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Posted: 10/1/2005 2:26:09 AM EDT
Plus it's also the opening day of Indiana's first fall archery season for turkey. I'm getting ready to go climb my tree in the dark and sit for about 4-5 hours this morning. I'm not sure how many of you are bowhunters, but good luck to all who head afield.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 5:57:45 AM EDT

Well, all I can say is, "That was quick." I was completely situated in my tree and fully ready at 6:15 AM. I sat there in the dim light listening to the sounds of God's creation. Finally the sun came up and I was enjoying the solitude when I saw 3 does coming towards me at 7:00 AM right on the trail I had hoped that they would. I couldn't draw my bow as they were walking straight towards me. As soon as the lead doe passed, I shot her at about 15 yards as she was quartering away. I listened as she ran down a logging road and crashed. I knew she was down, so I wasted no time in climbing down and going to locate her. I had only been on stand 45 minutes.

Now that the pressure is off, I can focus on a huge buck.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:27:05 AM EDT
Wow!  That was quick.  Good shoot.  
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:39:23 AM EDT
Wow.  Very Nice.  
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 4:01:58 PM EDT
Where was that luck with the doves last month?

Nice doe!
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 4:19:15 PM EDT

Where was that luck with the doves last month?

Hey, the target animal has to be in the vicinity for me to kill it.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 12:47:16 PM EDT

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:29:29 PM EDT
cool M4....good shootin'

i was gonna go but just too darn hot.  next weekend i will definitely be perched in my stand, though.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:43:51 PM EDT
Shot tonight, about 530ish.  Made it about 70 yards from where he started.  Double lung.  More details to come, cutting meat right now.

Ok, I've got some time to fill in the rest.  I hunt Crane, so the one buck rule doesn't affect me.  I've killed one doe with my bow previous to this, so this year my goal was to kill anything with my bow.  Next year, I'll be picky.
I left work about 430, I'd guess I was on stand by 500.  I sat for a while listening to hickory nuts and walnuts crashing down.  The wind was from the west, at my back.  I was hanging on a poplar tree about 50 yards from a pond.  Never hunted the spot before, went there based on hearing a friend mention water this time of year.  I'm guessing it was about 530 when I heard a different crunch behind me, not quite a nut falling.  Then another.  I slowly turned around and there was this little bugger.  He was about 20-25 yards behind me angling to my right.  I had to sit still as he went by at about 15 yards, then he went behind some trees and I stood up.  At this point I recognized a problem.  Limbs!  He stepped out further and was in the open, but I had maple limbs in line with him.  I ended up doing a half crouch to get under the limbs.  I shot under the limbs, just over a leaning tree and nailed him at 20 yards.  He ran right across in front of me, stopped, turned right and fell over about 50 yards to my left.  Muzzy broadhead went between the ribs on the way in, hit both lungs, then hit one rib dead on and cut it in two on the way out.

Link Posted: 10/6/2005 5:24:20 AM EDT
cool Jim....lookin' forward to the comlete story
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 1:29:53 PM EDT
Congratulations, Jim. The score is: Hunters - 2, Deer - 0.

He looks like he'll make some good eating. Speaking of Crane, I didn't get drawn for the public hunt this year. First time since I started putting in for it back in the late 90's.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 2:01:47 PM EDT
My coworkers can account for a doe and a 130 class P&Y!

So, no need to scout then?
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 3:06:07 PM EDT

So, no need to scout then?

Oh, scouting is always essential, and I'm still up for it. It will just be scouting for next year.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 7:27:33 AM EDT
Since I took my doe last Saturday, I went out this morning targeting a mature buck only. Sad to say, I didn't see anything but three very large 'coons walk by single file at 25 yards. The wind was a little chilly, not to mention that it turned out to be from the wrong direction.

After sitting in my stand for 3 hours, I decided to climb down and make a quick scouting pass through the woods, as I'm not familiar with the area yet. I finally came upon four good scrapes (complete with licking branches) and a handful of rubbed cedars within 100 yards of each other. So there's hope for me yet.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:45:49 AM EDT
Let those dumb spike bucks go........oh well, so much for my rant on deer management.

Anyways, I shot a nice doe on Oct. 7TH at about 6:00 PM,  using my anterless bonus tag.

Nice shot at a mere 12 yards. She ran 25 yards and was done.

I will gladly take a another doe in early archery, but of course a nice 8-10 pointer would be nice.

Take care and have a safe season!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:44:33 PM EDT
If it makes you feel better, I'm done with spikes now.  Don't plan on shooting another ever.  My approach to bowhunting has been incremental.  First I managed to kill a doe, now I've killed a (tiny) buck, now it's on to looking for a nice buck.
QDM on Crane is pointless anyway.  We don't even make a dent in the population here.  

Let those dumb spike bucks go........oh well, so much for my rant on deer management.

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 1:26:32 PM EDT
LPD111, congrats on the deer.

I say that any deer with archery tackle is a good deer, due to the advanced skills required to harvest one in that manner. It's quite difficult to draw a bow on a deer that is in very close proximity to you, and even "dumb spikes" aren't that dumb when it comes to survival. I say that a hunter should be able to harvest whatever deer they want, regardless of size or sex. Heck, if all hunters waited on a big buck, some might still be waiting. As Jim stated, Crane deer harvests don't count against his state hunting license, so he's still free to kill a bigger one.

That said, I only target does and mature bucks nowadays, but that's just because I've taken more deer with a bow that I can keep track of.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 6:30:53 PM EDT
Had a pretty exciting evening today. On Sunday, I placed a scrape dripper containing a mixture of buck and doe urine over one of the scrapes I'd found. I climbed a tree 20 yards from it this afternoon at 4:30. At 6:00, I saw a basket-racked buck feeding around on a logging road about 40 yards away. I had no intentions of taking it, so I just played around with it by using my grunt tube repeatedly. The deer didn't pay too much attention to the sound other than to look around between bites. He finally made his way up the logging road and out of sight.

About 5 minutes later, I heard a deer trotting down through the woods from the direction this buck had went. I turned to see this same buck coming back rather quickly. He went back to the location where I'd first spotted him earlier, and stood staring up the hill from where he'd just trotted. I then heard another deer running and looked to see a slightly larger buck coming down the hill at a fast pace. These bucks got about 10 yards from one another and just stared each other down. The second buck started walking stiff-legged towards the smaller buck and they both laid their ears back. They circled each other for a second, then all hell broke loose.

They both lowered their heads and charged together with a crash as their antlers collided. They both pushed against each other with all their might. Dirt was flying as they tried to get traction. It was just like I'd seen in videos, and I was kicking myself for not bringing my video camera along. They kept their heads together the entire time, spinning this way and that for quite a long time. Finally, the larger buck got the better of the other and flipped him backwards over a log that was 22 yards from my stand. The smaller buck turned tail and ran right under my tree, with the dominant buck right on his tail. The submissive buck ran on down towards the field, while the dominant buck stopped and watched from under my tree. When the smaller buck hesitated at the fence separating the woods from the field about 100 yards down the hill, the other buck walked down there and escorted the smaller buck across the field. All he had to do was keep walking about 10 yards behind him, and the smaller buck just kept going to keep distance between them.

Obviously, my grunting had attracted the second buck and he thought that the first buck was the one making all the racket.

It's a shame that I didn't have the video camera with me, and it's an even bigger shame that neither buck was what I was looking for. They were so preoccupied with fighting that I probably could have climbed down, walked over to them, and shot either one if I'd have wanted to.
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