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  • outrider58

    Loves Red Balloons
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    Yep - I've been hunting early archery every year until last year and probably will wait until October at the earliest again this year (vacation getting in the way). Concur on the post ML gap between that and rifle. That's the week or two that I've taken the most in archery. Biggest bodied buck that I've taken was the second weekend post ML. Big-bodied old buck who's antlers were in decline. I'd seen him pass/lurk out of range on two prior seasons. Dragged that old one down-slope to near the road where I could load it into the truck at a turnaround on the driveway. My taxidermist neighbor across the street saw me dragging down the hill and came out to help me load it. You get very few neck roasts off of "mountain deer", but I got two off of this one. Hoping for a repeat this year.
    Good luck J!
     

    outrider58

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    Thanks, you too, B! I still gotta get the eyes out to see what's coming in this year in a new field of view. Have to give the proven spot a year or two's rest to recover. Sucks being bound to the ground.
    FWIW, I killed one of my biggest bucks, a 6 point, that I hunted for years. I estimated his age at 8 yo when I finally killed him. He showed up every year during the rut. He never showed up on my trailcams.
    They're out there...
     

    308Scout

    Ultimate Member
    MDS Supporter
    Mar 27, 2020
    6,757
    Washington County
    FWIW, I killed one of my biggest bucks, a 6 point, that I hunted for years. I estimated his age at 8 yo when I finally killed him. He showed up every year during the rut. He never showed up on my trailcams.
    They're out there...
    Mine was probably an 8, but was missing an antler for confirmation. I caught him on cam exactly once in July a few years ago. No doubt on the cams front - I've stopped using them to estimate specific animals (nice to see), but to give an idea as to average times of activity over the season. I wish these fVckers were actually that predictable.
     

    outrider58

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    Mine was probably an 8, but was missing an antler for confirmation. I caught him on cam exactly once in July a few years ago. No doubt on the cams front - I've stopped using them to estimate specific animals (nice to see), but to give an idea as to average times of activity over the season. I wish these fVckers were actually that predictable.
    I don't run cams anymore either. I know where they move. We don't shoot anything younger than 3. Neither one of us is looking for wall hangers anymore. Just mature deer.
     

    RRomig

    Ultimate Member
    Industry Partner
    MDS Supporter
    Aug 30, 2021
    1,981
    Burtonsville MD
    I love to run cameras. Actually I run them year round. It’s so easy now that they’ll send pictures to you. Yeah it’s cool to see a good buck but I enjoy all the wildlife pics. I have shot animals I’ve seen on camera and have not seen animals that have shown up on camera so I’d never not hunt just because I haven’t seen anything come in.
    I don't run cams anymore either. I know where they move. We don't shoot anything younger than 3. Neither one of us is looking for wall hangers anymore. Just mature deer.
     

    outrider58

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    I love to run cameras. Actually I run them year round. It’s so easy now that they’ll send pictures to you. Yeah it’s cool to see a good buck but I enjoy all the wildlife pics. I have shot animals I’ve seen on camera and have not seen animals that have shown up on camera so I’d never not hunt just because I haven’t seen anything come in.
    My most enjoyable trailcam pics have come after the close of the season. I would place a cam in a sheltered area next to winter feeding grounds. Great fun to view. Almost voyeuristic.
     

    Brickman301

    Ultimate Member
    Mar 23, 2015
    2,584
    FREDERICK, MD
    Picked up a new property so cameras have been out since spring. Lots of turkey, does with little ones, coyotes, and a few smaller bucks. Nothing big on camera yet, but we’ll see. Oh, and she has been coming by with her 2 little ones….haha.
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    BigCountry14

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    Jan 17, 2013
    1,697
    Got some cool shots the other day. Just happened to hang a stand close 2 days before.
     

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    Derwood

    Ultimate Member
    Jun 2, 2011
    1,079
    DC area
    One of my home stands is pretty close to a power line. The power company came through the other day for their regular vegetation management and completely clear cut/bulldozed the right of way. I was thinking of planting some food for deer while the ground is still open.

