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  1. Halik, Have had my two girls out both since they were two...first trips were behind grandpa's house on a log with grunt calls and plenty of snacks. My oldest is now 13 and has no interest in hunting, but the other (who is 11) just finished hunter's safety and has decided to give up soccer and make hunting her fall sport. We have set stands and she has been shooting her gun at cardboard deer targets. Two kids raised in the same environment with two totally different results. Love 'em both and glad to have a huntin' partner.
  2. Last year they had a link on the DNR web site where you could enter your license# and birthday (I think) and it told you if you were drawn or not. I'm not even going to check this year (100 permits). I have a better chance of winning the PowerBall.
  3. Not picking an argument, Flatcoats, but I don't want to be misinformed...I thought does will let the button bucks stick around until the following spring--can anyone clear this up?
  4. I have two. They work fine. I don't think they are as good as the Cuddeback, but for the diffence in price, they are a good value. Simple setup. Good options/features. And, I have been impressed with the battery life. About the only knock I have is that pictures where the deer is moving sometimes are blurred.
  5. Saints have 4 conference losses; Vikes 5. If the Vikes drop 1 and Saints win both--Saints win out over Vikes.
  6. Wasn't complaining, Slick--just adding my two cents to the thread which seemed to have a theme of sharing some of the misses instead of the gots. By the way--I don't hunt food plots, so I can't move 'em.
  7. First year since 1997 I didn't get a deer. First year since 1987 that my Dad or I didn't get a deer--that includes those tough seasons after the brutal winters in '96 & '97. I know there were plenty of deer in the area--trail cameras showed multiple bucks and doe groups from mid-September right up through the opener. But, it is still deer hunting and definitely a right place/right time thing, especially in the woods we hunt. There are no specific feeding or bedding areas and little, if any, hunting pressure. My season was marked by these outstanding moments: a quick look at the rump of a deer going into thick popples on opening day; a deer that walked 15 yards from my stand, right in my boot tracks (light dusting of snow) while I checked out another stand for about 45 minutes; a deer across the slashing in some thick buck brush that I just could not get to hold for a good shot at 175-200 yards--always had the deer in the scope, but not the vital area; and, finally, the coupe de grace--a nice buck that came through a nice shooting lane on the last day while I was unstrapping my portable ladder stand and my gun was on the ground. Oh well, a hungry dog hunts harder--and, after this year, I'm starvin'
  8. Reminds me of the Jeff Foxworthy "Incomplete Deer Hunter" series. "I'm Willie, and I'm Billie, and this is Spotlight on Deer!"
  9. Sorry in advance for the long post...The worst hunting day in my life (still better than a day at work, though!) happened because of a trigger assembly freezing up. About 10 years ago, conditions were much like this past Monday only more of a sleet than snow. Nonetheless it was cold and windy. I had my rifle under my jacket to keep it from getting ice on the bolt/trigger mechanism--bad move. Anyway, I got off the stand around noon. It was one of those "you gotta be a gymnast to get in and out of" stands and when my feet hit the ground I heard deer running. A fawn was running right at me. I passed on the fawn, but locked in on the big doe behind. When she was about 30 yards and still coming right at me I pulled the trigger--nothing. My first thought was that I forgot the safety, but no it was in the fire position. I pulled up again and she was filling up the scope fast. I kept pulling and pulling but no bang. Well, the deer saw me at about 5 yards, hit the skids and took off at a 90 degree from me to join up with the fawn--both ran to the north with tails waggin'. It was now that I thought "Why were those deer running at me rather than away from me?" Then I saw Mr. Big in the balsams about 50 yards away. He was moving towards where the doe and fawn took off to. I forgot my gun wouldn't shoot and pulled up. I had him in the crosshairs broadside at 50 yards and couldn't get the trigger to move!!! Well of course he didn't wait, but I thought I might be able to head them off down the trail if I could get to a stand before they passed it. So I hustled out to the road to get to that stand. I had to get my gun to fire first, so I took all the shells out and warmed the gun up inside my jacket for about 2-3 minutes--bad move again! I loaded 'er up and touched off a round. Back