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Who ever you chose, good luck, and may the best man win.
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Total harvest was 34 deer for the two days.
I would say corn in my area is 80 to 90 percent gone, beans are pretty much all gone. Combines and gravity boxes are not getting replaced with tractors and plows. Still heavy farm traffic on the roads, be safe and respect that equipment on the road! You can wait the extra 10 minutes to get to your deer stand if you have to follow farm equipment. It's not worth your life or theirs to pass them in a dangerous location. ( I see this every year)
First of all, nice deer Snagfinder! Was out a couple of times over the weekend. I had 2 bucks grunting at each other a week ago, one was a smaller 8 and the other...I never saw, but his grunt was much lower. I forgot the grunt tube, I would have given anything to have it at that time. Didn't think I would need it as previous years at this time, the bucks were very quiet and unresponsive to grunting. Walking in the woods I am seeing some pretty good scrape lines and rubs showing up. Again, comparing it to the last 2 or 3 years, the rut is almost 2 weeks ahead of where it has been. The last couple of years I got the most daylight buck pics in the middle of November. This afternoon I saw a nice buck tending to a doe in the middle of an alfalfa field at 1:00 PM. Again, the last couple of years, those sightings were rare this early. It is leading me to believe the rut is starting early this year. Even though I read that it was going to be a later rut, what I am seeing in the woods is not supporting that info. I haven't been able to get out bow hunting as much because of other obligations and honestly, it wasn't bothering me too bad based on the last couple of years dismal results of buck sightings during the bow season. However, this year it's starting to look different. Earlier daytime sightings, lots of rubs and scrapes showing up earlier than normal. I can't get to the stand before sunup at all next week, so I wasn't going to take anytime off of work, but honestly, with the way things are progressing, even being in the stand by 8:00 am might lead to success with the signs I am starting to see. Last weekend I saw most of the deer after 9:00 am.
One more thing to note, normally during the youth season I know of 1, maybe 2 kids that score on bucks. This year, I know 6 youngsters that got bucks to hit the dirt, some dandies too. I also know of 2 that missed very nice, mature bucks. Take it for what it's worth, but now seems like the time to be in the woods.
Made my first couple short outings for the year. I haven't flushed a bird yet with anything other than my truck (rooster was standing in the middle of the road).
I was a bit irritated on Sunday. I arrived at the hunting spot early around 8:30. No vehicles around. I just like to sit and listen for roosters. Well, one obliged and I developed a plan to go after him once 9:00 rolled around.
I sat in my truck until 8:57 then got out, loaded my gun and let the dog out. I began walking in the field at 9:00. To my dismay there were two other hunters about halfway through the small parcel already where I heard the rooster 30 minutes earlier. They couldn't have started at 9 or even 845 for that matter.
I walked the edge of the area to where I thought the bird was and then I saw their vehicle so I turned and walked the other direction and crossed the road. Never flushing the bird.
On my way back to the truck I hear a single gunshot from the early bird hunters. Most likely the bird I had heard earlier. I could see where they were walking and it was about 100 yards beyond where I turned once I saw their truck.
Oh well, I am not disappointed I didn't get the bird, I am disappointed that other hunters cannot seem to follow the rules or think they do not apply to them.