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Old September 10th, 2019, 06:51 PM #91
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Hmm, I said two more in my first post. Meant two total. First probably would have done it if I didn’t mind waiting 5 or 10 minutes. Second one and it was gone in less than a minute. If I’d had my knife, I would have saved the arrow...though I really don’t want to have to finish off any deer with a knife.



No harm no foul here. I don’t give 2 craps on what size deer it is that any body shoots. Just don’t make any sense to shoot the up and comers especially since you report about the # of deer you see. The young dumb ones are the best decoys you could have.
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Trail cameras been placed for a week. I am seeing tons of does and fawns. Not a single buck yet. Is it still too early for them? Im hunting on my small 3 acres home. Have feeders in my backyard that get almost a dozen does daily, but never any bucks. but i have 2 acres of wood. Should I relocate feeder into woods? Wife love seeing deers in the yard and dont want me to stop them in anyway, i figured i can trees stand in wood funnel that i know they pass by to get to feeders. That is where cameras are set now. But i been on property for 2 months. Never seen any bucks so figured they stay in wood and only hit feeders at night. Should i be patient? I keep hearing where there is does there will be bucks.
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I'd leave feeders in yard, but put a small pile on the ground and a trail camera facing it.

I've noticed that I'll catch some deer on the woods trail cam that wont show up in the backyard and vice versa.
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Thanks everyone. He was pretty pumped last night. He’s been practicing hard for a few weeks with his crossbow. Next year he wants to use a compound, if he can draw it. He likes getting a buck this early in the year.


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I mean, doesn’t everyone (except for Outrider. If he can’t put a harness on it to plow his fields it isn’t big enough to be worth shooting)?

Congrats to your son! A fine deer. My older one was out with me tracking down the fawn on Saturday (not like I didn’t know where it went, but I figured a good exercise for him). Younger two were at friend’s houses. This morning my older one got on the bus right after I shot a doe and the middle one helped me track it (he is REALLY good at it! I am taking him on all my hunts from now on) and the younger one came out to see the deer a little later.

First time they’ve all seen a dead deer. Especially blood trails and what not. Handled it better then I sort of expected them to. None wanted to stick around for field dressing, but that’s fine. Only my 5th season hunting and the kids are 11, 9 and 7. The middle one is obsessed with deer.

Doe was further in my meadow out of range, went up in to my front wood and I saw her circle around past my garage and down my hill from a window so I ran back out in to the garage. 23yds from the garage window to where she was hit. A couple inches lower than I thought I was aiming, but perfect heart shot. Still managed about 100yds flat out running in to the woods. Arrow broke ribs and lodged in the muscle of the opposite shoulder. Very slight quartering away angle. Broke the arrow head running. Must have brushed a tree (she also broke the leg she had hunched up running).

I lost sight of her so I waited 45 minutes and found her right where I had lost sight of her. Must have collapsed instead have stopped and fallen.

No spots this time even if she isn’t enormous, maybe a yearling or 2 1/2yr old. I’d guess 90-100lbs live weight. Wasn’t the smallest deer in the cooler when I dropped her at the butcher this time :-P
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Hmm, I said two more in my first post. Meant two total. First probably would have done it if I didn’t mind waiting 5 or 10 minutes. Second one and it was gone in less than a minute. If I’d had my knife, I would have saved the arrow...though I really don’t want to have to finish off any deer with a knife.



No harm no foul here. I don’t give 2 craps on what size deer it is that any body shoots. Just don’t make any sense to shoot the up and comers especially since you report about the # of deer you see. The young dumb ones are the best decoys you could have.
True. And in the future I doubt I’ll shoot a fawn. Tasty, tender, but not a ton of meat and I just got excited about harvesting my first deer ever on MY property. I’ll be hunting public land later for ML and gun, but certainly feels exhilarating, like freedom to hunt my own property.

Yearling seems to be where it is at. Twice the meat, bigger target, still tender. At least close enough together with the doe I shot this morning to pick it all up from the game processor at once rather than make two, 50 minute long round trips.

