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Old 10-10-2006, 05:48 PM
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Sounds like a plan Rocky, great advice. I'm gearing up for the weekend. Been so dang busy at work. I will take some time off when the chaseing starts for sure. Good luck men. Chris
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:46 PM
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This weekend I am taking Sat,Sun,Mon and Tuesday off to hunt! But, it will be with my ML instead of my bow.
I have been ML hunting even longer than bowhunting!
I will have Sat-Mon to hunt and then Tuesday to cut up all the deer we shoot!

The weekend after that I wll be back to my Sunday hunts with a bow.
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:53 PM
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is anyone else getting in on the big doe contest? has anyone on out team shot a doe yet?

how about someone gets us on the board this weekend. doesnt have to be huge lets just get on the board.

good luck to everyone! ill try my best too.
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Old 10-12-2006, 10:13 PM
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[:@]Pissed Off [:@]

A person could really get tired pretty fast when you don't see deer for 4 or 5 times in a row being out. Specially when u go to your favorite spot with everything going just right,wrong[:'(]another learning episode tonight guys,sheesh, back at er in the am, finally going to get up this time, after 3 tries LMAO.alk to you's tomorrow.
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:46 AM
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Shot a doe last night decent size. Walking out into the edge of the corn and woods and there she was eating. 22 yard shot after stalking about 20 yards. 35 MPH wind and standing corn sure does help a guy get close.

Another bit of good news... Mother flying in the week of November 5 - 11 to take care of the girls while I take care of the treestand. A whole week during the Rut all to myself. Yeeeehaaaw.
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Old 10-13-2006, 01:12 PM
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Just Got In

Hey just got home from my am hunt, what a day in a hot spot will do for your enthusiasum. . Still was dark and I had a doe at 5 yards,I could see her but I couldn't see my pins,too bad I need some meat. Well she snuk in on me 6 different times after I let her walk. Spent 45 minutes and actually had light to boot but no chances at her after she was on red alert for the remainder of the time.
Scrapes are apperaing andas if by majic, at 9:10 I saw movement and made out it was a buck so I rattled a bit and he was on his way,I drewas he had to round the corner before getting to me but he ended up being a 130 5x4. I let him walk. Not 15 minutes later a couple bucks were sparring ,so I rattled and they stopped and were on the run . Man I barely had time to get the antlers back on the branch to grab my bow and get ready.LMAOthey were just 2 little guys a 2x3 and a 2x2[:'(]. It was a great morning and the snow is coming Monday for 4 days,yahoooooo I'll actually be able to hear the deer coming now before they see me[8D]. Hey guys, things should start to get excitingfrom here on in,good luck and shoot straight.
Congradulations on the doe 14mercs, and good luck when your mom comes in for a brief break from the kids, oh the pressures of hunting we put upon ourselves.
God Bless Guys
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Old 10-13-2006, 03:50 PM
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Congrats Merc,

Keep the spirit up Youngfart, sounds like you had a productive day even though you didn't shoot anything.

I was able to get out last night for the first time with my bow. Man, it was an experience all in itself.

I decided around 3:00 to get out in the stand, a spur of the moment decision. I took a quick shower, got my gear ready,sprayed myself down, loaded up the truck and headed out to a ladder stand my father and I keep up all year long. (It beats setting up a stand in the mid afternoon.)

I had good cover entering the woods(standing corn field)and a stiff wind in my face. I figured the corn field would be the best way to get to my stand since it I really didn't have a clue where thedeer would be at this hour.

Here is where it got interesting. I startedtrucking through the cornfield, itdidn'tdawn on me until I got a good clip inside the field that this field is just covered in wild cucumbers. I had to clean out one of our combine heads this year, in the same field, why I didn'tremember, I don't know. So I just got covered in wild cucumber needles. They are about 6 times worse than burrs. Tiny needles like splinters, just covered my clothes, gloves, hat, backpack, everything Itook with megot covered. Ieven had a bunch in my face, neck and hands. (Still do). I had to deal with that the rest of the night. In fact, I didn't even wear gloves since mine got covered in needles. Luckily I had a hand warmer, which indeed got covered as well. I felt like a pin cushion.

Got to my stand fairly undetected. Climbed up the ladder stand and got settled in. I figured it would be a slow night, Iwas pretty right. At about 5:30 two does and one fawnsnuck in on me. They were coming in at a pretty quickpace. Heading straight forthe IL River which is directly behind my treestand. The stand is at theoutletof a creek which dumps into the IL. I am figuring they wanted to get a drink because their is a heavily used path running behind my stand directly to the river.

I wenttopull my hand out of my hand warmer but the last doe detected movement. She instantly stopped, blew once and turned the other direction. Luckily, she wasn't spooked too bad. I don't recall seeing a flag. The other two deer turned around and followed. They ended upgoing north of meaboutthirty yards to the creek, but I lost them because the trees stillhad a ton of leaves left.

Before long it gotdark. I had to get down. Of course I had dropped a few things over the course of just a few hours. Had to get the glove and the rattle bag I had dropped. Luckily I had the StreamLight headlamp. It worked great. This time I decided to follow theriver dike back to my truck.

It was a great night. I would havetaken a doe if I had the chance. Man, deer hunting just gets the blood pumping. Especially with the bow. I about shook myself out of the tree after those does left.

Today is my son's 2ndBirthday. We're going to have a party for him tonight. Otherwise, I mighthave found myselfout in the woods again.

Hope things are going good for everyone else.

Good luck and God Bless,
Dave

P.S. Does anyone knowthe best way to get rid of wild cucumber needles?
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:14 PM
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hey guys how has everyone been?? good work on the doe 14mercs!
hey youngfart why dont you have that 5x4 130 inch come down by me so i can get our team on the board.

bols that sucks on cucumber needles, sounds like you had an interesting nite.

im going to be going out tomorrow morn and evening. hopefully something good will come by. well good luck everyone and shoot straight

remember AIM SMALL, MISS SMALL
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Old 10-14-2006, 08:16 PM
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ORIGINAL: youngfart

[:@]Pissed Off [:@]

A person could really get tired pretty fast when you don't see deer for 4 or 5 times in a row being out. Specially when u go to your favorite spot with everything going just right,wrong[:'(]another learning episode tonight guys,sheesh, back at er in the am, finally going to get up this time, after 3 tries LMAO.alk to you's tomorrow.
Rocky
Hey Rocky, I'm sorry but I couldn't help but to laugh when I read this. I haven't seen a deer while on the stand since the last week of October LAST YEAR!!! I know exactly how you feel and it does get quite frustrating. However, I know that "my time" is coming, so I keep climbing that tree and waiting.

I'm glad to read that you finally did see some action though. Just keep hangin in there.

14mercs, Great job on the doe! Keep it up!

As for myself, I have not been able to get back to my lease yet. BUT, I will be back up there beginning Oct 20th for a few days.

Keep up the good work fellas, we'll get on that board!

Good luck & follow thru!
TXMM
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:33 PM
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Hey guys, just got back from my aniversary from Vegas. I'm hunting in the morning. Things should be starting to heat up for sure. Good luck. Chris
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