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Another thing I'll mention since this is the anything goes thread.

Scouting and patterning deer is far more doable if you hunt local. Try doing it an hour or more from home on new propertys every year and it's a completely different challenge. Going scouting every other day or going to check cameras isn't quite as simple when you're driving an hour+ one way, and it gets expensive quickly. Not to mention the inconvenience of having a full time job limiting your opportunities and having to get permission in places you've never been and no one knows you. It's definitely a different ball game than hunting backyard bucks.
 

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I sort of enjoy the mystery of not knowing what鈥檚 there . Finding a big rub and imagining what kind of rack the buck has that made it . I think if I had a ton of pictures of a particular buck or was able to glass him all summer the wow factor wouldn鈥檛 be quite the same if I saw him while hunting. Actually killed a nice 10 point one year that I kept track of for 6 months before I killed him. It was cool having that history with him but I definitely lost that sense of adventure and anticipation of the unknown that season .
I will also agree that the kill can be anticlimactic because once you get your hands on the deer the chase is over which always leaves me feeling a little disappointed.
 

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I get it, Steelhead125. I too, like finding "surprise" sign, and wonder what kind of buck is lurking in that area. It makes my mind race, and fuels my drive to learn more about that area, and the buck / bucks that are like "ghosts". In some ways, the kill is anti-climactic to me as well. I like the feeling I get when in the deer woods, that there's a good buck out there - I see his signs - and maybe he's watching me from some unknown hiding spot. He's a ghost, so-to-speak ...... and can I find him. That's the rush.
 

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To each their own. I've just never been one of those guys that were lucky enough to have 140" bucks randomly walk past on a consistent basis, and shooting 120" bucks bring me more sorrow than joy.
 

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So - since this is the anything thread .... This past Saturday - I bought an old recurve at a sportsmans show a local club was having. This is my first dip into the Trad pool and don't really see myself hunting with it at this point, but just something fun to shoot. Its a scorpion by black hawk. I know nothing about this stuff.
 

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So - since this is the anything thread .... This past Saturday - I bought an old recurve at a sportsmans show a local club was having. This is my first dip into the Trad pool and don't really see myself hunting with it at this point, but just something fun to shoot. Its a scorpion by black hawk. I know nothing about this stuff.
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I'm m in the woods pretty much every day, I don't need more woods time to make me happy.

Our whole outlook is different. You need to "know" a particular buck, get a pattern on him, know exactly when and where you'll kill him. I don't. I like to hunt new ground, devise a plan and pick a spot, then let bucks prove I'm right when I hunt it. Iv'e got no problem shooting a buck iv'e never seen before, and have zero history with, iv'e shot lots like that. Just different ways of doing, and enjoying, the process.
I stopped using cameras because I was sick of the constant malfuctions and bear vandalism.One thing they did teach me is that the bucks I got pictures of during the summer were usually at leat two miles away shortly after the season started.I hunt huge areas of contiguous forest so most times when I shoot a buck,it's the first time I ever see him.
 

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Ive been scouting as time permits. I like this time of year 100x better than hunting. Its just fun for me setting up the spots I think will be productive. I did finish a newish mobile setup. Its just my old 8.5 lb assault and i added 4 beast mini's. After $30 in stealth strips they were actually hunt quiet and stacked decently.
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I want to see a public land challenge this
Ive been scouting as time permits. I like this time of year 100x better than hunting. Its just fun for me setting up the spots I think will be productive. I did finish a newish mobile setup. Its just my old 8.5 lb assault and i added 4 beast mini's. After $30 in stealth strips they were actually hunt quiet and stacked decently.
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That鈥檚 a nice looking rig that looks very effective !
 

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I am not an aider guy...and im short at 5'6". I carry 2 rope on cranford steps. With those no branches and the mini's i can get a comfortable 17'...which is more than i prefer.

I still think my old lone wolf original sticks are the best overall design, but these were a steal and as i get older i can see the safety in the double step. I do like how this whole setup carries. Nice and compact.
 
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I only like using a aider on the bottom stick . Guess I could possibly get away with another for the second stick because I would still be below 10 feet and feel somewhat secure. Don鈥檛 plan on giving it a try any time soon though . Just feel too uneasy climbing down on to aiders in the dark and also have no desire to repel down .
 

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Ive been scouting as time permits. I like this time of year 100x better than hunting. Its just fun for me setting up the spots I think will be productive. I did finish a newish mobile setup. Its just my old 8.5 lb assault and i added 4 beast mini's. After $30 in stealth strips they were actually hunt quiet and stacked decently.
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I love the beast mini鈥檚. I really like the piece of all thread that fits through them & either screws into the beast stand or an end cap. Makes them super secure & quiet while walking.

I am not an aider guy...and im short at 5'6". I carry 2 rope on cranford steps. With those no branches and the mini's i can get a comfortable 17'...which is more than i prefer.

I still think my old lone wolf original sticks are the best overall design, but these were a steal and as i get older i can see the safety in the double step. I do like how this whole setup carries. Nice and compact.
I like the double step as well. Especially on the top step. And even more so on that last stick before the stand.
 

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You guys with your trad bows are making me feel like a sissy . Lol
My dad has one at home that he probably had before I was born . That鈥檚 going way back .
I will have to see what model it is next time I stop out at the house .
 

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You guys with your trad bows are making me feel like a sissy . Lol
My dad has one at home that he probably had before I was born . That鈥檚 going way back .
I will have to see what model it is next time I stop out at the house .
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I love the beast mini鈥檚. I really like the piece of all thread that fits through them & either screws into the beast stand or an end cap. Makes them super secure & quiet
I wont say i dislike the sticks...I just have a certain expectation that a high end item like they are should come hunt ready. When i got these they were useless in their ability to be stacked and used quietly. With and $90 a pop piece of aluminum should i need $30 of felt tape and a $25 rod for them to be effective? I dont think so but maybe thats just me.

I was honestly very disappointed. I mean not even any kind of strap to hold them together? Sheesh. I am also not into carrying them horizontal on the beast stand. Ive had about 5-6 different kinds of sticks going back to wolfs, gorilla, xop, hawk, muddy.....there is nothing the beast gear can do that the others cant. If you dont have $1200 to spend on a setup dont sweat it. You can do just fine with much less.
 

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I stopped using cameras because I was sick of the constant malfuctions and bear vandalism.One thing they did teach me is that the bucks I got pictures of during the summer were usually at leat two miles away shortly after the season started.I hunt huge areas of contiguous forest so most times when I shoot a buck,it's the first time I ever see him.
It must be different in areas with more farmland and smaller wood lots, I would guess about 75 percent of the buck I get in the summer are still there in the fall.
 
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