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Old 09-28-2022, 09:53 AM   #451
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Havent toured our place to see about acorns but my yard is full.
Ours also. Drive down the driveway and it sounds like popping popcorn.....lol!
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Does turkey season also open this weekend. Lots of them on my hillcountry place but I never fool with them.
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Leased a small 38 acre piece in newton co thatís Bow only. Itís 4 miles from my big MLD lease over there. Main reason I grabbed this was possible sleeper and extra bucks plus my FIL is in a wheel chair. This will be a place could come up and shoot whatever with his crossbow, plus bring my nephews.

So fast forward to yesterday. Mowed and planted the big place then went over and checked the new spot. No roads but county and fm access, I proceeded to bust out two food plots pretty close to the county and fm. This would allow my FIL to park his truck then maybe 20-35 yard around down a mowed trail to his north and south wind set ups.

Busted out the first one and was on the second when caught the first trespasser. Apparently the neighbor did not like us there. We caught him coming out of the first plot. He had painted GO in big letters on the ground in red spray paint. Apparently he was writing Go Away when we rolled up on him. Lots of talking but I think we got it worked out but itíll be interesting to see how this progresses.

Spoke, 6 and 8 point with small drop on the cell cam there last night so it at least has deer lol


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Gee-zus..........what is the DEAL with these people????
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No wonder the neighbor donít want you there. Nice flyer buck. Hope ya get an opportunity at him.
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Yup drove in and caught him coming out, he mustíve heard me pull in. I stopped him we talked, had to finally get stern and tell him We have the lease agreement. he was saying it belonged to a neighboring place multiple times Ö we shook hands I assured him no one would be ďshooting towards his babiesĒ. He leaves I walk 40 yards and see this still wet! Such chicken chit


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Hopefully he get the message as the game warden would be on speed dial otherwise!
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Old 09-28-2022, 10:02 AM   #452
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Ours also. Drive down the driveway and it sounds like popping popcorn.....lol!

Does turkey season also open this weekend. Lots of them on my hillcountry place but I never fool with them.

Gee-zus..........what is the DEAL with these people????

Yep, beautiful deer!

Hopefully he get the message as the game warden would be on speed dial otherwise!

Weíve talked to the LEO there and informed him, weíll be properly marking boundaries so if needed we have a leg to stand on. Just blows my mind how brazen people are, in there on a SXS with a gun on the rack. Wasnít something we were expecting right out the gate, but hopefully being we caught him right then and had a talk will be best case scenario. Weíll be puttin up dummy cams etc just incase


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Old 09-28-2022, 04:53 PM   #453
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Yup drove in and caught him coming out, he mustíve heard me pull in. I stopped him we talked, had to finally get stern and tell him We have the lease agreement. he was saying it belonged to a neighboring place multiple times Ö we shook hands I assured him no one would be ďshooting towards his babiesĒ. He leaves I walk 40 yards and see this still wet! Such chicken chit


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Do you get to collect 200$ when you pass it?


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Old 09-28-2022, 06:58 PM   #454
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Old 09-28-2022, 09:05 PM   #455
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Polk county deer activity continues to increase. Iíve had 8-12 deer at once at our evening feeder where Iím used to just 4-5. Also have had several new bucks show up over the course of the past week. All young, but look healthy.


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Old 09-29-2022, 09:36 AM   #456
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My target buck finally showed up in the daylight for the first time yesterday evening.

If he makes this his new routine, might be a good opening week.




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Old 09-29-2022, 09:55 AM   #457
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Polk county deer activity continues to increase. Iíve had 8-12 deer at once at our evening feeder where Iím used to just 4-5. Also have had several new bucks show up over the course of the past week. All young, but look healthy.


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I have had good activity the last couple months but can tell it's definitely picking up this week.
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Old 09-29-2022, 10:02 AM   #458
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All I need is one legal mature buck to walk out, we need capes for Mexico
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Old 09-29-2022, 10:06 AM   #459
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First post on this thread for the season.
Iím on a small private patch between two large leases in Trinity County. Deer have been VERY sparse. One or two doe so far and only 2 hogs. We are used to seeing 8-10 deer at a time feeding in the evenings and usually have multiple bucks at least passing through. Got cams all over the place, both on feed and all the major travel corridors. Activity is so slow, this will be my first opener in 10 years that iím going to stay home.

I have no idea why its so slow right now. We have water, feed, and cover. Where did all our deer go?


