Lakewood, Townsend, Mountain areas
I encourage everyone to watch the report. I've hunted these parts since the 1980's and have definitely seen a decline in deer. The dnr has every excuse for poor deer numbers under the sun except over harvest of does. It is very clear they dont want a buck only year or years. Steady decline of herd the past three years and they still purpose an upside to setting a doe quota. Per the report towards the end, ANY harvest of does will result in a decrease of deer population!! The goal has been and will still be to increase the herd. I hope the CDAC will bear down and do the right thing. I encourage everyone to prepare statements for the public comment peroid. Trying to stay positive here.
lol i have property in Shawano county, Dude.. where it's supposedly the same with our 14 tags between gun and bow. My buddy i own it with and a few others hunted that property and saw some does opening morning and that was it. It was brutal down that way this year for gun from the sounds of it. No doubt I'll take the sightings for up in this area, i was very pleased. There's just some new form of excitement each year going from AG country in Shawano and Waupaca county where i spend loads of time bowhunting, and do see some really nice deer, and changing to the big woods challenge. It's a refreshing feeling when the season begins to become a real grind.
I hunt Waupaca County where there is supposedly a deer behind every tree and I saw 1 buck, 1 doe and 2 unidentified on opening day! I shot the buck. Your sightings sound pretty good for the big woods!
Lol oh no, SK... that's brutal!! I had a good year actually all things considered. Lost my uncle the weekend prior to opener so wasn't able to get out as much as i had originally planned both scouting and hunting. Anyway, made the best of it - saw 11 opening day, 2 small bucks i passed and 9 does. My buddy missed an 8 pointer as well so all in all i'd consider that a success. spent the rest of gun season hanging out with family and friends.
Did anyone have any luck over the firearms season? I ended up passing a young 8 opening day and saw 6 does so I was plenty happy. Checked a camera that was 100 yards from my gun stand while walking out on Opening evening to find that the big guy made an appearance the afternoon before the opener. Haha they know how to get a guy all fired up!!
Spent an hour yesterday making sure the stand was set and found someone's bow hunting honey hole about 200 yards from it... 6 scent wicks hanging from tree limbs... i wish guys would remove their trash after their sit . Hoping to catch one or two coming from some private fields into thicker bedding that I will be set up in between. Good luck everyone!
you too, dude! It's always a blast chasing big woods animals. I typically bow hunt the central farmland area so this new scenery always rejuvenates me after the grind of hunting the rut.
the rut is over! and ice fishing is starting
As I have a cabin in the Townsend area, I follow this thread. I love reading your guy's posts and it is humbling, realizing how little I really know about deer hunting. I hunt small parcels of private land, so it is literally setting up on the areas of those parcels where I see sign. If I had to find deer up in the National Forest, I wouldn't know where to start. Thanks for sharing and I with you gentlemen the best of luck this season!
My "A spot", where I have sat on Opening Day for the past 55 years, first with my Dad and Grandpa and then by myself, is a low escape route in the Cradle of Rivers. When folks start trampling around the woods, the deer funnel through those low areas on the way to the swamps. I've shot 35 deer out of that spot since 1965, not many of them were eye-bulging monsters, but I was fortunate to put a lot of nutritious, delicious venison in the freezer.
My "B spot" got destroyed by a tornado several years ago, and quite frankly I've never totally recovered from that. The B spot was a fragment of National Forest Land bordering private farm land. I never saw a whole lot of deer in that spot, but I shot my biggest buck and biggest doe (by far) from that spot. And there was a group of guys that used to drive private land to the north of this spot that drove several nice deer right to me.
The past few years, with very, very few antlerless tags and having only one spot I really trust, have been pretty tough for me. I shot an enormous doe off of public land in southern Oconto County three years ago by pure luck, and an average doe in the same general area two years ago. Last year I got shut out.
I'm always happy with a fat forkhorn or even a spike or spork, although these days I'm not quite as driven that I have to shoot SOMETHING. I'm going to sit on my A spot stump Opening Day and try to last all day.
That's my plan.