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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by BaylorMade, Nov 5, 2010.
They are the future. Volunteer to take one yourself
Helping a buddies younger brother kill his first deer was a better hunt/feeling than the biggest buck I've killed. It's not the same, and no sanctimony, it's better.
That sounds like an ideal set up.
Feel like dove hunting is normally the first hunt a kid goes on at least that I know of. Maybe not to shoot but be out there. Dad took me in the woods just to get an experience at 5ish. Could hunt by myself within reason at age 8-9, although he was close by. Feel like every kid is different though
Biggest bird I have ever killed. TSS is for real btw...
Saw a flock of wild turkeys a few miles from our place yesterday morning
Second bird that we couldn’t kill a couple weeks ago. Gobbled 75 times probably and he flew a creek to get to us. Was a tiny little fucker though with no spurs and about an 8 inch beard.
Heading up to my buddy’s land today after work. Tomorrow is last day of spring turkey season in VA. Haven’t been out all season . It’s in an area of the blue ridge that isn’t great for turkeys to begin with, and no one has really scouted the property since December. So basically I’m going to get the biggest bird of my life, because when I’m sufficiently prepared we get blanked.
I’m not a hunter and don’t know many so I have a question and would like a hunter’s perspective if you guys would indulge me.
guy I went to high school with has a camera set up by his hunting lodge and he periodically posts pictures of a certain buck and it’s growing. he started seven weeks ago when it had nubs for antlers and now it’s getting pretty big. then him, his gf and some other guys talk about who is going to get to kill it in the comments.
is this normal? I don’t really have a problem with hunting, but watching something grow with excitement until you have your chance to kill it seems like crazy behavior to me.
Pretty common for certain types of hunters. There's this whole subgroup of hunters that do everything they can to grow big deer on their property. They'll plant feed plots, put out minerals, cut certain vegetation to make it better for deer, and then put up their stands and wait. It's strange and I don't really understand it but I'd say it's more like farming deer than typical hunting. They watch the buck grow and killing him is like picking corn.
I wouldn't say that's most people but the really crazy whitetail hunters in the Eastern and Southern part of the U.S. tend to get that way. It's basically like growing big bass in your backyard pond because public ground, or really any ground at all, is at a premium.
Yeah, it's pretty common, like Bo Pelinis said a lot of work can go into 'growing' a trophy buck. Just because you have pictures of him this time of year there is no promise you'll have a chance to see it. I've had many great bucks on camera over the years that I have hunted very hard and have never seen them during daylight, they're smart animals and don't make many mistakes. Getting an idea where they live based on where they show up on camera, setting up in that area based on weather, and time of the season, it's a lot of time and work, with no promise of seeing him. There are some hunters though that hunt on a fenced-in property with a breeder buck and that is a lot more like growing cattle and killing the one you want.
Stay tuned through the fall for the disappointment from the whole crew when the buck in question gets hit by a truck.......
It's cool to see what's out there, and some folks do make a huge effort to manage the herd for trophies, but even then, there are ZERO guarantees you'll get a chance at the one you've been watching. There are YT stories of some hardcore SOBs that hunt way harder than I do who pursue the same buck for several years at a stretch. I respect the effort even if I don't hunt the same way.
How would you hunt this? This is the bottom half of one of the properties I have a lease. What you see is about 400 acres inside the red lines. The yellow markers show current stand locations. The red spots are areas I have scouted. Access is pretty tough to the lower left corner. And there's a stand on that power line clearing that isn't marked. Lots of easy field hunting from previous hunters. I like to get off into the woods a bit more, which is why I'm looking for opinions. It's all pretty thick hardwoods with some natural pines mixed in. So, that makes all of this a little unpredictable. But I figured I'd get some other opinions on what looks like good spots from some others.
My first instinct is something between the creek and that greenfield in the bottom center. I’m certain that’s either heavily trafficked or a bedding area.
I'd check the green field in the bottom right for sign and forage. That sort of setup looks very much like where deer congregate first thing in the morning where I hunt. Basically they come out of the bottom and move on the edges of the field until they end up in the open. Then after the first couple hours they go back into the trees to bed down.
And I assume that’s clear cut to your south?
Y'all talking about the far right greenfield? Neither of those two big fields at the bottom of the property get planted other than smaller strips near the woodline because the landowner runs cows on the property. So we have no way to keep the cows out of those fields. The landowner usually plants them for hay or winter grazing but hasn't the past 2-3 years because he hasn't moved cows to that side of the property.
It was clearcut a few years ago. It's now 5-6 year old pine stand. The pines are anywhere from 6-10 ft tall now.
I was talking about the bottom spot to the left right off the creek (bottom?). The spot I shoot deer off of is exactly the same except it's alfalfa which is why deer congregate there. I'm guessing if there's a creek there and then an open field the creek is probably in a bottom and the field is probably elevated?
