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I haven't had time at home to

I haven't had time at home to post any pics. I'll get some up today. I've seen 1 doe, 1 bobcat, and 2 Bald Eagles this morning. Not a productive morning for deer hunting but I enjoyed watching the eagles. It's only 8:25 am so maybe a buck will show up before long. Good luck everyone who is hunting today. Thumbs up Well, as I was typing this post, 5 deer ran across the field I'm hunting. I can hear the dogs coming now. They're a long ways behind the deer. Maybe they'll bump a buck because I will shoot a buck in front of someone else dogs. Here they come. They didn't even follow the does they were running. Maybe they'll jump a buck in the cutover. Got to go.

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ECU, I love the idea of live

ECU,

I love the idea of live updates from the tree... great work!

My buddy sent me a photo this week of a great buck he took on Wednesday in NC - and it was chasing a doe big time... although I am not sure exactly where in NC he was hunting.

The picture was not great but it was a mature eight pointer with about an 18" rack... I am going to guess and say it scored somewhere around 120 inches so a great buck for sure.

I too will make some live from the tree updates.... I did that this week with a hunt I took up in Illinois and was surprised to see that it did not generate a lot of interest.... so I sort of tapered off on the updates as the week went along.

I will do a trip recap just to sort of wrap it up.

Best of luck up there - lets see some photos and a hunting story from you - it sounds like you are a dedicated and selective hunter so hopefully a big buck is in your immediate future!

 

Jim

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Finally able to get to the

Finally able to get to the computer to post those pics. Like I said, it's a decent buck for this farm but no monster. Enjoy.

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Heck ECU - looks like he is

Heck ECU - looks like he is an eight pointer with good body size!

No shame there at all.

Great that we see you "hurrying" to get the message completed so you can get on the deer! We can actually feel or "see" the hunt developing...

I have no doubt that the phone in the stand is gonna cost us a deer before it is over with - but it is what it is... it becomes a great way to pass the time in the stand and the way I figure it, there are times I stay on the stand longer because I have a way to pass the time - so maybe it will work the other way around!

Ay any rate, keep the updates coming - we will enjoy them immensely - particularly those of us that are NOT on the stand today!

Best of luck -

Jim

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Thanks, Jim. He isn't a huge

Thanks, Jim.
He isn't a huge buck like I said but he's a good buck for the farm I've been hunting lately. You see, most of the farm consists of fields with very little woods to hunt.
The other drawbacks are that the neighbor shoots the first buck he sees and the dogs mess the hunting up several times a week. The dog hunters aren't picky about the deer they shoot either therefore I think he's a decent buck for the area.
Now he isn't a shooter on any of the other farms I hunt. A trophy deer for sure from this farm.
And about the phone....I agree 100%...It's agreat way to past the time and stay in the stand longer. It has helped me stay up the tree longer. Hopefully it won't backfire on an opportunity at a nice buck.
Oh, Almost forgot, I didn't make it out this afternoon. First afternoon I've missed in 2 weeks. I guess I needed a break. Hahaha
Good luck everyone.

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Sweet deal ECU, glad you got

Sweet deal ECU, glad you got a chance to put one down.  What county are you hunting?  Still waiting on something decent to pull the trigger on down here in Jonston county.  Small five point and below its the extent of my action.  Seen a few doe and turkey.  Haven't had a chance to hunt as much as I would like due to work but I should be able to get out there a good bit the next two weeks.  I hope three to four times each week.  Giving my buck hunt two more weeks then I'll start dropping does.  I moved my stand because I went two weeks without a picture on the trail camera, some utility work I believe pushed them away.  Have it set up on the top side of a pond now watching the transistion are between bedding and feeding.  For now though its a good thing I don't depend on my deer meat because I would be to weak to climb a tree by now.

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I hunt Pitt, Martin, Edgecomb

I hunt Pitt, Martin, Edgecomb and Halifax counties at some point during the season. That deer was taken in Pitt county.

I would wait until after thanksgiving to shoot any does at this point. I've seen more bucks after dark and before light on the drive to the farm. One small 8 pointer stood in the middle of the road for 5 minutes the other night.

Good luck and knock down a big one. And they do grow some big ones in Johnston county. You're lucky you don't have to worry about dogs messing up the hunt. I didn't go back to hunt this afternoon because of the dogs running around.

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Very nice, I haven't hunted

Very nice, I haven't hunted Pitt, but I hunted Nash growing up with my dad.  I hunted a little on the Edgecomb side.  Growing up I hunted around the Red Oak area.  My mom's boyfriend hunts the Goldrock area.  Got some really good pictures from trail cameras.  Even more bear than I expected for Nash county.  I really enjoy hunting the Roanoke game lands but didn't get the permit this year.

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Stillrollin, we have traveled

Stillrollin, we have traveled some of the same ground. I hunt just east of Red Oak around Leggitt. I have a buddy who hunts around Goldrock...some good bucks and a lot of hogs in that area.
We don't have any resident bears in Edgecomb...most just pass thru the area.
Which Roanoke permits did you apply for? I was awarded a couple for the Upper Roanoke and several for the lLower Roanoke. I haven't made it yet to any of the hunts, hopefully, I'll make it in the next couple of weeks. There were some leftovers available for hunts in Drcember on the website. I don't know if they're still available or not.
I also have a couple of permits to Holly Shelter for bear hunting.

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ECU, Keep working them - you

ECU,

Keep working them - you may come up with a giant before it is over with!

Those agriculture areas with small woodlots offer the potential for some giant bucks in my opinion...

Yes, they are sneaky - the big bucks particularly - but so are us hunters!!

I will have December left to hunt here in SC and the deer then can be very scarce... I have already formulated my plan... I am going to forgo all of our existing stands and head for the swamp with my climber and try to intercept a good buck.

This has not been a good year for me - so it can only stay the same or get better!

Keep the updates coming - I love them.

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