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Re: Hunterofwa's deer season-stay tuned
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2017, 11:20:34 PM »
Late archery post rut is tough for bucks. Definitely takes more time sitting but when it happens it can happen fast. The few times I've seen rut activity in late Archery were between first and second week of December. You won't see the volume of bucks like during the pre ritnor main rut so you have to sit more often but the rut activity can be really good in short spurts in isolated spots.

I've had the best luck Late Archery immediately following a rain or snow storm.

Best of luck. Keep us posted on how you do.
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Re: Hunterofwa's deer season-stay tuned
« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2017, 05:42:08 AM »
That's the way it is with most deer.

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Re: Hunterofwa's deer season-stay tuned
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2017, 08:12:35 PM »
Soooo... an update on the evening's hunt.

I headed out to the stand around 3:15pm and started hunting at about 3:50. There was a strong crosswind that was decent but on the edge of my comfort zone. Anyhow, I was confident that this would be the day.

As time went on, I spotted a rabbit at 25 yards and took a shot at it just missing it by a hair. That cost me an arrow and made me a wee bit frustrated.

Skipping ahead. At 4:30ish I was pretty bumbed and stupidly decided to pack up my gear. After I finished blundering around I uncapped my p-bottle to relieve myself. As I was about to do so, I looked around behind me and 50 yards out 3 does are staring me in the face. The bottle slipped out of my hand and spilled all down the stand. In the excitement I had been busted by the deer and they stared me down till the end of shooting light and worked their way back up the ridge. All the while I was shaking so bad it probably made the tree shake.

Overall, I am pretty annoyed by this hunt but I am sure I'll laugh at it someday. As far as my next hunt goes I think this stand is blown for a week or so. I'll try to look for a storm soon or hold out till Christmas break. These does are huge so I want to play it safe and make sure I connect in the near future.

Thanks for reading!
- Jeremy

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

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Re: Hunterofwa's deer season-stay tuned
« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2017, 10:29:18 PM »
I think you meant: "As time went on, I spotted a rabbit at 25 yards and took a shot at it just missing it by a hare" .  Never pass up a chance to throw in a bad pun.  ;)

Hang in there - the action always starts when your trousers are around your knees.  Just expect it, then you're not surprised when it works out that way.   Consider this a chance to check out some other areas while your spot cools off.
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Re: Hunterofwa's deer season-stay tuned
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2018, 11:06:00 AM »
Soooo... Let me start out by saying the season was a flop for me.

I never did let an arrow fly, but I still have to admit that I did have a few opportunities. At one point right before shooting light I had the big doe I was after walk below my stand so close I could smell her! But she ended up working off the area before it was light enough for a shot.

On several other occasions I would be approaching my stand and of all the times I was being just a wee bit careless, there would be a deer somewhere nearby that spooked off. What is frustrating is that in most of these scenarios If I had been more careful, I might have been successful.

Anyhow, no need complaining about it. I hunted hard, but some years it just doesn't go as planned. That's hunting though. And honestly I don't care that much this year, the deer were smarter so I have to hand to em.

I can say this though, I definitely want to focus more attention elsewhere for next season.

Well thanks to everyone who read this and I hope you have a Happy New Year!!
- Jeremy

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

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Re: Hunterofwa's deer season-stay tuned
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2018, 11:18:07 PM »
Don't feel too bad.  Way better to eat a tag then never venture out into the woods at all, and if you learn from your mistakes, then you're making progress towards becoming a better hunter.  Better luck next year.
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