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Old 11-08-2012, 06:59 AM
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Finally saw a large single doe the other evening and decided to take her. As I put my crosshairs on her, I caught some movement to her left. Yep, two young yearlings following her.
This time of year your probably not gonna find a mature doe without yearlings, if their spots are gone, they'll be ok, blaze away. Here in Alabama we have a real population problem, we have the largest population of deer in the entire nation, can't get guys to shoot does, they need killin', early and often.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:53 AM
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Well, finally rifle season opens in kentucky for us tomorrow. My SIL took a very nice Tennessee buck last weekend with the muzzleloader has has decided to not hunt Ky this year, apparently. The lease we have will only have one other hunter and he may not hunt after opening weekend(?). Two typically good spots again show a lot of promise and the latest game cam pics show a tall & narrow 8 pnt frequenting the area that will likely make my trigger finger itch something fierce

He's shown in the last batch of pics showing up several times well within daylight times.....
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:12 AM
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He's shown in the last batch of pics showing up several times well within daylight times.....
That buck knows what date tomorrow is, he'll only show up at night from here on out.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:23 PM
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This time of year your probably not gonna find a mature doe without yearlings, if their spots are gone, they'll be ok, blaze away. Here in Alabama we have a real population problem, we have the largest population of deer in the entire nation, can't get guys to shoot does, they need killin', early and often.
Depends on where you are They seem pretty scarce up here in the northern part of the state
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:18 PM
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That buck knows what date tomorrow is, he'll only show up at night from here on out.

Well, I'll be darned if he didn't show up today, again! He looked pretty darn good to me and he rode home in my truck this evening I had my newer 336ER with me and it worked for me on it's first time ever in the woods with me. My first 336ER did the same thing about 26 years ago too, taking a nice 8 pnt in Maine back then on it's first trip to the woods!
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:17 AM
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Awesome,.........nice buck,........... it's always nice when a plan comes together,........congratulations.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:05 AM
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I have vacation all next week... gun season starts Saturday!
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:50 AM
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I harvested two nice Doe on the 13th of November. The Deer, where I live, are mostly deep in the woods due to a large acorn crop this year. Thus far I've only seen two nice Bucks on my place, mostly Doe seen.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:15 AM
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Yesterday ended early M/L in Tn and I did see a nice buck, but no shot possibility. I was back in the same area this morning (opening day for Tn rifle) but saw only a small buck (5 pnt) and a coyote. Was also very foggy for a lot of the morning in my stand which is adjacent to the cumberland River. Might have been a half dozen B&C bucks wandering by, but I couldn't see a thing for a good while.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:58 PM
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Tnhunter, what time did you kill your buck? Good one by the way.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:59 AM
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Tnhunter, what time did you kill your buck? Good one by the way.
Thanks. I got into my stand at about 2:30 and he was on the ground by about 3:00. No one could have been more surprised than I, when I turned my head to see him standing there. I never heard a sound, due to the breezy conditions, as he approached to within less than 50 yards.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:35 PM
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I didn't bring my muzzleloader with me, didn't think I'd need it. But folks wanted to go down there so I borrowed one from my cousin... Saw and shot at the biggest buck I've ever seen in the woods (both body size and antlers) last Wednesday morning, looked for blood for 3 hours, couldn't find anything. Got back and test fired the rifle... 4 inches to the right and 2 inches high at 80yds, my shot was about 170yds which would amount to a clean miss given what my target was.

I first saw him at 100yds and he came out into the levee I was on... watched him walk away from me waiting on a shot for about 70yds and he turned quartering away from me facing right. I was hoping for a better shot but that was what was given to me and another two steps and he'd have been gone. I tried to slip one in to the back of his ribs with the idea it would come out his shoulder/neck. That's the way it goes, though, I guess... I'm certain it was a clean miss, if only barely, so I'm thankful for that.

I ended up just getting one doe over Thanksgiving vacation. Hopefully I'll get a bit of time over Christmas vacation to go.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:16 PM
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Tomorrow ids the last day of rifle deer season.

I have seen a doe and fawn the last two eves but didnt shoot. A little far and kind brushy.