Also probably done till early ML unless one of those bigger bucks show up in my yard in range again. Only really need 1 more deer to fill my freezer. 2 more I can use (and give some to a friend). Any more would be donated, so I figure I should wait to get any more
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Trail cameras been placed for a week. I am seeing tons of does and fawns. Not a single buck yet. Is it still too early for them? Im hunting on my small 3 acres home. Have feeders in my backyard that get almost a dozen does daily, but never any bucks. but i have 2 acres of wood. Should I relocate feeder into woods? Wife love seeing deers in the yard and dont want me to stop them in anyway, i figured i can trees stand in wood funnel that i know they pass by to get to feeders. That is where cameras are set now. But i been on property for 2 months. Never seen any bucks so figured they stay in wood and only hit feeders at night. Should i be patient? I keep hearing where there is does there will be bucks.
I can’t say I know enough for anything authoritative. That said, my property is 4.4 acres, about 3 of it woods and 2 of it woods in the back with a creek at the bottom of the valley (house is at the top of the valley, maybe 200yds across, 20yds or so deep)

The said I have a nice meadow on one side of my house and chicken coop at the edge of it. Meadow is about 40yds across and is maybe 20yds from my house for the edge of it. Then I’ve got some front woods and my neighbor’s fenced yard starts at the corner of the meadow. Deer tend to walk down the gully next to her fence in to my front woods and either feed in to her front yard and then loop around back in to her woods or go the other way in to the neighborhood.

Or they’ll come out of the woods in my other side yard which is open woods and feed out in to the backyard lawns of my neighbors (maybe 5 acres worth of lawn between all of their backyards with no trees in them).

So far I’ve seen at least 20 different deer and it’s probably more since we moved in, in early May. I’d guess it’s more like 40+ deer. Biggest group I’ve seen was 10 or 11 at once. Usually it is 2-5 at a time.

For bucks, the meadow side of the house gets a spike buck, but otherwise it is almost all does and fawns. I THINK I’ve seen a fork with them a couple of times.

The other side yard is a mix. Sometimes does. Sometimes does and fawns. Sometimes bucks. Sometimes all genders. I’ve seen a huge 9 point and a huge 8 point on different days. Plus some 5, 7 and smaller 8 point bucks, a fork and some spikes that have moved through there. I’ve seen them out in my front lawn down by the street 100yds away. No idea if they feed through the side yard with the meadow or the other side yard.

The area is a feeder from the state park maybe 3/4 a mile away. Whole valley (200yds wide) is woods maybe 600yds long. A LOT of deer move through their filtering in and out of the neighborhood.

Generally it is about once every 2 weeks I’ll see bucks. Does and fawns I see almost every day and usually several and usually more than once in a day. That doesn’t count all of the ones I am not seeing. I finally put up a trail cam on modal evening. I am going to pull the card in a week or so and then turn it to point in to the meadow. Right now it’s at the edge pointing towards my shed/house. I’d imagine it caught the doe I shot this morning as it walked right by the trail cam and couldn’t have been 10yds away from it when I shot it.

I have a ground blind right next to the trail cam and of course shot the doe from my garage window instead. I spread a bit of corn in the meadow the last two nights and some of the deer are eating it. Maybe 4lbs of corn each time (I use a laundry detergent container with the bottom cut off as a scoop for the deer corn and also chicken pellets). Also a mineral salt lick in the middle of the field. First time I saw a deer actually use it was last night. They’ve mostly been waking right by it since I or it out last week.

The side yard where the big bucks have been moving through is off limits to hunting. I’ve only talked to two neighbors about hunting and they are fine with it (one encouraged me to shoot every animal I can find, she hates animals. Other one doesn’t mind hunting and hates the deer eating all her stuff. I have permission to hunt her 4.4 acres, not just retrieve). Fortunately those two are the ones closest to my little meadow.