in business! Hustled to the stand and sat for 2 hours--nothing. Decided to bunch it at about 4:30 as the sleet was pickin' up and the wind was colder knowing I could have had a couple deer down--one a nice buck. On the way out, I saw deer legs next to a big blow down. At first sight it looked like the deer had its head right in among the branches--until it lifted its head and the branches came up with it. You guessed it--no branches, big rack. The wind was perfect, blowing right in my face with the sleet making it tough to see 50 yards. I duck-walked slowly to another blow down with the big boy and his twelve perfectly symmetrical points looking right at me wondering if he should charge me or make, you know, advances. I stopped at the blowdown to use it for a rest, took off the safe, and thought the rest of the day was worth it because now I am going to shoot the biggest deer I have ever seen at 25 yards... Do you think that gun would shoot? NO WAY! I got so mad I started jackin' out shells and trying to blow hot breath into the action, all the time keeping one eye on the buck who is really interested in what was going on in the blowdown and started moving towards me, cutting the distance to about 15 yards. I slipped one last chance shell into the chamber, slowly raised up and brown filled the scope. No dice--still stuck! I had one crazy thought to grunt him under the log and take my chances with my knife, but thought better of that move. By that time the buck figured out I wasn't worth his time and he bounded away. I was so mad I thought about wrapping that little Remington around the nearest tree. It was a slow walk to the truck. Before I cased my gun I just had to know--I pointed the muzzle out and toward the frozen turf; put the safe to fire; and, pulled the trigger. I'll never forget the vision of the blaze coming out of the barrel as the sun was just below the horizon. According to the gun smith, the moral of the story is this: often the grease in the trigger and firing pin assemblies will gather moisture or condensation by going in and out of warm houses into cold weather. The moisture freezes up and the grease thickens and locks up parts that should be moving when one is interested in putting a deer down. I had the gunsmith remove the grease and now leave my gun in the truck for the duration of the season. I feel your pain and have been there, Donker.
  10. I just bought the Moultrie 4.0 from Wal-Mart for $98.00 and I really like it.
  11. Yes, Phunny, traditions I have 'em. It starts the week leading up to the opener--I wear the "parade of deer sweatshirts" to work. I had to give up my favorite (a running buck in the crosshairs with the title "Real Drag Hunting Club" on it) after I accidentally on purpose got some gut blood all over the sleeves one year; my wife wouldn't let me wear it anywhere. Then we watch Jeff Foxworthy's Incomplete Deer Hunter Series on Friday & Friday night. I put on the lucky deer socks from Legendary Whitetails. I always take a BEFORE (Friday night) and AFTER (Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m.) picture with a digital cam and put it in our yearly family video. But our best tradition is our morning pre-hunt prayer/blessing before we head out...can't count how many times the guy praying gets a deer, almost to the point guys are fighting over who says it! I never get bored or tired of all the traditions of the hunt. The hunt and all its shenanigans is one of the few things that has remained pure over all the years.
  12. I've found early season scrapes great spots to set up a trail camera . Usually these early season scrapes are in high-traffic areas and are social scent posting locations. Set your Cuddeback up and you'll probably get a wide variety of pictures--and, I bet at least one is a big guy after dark.
  13. Ole and Sven are out hunting all day with no success. As the sun starts to set, they start walking out of the woods and realize they are lost. "I've heard if ya shoot tree times in a row, real fast, dat means yer callin' fer help," says Ole. "Okie dokie," replies Sven and shoots in the air three times. They sit and wait, but no one shows. "Try 'er again," says Ole. "Alrighty, then," says Sven and shoots three more times. Again nobody shows. "Holy cow," says Ole "I'm gettin' kinda scared. Ve better shoot again before it gets too dark." Sven nodded his head and said, "Ok, but dis will have to be da last time. After dis here round, I'll be outta arrows!"
  14. I've heard that pellet size may be an indicator. But, clumped pellets or scattered pellets usually reflect what the deer has been eating. Clumped droppings mean green stuff--grasses, leafy browse, forbes, etc. Scattered droppings mean browse such as twigs.
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