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This afternoon's hunt

Well it was cold, really cold! I was lacing up my boots and seeing the temp as 16* with a wind chill of exactly zero at 12:45 PM on the weather channel. I was in my stand by about 1:45 and hoped to stay for a good two hours. The wind was a steady (reported) 15 MPH. Nothing until about 3 or so when a lone doe made her way towards the stand. She made it to within about 50 yds and then turned and left.

It seemed to me that the wind was OK, so I wasn't sure why she left so abruptly. Maybe 20 minutes later I heard something close behind me and turned to look over my left shoulder and out came a doe who paused at about 20 yds and then again at about 25 to take a few bites and then continued on, wanting to be somewhere else. Same doe, I'm sure and also too small, considering what else is around the area. She was dead down wind this time, but never looked or spooked, simply acted strange.

An hour or more passed and right as the sun settled on the horizon I caught mvement and then I counted six does pass through an opening about 120 yds away. I figured they were up and moving to feed and would ultimately be passing by me and headed to the cut soybean fields. I sat for another 20 minutes and they never headed my way. I was really cold by now and decided to leave with about 15 mins of legal light left.

On my drive out, zero deer in the field that I was watching the approach to. Further along I did see my six in another field, they'd just decided to dine there instead Dancing . I paused and watched them scatter 125 yds away from the road. I went a bit further and by another stand I thought about using there was deer standing on the trail to that stand and another three in a field just adjacent to that stand.

So the score, one doe who tried to commit suicide, twice! And, 9 does who outhunted me this afternoon.  lol

Sometimes chicken, sometimes feathers!! Yes

Oh, and by the way, it was 11* on the way out! Huh?  

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More power to you to get out

More power to you to get out in that weather today. That wind was whipping and frigid cold here, I can only imagine what it was like in Tn. I'll wait for the wind to die down before I get back out. Maybe tomorrow agter work I can make a hunt out of it. I need to get a couple more does before the first of the year. A nice buck would be even better. Yes

My good friend took his daughter out this afternoon. He had a ground blind set up with a buddy heater to help keep her warm. She was able to experience her first kill as her Dad shot a couple of does for the freezer. She was excited trying to find the blood trail so she could track the doe. Now her younger sister is ready to head out for her hunt, but Mom wasn't so sure about either of them going hunting because they are her "babies" still. Mom does hunt so that isn't the issue. Maybe next time they'll get a buck.

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good job

Good job getting out there.  At least you are seeing deer and that makes it worth while.  As you know, where the does go, he bucks will follow...eventually.

Very cool getting a new hunter out there.  Congrats there too!

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No buck

Heck, I'd have been out there at daybreak if I hadn't already harvested my buck...LOL! You only get one buck/season in Kentucky and I took one with my Marlin in .375 Win during rifle season.

It's a doe only for me and I'm holding out for a big mature one, hopefully!  Yes

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How many does can you harvest

How many does can you harvest in KY?
Only one or is that all you need for the year.
It's a shame you can't harvest 2 bucks a year so you could shoot one cull buck and then a buck to put on the wall.
God luck and good hunting, if you don't freeze stiff.

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Ed

In Kentucky, you're allowed one buck and one doe with your license and additional doe tags can be purchased. My freezer is pretty full from the harvest of a nice Indiana buck earlier in the year. I have several friends (non hunting) who ask me every year to harvest them some fresh venison, however.

I agree that it's a shame that only one buck may be harvested, especially with the healthy population that's present. This can lead to having undesirable bucks left to do the bulk of the breeding, which might not be the best plan. Huh?  

This can also occur within any QDMA area as well as in states/counties that set a rack minimum. Of course, nuthin's perfect!  Whistling

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GREAT!

Congrats to both your friend and his daughter on her first harvest! There is very little better than family and friends enjoying a day afield together. It's a shame more Americans do not understand that.

Again, a big cheer to your Buddy and his daughter!!  Applause

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Hey, at least you got out

Hey, at least you got out instead of being stuck at work like me... Wink

Keep at it.  You'll find another one wanting to commit suicide one of these times.  They gotta move to keep warm, right??

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