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Last day Hail Mary--Clinton WMA


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#1 OFFLINE   five_weight

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Posted 02/06/13 - 08:40 PM

Hey everybody,
I was going to post this up on another forum, but thought since I'm new here I'd give this place a shot. I've bugged them enough.

This is my first year deer hunting. Got a z7 permit and hunting Clinton WMA. Next year I'm picking a new place. Lots of great land, but the bird guys hit it hard. Deer there seem spooky.

Anyway, I have two great spots. Lots of sign. But as the season has progressed it got hit hard, and as of last week's snow there's no new tracks. Sat today and I think it's spent.

So I was planning to quit for the season. But quitting is so hard. I can take the day tomorrow, but I hate to burn a work day to scout a new spot at the end of the season. Can you help even my odds? A storm is coming and they're moving to the corn fields at night. There's one field on the WMA that was planted with corn, but it's hit daily by the upland guys and their dogs. Didn't see any signs of activity there.

#2 Male OFFLINE   Axiom

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Posted 02/06/13 - 08:43 PM

Its to late.. just grab your gun, take a walk and hope you kick something up..:elch:

#3 Male OFFLINE   hunterbob1

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Posted 02/06/13 - 08:49 PM

Its to late.. just grab your gun, take a walk and hope you kick something up..:elch:

Hey fiveweight whatta ya say we go find axiom anbeatingdeadhorse :LOL my dead horse isn't working.L
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#4 OFFLINE   five_weight

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:05 PM

Nah. Not going to try kicking something up in a totally new spot (know your target and beyond, etc), and I'm pretty sure I know where the deer in my area are bedded up, and it's just outside of the WMA.

Hey fiveweight whatta ya say we go find axiom anbeatingdeadhorse :LOL my dead horse isn't working.L



#5 Male OFFLINE   hunterbob1

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:10 PM

and I'm pretty sure I know where the deer in my area are bedded up, and it's just outside of the WMA. So you found out A feild was planted? This bed near the farmers?Can you do 125yds from him and the beds?
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#6 OFFLINE   Rutting Buck

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:12 PM

You do what you want to, but with 5 months of hunting the deer have gone nocturnal, and it will be tough to tag one now.
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#7 Male OFFLINE   Matty

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:16 PM

I agree with Rutting Buck.

This late in the year, if you aren't on the deer, burning days off from work to hope you shoot something may not be the best thing to do. Everything on public land has been pressured more than Rosie Odonells mattress.

If you do go, I'd do as Axiom said and simply walk around. Maybe you get lucky, but at the very least you're scouting for next year to see where the deer go after all the pressure. But you can always do that on days off from work after the season ends too.

If you think you can get on them, give it a shot, might feel good just to get out one last day, trying to get it out of your system.:)

Regardless of what you decide, if you do go, Good luck! .:thumb_up:

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#8 Male OFFLINE   Woodrufflou

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:17 PM

Great point guys. Take the gun for a walk. Little scouting. Maybe you get lucky and get a shot


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#9 Male OFFLINE   MikeP

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:35 PM

five_weight, you're asking is anyone knows if there is another spot in zone 7 where you can go? Is that correct?

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#10 OFFLINE   five_weight

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:45 PM

Bob--I think the deer are bedded up within a safety zone and are walking away from the WMA to feed on the neighborhood plants. I've talked to the guy who owns the yard next to the WMA with all the brush (doesn't like hunters) and the neighbors who have seen the deer eating their plants. There's no "in between" huntable area.

MikeP--yeah, that's basically what I'm asking. If there's a better late season spot now that the WMA has been bird hunted for 5 months. But like I said, Hail Mary. Think I'm going to work tomorrow.

#11 Male OFFLINE   Matty

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Posted 02/06/13 - 09:47 PM

My mistake, I thought you were asking if it was wise to hit that spot again.

Don't know anything in DMZ7, but good luck. Someone might be able to help.

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#12 OFFLINE   johnnyo8148

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Posted 02/06/13 - 10:45 PM

Five, see if you can get out early and maybe catch them moving from one spot to the next. The weather may get them moving, but if the piece has been hammered like you say, it may already be too late. Having said that, however, there is always a chance. Besides, gobbler season is fast approaching and you'll be back out in the woods before you know it.

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Posted 02/06/13 - 11:09 PM

I'd go out Saturday PM for the true last day. If its snowing Friday into sat, there's a good chance deer will be bedded, and may get on the move after it clears up to eat. I'd set up on a travel route leading to that corn field. I'm planning to be out Sat in 7 if all goes as planned
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#14 OFFLINE   hunterdan199

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Posted 02/07/13 - 12:35 AM

why not you cant shoot a deer on the couch.




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