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Jim, you were right. I saw 4

Jim, you were right. I saw 4 does and a spike this afternoon. They came out, sniffed the fresh cuttings and headed across the field. Oh, I did see a raccoon before dark also...I plan on hunting in the am before heading to my parents to visit for Thanksgiving....I hope to see another buck chasing a doe here soon...Same here with the late rut, we see them chasing hard for a couple of days in December....we also see and hear more bucks fighting in Dec than Nov....fewer does to be bred brings out the best of the bucks....It isn't over with yet...I don't stop until the end of the season on 1 Jan...Good hunting and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Way to go - ECU, great

Way to go - ECU, great hunting.

All it takes is for that "right" doe to step out and bring Mr. Big with her... and he will be yours with that flat shooting rig you have.

Hope you get right back to them after Thanksgiving... I have to go clear to FL to visit my in-laws... but it is what it is... at least we do not have to go that often.

I will make a few calls after this weekend - several of the guys at the club are hunting and my brother has an annual hunt down at my buddy's farm in Georgia - I will see what type of action they are seeing and turn in a report... and also start to formulate a plan for the next weekend.

I will have my handicapped friend Brandon hunting with me that weekend, so I need to make a plan that includes some good spots for ground blinds or golf cart hunting.

I got reports today of lots of acorns still falling - plus there are some drilled winter wheat fields that should be about 6 - 7 weeks old now - the deer may have started hitting them already... we will see...

I can check my private plot also.. it is buck forage oats and rape that was planted about 25 October, if I recall correctly - it may be doing well too. I am not going to rule out the fact that there may still be some peas left in that plot too... we have had almost no cold weather.

Good luck... to all of us!

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Well, I made back out to hunt

Well, I made back out to hunt this afternoon...the funny thing is all the extra effort it took to get in the stand...I ate too much of Ma's cooking over Thanksgiving...I must have gained twenty pounds..Hahahaha
The steady breeze has calmed down to near nothing of a noticeable wind...hopefully I can get by in the stand I'm hunting...we'll see...good luck everybody out hunting today..
Update...someone is laying them out...I have heard five tick-booms while waiting for the page to update...maybe they'll come out soon....

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I started thinning out the

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I started thinning out the herd today by harvesting a mature doe this evening just as shooting light faded. She weighted in at 105 lbs, pretty good doe for this farm. She'll definitely make for some good eating this winter.
I saw 7 total deer. 3 does on the back side of the farm and 1 deer across the field from me that couldn't tell what it was because it came out so late...there were 3 deer up near the front of the farm with 2 of those deer across a county road in a cut soybean field...those 2 deer didn't stay around long as the traffic pushed them back into the woods...the other deer was in the front field of the farm I hunt, but he is in no mans land as the farmer doesn't want me to hunt that close to the road with a rifle...so I'll try to figure out the deer's pattern and sling an arrow at him later Sunday afternoon...wish me luck

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Congrats on the doe ECU. I've

Congrats on the doe ECU. I've yet to get some time to get back in the woods. I have two weeks off over Christmas and praying and hoping to get in some quality time. I did get a line on about 40 acres that are supposedly loaded with deer and the new property owners want them gone. So wish me luck. I should find out this weekend if I'll get the chance to hunt it. Applause

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Good news, Tyler! You don't

Good news, Tyler! You don't have to have a lot of land, just land that holds unpressured deer.
Good luck and good hunting'

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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

yeah I certainly hope this is the case. it sure sounds promising. Hopefully I'll check it out this weekend and see what kind of layout it has and what the owner wants. I did not do much scouting this year because I had planned to hunt the same place as last year and I knew it pretty well. This scrambling at the end has made it difficult but it is what I have to work with so we'll have to make it work. Looks like I am going to Boone to get a Cristmas tree saturday so maybe Sunday we'll head over and check it out. Will take my 3yr out and let him walk with me. I want to get him involved early. Every time I take out the Landcruiser he looks at the track on the back and asks me where the deer is. Man I love that kid.

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Yesterday was a good day to

Yesterday was a good day to be in the woods. I saw 9 deer yesterday morning, even tried to spit on a young 3 point directly beneath my stand. I know childish but that was funny as he tried to figure out the source of the "rain" falling upon him.

A buddy of mine shot an 8 pointer in the am while I was lucky enough to tag a doe yesterday afternoon. It was a pretty picturesque hunt with all the snow falling. Once the snowfall slowed near dusk, the deer started moving into the opening. I watched 8 deer yesterday afternoon until taking that doe.

But unfortunately, the biggest deer I've seen in the neighborhood was harvested just down the road by another hunter. I say unfortunately because I would have liked one of our group of hunters to have shot him. However, I am happy for the guy who shot him. The deer was a main frame nine pointer with a 2 3/4" sticker off his G-2. He has a 19" inside spread with long brow tines. He scored 152 3/4" gross score. It is good to see that kind of deer to reassure your beliefs that they are around.

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