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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 6:22 pm 
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Nice Doe Kevin. Beautiful place you have there too!


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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 7:53 pm 
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Another interesting day on the farm.

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Story coming tomorrow.


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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 7:58 pm 
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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 8:02 pm 
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your such a tease.....I love it!

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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 9:55 pm 
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Waiting on this one!


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I have but one decent whitetail stand up, which is the one I killed a coyote and doe on Sunday morning. I didn't hunt in the evening...other things to get done.

Yesterday...Monday Nov 3....

I headed for my one-and-only just as dawn was arriving. I made a drag trail the final 200 yards and good stand entry. Perfect morning. I was seeing deer as soon as I arrived, and guess I was up to around 10 sightings when a mature doe slipped across my hayfield and intercepted my drag trail. She then followed it directly to my stand and was undecided where to go from there. I was noncommittal on taking her until she turned and walked broadside in the clear at ten yards. I shot from a seated position and the hit was 2" forward of my intention. The heavy broadhead penetrated the back side of both shoulders and she wheeled away. Another 70 yard death run and she was down without leaving the field.

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She wasn't quite as big as my previous doe, but was mature and in great condition. My venison supply is looking a lot better! I really did pinch myself over this run of good luck. I honestly don't have nearly the drive to hunt deer that I once did, and...even though I live amongst them and see some great ones...my passion to hunt them hard is essentially gone. Acknowledging that fact...I hunt them when I want (or not) and success isn't measured by anything other than whether I'm having fun out there.


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PostPosted: November 4th, 2014, 9:31 am 
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The morning was as perfect as I've ever witnessed for deer hunting, so I decided to stay in my stand. Earlier I had watched 7 deer go past and into a thicket. Several minutes after they disappeared I heard a loud and bossy grunt come from that same thicket. I responded with some active chase-grunts and then stuffed the tube. Nothing showed.

Many minutes later I heard a deer walking behind me and identified a good 8 point....had to be the thicket buck. I grunted at him and he almost immediately went 'fight' and began hooking brush and walking my way. He stopped and scraped, but then decided to hang back. Nothing I could do would get him all the way in, though I turned him around 3 more times. He slipped back behind me and I thought I could barely see him paralleling the brush line back in there. I suspected he might have a plan, and the thump of his hooves confirmed that a few minutes later when he jumped the old fence and was now 40 yards to my left. He immediately went to a scrape and worked it for 5 minutes. I just stood with bow in hand and waited for him to decide where he was going. His decision wasn't one I agreed with...he was headed away...and so I aggressively grunted at him. He turned 180 degrees and walked directly to my position. As he passed me around 12 yards out I took the mild quartering-away shot and watched my fletching disappear through his upper mid-body. The shot position didn't look all that impressive, but I knew he was mine to find. I've hit deer there before and none of them gave me any difficulty. He barreled straight ahead and over the hill into a weed field where he crashed and never got up.

Pinch me again. After checking on the doe, I followed the buck and found him easily. He's a nice average 8 pt with very short brow tines, but a really long and muscular body.

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Pretty eventful couple of days. Four animals taken in two sits. All three deer tags filled. All three deer made it less than 100 yards and required no trailing. To top it off, I was hunting with a brand-new bow made by (PBS-er) Abe Penner and had not taken a game shot with it before this. No complaints.

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Yeah...I hunt the hard way. I get them out the easiest way possible!

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PostPosted: November 4th, 2014, 9:46 am 
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Congratulations once again Kevin. Your piling them up like cordwood! :D
You have a special place there for sure.


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Good job!


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Congratulations Kevin. Those were a couple great sits indeed.


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Congrats Kevin. You are getting it done.


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WOW! Kevin, man you are really getting it done in short order. Congrats on taking 3 fine animals. It must be nice to have that type of place where you see that many deer. You are filling the freezer quite fast(LOL). May the good luck continue the rest of your season.

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Way to go Kevin, you are on a roll.
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Kevin, really cool...I hope it was fun for you! We enjoyed reading about it.

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That's awesome, Kev! Hope the fire has been rekindled. How many deer equals half a moose anyway? ;)


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Kevin wins the "Most Efficient" bowhunter award this year. Three deer in two days...not a bad ratio for a traditional bowhunter.


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Great story, as usual Kevin. Congrats buddy, that's the way to get it done!

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Great job in the hunting Kevin, a full freezer and a coyote, what more could a guy ask.


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Now what are you going to do?

Beautiful deer Kevin and great shooting.


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Sounds like a great season!! Congratulations.


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Nice pack mule. ;) good job


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Well done, as usual. I was wondering just what size buck would be "the one" this year. Now I know.

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Congratulations and good shooting! Very entertaining story telling as well.


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I've not checked this one in a bit. Miss a little, miss a LOT! Good work KD.


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Thanks for the commentary. My thoughts on all this are simply that I experienced a combination of luck & rut activity, and used what little skills I have to take advantage of that. Obviously the biggest factor is that I'm hunting my own place and I simply walk out the door to find deer. For example: One dark morning I walked 50' away from my porch and stopped to put on my rubber boots. Deer were blowing at me and moving around in the woods just east of my home. Deer and coyotes come all the way onto our lawn, and I can show you some recent rubs without taking you outside. Believe me when I tell you that any of you could have done what I did...as long as you're a phenomenal bow shot. :lol:

On the serious side: All of these deer were completely fat-loaded in their abdomens. Upon field dressing them I noticed large deposits of soft jelly-consistency fat along their interior spine. We experienced a perfect summer of rain and vegetative growth here, and then topped that off with the largest acorn and general mast crop I've noted in the past decade. The deer definitely took advantage of it. Both of my does had been nursing fawns and yet they were in prime condition with no ribs showing.

I also noticed that all these deer were hosting a sizable number of ticks. The buck in particular had many blood-engorged ticks attached to his body. I never used to see that back in the '80s/'90s, but I've seen December deer that had ticks all over them. Between parasites and known diseases, I've gotten to where I won't stick a knife in a deer without 2 layers of gloves on. I am particularly careful when field dressing to not cut myself or abrade my gloves. I once developed a fungal skin infection from a deer and it messed me up for many months. I still carry scars from it.


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Kevin, as to what you are saying about the gloves for protection, I had a rash on my right forearm for nearly a year and a half and no amount of home remedies or doctor's prescriptions could get rid of it.

While in bear camp, I remember reading somewhere that Indians used to use bear fat on their rashes, so when I was de-boning my bear this past June, I took the opportunity to give it a try by grabbing a handful of bear fat and lathering up my forearm. That was on a Monday and by the time we got home the following weekend, the rash was gone, and has not returned. I'm going to mention this to my doctor when I go in for my yearly physical and see what he has to say about that.

Congratulations again on a fine few sits, and preserving future fawns with the elimination of some coyotes.


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Congrats Kevin, you need about 3 more to equal the weight of "sledgehammer"!


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Congratulations Kevin! That is the way to get the job done. I really enjoyed following the story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Congrats on a great deer season, Kevin. Thanks for taking us along. Beautiful farm!


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I'd say you had a pretty solid two days Kevin, nice work.

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