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Busted Again.....

Ugh.  Went out Saturday morning with the bow, to the area I had the close encounter with the spike and other 2 deer in october.  Decided to take the same tactic, slowly walk the firebreak, trying to catch something out moving.  I would stop at a trail, if I found a good one, and hang for awhile.  Well, I headed down the firebreak, and first thing I noticed is that it was darn noisy.  All the oak leaves had dropped, and the area was blanketed.  Still, I made my way down.

Getting to the bottom, I was about 100 yards from where it bottoms out in a small opening, and the road T's.  I am glancing into the woods left to right, looking at a spot where I once sat for a few hours, and looking at the deer sign on the road.  Thinking the whole time, I have always liked this area. 

Well, I look ahead into around the turn, through the last few trees into the clearing. Crap, deer coming my way!  Then I see 2 more, for a total of 3, and they turn to walk up the road right at me. I quickly looked around, and I am WIDE open.  Only cover around is a small blowdown about 3 steps to my left.  I look back at the deer, and if they keep coming, in 15 seconds they will come around the last tree until there is nothing between us but firebreak, at about 25 yards.  Then, I would have a chest shot at that distance, something I won't even consider.  So, I look again, see that they look to be behind a couple of trees, and it's now or never.  I duck, and take 3 steps.  CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH...... Argh!  I hear the lovely "Boing Boing Boing"......... I peek over the blowdown to see one trotting away, with the other 2 looking my direction.  They turn and slowly follow her out of sight....

Just the way it goes for me though.  However, I am encouraged that I have seen deer 3 times in a row there, and been close.  I will hit it harder this off season, and find a place for a treestand so I can let them come to me.....

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Sounds like you had a good

Sounds like you had a good experience, even if you didn't down one.  Keep at it, everything will fall into place. 

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So close again!! I forgot you

So close again!! I forgot you still had hunting time left this year. At least it looks like you may have found a very good area for the future if you set itup good.

Sure is frustrating though to be so close.

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Actually Wade, I still have

Actually Wade, I still have another 18 days.... Wink

Going to get out one more time I think, last week of December.  Might have snow where I hunt, but for sure will be quite chilly.  We'll see if I can put it all together, or need to wait another year.

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Thats a bummer Sean. Sounds

Thats a bummer Sean. Sounds like you have a good spot though. I'm sure you'll get one next time. My dad and brother went out over the weekend for their last ditch effort to arrow a deer but it didnt happen. My dad jumped a 3x3 and chased it around the mountain for 3 hours only to come up short. Good luck and I hope you can tag one.

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keep at Sean i still have A31

keep at Sean i still have A31 tag been waiting for sum time and sum snow well we just got one of them mabe this weekend

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Well, we got about 7 inches

Well, we got about 7 inches where I go with more on the way this weekend. Can't go again till the 27th so I don't know if it will still be there.

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That's kind of funny really,

That's kind of funny really, I live 30 minutes from Aspen and I've only gotten 2 inches in the yard so far. And it's already half melted. Had a couple of below zero days but not much snow at all yet. The ski hills get more as I live in the valley at about 6000 feet but it's still a little strange.

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