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draik11  
#1 Posted : Monday, November 27, 2017 3:22:40 PM(UTC)
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How did everyone do for the deer gun hunt? My deer camp had the best year in 6 years. I hunt way up near Ashland, WI and the past few years have been abyssmal. Fortunately, my group got a 7 and 8 pointer. I didn't shoot either one, but it was a major morale boost for my deer camp as a whole. I did get to see a wolf, but no deer in 4 days out there.
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Pete  
#2 Posted : Monday, November 27, 2017 9:16:43 PM(UTC)
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Didn't hunt myself, but it sounds as if things have gotten better, especially way up north. My BIL hunted Vilas Co. and they saw a lot of does. Not many shooters, but at least numbers were up. Their experience in recent years sounded much the same as yours. But barring another brutal Winter, there is reason for optimism. I'm curious how people did in the central part of the states, where numbers remain high. I'm also wondering how many tested deer will come back positive for CWD; it doesn't sound promising around there.

Here in Illinois, numbers were down for the first season compared to last year. Second season is this coming weekend, so there is a possibility to catch up. Weather was pretty bad-wet and windy-the first season. and of course guys down here can't use the "out-of-control" wolf numbers as an excuse for an unsuccessful hunt (I'd suggest spending more time in the tree stand and less on the bar stool, but no one wants to hear that).
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weiliwen  
#3 Posted : Monday, November 27, 2017 10:18:03 PM(UTC)
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I also don't hunt but a buddy of mine who lives near Whitewater got his arrow buck and rifle buck as well, The first by sitting in a stand, the second while walking back to his vehicle. He said the although his hunting was slow, he saw lots of sign of deer, and sign of bucks as well (shredded trees, etc). I'm not a hunter, so I don't know squat about what buck sign looks like, but it sounds right.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
vmthtr in Green Bay  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:39:11 AM(UTC)
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We hunt by Algoma, worst year that I remember. I saw two does all season. One of three guys shot a small buck, only horns sighted.
stan b  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:20:19 PM(UTC)
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OK.....
So, I shared a room with another guy, he was a drinker that resulted in him being a snorer.
All nite......we'll get back to that.

I have hunted with this group many times when my kids were little.
Jack (the Dad) and his son played B~Ball for me when I coached.
The boys are grown ***** men now.
They brought the food, it was good, in a deer camp sort of way.
I brought elegant farmer pies and my wifes homade CC cookies!
I fell away from this group when my wife passed.
It was awesome to be with them.
They made me feel welcome and it was like I never missed a season!

So, I get up Saturday and head to my stand.
It's located on a wild river bottom.
That river has a lot of nice Brook Trout, I've fly fished it many times.
I also hunt this same bottom for grouse and timber doodles, it NEVER disappoints!
Over the years I have hunted this spot and I have taken 3 small bucks and many years back a doe with my bow.
I love the sound of the river, it can cover up mistakes but it also makes it difficult to hear the deer.

To the left is the river angling further away from me to the left, it runs west to east.
Inside the river is a big pine~cedar growth that is a nice bedding area.
To the right angling further to the right is a big ridge.
Next to my stand is a point that dumps off the ridge sort of into the pines.
Good shooting lanes, but only about 75 yards max.
GREAT bow spot.

So, I get to my spot and use my summit climber to get to my spot on the tree, spot marked by safety harness belt.
20' from rest to ground.

I pull my rifle up, set it on the rest and pull out my gaiter/face mask.
Yep, rifle falls.
I figure OK, either I get shot (NO...it was NOT loaded yet, that is just what I thought at that moment!) or I break something......
I watch it land flat on its side, with maybe the stock butt hitting 1st.

I climb down, pick up rifle and head back up the tree.

BUT WAIT!!!!!

I dropped a freakin' glove and have to go back down.
Pick up glove and climb back up.

Yes, I was sweating may *** off.........and laughing at how stupid I was after all these years, I never had either of these things happen!!!!

I wipe my forehead and neck off and settle into my climber seat.
About 1/2 hour in I see a doe trot across my shooting lane down the side of the pines, my longest clean shot.
Dang, looky at that.......of course what do you think it was right behind her that I missed because I was watching the does.
I mean again, after all these years................so I missed that chance at a nice buck.
Oh well, it was cool.
About and hour later I saw what I thought was a buck running the point off the ridge.
I never really saw his head as his nose was down and I didn't see antlers.
Still very cool to see.

