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Nov 21, 2020 - 5:03 AM
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32325 posts since 3/5/2008

I am a target of opertoonitty kinda guy...

More of ah free meat Dude..

Not really inta hunting per-say...

For me...
If...
I see ah deer...n..the gun ain't too far..
N..ammo is on hand...

The tractor is near by..n starts...
Well if it's brown then it's Down....


All that said...
This year.. I have had time...n gawn out lookin fer deer....

So far...it's been one of...THOSE...Years...

Where each time I go out....I hear the gun shots on the ..Other Guys...property..

I figger.... I must be a Professional Driver in me retirement.. :0/

I have received a few emails from folks on thier successful conquests this year deer hunting...

Which I apresheate...to get...

When I go out hunting now..I mostly...remember long gawn buddy's from me early hunting days..
I miss thos guys..

N.. yer stories help to keep them alive... in me mind...

Thankyou..

Nov 21, 2020 - 6:43:26 AM
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DC5

USA

15856 posts since 6/30/2015

I stopped hunting some 40 odd years ago for several reasons, but still sometimes get the urge. I firmly believe that you should eat what you kill, and if I got a single deer today the meat would last me the rest of my life. There's only the 2 of us now, and she doesn't eat meat of any land dwelling creature. Still, in the fall a nice bowl of venison stew sure does take the chill off. Most of what I miss when hunting is being in the woods, gathering with friends at the end of the day, and sharing lies around the fire in the cabin in the evening. Hunting was an excuse to go into the woods, just like golf was an excuse to walk around the course and sneak beers into your golf bag. I don't go into the woods much now, because I don't have a reason, but hunting gave me the reason. Walking in the woods should be reason enough.

Nov 21, 2020 - 7:21:32 AM

56453 posts since 12/14/2005

I don't hunt, simply because I'm too lazy to chase my food.
Best of luck to all you hunters, and may whatever you hit, be yummy.

(Some doofus in Wisconsin, out with a crossbow, hit a HORSE. It may have LOOKED like a deer, and maybe he thought that the woman RIDING it looked like antlers!)

Nov 21, 2020 - 8:41:45 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25334 posts since 8/3/2003

I went hunting one time way back when I was in my 20s. I saw and shot at (didn't hit) a deer. Didn't have the rifle snug against my shoulder and ended up with one heck of a bruise. I never touched that rifle. Learned my lesson the hard way.

I also watch them kill and gut a deer and that really turned my stomach. Made me a "never again" hunter.

Nov 21, 2020 - 8:52:50 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17541 posts since 6/5/2008

I did the big game thing for a decade. Good shot, good equipment, good vehicle.
One stinky buck. Otherwise, all I got was cold and very tired. Sold it all.
For decades, the guy in the next office always filled all his tags with predictability!

Turns out that I am an efficient bird hunter. If it flies, it dies.
The other thing I learned has been that I don't enjoy hunting alone any more.
I did not go out once this fall. Not once.

Carry on and the very best of hunting good fortunes to you all.

Nov 21, 2020 - 9:01:49 AM
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9786 posts since 8/22/2006

I don’t hunt anymore I guess it’s been over 30 years but If I decided to invest in hunting equipment I would not have far to go to bag a deer. Sitting on my back or front porch is as far as I need to go but who wants to shoot yard deer?

Nov 21, 2020 - 10:14:11 AM
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Funnily enough I had a reminder pop up that it’s been exactly a year to this weekend since I last went deer hunting (we call it Deer Stalking) I usually only manage a couple of trips a year as our ground is a fair trip north and family commitments etc. Obviously covid has buggered this up for now, but my stalking buddy and I were planning a trip hopefully for the new year. Form me, it’s a few days away from work and family life, a chance to recharge my batteries, take in the scenery and fresh air of Scotland and, to spend some time with good friends who I may only see on these trips. I’m definitely not a trophy hunter, my main aim is to bring meat home for the freezer - I may not be the best butcher in the world but I love the whole field to fork thing. We don’t have tags or limits here, and we shoot on farmland that holds a lot of deer so sometimes it isn’t unusual to shoot more than one deer in an ‘outing’ (an outing the term we use for either a morning or an evening spent hunting), in fact on my last two trips there were a couple of occasions where I shot two deer within less than a minute of each other. For me, the planning, the loading up the truck with pies beer and guns, the good company and the banter (sometimes bordering on severe piss taking) over a few beers means as much to me as the stalking. But, I do love bringing home a deer for the freezer.