The other neighbors over there I’d need to talk to probably 5 neighbors and one of them I am pretty sure wouldn’t be okay with me if a deer dropped dead on their property. It also happens to be the neighbor who’s daughter is good friends with my 7yr old daughter. So I don’t want to mess that up either by having a deer run on to their property or ask permission.

So I’ll keep all my hunting to the other side or down deep in the woods where it is likely to stay on my property, go on to the property of the neighbors I’ve talked to or at worst manages to make it across the creek to the property where the two neighbors have a deer stand hung right between their property lines...that’ll probably be an easy ask to retrieve (most of the creek bank is 4-7ft high and 30-40ft side. so if the deer doesn’t run to a ford, it probably isn’t jumping back out of the creek after taking an arrow).
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Congrats. 2nd pic, did the blades not extend, or did you push them back in place?
Yesterday afternoon was my first time out this season. It was warmer than anticipated, didn't see anything but one skrawny squirrel, and a turkey. May head out Friday since it's supposed to be cooler.
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Congrats. 2nd pic, did the blades not extend, or did you push them back in place?
Yesterday afternoon was my first time out this season. It was warmer than anticipated, didn't see anything but one skrawny squirrel, and a turkey. May head out Friday since it's supposed to be cooler.
They retracted when I pulled the arrow out. Good sized hole in, perfect 3 limbed hole through the heart and the same in the opposite ribs. Looks like the blades pushed all the way through the opposite ribs, but couldnít quite make it through the rest of the meat and hide after breaking the ribs.

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Also hoping I can lure a turkey in during the season. Iíve never seen or heard them in the neighborhood, but Iíve seen them back in the park and along the pipeline 3/4 mile away. Iíll be happy enough just deer hunting the property, but if I can turkey hunt it too...heaven.
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True. And in the future I doubt Iíll shoot a fawn. Tasty, tender, but not a ton of meat and I just got excited about harvesting my first deer ever on MY property. Iíll be hunting public land later for ML and gun, but certainly feels exhilarating, like freedom to hunt my own property.

Yearling seems to be where it is at. Twice the meat, bigger target, still tender. At least close enough together with the doe I shot this morning to pick it all up from the game processor at once rather than make two, 50 minute long round trips.

Also probably done till early ML unless one of those bigger bucks show up in my yard in range again. Only really need 1 more deer to fill my freezer. 2 more I can use (and give some to a friend). Any more would be donated, so I figure I should wait to get any more
Don't wipe 'em all out in your first season, you'll want to shoot some next year..... I remember gutting a deer my daughter shot when my son was about 5 or so, "can I poke that with a stick" he asks when I'm pulling the stomach and organs out. Lol
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Don't wipe 'em all out in your first season, you'll want to shoot some next year..... I remember gutting a deer my daughter shot when my son was about 5 or so, "can I poke that with a stick" he asks when I'm pulling the stomach and organs out. Lol
Lol.

Not a chance. Pretty sure there are only a couple of guys who hunt in the neighborhood plus me. I count >>>20 different deer coming through my property not counting whatís coming through theirs.

My plan is to try to get one of the bigger bucks Iíve seen. Otherwise the rest of my hunting this year will be public land unless I get in to later December or January and didnít connect on public land. Or one of my friends/neighbor wants one, but everyone I know who might either has gotten one already or they swear up and down theyíll be hunting this season.

Well I guess the caveat if my family eats more venison. The boys often love it and one is hitting adolescence. Last couple of years weíve been so busy I havenít cooked much compared to normal. My wife will only cook with ground (any further deer I am getting back straps and grind the rest). Got maybe 20lbs from my 5-pt from last year still. I am hoping to eat through it fast now that I have two coming from the game processor soon and I am pretty confident I can get one or two more if I set my mind to it (and Iíve got 3 days of early ML I am for sure hunting on public land. Going to try to de eastern shore for the late gun season. Might try a little late ML season hunting also).

So this could end up being a year of 4 or 5 deer.

Anyway, after 3 unless the 3rd is small or we start really hitting the venison hard, I am done hunting unless I find a friend who wants a deer and doesnít mind paying the butcher.
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