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Old 09-29-2022, 12:10 PM   #460
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First post on this thread for the season.
Iím on a small private patch between two large leases in Trinity County. Deer have been VERY sparse. One or two doe so far and only 2 hogs. We are used to seeing 8-10 deer at a time feeding in the evenings and usually have multiple bucks at least passing through. Got cams all over the place, both on feed and all the major travel corridors. Activity is so slow, this will be my first opener in 10 years that iím going to stay home.

I have no idea why its so slow right now. We have water, feed, and cover. Where did all our deer go?


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Any chance that you've put too much pressure on your place? My target went mia for a week or so and finally showed back up last night. Maybe some white oaks could be keeping yours away too

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Old 09-29-2022, 02:45 PM   #461
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I found “Main Event” TODAY!!!!!

9.5 yo and same rack as last 4 years. I FINALLY have a deer I will hunt this season
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Old 09-29-2022, 04:29 PM   #462
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I found ďMain EventĒ TODAY!!!!!

9.5 yo and same rack as last 4 years. I FINALLY have a deer I will hunt this season
Amazing history id like to see pics of Main event...good luck getting him.
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Old 09-29-2022, 04:35 PM   #463
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Iím on a small private patch between two large leases in Trinity County. Deer have been VERY sparse. One or two doe so far and only 2 hogs. We are used to seeing 8-10 deer at a time feeding in the evenings and usually have multiple bucks at least passing through. Got cams all over the place, both on feed and all the major travel corridors. Activity is so slow, this will be my first opener in 10 years that iím going to stay home.

I have no idea why its so slow right now. We have water, feed, and cover. Where did all our deer go?


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I've got one stand with exactly 0 does showing up, but 4 young bucks. This spot would seem to be a deer mecca (open timber adjacent to intersecting SMZ's), but so far I'm disappointed.

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I found ďMain EventĒ TODAY!!!!!

9.5 yo and same rack as last 4 years. I FINALLY have a deer I will hunt this season
Nice! At 9.5 this may very well be the last time you get a crack at him, so pull out all the stops.
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Old 09-29-2022, 04:40 PM   #464
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I found ďMain EventĒ TODAY!!!!!

9.5 yo and same rack as last 4 years. I FINALLY have a deer I will hunt this season

Always a good feeling when they come home


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Old 09-29-2022, 06:44 PM   #465
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I found ďMain EventĒ TODAY!!!!!

9.5 yo and same rack as last 4 years. I FINALLY have a deer I will hunt this season
Glad you found him.

Just curious, how far away was he from the last area you had seen him?




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Old 09-29-2022, 07:32 PM   #466
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Glad you found him.

Just curious, how far away was he from the last area you had seen him?




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Almost 2 miles. Completely different property that he usually goes to for about a week in late October. Then back to a small home range
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Old 09-29-2022, 11:07 PM   #467
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Any chance that you've put too much pressure on your place? My target went mia for a week or so and finally showed back up last night. Maybe some white oaks could be keeping yours away too

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No sir, we dont put alot of pressure on it. Once in Spring, we pull all our stands down. And one day in August we hang them back and get feeders running again. Other than that, its typical traffic. Property owner shredding the pastures etc. Theres been no logging on adjacent properties that iím aware of. Our place is usually a safe haven where they go especially when our neighbor MLD lease kicks off


