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Old June 10th, 2019, 03:19 PM #1
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2019-2020 Bambi whacking

A few days out (*snicker*) from the 2019-2020 season starting, but other than those few with crop damage permits, the rest of us are counting days and thinking about the bow opener less than 3 months out.

Also asking for tips for the new season.

So Iíll kick off the thread and also open it asking for advice/knowledge. I moved last month within my neighborhood, but the house is on about 5 acres, mostly wooded. Immediate neighbors all would like me to reduce the deer population and have zero issues with me bow hunting. I like actually getting out and hunting around and 5 acres to hunt on (especially when really itís 1-2 that are huntable unless I want to guarantee I am dragging a deer out of a neighborís yard...though I am sure it is going to happen anyway).

But I work with what I got, Iíve got a TON of deer migrating through and if I means Iíve got one or two ďsure betsĒ tucked in the freezer and I am out on public lands or hunting a friends farm for meat for my friends who canít hunt (bunch of them have new borns this year), so be it.

Anyway, Iíve gotten a few singletons that last few weeks of observation who may be pregnant does from what they look like and those of thinned out, so probably dropped fawns not on my property. I also have a herd of 7 yearling does who werenít breed who usually come morning and evening. Iíve also had 3 come through a few times who seem to mostly come by day time and Iíve seen them sunset twice. Well I got a good look this time (like 10 minutes ago. Working from home today). As I thought, bucks. It was hard to see at a distance and/or dusk before, but I thought I could see some nuns coming in.

How quickly do antlers regrow? Because for early June, these guys seem to have a lot of progress. At a guess I think I am looking at a yearling, a 2yr old and a 3yr old buck. Though the bigger one might be 4. Former owner said a good 10-pt was bedding down behind his work truck. His wife feed the deer and loved them and would never let him hunt ďher deerĒ (he was a big hunter). Seems like all three have good antler progress, but the one has a span almost to the tips of his ears already it seems and obvious tines coming in. One that has a fork forming and last one that has good growth, but no forking yet.

Is it May that they start growing in? I know they typically shed velvet late September. Is it very linear growth? Or does growth slow down a lot later on? Or speed up later on?

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Also a better look at the two bigger ones. Left guy has a good sized fork already on both antlers. Other dude has a single fork so far.
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I’m just over here drooling waiting for September. Glad to see I’m not alone!
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Iím just over here drooling waiting for September. Glad to see Iím not alone!
Me too, iíve been watching deer for the last few weeks. Cant wait until opeing day of bow season!!!
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Iím just over here drooling waiting for September. Glad to see Iím not alone!
end of Aug for me but I never really see anything till later...TOO much forage in the woods.!
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Two sides of veal venison just waiting for September
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Two sides of veal venison just waiting for September
mmm stew meat....
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I've seen two different sets of triplets. Also, the piebald buck that is around the house might be getting busy. Saw a piebald fawn.
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It's that time of year again for me. 2 mins into my first crop damage hunt of the year. At least it isn't super hot out yet.

I now live further away from where I hunt and can't go after work. So I'm now limited to weekend hunts.
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Why such a long face dear (deer) ?
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