fresh tracks all day, and after we met up for lunch, we went our separate ways and planned on meeting up back at the cabin about 2 miles away. An hour before dark I decided to sit in what I thought looked like a good spot, and he came walking right in just before the end of shooting time. I shot him with a Ruger Deerstalker .44 mag I recently got ahold of, I love that thing! Heart shot, he started to run down the hill and dropped about 20 yards from where I shot him. Would've been an easy track with all the snow we had anyhow. I know he's not a monster, but he is special to me. I've been going to that camp my entire life, several of my ancestors ashes are in the lake there ... I couldn't be more grateful.

Between the 3 of us, we killed 7 deer this year, pretty good IMO for this part of the country. I hope everyone had a memorable season, and if you're still at it ... good luck!

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Congrats Bug!

Still at it here in Texas.  We have a few more weeks of General Gun Season left then two weeks of muzzleloader.

Me and 4 friends will be headed down Neches River this weekend to some Type 2 government land.  Plan on doing some drives and kill some tree rats while we are at it.

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