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Old 09-30-2022, 12:16 PM   #468
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Man I just don't have dooky on cameras right now. I think I'm going to devote some time this weekend to trying to locate scrapes, and put some corn piles out in some areas away from the feeders (like down in the SMZ's).
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Old 09-30-2022, 12:22 PM   #469
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My number one target is getting predictable. IF I can get into my stand without spooking deer off in the morning I am pretty sure I have a decent chance at getting a shot at him. He was there yesterday evening before dark and from 9 to 1030 am this morning. In the last 4 days he has been there during shooting light 3 of the days. He will be my best buck ever and I am so pumped. I am so worthless right now. cant wait to head to camp today and do a couple last practice shots. With my phone messing up last night I am going to make sure my buddy gets me up in the morning so I dont over sleep. Wind is supposed to be perfect, temp perfect I just have to get in without spooking them off and then make the shot count. I pray the buzzcut stingers and elite do their part. Just today I had 3 new bucks show up including a ten point from last year, but my split G2 buck is my best one.
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Old 09-30-2022, 12:35 PM   #470
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My number one target is getting predictable. IF I can get into my stand without spooking deer off in the morning I am pretty sure I have a decent chance at getting a shot at him. He was there yesterday evening before dark and from 9 to 1030 am this morning. In the last 4 days he has been there during shooting light 3 of the days. He will be my best buck ever and I am so pumped. I am so worthless right now. cant wait to head to camp today and do a couple last practice shots. With my phone messing up last night I am going to make sure my buddy gets me up in the morning so I dont over sleep. Wind is supposed to be perfect, temp perfect I just have to get in without spooking them off and then make the shot count. I pray the buzzcut stingers and elite do their part. Just today I had 3 new bucks show up including a ten point from last year, but my split G2 buck is my best one.
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Old 09-30-2022, 12:51 PM   #471
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My number one target is getting predictable. IF I can get into my stand without spooking deer off in the morning I am pretty sure I have a decent chance at getting a shot at him. He was there yesterday evening before dark and from 9 to 1030 am this morning. In the last 4 days he has been there during shooting light 3 of the days. He will be my best buck ever and I am so pumped. I am so worthless right now. cant wait to head to camp today and do a couple last practice shots. With my phone messing up last night I am going to make sure my buddy gets me up in the morning so I dont over sleep. Wind is supposed to be perfect, temp perfect I just have to get in without spooking them off and then make the shot count. I pray the buzzcut stingers and elite do their part. Just today I had 3 new bucks show up including a ten point from last year, but my split G2 buck is my best one.
Good luck gettin on him tomorrow.
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Probably hold off in morning like always. Too risky on my small places. If wind and weather hold up I’ll plan to sneak in late afternoon and see if neighbor will let me access from him (I think he will). I know the strong ridge that runs through there but have no sets on it. Old tree from 3-4 years ago was in a great spot and may still be prepped. If I go I’ll hang and hunt that area for observation if anything
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Old 09-30-2022, 01:42 PM   #473
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Slow activity here on my place in north Cherokee county. Figured the dry conditions would bring them to the feeders more.
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Slow activity here on my place in north Cherokee county. Figured the dry conditions would bring them to the feeders more.
When they start falling a deer can smell an acorn a mile away it seems. Theyíll be back. I donít get to serious until the 3rd week of October unless Iíve seen a target which I havenít yet. When it gets right Iíll hunt about everyday. Donít want to burn out early.
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:06 PM   #475
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When they start falling a deer can smell an acorn a mile away it seems. Theyíll be back. I donít get to serious until the 3rd week of October unless Iíve seen a target which I havenít yet. When it gets right Iíll hunt about everyday. Donít want to burn out early.
This is me lol but my wife is chomping at the bit and ain't gonna miss the opener. We are out of venison so she is determined to get her a doe this weekend lol
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:21 PM   #476
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When they start falling a deer can smell an acorn a mile away it seems. Theyíll be back. I donít get to serious until the 3rd week of October unless Iíve seen a target which I havenít yet. When it gets right Iíll hunt about everyday. Donít want to burn out early.
This. Too much other stuff to do in early/mid October than sit in a tree and waitÖ. Now after Oct 25 or there aboutsÖ itís on!
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:24 PM   #477
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Yep me too. Not motivated at the moment. Gonna monitor cameras & probably give it another week or so before I get serious
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:25 PM   #478
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This is me lol but my wife is chomping at the bit and ain't gonna miss the opener. We are out of venison so she is determined to get her a doe this weekend lol
Well then I would suggest you better get the little lady into the woods. Good luck to yíall. Looks like sheíll have a target rich environment.
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:29 PM   #479
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Yep me too. Not motivated at the moment. Gonna monitor cameras & probably give it another week or so before I get serious
It takes me a good evening hunt to fumble through all the process before I get back into the swing of things. Itís looking like that will be next weekend. The scary thing is every year it seems like Iím climbing a tree and telling myselfÖwow, it seems like I just did this yesterday. Years start flying by.
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Probably hold off in morning like always. Too risky on my small places. If wind and weather hold up Iíll plan to sneak in late afternoon and see if neighbor will let me access from him (I think he will). I know the strong ridge that runs through there but have no sets on it. Old tree from 3-4 years ago was in a great spot and may still be prepped. If I go Iíll hang and hunt that area for observation if anything
At some point youíre gonna have to get aggressive with that deer JMO playing it safe hasnít worked. Hell die of old age at this point
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I’m fine with that too. I can’t go bombing in 20-40 acre places and hunt cause it’s season. I see him every year just wrong scrape line or trail. Last thing I want early on when I don’t have him daylight pics or a good idea of bed is push him straight into EXTREME pressure. I believe his lived as long as he has I due to the fact I give him a safe place…. Lol safe enough I ain’t killed him either. And if he dies of old age, he wins. He earned it
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Iím fine with that too. I canít go bombing in 20-40 acre places and hunt cause itís season. I see him every year just wrong scrape line or trail. Last thing I want early on when I donít have him daylight pics or a good idea of bed is push him straight into EXTREME pressure. I believe his lived as long as he has I due to the fact I give him a safe placeÖ. Lol safe enough I ainít killed him either. And if he dies of old age, he wins. He earned it
Jeff Sturgis would've killed that buck the first time he hunted over his no till plot that he invented.

