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  1. It was hard to get out of bed at 4am knowing what the weather had in mind for us today but I was in my stand early and I could see silhouettes of deer moving on the horizon, I counted 8. I was at the bottom of the gradually rising field, with the top about 400 yards away and maybe 200’ up. A small creak runs down to me, splitting the fields in front of me in two, to north side on my right, and south side on my left. With first light two 4 pointers walked down along the creek to my stand and stopped at 30 yards. They knew something was up and took off in a hurry. Then, some time later ar
    53 points
  2. Me and my son went hunting last night. We saw a pretty good amount of deer I grunted this deer in and stopped him at 15 yards. Shot was just a little back but new it was a good hit. I backed out and came back at first light and found him not far where I last saw him. But unfortunately the foxes also found him and tore him a good amount. I was able to salvage the cape for one happy kid and memory to last me forever.
    44 points
  3. So after having a hard year chasing bucks and them not doing anything that makes sense this year decided to go out on a doe hunt in zone 7. Well right before dark the does step out into the bottom of the feild and then a buck parade comes out after em. 5 different bucks came out and made a bline to the corn. They walked right past the 20 or so does and didnt even look at em twice. Took this guy at 26 yards and he ran about 80 yds. Now to get ready for muzzleloader.
    42 points
  4. Just wanted to share a really nice buck an old friend took this week in Saskatchewan. I met him when I hunted up there back in the early 90s. We have stayed friends over years through deer hunting. His family owns a very large amount of land. They are cattle ranchers/ farmers. He only deer hunts one week each season. I have no idea what the deer scored or what it dressed out at. It’s just a really nice buck and who doesn’t like to look at big racks.
    33 points
  5. I was out with my 11 year old son this afternoon hoping one of the nice ones would show up for him. He had beginners luck last year and killed a 10 pointer his third time out. This year has been tougher. We headed to the same spot I shot an 8 pointer last Sunday. I had a 10 and an 8 on camera this week but only after dark. Didn’t see a thing until 450 when a nice shooter 8 came in facing him at 15 yards. It got to quartering towards at 5pm and I said don’t take the shot. Soon it was dark and the buck walked off. My son was very disappointed that I said not to shoot but more disappoin
    28 points
  6. Why is deer hunting always gauged by "Did you get anything"? Whenever I return home from a deer hunting trip or even a daily outing, I get bombarded with the same question from all of my non hunting friends and family. Sure, the end result in a successful deer hunt is a dead deer. But, there is so much more to deer hunting than just bagging a deer. Only a deer hunter knows the true meaning of hunting.
    25 points
  7. Last Thursday, wife had a good feeling about getting back in the woods. After about a half hour in stand, a doe comes trotting in with a six not far behind. Arrow flew and he dropped in under 50 yards! She’s 2 for 2 and I’m still trying to find the time to get out in the woods.. something is off here 🤔🤔
    23 points
  8. This guy showed up with three smaller bucks last Wednesday afternoon with two minutes of legal shooting light. I let him walks a few other times hoping for a bigger 9 that showed up on camera, this was the last time I could hunt before muzzleloader season. My biggest bow kill so far.
    22 points
  9. Illinois Double Header 2020 I arrived in illinois on nov 3rd to 80 degree weather, I had multiple pics of two big shooter bucks running a bottom area where I had a stand but they weren’t showing up anywhere else on the farm. I have quite a few stands and tower blinds on the farm and believe me I was dying to hunt all of them but I only hunted this one ladder stand the entire time I was here. I wasn’t getting busted and the cameras were getting pics of the big ones so i just stuck with it. Even though the temps were hovering around 80 degrees, the deer were on there feet. It to
    22 points
  10. Dropped one in Colliers mills at first light! Another hunter jumped him still hunting the swamp edge. If the other hunter is on here I want to thank him for letting me use his phone to check my deer ( accidentally left my phone at home) and help me drag him to the road. Dropped the deer off at a freind house as he needed some meat hasn't been able to hunt this year because of health issues. Helped him hang it in his garage and took the head with me for a euro mount. Nice little dark horned swamp buck. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
    21 points
  11. Had Nick (swamp rat) and his son along with my dad's friends grandson out this morning. Birds cooperated and was a pleasant hunt. Got our limit and left birds we could see running around in one of the back fields. Brownie did well.
