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Author Topic: Strange Season  (Read 633 times)

Offline russcat

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Strange Season
« on: November 17, 2015, 08:24:19 AM »
Isn't it funny how every year deer hunters talk about how strange this season is?  Every year it seems the deer are doing things different we can't explain.  We blame it on the weather patterns, acorn crops or lack of, pressure, changes in food sources, etc.  But every single year we as deer hunters experience things with these creatures we pursue that we really can't explain.  "It's a strange season."  "It's a weird season."  We hear it every year.

This year for me is no exception.  I hunted three days daylight to dark in a wildlife refuge busting at the seams with deer and saw nothing but bucks.  Not one single doe was seen.  I've had my camera's out on my place since early October.  The first 3 weeks I only had one picture of a deer which was a buck.  I just pulled cards yesterday and went through 2000 pictures last night.  I have several hundred pics of cows, a few pics of pigs, and now a lot of pics of bucks.  NO DOE'S!  Best I can tell I have about 8 different bucks on my property (all young).  But I have yet to see a doe or get a picture of a doe this fall.  @--0--0117  What the heck is going on?  Yes, a Strange Season is unfolding indeed. ##$%#1119

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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2015, 08:30:14 AM »
I hear you Russ I took my daughter out Sun for her first hunt and we saw no deer in a stand that is know year after year for seeing plenty. I got a report after the hunt that all the deer are in the swamp or the two big oak thickets on the back of the farm ruttin it up all over. So yes weird sounds right.
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Offline Viking1204

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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2015, 11:44:03 AM »
Every year seems to be different than that last and they all have their strange moments that's for sure. My season opens in 4 days, can't wait to see what this year will bring.
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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2015, 12:35:07 PM »
I have seen deer patterns change from year to year.  I cannot say one season has been stranger that the next.  I do, however, think that we as hunters change the deer patterns.  They catch onto us by the end of the season (or end of the summer) and change their habits to avoid humans.  The more we encroach the more they change.  It might not be me personally but a change in the area (logging half a mile away, new house built, someone new in the neighboring area who has no clue that they should keep their house dogs at home.)  Wildlife will follow the food and work to avoid dangerous or uncertain situations.

The only way, after several years I have found to keep the deer on a pattern is to plant very very tasty food plots and make sure that I am out in my hunting area every day so they get used to my smell and they find out very early in the year (Feb or March) I may not pose a threat......it has taken me 10 years to get them comfortable with me and I will not hunt the core three or four doe.  I will hunt new visitors and the bucks that come to check out the ladies.
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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2015, 12:45:23 PM »
My farms this year seem to have ratio of 3 bucks to every doe. All past years it was 10 or 15 does to every buck.

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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2015, 04:52:31 PM »
i'll trade you. I've only seen a single spike and i'm 3 weeks into the rut. i'm going to take out an ad in the local deer mag for some prettier girls. mine aren't making the cut apparently
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2015, 05:54:38 PM »
Yep, every year seems to have it's strangeness.  I'm heading south on Thursday night for my annual pilgrimage to hunt the first weekend of IL firearm season.  Last year down there I was seeing 8-10 bucks for every doe.  During turkey season this spring saw quite a few does.  Not sure what's going on - perhaps the ladies are all at a social event somewhere waiting for the little bucks to calm down?
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Re: Strange Season
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2015, 11:34:48 AM »
Methinks the does have been studying the "Huntan," regulations, scheduled seasons, dusk, dawn shooting hours AND have been training their young fawns in the "Huntan."

Reminds me of Jim Shockey commercial how the wildlife game has evolved and as hunters, we must also.

Anyway, second week of November I saw 3 mature does and 5 young does come in to my food plot right at last light.  I haven't seen them back yet.  Soon hopefully!  If not I will be making the same statements!                      %^$^
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