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Iím fine with that too. I canít go bombing in 20-40 acre places and hunt cause itís season. I see him every year just wrong scrape line or trail. Last thing I want early on when I donít have him daylight pics or a good idea of bed is push him straight into EXTREME pressure. I believe his lived as long as he has I due to the fact I give him a safe placeÖ. Lol safe enough I ainít killed him either. And if he dies of old age, he wins. He earned it
I like your philosophy Kyle. To much pressure too early is no bueno.
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I have a decent deer coming morning and evenings. I don't hunt the mornings to many deer on their feet before light

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Yep me too. Not motivated at the moment. Gonna monitor cameras & probably give it another week or so before I get serious
Glad I'm not the only one. I'm hoping to see some pigs on my third-tier stand set so I can burn some powder and knock the rust off.
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This is me lol but my wife is chomping at the bit and ain't gonna miss the opener. We are out of venison so she is determined to get her a doe this weekend lol
Oh she's going to shoot something and when she does you know what you're going to hear. He get me another minner

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Old 09-30-2022, 05:05 PM   #488
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I almost guarantee you she is gonna shoot one. She is out of ground venison from the 2 last year and that's all she has talked about the last 2 weeks lol. I bought her a new crossbow yesterday with built in crank so she can cock it herself. She couldn't cock her other one at 185lb draw and last year she shot a doe in the evening and 10 mins later a real nice buck came in and she just had to sit there and watch him🤣🤣 this one is 400ft per second but only takes 5lbs of pressure to cock it with the built in pulley system. She can re-load now
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Old 09-30-2022, 06:42 PM   #489
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Old 09-30-2022, 07:33 PM   #490
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I am pulling for you guys and gals tomorrow. My cousins wife has a bday party tomorrow so hopefully i head out to after that. Sunday morning or evening i will be thwacking something hopefully.
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Old 10-01-2022, 08:59 AM   #491
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Well this is about right for my opening weekend. Had to come to our farm to take care of a few things with the intention of leaving from here to go to the deer lease. I got to Huntsville and realized that the keys to my camper at the lease are in my truck, which is in the shop at the moment, so now I’ve got to drive from Palestine back to Spring to get my spare from my wife, and then back to the lease in Trinity.

I hope everyone else has a good weekend, and that things go smoothly for you. Lol
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Old 10-01-2022, 09:11 AM   #492
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View is nice this morning and 48 degrees here in San Augustine County. No action here yet but my wife and father in law both had deer this morning but no good shot opportunity.
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Old 10-01-2022, 09:17 AM   #493
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Well this is about right for my opening weekend. Had to come to our farm to take care of a few things with the intention of leaving from here to go to the deer lease. I got to Huntsville and realized that the keys to my camper at the lease are in my truck, which is in the shop at the moment, so now Iíve got to drive from Palestine back to Spring to get my spare from my wife, and then back to the lease in Trinity.

I hope everyone else has a good weekend, and that things go smoothly for you. Lol
You dumb azz

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Old 10-01-2022, 11:15 AM   #494
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I don’t know if this will make sense but I am so irritated about it I’m really not even mad. All I can do is laugh.
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Old 10-01-2022, 01:57 PM   #495
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I donít know if this will make sense but I am so irritated about it Iím really not even mad. All I can do is laugh.
I've been there

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Old 10-01-2022, 02:13 PM   #496
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I donít know if this will make sense but I am so irritated about it Iím really not even mad. All I can do is laugh.
Bingeaux....exactly how I have become....lol. Waiting on yalls LDPs.

