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Old 10-05-2017, 09:26 PM   #51
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Almost made it happen today. Had a lone doe come in at about 12 yards. Before I could draw she turned with her butt facing me and started feeding away. The next time she turned broadside was at about 25, and that's just to far for me so I watched her go. And the moon is BRIGHT again tonight, so I may try to get a mid day sit in tomorrow.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:34 PM   #52
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Getting close. That's a good encounter.

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Old 10-05-2017, 09:41 PM   #53
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As I told ya a min ago... Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:13 AM   #54
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Those close encounters though.... they give you something to be hopeful for. All it takes the next time is for her to stop and go broadside sooner.
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Those close encounters though.... they give you something to be hopeful for. All it takes the next time is for her to stop and go broadside sooner.
That's right!! I'm about to head out again soon. I've never put a tone of faith in the solunar calendars, at least not for deer hunting. But it's predicting the major period today to be from 2:08 to 4:08 p.m. So I'm gonna get in the blind about 1:30 and see what happens. It can't really get any slower so I'll try it. Tomorrow I'll be back to normal morning and evening hunts. The wind is supposed to switch to N NW tomorrow, so I have a spot that hasn't been hunted at all yet that I can try in the morning too.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:03 AM   #56
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This was what I saw when I stepped outside this morning. Not helping!!



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Yeah, not good.

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Old 10-07-2017, 10:38 AM   #58
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Thunder in hand DRT?

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No hunting this weekend. Decided the heat and the moon and the acorns could have it. I will shoot though. A lot.

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No hunting this weekend. Decided the heat and the moon and the acorns could have it. I will shoot though. A lot.

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I should have sat this one out too!! I saw a few deer on the road to camp on the way in, but nothing from my blind after shooting light but birds. I went back to my pop up even though I didn't plan to, because there's a ton of sign in there. Apparently it's happening at night though. I'll be in a tree this afternoon, and then this will be the last hunt of my vacation. The spot I'm going to hunt this evening I haven't hunted at all since last year, so it's fresh. I've gotta do some stuff at the house tomorrow if I wanna stay married!!
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Old 10-07-2017, 12:23 PM   #63
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Go gettem Ryan! I've been seeing more movement in the eve, even though temperature wise, it's a more uncomfortable sit. And I haven't seen the late morn/midday movement you sometimes have when the moon full and bright like it is right now. Later in the year (as in cooler temps), yeah... But right now they are moving, where I'm at at least, in relation to the most comfortable temps. As in early and late... And nighttime I'm sure! Not rocket science I know, but that's what I'm seeing. Maybe this front Tuesday will stir em a bit. One more thing, I'd be a little leery taking marital advice from DRT, ain't sure he's licensed... Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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I never take time off on the full moon unless the rut is on. It's just tough. Now if the barometer is up, the weather is cold or the rut is on you may have some luck but in the warmer weather of early season nah.
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Go gettem Ryan! I've been seeing more movement in the eve, even though temperature wise, it's a more uncomfortable sit. And I haven't seen the late morn/midday movement you sometimes have when the moon full and bright like it is right now. Later in the year (as in cooler temps), yeah... But right now they are moving, where I'm at at least, in relation to the most comfortable temps. As in early and late... And nighttime I'm sure! Not rocket science I know, but that's what I'm seeing. Maybe this front Tuesday will stir em a bit. One more thing, I'd be a little leery taking marital advice from DRT, ain't sure he's licensed... Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
Yeah it's licensed or she would have kicked me to the curb years ago. Not that I could have blamed her.

That said I'm blessed in that she supports my hunting habit. She knows money is spent not only on enjoyment and passion but provides healthy food for the family and isn't spent on bars and other less "healthy" places than the woods.

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Old 10-07-2017, 09:05 PM   #66
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This evening I hunted a ladder stand in the woods about 150 yards from the feeder near my box blind. The feeder threw at 7, and a few minutes later I had a group of pigs come through headed to the feeder. A couple were in range, but they weren't slowing down. I sat until dark, then slipped out to look at the feeder, but they were already gone. This is probably gonna be it for me for the next week or so...and I'm tired. Hunting is hard work!!
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:07 PM   #67
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Yes it can be. Mornings are early for a lazy man like me.

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Old 10-09-2017, 09:29 PM   #68
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Well I had been drawn for a TPWD hunt at Fort Boggy State Park that was supposed to start next Monday. I got an email today that it had been cancelled due to a clerical error and that they had drawn too many hunters. They're refunding my money and giving me an extra preference point...but since I had already taken the days off from work I went ahead and booked at First Point. So I'll be headed down there Sunday, and I'll hunt Monday evening, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning. It'll be a short hunt but I've had great luck there in the past. So I'm stoked!! Some big deer get killed there every year.


