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  • I had a great season fishing last year but every redfish we caught was over limit. Tons of fun but we had to count on other species for dinner.

    July 29, 2013 at 9:05pm

    Over the last few days I have noticed that the deer in my area wont break their pattern. None of my bucks are showing up, making me think that they have been taken on adjacent properties and I only get pictures of them in the middle of the night. They almost always work the corn between 12-2 am. I am also missing a doe as of this week.

    I don't know how to get them to break their patterns. Nothing seems to be working. I have used all sorts of things trying to see one during the day but either they are out of range or in dense cover.

    Then again, maybe my camera isn't capturing everything. I had a camera just inside the woodline near my primary camera and I occasionally get one passing by there during the day but it doesn't even fall into sync with the lunar calendar.

    Any suggestions?

    November 22, 2011 at 11:47pm

    I have a small interesting herd where I am hunting. It is a large area backed by about 200 acres I can't access. The area I am hunting is closer to a neighborhood but they still show good sign.

    On the cameras I consistently get 1 large dow and 2 smaller does every night. Occasionally 2 bucks will come in. They are abusing the corn and getting mad when it runs out. The other night they beat it up so bad I found 2 dead voles by the pile that were crushed.

    The problem is I get NO pictures during the day and i never see them remotely in range. I had one I couldn't get a clean shot on while I was walking in and then I saw the large doe yesterday morning running about 75 yds away. Used my deer call and got her to stop but it was a longer shot than I wanted to take with my bow.

    I just don't know how to get them to come to the the area I hunt during daylight hours. Its on the edge of a pine ticket looking out over a field.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:06pm

    Ever since last weeks rain I don't have any fresh tracks, no camera activity, and I can't see where much has changed. I am really getting frustrated. Today I sat for 4 hours and all I saw was 2 squirls walking in, a groundhog playing about 30 yards away from my stand, and the wind pushing over the grass/weeds/etc.

    The area was full of tracks 2 weeks ago and I was getting regular camera activity. The corn is getting eaten but I fear that it is mostly raccoons. That is the one thing that there is a huge abundance of, raccoon tracks.

    Any ideas, suggestions, etc?

    BTW, I am sitting with my back to a pine thicket looking over a field w/ depression that offers plenty of cover and has several well established paths through the middle of it.

    September 30, 2011 at 7:17pm

    I am trying to figure out whats going on this picture. Do I have a frisky deer or one that is playing. I can't make any sort of rack on it so I am thinking it just a young deer playing around.

    Also added a couple of extras.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:10pm

    I have been stressing about the weather and how it will apply to my limited hunting time this week then today I saw a weather warning that I think will play into my favor. We got a flood warning for my neck of the woods. It got me thinking, this is great because my stand sits at the edge of a creek flood plain looking on to higher ground. With continued rain tonight my hope is that it will push the deer out of their bedding areas and into the fields I overlook. So before I have my morning meeting with one of our hunter friendly state senators in the morning I think I am going to see if the rain has them restless. I went from disgusted with the weather to excited about its potential impact.

    Hope everyone is having a good day.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:15pm

    Hey gang, I am new to the page but have been reading it for a few weeks. I just started hunting again after 15 years of just getting to go one or two days here and there. I have already spent a few days on the stand this year and after 6 weeks finally got deer on my trail cams even though the area is always covered in tracks. Anyway, what are your thoughts on Thursday and Friday. Weather looks dreary to rainy, the peak times appear to be mid morning and late afternoon. The second part of my question is I have a bunch of does but I have yet to see any sign of bucks in the area. Any thoughts on that?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:43pm
    A comment titled: Buck Bomb in response to a report titled: Tinks 69

    I have been using the buck bomb doe estrus and I love the application method b/c its not as messy. Just spray it on your shoes and in your area. I can't say it is doing any good but I have noticed that I get more animal traffic up close when I have it on which I attribute to it being more effective as a cover sent.

    I put some on a cotton wick, I will see if the camera shows any interest in it later in the week.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:09pm
    A comment titled: Corn in response to a report titled: Deer not eating corn

    For whatever reason I have some strange deer where I hunt. I couldn't get them on camera to save my life until mid October. I put out a 2 bags of corn about 2 weeks apart and then election time hit and I had to neglect the whole operation. After my last bag went out, 3-4 weeks ago now they have been coming by and just destrying the area on a nightly basis. So now that elections are over (I won) I am back at it. Jumped a few walking to my stand the other afternoon but couldn't get a clean shot. I hunt with my bow year round. They are hitting the corn hard when I put it out though. I don't know what their deal is. I have about an 8' hole in the ground now from the last place I put any out and there are still pieces from a food block I put out 6 weeks ago.

    I am going to go drop about 30 lbs tonight and then another 40 on Sunday or Monday night in hopes of a good hunt Saturday, Tues, Wed, and if I can get away from the family Thursday.

    Either way, they are killing the corn in my neck of the woods.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:11pm
    A comment titled: I know you're right in response to a report titled: What is my problem?

    I have fields and pine patches to hunt. All of the hard woods are outside of the property line. The other thought I had was that someone is poaching on that side b/c I heard 4-5 gun shots about 1230-1am this morning. They may be poaching or trying to draw them in with feeders. B/c of the place I get to hunt, keep in mind its suburban I can't put out a feeder. I have been talking to some people in town and I am working on who I can make friends with that will let me hunt their farm.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:18pm
    A comment titled: here is the other in response to a report titled: What do you make of this picture

    got these

    September 21, 2011 at 10:14pm
    A comment titled: Tonight in response to a report titled: Re-thinking the weather

    I am debating going out and spreading some corn near my spot tonight when I get home for high hopes in the morning. Its only about 400 yds from my house so its a short walk.

    I figure any additional rain tonight will knock out any scent I leave behind by morning.

    September 21, 2011 at 8:05pm
    A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Thursday & Friday

    Unfortunately I am not going to get any time in other than Thursday and Friday. Saturday I have to work all day, early am until 9pm and Sunday I have to be up early for the football tailgate and game. I may make it back in time to get in a short hunt at dusk Sunday.

    I was excited as can be to just get pictures after the trail cams had been on their trails for 3 weeks. It looks like a nice healthy group of 3-4 does. I have set up some new food plots based on a change in my stand location which seems to be helping. Some of it just comes down to relearning. I always hunted in the mountains sitting on rocks and in cover and up in WV when I was younger. This is my first run at the piedmont using a tree stand.

    I have the fever no doubt about that. Its just a matter of time and keeping my wife from getting mad at me for never being home.

    Thanks guys!

    September 21, 2011 at 12:11pm
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