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The deer is dead, we aren't!

Things kinda died in the deer section?!?!
Where did everyone go?

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The deer is dead, we aren't!

I figured everybody was out hunting, since a lot of Midwest and Eastern whitetail seasons are in full swing.

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The deer is dead, we aren't!

I'm still around. Just licking my wounds after an unsuccessful buck season. Passed on too many decent bucks waiting for "Mr. Big".

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The deer is dead, we aren't!

I'm around, didn't hunt deer (let alone whitetail) this year though....

I assume that you now have deer in the freezer Chuck?

Better luck next year ChesterGolf. Crackout the M1, that should make you feel better! :smile:

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I'm reloading 30-06 as we speak and that is exactly what I'm going to do. Nothing like running a few dozen rounds through old military rifles. :smile:

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The deer is dead, we aren't!

I'm still around, but hunting is ongoing as well. I disagree with you on the subject line, though. The deer definitely isn't dead here in Alabama. Took my son out yesterday and saw a few whitetails, but no luck. I figure it's pretty much my fault -- grew up in Minnesota with short-range shots in heavy woods, and when I went out to Montana I had to learn how to look for deer outside 50 yards. Well, guess what? Now I'm in the same situation reversed. At one point we jumped six deer yesterday, one an 8-pointer, within about 50 feet. If that's the way it is down here, I should report future activity in the bird hunt forum. It's not easy getting a snap-shot off on a deer in heavy timber when you're using a scope.

By the way, if anyone has any advice on how far whitetails run when spooked, I'd appreciate it. Based on what I've figured out with GPS coords and a topo, they must've gone about 400 yards the first time, and goodness knows how far when I picked them up again. It also looks like they ran perpendicular to drainages and went up and over ridges, rather than following them.

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The deer is dead, we aren't!

I'm still trying to get a buck myself!
Gun season just isn't for me, and this year proved it very well. I usually don't go out during gun season, but I decided to give it a whirl this year resulting in a very small buck. sad It didn't even have buttons.

That made me feel bad because I don't like shootin the little ones. But they ran my way, and I was in a confined area where no-one was around for at least 300 yards.

I shot, and when I went up to the deer I realized just how small it was! :eek:

I don't think I will gun hunt next year, it's SO much easier to pick them out bowhunting. Wink

But, I'm still bowhunting to get a bigger deer, that one only resulted in less than half the meat I usually get. sad

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The bright side is that your button buck probably will taste better than a big old tough nasty buck. :smile:

At least that has been my experience....

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Any predictions for how this winter's weather will effect next season's deer kill? We've had snow since early November with three feet in my front yard right now and more farther up on the mountain. It's now 2:15 PM; the temperature outside is 18F which is the highest it's been in a couple weeks. For over a week the nightime lows have been below zero; with the windchill factored in its been in the teens below zero with a couple nights into the 20's below. For the deer's sake we need a Jan. thaw fast.

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It is going to be tough on the population in my opinion. The deer are going to have hard scratchings for food for a while and there is no end in sight. The frigid temps don't help at all.

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