I also love hearing stories from friends who are able to hunt when I can’t - like fig, I love hearing tales and tall stories of hunts whilst I’m stuck at my desk, but nothing compares to the companionship of spending a few days away with good friends, pies and beer.

Nov 21, 2020 - 2:55:21 PM
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Iron Paw

New Zealand

435 posts since 11/28/2014

Here in NZ we are blessed with a variety of game thanks to our early pioneers.
Wapiti, Red deer, Whitetail, Fallow, Rusa, Sika, Chamois, Tahr, plus a whole bunch of feathered game too.
Small game is Rabbits, Hares, and Wallabies, plus Possums (millions of the little sods...and need to be eradicated).

We even have Moose! Gift from President Roosevelt way back.

There's a few still living in remote Fiordland areas.

Edited by - Iron Paw on 11/21/2020 14:57:43

Nov 21, 2020 - 3:38:23 PM

DRH

USA

584 posts since 5/29/2018

I lived in northeast Oregon for about ten years.  Everybody hunts in that neck of tthe woods.  My first deer was supposed to be a doe.  The round went over the doe an hit a nice buck in the shoulder.  Since having a doe tag meant I couldn't legally bag a buck I ended up risking arrest taking it home.  That was too much meat to waste.  

One year we were logging an area that had been made off limits to hunters due to the low animal count.  We had to put numbers on the top of our trucks to let the game wardens in the sky know we were working the area.  We were not allowed to have firearms in our vehicles.  The deer must have gotten the memo as well.  That season every deer in the forest spent hunting season in our logging site.  When we left for the afternoon they came in and cleaned the moss from the fallen trees.

My neighbor eventually got his guide license.  After that I stopped hunting.  His clients wanted the heads.  We got the meat.

Most loggers back then were poachers.  If the deer were hanging around the site someone would shoot them, gut and quarter with a chainsaw, and hand the sections in a 55 gallon fuel drum with no bottom and a hook welded to the top inside.  The log trucks hauled the drums back to town and dropped them off for the wives to deal with.

Another poacher's trick was to put a deer in the truck bed and then cover it with firewood.  I heard a story of one fellow that had just covered his deer with firewood when the ranger showed up, asking if they had heard shots in the area.  After a casual denial he and the ranger talked for about ten minutes.  As the ranger was leaving he pointed to the blood running out from under the firewood and exclaimed "You better get that firewood home quick before it bleeds to death."

I can't digest red meat anymore, which is a bummer.  Georgia has so many deer that the bag limit ranges from six to twelve deer per season.  I could get my limit just by placing a sandbag on the kitchen table and keeping the window open.


 

Edited by - DRH on 11/21/2020 15:39:47

Nov 22, 2020 - 4:17:32 AM
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rinemb

USA

12863 posts since 5/24/2005

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Originally posted by DC5

I stopped hunting some 40 odd years ago for several reasons, but still sometimes get the urge. I firmly believe that you should eat what you kill, and if I got a single deer today the meat would last me the rest of my life. There's only the 2 of us now, and she doesn't eat meat of any land dwelling creature. Still, in the fall a nice bowl of venison stew sure does take the chill off. Most of what I miss when hunting is being in the woods, gathering with friends at the end of the day, and sharing lies around the fire in the cabin in the evening. Hunting was an excuse to go into the woods, just like golf was an excuse to walk around the course and sneak beers into your golf bag. I don't go into the woods much now, because I don't have a reason, but hunting gave me the reason. Walking in the woods should be reason enough.


Pretty much a ditto for me.  Though I still eat a lot of meat of all kinds.  Like you, I do miss hunting and all that it meant for me.  I would even go again, if someone else made all the plans and all I had to do was show up.  Even if I just "blocked" "chased" or served as camp chef.  Brad

Nov 22, 2020 - 6:33:30 AM
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figmo59

USA

32325 posts since 3/5/2008

If I had a source of meat like that...
I would probly never shoot a deer again...
As I only want the meat...
There is no thrill in the killing fer..me..
Or the hunt fer that matter..

