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Yea, it's irritating to here

Yea, it's irritating to here the hogs squealing in the pre-dawn darkness....just when the rut is getting heated up...I had a hot doe running around yesterday being followed by a couple of small bucks...I was hoping she would be in the area to bring out a bigger buck today but no luck...no sightings at all today..

I found out after the hunt this am; the hogs are using a cutover to bed in and they are hitting the fields I hunt after dark...The cutover is on someone else's property who hasn't allowed us to hunt it in the past...I don't have many options....May be able to get permission from the farmer to build a pen to catch them in, once I explain the damage they can cause..We'll see

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Well, I didint make it out to

Well, I didint make it out to the stand yesterday afternoon because the front was still on top of us and spitting rain. I don't know that I missed any action anyway.
This morning I slept in to avoid the high winds out there. Some much needed slept I may add. The winds were blowing too strong and in the wrong direction. They're supposed to turn slightly during the day so I'll try to make it out this afternoon.
Good luck everyone.

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Good luck to you ECU - hope

Good luck to you ECU - hope you get him!

Days of hunting on end will flat wear you out - that is for sure.

Maybe after the front passes (it is gone here now) you cqn get back after them and find one of those freak-nasty bucks - like the one that got poached up there a while back!!

Best of luck, Brother - hunt safe!

Jim

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Thanks, Jim and right back at

Thanks, Jim and right back at you. Hopefully you'll put a tag on a monster Illinois buck on your trip. Good luck.

Hopefully the winds die down a little this afternoon. The deer seem to be on edge when the winds are this strong. We'll see.

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I made it back to the stand

I made it back to the stand this am...dawn is breaking crisp and cool this morning, temps around 37 degrees with the high today around 62 degrees...there's a slight breeze from the west which should be switching to the NW...I didn't hear any hogs squealing on the way in, so that's a good sign...no deer sightings as of yet...I have the decoys out again and I'm flipping "The GREAT BIG can" by Primos...no response so far...
I have to take a mature doe today if I see one...with so few sightings on this farm now, I better take my shots when I can...I'd like to take 2or3 does from this farm..
Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else

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No deer sightings today...I

No deer sightings today...I did a nice looking fox squirrel...I may have to pick up the .22 mag one morning and harvest this little guy...he would make a neat mount on an old log...
As far as deer hunting this stand, I'm finished with it until mid-December...by then the soybean fields on each side of me will be picked...all the acorns will be eaten... the wheat field should be tall, green and attracting the deer...
I'll be at a different stand this evening...I just need to figure out which stand to hunt.

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ECU Glad to see you out

ECU

Glad to see you out working on the deer

Sounds like you have them figured out fairly well from farm to farm

At any moment this time of year, the man with the rocking chair on his head can step out - I hope that happens for you

Adding some meat to the freezer is always a good thing too... Pretty soon, the does should be bunched back together and you can take two or three in a morning...if yours behave like ours do in SC and GA (if taking several at the time is legal for you)

Usually about the third week of November the rut winds down some and they get back together in packs of eight to twelve

Good luck with them....keep us posted...we will be rooting for you!!

Jim

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The rut will be ending about

The rut will be ending about the same time here...so I may have another week or so looking for mr big...then it will be time to thin out the herd...hopefully by then, the deer will be bunch up on the wheat field..
Good luck on your trip.

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Ok so another week - but you

Ok so another week - but you never know after that - in a deer stand good things can happen

We have seen some great late season bucks

They seem to be few and far between but at least those of us that are not on the couch have a chance at them!!

Thanks for the well wishes - I am gonna work hard this weekend to get one and then in December it is back to those South Carolina black water swamps that I love so well

My season this year has been a bust - maybe it is time for it to turn around!!

Best of luck to ya, Brother...

Jim

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Well, I may have mis-spoken

Well, I may have mis-spoken earlier when I said my girlfriend is receptive to all my hunting and cyber surfing.
Yesterday was a bad day for this hunter. For some reason, she wants her honey-due list taken completed asap.
What in the world, at the beginning of the month, I explained to her the importance of hunting the rut in Nov and to a lesser degree, competing in this contest.
She needs to remember I put a roof on her house in Oct. I didn't hunt or surf hardly at all in Oct because of that and other projects she wanted finished.
I told her Nov is the time of year to hunt for a trophy buck, like that makes a difference to her, right.
I'm going to get a couple of things completed before tomorrow because I'm headed to another farm to hunt tomorrow. They have seen a more intense rut and several bucks that need to be culled. So well see how it goes tomorrow, but I'm GOING hunting tomorrow.

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