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  1. JFC1

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    I'm not worried about them attacking me, but I'm not psyched to gut a deer with them close by. I've had the experience of tracking alone late night with them nearby making lots of noise in competing groups. Kinda freaky. You're right that they're not going to eat all the deer and turkey. But as Bucksnbows says, they are going to influence local herds, which in this case is about driving the deer out of the creek bottom funnel that was my sweet, productive spot that concentrates does and therefore roaming bucks during the rut. I guess humans and coyotes, as predators, like funnels. And coyotes move, but they're also very territorial and rotate within that defined territory, often divided up into individual areas, out of which they come together for groups like the 7. So I don't think this gang is going away on their own and I've been getting single animals and pairs at all hours since I set this camera up in late July. They're pretty bold, and I have them on camera walking around in the middle of the day. This might explain why all the turkey supposedly disappeared from the property. But just last week I found heavy evidence of lots of turkey in the thick stuff right up at the edge, against the fence line and barn of a farmer who uses big sheep dogs. Again, the coyotes influence, even if they can't exterminate. I'm officially not allowed to shoot coyotes on this property.
  2. JFC1

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    It's Zone 12 too, but down in the Hopewell Valley. I also hunt Zone 12 near to Readington on Sourland Mountain and it's full of them there too, but I imagine that different terrain gives deer different chances. It I've never seen them massed like this. Usually it's just 1-3.
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    I've been confused about the lack of sign and movement around one of last year's most productive stands. Today I found a gnawed leg, and then when I pulled my card, the scene below. I know they're not supposed to take healthy adult deer without aid of snow etc., and they could have been scavenging. But this group 30 yards from my stand, on a deer trail and along a stream that funnels into a narrow ravine?
  4. So as step one I'm consulting expert opinions, taking the mushroom below with the hypothesis that it's chicken of the woods, to be checked further. Does anyone have any views on its identification? Thanks
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    I'm seeing lots of acorns in just a few parts of southern zone 12 but almost no of the "good" white oak acorns on trees usually favored by the deer
  6. I came across this one today. Dont know my shrooms well
  7. wow, great job. excellent buck
  8. I think so. A combination of three factors that compounded one another, and that all lead back to hunter error and not enough care: 1) I tuned my crossbow before opening day, then carried it with me to NY and back. When I checked it on the target on Thursday after the poor shot on the deer on Wednesday it was pulling 1.5" to the right at 20-25 yards. The scope must have been banged in the trip and I should have checked it again when I returned, before going out hunting. Or else protected the xbow better. Inexcusable carelessness. 2) When I aimed I went up the front leg, bisected the deer horizontally and then accounted for stand height while looking where the arrow would exit since it was slightly uphill of my stand's base. I then moved slightly out, backwards toward the rib cage. I'd been reading in I think Field and Stream a suggestion that it's "always safer" to aim slightly farther back. and I decided to take the advice. I probably moved it 3" back away from the shoulder this way. In a different thread--I think Archer36' discussion of guides and S. African large animals--I see Rusty insisting that straight up the leg is always the way so the deer drops quickly. That's always how I'd done it up till now. I don't know why I doubted and changed, except that I wanted to be sure I didn't hit bone and the advice made sense at the time even though I don't shoot Rage. 3) I called the deer "broadside." I did so even after I'd butchered it, and thus had seen entrance and exit holes that didn't quite align. In other words, the deer was broadside only "close enough for government work." But thinking clearly it had to have had a slight quartering toward orientation. This makes sense too since it had been quartering toward when I was watching it, and then I decided it was broadside. Very slight. But real. I should have waited one more step. I said in my post above "no horn fever" but this is clearly bad judgment, as clouded by anticipation or immaturity. So there's little mystery as to how these three factors can add up to a liver shot placed too far back, and thus a more difficult recovery and poorer blood trail. The only thing I'm glad about is that I managed to get the animal before having to go over these factors in my mind. Thanks for asking. It's important to crystallize what happened so there's no repeat. I hope it never happens again and your questions help that by encouraging me to play over clearly, and on a public forum, three mistakes. I've never been one for "hail Mary" shots, but clearly I made mistakes, and definable ones, in this case. Any comments welcome and appreciated. As is this forum and the expertise of its members.
  9. welcome, from another adult onset hunter
  10. I'll bet it's the RNC or Chy-nah. Or maybe Hilary and Bill's Foundation? More seriously, I'll answer as best I can and based on evidence, not strange speculation. Probably: 1) relying on the money sent by their relatives already here in the US or Europe 2) doing something illegal for a coyote or the cartel that runs him 3) sex with a coyote 4) Hitting the loansharks at home who, if not repaid, will make sure your relatives are hurt, kidnapped, or at very least lose the house/business 5) selling what remains of their land in a desperate attempt to get out. Over the last decades Clinton, Bush, Obama and then Trump foreign policies encouraging the breaking up of indigenous communities' communal lands across Latin America have led to peasants mortgaging them, taking the cash and running to the US, and stiffing their local banks that could then repossess acreage often worth very little. USAID and the World Bank call this "development," under the umbrella of privatization. That's not exactly the case in Haiti today, but it shows how US foreign policy (war in Central America, shipping cheap corn abroad to destroy Mexican farmers, slaughtering every tropical hairy well-adapted pig in Haiti and sending in as "aid" pale, fat Iowa sows that died promptly and need expensive feed leap to mind) can end up encouraging, or even bankrolling, immigration. Disclosure: I'm not a Biden voter or supporter. He's mostly a fool and unqualified to be president. He's screwed up repeatedly across his career and he can't stop now. But just like we can thank Obama and predecessors' policies and mistakes for getting unqualified and unbalanced Trump elected, we can thank Trump policies and errors for getting (differently) unbalanced and unqualified Biden elected. It'll only stop when people of different stripes see through the BS and failed policies from both sides and quit worshipping individual saviors. I recognize and share that you're correctly and righteously angry, Lunatic. But my anger and shock probably goes back a little farther back. Maybe not.
  11. But this not exactly new. My mom started as a teacher in the Bronx in the mid-1950s. By the mid-1960s they were calling her a "f---ing b---" in the classroom and she was one of the best-loved teachers for almost 50 years, and a foul-mouthed Bronx girl who never spared the wooden spoon, too. It's not just in the classroom where you can punch, spit, curse, and commit violence and face hardly any reprimand. Classrooms are a reflection, and a way of reproducing, our society.
  12. In both cases the important thing is not to bullshit, to listen to what others have to say, to admit it when you're wrong, and to respect all who are present. Usually that gains respect and you can move on. If it doesn't, there's not much you can do. When I read Haskell's comment it was apparent to me that that's how he runs his classroom.
  13. Glad you had a successful hunt!
  14. It's interesting how Haskell and I say basically exactly the same thing about students' missing critical thinking. And we do it from very different sides of the political spectrum, different disciplines and different institutions. Maybe there is a reality we should all check before going batshit selfish political cheap shot?
  15. now HOW do I look Her up? Sorry making light of a bad apple some would use to attack all teachers. Kind of like the people who say all cops are bad because one guy lost his cool, failed to check in the dealer's stash as evidence, or shot a deer while on duty
  16. Maybe they were the nuns teaching Catholic school?
  17. Unlike many nations (especially totalitarian ones), the US has never had an official language. The legal, international-law based reason for this is the Treaty of Guadeloupe-Hidalgo. When the US took chunks of Mexico and incorporated Spanish-speaking former Mexican citizens into what is now the American west the Mexican negotiators wrung a small concession from the victors--they would not obligate the former Mexican nationals to give up their Spanish in favor of an official English. Multiculturalism in the making
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