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Title: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2015, 06:36:53 am
Well, after 7 years of wandering through the woods and freezing to death in a deer blind I finally bagged my first deer.  I now appreciated the term, "buck fever".  This 4-pt buck wandered into my area and I carefully brought my muzzle loader to my shoulder.  My heart was thundering in my chest and my whole body tensed and I squeezed the trigger.  Nothing.  Thankfully, I had forgotten to cock the hammer back.  Otherwise the shot would have gone who knows where.  Took a few deep breaths, gave my deer call a soft 'grunt' to keep him in my area and put the scope back over his heart.  Ker-blamo-booey!

I texted my buddy with shaking fingers and was convinced that I must have missed him.  He told me to wait a few minutes then go look for a blood trail.  Sure enough, there were some dull red spots - lung shot.  Followed the trail for about 20 yards and there he was: small rack but a nice big body.  We're guessing a 2-yr old buck so the meat should be fairly tender.  Got him field dressed, hauled out and hung.  Temps were in the low 50s so we decided to process him that afternoon.  Got him deboned and will take the chunks of meat (save the backstrap and tenderloins) to the locker to turn it into venison sticks.

Hoo boy... what a day.

First pic is me out in the field with him.  Frothy blood on the side shows the exit wound - both lungs shot through.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2015, 06:37:18 am
Second pic is in my buddy's yard after being gutted and cleaned up.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: Who...me? on October 26, 2015, 09:06:50 am
Congratulations dude...first one is always the best.   I have always hung my deer for a few weeks before processing to let them age a bit.  Seems to mellow the flavor imho but your mileage may vary. 

By the way...exactly what gun makes that Ker-blamo-booey sound.  I have fire many weapons in my life and can not say I have ever heard that sound...lol.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2015, 09:11:32 am
 :laugh:

Took him with my inline CVA 50cal muzzle loader.  My heart was thundering and I had tunnel vision.  I didn't even feel the recoil as the adrenaline took it all on.  Fortunately I looked up after the shot so I could see which way he ran.

Come December for shotgun season we'll let the deer hang for a few days in the much cooler temps.  Get more space cleared away in the barn so we can do just that...
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on October 26, 2015, 03:14:56 pm
Congrats knobster! :wav:

Let's designate this thread to all of our hunting triumphs. I will post pics of mine here if/when I get one or more of my own. It is bow season here now, but although I have a bow and the skills to use it, I don't usually bow-hunt. Gun season opens on the 11/21. Hopefully I will get one on opening weekend. I usually do. :mellow:

So far for my family, my brother bagged a doe, and an uncle got a VERY NICE 8pt. It tipped the scales at 225lbs....DRESSED!!!!! Big deer! :thrshocker: I have a pic of it on my phone. If I get a chance, I will upload it.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: Who...me? on October 26, 2015, 03:38:17 pm
Ah.  We have an old retired fridge in the garage that is used for hanging meat.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on October 26, 2015, 04:20:23 pm
Deer hunting soundtrack. Enjoy! :thrbiggrin:

Ted Nugent - Sunrize
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x2MYcWSOkQ

Ted Nugent: Fred Bear the Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V39poP1Hoc

Rhett Akins & Dallas Davidson - Openin' Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTjLdNWbUQs

Backwoods Boy By Josh Turner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN06GSRzyZw

Dallas Davidson Buck Fever     *Especially for knobster!* :threvil:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M0zPmvc5iQ

Granddaddy's Gun Blake Shelton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aNM_5u-Xaw

Mossy Oak Song *This song means a lot to me personally. "Pass it on"*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35LiMXHJ-UE

Country Boy Can Survive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WwzYhVL5Sc

Andy Ross - "Blood Trail on a Whitetail"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USHKA-6XWfI&list=PLmESMR9yxSZLXjQn441CKEqtaLIQkBrYZ
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on October 26, 2015, 06:27:39 pm


So far for my family, my brother bagged a doe, and an uncle got a VERY NICE 8pt. It tipped the scales at 225lbs....DRESSED!!!!! Big deer! :thrshocker: I have a pic of it on my phone. If I get a chance, I will upload it.
And here it is!

Or not. Can't figure it out yet. :laugh:

Can anybody help me out? I know how to post pictures from the web, but how do I post a picture that is saved to my computer, here?

Edit- I figured out how to post the picture as an attachment, but the file size is too big.....so.....how do I reduce the file size?
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on October 27, 2015, 06:21:21 am


So far for my family, my brother bagged a doe, and an uncle got a VERY NICE 8pt. It tipped the scales at 225lbs....DRESSED!!!!! Big deer! :thrshocker: I have a pic of it on my phone. If I get a chance, I will upload it.
And here it is!

Or not. Can't figure it out yet. :laugh:

Can anybody help me out? I know how to post pictures from the web, but how do I post a picture that is saved to my computer, here?

Edit- I figured out how to post the picture as an attachment, but the file size is too big.....so.....how do I reduce the file size?

