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Forum topic by Jerry posted 11-05-2011 10:33 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2011 10:33 PM

OK, so I love to deer hunt, mostly as a means of feeding my small family. We eat venison stew, chilli and smoke it over mesquite, ect… So the idea of stocking the freezer is great and exciting!

Well, we have observed multiple deer around here. As the tempatures have dropped we have begun to see more deer in the early morning hours when we leave for work and such.

So this morning I was extremely prepared. There was little doubt that I would see at least one deer this morning and was very confident I would be able to dress a dear today.

So up at 4 am, I thoroughly prepared. Dressed warm, rifle slung over shoulder, family dogs safely inside our home and coffee in hand, phone in pocket I was hyped. I proceed to the Blind. I wait there sitting, standing, sitting and then standing, waiting for daybreak to come. There is only about 20 minutes of time when the naked eye can make out objects before the deer will take cover and become unseen. So I patiently waited for that 20 minute span of hunting.

And it came, all of sudden my eyes were able to focus on leaves and tree limbs 100+ yards away. I was locked and focused down field where I had hoped to see and unsuspecting doe or buck cross. While eyeing down my scope, while in the blind, out of the corner of my eye I see a buck slowly walking past the blind I was standing inside. I then look to ensure my eyes were correct and sure enough it was a buck. Quickly, but quietly, I attempt to re position my rifle. As I then begin to attempt to site the buck in my scope, I observe the buck begins to disappear into the brush. A good look into my scope confirmed my greatest fear, the Buck had fully disappeared, slowly and peacefully into a thick blur of brush!

It was great! It was exciting! It was a rush! My rifle was loaded, I managed to release my safety and the gun was ready. The trigger was never pulled today, but my heart pounded with an adrenaline rush.

The buck would have been a nice kill. We have a bag limit of 2 does and 2 bucks and bucks are rarely seen, while does are seen everywhere. I have the feeling that I will have no problem getting 2 does this year so getting that buck would have been great!

The other thing that got me a bit. In the past, and this morning’s goal, was to target my buck or doe about 200 yards down field. I enjoy a longer shot, I also feel I am less detectable when I am 200 yards away. But this morning the buck was less than 15 yards away and just caught me fully off gaurd.

I also hog hunt. I hunt hog from a blind with a rifle. My friend wants me to take him hog hunting with his pit bulls and knives but I don’t have that sort of interest. I am fairly confident the hogs will at a minimum injure his dogs, may even kill one of his dogs or worse yet attack me!!! A whole hog roast over mesquite always fits a Saturday just perfect…

Ok, so now I am pumped and ready for tomorrow morning!

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net


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#1 posted 11-05-2011 11:01 PM

Good luck
I am lacking good enough friends to take me out on their land. If they had land.

I guess my Thompson Center Hawken will remain quiet for another year.

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 11:14 PM

That is sad to hear Andrew. We could hunt together if you were close by. I actually hunt alone but it is just as well. Only one hunter can pull the trigger anyhow. I want to take my wife but she probably would yell at the deer, “Run! Save yourself sweetie! Run!”

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#3 posted 11-06-2011 03:06 AM

Andrew, No public land?

Go git ‘em Jerry :-)

We had a nice buck shot at the range in Tacoma by a target shooter. The buck went behind the target at just the wrong time ;-(( That almost happened to me too.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 03:32 AM

Wow Topa, that is wild. Never heard of that ever happen. I bet that buck ended up on a dinner table.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#5 posted 11-06-2011 05:39 AM

They walk across the range while people are shooting all the time. It is in town, so there is no hunting and they don’t care about the noise after they get used to it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-06-2011 06:21 AM

Neat. Actually there are several residential neighborhoods in San Antonio where the deer run and play in yards and they are fairly over populated. Of course there is no hunting those areas and the locals in those neighborhoods see them as exotic pets. The deer in those areas are very friendly and seem to know they are not getting shot. But out here in the country, well they are not as easy to come across. They will move about and feed about an hour or two before sun rise and take cover soon after.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 06:51 AM

I always wondered why they seem to know when season opens and closes ;-)) Seems like we see lots so deer during elk season and elk during deer season and nothing when they over lap!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 06:54 AM

LOL :)

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#9 posted 11-06-2011 07:21 AM

Public Land is a killing field here in my part of Michigan. Bunch of idiots.
Did the Public land thing 20 or so years ago. Found a spot made a hide from dead fall, couple of days prior to season. I get out to it and there is some asshat in it. He had the Kahounies to say that I made a great hide… If I knew which car he had, I would have put all three bottles of cover scent on it.

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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#10 posted 11-06-2011 07:51 AM

That is too bad there are so many A-hos in this world. The last decade I hunted here in WA, I went archery and muzzleloader. There are separate seasons for them. Hi Power rifle is where all the idiots go.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 11-08-2011 11:36 PM

Hi Jerry. I think I’ll pass on deer hunting this year finally. I used to go every year and we go on state land about 30 miles south of Grand Rapids. We have worked our way out into the woods during the dark and found a good vantage point at which to sit for the coming of the morning. Most years when it got light out, there was orange in every direction. There must have been at least 5 guys I could see standing or sitting just like me. I was afraid to shot if I saw a deer!!.
I like to walk , I can’t sit for more than 30 minutes. Once when my son and law and I were coming out of a field, we each took positions on the high sides of this draw coming out of the field. Soon a doe came out and up the draw and we did not have doe permits, but someone did. Shots rang out from the edge of the field and slugs hit all the tree around us. You have to just lay low and behind a tree for while. That kind of soured me on deer hunting.
Now that I am retired, I had been hunting during the week and there are a whole lot less people out on state land. the deer population is still pretty slim to make it worth while…..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-09-2011 12:20 AM

Hey Jim, Yeah I can understand not wanting to take a chance of being shot. I would have some serious reservation. My neighbors and I hunt our private land and are set up to be able to take a safe shot that is down hill with high sides in surrounding areas where the bullet will just imbed into the ground. I am new to this actually but I have a good concept of gun safety. I am shooting from around 200 yards and my neighbor is about 25 years older than me and prefers his shot around 75 yards. Either way I cannot even imagine missing with a decent scope, though I am sure it happens.

I did get my first deer this year though. The bag limit is 2 doe and 2 buck and so I plan to try and get one or two more, just enough for our family to eat this year. I don’t have a blind on my property so I just hide out and relax a good distance away. My neighbor has a blind on his property. I did try to hunt from his blind and seen just one buck, he walked right past me and appeared to have no clue I was even in the blind. Sun was just beginning to rise so it was still kinda dark but light enough to see and I just did not notice him until it was too late, so I never had a shot on him at all. He walked peacefully into the brush.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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