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02-06-2011, 04:14 PM
I started bowhunting last year because my buddy at work said to try it. i bought a used Martin tracer from another guy i worked with. i bought a few trail cameras and was getting alot of pictures of nice deer. i bought my property last year 15 acres. i started planting a few little food plots some clover and brassica. the brassica really took off and the deer were really coming to it. opening day of bow season around dusk 2 does came in but i diddnt get a shot and spooked them away by accident. I was pretty upset because my experience(not a whole lot) told me that once i spooked deer off there, it would be a while before they came back. The plot is 10 yds. wide and 50 yds. long on top of a ridge. it is an old logging trail that i widened and cleared out a little. I live in the hills with no farms within 5 miles. I figured if i got a good plot going the deer would really hit it hard. iwas right. any way i let the spot rest for a week went back and sat in the evening. then a big doe came in she diddnt see me cause i had moved my stand a little. she stopped at 12 yds. i drew and let her have it. i saw blood spraying everywhere. she ran offinto the woods. i waited about 30 min. and started to track her. it looked like a good hit she was quartering away and the arrow looked like it hit her off shoulder. ther was good initial blood, but after 20 yds the blood was gone. i decided to wait till morning. It was pretty cold and there was a good frost so i knew shed be ok. i had to wok till10am the next day. right after work i went after her. i brought 2 people with me we couldnt find any more blood or the deer after 3 hours we were ready to give up. i said "let me look in that thick stuff on my way to the truck." i went in the thck stuff and 20 yds into it there was my deer! My 2 buddies had already looked there twice. the arrow never came out the bottom, so there was no bllod trail to follow. The meat was still good and tasted great. boy i was happy. it almost ended with a different outcome. The deer diddnt go 60yds but withiut a blood trail it was aweful hard to find it. This hunt could have easily ended with a differnt outcome. thanks for reading
02-07-2011, 08:26 AM
Congradulations! You did real good sticking to it and finding her! Really sucks to make a good shot on a deer then loose it. If you've got time this spring, make a few more food plots, and also around each food plot, provide differnt stand locations for hunting at differnt times or when the prevailing breeze comes from a differnt direction.
Replant or freshen up your plantings, and maybe add some corn or some sort of bean, it will keep them in your food plots longer, and they'll be healthier. The more does you can get using your plots, the better your chances of seeing a buck are, especially during the rut. :D
02-07-2011, 12:29 PM
Congrats! sounds like it was an adventure and a half. Glad for the out come.
02-07-2011, 05:34 PM
yea after i shot her i checked my cameras and the previous day a nice Buck was there with a doe. I was hunting across the road. But I ended up with a nice buck a little later in the season.
02-18-2011, 01:45 PM
After all of the cold and snow you've gotten, your deer are cold and hungry. Get a bale of alfalfa, spead slabs of around, they'll find it quick, if there's no corn growing around, you'll need the teach them to eat whole corn, about 10 bucks 50#s, about all that take is a Purina deer block avaible at the same place you'd get the rest. A deer block is a hard molassas, corn, grains,, so on. chunk about 12" X 12" x 8", but it will melt if it gets wet, won't matter, they'll lick it off the ground. The better shape they're in when spring gets here will improve their growth, and overall health. You should see some good hunting this year. My son has a link to a site that lets you enter your location and it wll tell you when and where the wind will blow , days in advance. I'll get that link for you and post it here. :)
02-19-2011, 07:04 AM
here is that link once you get the map set over your hunting area you will have a weakly forcast http://www.weather.gov/ good luck an happy hunting to All:D
02-19-2011, 08:02 AM
That is a great weather site, I just found the ridge I sit on at my parent's house, now I have to bookmark that. Very helpful thanks.
02-19-2011, 03:15 PM
thank you for the help guys
02-21-2011, 07:26 AM
thank you for the help guys
Of course you do know that we're gonna see photos of your sucess, so be sure and post when you get the big one down! :D
02-22-2011, 04:48 PM
i sure will
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