Awesome song!  Listening to it now...  "Buck Fevuuuh!"

MamaLiberty sent me this link to reduce images:

http://www.reduceimages.com/ (http://www.reduceimages.com/)
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on October 27, 2015, 06:07:52 pm
OK...Let's see if this works now.....WOOHOO! Finally! :laugh:
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on October 28, 2015, 06:08:39 am
Wow!  Impressive rack.  Luckily my lil' 4-pointer didn't require a skid loader to move him!  My buddy asked if I wanted to keep the skull but I will wait until a trophy wanders into my path.

I'm really thinking about picking up a bow for next year...
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on November 20, 2015, 07:35:01 pm
Opening day tomorrow!!!! :wav: :headbang:

I'm SO excited! I hope that I can get some sleep tonight. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. :laugh:

I will post a pic if/when I get a deer. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on November 21, 2015, 07:27:21 am
Opening day tomorrow!!!! :wav: :headbang:

I'm SO excited! I hope that I can get some sleep tonight. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. :laugh:

I will post a pic if/when I get a deer. :thumbsup:

Well, I imagine DL is out there now... 

Hope a monster crossed your path!
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: FDD on November 21, 2015, 07:37:38 am
To bad we can not hunt in the city.

had a 8 point walk in front of me just outside of work Friday.
the crazies here feed them, so they are walking all over the place here in Casper. 
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: colonial shooter on November 21, 2015, 08:54:12 am
I have at least 10 deer in the yard everyday. Yesterday it was a 12pt (6x6 on WY scale) munching the bushes, almost 2 in of snow cover. Need to invest n a crossbow  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on November 21, 2015, 05:53:19 pm
Opening day was a total bust. :thumbsdown: I saw plenty of signs- rubs, scat, tracks...... but no deer. Oh well...Tomorrow is another day. :thrbiggrin:

Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: TheWart on November 22, 2015, 12:57:41 am
Seen a great buck today.

He was about 400 yards out.  Through thick brush.  And he was walking, quickly.  It was more of a trot really.

Didn't take that shot, hopefully the brown and fuzzy will be more apt to cooperate Monday.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: MamaLiberty on November 22, 2015, 05:29:22 am
Opening day was a total bust. :thumbsdown: I saw plenty of signs- rubs, scat, tracks...... but no deer. Oh well...Tomorrow is another day. :thrbiggrin:

Isn't that amazing? When I first moved here, I had to rent a place in Lead, SD for a little while. In October, the deer were all over town, thick as molasses. Had a bunch standing around in my  yard each morning. One day in November, I looked out and the yard was empty. Asked my neighbor where they might have gone and she reminded me it was the first day of hunting season! I asked her who told the deer, and she just smiled and said, "oh, they know."  When I went to town a little later that morning, there wasn't a deer in sight anywhere.  What they didn't seem to know was that nobody could legally shoot them IN town... you'd think the streets would be packed with them. LOL
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on November 23, 2015, 07:13:42 am
Seen a great buck today.

He was about 400 yards out.  Through thick brush.  And he was walking, quickly.  It was more of a trot really.

Didn't take that shot, hopefully the brown and fuzzy will be more apt to cooperate Monday.

Too bad he wasn't closer.  He was trotting after a doe and only had one thing on his mind!

Shotgun season starts the 5th of December and my buddy and I are planning to be out in the elements yet again.  We hope to take the 10 pointer that we've seen a few times out there but since this particular season is only 5 days long it's more of a "if it's brown it's down!"
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on November 23, 2015, 02:33:03 pm
I saw 3 doe on Sunday, but they were out of range. The county that I was in does not allow rifle. :angry4: Unfortunately, I could not go out today. I can't get back out until Friday. :shakehead: Sucks! I have too much work to get done. When I DO get back out, I plan on hunting in a different county. :threvil:
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on November 24, 2015, 06:49:04 am
I saw 3 doe on Sunday, but they were out of range. The county that I was in does not allow rifle. :angry4: Unfortunately, I could not go out today. I can't get back out until Friday. :shakehead: Sucks! I have too much work to get done. When I DO get back out, I plan on hunting in a different county. :threvil:

I feel your pain.  When I first moved to Iowa and was researching the hunting laws I was not pleased to read that rifles were only allowed in a few southeast counties.  Shotgun?  You have to get really close for shotgun!  (Main reason I picked up a muzzle loader.)

But if your hunting coyotes?  Take them out with whatever you want!  Heck, use a freakin' bazooka!  Just get rid of the vermin!

Anyway, best of luck bud.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: Bill St. Clair on November 24, 2015, 07:36:46 am
The Savage 212 or 220 shoot slugs with rifle accuracy, and nearly rifle range. I have no experience with them, but the reviews I've read are good.

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/212
http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/220F

http://www.chuckhawks.com/savage_212_slug_gun.htm

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The factory test target from Savage showed a sub-MOA three shot group out of this rifle with Remington Accu-Tip ammo, so there was little question that the 212 was going to shoot with the ammo it liked...

