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About Hunter99

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  1. nothing for ducks in central it feels like, tons of geese but the weather is really screwing everything up
  2. too bad the season is out till the 27th of December...
  3. Was out in North zone, got limit of mallards
  4. Hunter99

    First Buck!

    Thank you! I've bowhunted for about 6 years now and this year was the first time I ever encountered a buck bigger than a spike where I was actually able to get it close enough to shoot. Many years of seeing bucks far off, but this year I learned some patterns and had this guy walk right up to me! I'm already itching to get back!
  5. Hunter99

    First Buck!

    I have had bucks skirt by me and several close calls all season. After having enough of the spot and its irregularity I decided to try a spot I wanted to hunt since September but never actually did. Climbed a tree in the new spot at 5:30, hunted from 6 am and around 8:30 a nice 8 came cruising by before I was ready and he stopped just out of range. I was determined to get one and knew they would travel that spot so I stayed till 12. Nothing else. Came back at 2:30 and moved 20 yards back because if I was back there I would have been able to shoot the 8 point. I just hung my backpack up on the tree when I hear leaves crunching. I freeze and peek around the tree to see this guy. My heart started pumping so hard, I knew it was a right choice to move my stand. He has no clue I'm here, I turn around to face the front of my stand and watch him from the corner of my eye. He is moving parallel with me, he goes past a tree and I pull back on the bow. Full draw he keeps moving and I tell myself after this tree, make him stop and shoot. But before that could happen, he stops right in between two trees with his head blocked and perfect opening for the vitals. I knew it was now or never so I aim at the vitals and quickly release it. My arrow hits perfect, but doesn't go all the way through. I saw it break off as he jumps. Blood spurts out, he runs 30 yards I see blood dripping out of his mouth and all of a sudden he stops. After 2 seconds of standing there he almost does a backflip and there he lays, 3o yards away. I was so excited and called my dad straight away to tell him the news. This was my first buck and we've had bigger on camera but I'll take this one any day.
  6. Got it done in the afternoon, wasn't even able to sit in stand and he came walking in. First buck!
  7. Lol I hope not otherwise I've been hunting domestics its one of my hunting spots on an island in the river
  8. I know I was just joking about it haha. That was only time I heard a fall gobble
  9. Opening day of duck season when it sounded like WW3, they were gobbling like crazy
  10. Was out in morning, had a really nice 8 take me by surprise and cruised right past before I could get a shot, hoping for luck tonight
  11. I agree with MG, I don't think woodies are a good decoy or call responsive bird but hey it can't hurt!
  12. I disagree, if anything I noticed it more than anything else. An email went out from fish and game, and anybody who even took a quick read in the digest would tell you they allow military now on youth day.
  13. To be honest, any decoy works, it is the shape of the decoys on water that brings the ducks in. Especially early season when majority of the shooting is right at first light. Also early season is a lot of wood ducks/teal. Those ducks don't respond to calls, nor do they decoy like mallards, they kind of buzz by or drop in. So early season I use whatever decoys I have, including full colored ones. Also a hedgerow is perfectly fine if you hide well enough, maybe throw some branches in front of you and avoid making movement when they're coming in. Good luck!
  14. Cardio without a doubt. Building that endurance helps with literally everything. Start running every day, start at ten minutes and work your way up to at least 30 minutes a day. You can still weight lift, but don't bulk up, like they said, do light weight lots of reps to get toned. Running also helps lose weight quick, just gotta stick with it.
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