Im setting a different place tomorrow and they wont show.,
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:15 AM
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Friend of ours got an 8pt that scored 144 last Friday afternoon. Nice sized deer, too. Saturday morning, a hunting club member at the club my cousin is in got a similar sized 8pt.

I got into the woods Saturday morning about an hour before sun up... a deer walked through the bottom (heard it walking through leaves and the creek) but it was too dark for me to see anything. About 20 minutes after sun up, somebody about 800yds or so away shot (the opposite direction of the travel of the deer I couldn't see) and then spent the next two hours hooting back to his friend every few minutes for some reason. At first, I didn't mind it because they might have pushed something over to me, but after a while, I almost went over to find him to see if I could help... I could tell he was moving around in the woods (direction his hooting was coming from) so I figure he was trailing it.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:55 PM
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Well... my hunting season is about over, I guess. My freezer is full of venison so I'm not sure what I'd do with anything else I got other than give it away. I got another doe over Christmas... 15yds shot. I did hunt public lands a lot and some private land. I saw at least one buck every day. MS has antler size restrictions... 12" wide spread or 15" main beam. The way you estimate is that if the buck is looking towards you, if the antlers are as wide as the extended ears, it's big enough. If looking from the side, if the main beam is about as long as its muzzle (tip of the main beam is out to its nose).

I saw three definite legals... probably 16" to 20" but two were too far and the other was running. I saw two that were close and if I can't tell immediately, I let them walk. One was an 8pt, the other was a 7pt. Looking back, that 8pt was most likely legal but at the time, I wasn't sure so I count him too small. Then I saw a bunch of 4pt and 6pt and one spike. I saw a number of does, too.

I left two days early... None of the bucks I saw were rutting. However, two days after I left, my cousin said he saw bucks running does across the roads when he was driving to the camp and he got a decent 8pt that was chasing does.

I may go some Saturdays here out in AL (season ends Jan 31) but I'll probably hold out for a nice rack if I do.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:03 AM
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First off, I have no complaints about this year's deer hunting for me. I was lucky enough to harvest a very nice Kentucky buck on opening day of rifle, while using a very rare rifle. I have enjoyed many forays into the Tennessee woods as well, but have not been so lucky in my home state. I did see two very nice shooter bucks during M/L season in Tn, one in each of the two small parcels I can hunt. One even posed for me at about 60-75 yards (seemed to stick his tongue out too), but was just over the property line where I'm allowed to hunt, rendering him off limits to me.

The other was seen on my early scouting trip and again on opening day of Tn. M/L, but only offered a very poor shot opportunity, which I passed up. I have continued pursuing both these bucks, knowing full well both could be dead, to absolutely no avail. And, yes, I have seen several smaller bucks and numerous does in easy shooting range, but have chosen to pass them up in my quest to get one of those mature bucks I had already seen. The closing of our very liberal gun season in Tennessee is fast arriving, this weekend.

As always, I enjoyed every minute I've spent in the woods this year which has included sits in pouring rains, sits in wind and snow and many cold, frosty mornings we all dream about as we wait for the upcoming sesons. I may not punch another tag at this late time or I may finally choose to take a mature doe for one of the landowners (need to keep them happy) but I have enjoyed, immensely, all the hunting I've been blessed to have done, both alone and with family.

I do also have an "ace in the hole" as I have an upcoming hog hunt scheduled for Georgia come mid January. This will be our fifth trip to the same place and we have enjoyed great successes in some of our earlier hunts. This hunt, however, will be extra special in that we are sponsoring a service member who was severely wounded in Afghanistan in November '11. We have a free 4 day hunt for him along with a very special surprise he has no idea about. I will be sure to report back here to you on that hunt, harvest or no harvest, because I have grown to understand that the joy of the hunt is in the hunt and in sharing "the hunt", rather then in the harvest made on any particular hunt.

Best of luck to all continuing to enjoy this wonderful sport known as hunting and I wish everyone of you, whether hunting small game, waterfowl, predators or big game the best of luck and my wish for you is to enjoy every minute that you are afield enjoying the bounty of this wonderful nation!

Although this picture was taken several years ago while I was on a hunt up north, this is what every day I get to hunt looks like to my eyes:
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:32 AM
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I put some pics up in the Game Pole forum. Those two have nothing to do with me except that I took the bottom pic at our deer processor's shop.
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