About 11:00 I decide I'm cold and hungry so I head in to catch some of the Badgers game.
I'm sitting in front of the fire and 1 of the other hunters comes in and sit on the couch.
I fall asleep.
Guess who the hunter was that came in and set next to me?
That's right boys and girls, the snoring man.
Guess how I wake up?
That's right, his snoring!

Then Hornybrook throws I pick, so I get pissed and head back out to my stand.

I climb up the tree (4th trip up today).
I get up there, pull up my rifle get settled start looking around with the scope at my shooting lanes and I come face to face with a doe, standing there looking at me!!!!

Didn't spook or run so I commence to enjoying watching this deer, eventually it leaves.
A few minutes later, I catch a glimpse of a doe on the point, comes down and loiters for a while, wanders into pines.
Then a small buck comes across the point, then another buck (spike) comes from behind.
Then another doe comes out of the pines.
Eventually they leave and I take a pee into my bottle.
I put the bottle back, button up my wool pants turn around and another small nubbin buck is looking at me!!!!
S
All after noon it went so on and so on.

So, Saturday afternoon I get 13 deer hanging around.
5 were immature bucks, 8 does.
I just watch in amazement!
They never knew I was there!
Never smelled me or heard me!
Never bolted or got nervous.

So, all in all, I got everything I wanted from this hunt!



It was 1 of my best deer hunts ever!!!

Stan b
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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draik11  
#6 Posted : Thursday, November 30, 2017 2:41:19 PM(UTC)
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Great to hear, Stan! Looks like both of us had good hunts....funny how the best hunt doesn't necessarily involve getting bucks. I for one am just as excited about the camaraderie as I am the hunt.
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stan b  
#7 Posted : Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:56:44 PM(UTC)
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I forgot to mention, I was considering giving the sport up.
The guys talked me into coming up.

I am heading up tomorrow for muzzle loader season.
I have found I am a winter trout Fisherman.
I salute you summertime guys!
Weeds, bugs, sweat and crowds.

Winter, quiet, peaceful, easy access, no weeds, no insect pests.

After this weekend it's steelhead time!

All the best guys,
Stan b

Edited by user Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:58:01 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
NBrevitz  
#8 Posted : Friday, December 1, 2017 10:09:26 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
I forgot to mention, I was considering giving the sport up.
The guys talked me into coming up.

I am heading up tomorrow for muzzle loader season.
I have found I am a winter trout Fisherman.
I salute you summertime guys!
Weeds, bugs, sweat and crowds.

Winter, quiet, peaceful, easy access, no weeds, no insect pests.

After this weekend it's steelhead time!

All the best guys,
Stan b


That's awesome! I'll get out fishing for Steelhead a couple times this winter if you'd like to get outThumpUp
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
stan b  
#9 Posted : Friday, December 1, 2017 11:25:37 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NBrevitz Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
I forgot to mention, I was considering giving the sport up.
The guys talked me into coming up.

I am heading up tomorrow for muzzle loader season.
I have found I am a winter trout Fisherman.
I salute you summertime guys!
Weeds, bugs, sweat and crowds.

Winter, quiet, peaceful, easy access, no weeds, no insect pests.

After this weekend it's steelhead time!

All the best guys,
Stan b


That's awesome! I'll get out fishing for Steelhead a couple times this winter if you'd like to get outThumpUp


I would like that very much.
I am new to fly fishing (1 season) but I learned much last year.
I am smitten with the steelhead bug.

I go 2 or 3 times a week until March.
Wibrdhnter and I went several times and caught a few pretty good fish.

But beware!
I don't quite measure up to some of the "Driftless Anglers" standards...........Flapper

Stan b

Edited by user Friday, December 1, 2017 12:42:05 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
Pete  
#10 Posted : Friday, December 1, 2017 2:22:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
I forgot to mention, I was considering giving the sport up.
The guys talked me into coming up.

I am heading up tomorrow for muzzle loader season.
I have found I am a winter trout Fisherman.
I salute you summertime guys!
Weeds, bugs, sweat and crowds.

Winter, quiet, peaceful, easy access, no weeds, no insect pests.

After this weekend it's steelhead time!

All the best guys,
Stan b


Good luck with the muzzle loader. I've talked to a few people who do it and they said that there has hardly been anyone out this week. Wherever you're going, you'll probably have it to yourself and the deer are returning to normal activities instead of trying to avoid the crowds during gun season.
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