In my situation the deer will walk the edge of the forested area first thing and then end up congregating in the open field, at least getting towards rut or when it gets colder.
I was talking about the same area. I assumed that was planted.
Yeah, we have been planting that left edge along the woodline the last few seasons and see a decent amount of deer. But I like the idea of dropping off down into that creek bottom to hunt in the mornings. If that field gets planted for winter grazing for the cows, it will be an unreal spot. That whole big field in the middle of the pic gets planted every year, but it's fenced so we can keep the cows out until February when the season ends. So, if he plants the field you're talking about (we call it peanut field since it used to be planted in peanuts back in the day), that creek bottom would be between two really good food sources.
Oh, for sure. There's a stand or two where I hunt down in the bottom and I try to still hunt it. See a lot of deer but the topography makes it difficult to actually get a shot. Not a good long line of sight anywhere so you have to really know the travel corridors.
I've been big on hunting edges the last couple years. So any spot where hardwoods turn to pines or woods to fields has been pretty successful in seeing deer. That's why I kinda like those spots in the bottom left. Also, there's a big ditch that runs along the top side of that field y'all are mentioning, which might lead to a good spot on the top end of it that would force deer around it.
Yeah, most of that creek bottom would have to be bowhunted because you probably can't see more than 100 yards in any one direction because it's fairly thick. And being in Alabama, it never gets too cold to kill off the greenery that grows in those creek bottoms.
After talking with y'all, I talked with some of the other guys in the lease, and I think we're going to overseed those two pastures (or at least part of them) this season. We can't till or disk up those fields, but we can bush hog and spread rye or similar seeds. Wouldn't be ideal, but it would create some other food sources on that side of the property and would work to keep more deer down in that creek bottom.
So, we officially have a hog problem. Started putting out cameras 2-3 weeks ago. Currently have 7-8 cameras out over about 1800 acres. We have hogs routinely at every camera site more than we have deer. And it doesn’t appear that we have the same hogs in multiple locations. Looks like we have 4-5 different sets of sounders and several big boars. Any trapping suggestions or tips for those of you who have done it? Doesn’t sound like I’ll ever get rid of them, but it does sound like I can minimize their impact or force them out of some areas. These are pics from one spot.
Yeah, I want to blast a bunch at one time though. Got a couple ideas on some corral traps we're going to try out this week. A buddy of mine owns a BoarBuster and has mentioned that we can borrow it. SO we may take him up on that offer for one of our heavier spots. I think the bigger issue is the amount of space we have and what looks to be a bunch of different groups of hogs. Killing 1-2 doesn't seem like it's going to put much of a dent in them. Plus there's almost no daylight activity. It's almost all at night.
Killing 1-2 dozen likely won't put much of a dent in them.
Agreed. I think we could probably killed 40-50 in the next month and see that 40-50 replaced by that many or more. Feel like we gotta try though.
Call your local game warden and get a wildlife damage permit. That allows you to shoot them at night and to trap them. They'll also have resources for you. We had a guy from the state loan us a couple of remote control traps to kill ~50 of them in two weeks.
https://www.outdooralabama.com/what...onsidered a,year with no harvest restrictions.
Y'all can't shoot them at night?
You can, you just have to get a wildlife damage permit. It's like $5 for the property.
Some of the most fun I have had is renting a thermal scope and riding up on hogs at night.
Just sat down in the dove field, first beer cracked. First shot connected.
Today is going to be a good day
How do you know Rivers
Cousins with my buddy / business partner who’s hosting us in Rosedale....didn’t know him before the weekend. How do you know him
Interested in how Tommy Callahan figured out which of thousands of dove shoots taking place yesterday you attended.
Ha. Social media
LMAO someone named Phi Mus Love Boones Farm just liked my post.
He was a fellow boarder at McCallie
I'm going to be in Tallulah falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Any info on the local WmA's around Rabun or Habersham County in Georgia?
Past couple years haven’t been able to dove hunt due to one thing or another. Forget how damn fun they are
dove hunting is quite honestly my favorite. High limits, action packed, good weather, etc.
I’m excited tonight. I’m heading to the farm tomorrow to get everything set up for my fall hunting. Setting two ladder stands and one blind all around a natural salt lick on my family farm just north of Nashville. Jesus, I love this time of year.
I knew I was forgetting something in there
Starting to get a decent list of bucks to chase this fall and winter. Ready to see some velvet shed to get a better idea of what we're working with. Still looking for that big 10 from last year that I hunted. He hasn't shown up yet, and the landowner did a bunch of timber work on the side of the property we had him on last year. Hoping he didn't disappear to a neighboring property.
Had another show up last night. We have at least 3 years of pics on this buck. He messed up his rack last year and had a single blade coming from his base. Pretty similar to what he looked like during the 2018-2019 season. I saw him last year in early January and passed him hoping that he'd shed that spike and come back with a full side.