    21 points
  12. Spent the last 2 days building the base for my new blind and then getting it stood up and in place. Installed the curtain kit to black out the windows. If you are thinking about buying one of these things, I dont see how it can be lifted up without a tractor. The blind is 400lbs and elevated 12 ft. I plan on doing 1 or 2 more but they will be 8ft. Should be easier to pull up In the spring I will build a nicer set of stairs . The Blind is the Banks Stump 4 vision series.
    20 points
  13. Here’s the PA update. One of the quieter opening day with rain sun wind and brief snow. Saw a half rack buck and two does all day. Then at 3:00 a doe walks out on the pipeline at 100 yds. She kept looking behind her. 5 minutes later a nice buck walks out. I watched him go down in my scope. Biggest PA buck our group has killed. 7x4. Thanks to God for creating such an incredible animal for us to pursue. Now I can help my dad and son get theirs!
    20 points
  14. Was again an awesome experience in the big woods, But as said before, what made it better was that my son was with me this time. TOTALLY different than hunting in NJ. We tracked several times and noticed that deer, maybe bucks, cut our tracks after we walked in on our tracks....behind us! The deer up there are definitely used to surviving, from the yotes to the deep snow to the extreme conditions. Speaking to the CO Chris Egan at the check station, he said that the snowfall in 2018 was so deep that many of the 1.5 y/o deer never made it and that fall and winter definitely impacted
    20 points
  15. So a few weeks back i lost a good friend to cancer and bought his crossbow off his wife.. today was the first sit with it and saw 9 doe and took out the biggest with a 35 yard shot 40 yard recovery.. i then field dressed it with his buck 110 he carried so all in all it was a great sit bunch of action
    18 points
  16. Vdep217 really stepped up and helped a friend of mine out of a bind by selling the 30-30 ammo at a very reasonable price at very short notice. The guy is a class act. Vito - I cannot thank you enough - you saved a 13 year old girl’s hunting trip with her grandfather by allowing her to use the gun that had been owned by her great grandfather that her grandfather had given to her!
    16 points
  17. Connected Tuesday Morning, Preston County
    15 points
  18. Limited out at Clinton
    15 points
  19. Tagged out with an 8 pointer a few weeks ago. Decided to sit today and try for a doe to put a little more meat in the freezer. She came out, and we had a stare down for 15 minutes. She finally turned her head, and I drew. 18 yard shot found its mark. She made it 40 yards and piled up. 2 Blade Rage did its job again.
    15 points
  20. Finally got out with the hound. She ran great as usual. Got 3 for the pot.
    14 points
  21. 14 points
  22. Trying something new , making cured venison ham with maple ‘ brown sugar glaze . cured for 12 days , now smoking it . ‘about half way done now .
    13 points
  23. Doe down first deer this season for me . I’ll still sit a while raining but I’m staying dry
    13 points
  24. I'll be out Monday afternoon as long as the rain isn't too heavy. The 9 point that I've been after is still around.
    13 points
  25. 13 points
  26. While I have loved the solidarity of bow hunting for 49 seasons , memories of the times spent driving deer with the local farmers and their families by far exceeds the quiet time . the comradery , fun , laughs harvests and misses are very vivid memories of great times . ‘The cutting table with 6 to 8 guys reliving those hunts was almost as good . hunters that don’t get to experience that really missed a great portion of what used to bond us together .
    12 points
  27. Geese are piling into nj right now. 11 man limit. Great time with great friends
    12 points
  28. Decided to use up the last of my ground meat from last season so I ran a larger batch of summer sausage today. Mixed 13lbs ground venison with 3.5 lbs ground pork. Did a garlic & cracked black pepper mix with hi temp cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. 1hr smoke at 100, 1hr smoke at 140, 2hr smoke at 180 and then 4hrs in the oven at 200 until internal temp hits 160 degrees. Finish off with an ice bath until the internal temp reaches 100. Air dry for 2-4 hours then place in the fridge.
