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Title: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: bohicajuan on October 05, 2009, 07:06:28 PM
Saturday I hunted from about 7:15am-6:30pm and counted 9 deer. Unfortunately most were waayyy out of range.

I thought I might have a shot at a big doe, who was coming into range, but when she was about 50 yards out, she turned and angled away. None of the others got closer.

I did see one real nice buck though. It was 1:45pm and he was coming out of a pine clearcut that had been cut last summer. I watched him through my field glasses and tried to count the points, but he stayed behind some real thick stuff and I could only catch pieces of him as he walked through.

I'll bet his inside spread was at least 16-18" and I'd bet he was at least an 8 or better. I had the sun in my eyes and I don't know if I was seeing shadows or not but, his base looked huge!!

His G-2's looked like Sykes-Fairburn daggers!!!! :shock: :shock:

He ambled down to a creek behind me and I hoped he'd come back up the draw towards me, but I never saw again.

I hope I see him during gun season!!!

Saw only 3 all day Sunday and hunted about the same hours as Saturday.

They were all doe who walked by within 20 minutes of each other a little after 1:00pm. They never got closer than 60-65 yards.

Looks like the deer at least where I am are moving a lot more in the early afternoon, which is why I've always tried to hunt all day.

I know the "experts" say to hunt early in the morning and late in the afternoon, but to my way of thinking.....

If you ain't in the woods you ain't going to kill anything regardless of the time or what the "experts" say! :wink: :wink:

Saturday is the opening of black powder here and I really don't know if any of our club members use BP or not. Regardless, I'll be back out one more time with my bow. Then I'll have to wait for the gun season.
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: 2Nutz on October 05, 2009, 08:48:19 PM
Take a scent away shower and move your stand closer you will connect! O0 O0
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: bohicajuan on October 05, 2009, 09:46:37 PM
I wish it was THAT simple.

Scent is not the issue. You need to realize that the deer are not all moving in a single direction. Some are going north-south, south-north, east-west, west-east and variations of all the above.

You can't move if you have no trees to support you or where they don't allow you a clear shot due to obstructions.

It also helps if you're FACING in the right direction and sometimes that requires a stand in an area less than perfect or ideal, but it's ALL you've got! :shock:

All these factors apply here along with a few more such as wind and sun direction and the barrometer rising and falling.

While I don't ALWAYS allow them to play a major role, with the weather we've had as of late I'm taking NOTHING for granted.

The rut is still a long way off and all I can do is hope I can get them to come close to this funnel in the area they use to go from bedding-feeding and ambush them.

Don't always believe those outdoor shows where the host has ALL of his deer coming from the exact same area and always walk under his stand at 10 yards or less.

I WISH hunting was that easy! :wink: :wink: :shock: :shock:

Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: John Andrews on October 06, 2009, 11:01:06 AM
Right as rain, bo. O0  And yes, you can't kill them if you aren't out there hunting.
Those video hunters usually don't show the days they don't connect. I knew a couple that only hunted the "prime" hours and didn't even connect with a doe.  :roll: They and their TV film crew left with nothing.

I see lots of decent bow shots while I am squirrel hunting.

Perhaps a ladder free standing stand would be the solution to those areas that won't support a tree stand.
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: Big58cal on October 06, 2009, 11:31:36 AM
Sounds like you may need to "accidentally" spill some of those little golden kernals of goodness in a good spot by your stand. O0 :twisted:
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: nOnAmE on October 06, 2009, 03:14:37 PM
Sounds like you may need to "accidentally" spill some of those little golden kernals of goodness in a good spot by your stand. O0 :twisted:
;D Yea it's quite common while carrying a plastic bag of something through the woods for it to be ripped open accidentally by some tree branches.  I gotta imagine that would be pretty frustrating if that were to happen to my bag. :D
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: bohicajuan on October 06, 2009, 03:39:01 PM
You know the convoluted way they've drawn up the baiting laws here, I don't know what constitutes baiting anymore. :idiot2 :idiot2 :idiot2

I just got approved to take Friday off so I'll be hunting this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I may have to put out a few Claymores and if that doesn't work I may have to call in "Close Air Support" from an AC-130....

It's AMAZING what a 30mm Bofors gun spraying 20,000 rounds a minute can do!
 :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :roll: :roll: :roll: :wink: :wink: :wink:
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: bohicajuan on October 06, 2009, 04:35:37 PM
Right as rain, bo. O0  And yes, you can't kill them if you aren't out there hunting.
Those video hunters usually don't show the days they don't connect. I knew a couple that only hunted the "prime" hours and didn't even connect with a doe.  :roll: They and their TV film crew left with nothing.

I see lots of decent bow shots while I am squirrel hunting.

Perhaps a ladder free standing stand would be the solution to those areas that won't support a tree stand.

I have to use a ladder stand in this area, but the freakin' rain has tore up the ground so bad that even the few trees you can use are so off kilter with errosion that you can't keep the *&^% Stand straight without it falling over!!
 >:( >:( >:( >:( :tickedoff :tickedoff :tickedoff :tickedoff
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: Big58cal on October 06, 2009, 05:03:56 PM
Your'alls regualtions are screwed up! :shock:  I was just looking at the 2009-2010 GA Hunting Guide (http://pub.jfgriffin.com/doc/jfgriffin/09GAHD/2009072301/).  On page 16 it deals with baiting.  I've looked around though and can't find out exactly what constitutes "baiting". ???
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: BigStrutter on October 06, 2009, 06:51:51 PM
You could just go ahead and bait and let the warden sort it out for you. ;D ;D

As for the deer moving that early in the afternoon my 2 cents would be it was because of the moon being close to full. I have noticed more 10am to 2pm activity during the week of a full moon.

Ned
Title: Re: At Least I know They're Out There.
Post by: bohicajuan on October 06, 2009, 09:08:59 PM
You're absolutely right about the moon, it was full the other night despite the clouds and you always have good early afternoon movement after full and even three quarter moons. O0 O0