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Mercman1

Archery during rifle season

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Hey Guys, Just wondering if any of you guys change tactics during open gun season... While bowhunting, like change area's that are normally hunted... like edges,intersection trail points or just just down and out "middle of the woods hunt" any comments?

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When I bow hunt during firearm season, I move to private land. Their is a lot of pressure on the public land that I hunt. Its actually private farmland that borders the stateland, but the deer are hard enough to get when they aren't pressured. I might try it this weekend during the break between 3A and the 3B season. I won't change tactics much, I just won't expect to see as much.

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We hunt private land and do not change anything we do during the rifle season except how high we are in the stands. With all the leaves off the trees, it's important to get a bit higher off the ground and also make sure you are not skylined in the tree. Very hard to draw back on a deer with next to no folage in the trees this time of year so getting higher really helps.

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I agree with you trig... I hunt private land that borders leased land. And these guys pay a sharp amount and want there money"s worth. I have generally stayed out of woods during gun, but my son has tag and wants to rifle this year. (so here we go bullets flying) I'm thinking usual spots... got 2 40acre parcels of white oaks with a fair amount of acorns still on ground and 200 acre field in the middle... maybee ground blind with flashing beacon on top... LOL just kidding... or just setup over scrape area.. Oh by the way I will be using bow and hoping some pass shooting action... if I'm lucky.. Big boys still out there they haven't got them all yet... I hope...

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I have a question for anyone that hunts with a bow during the firearms season. I am tagged out already on my bow tag, but I have a buddy that isn't. Tomorrow he wants to go out with his bow and hunt refuge land that is bow only, no firearms hunting is allowed. Does he need to buy a firearms tag or is he fine with his bow tag? He works at Gander Mountain and his boss hunts the same land he called the DNR and they said he is fine to just use his archery tag. The only problem I see is people shooting deer with their shotgun and then tagging it with an archery tag.

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If he is hunting with his bow, and shoots it with his bow, he is fine, he doesn't need a firearm tag. Tagging a firearm shot buck with a bow tag would be risky business. It wouldn't be too hard to tell that a deer was shot with a firearm and not a bow. That said, I know it happens, happened last year by accident, guy I know tagged the buck he shot with his archery tag. He didn't realize that he used the wrong tag, registered it and everything. Easy mistake, but I say he got really lucky that he never got checked.

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Still hunting the same stand here too. Although after last weekend, I will be making my first move of the year. Bruised ego and all, I tell... I had a 5 year 10 point put some moves on me last Sat. 3 hours facing into a NW wind and I thought 9:15 am was an opportune time to turn downwind and warm up for 5. The bruiser walks right down the trail 20 yards broad and sneeks up on me to become the first deer that has winded me all season. Repositioning 100 yards up the trail this weekend and stick him while he is gawking at my old stand. Ahh... Feels better to get the truth out.

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