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Old 10-09-2017, 09:44 PM   #69
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Good luck Ryan!!!

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Old 10-09-2017, 09:59 PM   #70
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Good Luck to you. A meeting got cancelled so I am at it in the morning as well.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:45 AM   #72
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Well I did something I said I wasn't gonna do. I have 3 cameras out and running now, so I'll pull the cards when I get back from South Texas and see exactly what I have going on here. I'm watching the weather right now, it's looking like a front is coming through Sunday and it should cool off a little for my trip to First Point. I'm just making a short trip so I'm not messing with pulling a trailer. If it doesn't look like much rain is coming I'm just gonna hunt using my truck and take the tripod Rusty built me. If it's gonna be wet, I'm gonna haul the 4 wheeler so won't have room in the truck for the tripod and I'll hunt out of a brush blind. We'll just see how it goes. Either way it's gonna be a fun hunt!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:51 AM   #74
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Good luck Ryan! I put out 15 Cameras last hitch off. Going to take me a week to get to all of them but I hope I have some good intel
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Good luck! Do you have any pictures of your tripod?
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:43 PM   #76
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This is the only one I have in my phone. It'll adjust from probably 4' to 8' or so. The tubing coming up on the sides is for sticking brush in, and then there's another piece of tubing that slides in the back with tubing coming off of it at angles to brush in behind you. I was planning on sticking it in a bush/tree and then stuffing brush all around the top and then cutting a shooting hole through it.



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Here's a pic with all the brush holders on the platform extended and the one for the back on. I'm gonna try to stick the legs in a bush or tree and then zip tie brush to them to hide them some more if needed, then stick a bunch of thick brush in all the attachments, then have a big piece of brush tied to a string that I can pull up in the front to break up my feet.

In this pic the platform is about 4' and the chair is at about 6'6" but I can adjust it quite a bit either way from where it is now depending on where I need to put it.


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And all the practice I'm doing this week is at 15 yards out of this stand. As spooky as those deer are though 10-12 would be better.
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I like it. When you extend it, do you just take one big step to get to the first step?
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I like it. When you extend it, do you just take one big step to get to the first step?
Yeah, but it's not bad. I have long legs anyway!!
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Yeah, but it's not bad. I have long legs anyway!!
Going up would be okay. Coming down, especially after shooting a big buck, I would have trouble with.

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Best of luck, hope you don't get to wet. I like the stand and really like the range of adjustment.
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Looking like the weather is gonna be perfect. Lows in the low 50s and highs in the mid 70s. It may rain a little on the drive down Sunday but after that should be good. I'm just gonna take my tripod, but if the wind is finicky I'll make a brush blind too. Have my stuff together for the most part and the truck is gassed up. I'll try to be on the road by around 10 Sunday morning.



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Old 10-13-2017, 07:18 PM   #84
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Sounds like a good trip in store.

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Make sure you park your truck near a light with the hood up, also park your 4 wheeler near a light. I had a pack rat chew through an ABS wire on my truck and another wire on my 4 wheeler.

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That's no good!! I don't think I'm gonna take the 4 wheeler since the weather is looking good, but I'll definitely park the truck under a light.
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I'll only be there 3 nights, so hopefully just leaving the hood up and under a light will be ok. I'll be driving it back and forth to hunt a couple times a day anyway.
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I'm getting ready to head out. A little more coffee then I'll start loading the truck. Hope to be on the road around 10ish, and with stopping somewhere for lunch and another bathroom break at some point I'll probably be there around 5:30 or 6:00. I'm a little nervous because I shot terrible the last few days. But it happens to me literally every time I get ready to go on a hunt. It's like overnight I forget how to shoot. I know it's just nerves though and I'll settle in when I get there. The weather is looking great, supposed to be cool in the mornings with the highs only reaching the mid 70's. I love being in that part of the country so this will be a great getaway for me no matter if I get a deer or not.
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Enjoy the hunt and the shot will take care of itself. Safe travels.

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I went out after that last post and shot 10 times from different angles and distances from 5-25. I'm shooting lights out today. Game on!!


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Headed out now. I'll check in later on. Got a long drive!!


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Old 10-15-2017, 01:26 PM   #93
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Best to you. Depending on work schedule, I may try to slip out and get in the woods in the next few days. Looks like our cooler weather may not last long, and hoping to capitalize while it is.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:11 PM   #94
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Just pulled into Uvalde. About to get fuel, a bag of corn and a snack. Should be at the ranch by 430 or so.


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Old 10-15-2017, 06:12 PM   #97
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Looks like I'll be in pasture 12. Never hunted that one, but Bo says it's a good spot. I'm ready to go!! I'll get my stand set up in the morning and start hunting tomorrow afternoon.


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Get a good night's rest. Btw, did you leave the hood up under a light?

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