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2021/12/01 16:28:04 (permalink)

Firearms deer

Well you folks are a chatty bunch, lol. Not one post about their rifle deer adventures or successes. I was at camp for 4 days. While I had doe tags, I was not interested in filling any of them yet. We had 5 guns and went 0/5 on bucks despite the guys seeing 5 legal bucks. They all hunt just a few days of the year and still want to hunt the same stands they did 20 years ago when the deer were pressured and running through the wide open woods. Now, in our area, there is little pressure and the deer are naturally moving and feeding in the thicker areas where they were not able to get shots or they were too far. Meanwhile I am sitting in my archery stands and all of the deer I see were within 30 yards. I try to tell the guys they need to hunt tighter but they want the visibility. 
 
Anyways, we got one coyote for our efforts. Very little shooting and very little pressure. 
 
Anybody see success on opening weekend? 

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/01 17:02:53 (permalink)
    Saw a tree rat.

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/01 17:16:21 (permalink)
    A harvested (killed, whatever) an 8-point. It was following 3 does, but not dogging them. I talked to 6 other hunters in the immediate area and the only deer they saw was the one on my carrier.

    There was some degree of shooting in that 1/2 mile away or more zone, but less than a dozen shots within 800 or so yards.

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/01 18:33:51 (permalink)
    congrats DD
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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/01 20:48:20 (permalink)
    I saw 28 doe and 5 bucks(3 legal)on the opener couldn’t get any shots on them. Sunday I saw 19 doe and a 4pt. Gave a big doe a free ride in the back of my SxS. My wife also got a big doe.

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/02 09:48:00 (permalink)
    Congrats Dar!!

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/03 06:54:38 (permalink)
    First morning I hunted till 10 seen 5 bucks 1 was legal and a giant doe I couldn't shoot because of a house. The band got back together on Tuesday to push. We got an 8pt and 7 does. I shot 2 does passed on a few tiny deer and had a red fox come to 15 feet before spooking. Had that 8pt come to 7 yards stop and look at me. (That would never happen if I had a buck tag) really wish my gf would come hunt. She was sick that day ,and Saturday she was few hundred yards to my right. If she wasn't afraid of heights she could of shot that buck Saturday. Heard probably close to 200 shots by 10 on first day so if ammo wasn't in short supply it is now lol

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/03 08:33:39 (permalink)
    I have been nice and warm at my desk working away and sipping coffee all these hunting mornings!  Congrats to those that got deer.  
     
    After the thundersticks get put away, I may try some late season small game or just do some late season scouting to see what's left around a couple of my areas.  May put a cam or two back out too.  Miss the hiking in the woods and my Holiday belly is saying I need to get back out there and put some miles on my boots!
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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/04 09:30:58 (permalink)
    Passed on a lot of nice good bucks with the crossbow due to poor shot selections.
    Opening gun it was game over as I'll take that easy 50 yard shot with a rifle.
    3 guys hunting high mountain private property. Never heard another shot all season except from us.
    Took a 9pt opening day, an 8pt 6 days later and passed on a 10pt the following day due to tag was filled the day before.
    We seen a LOT of young and mature bucks.
    Very few doe. If you seen a doe, there was surely a buck on her heals.
    I know EHD has taken a huge toll on the lower more southern areas but we found no indications of it where we hunt.
    The future looks very good next year with the crop of deer we passed on .

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/04 16:32:59 (permalink)
    Great trip Rich congrats ---
    Been out 4 times for a total of about 12 hours -seen nothing
    Barely able to walk in and out- in late leave early- Might be all done this year -
    Hoping for a good surgical result for next years fishing and hunting
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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/04 20:36:10 (permalink)
    Managed to get my last doe tag filled yesterday, it was the biggest doe by far I have ever killed it was giant. Wish I had a scale. that was a wrap for our crew well the people that actually hunted. 5 of us tagged out. 4 of us killed our bucks in archery so that made rifle go much faster.

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/05 11:06:54 (permalink)
    Well I figured it was about time I did something with these heads I had just hanging around in my garage from my past 3 seasons. These are just from myself and not counting the 8pt my friend got and the 10 and 2 8pts my son got on our property over the course of past 3 seasons.
    For sure, in the future, they will go to someone else that has the skill and time to do them correctly. .
    The single antler deer was a mature deer that needed to be harvested and taken out.

    One thing I tell our small (4) group of hunters is that if you want quality animals, you have to be patient and not just shoot the first one with antlers. You also need to be selective so there's a good up coming group for the following season.

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/05 12:01:53 (permalink)
    Fresh ones are easy to do with a simmer and pressure washer. Idk about those older ones could come off once hydrated again. I take mine to a guy with beetles 75$ no headache I actually just picked my buck up from this year the other day turned out great

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/05 17:52:51 (permalink)
    Our rifle crew finally managed to put a buck down this weekend. 7 point. I saw it feeding about 150 yards away from me Friday afternoon as I was sneaking along looking for a song dog. I did a big loop and managed to bump it to one of our guns. Rarely do they go the right way but this guy was in the right spot and it worked out. 

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/06 08:48:29 (permalink)
    Congrats on the 7pt harvest. I personally have one more day to hunt tomorrow. Then the rifle goes away and I start thinking about flintlock season. 
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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/09 08:39:54 (permalink)
    Looking pretty ugly for the last day on the western side of the state. Good luck to those headed out for a last day buck or doe. We usually do some drives on the last day but not sure how many are showing up with all of the rain predicted. 

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/09 12:07:26 (permalink)
    lol...yeah, rain, warm...probably very windy....I'm angry it will be delaying ski season!  Wishing it was all snow and not rain...need one of these big "rain" makers to collide with a cold front and make it all snow for us, just before Christmas....
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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/09 14:06:24 (permalink)
    I'm liking my enclosed blind more and more but unfortunately the weather will probably curtail deer movement

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    Re: Firearms deer 2021/12/13 07:50:29 (permalink)
    Well we took Friday off and we hunted all day Friday with some slow pushes. One of our inexperienced shooters missed one of the largest bucks on the property Friday afternoon. Saturday was a combination of sits and slow pushes. It was downright scary out there in the afternoon. When the front moved through I found the sturdiest looking tree I could and hunkered down for about 30 minutes in blinding wind and rain. Trees were crashing down, limbs falling everywhere. After it passed we finished out the last push of the day and moved some doe and a small buck past out guns. 
     
    I finished rifle season without pulling the trigger on a doe. Had many opportunities included a few on the last day but just wasn't feeling it this year in rifle. Now with flintlock and late archery coming, which I enjoy better than rifle, it will be game on for me. 

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