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Deer Hunting / Re: 2020 season for yari
« Last post by sundowner on January 21, 2021, 09:22:02 PM »
Sounds like you and yours had a great fall yari , and welcome back , yes we're back web wise , join the fun .
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Deer Hunting / 2020 season for yari
« Last post by yari on January 21, 2021, 08:19:42 PM »
first of all HELLO. i couldn't believe it when i checked in and saw posts. here is my 2020 in a nutshell:

emily's bear hunt kicked everything off. we only had 2 nights because of college. we saw 3 bears, but no boars. the savage 220 was shooting dimes, but didn't get fired. we had a lot of fun though

i left the next week for AZ bow elk. AZ was burned up. no rain since march and 130 days of 100+ temps. my daytime temps were 85-95. IT WAS HOT!! mornings were on fire. were were in bulls every morning. it was too much of a good thing. 99% of the waterholes were dry, so all the elk were so concentrated it was tough to get through the 'smaller' bulls(300-340"). this was a pure trophy zone. i was looking for 350" or better. i had 2 booners at 7 and 40 yards and no shot!. they were huge. i passed on several other including a 6x7 that was past his prime. we called him in 3 times. it was a 15 year wait and worth every bit of the wait. in the end, i didn't kill. i still haven't slept a single night w/o seeing bulls

i had 1 target deer at the cabin. he disappeared 10/13. at home, the only shooter got busted up and lost 1/2 of his rack. no deer shot in WI

SD was great. lots of 140+ bucks to chase. we got 3 of them. the 4th was a mistake. i got a 150" the last day in 75 degree heat. i saw him w/ a doe at 1400 yards. i made a sweaty stalk to 479 yards. i anchored him w/ 2 quick shots. it's funny how you can see your heartbeat moving the crosshairs at that distance. this is my longest shot by 101 yards, so i now have a personal best to beat

as for new equipment, after the SD hunt i decided i needed a spotting scope. it's wide open out there and a good spotter will be invaluable. i picked up a tract toric 27x55x80. wow, they has great glass at 1/2 the price of Leica, swaro... and in my opinion just as good. i can't tell the difference   

there you go. it was a great fall. lots of miles on the truck. i had a blast during a pandemic. i only wish i could hunt AZ every year. if anyone would like more detail, PM me. i didn't want to write a book
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Firearms / Re: so i did it
« Last post by sundowner on January 21, 2021, 07:23:07 PM »
Good move Dave .
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Firearms / Re: so i did it
« Last post by Madgomer on January 21, 2021, 05:53:45 PM »
Good for her!  Now, see if you can find some ammo and then make sure she gets out to practice and get comfortable with it.
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Gear & Equipment / Re: Game Trail Cameras
« Last post by NWIAdeerhunter on January 21, 2021, 04:06:19 PM »
I used moultrie cameras for years until they died, about 8 to 10 years. I didn't buy a camera at all in that time. 2018 I bought 4 muddy cameras.  They didn't last and picture quality was poor. 2019 I started looking seriously at new cameras and ultimately settled on cuddeback because they link together and send pictures to a single "home" camera.  That way I could just check one camera on the edge of the farm without bumping deer out of the whole farm during season.  This year I added "home" cell cams to each farm.  I have limited cell service on my farms so with the cuddebacks I turned all my cameras into cell cams by just adding the one cell cam to each farm.  My sightings have increased a lot since going to the system.  I've had good success with them for two years now. Battery life is good during the summer but falls off some during the winter.
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Firearms / Re: so i did it
« Last post by dave 1211 on January 21, 2021, 03:48:13 PM »
no she wants it but has to get her pistol permit first
    --099-780 may take some time
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Firearms / Re: so i did it
« Last post by buckone1 on January 21, 2021, 03:39:12 PM »
Congrats . Your wife is good to you!! (*&^&%#
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Gear & Equipment / Re: Game Trail Cameras
« Last post by buckone1 on January 21, 2021, 03:36:48 PM »
I have had good luck with Wildgame  innovation camera's. They are not that exspensive and they take good pic's. ##$%#1118
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Gear & Equipment / Re: Game Trail Cameras
« Last post by Deerhead on January 21, 2021, 02:52:19 PM »
Back in July I started following this thread on another web site about a new cellular trail camera by Tactacam.  https://forum.gon.com/threads/tactacam-reveal-cell-cam.973084/.  The reviews were so good and at a price of only $99.00.  They also offer one of the cheapest cellular plans and no activation fee:
Pro Plan – Unlimited $120 YEARLY, $10 A MONTH
Intermediate Plan - 500 Photos (per camera), $85 YEARLY
Starter Plan - 250 Photos (per camera), $55 YEARLY 
The cellular plan can be paused/canceled and restarted at any time!

I purchased one in August. The picture quality was excellent.  Each time it takes a picture one hi quality picture is stored on the SD card and one is transmitted over cellular service as a thumb nail.  All pictures were clear. Night pictures were really good.  I purchased a 32mb card to store pictures on the camera. 

Since the camera utilizes cellular service batteries would only last aprox. 4 weeks with heavy use.  I purchased an HME 12V Solar Auxiliary Power Pack extending battery life to aprox. 8 weeks.  Tactacam addressed battery life and release an update in October.  I am not sure how long the camera batteries will last now but battery life was definitely improved.     

I have several Browning cameras which are excellent.  I have some fantastic pictures taken by the Browning’s. But it was so exciting to know what was happening at camp real time.  Plus I did not have to walk into my area to retrieve the SD card.  On thing I learned deer will be where you are not. But its exciting to know what deer were around. 

This year Tactacam is rumored to introduce three new cameras. One will be around $150 and they will keep a $99 price point camera. 

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Firearms / Re: so i did it
« Last post by MI_Bowhunter on January 21, 2021, 02:41:32 PM »
Congrats!!

Glocks are great guns. 
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