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2021 Deer season

11/4/21 @ 7:27 PM
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Mr.Seaguar
USER SINCE 2/5/05

Edit: I meant to say Gun deer season.

I will be in Shawano county. Weather looks really nice. Very excited as usual. I loves me some opening days.


Anyone hunting MN opener? It's gonna be 60*, glad I didn't plan on it. 

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TODAY @ 12:17 PM
Swamp buck
USER SINCE 1/23/09

Always lots of points and arguing when it comes to deer hunting! Go to one buck tag and targeted doe tags where needed. Lets go back to the backtag and on site registration. Its so easy to poach a deer with the tags the way they are. I know its convenient and we really don't know how many deer are poached but I still feel its happening. I know there are many crossbow haters on here. However, what would you rather have- A poor vertical bow shot that wounds three bucks or one dead with the crossbow? I have to laugh when people cry they didn't see anything, then they say they took a doe for meat. Duh!

TODAY @ 9:59 AM
brews4995
brews4995
USER SINCE 4/2/10

I will take my muzzleloader any day of the week over a crossbow.  Secondly it has not been shown that the additional use of crossbows has overall increased the total buck kill substantially.  Guys are going to crossbows from regular archery, but the number of hunters and kills isn't skyrocketing up. And I don't have the number right now, but the percentage of people who tag two bucks a year is pretty low, like around 15% I thought. Again they arent the problem.  If gun hunters want better success, then they can adapt too. Take your weekend gun hunt, move it up 2 weeks, get one of those automatic killer crossbows and hunt the rut then and be part of the success some think everyone has during this magic time.

TODAY @ 9:39 AM
JC-Wisconsin
USER SINCE 4/1/05

"Honestly, JcWisconsin,  there is no doubt the gun season in many ways does start earlier.  When you have a pile of corn laying there like you do , how much different is there between a pile of corn and a crossbow at 25 yds and a rifle at 25yds when the buck puts it's head down behind the log that was put right in front of the bait so it cant see you when its eating.?  Totally legal to hunt all through the rut with the crossbow and a  scope on it to boot. It is much more a gun than a bow. And your comment about " totally wiping them out" shows you are defensive . Only reason to be like that is when the other guy is right.  In other words, if you use a crossbow you are all  but gun hunting during the rut anyway, just using a crossbow  instead. Ask any crossbow shooter, they are far superior to regular bows. My uncle and cousin brag they can shoot a baseball at 25yds. and  say " it's just like shooting a gun. Put the crosshairs and and "thoop" , the deer is dead real fast. most even use  a rest for their crossbows. The day will come when I just get a crossbow, run my bait pile all through October and by the full rut I will be there with my crossbow and established bait pile 2 weeks before gun season. I will use that in place of gun season for Wisconsin and go somewhere else to hunt.  Also JC  , A little quote for you   " When the debate is lost , slander becomes the tool of the looser. "  This is why you implied that I want to " wipe then all out"."

First off, I didn't bait this year.  Now banned in every county I hunt.  Although bans have proven not to stop, or even slow the spread of CWD, I abided by the law even though I don't agree with it.  Bait bans only result in making public land even harder to hunt.  Food plots (and illegal baiting) on private land become even better when public land is nearby.

Secondly, I am not a fan of the crossbow whatsoever.  But to compare it to a rifle is ludicrous.  If a deer is standing at 25 yards...sure....not much difference.  I can do that with my recurve.  A crossbow could better be compared to a muzzleloader, but in no way does it equal a rifle.  The crossbow is greatly affecting rifle season.  Unless hunters move to crossbows (and it is proven they haven't in high numbers - most crossbow licenses were former vertical bow hunters), it will only accelerate the negativity of rifle hunters and result in escalating decreases in license sales due to lower success rates.

Thirdly, "lost the debate" I am confused about.  If there are a lack of deer in the northwoods, especially public land, how can you debate even more deer will be killed during the rut if you put a rifle in hunters' hands?  WI has been praised by having a later rifle season for a reason.  A good idea to bring deer numbers back is to use rifles during the peak of the rut?

The obvious fix would be to stop issuing bonus antlerless tags, control predators, and just sell a single buck tag you can use with any weapon during the legal season for that weapon.  The addition of crossbows have accelerated the decline of available bucks during rifle season.  If a crossbow or vertical bow hunter shoots that forkhorn during early season, they are done for the year with a one buck rule (like MN does).  More bucks would be passed, and would somewhat increase the overall buck success rate of all hunters on an annual basis.  Set the price of the buck tag at a level to ensure no loss of revenue, and only offer antlerless tags where truly needed.

