50 days! Discuss, pics, etc etc.
2019 Archery Season
Late post...shot this buck on October 26. Grunted/rattled him in to 22 yards on the last day of vacation I had to hunt. Passed a couple bucks bigger than him earlier in the week hoping for one of the big boys I had on camera, but it wasn't meant to be I guess. This was the first buck I've shot since my son was born and it was great to be able to share it with him. Judging by the smile on his face, I think I am dealing with a future hunter...
Juneau County public land big daddy. He really did not look big coming through the woods. He looked wide, but not tall. So much for my almost 60 year old eyes. I heard 2 bucks fighting about 20 minutes earlier. He came right in to my scents and right next to a big rub. He has a little cut by his lip, so pretty sure he was the victor of the fight I heard. Next day recovery that is a story in itself. Thanks to Casedog and my son for all the help tracking.
Saw first good rut activity tonight. Shot a 5 pt tonight because it looked injured. After finding it the left back leg was all busted up and atrophied. Must have been hit by a car and hasn't been using that leg for awhile. Good one to take out. Winter would have been tough on that guy. Look for something bigger with the gun. Best of luck everyone.
Hang in there guys. I know if can get frustrating seeing all the great picks and the undoubted talk of the Rut is done. Last year I watched, thru the thicket about 40 yards out (no shot but I did get out of the stand and try to make my way towards the action) a monster 12 point chasing like crazy a doe on the Wednesday before gun season. That buck was shot by a gun hunter Opening weekend Sunday.
As for a report, Oct. 26 was my best day. Lots of action and a beautiful long tined 8 at the ears at 15 yards, but decided too early to settle on that guy. Been seeing lots of deer real close just waiting for a bigger one. Horn hunter, not a meat hunter.
Congratulations to all successful hunters !!! Will be hitting it next week !
I redeemed myself last night.
Had this guy come in to the exact same spot as the bigger one i screwed up last weekend. This time i smoked him.
Not big by any means but I am happy with him. My first ever bow kill.
Now hopefully a doe, then i can dedicate my whole gun season to my 2 youngest who both want to hunt this year.
Well I got to take a few days off from work this week. Starting Wednesday:
Still had to drop the kids off at school, got to the stand about 830. Sat til noon, saw 7, one nice 8 pointer, got to 40 yards nothing closer but I was ready. Got down, drove to the other end of the property and climbed in a stand that is super thick. Got set up about 130. At 2 spike comes by. Goes back where he came from and I could here some chasing going on. Grab the grunt tube, make a few grunts and nothing. 5 mins later, our second biggest buck (close to 140 inch 8 point) on the property comes roaring out of the tag elder yet to fight, coming on string, got downwind of me and game over. But he is a dandy. The. Heard some grunting and chasing going on 15 mins before close but couldn't see anything. Ended up seeing 15 deer, 5 bucks.
Sat all day long, in the same area, never seen a deer. No idea how that can happen
Sat in the cold this morning on a different property than the last 2 days. Didn't see a deer til 10, then saw 4 fawns and 2 does. Nothing behind them. Got down at 11.30. was running later than I thought I was. Crawling in the stand at 250. Get up there and see 3 does heading north as I was put my jacket on. See movement in front of me and this nice 7 pointer is making a rub 100 yards away. Grunted a couple times, came directly by me at 18 yards and smoked him. Saw him pile up. Shot him at 3
Called my brother and he grab my son and they came out. My 4 year old loved deer hunting. Has been running to the door every night when I get home " dad you shoot a buck!?" So he got to track him! My biggest with a bow! Feeling pretty good right now!
Haf2fish, there really is no rhyme or reason sometimes. Behind my house they didn't move much at all according to the tracks in the snow. To my west was the same, hardly a track, to my north, they must have had a track meet. No reason as far as I can see.