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Well the season is over for us and I was damn lucky to fill my tag. I used the last hour of the last day and a spike (3 point) appeared that I then shot. As ironic as life is, the spike was smaller than the doe I saw the first day and left go but oh well. It was still about 115lbs field dressed so there is still some good eating there. It was the hardest year yet for me. The weather was miserable and the deer population seemed down a lot. Besides the first day, that buck was the first sign I saw all season.

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ChesterGolf there won't be anything wrong with the taste of that spike.We purposely try to take a spike each year for our camp roast the following year.
You showed Patience the first thing I try to teach new comers . Maybe its just the older we get the more patience we have lol.

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Sawman, you may be right about the patience. When I was younger, I would have taken the first deer I saw but I like to enjoy the season. If I had filled my tag on the first day I wouldn't have experienced the rest of the season. I envy the states and provinces that have multiple tags because you can get the freezer meat and than get picky about the specific animal you want. It was a tough hunt this year. I truly believe that I salvaged my season because I left my original spot and walked 3 miles farther in the woods to a more remote area. That spike wasn't big but after dragging him back out of the woods, I was glad he wasn't much bigger.

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Congrats man!!! Thumbs up It was a tough season, but at least you scored. Most didn't.

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You are right Saskie, it was an extremely hard season and I only know of a couple hunters myself that did get lucky. It is hard at the best of times here as you know, but this season was murder.

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This was my last year here, so I'll be in for a nice little reality check hunting in NS again next season.

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Saskie,

How did your in-laws do this year? Did they notice a significate drop in sightings this year. The first couple of days showed good signs here and then it was like they were air-lifted out of the area. Not a new mark, scrape, rub, nothing for the entire season. I have hunted that particular area for the last 12 years or so and I feel I have a good understanding of the local populations habits but this year they threw a curve-ball that I couldn't figure out. The only thing I can think of is that they left the area and went to a residential area about 1km away and stayed there.

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This year they hunted a new series of cut blocks as their old standbys are just too overgrown now. These new ones are much larger and offer views of a mile or more. They saw several does at a distance, but only one within shooting range and they didn't have an antlerless tag this year.

The local registry station was way down though - only 20 deer registered in the first week and that covers Upper Stewiacke/ Musq. Maybe things picked up later on, but I doubt it.

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