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Old 11-14-2013   #121
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Killed my first deer Tuesday evening! Zone 213 just south of 94, between Osakis and Alexandra.
I was on my Grandpa's land, just North of my uncle's land which I hunted the first 3 days.
This was a hunters choice area this year, so "if it's brown it's down" was in effect, minus horses, cows and dogs.
This is as I found her, about 50 yards from where she was when I took the shot.

I'm missing the standard issue picture of me, the deer and gun. I was hunting solo (all my cousins working like a normal week).
Met up with them an hour or so later and skinned her.

I'm happy say I took care of the tracking, dragging, field dressing and loading onto the 4 wheeler all on my own.

Took me about an hour all said and done. First time for everything.

The hunt itself was kind of straight forward. About 2/3's of a mile south on my uncle's land it's was all about catching them between bedding
and feeding. Up on my Grandpa's land, I caught them on the soybean field and literally had my pick. 5 young doe (no spots, but not much older)
and 3 bigger. The biggest never got close enough to have a good shot at, the other two where very similar in size. I took the one close enough for
a good shot, about 40 yards from me, using a smooth bore shotgun with "rifled" slugs.

At this point she's cut up, in the freezer and ready to eat. Haven't told my mom yet so I' guessing she'll be surprised to find a deer head looking at her in the morning when she lets the dogs out.


Head in the freezer just for fun.
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Old 11-14-2013   #122
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Congrats on your first deer.
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Getting skunked here and its pissing me off. Went to my brother's land up in rush city last night and still haven't seen a thing. I don't understand all these farmers leaving standing corn up through the winter. Makes no sense.
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Nice job on your first deer!
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Corn is standing because it's not drying in the field like it normally does. My uncle is spending $$$ on propane to dry his so he can plow his fields before they freeze.
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Corn up here was tassled and brown by august and its been nothing but windy the last 3 weeks, its plenty dry. My brother had his out weeks ago. A lit of tards up here just leave it up all winter and I don't know why. At that point they are losing so much its hardly even worth the fuel to make it into sileage.
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Anybody get anything this year?

I was only able to get up north to hunt gun season this last weekend. One hour into Saturdays hunt I spotted a deer around 100 yards in front of me, very thick forest. I waited till it moved left a bit and saw antlers, it was down after that. 10 point buck, I was thrilled. Hauling it out of a ravine and out of the woods by hand a mile was not fun. We were on national forest property up by grand rapids.

Doing the processing this week, about halfway done already.



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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Wow nice buck! I'm taking the year off. Skunked the last 2 years, gonna try to find a new spot next year.
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Very nice looking deer. I have a little over 95 acres up in mcgregor anx we have also been getting skunked the last 2 years. Nothing but small does but lucky if you see them even. Going to head up and bow hunt in a couple weeks since i havnt bow hunted my land before im always bow hunting in st francis. But just to see if the deer are moving more later in the season up there
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

Nice buck! I got mine 7:25 opening morning of the firearm opener. A decent 9 pointer. Im Going to be doing some bow hunting down in the Rochester area the next few weekends to see if we can put some more meat in the freezer.
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I don't see shit, captain! Haha

Congrats on the nice kill!
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

I shot a nice doe bowhunting in October
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

I've had a shitty year of deer hunting.

TLDR; shot two, didn’t find either.

Firearms season, I shot a decent 6 or 8 point (didn't get a chance to see if he had brow tines). Found the blood trail and tracked it for ~1000 feet (Google measuring). He made it to a field road and was in decent enough shape to bolt quick enough to make the ever decreasing blood trail untraceable. Given the fact I know what direction he ran, and I heard shooting from that direction not too long after I took my shot, I'm hoping the other guys finished what I started and got a nice deer.

So, yesterday, archery hunting out of a box stand one of the other hunters put up on my uncle’s property, I finally get a deer standing where I can shoot it. The box stand is rectangular, I can only get drawn the long way in the stand. It’s pretty tight in there with a bow, even though when I talked to the guy that put it up, he described it as a “bow set”. Great for a bow except the size of the box. Now, the deer wasn’t anything to write home about, ok body size, 4 point. About the smallest I would bother taking. I wanted meat in the freezer.