    What are your favorite foot plot mixes that can be broadcast with a simple walk-behind broadcaster? (I don't have any heavy equipment other than a lawn tractor)
     

    RRomig

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    Aug 30, 2021
    1,981
    Burtonsville MD
    One of my home stands is pretty close to a power line. The power company came through the other day for their regular vegetation management and completely clear cut/bulldozed the right of way. I was thinking of planting some food for deer while the ground is still open.

    What are your favorite foot plot mixes that can be broadcast with a simple walk-behind broadcaster? (I don't have any heavy equipment other than a lawn tractor)
    Great idea. I’d do a little research. Conditions come into play like soil , wet/dry , shade/sun. Whitetail research has a great web site to point you in the right direction even if you don’t use their products.
     

    Archeryrob

    Undecided on a great many things
    Mar 7, 2013
    3,213
    Washington Co. - Fairplay
    My buddy used a raddish combination and the deer loved them late season and even dug some up. They improve the soil too. He did buckwheat late spring and they love that also and it seems the bucks like it too. Now he is ready to plant radishes for winter.
     
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    outrider58

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    One of my home stands is pretty close to a power line. The power company came through the other day for their regular vegetation management and completely clear cut/bulldozed the right of way. I was thinking of planting some food for deer while the ground is still open.

    What are your favorite foot plot mixes that can be broadcast with a simple walk-behind broadcaster? (I don't have any heavy equipment other than a lawn tractor)
    What RRomig said. Look particularly at blends to extend the life of your food plot.
     

    Inigoes

    Head'n for the hills
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 21, 2008
    49,735
    SoMD / West PA
    One of my home stands is pretty close to a power line. The power company came through the other day for their regular vegetation management and completely clear cut/bulldozed the right of way. I was thinking of planting some food for deer while the ground is still open.

    What are your favorite foot plot mixes that can be broadcast with a simple walk-behind broadcaster? (I don't have any heavy equipment other than a lawn tractor)
    Go heavy on radish. The deer love them, and it sticks around after a frost.
     

    tallen702

    Ultimate Member
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    Sep 3, 2012
    5,139
    In the boonies of MoCo
    My one remaining apple tree has a bumper crop this year, I'm seeing younger bucks and big, fat does in broad daylight out of the dining room window.

    If oak trees are anything like black walnut trees, then it'll be a good crop this year as well because my black walnuts are HEAVY with nuts this year. Some branches are nearly touching the ground the nuts and hulls are so big.
     

    Archeryrob

    Undecided on a great many things
    Mar 7, 2013
    3,213
    Washington Co. - Fairplay
    Bought my license and SOB did they raise the price of everything! $104 out the door.
    State license $35, it is $42 just for waterfowl stamps $27 for Fed and $15 for state. Bonus buck went to $10. Ain't even 11am and feel like I need a beer from shock.

    I was over by Scout308's house taking down a stand I had over there to get another on the access trail on the farm. I was ordered to kill lots of does this year and making a lot of jerky.
     

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    StantonCree

    Watch your beer
    Jan 23, 2011
    23,954
    Saw these two this morning in DC. They know you can’t kill them so they have no fear. We’re a train tracks width away.
     

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    gtodave

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    Aug 14, 2007
    14,595
    Mt Airy
    One of my home stands is pretty close to a power line. The power company came through the other day for their regular vegetation management and completely clear cut/bulldozed the right of way. I was thinking of planting some food for deer while the ground is still open.

    What are your favorite foot plot mixes that can be broadcast with a simple walk-behind broadcaster? (I don't have any heavy equipment other than a lawn tractor)
    Same here, but they did it last year. It's on neighboring property so I can't plant it (without asking, which I probably could have). Deer used that area for bedding a LOT, so that was all gone, and the deer moved somewhere else. It's grown up a bit now so I hope they'll move back in.
     

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