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November 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm #8682
Mark, according to TWC we’re going to have an inch of fresh snow as well.
The TWC is calling for 18 MPH West winds tomorrow in my area. Sounds like it may be a good day for some still hunting, which is one of my favorite hunts with the ole 94.November 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm #8698
24 hours makes a big difference in the forcast. Friday night and now they are saying NW becoming W. Wet snow during the night and periods of wet during the day. StufStuf sent me some Golden Doe and scent blocker to try out. With the forecasted wind speeds of 15-20 MPH for the latemorning, scent is going to spread fast and furious.
-MDNovember 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm #8735
The weather man really has had a hard time today. No snow. Winds came from the wrong direction.
I saw two deer. First one was on a hill side. I just saw a pale grey hindquarters with the tail down. This deer was not excited but I did not see it long enough to get a shot. Second deer was a lively one. It heard me as brush swished my clothes. I was looking to see if it circled left but she did a question mark. I saw her ahead of me just long enough to know it was a young deer. I never saw another hunter but I heard the first shot about 7:00.
Hopefully you have a better story to tell.
-MDNovember 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm #8789
Left the house about 2:00. I found a guy sitting on the ski trail that had shot a small 5 point earlier in the day. I went up the trail another 300 yards entered the woods and started still hunting heading south then took a side trail east. Just before I got to a tree with a scrape I got snorted. I sat for a half hour and started south. While glassing I saw another hunter, so I backtracked to the west and took the main trail south. Little south of his elevation I got snorted from the west. When I could no longer see my front sight I started walking back to the house and got snorted again.
I think I better recharge the carbon in the sentlock outfit I was wearing.
-MDNovember 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm #8882
The winds have finally come. I had the wind coming from the north, west, and east blowing hard. The sun was out so I decided to still hunt for a deer chewing its cud. I left the house about a quarter to three. After I got through the deer ex-closure, I glassed up a slope and moved slowly. I had gotten 50′ into a spruce stand and got snorted. Good planning poor execution again. Hope your hunt went better.
-MDNovember 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm #8883
Mark, I’ve been having some minor vehicle issues (Wife’s vehicle) So I was only able to get out on Sunday afternoon, saw nothing, but it was more of a look around , so didn’t really expect to see anymore than tracks and other sign.
With the temps we’re going to get tonight I’m thinking that a mid-day, evening hunt is in the cards for tomorrow.November 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm #8886
I know you are probably looking for a mature deer. Here is one guys story of a mature deer.
Sunday I was talking with a guy at church, he shot a 9 pointer 1 1/2-2 miles from his car. A doe ran by then the buck. He was hunting on the back side of a mountain. He dragged it out to the trail and it was all he could do to move it that far. He went to the car and got a cart. He said it was easier than dragging but still a chore. Two hours plus after shooting the deer he got it back to the parking area. He weighed the deer 213 pounds. This guy is in his 60′s and weighs about 180 pounds. An ATV was not an option since the trail has restrictions.
-MDNovember 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm #8924
Sunny but noisy in the woods. No deer today. Did see a grouse.
-MDNovember 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm #8961
Sunny relatively warm, woods were quieter for walking. No deer until after shooting light ended. I spooked one on the way out.
-MDNovember 15, 2013 at 6:52 am #9010
Sat in the tree stand that I shot last years deer from. Did not see any deer.
-MDNovember 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm #9076
Work kept me from entering the woods until 3:55. I still hunted up to the ski trail made it there after shooting light ended. No deer to report. I checked the trail cams tonight. I was 2 1/2 hours later than this lady entering the woods on Tuesday.
Attachments:November 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm #9102
Sat under a cedar about quarter up slope from a low area. The lake was making the weatherman a liar again today. The draft when I sat down was from the north. Around 8:00 the winds thermals started coming from the south. I heard sticks breaking and poked my head above a downfall to see two does making for the cress of the hill. I started running should have, could have, through my mind but stayed put. About 9:50 I see movement in the low area, does. They started working their way up the slope when the first one came open in the brush I aimed behind the right shoulder mid height. The doe takes off along with two others. As I watch their departure the one I shot at takes a low course across the slope. I see the tail go sideways about a hundred paces away. I am feeling confident. After waiting fifteen minutes I examine the place the deer was standing when I shot. No blood but that is often the case. I start doing a crisscrossing pattern towards the direction I last saw the deer. After walking over two hundred yards to the east and working my way back to the shot I notice a sapling down range about 25 feet of where the deer stood with a branch freshly broken. After 2 1/2 hours of due diligence, I am convinced I shot over the back of a deer at 25 paces.
Probably seven years ago I sat under that same tree for the first time. At last light three does come up the hill starting a little further east than today. I was using a scoped 12ga. At less than 20 paces I shot at a doe. Using a flashlight I looked for blood but could not find any. The next morning I went back to look some more. All I found was a tuff of white hair no blood.
There is a cedar 30 paces higher up the slope that I have shot three bucks from. Makes you wonder.
-MDNovember 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm #9135
In the area I hunt it is not unusal to take bucks that have bodies that the horns do not match and for my sons der opening morning proved to be just such a case. He took a spike that came in at 149. Tues. morning I took the heart out of a fork horn that came in at 173. When I first saw him he was working over a tree that I had ranged at 250 yrds. from my blind last year. Because of scattered brush I had to let im come out into th power line a ways before shooting so don’t know exact distance of the shot. I just wish I could get a better blood trail out of the little 260. For the short distance he traveled there was just a very lite spay of blood. If there had been no snow I may not have seen it. His back feet were still on the power line so finding him was no problem.
Hope you all have a safe rest of the season.November 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm #9136
Thanks for adding to the thread. Some scientist would probably tell you that there are minerals lacking in the area. It sounds like the deer don’t mind when getting ready for winter. Congratulations.
-MDNovember 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm #9137
Left the house about 1:30. Sat in the same area as yesterday but higher up the slope under the second cedar tree. I was watching the wrong direction and got surprised by three does at three. Probably the same ones from yesterday.
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