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Location: South west Michigan
Joined: 11/18/2009
Posts: 3
Any tips would be great!

Hi guys, My name is Ryan. I'm 23 and have been hunting white tail deer here in South West Michigan for about 6 years now. I have only hunted state land unfortunately. Hints the only fact I have only seen one small buck the whole time. BUT! Today my father and I have been given access to a bit of private land. It is just outside of city limits. The owner of the property has not allowed a single hunter on this land in the 30 + years he has had it. The only condition....I MUST use a bow. I have never hunted or even shot a bow. If anyone could help me find what kind of bow to use or tips on overall bow hunting I would be great full. That being said. The owner has also told me there are some very large bucks in this area. I want to do this hunt right. I want my buck! . I want to learn this animal, trail and set this buck up to take home. If anyone could just give me some tips on how to get this buck on my wall I would appreciate it. HOLY! its 1 am. I gotta get up in 4 hours!!!! ITS HUNTING SEASON BOY'S GET THEM BOOTS TIED AND LETS GO!
C-ya out there! Thanks again

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Location: Kingston, MI
Joined: 01/16/2007
Posts: 592
Any tips would be great!

As far as being a new bowhunter is concerned, go to a local archery pro shop and they will steer you in the right direction for equipment.

As far as the property is concerned, you need to scout it 1st. Figure out where the deer are feeding and bedding. Also pay close attention to wind direction and your entrance and exit routes.

Try to be as "low impact" as possible. After the season is over, be sure to scout it hard during the winter and early spring. The best bet is to have your stands ready before the summer even starts. That way you can glass it from afar without setting foot on it. That will keep the deer (especially muture bucks) from getting spooked.

Once you do start hunting the new property, don't over hunt it.

Best of luck to you.

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Location: Minnesota
Joined: 11/26/2007
Posts: 74
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Everything Whelland said. To aid in your scouting, get some areal photos of the area. it will help you quickly locate pinches, funnels and other land forms. You can save al lot of time by using the areal pic to locate places to scout, rather than scouting the entire property.

One last thing. No matter if you succeed or fail, be sure to thank the landowner every year. A small share of venison, or some other small gift may seem trivial, but shows the land owner that you are gratefull for the access. it will speak volumes for you character and cement a relationship for the future.

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Location: South west Michigan
Joined: 11/18/2009
Posts: 3
Any tips would be great!

I really appreciate the post's. I Did tell the owner right away that if 1 or 100 deer came out of his woods that I would give him as much meat as he wanted.

I did say I wanted to do this hunt right. I'm thinking about maybe only hunting it 1 or 2 times this year. I will take Whelland's advice and spend a lot of my time threw the winter and spring scouting, learning, and setting up blinds.

I was also thinking about throwing a "lick" up or stacking some apples. Maybe a motion camera to kinda see what I got around a few areas? Would that be recommended? I don't have money for that at the moment so I think I will just do some scouting for now. This will be a huge learning experience for me. Def not like a farm you see on tv. ha. Well, thanks again. I'll check back in with some updates and keep reading as much as I can. I'm still open to anymore tips or help anyone can throw my way! Thumbs up

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