Gets to be go time, I draw, he hears it and stops. Perfect placement, 25-30 yards, broad side. I send the arrow, and get a nice loud “whack”. Not the whack of an arrow hitting a deer though. The whack of my bow limbs hitting the stand. SH!T. The deer runs 10 yards or so and stops to look back. I slowly start going for my quiver that I took off the bow due to the close quarters. He runs another 5 or so to the fence line and is looking back by the time I’ve got an arrow in my hand. Put it in the bow and he’s over 50 yards away. It’s dark, I figure I missed him and decided not to try for follow up shot. I did hit him, found the blood while looking for the arrow. Give it about 45 minutes before I start tracking. Follow the trail, starts out easy and then starts dying off. Get to the point where the only trace we can find is some blood that must be on his hoof. The last couple specs we found where smaller the the letter “I” you are reading on this screen. Follow the hoof tracks until they disappear into the other fresh tracks. Follow the trails and tracks until we have no clue or idea where heck we are. Haven’t seen blood in more than who knows how many yards. Give up. Drive 2 hours home through thick freezing fog.
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I've had a shitty year of deer hunting.

TLDR; shot two, didn’t find either.

Firearms season, I shot a decent 6 or 8 point (didn't get a chance to see if he had brow tines). Found the blood trail and tracked it for ~1000 feet (Google measuring). He made it to a field road and was in decent enough shape to bolt quick enough to make the ever decreasing blood trail untraceable. Given the fact I know what direction he ran, and I heard shooting from that direction not too long after I took my shot, I'm hoping the other guys finished what I started and got a nice deer.

So, yesterday, archery hunting out of a box stand one of the other hunters put up on my uncle’s property, I finally get a deer standing where I can shoot it. The box stand is rectangular, I can only get drawn the long way in the stand. It’s pretty tight in there with a bow, even though when I talked to the guy that put it up, he described it as a “bow set”. Great for a bow except the size of the box. Now, the deer wasn’t anything to write home about, ok body size, 4 point. About the smallest I would bother taking. I wanted meat in the freezer.

Gets to be go time, I draw, he hears it and stops. Perfect placement, 25-30 yards, broad side. I send the arrow, and get a nice loud “whack”. Not the whack of an arrow hitting a deer though. The whack of my bow limbs hitting the stand. SH!T. The deer runs 10 yards or so and stops to look back. I slowly start going for my quiver that I took off the bow due to the close quarters. He runs another 5 or so to the fence line and is looking back by the time I’ve got an arrow in my hand. Put it in the bow and he’s over 50 yards away. It’s dark, I figure I missed him and decided not to try for follow up shot. I did hit him, found the blood while looking for the arrow. Give it about 45 minutes before I start tracking. Follow the trail, starts out easy and then starts dying off. Get to the point where the only trace we can find is some blood that must be on his hoof. The last couple specs we found where smaller the the letter “I” you are reading on this screen. Follow the hoof tracks until they disappear into the other fresh tracks. Follow the trails and tracks until we have no clue or idea where heck we are. Haven’t seen blood in more than who knows how many yards. Give up. Drive 2 hours home through thick freezing fog.
Fun times for sure tracking. Just keep at it, shake the two bad times off and concentrate on taking solid predictable shots and putting yourself in situations to harvest.

I have yet to let an arrow fly this year
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

I now have a small buck hanging in the garage. Bought a Muzzle-loader and tag. Shot it some Saturday, was in a hurry and didn't get it sighted in right. Went to family Christmas and headed out hunting. Shot at one, missed.

Sunday, went for the AM hunt, saw two, I had all of 2 seconds to shoot at them since they saw me. Wouldn't have seen anything if I hadn't gotten up.

Went out shooting again cause I didn't have a ton of confidence in the setup. Found that I couldn't get the manufacture recommended (and other hunter) bullet and powder to group for shit. Switched to Hornady 300gr Sabot slugs with 90gr Tripple7 pellets, and was dialed in 7 rounds at 100 yards. For reference I put about 20 of the Powebelts (245gr and 295gr) with 100gr WhiteHots with through it. All with Tripple7 Muzzleloader primers.

Things worked out, smallest deer I'll shoot standing quartering away. Bang, hit, watch him run 50 yards and drop. Then it's time for the fun, and he's now hanging in my garage.
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Old 12-15-2015   #136
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Re: The official Deer Hunting thread.

The only thing I shot this year was a little 6 pointer... with my camera phone haha It was coming down towards me until it caught wind of me and turned around.

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