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Nothing.... again.....

I figure after 15 years of bow hunting, give or take, I'd at least get to fire one arrow at a living creature......

Went out again yesterday evening, and didn't see a thing.  Nothing, nada, zilch.  Weather was okay.  Mid-70's, so not as cool as I'd like, but still not blazing hot.

Our first half of the archery season ends this weekend, so I am done here till December when the second season picks up.  Hopefully taking a trip to Vermont for the rifle opener in mid-Nov, but we'll see.

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Keep at it!

That sucks Sean, but at least you got out!  I boogied it up to the hill on Friday after work and went to a spot I haven't hunted for over 10 years.  On my creep in I had a stand-off with a nice little forkie that was watching me.  He bounded off once he realized that I was watching him watching me.  I found a nice big oak and nestled in for my 1 1/2 hour hunt.  At about 6:10 I heard the unmistakable sound of a deer running behind me and low and behold a yearling jumps out from my right.  He gets about 15 yards in front and to the right of me and the wind shifted right towards him.  He slammed on the breaks, put his nose in the air and then scurried off.  About a minute later, his momma came walking by on the same path but she wasn't too worried about my scent.  She proceeded to browse and slowly worked her way towards junior.  I did, however, get to hear, for the first time ever, a young deer audibly communicate with its momma.  Pretty cool!  She must have got the memo that I wouldn't be stickin' a doe or young buck this early in the season! lol

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nice

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That sucks Sean, but at least you got out!  I boogied it up to the hill on Friday after work and went to a spot I haven't hunted for over 10 years.  On my creep in I had a stand-off with a nice little forkie that was watching me.  He bounded off once he realized that I was watching him watching me.  I found a nice big oak and nestled in for my 1 1/2 hour hunt.  At about 6:10 I heard the unmistakable sound of a deer running behind me and low and behold a yearling jumps out from my right.  He gets about 15 yards in front and to the right of me and the wind shifted right towards him.  He slammed on the breaks, put his nose in the air and then scurried off.  About a minute later, his momma came walking by on the same path but she wasn't too worried about my scent.  She proceeded to browse and slowly worked her way towards junior.  I did, however, get to hear, for the first time ever, a young deer audibly communicate with its momma.  Pretty cool!  She must have got the memo that I wouldn't be stickin' a doe or young buck this early in the season! lol

Thanks for sharing that. It is those little intimate moments in the woods that keeps me coming back. There just is not anything like it in the entire world. I wish the anti-hunters could read that and understand that it just is not about the kill for us. It is about the time spent in the woods. good luck to you.

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Heck, as long as the little

Heck, as long as the little one does not have spots anymoe, and is foraging on it's own, I'd shoot the mom now.  It's late enough.

I did see something interesting though.  I don't know if you know where I deer hunt, on TVR.  Anyway, I ran into a guy parking there yesterday who told me he was going to walk across the road and go down the ravine where you introduced me to turkey hunting.  I don't know if he was blowing smoke cause he didn't want me to know where he was hunting, but that's a long walk, and there are other places to park on the other side.

Was strange.......

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Not that long

That is a little strange to park at TVR but it's actually not that long of a walk.  You would be surprised at some of the shortcuts to a lot of the spots.

As far as shooting the doe, I won't take a doe with my A-22 tag unless it is late in the season.  I guess I just like hunting in December more that I need the meat in my freezer.

I have another spot that is close to TVR and ran into a smokin' buck there 2 seasons ago.  I could have taken a 50 yard shot but tried to get too cocky and sneak even closer.  He was so interested in the does he was with that I thought I could get closer.  Unfortunately for me, he had another doe, that I didn't see, on watch and she blew the whole gig.

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Thats a bummer CA, hopefully

Thats a bummer CA, hopefully things will pick up for you in the late season. crap i hope things pick up for me in the late season.LOL. good luck on your Vermont hunt and you late season bow hunt. keep us posted.

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Try another area

I got tired of seeing more people than deer so a friend and I decided to hunt Wyoming one year. What an eye opener that was. We had the best hunting ever. We now go out of state every other year. Wyoming a couple times and this Tuesday we leave for our third time to Colorado. We have had the best of times. I live near Redding CA and there is good hunting up here but the experience of hunting out of state is something I love.  I would think about taking some of that 15 years experience you have and maybe try another area.

Good Luck

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Yeah, there's some guys I

Yeah, there's some guys I know that hunt Wyoming, especially for lopes.  I actually have some family in the douglas area, that I could use their land.

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Let me know if you want a partner!

Sean,

Let me know if you want/need a hunting partner for goats!  I would love to get back up to Wyoming for a goat hunt! 

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Will do.  Maybe I can

Will do.  Maybe I can convince the wife to take the kids on a visit to the family up there, then I can slip away for a few days of hunting.