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Hey Martin... how about that!

We are up to 10 points already with the three does I took a couple weeks ago in Kentucky.

This should be a great year as I was fortunate enough to get THREE draw hunts in IL. One draw hunt isn't until January, but historically it has produced some real giants. I've never hunted in the late season there so it will be interesting. Below are the top 2 "regulars" on my 32.5 acres in IL. I call the smaller eight COVID and the one in the back CORONA. My trail system is in and I have about 8 stands ready to go. IL season starts on October 1st!

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Howdy team!  Looking forward to this season!  I don't have much to report as I hunt primarily public land.  I was drawn for a hunt at Balcones Canyonlands NWR in central Texas in mid November.  This will be my second time hunting the Texas hill country so I'm really looking forward to getting out there.  It's a short hunt at 2 days but I'll make the best of it.  I still have about 8 applications in for more draw hunts in Texas, so we'll see how those turn out next month.  Then it's back home for the rest of the season hunting the thousands of acres of public land.

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23 hours ago, fly said:

DAWG, do you get a chance to scout before the 2 day hunt you were drawn for? Two days isn't much time, but will work if you can scout earlier.

I can scout up to the day before the hunt.  Problem is, I live about 6 hours away from the NWR so the plan is to arrive a day early and scout the unit I will be in.

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Got in the stand for a few hours this AM. Couldn't hunt long with work and kids but at least I was in a tree on opening day. Added a coffee mug holder and put it to good use. It sure is good to be in October!

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Went out yesterday and done some thinning on the limb rat population down on some gubmnet land.  This is also a spot I hunt during our general deer season. Saw some decent sign plus a good bit of hog sign.  I'll be back in there this weekend to do some more limb rat population control and more scouting for deer season.

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Unseasonably cold the past couple days. It's usually in the 80's this time of year and yesterday the high was 65. I would have been out hunting yesterday but planned a rock climbing trip. Saw 4 deer during the trip!

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Weather warmed up a good bit down here in SETX.  I didn't lay any foot prints in the woods, decided to stay home with my daughter and catch up on some chores around the house.  Supposed to be a decent front move thru this week and cool things off.  I'll be back in the woods this weekend with a crossbow in hand.

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snow all melted off by mid afternoon sat.  passed a broke off 8 again last eve.  out this a.m. DEAD still out. I had a 10 yrd shot very steep angle. I not get leaned over enough. shot over back.  Clean miss.  Cant believe I even got to full draw. he was WIRED!!! They are on feet and scent checking, does are NOT ready yet. First doe will be a bit yet...cant blame a guy for tryin!...lol

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Not much to report on my end.  It is bow season here but I don't own a bow so I'm impatiently waiting on general gun season to open on Nov. 7.  Went back down the river to kill some limb rats and do a bit more scouting and ended up seeing more hogs than I did squirrels.  After letting three groups feed by me all within 50 yards I decided I'd place a load of 7.5 in the noggin of a small sow.  Dropped her DRT, she's on ice and is waiting for her turn on the pit.

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Western IL is heating up! Seeing a lot of scrapes and rubs. Saw a deer I call Survivor last night at 20 yards. He's a mature buck but his antler growth is odd so I let him walk. Here are some recent trail cam pics of Survivor, Heartbreaker, Corona and the One Brow 10.

 

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