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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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January 3

Brrrrr. I stayed home this morning. Anyone brave these temperatures? I'll likely head out around lunch or early afternoon. Next week temps are looking to moderate some too.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 09:01 AM
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I hope to get out with work and all.
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Heading out shortly. Supposed to warm to around 20 and it's sunny. Between that and the moon, I Have a hunch they'll be moving hard.

Can't decide whether to sit or jump on some buck tracks and try to get him killed.
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It was 4 below a while ago and now it is only 10 degrees, no hunting in this cold for me, I might consider it if I didn't have one in the freezer.

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Heading out now. The sun is deceptively warm
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Well, it was 6 when I left the truck this morning. Thought with the heat wave coming in today, the deer would be moving. I still hunted some new territory in the morning without seeing anything, which is pretty much what I expected.. Headed to my treestand with high hopes around 2, sat till dark.... nothin, nadda, not even a squirrel. Plenty of tracks around my stand but they didn't want to come out and play.

Supposed to be very windy tomorrow, so I think I'll skip the day and do manly things, like laundry, going to the grocery store, cooking, stuff like that .....

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Quick hunt after work, deer were out and about, seen 10 of which 7 of them passed within 40 yards. Still waiting for a buck at this point but no show this evening. Took a few pics with the cell phone.
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Dropped the hammer tonight on a nice doe. Not much of a story but I'll post details later.

Beautiful day afield. I headed out after lunch and was planning on basically using today as recon to see how and where the deer were moving since the snow wasn't as squeaky today. I got to my spot about 1:45 and the first field had 4 out in already. 3 were bedded down and one was grazing. They were probably 300 yds out and I decided not to try to stalk them. So I moved on slowly working my way in a circle. About a 1/4 of the way through my circuit, a small buck was chasing a young down doe down the hill right at me stopping at 10 yds. The small doe got a pass and obviously the buck did as well since not legal. I carry on to about half way through when I peek over a hill into a field and there is 3 doe in it, the closest being 40 yds. No clue how they didn't hear me as I wasnt exactly trying to be real quiet. I needed to move up about 10 yds to get a clear shot through brush which took probably a half hour. I get in position for a shot at the biggest doe when all of a sudden 3 doe come running over to meet them. I switch to one of these three as they are closer and pull the trigger. Down she goes. You can see in the picture the first shot hit her in the shoulder. It was as if I hit her in the spine as I had to put another in her. Anyone else ever hit a deer in the shoulder with a roundball?
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Congrats on the nice doe. High shoulder shots with the flinter have had same result as yours....down right there. Its actually become my go to shot with the flinter. I have had a few that required a follow up shot also.
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Nice day in the woods. The deer were bedded on the sunny side.
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