TODAY @ 8:19 AM
Musky99
USER SINCE 8/8/11

I think the DNr REALLY needs to manage the northern deer herd differently than the deer herd south of HWY 8 or 64.  

Start off by banning baiting during the month of November.  The wolves love corn piles just like lazy hunters do!  

TODAY @ 7:21 AM
Kayaker 8
USER SINCE 8/28/20

Watching the deer activity in my neighbors field through the year, there was a nice group of does and bucks.  For the bucks, a nubby, a spike, 2 fork horns, a 6 and a 10 pointer.  The 10 may have more as he does not get close to the cameras I have watching over the field.

During the entire gun season saw fair amount of doe activity, and a couple of the smaller bucks usually active from 1100 PM till 0500 AM.  Never saw the 10 pointer.

Yesterday (Monday Nov 29) at 0730 AM, the 10 pointer was out strutting around in the middle of the field like a peacock.  Fed and strutted for about 20 minutes.

I believe the deer can read the calendar!  Or maybe those antlers are antenna and they listen to the radio.

11/29/21 @ 8:45 PM
ihookem
ihookem
USER SINCE 11/29/01

Thanks Samfox, I'd love to head back to Price co where my cabin is but I have 2 kitchens torn apart and women get darn cranky over the holidays if they cant cook. Later this week I head to some public land in Dodge and Washington county. Hope  all is well with ya!

11/29/21 @ 7:48 PM
samfox
USER SINCE 3/17/09

IHOP, Still rutting in Vilas co., no hunters, fresh snow. Go getem 

11/29/21 @ 5:16 PM
ihookem
ihookem
USER SINCE 11/29/01

Honestly, JcWisconsin,  there is no doubt the gun season in many ways does start earlier.  When you have a pile of corn laying there like you do , how much different is there between a pile of corn and a crossbow at 25 yds and a rifle at 25yds when the buck puts it's head down behind the log that was put right in front of the bait so it cant see you when its eating.?  Totally legal to hunt all through the rut with the crossbow and a  scope on it to boot. It is much more a gun than a bow. And your comment about " totally wiping them out" shows you are defensive . Only reason to be like that is when the other guy is right.  In other words, if you use a crossbow you are all  but gun hunting during the rut anyway, just using a crossbow  instead. Ask any crossbow shooter, they are far superior to regular bows. My uncle and cousin brag they can shoot a baseball at 25yds. and  say " it's just like shooting a gun. Put the crosshairs and and "thoop" , the deer is dead real fast. most even use  a rest for their crossbows. The day will come when I just get a crossbow, run my bait pile all through October and by the full rut I will be there with my crossbow and established bait pile 2 weeks before gun season. I will use that in place of gun season for Wisconsin and go somewhere else to hunt.  Also JC  , A little quote for you   " When the debate is lost , slander becomes the tool of the looser. "  This is why you implied that I want to " wipe then all out". 

11/29/21 @ 4:06 PM
brews4995
brews4995
USER SINCE 4/2/10

Lakeshiner and badgerstatehunter nailed it about lack of deer movement. God forbid you kick a deer to the neighbors. Deer adapt to hunters, and they've adapted to not being pushed. With all the pre gun season woods activities and shooting the week before,  they know to hunker down for the 10 hours of daylight in the sanctuary and they're safe.

11/29/21 @ 4:00 PM
hockeyguy39
USER SINCE 8/24/07

I hunt southern Brown county farmland, Denmark area. To say the deer don't get moved is an understatement. With heated box blinds and comfortable ladder stands, there's not much of a need to move to warm up or stretch. it's also an issue of access. A lot of smaller woodlots without much in between except brushy fence lines and big crop fields that have largely been plowed up already. We had 80 acres of standing corn nearby, the only two cornfields that haven't been picked yet as well.

 Not much for driving activity in the whole area, although Opening weekend I was in an elevated pop up blind overlooking a gorgeous area with about 15 acres of woods. Dropped down Sunday morning to run my brother in law over to his family farm, and as we passed by 15-20 minutes later, there was a group of about a dozen guys lining up to drive the woods!  No big deal though. Apparently a lack of communication with the landowner.  I'd left stuff out there figuring I'd be back in a half hour. Had to borrow a knife and headed to a different stand on his brother's farm. But even there, his sister in law kicked a group out later in the week who had only asked about driving it on Monday. 

For the season, we got three does between the two of us. I only saw a spiker opening morning and my brother in law saw a couple six pointers. Even out of his extended group of friends we butcher deer with only had one buck between them...and this is a group that always brings in a few. And to top things off, the monster I posted a couple pics of was hit by a car Wednesday night before the season. And some guy claimed it with his archery tag and posed for pics with it like he shot it lol. At least I was aware of it....I had planned on holding out for a crack at him.

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