Nov 22, 2020 - 8:36:44 AM
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RonR

USA

1734 posts since 11/29/2012

I was always good at taking my wife downtown or out in the country and hunting for a new restaurant.

Nov 22, 2020 - 9:28:07 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17541 posts since 6/5/2008

Brad, you can do that with a guide/outfitter. Just walk in, bring your own gun if you like.
I did it once and was thoroughly entertained AND successful. Make a reservation and show up.
Three day hunt, was expensive, and crossed it off my bucket list of fun things to do.

Nov 23, 2020 - 3:25:31 AM
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OM45GE

USA

102984 posts since 11/7/2007

I almost bagged a nice buck with my car last week. Fortunately the ABS worked.

Nov 23, 2020 - 3:55:19 AM

3796 posts since 12/6/2009

tried to find the one from an old Mad Mag.... this close but no authors name....

I always will remember
'Twas a year ago November
I went out to hunt some deer
On a mornin' bright and clear
I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow

I was in no mood to trifle
I took down my trusty rifle
And went out to stalk my prey
What a haul I made that day
I tied them to my fender, and I drove them home somehow
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow

The law was very firm, it
Took away my permit
The worst punishment I ever endured
It turned out there was a reason
Cows were out of season
And one of the hunters wasn't insured

People ask me how I do it
And I say, "There's nothin' to it
You just stand there lookin' cute
And when something moves, you shoot!"
And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred Guernsey cow





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Nov 23, 2020 - 3:58:01 AM

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I almost bagged a nice buck with my car last week. Fortunately the ABS worked.


I did bag one with my truck two weeks ago. No time for ABS, I saw a brown flash and heard the boom from hitting him.

Nov 23, 2020 - 4:26:57 AM
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About an hour north of here, near Manitiwoc, there's a nuclear power plant.
Nobody is supposed to be shooting anywhere near it, and the deer somehow got ahold of THAT bit of info, and clustered into the area.
Which made for a HUGE herd.
So people were stopping to photograph this huge herd.
Which bothered the [EXPLETIVE DELETED] out of the Security Detail, since they didn't want people taking pictures anywhere near the nuke plant.

In what may be a TOTALLY UNRELATED story, there are legends of some radioactive mutant deer who has a nose which glows with an eerie radioactive light,

Has never been photographed, but there is an artist's rendering, based on alleged eyewitness description given by a guitar-player name Autry.

Nov 23, 2020 - 5:13:55 AM

6132 posts since 9/5/2006

we (me and my son) used to hunt alot. everything,,, but really were into deer hunting,,, mostly with bow. i enjoyed teaching him and watching him absorb everything and he had gotten to be a good hunter/tracker. we used to really get into camo on ourselves and scent to get as close as possible to the deer and it was a challenge. but since he passed away i have not had any interest in it. my brother in law tried to get me into it again and we went hunting at a lodge down east,,but i wasn't into it. i went because he insisted,,but didn't really enjoy it.

Nov 23, 2020 - 6:06:25 AM
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we (me and my son) used to hunt alot. everything,,, but really were into deer hunting,,, mostly with bow. i enjoyed teaching him and watching him absorb everything and he had gotten to be a good hunter/tracker. we used to really get into camo on ourselves and scent to get as close as possible to the deer and it was a challenge. but since he passed away i have not had any interest in it. my brother in law tried to get me into it again and we went hunting at a lodge down east,,but i wasn't into it. i went because he insisted,,but didn't really enjoy it.


Terry, I'm terribly sorry to hear that you lost your son.  I can quite understand how you wouldn't find the appeal in hunting trips after that loss.  I hope that you have lots of fond memories of your trips together.

Nov 23, 2020 - 6:09:58 AM
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OM45GE

USA

102984 posts since 11/7/2007

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quote:
Originally posted by OM45GE

I almost bagged a nice buck with my car last week. Fortunately the ABS worked.


I did bag one with my truck two weeks ago. No time for ABS, I saw a brown flash and heard the boom from hitting him.


That sucks, but it’s good you weren’t hurt. 

