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Sitting around drinking coffee dragging *** this morning. Been up for an hour dressed and ready to go. Not sure what my problem is this morning. Leaving in 15 minutes without a game plan. Will decide where I am going on the way out. Meeting a buddy for some drives later this afternoon. Good luck to everyone headed out today and have a safe hunt !
 

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I didn't even go this morning... Woke up at 4 and it was foggy, figured it was going to be wet and dripping in the woods this morning...perfect flintlock weather in my opinion. LOL. not seeing deer anyway, so Im figuring I didn't miss too much.... good luck later.
 

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Going into work for a few hours and plan on hunting around the station where I work.Only 1 buck was taken there and I know of many more high racks still out there.
 

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Sitting around drinking coffee dragging *** this morning. Been up for an hour dressed and ready to go. Not sure what my problem is this morning. Leaving in 15 minutes without a game plan. Will decide where I am going on the way out. Meeting a buddy for some drives later this afternoon. Good luck to everyone headed out today and have a safe hunt !
...sometimes the best game plan is no plan at all...

It's a real fine snow up here right now...waiting for the ground to whiten up a little more...then the boots go on...
 

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Overslept too late to get into my stand before first light so i waited until enough light to see and decided to go for a walk thinking the wet leaves would make for a quiet sneak. Wrong!! So muddy it was making a sucking sound with nearly every step so i just went a little bit and leaned on a large tree. Saw 8 deer coming out of the field at around 80yds headed towards known bedding area. A bit far for me with open sights so let them go. Have work to do today so i came in and plan to find a place to sit closer to where i saw that group for my afternoon hunt.
 

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It was sleet in hard at 6 so me and 1 other guy headed out to a couple blinds. I saw a group of 3 way out ahead of me and then 4 popped up out of the pines right behind me. One was a buck that shed his rack. They caught me totally by surprise and I had no opportunity to take one of the doe. We're getting ready to go do some drives.
 

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Came in for lunch..Missed a flathead. Looked for 1 1/2 hr for sign of hit.There is a very stiff wind from the northwest.Back at it this afternoon.
 

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A grouse and a flock of turkey on the ridge. A few nice long beards in it. A blue jay carcass. Hawk must of got him. And one of those big ladder stands you could fit three hunters in comfortably. Tree snapped off at the seat and the things all bent and twisted up. Guy who it belongs to won’t be happy.
As I was typing this one came in behind me and blew at me 15 yards away ! No joke ! Wouldn’t of been able to turn and shoot at it anyhow.
Saw 8 this evening including the one that just blew at me ! No shots.
 

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After being out today, I Think I am now a Fan of Sunday Hunting. I was on SGL 176 and about 9:00, here comes 15 Amish guys down the trail, They spread out about 30 yds between them and then drive right past me. At least on Sundays, they would not be there. Don't they have huge farms they can hunt on ?
 

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After being out today, I Think I am now a Fan of Sunday Hunting. I was on SGL 176 and about 9:00, here comes 15 Amish guys down the trail, They spread out about 30 yds between them and then drive right past me. At least on Sundays, they would not be there. Don't they have huge farms they can hunt on ?
That’s nothing compared to how hard that gamelands gets hunted during rifle. We saw over 100 cars three different days

I’ve also run into those guys driving in the late season. Last year they came in on a small yellow school bus
 

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Was out from 245-dark. Saw 11 unknown deer heading to the field out of range at about 330. Had a shed antlered buck come by close at 420 and a small yearling feed around me from 425 until dark.
 

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Took the pistol for a walk this afternoon. Saw a half dozen doe and a small six, but none close enough. Sure was a nice afternoon to be out though!
 

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Total of 0 today. Not sure if was he change or location or the weather. Didn’t see much driving either like I had been the last two days so probably combination of both.
Also didn’t help they cut the corn and fertilized the spot I hunted in the evening. Was seeing a lot of deer on cam before it was cut the day before Xmas.
 

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Our crew put on some drives on a dmap property this afternoon. We had one failure to fire and one doe down. I really wish we would get some good snow but the extended forecast at least out to next weekend is showing nothing. Hopefully the last week we get it!
 

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Saw a couple more walking out tonight. One was standing broadside in a field about 70 yards. Way out of my comfort zone with a flintlock. Would of had a better chance with my bow.
Couple things bugged me today. Up on the mountain I was about 500 yards from the road and found a mineral block sitting on top of a dead stump. Really made me angry. Especially if I shot a deer there before I became aware of it. Hunting the river bottoms on state game lands later in the evening heard a couple guys come through on dirt bikes . Never saw them but they were loud and it’s totally illegal. Other than that had a great day. iPhone said I walked close to 7 miles. 10 deer total.
So far been out 2 day and saw 15 deer on public land that got pretty hammered during rifle season. Two bucks the first day that were together under 50 yards standing broadside. One was real nice. Can’t complain . I am seeing deer and had a few opportunities but just couldn’t get a clean shot. If I was just posting instead of still hunting all day I would probably of got a shot or two by now. Need to have some patience. Just want to keep exploring. I have the same dilemma in turkey season for whatever reason. Archery I can sit all day.
 
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