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Hot week in SC

Man what a week in SC last week

Almost everyone reported seeing and or taking big bucks last week

I know several guys that took two

At the top of that list was a 150 class ten pointer, which is a HOSS in SC

He may not make 150 but he is gonna be close!!!

Go get 'em boys!!!

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Well, they gotta move

Well, they gotta move sometime, even if it's hot.  That is a heck of a deer.  Will you still have season left there when you are done in Illinois?

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Yes that is a good buck

Yes that is a good buck anywhere and a shooter in almost any circumstance - certainly would be for me...I have never broken 125 inches (yet!!)

Yes I have season left but cannot hunt til december and it is very slow then

Rut is just about gone and the big boys rarely make a mistake that late in the year

It happens but not with much regularity

I have to say that if I do not get it done here in Illinois that my 2010 season is not going to be an entirely memorable one from a harvest standpoint but that is ok...can not expect to take a big buck every year

Would be nice but may not be realistic

Having said that - I have not given up yet either!!!

I am eighteen feet up in a tree right now - so the fat lady has not sung yet!!

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I believe their season goes

I believe their season goes well into Jan after an early August start. One of, if not, the longest deer seasons in the USA. Usually our season ends on Jan 1.

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I have a co-worker that hunts

I have a co-worker that hunts in SC. I've always been jealous of how long their season is.

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Hey Jim, is there a limit

Hey Jim, is there a limit imposed by the outfitter where you are, or do you just want something bigger than 150 class?  I don't remember if you are using an outfitter or going public.  Cause if you have never shot anything over 125, and the outfitter allows it, I would be darned tempted to stick him.  Heck, especially with the weather problems you are having, there is a chance that the trophy buck you want, the 160 incher, will never show up.

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Hey CA-V, In Illinois, I am

Hey CA-V,

In Illinois, I am on public land.

My first trip was all bow and I had what I felt was a reasonable 125" minimum.

There are no state imposed limits on that property.

Late in the week, I would probably have taken a 100" plus eight point or better, but to tell you the truth, I would have been embarrassed to bring in anything less in spite of the fact that my personal best with the bow is at most a small six pointer... maybe even only a four pointer.

Moving into late this week in Illinois - I am going back Wednesday night - I will have one day of bow hunting (still have that 100" plus and eigtht point limit) and really will only be able to hunt Thursday afternoon, I will not make the am hunt.

Then I have a three day shotgun hunt.

I am going to start this with a 140" self imposed limit and hope I can judge that well... if I even see one.

Public land is tough, as you know.

In the south, I probably have 15-20 bucks over 100" and maybe 5 or so over 120" - just never have been able to get quite over than 125" mark...

In SC, I have private leases and we take what we want - I am just not interested in smaller bucks, but I encourage all hunters to take the deer they want.

See ya!

Jim

 

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Jim, Good luck on your hunt!

Jim, Good luck on your hunt! Thumbs up

Being that it's public land, I wouldn't pass up a buck on the first day of the hunt that I'd shoot on the last day of the hunt. I made that mistake last year in Co.

I hope you shoot a 140" deer with the bow as I know that would give you more satisfaction. Let the air out of a nice one.

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Thanks ECU - I appreciate the

Thanks ECU -

I appreciate the advice and the well wishes!

I am going to feel my way along on this hunt - I believe in the future I will bow hunt only and least take the latter part of this equation out of the picture.

Part of my mindset will depend on the crowds when I get there...if the place is flat overrun, I will feel like I made a mistake springing for the extra permit.

Guess I will live and learn on this one.

Updates to come as they develop.

Thanks!

Jim

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good luck jim, let us know

good luck jim, let us know how things are going. i agree with ecu if you see a deer that gets your blood pumpin, especially on heavy hunted public land, go ahead and double lung that sucker. tv shows have brain washed so many people to not shoot under one fifty scoring deer.  i say if he is mature a one hundred take him.

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Thanks!

StillRollin,

Thanks for the encouragement!

My dilemma (and it is a great one to have) is that once you shoot a buck - you are done unless you want to keep hunting and take a doe.

With that said, passing on a 100 or even a 120 would still keep you in the game for a 140 or even bigger!

There is a decided risk there however...you may end up with NOTHING!!

I am going to try to hold out - at least early on - and then depending on what I am seeing - either take a mid sized buck or not.

If I am seeing deer regularly I will probably wait and hope for the "right" one to come strolling by.

If I have not seen a deer in two days and a 110 eases into my sight, he may be in trouble!

I do not watch TV so I am immune from that.

I will update and again, I appreciate your kind thoughts and well wishes!!

Jim in SC

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