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Old 11-19-2010, 04:25 PM
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Last day tomorrow guys. I'm hunting hard. I'm not really prepared for the morning hunt for a variety of reasons. However, since it's the last hunt, unless I get extra time next month which I'm sure I will, I'm hunting the spot so next year I will be prepared. On a good note, today I heard there was a big 10 pt chasing does around. I also spoke to my friend and he said cops told him that the biggest deer the scrape off the roads come from this area. So bottom line, it's too good to pass up, ready or not.

I will also hunt tomorrow evening. That will be my drop dead hunt. If I only get the shot at a little buck, I'll drop him for the team along with a a few does.

Tonight, I saw a real nice buck down in the bottom. I just came through there commenting to myself how nice it looked. However, in the past, Ive never seen a lot of deer down there and the ridge was always better. I haven't hunted this spot in over 5 years but I tried it out 2 nights in a row. Saw a ton of deer tonight but only had a shot at a half rack. Too bad he wasn't a full because he was a decent young deer.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:09 PM
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For the record, lets not bring up my morning hunt! Not too eventful for seeing deer. Just got interupted due to people working on a fricking Sat.

Sorry guys, failed to bring home the bacon. On a good note, it was an awesome hunt with lots of deer constantly running around. I got to the woods around 2:30. Just as I got thru the gate in the backyard to go into the woods, a ton of deer came charging out of the field, thru the woods, went right under my stand and then towards me. There was one decent 8 pointer that I would have shot had I been in my stand. They even came with in 30 yrds of me. Thinking of running down the fence line. Anyway they went back up the fence line the other way. What caused all this? Two dogs on the loose. So I get into my stand and the deer kept coming from all directions. Not all of them by the stand but with in 80 yrds. I saw well over 50 deer tonight. At 3:30 my friends Dad made his way to the ladder stand down creek from me about 100 yds away. Thats when I choose to put on my jacket since I was cool enough not to sweat. I only got one arm in the jacket when about 20 dear came charging out of the woods on the other side of the pipeline and into my woods. That group had a nicer shooter in it. He was an 8 pts with a 20" spread and heavy. He would have been easily high 130s ore than likely into 140s. They came right by me at a good clip going towards the dads stand. A few stayed under me and he and a handful of does stopped at 40yds. The problem was it was too thick to shoot. One of the deer below me was a small six. He ate for about 20 seconds and then another doe ran down the pipeline and away he went taking the entire group. I was pissed. The dogs were all over the woods the entire evening. They had to have ran miles. It makes for seeing a ton of deer but very skittish deer. Needless to say, my big buck wasn't to be. All I can say was it was a very very fun hunt eventhough no shot.

I know a lot of folks wonder if my stories are true because they hunt for hours and are lucky to see even a one deer let alone a few. Below is a pick of the property next door to this land. Check out the fence line in the bottom half of the pic. This is an awesome neighborhood. Every home is a million dollars+ with 40 acres +/- and a common area around 100+ acres. Check out the deer trails in this field. Those are deer trails clearly visable on google earth. I'm hunting down the fence line in the woods to the left. There is also a stand near the fence line on the left.

At this point, I think I'm done for the year. I still may hunt one of 2 more times before my operation. If we were close to win this, I would definitely shoot a buck. If we are still scoreless (I think we are, not sure) I may shoot something just to get on the board.

Good luck guys. I hope you had fun as much as I did.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:56 PM
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Nice looking property there Fieldmouse
I'm going out again Monday after school, hope to see something this time
Any reports from the rest of the team, I see we've got one on the board.

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:01 AM
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Well archey season is on hold here in Iowa so the shotgun hunters can go out and spray slugs all over the landscape. I'll be back out around the 20th and trying some more.
How's everyones preperations fro Christmas going, I'm pretty much done with my shopping now I have to sit down and wrap everything and get them under the tree.

Have a safe and joyus holiday everyone.

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by dman4505
Well archey season is on hold here in Iowa so the shotgun hunters can go out and spray slugs all over the landscape. I'll be back out around the 20th and trying some more.
How's everyones preperations fro Christmas going, I'm pretty much done with my shopping now I have to sit down and wrap everything and get them under the tree.

Have a safe and joyus holiday everyone.

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Have not purchased 1 gift yet....workin my ass off, maybe in a couple weeks lol.
hope to do some late season bow.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:23 PM
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Just checking in guys. Still shooting my bow getting ready for the knife. If I can get thru my recovery quick enough, I will try and get out the last week of Jan. Good luck guys!
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:25 PM
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got a couple antlerless tag for second shotgun season, i'll be out tomorrow trying to fill 'em.
archery will open back up monday, so i'll be scouting for a decent buck while i'm at it.

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Old 12-22-2010, 07:58 PM
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Well, got cut and had a lot of pain last night. Looking for a speedy recovery and maybe a hunt the end of Jan.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:15 AM
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Sorry guys I been lost for some time, personal reasons! Well my Kansas trip was GREAT!!!!! seen some real nice shooters ! I shot at a 150 class 10pt with a droptine at 34yards and hit him in the shoulder!!! All I can say is I blew it !!! Tracked it the next day with no luck . On the last day of our hunt I told my buddy to go hunt the same stand. Well don't you know the buck I hit comes limbing by at 22yard no worse for wear! He never gave him a good shot and he said I hit him right on the big bone in the shoulder. That was good news the deer should be fine, thank God!!! Its was a great time and KANSAS IS AWSOME!!!!!! I hunted PA when I came back and never did see a shooter, just DINKS!!! I still have the whole month of JAN to get a Buck!!! So it's not over!!! Again!!!! Sorry for not posting for so long. Be safe and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Old 12-31-2010, 04:07 AM
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Happy holidays everyone!
Field Mouse, good luck with a speedy recovery.
Hatchet, sorry you didn't punch your tag, sounds like an exciting hunt though.
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