    11 points
  29. Was out in zone 7 yesterday looking for a big doe, this guy and 5 of his buddy's showed up and walked right past the group of does not paying them any attention.
    11 points
  30. Had leftover venison meatballs so tonight I did homemade pizza with venison meatballs, and arugula.. cause why not?
    11 points
  31. Took out a couple brother officers for a nice pheasant hunt.
    11 points
  32. Use the permission slip in the digest. Keeps everything on the up and up.
    10 points
  33. Leaving tomorrow early am to head out to Tioga county for the best 5 days of the year. More excited this year than ever. Just looking forward to spending time with family and friends and not doing anything but having fun. Who else is headed out?
    10 points
  34. My son and I went jigging over the weekend. Lots of bass with some blues mixed in, all fat on sand eels. Bass were mostly from 24"-28" , but we only had 1 keeper over 28". Slow retrieve with avas for me and my son was bouncing a spro with a kietech tail. Both worked. Sorry I didn't take more pics but you'll get the point.
    10 points
  35. Family fun day today. My wife has been amazing the last several weeks with “letting” me out to hunt. So, we’re off for family pictures then to Peddlers Village in PA. I’ll be back out in the AM. Good luck 🍀 everyone!
    10 points
  36. Was out in 8 tonight. Lots of dog walkers and a big doe.
    10 points
  37. I saw umpfteen flatheads on Saturday, zero bucks. Sunday morning this 2.5yo buck was following a 1.5yo buck...I slugged him with my 220 at 60 yards...fell in his tracks and died! I thought he was bigger but don't regret taking the shot. I'm more concerned with getting a nice permit bow buck back here in NJ, so I don't have to eat tag soup again like fall bow! I don't go back to work til next Monday. I had a ton of fun hunting the hills, drove home today. Four out of six hunters had bucks by last night, when the biggest of the camp was taken...a 3.5yo 8pt that dressed out at 145 lbs. Mine turne
    9 points
  38. Definitely not my best buck, been a really tough season. Aside from my first sit of the early season when I took a 7 pointer, all I’ve seen since is one nice 6 a few weeks ago and again this morning, and then nothing but dinks. So, on my last hunt of permit bow this afternoon I let a bolt fly on a dink I named bacon! Just dropped him off at Ely’s, roasts, steaks kielbasa and maple bacon. Freezer should be in much better shape now. Hanging up the bow for the year and getting back to daddy duty, if I’m lucky I might get one or two opportunities on public land with the Savage 220. Good luck
    9 points
  39. If it was about getting one every time I went out I would have quit 40 years ago.. I Love hunting it doesn’t even phase me when I don’t get one. I am happy if I see some..
    9 points
  40. Well, at least you didn't wait until the last minute. You still have 36 hours.
    9 points
  41. Just texted my daughter. She said the pup is coming out of anesthesia now and is doing well. Good news.
    9 points
  42. A MATURE NJ buck is not going near human scent either! A big woods NY buck is definitely a different animal than a Bergen county residential but NJ has bigger woods where those deer do act the same. To say a mature NY deer is almost unkillable is silly, your just hunting him wrong. I kill mature animals in many different states, terrains, and habitat - my tactics change accordingly. How many mature deer have you killed in NJ?
    9 points
  43. F Dicks! They've been a joke for years
    9 points
  44. Different experience here...hunted public land in Allegany county. I was seeing glimpses of orange all day Saturday & Sunday, with a fair number of shots heard both days. Today was a lot less guys walking around & shots heard. Saw 4 does the first day, 2 on Sunday, and nothing seen today. I shot the only buck I saw, and no, I don't feel bad about killing him before he reached his full potential. I couldn't get on the does fast enough to get a shot off, and my buddy missed a buck & a doe (needs more range time, IMO). The buck I killed rolled 200+ yards down a mountain, major P
    9 points
  45. For the same reason they ask you "did you catch anything" when you go fishing. Its a small talk and although I get your point, just take it as a polite question form disinterested in hunting individual. Be happy they are not saying did you murder something today you blood thirsty killer
    8 points
  46. Date and time are off but this is best pic I got of him .
    8 points
  47. Relax, for the most part they can not predict the next day weather. Monday is in 5 days
    8 points
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