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Author Topic: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal  (Read 1061 times)

Offline Dutch-Hunter

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Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« on: September 13, 2015, 09:57:50 AM »
Sept, 12: Opening morning; had to drive truck, figures! It was 36 degrees anyway. BRRRR! TO EARLY!

Sept, 13, Day two:
 
3:00; AM; got up and had a quick breakfast, filled thermos, double checked gear. Iím ready!

4:15; left house and walked to blind. Very heavy dew with a temp of 38 degrees, not much wind just a whisper from southwest. On the walk I heard a couple of bows, so I knew the other early risers vacated the area.

4:35; settled into the blind. Set up gear and since my walked chased the deer off had my 3rd cup of coffee for the day.
 
5:15 a young doe and small 6 point came cruising past. Guess what! Camera battery is dead. (Note to stupidÖcheck batteries before leaving the house!) The doe weighed about 140 and was a 3 year old. The buck weighed around 175 and about the same age. I was amazed that he had his neck all blown up and dark. It seems very early to have the hormones running. But to my surprise he rubbed and licked her, she returned the favor and allowed him to mount her. This is amazingly early for the rut to start. It may be an anomaly but there it was 45 yards in front of me. At 6:10 they merrily pranced away.
 
6:40 an older doe brought her twins out to feast on the wet clover. Momma weighed 185 and looked to be a 5 year old or so. The fawns have lost their spots and look really healthy and would weigh 85-100 pounds. They grazed and played for the better part of an hour. One of the twins jumped up on some 1st crop round bales I had lined up by the fence line. It ran from one end to the other, jumped off the back side ran around and jumped back up, hooves in the air just running and enjoying life. This show of not a care in the world lasted for 10 minutes. Then momma stomped her foot and play time was over and all three darted into the woods and disappeared.

7:50 a coyote appeared by the round bales, a male. He sniffed the tracks and circled the bales once. It was beyond the range of the crossbow at 85 yards. Lord, I wish I had at least holstered the 327. Quickly he disappeared as well. (Yes, there was another note to stupid) For the next 90 minute I just sat and listened to nature. The cranes were braying all around me. The geese are flocking up getting ready to head possumís way, along with the ducks, vultures and the rest of the fair weather feathered friends. There was a red squirrel that started to insult my family heritage. What annoying little creatures they are. Youíd think they owned the entire woods or something.
 
8:45 the sun rose over the ridge to my east. They rays started piercing the canopy and drying the dew. This almost instantly raised ground fog from the clover field. With the full sunlight on the field I knew the action would be very slow if any so I packed up and returned to the house. Iíll head back out around 3:00 PM and sit until dusk. I have seen the boys club every night for the past week. You know grandpa buck and I have a date. Iíd settle for that tall tined 8, too.

9:30 started typing this journal. I have been informed we are going shopping this afternoon. Of course not until the Bears/Packer game is over. You must know when to flex your muscles in a marriage.
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 11:07:16 AM »
that is early for loven. if she's in season, the other bucks won't be far behind. good luck
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2015, 12:26:03 PM »
sounds like a great day, Dutch, no sign of mating here in central NY, still have velvet on horns and some fawns still have spots although faded, I have some good camera videos of coyotes and bucks and I'll put a pic on now..Good Luck Dutch our bow season up north starts end of September and Oct 1 here crossbows can be used Nov 3 I believe but I'll be turk hunting cause I don't bow hunt and checking out everything in the woods.
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2015, 03:30:26 PM »
Sounds like a great day Dutch, hope you get a nice one
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2015, 07:19:33 PM »
The rest of the day

11:15 AM; phone rang (Note to stupid...don't answer the phone) "Can you deliver an engine to Alexandria, MN?" Gutshot kept me up to date on the GB/Chi game by texting the score. Thanks Gut.

6:15 PM got home and found grandpa and tall 8 already in clover feeding.

Maybe next time.

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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2015, 07:24:03 PM »
You just needed them to put on a few more pounds before your put em in the locker. 
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2015, 07:27:28 PM »
Mad... All of the deer are heavy this year. First year in a long time we had a surplus of rain so there was ample feed. Even our acorns are huge, like mini walnuts.
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2015, 07:32:24 PM »
do you have any trail cam pics of the 8 or the old boy?
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2015, 08:01:29 PM »
Sounds like a very exciting day, DH. 
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2015, 07:33:49 AM »
Sounds like a busy day that did not go as planned
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2015, 05:24:34 AM »
Today 9/19: Will not make it out again today. Planning on hitting it tomorrow morning.

Next weekend will be a hunting total lost, we have to go to a wedding in Chicago.
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Re: Dutch-Hunter's Archery Journal
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2015, 07:18:17 AM »
OK Dutch, time to pull out the calendar and start blocking out some time for dates with those deer, gotta prioritize you know.  Man, time flies, and there's always something to eat it up.
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