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Old 10-15-2017, 04:55 PM   #501
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Just got back from hunting off hwy55 at canyon ranch. Shooting and stalking axis with a bow is tough. Managed a doe and missed 2 bucks due to misjudging the yardage. Had a great time. Water standing in roads and creek beds. Extremely green and had lots of new growth from recent rain.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:09 PM   #502
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Saw a dead axis just past our gate. I'm glad we are couple miles off the county road.


Probably killed by the same people. It is just upsetting to walk up and see a young axis buck huge body killed and left to rot.


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Old 10-17-2017, 09:39 AM   #503
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It was 34 degrees in Sonora this morning... pretty nice for an early season cold snap. Hopefully it gets the bigger bucks up and moving.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:47 AM   #504
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It was 34 degrees in Sonora this morning... pretty nice for an early season cold snap. Hopefully it gets the bigger bucks up and moving.
A chilly 34į I might add. I was ready for the cooler weather but it seems the deer werenít. Very little movement here.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:05 AM   #505
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Bummer. Would have thought differently. Activity has been good at our place, just not many mature bucks.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:13 AM   #506
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Lack of mature deer is astounding. Plenty of young bucks to go around. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they quit being lazy and get on their feet.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:15 AM   #507
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Every year at this time the mature deer go into hiding for some reason, I have seen it happen for 12 years now. They typically start coming back out beginning of December if you have the patience to wait on them.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:17 AM   #508
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We usually see ours through bow season before they disappear.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:40 AM   #509
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Got lots of doe and young bucks hitting the feeders, but like most of yall not seeing the mature bucks. Not even on camera. Front got the deer moving on our place past two days and deer are coming in on a trot to the feeder. Hoping all the action will bring in a mature buck.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:54 PM   #510
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Well it sounds like all we gotta do is put some hours in the blind and hope we are in the right place when that switch gets flipped.
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:11 PM   #511
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Axis are moving this weekend. Whitetail bucks are hiding out, apparently. Zach and I snuck up into a herd of axis in the thick brush yesterday. We were 60 yards from them. They never knew we were there. Zach got a beautiful buck. There was a bigger buck, but he traded places in line with this one when they went behind a bush. When this one stepped out, he died. Still a pretty buck, and it was a memorable stalk. Fun hunt!

My dad is in camp hunting with us too. He got a big axis doe for his freezer today. 3 generations of deer slayers doing work. Doesn't get much better than that.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:06 PM   #512
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Sounds like a good hunt! Congrats to you ya'll!


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Old 10-29-2017, 06:25 PM   #513
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Heck yeah!!


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Old 10-30-2017, 08:37 AM   #514
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Congrats to your son Shane! I noticed on the cell cameras that we are getting more action at the feeders.
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Old 10-30-2017, 08:46 AM   #515
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Will be out that way this weekend, going to bow hunt Friday and sit in my gun stand the rest of the weekend. Got some camp work to do as well.

Im sure the area will be filled with hunters. I will prob be around Rafters on Saturday.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:20 AM   #516
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Congrats to your son Shane! I noticed on the cell cameras that we are getting more action at the feeders.
Our feeders are mighty lonely places still. Just a few whitetail does showing up. My protein feeder hasn't been touched for at least a couple weeks. Crazy. But deer are everywhere (except in the feed pens). I got this 34x33 yesterday morning.

He had a brown spot on his white belly. I never saw one that had that before. Kinda interesting.



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Old 10-30-2017, 03:45 PM   #517
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Y'all had a great weekend! Saw some axis but didn't have any in bow range! Always next time! Covered in acorns right now.


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Old 10-30-2017, 04:10 PM   #518
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What a weekend for you guys Shane, Big congrats on two nice axis!
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:18 PM   #519
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Awesome Shane. That's a great buck. I've never noticed any with a spot like that.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:30 PM   #520
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Any of y'all going to be at the Sonora Wild Game Dinner the weekend after opening weekend?
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:36 PM   #521
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Our feeders are mighty lonely places still. Just a few whitetail does showing up. My protein feeder hasn't been touched for at least a couple weeks. Crazy. But deer are everywhere (except in the feed pens). I got this 34x33 yesterday morning.

He had a brown spot on his white belly. I never saw one that had that before. Kinda interesting.


Congrats to you, your son, and your dad on the Axis. Great memories being made.
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:17 PM   #522
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Congrats Shane. Two great Axis!
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:44 AM   #523
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Two nice animals, there. Congrats
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:17 AM   #524
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Will be around Rafters on Saturday for the lunch they do if anyone will be around. Prob be there about an hour BS'ing with guys there. Would be good to put some faces to names if any of you guys stop by.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:10 AM   #525
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Will be around Rafters on Saturday for the lunch they do if anyone will be around. Prob be there about an hour BS'ing with guys there. Would be good to put some faces to names if any of you guys stop by.
I didn't know Rafter did a feed on opening weekend. I usually go to the one on Labor Day. I need feed more than likely so I'll probably just come by around lunch too.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:23 AM   #526
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Our feeders are mighty lonely places still. Just a few whitetail does showing up. My protein feeder hasn't been touched for at least a couple weeks. Crazy. But deer are everywhere (except in the feed pens). I got this 34x33 yesterday morning.