This guy was on someone’s lawn and when he heard my car coming he bolted back across the street to the woods. I had read that deer will run to the last cover if they started. This one sure did. 

Edited by - OM45GE on 11/23/2020 06:10:54

Nov 23, 2020 - 6:27:57 AM

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I did bag one with my truck two weeks ago. No time for ABS, I saw a brown flash and heard the boom from hitting him.


Ouch ! is it currently residing in your freezer ?

Nov 23, 2020 - 7:50:11 AM

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I wish. In my state it is illegal to pick one up after you hit it. If you injure it they won't even allow you to put it down so it doesn't suffer. They call that "illegal hunting". I call it wasteful and another source of income for the police by way of fines. It can also cause you to lose your hunting privileges.

I've lived in states where it was illegal for the person who hit the animal to pick it up, but the person behind them could. Some of the guys would go out in pairs, one with a beat up old car in front and a guy in a pickup truck behind them.

Nov 23, 2020 - 7:55:06 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by OM45GE
quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy
quote:
Originally posted by OM45GE

I almost bagged a nice buck with my car last week. Fortunately the ABS worked.


I did bag one with my truck two weeks ago. No time for ABS, I saw a brown flash and heard the boom from hitting him.


That sucks, but it’s good you weren’t hurt. 

This guy was on someone’s lawn and when he heard my car coming he bolted back across the street to the woods. I had read that deer will run to the last cover if they started. This one sure did. 


I hit this one at 5 A.M. He ran out of the treeline that is about 15 feet off the side of the road and right into the front of my truck. Thankfully I have a grill guard on it that would push a freight train or it would have torn the whole front end up on my truck. As it stands the deer cracked a little plastic protector strip on the guard and went under it and pushed the bumper back into my passenger side tire, dented the fender and dented the passenger door. Only 2 grand in damage. My sister-in-law got one 2 days earlier that did 5 grand in damage to the front of her car. I guess I was due. I've been driving that road every day for 10 years and have never had one do any damage. I've hit 4 but 3 of them lived and didn't do any damage. I just didn't have any time or warning when this one ran out.

Nov 23, 2020 - 9:13:08 AM

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I wish. In my state it is illegal to pick one up after you hit it. If you injure it they won't even allow you to put it down so it doesn't suffer. They call that "illegal hunting". I call it wasteful and another source of income for the police by way of fines. It can also cause you to lose your hunting privileges.

I've lived in states where it was illegal for the person who hit the animal to pick it up, but the person behind them could. Some of the guys would go out in pairs, one with a beat up old car in front and a guy in a pickup truck behind them.


It's also technically illegal here too as all deer don't have ownership until they are dead, then they belong to the landowner of the spot where they fell so here in the UK they would belong to the highways agency.  Most police forces have a list of local hunters who they can call on to dispatch injured deer but I've had two hunting friends who have both stopped at deer accidents and offered to dispatch the deer, and both times the police have gratefully agreed.  

I had an American friend with me on a hunting trip to Scotland and we saw a Roe deer get clipped by a car in a very remote spot, the car continued on and I stopped to make sure the animal wasn't suffering.  It was dead outright, and as my buddy had never had venison from a British deer species I suggested we take the carcass - it was ovbiously healthy and we saw it killed but he was so appalled by the prospect that i sadly had to leave the thing by the roadside. 

Nov 23, 2020 - 11:09:50 AM
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figmo59

USA

32325 posts since 3/5/2008

While i was dooin auto body work on me truck...
A buddy of mine stopped by n asked..what'ya dooin...?
I told him....
Reloadin..... :0/

Nov 23, 2020 - 11:57:16 AM
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DC5

USA

15856 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

we (me and my son) used to hunt alot. everything,,, but really were into deer hunting,,, mostly with bow. i enjoyed teaching him and watching him absorb everything and he had gotten to be a good hunter/tracker. we used to really get into camo on ourselves and scent to get as close as possible to the deer and it was a challenge. but since he passed away i have not had any interest in it. my brother in law tried to get me into it again and we went hunting at a lodge down east,,but i wasn't into it. i went because he insisted,,but didn't really enjoy it.


Very sorry to hear about the loss of your son Terry.  I can see where that would make it tough to do any of the things you enjoyed with him.

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