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    It's that time of year again! I have two other bucks on camera and jumped one while walking into the camera all with one side missing.
  2. Deer cart or quarter deer and carry?

    Assuming you are hunting MN, the regs aren't super clear about quartering, but if you read them it sounds like quartering is fine as long as the deer is registered first. If you don't have cell service to accomplish that before you quarter you need to keep the head attached to one of the quarters. You could still get it done it might just make for an awkward load on your back. I would also recommend a good pack for doing this, or your going to kill your back and shoulders. I run a Mystery Ranch and have had about 90-100lbs in it many times while training and hunting. That should mean even a big deer would be manageable in two trips for one person. I hunt some pretty nasty country, so my pack and a couple game bags ride in my truck all season so I'm prepared for anything. If you go that route consider getting yourself a pair of trekking poles as well. They don't break the bank and they make a huge difference when you have a heavy load on your back. As a bonus my MR Cabinet also holds my stand, and climbing sticks really nice when packing that in a long ways.
  3. What are your plans for this fall?

    I am headed to Montana for a DIY muley whitetail combo archery hunt with my dad and brother the week before archery opener here. I will get back just in time for a long fall of chasing deer in SE MN. Some very nice prospects have me pretty excited all ready!

    It's actually just the opposite. I know the top one was young/immature, about 3, per tooth aging. I'm no pro at that, but I did have history with that one to back it up. The bottom head is a mystery deer I found while fishing on the St. Croix. I would guess its older just because of the skull size difference. They did come from different areas, but similar. They were both found in areas with a lot of AG and timber to hide out in. There may not be any significance to the differences, I just thought it was odd.
  5. Trail cam Pic's or Video

    The views are tough to beat when sitting on the river bluffs! I have already decided if I get one, and it heads over that edge, I will be canoeing in to get it out. That's a huge bonus to this spot. I hunt some nasty valleys that don't have that option, and I dread the day one goes down hill and I have to use my winch to get one out. I'll remember to blur the background next time Wanderer!
  6. Trail cam Pic's or Video

    Figured I would start the 2017 season off. I pulled 3 cards this weekend to confirm my problem cameras were working with the new SD cards, they are! Here is one of the better deer from a new property I will be hunting in the fall, but obviously its still pretty early to know exactly what he will turn into. I know of a few other good ones that made it through winter. Hopefully I can track them down over the next few months. Stay tuned!

    Here is the dead head from this year all cleaned off before bleaching. When I set it down next to the dead head from last year I noticed a significant difference in the number of holes in the skull right next to the eye sockets. Does anyone have any idea why this would be? I'm just curious... thought it was a little odd.

    It's always nice to find something after many miles traveled, but I never like finding dead heads.
  9. Self guided Muley hunt

    I'm not a ton of help on the outfitter side of things, but I took of advantage of the readily available MT tags this year to join my brother and dad for a DIY hunt. I'm still waiting for results from the draw, but it sounds like odds are pretty good this year! If your interested in doing it on your own on public land my best advice would be to find an area with large areas of public land without roads, or at least minimal roads. At that point get in the best shape possible, and be willing to hike a long ways once you get there. When we went to WY a few years ago this was the strategy, and we were seeing more and better deer than many of the guys we talked to who had resorted to plan B and C after their legs were too burnt up to continue hiking back into their primary areas after just a day or two. Faribault is close enough to the big hills in the river bluffs of SE MN... start hiking hills as much as possible. If you can do it with a loaded pack even better! A bag of water softner salt works great. No matter how good of shape you're in, the hills out west will kick your butt every time. We are lucky to live in a the area we do. Take advantage of the training opportunity we have in SE MN, it will pay off, and start now. Rushing it right before you leave never seems to work. I tried it the first couple trips I took out there, and I paid for it big time.
  10. Pack recommendations

    Well I thought I would give an update... I ended up finding that Mystery Ranch had the Crew Cab in large with the older frame(NICE frame) on clearance. A little more than I wanted to spend, but now that I have it I couldn't be happier! I have put on just shy of 20 miles in the last few days with it loaded up with a 40 pound bag of water softner salt, and the pack feels great. Every pack I tried on the cheaper end was very uncomfortable for me when loaded, because they just couldn't be fitted to my fairly wide frame. Sure the pack is a little on the heavy side, but when you already weigh 250(hopefully a little less by Montana in the fall) I don't think you notice that weight as much. I was also pleasantly surprised to find my Lone Wolf Assault2 fits in it very well. I pack my stand deep into public land every sit, and it was always tough packing in the stand, gear, and bow all in one shot with out it being a very awkward load. I don't think the standard treestand shoulder straps were ever really meant for that IMO. The pack should make this year much easier.
  11. Iq bow sight/ sights in general recommendation

    I shoot the 7 pin IQ micro on my Hoyt and it is a nice sight for sure. I don't know if the money you will spend on it will be worth it if you aren't trying to make considerably longer shots than 32 yards. I personally think for tight quarters a single pin would be easiest. You could probably shoot 30 yards without moving the pin depending on your setup. A few pros -The "IQ bubble"(I find myself only useing it when making 40+ yard shots) -Easily adjusting all the pins at once to accommodate different tips. -Very bright pins in low light The only real con would be that the thumb screws rattle really bad when you shoot. I did fix this with a couple O-rings, but I shouldn't have to do that. Last summer I was able to shoot 90 yards pretty good and out to 80 I felt very comfortable. Whether this was due to switching to the IQ I have no idea. It certainly could have just been that I was practicing way more since I have the potential to shoot 40-50 yards in some of my stands. I don't plan on ever shooting at a white tail from that far but it's nice to know I could, and it sure makes 20-30 yard shots seem easy.

    They are starting to pile up!

    Biggest ever for me!
  14. Pack recommendations

    My brother advised to stay clear of the military surplus as well. Luckily he has a cabelas frame(not what I'm looking for), a Eberlestock, and a Mystery Ranch I can try so I will see how those feel. Just a heads up swamptiger if you're ever looking for a pack a lot of outdoor stores have bags of lead shot for reloading. That's what I used to rule out the badlands pack. Needless to say I got a few strange looks from the employees and customers when I was loading up the pack, and then when I was running up and down the stairs! It worked great though to prove that was not the one for me. I just wish there was more of a selection locally.

    Here's number 3 for the year! Not a bad find for a couple hours after work. It was so fresh it still had wet blood on the base.