He had a brown spot on his white belly. I never saw one that had that before. Kinda interesting.


After reading the axis loin/heart thread I thought I should look around for details. Great bucks congrats to all 3 generations! Oh and I am out on the heart.
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:32 PM   #527
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After reading the axis loin/heart thread I thought I should look around for details. Great bucks congrats to all 3 generations! Oh and I am out on the heart.
Heart is really good. I never tried it either until a year ago.
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:39 PM   #528
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Congrats to you and your son Shane on 2 great bucks and some dang good eating!
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:54 PM   #529
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Congrats on some nice axis. We will be down this weekend so we may stop by the rafter at some point and say hi. Good luck to everyone...
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:48 AM   #530
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Nice axis! I'm heading that way Saturday afternoon, won't be there until that evening.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:38 AM   #531
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Awesome deer, Shane!
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:32 AM   #532
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All the Pence clan (Kelly and the boys) will probably go to Roosevelt for lunch on Sat. Hope to see some of y'all there or we might even venture into Sonora ..Is the Rafter W cookout any good?
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:39 AM   #533
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I got my first deer off my new to me ranch yesterday morning! Itís called Kicking Rock Ranch. Itís only 122ac, but itís mine!!!



Itís just a doe, but I could not be happier!

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Old 11-03-2017, 10:41 AM   #534
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Congrats on the new ranch and first kill! That's one you'll always remember, even if it was a doe!
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Old 11-03-2017, 11:26 AM   #535
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All the Pence clan (Kelly and the boys) will probably go to Roosevelt for lunch on Sat. Hope to see some of y'all there or we might even venture into Sonora ..Is the Rafter W cookout any good?
I wish I was gonna be there this weekend, Eric. I'd join you for lunch.

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It’s just a doe, but I could not be happier!

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Congrats, Bisch! There is no "it's just a doe" in bowhunting for whitetail. A mature whitetail doe is probably the hardest critter to kill with a bow that there is.
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Old 11-03-2017, 02:17 PM   #536
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Iíve got 7-9 days to hunt our place west of Sonora, when the best week??


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Old 11-04-2017, 02:19 PM   #537
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How did everyone do today?

I saw quite of a few young bucks with good horns just nothing mature. My dad shot the target buck we were after this morning.

We have been seeing this deer at different locations and my old man drew the lucky card this morning and got him. Pictures donít do him justice.


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Old 11-05-2017, 01:43 AM   #538
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Nice
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:11 AM   #539
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I got my first deer off my new to me ranch yesterday morning! Itís called Kicking Rock Ranch. Itís only 122ac, but itís mine!!!



Itís just a doe, but I could not be happier!

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Congrats Bisch! Plenty of Javalina this year at our place. Good luck the rest of the season.



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Old 11-05-2017, 06:42 AM   #540
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From what I've been told, late November-on is best for the rut.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:48 AM   #541
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Pretty slow weekend for us. Cold front coming in this week should pick things up a little. Did any of you guys see bucks chasing does? We saw some bucks running nose down kinda through me off as I would figure a couple more weeks before the start.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:55 AM   #542
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Congrats to your old man, Daniel! That buck is a hoss
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:23 AM   #543
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After hunting down here for the past 17-18 yrs its usually the week of Thanksgiving or the week after that has most of the mature bucks roaming and the rut hitting hard.
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:06 PM   #544
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I didnít see any bucks chasing or interested in does this weekend. Saw lots of deer but the mature deer arenít coming to feeders much. I did blast a Ram yesterday evening.

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Old 11-06-2017, 02:09 PM   #545
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Nice Ram !!!!! Congrats
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:31 PM   #546
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Pretty slow weekend for us. Cold front coming in this week should pick things up a little. Did any of you guys see bucks chasing does? We saw some bucks running nose down kinda through me off as I would figure a couple more weeks before the start.
Hey grant, a little slow at our place this weekend too. But I did see a couple bucks checking does and running a few of them, not running them hard but would chase them around a little. In fact my son was ****** at one buck because he chased off a big doe he was just about to squeeze off on.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:32 PM   #547
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How did everyone do today?

I saw quite of a few young bucks with good horns just nothing mature. My dad shot the target buck we were after this morning.

We have been seeing this deer at different locations and my old man drew the lucky card this morning and got him. Pictures donít do him justice.

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Heck of a buck congrats to your dad!
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:47 PM   #548
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Got this old 9 yesterday.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:14 AM   #549
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Thanks guys, he was super excited when he walked out and took him down. Here are a few game camera pictures of him as the pictures of him on the ground dont do him justice.

We will be back in town hunting the Nov. 17th to 22nd. So hopefully more of the big boys will get up and moving. I know things typically dont start heating up until after Thanksgiving at least in our area so we will prob be out there again for a week in first of December.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:26 AM   #550
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Some nice bucks!

I shot an older 9 point I've been watching for the last few years.
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