...

All three Winchester loads shot far better, more than sufficient for “minute of whitetail,” and all of them were harsh kicking. The easy winner, out of this specific rifle, was the 1800 fps Winchester Dual bond 375 grain round, which had no problem nearly touching holes shot after shot. Based on published Winchester ballistics, this is a 167 yard, six inch kill zone, maximum point blank range load.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on November 24, 2015, 09:58:05 am

 You have to get really close for shotgun! 

With my smooth bore Ithaca, I'm good for up to 150 yards or so, which is pretty good for a smooth bore. The doe I saw were about 350 yards away though. The .308 or .30 .06 would have done the job. :rolleyes:

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But if your hunting coyotes?  Take them out with whatever you want!  Heck, use a freakin' bazooka!  Just get rid of the vermin!

Funny story.....My brother got a coyote with his bow on the last day of early bow season. He said that the stupid thing was sunbathing in the middle of a field. Every now and then it would get up to stretch and then lay back down. He put himself upwind of the coyote, and then spent 2 hours covering about 400 yards sneaking up on it. He pegged it from 30 yards!!! A coyote.....with a bow....from 30 yards..... :thrshocker: He was complaining that he could sneak up on a coyote like that, but a deer.....NOOOOO!!!! :laugh:
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on December 04, 2015, 11:26:21 am
Tomorrow morning I'll be out in the stand!  Official start is 30 minutes before sunrise on the 5th of December.  My buddy and I are hoping to take 5 this season.  Weather looks decent.  No precipitation, not frigid and very light wind.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on December 04, 2015, 03:18:58 pm
Tomorrow morning I'll be out in the stand!  Official start is 30 minutes before sunrise on the 5th of December.  My buddy and I are hoping to take 5 this season.  Weather looks decent.  No precipitation, not frigid and very light wind.
Good luck, brother. I hope that you have more success than I have had as of late. Hopefully my luck will turn. I will be out at "dark thirty" tomorrow morning. I've been WAY busier than I would like to be at this time of year, but I do enjoy the money. :laugh: I only have time to go out on the weekends. On a positive note though, I took my minion out with me for the first time last Sunday. We both enjoyed it immensely! He really wants to learn all that he can about hunting, and I really love teaching it to him. It's a family tradition. :mellow: I will be taking him out again this Sunday too. Can't wait! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on December 07, 2015, 12:21:13 pm
Frustrating hunt so far.  The few deer I've actually seen were either out of range or the shot was no good.  One 8-point buck I saw was behind too much brush to warrant the shot.  I know many folks who would have let fly and 'hope they get lucky'.  I'd rather take the animal quickly and cleanly.  I have until Wednesday night to fill those tags.  Heading back out this afternoon.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on December 09, 2015, 02:44:57 pm
First Shotgun season in Iowa was a bust.  We saw quite a few deer but they were either too far away, too well concealed or the size of a small dog.  I swear that doe I saw still had spots...

One 8-pointer wandered into my area Monday evening.  I took careful aim and... click!  What the?!?!?  I quietly (as I could) racked the next shell but he had wandered behind thick brush by then.  I looked at the shell and sure enough, there was a small dimple, just no kablamo.  To add insult to injury I went to the range and loaded that particular round.  Kaboom.  Works on the range but not on the field!  Grumble grumble.

My buddy did say that landowner tags can be used for 2nd shotgun season.  This one starts this coming weekend and goes for 10 days.  Neither of us were super excited as these past 5 days of early mornings and plodding through the woods have taken a toll.  We're bushed!  I'm thinking possibly the following weekend we'll be excited to hit the forest again.

My son came out with me one afternoon and it was a good time.  Despite not tagging anything we did see a number of deer (including the tiny doe which came up pretty close) so he enjoyed it.  Always next time.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: DiabloLoco on December 09, 2015, 03:35:19 pm
I only have one more day to hunt. Saturday. The season ends Sunday, but my oldest minion has an event that day and my presence there means more to me than a day in the woods. Gotta be a good dad, you know..... I'm not too optimistic about Saturday. None of my immediate family have been successful either. I think that it may be the weather. Too warm for this time of year. Usually there is a bit of snow by now.
Title: Re: Deer Hunting
Post by: knobster on December 10, 2015, 06:56:52 am
I only have one more day to hunt. Saturday. The season ends Sunday, but my oldest minion has an event that day and my presence there means more to me than a day in the woods. Gotta be a good dad, you know..... I'm not too optimistic about Saturday. None of my immediate family have been successful either. I think that it may be the weather. Too warm for this time of year. Usually there is a bit of snow by now.

Good dad = awesomeness

I'm no expert but I heard others talk about this warm weather being a detriment.  Deer tend to huddle together during the cold and thus, are easier to spot while moving about.  There were quite a few we saw out in the middle of a field, milling about sunning themselves.  If it were much colder they would be in the forest out of the wind.

Ah well, there are still a handful of opportunities coming up for me.