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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2021, 02:49:18 PM »
Good luck.  Lack of snow will make it a little more difficult to find deer but will also help with your stalks being quieter.

Sorry to hear about all of the cat tracks but that is the new normal.  Too many cats in this state.
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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2021, 09:00:26 PM »
So how about some good, some bad, and more good

This morning the temperature was about 10 degrees cooler than the opener and by noon it had dropped another 5 degrees. Way less wind as well.

Even with the cooler weather the morning hunt was rough, only seeing a hand full of does and a spike.

Around noon I meet up with some HuntWA members who also have the tag. Good dudes who offered to help me if needed since im solo. Itís nice to have the ability to meet guys when out hunting.

When I went out for the afternoon/evening hunt, I hadnít been at it more than 20 mins and I had already seen more deer then I did all morning.  All of the deer I did see were doeís, no bucks. Still pretty early as Iím checking all the ridges and hips. I get to a fork, turn around and there is a doe and a buck 200 yards up the ridge just inside the tree line. The buck could careless and the doe was giving me the stair, like why is this guy standing in the middle of the road? 

My goal with this hunt is to try and harvest a good mule deer representation.  This buck appeared to have what I was looking for, 4x4, decent mass, just outside the ears. It didnít take me long to decide to put the stalk on.

I make my way to the up hill part of the road so they canít see me anymore. The doe starts to move away and up the ridge. As I get closer moving down the road, I can see just the tops of bucks horns. I start moving slowly up towards the last location and thereís no buck!  I figured he had followed the doe, so I continue in the last known direction.

I spot them moving through some trees about 100 yards away. I pickup my pace and close the distance quickly. The wind was in my favor but it was starting to get later and the wind was starting to swirl ever so slightly.  The buck turns around and stairs in my direction as does the doe.

We are locked in a game of donít move for almost 30 mins. Iím pretty positive they canít see me clearly bc Iím behind a tree I was using to block my movement.  To my surprise the doe starts walking towards me and gets to about 40 yards, Iím thinking yes this buck will follow.  Iím pretty sure she was just trying to check the wind bc she promptly jumped back. She did this two more times.

Finally the buck moves behind a rock cropping and the doe goes on top of it.  The buck joins her on top and now heís locked into my location. He is however standing completely broadside and elevated slightly, with the only thing blocking a shot is the tree Iím behind.

I lean out slowly and get a range, dial my sight. Iím about to draw back and step out when the buck looks back at the doe and takes off.  They head back over the ridge down towards a road. I follow and get to the road not knowing which way they went, so I start slowly up the road. I look back and spot him standing below the road but a ridge away. They went right I went left.

I worked my way to the last known location but never see him again

Even though it didnít workout, it was still pretty awesome, and now I know what caliber of deer the area holds.  By the end of the evening Iíd seen 40 deer, so a much better show then in the morning.

More good news I hear snow is headed this way by Saturday . Also about 85ish% of the doeís Iím seeing have a fawn in tow, so that should help the numbers.  Still seeing cougar tracks!

I can only hope itís going to get better.


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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2021, 09:35:59 PM »
Sounds like a great start to your hunt!  :tup:

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2021, 10:22:14 PM »
Sounds like a great start to your hunt!  :tup:

Stick a cougar while your at it🏹
:yeah: sounds like a great afternoon.
Pain is temporary, achieving the goal is worth it.

I didn't say it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2021, 07:10:19 AM »
Congrats! At it that's great! A fun stalk for sure

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2021, 07:24:53 AM »
Good write up.  Keep after it, you'll get him.

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2021, 06:53:56 PM »
Today was a much better day, started at 34 degrees and never got warmer than 36, and there was zero wind.

As soon as there was enough light I started spotting deer, a few small bucks and a 3x3, but nothing like the deer from the night before.  I keep working my way into a bowl. I come to a draw that runs down most of the area Iím in, I look down see nothing, I look up and instantly see deer.  Also most as fast a big 4x4 runs into my FOV. He is ran all over the place. It takes me a split second to see he is as good or better than the buck from the night before.

These deer were above a road, above me. Letís just say I have a lot of experience driving a quad real fast, and I like to go fast. Im able to get below them in short order, however, they have been moving up the entire time. 

Iíve been doing the stair stepper thing for months and well I should have been running on the stair stepper, bc everything here is steep Iím following but not really making any ground so in desperation I give out a deer grunt and he stops. This gives me some time to keep gaining. 

I cross over a draw to get to his side, when I look up the draw and see another buck as big as the 4x4.  Heís looking right at me, so I put the glass on him and can see he is slightly outside his ears and heavier then the 4x4.  He finally turns his head to reveal heís a really big forky.

Im now standing between these two deer both to far for a shot. The forky turns and starts walking away. I decide to try and catchup with the 4x4 bc Iím on his side of the draw, however, I lose sight of him. I move slowly up the ridge and never see either of the bucks that morning again.

For fear of busting them out of the area I back out.  At this point Iím pretty gassed and sweaty, this is where I learned a lesson I already knew, bring at least one shirt to change into when itís this cool.  I get to my quad and promptly take off some of my gear to dry out, but while that happens Iím getting pretty cold. Lesson learned wonít forget at least a dry shirt in my bag.

Later that afternoon I talk with another tag holder and find out his deer sightings have been low.  I tell him about the deer in the area and tell him I know we could glass up a 3x3 I had seen in the morning. Hes happy for the help and Iím happy to help.

We do spot the 3x3 as well as many other deer. The tag holder works his way over to the buck, and I told him Iíd keep an eye on the buck and that I was looking for two specific deer Heís able to get over by the buck, but before he could get into range the buck dropped off the back side of the ridge.  Thatís archery hunting.

In the meantime Iím glassing like a madman trying to locate the two bucks from the morning, but Iím coming up empty. I do spot a spike and a doe sparking like the big boys do, it was funny to watch.

While glassing around I get a text from the other guy saying he sees the deer Iím looking for. They were extremely low and out of my view.  There ended up being a few smaller bucks with them also.

We didnít have enough daylight to make a good play.  We noted their location and put together a plan for the morning.  Hopefully one of us will get a chance at these guys.

Overall saw lots of deer and it seems like things are getting better everyday


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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2021, 06:54:54 PM »
Sounds like a great start to your hunt!  :tup:

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2021, 07:05:06 PM »
Dang this is sounding fun  :tup:

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #24 on: December 03, 2021, 08:02:58 PM »
This is what late hunts are all about! Sounds like a blast! Can't wait to hear of your success :tup:

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2021, 08:04:37 PM »
Right on...  Get em!!
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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2021, 08:50:45 PM »
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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2021, 09:19:12 PM »
 :yeah: heck yeah keep it up!

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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2021, 07:43:47 AM »
Snow!!!!

FOG!!!!

Zero visibility.


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Re: Chiwawa Archery
« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2021, 12:55:32 PM »
Snow!!!!

FOG!!!!

Zero visibility.


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It's clearing up this afternoon.  It should be epic tonight and tomorrow.  Great archery hunting conditions with fresh snow.   :tup:

 


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