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Old 10-01-2022, 09:29 PM   #497
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Well I got it done this morning. Sometimes a blind hog does find an acorn. I had an epic hunt this morning on one of the most beautiful opening mornings I can remember. I woke up at 3:45 am to a thermometer reading 48 degrees at camp. I had to wake up early so I could get on my stand extra early as the last few days deer had been showing up well before daylight and I didnít want to spook them. I parked my four wheeler right at a half mile away from my stand and started walking in. About that time my cell cam alerts me that a buck is at my feeder. I try to time it so he leaves before I get there, but I also worried more would show up. I decide to sneak on in. I was in and settled at 4:55 am. I spent the next hour seeing a doe and a hog on camera in front of me, but it was so dark I saw nothing. Finally as dawn approached I had a young doe come in to my feed pen and a minute later a mature doe came from my left and walked about 3 yards in front of my stand. At 7:15 a squirrel hunter drove down the road about 800 yards away and spooked the two does. Shortly after, the woods erupted in 22 caliber shots. It sounded like WWIII. I was getting pretty low on my expectations for the day. At 7:50 a small 8pt came in directly from behind my feed pen but never went in. He kept looking to my right and behind me. After about 5 minutes 3 more small bucks come from that direction at 15 yards. One pushes the first buck off and then something big runs in wide open and chases all the bucks back down to my right. About that time this buck comes in from the left and follows the others off. Ten minutes goes by and three of the smaller bucks head back in. I can tell they are not going to my pen but back behind me to my right. I look up and this buck is behind them. I quickly range a big pine at 30 yards. I can tell he is going to walk right past it but he is facing me. Finally he starts to turn and I draw back but another buck gets in front of him. I hold for a good two minutes. Finally the other buck moves but this one is now blocked by a tree. At 8:16 he makes a step or two forward and I decided to thread the needle. I made a good hit and had complete pass through. He turned and ran 50 yards or so and stopped and stood for what seemed like forever then stumbled and fell over.

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Old 10-01-2022, 09:32 PM   #498
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Well I got it done this morning. Sometimes a blind hog does find an acorn. I had an epic hunt this morning on one of the most beautiful opening mornings I can remember. I woke up at 3:45 am to a thermometer reading 48 degrees at camp. I had to wake up early so I could get on my stand extra early as the last few days deer had been showing up well before daylight and I didn’t want to spook them. I parked my four wheeler right at a half mile away from my stand and started walking in. About that time my cell cam alerts me that a buck is at my feeder. I try to time it so he leaves before I get there, but I also worried more would show up. I decide to sneak on in. I was in and settled at 4:55 am. I spent the next hour seeing a doe and a hog on camera in front of me, but it was so dark I saw nothing. Finally as dawn approached I had a young doe come in to my feed pen and a minute later a mature doe came from my left and walked about 3 yards in front of my stand. At 7:15 a squirrel hunter drove down the road about 800 yards away and spooked the two does. Shortly after, the woods erupted in 22 caliber shots. It sounded like WWIII. I was getting pretty low on my expectations for the day. At 7:50 a small 8pt came in directly from behind my feed pen but never went in. He kept looking to my right and behind me. After about 5 minutes 3 more small bucks come from that direction at 15 yards. One pushes the first buck off and then something big runs in wide open and chases all the bucks back down to my right. About that time this buck comes in from the left and follows the others off. Ten minutes goes by and three of the smaller bucks head back in. I can tell they are not going to my pen but back behind me to my right. I look up and this buck is behind them. I quickly range a big pine at 30 yards. I can tell he is going to walk right past it but he is facing me. Finally he starts to turn and I draw back but another buck gets in front of him. I hold for a good two minutes. Finally the other buck moves but this one is now blocked by a tree. At 8:16 he makes a step or two forward and I decided to thread the needle. I made a good hit and had complete pass through. He turned and ran 50 yards or so and stopped and stood for what seemed like forever then stumbled and fell over.

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Man man man. Great deer and write up. Congrats on a fine deer on opening day. Beautiful cape too. Will make a nice mount.
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Old 10-01-2022, 09:36 PM   #499
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Congrats ! Great opening day buck !!!
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Old 10-01-2022, 09:38 PM   #500
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Mighty fine buck. Congratulations, sir!!
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