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Thanks for the info on

Thanks for the info on Perkins gamelands. I don't do a lot of hunting in the middle part of the state any more but it's nice to hear a report from that part of the state.

Hope you get one in the next few days. The rut should be still going on there, shouldn't it?

Good luck and good hunting. Thumbs up

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Perkins is just west of lexington across the yadkin river into Davie county. No luck this morning but a lot of tracks. They were fairly fresh so I am assuming since I didn't see a thing that they are using these fields at night. Each field is approx 100 yds wide and 400 yds long (2 fields). So there is a lot of groung to watch. I am watching the lower field since it is down wind and harder to get to. So we'll see how this plays out. Can only hunt here 3days a week and my time is limited. Needless to say I will not be real picky. As long as its not a button buck I'll take a shot if it presents itself. Will keep you guys posted.

 

well I just realized I never updated this. The morning hunt was very uneventful. Didn't see a thing but there was a lot of sign. So once the morning broke I decided to walk a little. I crossed the field and walked a cutout. At the bottom of the hill there were row of pines planted about 6 ft apart and about 70yds in length. So I walked to the end and there is a 90 turn and the same 70 yds east that follows a fence line. So I continued the walk and there are numerour places where you can see that deer have jump the fence and made a nice landing in the path. At the intersection of the two paths there is a perfect little place to sit that provides decent cover. So I decided to come back that evening and brought a pop up chair and watched the two lanes for a while. Didn't see anything but heard a ton of gunfire as light was fading. There are definitely deer there but I just need some more time to get out there and I am sure it'll end with meat in the freezer. Honestly though, with a full moon the two previous nights I probably should have dug in a little deaper as I doubt they would be out in a place like this just yet. It does look promising for a later hunt though. Will keep you guys posted if I hit it again.

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ECU Great - a shoulder mount!

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Great - a shoulder mount! I had not considered that... I do not get deer mounted so I guess that did not cross my mind.

I am glad you are getting it done and I am sure it will look great!

Having two trophies from one kill is outstanding - way to go!

Tyler,

We are counting on your brother - we want to see you take a couple of deer out of those fields.

Don't forget to check the trails leading into and out of the fields - if they are not coming out til dark, maybe you can catch one a little ways back in the woods.

Keep us updated - and we love to see updates from the tree!

Jim

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You don't mount any of your

You don't mount any of your trophy deer from SC or IL?

I decided I would mount the boar because he was a big boar for one thing...two, he was taken on a local farm I have hunted for 12 or more years. It goes back to being a trophy in the eye of the beholder. He's a trophy to me for these reasons.... Now I don't have to go on a guided hunt for a boar hog...I shot my trophy here at home, something I never thought I would do...I feel lucky and blessed

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ECU, Man, I am delighted you

ECU,

Man, I am delighted you got your trophy boar on your own farm - I think that is way cool!

The fact that you get two mounts out of the deal makes it all the better yet.

I mounted one deer early on - way back in 1998 - it was the first really decent buck I had ever taken... and I think the mounting fees were about $200 or $250 even way back then.

I gave the mount to my buddy that owns the farm and it still hangs over his fireplace to this day - not at the farm but at his main house in Savannah.

I have since taken some nice bucks and for one reason or another, I just figured I could do more with the $$$$ - I think a shoulder mount now is probably $350 or more... and I can put the antlers on a small plaque for about $15 or so... and I still get the memories.

I managed to take a decent buck in 2009 at a club I was in - and when I got it back to camp and started to saw the antlers and skull plate off, several of the guys almost had a coronary... some remarked that they had hunted all their life and not taken a buck like that and that it was a travesty to simply cut them off.

They shamed me into saving the head intact for a Euro mount - which still cost me $70... and in the end it looked good... but $70 is still a lot of money!

This was my first year in Illinois and while I am disappointed I did not take a deer, I feel it would have to be an extraordinary buck to get it mounted... and when I say that... I mean a 170 to 180 + class buck - which will likely never happen.  

If I did take one and get it mounted, I would also give it to my buddy that owns the farm - he likes big deer and has allowed me full run of the farm for about 25 years now...

Figure it this way... I have hunted that farm for 25 years and it is about 300 acres. For many years I had sole access and now it is my brother and I only - along with a family friend Larry... if I had leased the property for 25 years at only $8 per acre (which is pretty low for land of this caliber) the lease fees along would have been $60,000.00... so I could easily see giving him the mount.

I want a P&Y with the bow... if I could do that, I would do another Euro mount.

Having said that, I think that mounts are a GREAT thing and bring back great memories and also allow you to "show off" your harvest and I think that has a lot of value!!!

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I understand your point of

I understand your point of view and agree whole heartedly.
I like to view the memory of the hunt thru the mounts themselves. I always mount the deer to resemble the first view I had of them. I don't see the same visualization from a skull mount or the horns tacked up on the wall.
Maybe, because I don't have any children, I continue to get deer mounted. If I had mouths to feed, clothes to buy and college tuition to pay, then I wouldn't be mounting deer...
Now, I know a lot of hunters who would gladly rent land for $8/acre. The average rent in this area is around $15/acre with some land going as high as $25/acre. Only outfitters can afford that kind of outrageous rent. It won't be long before the landowner will get more money for hunting rent than crop rent.
What's a working man to do?

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I haven't been hunting in my

I haven't been hunting in my home county the last couple of days, but I road out to the farm this afternoon to check on a couple of things.

The good report is the beans have been picked on both the farms that sandwich the farm I hunt. That should be a help as the deer tend to migrate my way when that has happened in the past.

The bad report is they were moving the ditch banks as I was out there. Hopefully, they'll be finished by lunch tomorrow as I was wanting to go hunting before I headed out of town for Thanksgiving.

We'll see how tomorrow goes....Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Yes Thumbs up Dancing

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ECU I hope I did not give the

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I hope I did not give the wrong impression...I encourage everyone to relive their hunts through trophy mounts...

I am way past the point of kids but I still have to manage hunt costs as closely as I can.

That is not to say that I could not afford a mount - of course I could...not a year goes by that a new rifle, scope, stand or binoculars does not show up....so I guess it is a matter of priorities!!!

I find it very cool that you try, in the mount, to replicate the way you first saw the animal - that further enhances your memories of the hunt!

I am probably the exception as it relates to getting deer mounted...and I clearly do not want to project an attitude of "hey I have killed all kinds of great bucks...no need to get them mounted" - because that is clearly not true...even with a gun, I have never topped 125" - so I still have a long way to go!!!

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Finally made it back out

Finally made it back out today. The guys were back out here trying to finish the job of cutting the ditch banks. They didn't finish today either. I guess they'll be back Friday to finish once and for all. They left me about an hour to hunt. So well see if any deer show up tonight. I'm already here, might as well stay in the stand. Good hunting

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Go get 'em ECU... I bet those

Go get 'em ECU... I bet those deer could care less about the ditch bank tractors... our deer love tractors... so do our turkeys... I see them all the time while I am doing tractor work.

I am out of the woods until the first weekend of December so I need some "Live from the Tree" updates, that way I can live vicariously through you!

A buddy of mine took a giant SC buck yesterday - chasing a doe - and he has antlers going every which a way... a real stud of a buck.. I will see if I can get some pictures and do a story on him.... my point is that they are still out there chasing and you never know what may come by.

This is not common but I have seen them chasing as late as 15 - 18 December before, so I am not even going to rule out me seeing one of those black water swamp donkeys chasing a doe once I get back down the club and start hurting again.

Good luck, Brother, we are pulling for you!

Jim

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