2014 gun season final reports
Of course I talked to my neighbor and they told me they shot some does, but they had no fawns. As he is telling me this there are 2 playing in a cut corn field next to his barn at midday without a care in the world, within a 100 yards of us as we talked. Sure they had no fawns lol, 3 does in farmland had no fawns. I just have to smile and agree though haha. I can definitely tell the difference now though as they have been popping a number of does now each year. Less deer than 5 years ago on his land without a doubt.
Heading back up north for muzzleloader to see if this guy made it through. Maybe I can get lucky and he'll stroll on by....or his spiker buddy.
Geeze, wish archery season went until January too...
Hunted Sauk. Never saw a buck older than 2.5 and did 3 all day sits as well as a few other mornings/evenings. Heard the most shooting on Wednesday afternoon. Sounded like opening morning. Old man shot a 3.5 8 on opening day around 2:30. Think I'll go back out with the bow for a doe.
The 80 I lease out is in Berlin township. The Berlin parcel is excellent habitat and I have logged and planted trees to help make it that way. It also has a small river (Little Rib) that runs most of the length of the property. It is thick brush and evergreens in most of the woods with good contour. The part of the land that is in agriculture is planted to grain crops as are most of the adjoining parcels. So, the hunters succeed there very consistently- despite lower deer densities.
The Bevent area is LOADED with deer on most parcels. So is north/east Portage county.
I just heard from the guys who lease my land in northern Marathon County (old unit 33). 3 hunters who hunted only 3 1/2 days and 5 deer killed. One buck and 4 does. The buck was a 6 pt. They do very well there every year, averaging 4 deer per year on just 80 acres with about 50 acres of woods.
I hunted all 9 days with 3 different crews in Western Taylor county.(bucks only) I got lucky opening day sitting on a creek crossing at noon with a 10pt. (only deer I seen with that crew opening weekend) A couple other deer were seen, but no bucks. Monday and Tuesday I jumped in with some fishing buddies of mine and made some 5 man pushes. A couple does and fawns were seen but no bucks. Wednesday-Sunday I hunted with my family making drives. We had between 5-20 people depending on the day. 4 bucks were shot total. 3 8's and a spike. A few other bucks were sighted, but not many. No shots were fired past Wednesday afternoon. Last year the same crew shot 17 bucks. We did however see alot of does and fawns throughout the week, which is very encouraging. If you get close to private land with bait piles, you will see deer. Not a lot of deer in the heart of the National Forest though. 95% of my hunting during the 9 day deer season took place on National Forest public land. Another encouraging thing I seen, or should I say "didn't" see were wolf tracks. Lots of coyotes and cats, but not 1 single wolf was seen by anybody that I know. All in all it was a rather slow rifle season, but we still had a great, safe time with lots of laughs. I will back out in the same haunts Friday-Sunday making drives with the smokepole in the same areas. I know a few nice bucks are left.