Juneau county reports
Northern Juneau County. Saturday morning 6:55. Well the fiance got her done exactly one yr to the day she shot her big one last yr. Same spot and everything. Got to give her a lot of credit, hunted almost all day on fri and never seen a hair. She was back out Sat morning n the cold and didnt have to wait very long. He come walking n with a doe. 15yd shot and right thru the lungs and he ran about 150yds. This is only her 2nd yr bow hunting and 3rd yr overall deer hunting and this will b #2 for the wall for her with the xbow. I keep telling her that she has a horseshoe up her butt and it is not that easy...lol. This is the 3rd yr we have had this deer on camera. Always had pics of him all last yr muzzleloader and late bow hunting season during daylite. Just kept hoping all yr that he wouldnt get hit on the road or something happen to him. She seen him the 2nd Sunday of archery season but he hung up about 40yds in the thick stuff cuz he knew something wasnt right. This Sat was the only daytime sighting of him besides then. He was always on cam but always during dead of nite. 8pts, 18&1/4" inside spread, 170lbs
I wanna start by saying I think it’s great that the Juneau County thread is always active! I truly believe that if everyone had to hunt the wilds of Juneau County there would be a lot less hunters or a lot more hunters with the “deer hunting sickness” that we have! The hunting is not great but the land is very abundant and full of adventure! The hunter is almost always in the disadvantage with the endless scrub oak and jack pine branches! Let’s not even talk about hearing the deer come in because we don’t get that luxury! When you first set eyes on a deer it is usually already within shooting range and it feels as if the deer just appeared from the ground! The one time of the year where we get a slight break is when the bucks chase in early November and they might actually cruise through a shooting lane! It doesn’t happen very often for us Juneau County hunters but when it does the reward is immensely enjoyable and for that reason I think I have the sickness! As I rapped up another archery season(28 years)in Juneau County this weekend I could only think how great it is to still have such a deer hunting”sickness”. I tried the wait for the big one and pass small ones era and all I did was go without venison and the buck pool seemed the same every year! I ended this year with a four pointer (the only shot offered from a buck all year) on Saturday morning and I’m as proud of it as any other deer! Everything had to go right for this “sick” Juneau County hunter to get a little fork and I know I have as many or more hours in a tree than most! Some years are better than others but I will always hunt in Juneau County
I have been disappointed as well by the lack of sign around here. Early fall I had many 1.5/2.5 year old bucks on camera and some does/fawns, but they "vanished". I don't know if it's due to the bottoms that I hunt having more water or what. I think for 6 or 7 sits I saw one small buck, a doe and a fawn. Saturday I came down to see what was around for tracks in the new snow and saw very few. Corn is still up around here. Things are looking bleak for rifle season.
I was really disappointed as well as of the 4th. I only saw 1 little 8 ptr and I was in the woods alot. I thought I was done bowhunting for the season, but decided to go up again this past weekend because it got cold and there was snow. Contrary to reports that the DNR cancelled the rut this year in Juneau county, things blew up on the camera starting on the 6th. Saturday night I had a 2.5 year old 8 chasing a doe all over. Sunday morning there was more chasing. I didn't get a good look but according to the camera it was a nice one. I really wanted to stay to hunt Sunday night, but I had to head back. New scrapes around, deer out all over in the early afternoon. Looking forward to the gun opener. I'm assuming they'll still be running, but of course that could change just as fast as it turned on. I'm buying a boot dryer today. That dang water is higher again and now it's partially frozen. Not much fun walking across. Good luck to all and stay safe!!
My 2018 bow season concluded this past Sunday with my morning sit. We have an inch or two on snow on the ground and it was pretty cold. My ponds are froze up. The ground is still soft however. I also sat Saturday morning till around 9 and again from 2pm till dark. I did not see any deer. Not a ton of tracks in snow. My neighbor has been up there all week and has seen a "few bucks but they are all small". He is hunting till Wednesday.
I had high hopes for the season as I passed or did not get a shot at a number of decent deer last year. Anticipation was high for this season but it has fallen far short of what I had hoped for. I saw 2 decent bucks all season, one I did not get a real good look at and one I probably could have taken but was looking for something a little better. Anyway, that's my recap for the season. I'll turn my sights on gun season now I guess.
Vacation last week in Juneau county. I saw 6 bucks. 1 button buck, 3 lone doe and a doe with twins. Outside a small 6 who came to my downwind side with his tail straight out I saw no sign of any kind of rut. As the weather got a little cooler later in the week sighting increased. I didn't tramp all over my land but did find one scrape on my trips to stands.
It was a pretty uneventful week actually. No bobcats, no wolves howling, no real interesting deer behaviors. Will be up again Friday after work. Things seem to kinda go into lock down by then but one never knows for sure I guess.
I sat again last night and this morning. Have a doe tag I could fill. One non-legal buck last night was it. Lot of corn up still around us. Probably not helping things.
Unfortunately I couldn't make it up this weekend as the 4th-7th is traditionally the best days year after year. As of last weekend I hadn't seen any rutting signs and the couple cells cams I have out are yet to show anything either.