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Been There II
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As I was heading into town this morning at 0845, there were 4 deer feeding in my pasture. 200 yrds down the road at my neighbor's, were 3 more chewing up his front yard crab apple tree. Regular firearm season has been closed for a day.


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Look what showed up at my place AFTER the season.  They must think we're fools.

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lol I think that's why I never put my trail cam up.  Surprised one isn't standing on his back legs, smiling and giving you "the hoof".  Then again, maybe ME deer are a little more respectful than NY deer.


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Yeah. They also give me the hoof after they've slipped past stand and are out of range.  

I guess im obsessed. I feed them year round and treat them like my herd.  That 7pt will be culled out next year and hopefully the 6pt will make it thru next year's season. He'll be a bull if he can make it to 2020.  I'll let any youth that wants to to come on over and hunt at any time. 

Lol.....it's kind of silly to try to manage a herd on 600 acres when you see the vastness of the forest around me but it's something to do. Plus it keeps me in the woods and out of the recliner!!  More and more my ass is starting to fit pretty well in a recliner. 


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Posted by: Tsuga

.  They must think we're fools

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Remoh, I thought you said you never read my posts?


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14 of them in the pasture yesterday aft., not an antler on any of them. lol Or at least nothing I could see w/o the field glasses.


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Ive had 4 different bucks checking out a mock scrape i set up.  Past two nights all 4 have shown up.  Ill see if i can post the pics on here......


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I have a dink 5pt, 7pt, decent 6pt and a NICE 6pt coming to visit me the past two nites.


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Nice!


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Remoh, I thought you said you never read my posts?

Remoh can read??


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Nice!

Mr BT, what grandpa isnt telling you is that he's seen these deer many times at his stand but wont shoot them.  My Grandmother gets SO upset with him cause he'll come back from hunting all day, tell her he saw a few bucks and when she asks why he didnt shoot one he just shrugs his shoulders. He'll spend a Saturday trying to get a young kid a shot at a deer and never once raise his rifle.  We in the family have long ago come to understand that if he SHOOTS one, his season is over and he cant go out into the woods anymore.  Grandma thinks he does it to keep from doing chores around their house and to also stay away from her.  

In his defense, he usually gets one most years but its always the last week of the rifle season or muzzle-loader season till he drops one and its usually a 200+ pounder to boot.  Up there in Maine they get inducted into a special club and a 50 cent patch if they shoot one that dresses over 200 lbs. They also get their names published in a magazine and earn bragging rights for the rest of the year.  I will guarantee you he didnt shoot any of those bucks because they didnt go over 200lbs dressed!!! 

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Enjoyed the photos.  BTW What is a mock scrape?


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A scrape is basically a Gentlemen's Club for bucks.  The key is to find a place near a deer trail where there is a branch hanging about 4' above the ground.  A buck will clear the area below the branch of all leaves and debris and then urinate in it.  A buck has glands on the inside of his legs called tarsal glands.  In essence, he pisses down his legs, over the glands, and into the scrape.  They also have glands in the corners of their eyes and they use the lowhanging branch to rub their glands against that.  Sometimes they'll chew and lick the branch as well.  Different bucks in the area will come to this scrape and repeat the process.  Occasionally, a die in heat will visit and urinate into the scrape telling the bucks she's ready to be bred.

A mock scrape is just a man-made one.  I'll save the tarsal gland from previous kills and also buy buck urine and doe in estrous urine.  I make my own, set up a trail camera and enjoy the show.


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Nice!

Mr BT, what grandpa isnt telling you is that he's seen these deer many times at his stand but wont shoot them.  My Grandmother gets SO upset with him cause he'll come back from hunting all day, tell her he saw a few bucks and when she asks why he didnt shoot one he just shrugs his shoulders. He'll spend a Saturday trying to get a young kid a shot at a deer and never once raise his rifle.  We in the family have long ago come to understand that if he SHOOTS one, his season is over and he cant go out into the woods anymore.  Grandma thinks he does it to keep from doing chores around their house and to also stay away from her.  

In his defense, he usually gets one most years but its always the last week of the rifle season or muzzle-loader season till he drops one and its usually a 200+ pounder to boot.  Up there in Maine they get inducted into a special club and a 50 cent patch if they shoot one that dresses over 200 lbs. They also get their names published in a magazine and earn bragging rights for the rest of the year.  I will guarantee you he didnt shoot any of those bucks because they didnt go over 200lbs dressed!!! 

They wont get like this:

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If you shoot them when they're like this:

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My mistake boys.  Thebuck in the above post i would definitely shoot.  This is the one i meant to post as one i wouldn't shoot.

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Thanks for the explanation.  Enjoy the discussions among yourself, BD and BT.


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Feel free to chime in anytime.  Do you hunt?


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haha Ok T, I feel better. When I looked at the buck you were implying you'd pass on, I was thinking to myself, I'd be hard pressed to let that one walk on by.

 

Mr. B. Dawg, What your grandfather and I do is what my ex wife used to chide me as "taking my gun for a walk in the woods, again." Used to piss her(ex) off too....which might be why I did it. Freudian thing I suppose.

I think it's great he encourages kids to be out in the woods, hunting or otherwise! Being in a litigation prone state, I encourage parent/child hunting my land, rather than me escorting the new hunter.

haha Unlike in your grandfather's area, there are enough hunters on nearby properties to force the deer population to change their habits and make them very cautious. So, if I pass any deer on the 1st 3 days, I don't get one.  Which is usually the case.


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I might be crazy but I aint stupid!!!  Sounds like your hunting in NY is just like hunting in PA.  After the first day, the seem to go extinct.  What's your weapon of choice??  As for me, I use a Marlin .35 lever, my Grandfather's .348 Winchester, or a .308 BLR.

Maybe we need to have a forum survey to determine which country of origin we prefer our women to hail from??  As for me, I'm still partial to the pretty young latinos that pop up every now and again.  Mind you, its only for information purposes so Cave can get a better idea as to what should be included in this forum.

BRB......cant get my stupid belt undone.........


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It's close to PA, but not quite as bad. I know there have been opening mornings, when the neighbors are shooting at anything that moves, I tend to become a tree hugger. Caveat here is, you don't have to wear any blaze orange or red while hunting big game. Amazingly, not uncommon to see guys in the woods wearing brown cammo or their brown Carhart bibs and coat. The deer do tend to go nocturnal after the 1st weekend.

Started out using my Dad's 30-40 Krag. Later I'd borrowed my little bro's .300 Savage when he wasn't using it. Moved up here after school, at that time it was slug only, so used my 12 ga. Some years later, they opened it up for .35 cal. or larger handgun.  I switched to the .35 Rem, Contender.  Shows how smart some of the lawmakers are. Hunting with a rifle in our hilly, wooded, rural area was "too dangerous", but it was ok to shoot a rifle round out of a handgun. They eventually figured that out and allowed us to use a rifle. Now I'm shooting a .243.

lol Survey wise, I'm kinda partial to redheads, but I would give it my best effort to keep an open mind.


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When I hunted my 2 deer guns were a 30-30 Marlin 30A Glenfield (my first deer rifle) and a 308 Savage lever action Model 99A


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When I hunted my 2 deer guns were a 30-30 Marlin 30A Glenfield (my first deer rifle) and a 308 Savage lever action Model 99A

Im partial to lever actions too.  Could have something to do with being a short, sawed off guy or a longing to be a Chuck Conner Rifleman kind of guy.


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Thanks for the welcome.  Do not hunt; however, had an enjoyable afternoon at the shooting range this summer with my wife and some relatives.


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My guns were lever actions mostly due to being a southpaw.  


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