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OHIO HUNTERS MUST COMPLY!!!!!

To all of you Ohio hunters, be in your best stands Friday afternoon October 21st. After 2 days of heavy rain and windy conditions, it is coming to an end. Here in East Central Ohio around 3pm on Friday the rains will stop and the winds are subsiding slowly all day. The pre-rut is kicking in and this should by far be the best day of the season to hunt so far. Get into your stands and wait on the monster you have been watching all summer to stroll by. Good luck Ohio boys, knock one down!!!!!

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Ah, wish I was there. 

Ah, wish I was there.  Although I prefer the hours just prior to a big storm, the after period, expecially if it's a long storm, can be just as good.  Plus, you say the pre-rut is kicking in, so that should make it an extra good time to be int he woods in Ohio.

I fly out in 3 weeks to Vermont. The rut is actually predicted to be the opening weekend when I am there, but there is also a full moon within a couple of days of the opener.  Don't like that, but it may force me to hunt some mid-day hours also. 

Either way, it's a great time to be int he woods in the midwest and northeast!  Best of luck MOTF!

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  AHHH I copy Vermonster here

 

AHHH I copy Vermonster here on this one!  I will not be able to make it back to Ohio this November or December for deer season... so I wish you a great hunt after the rains.  I actually took my second best Ohio buck after a long rain fall.  Immediately after it let up and I stood in my stand to get all of the water off I snagged a very heavy 8 pointer.  Good Luck to you and looking forward to those stories and pics of yours!

 

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  Yes!!! Knock one down Ohio

 

Yes!!! Knock one down Ohio Hunters!!!    :thumbsup1  :yes:  :\\\\:D/  

 

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Well, guess what happened to

Well, guess what happened to me Friday evening. I sat for 2 1/2 hours and nothing. It hit 7:00pm and I said it's time to get down. Then the fun began. I hear crunching to my left, crunching out in front of me. Legal shooting light is 7:07. I said to myself you better hurry and come to me. The crunching out in front of me I never seen. The crunching to my left was a different story. I watched and I finally seen the deer after about three minutes. So, it is now 7:03. I have 4 minutes left. The deer starts to come up the hill but he is angling towards me. He finally gets to a point where I can see his rack. This buck made my 144" buck look small. He kept angling towards me but was going to end up going behind me. He stops about 15 yards directly behind me. He stood there for like 15 minutes. The he trotted back the way he came for about 15 yards. I could not get down because I did not want to spook this buck from this area. We still have three more buck tags (wife, son, daughter) and I definitely do not want to blow this buck out of the area. He starts to walk off and I wait to get down until I can't hear him anymore. I finally get down like at 7:30. After I let my bow down and I climb down out of the stand I thought everything was cool. As I was unhooking my bow from the string I hear this deer blow at me. I think it was the buck but I'm not sure. It could have been another deer that was coming out of the bedding area. This stand sits just outside of probably the largest bedding area and most secluded bedding on our property. I just really hope I did not spook that buck. I am placing a no go on our 2 stands on this bedding area for about a week. I know a big mature buck will usually tolerate one time being spooked and after that if it happens again he will more than likely avoid the area for quite awhile. So probably towards the end of this coming week we will be getting back in there. If something similar to this happens again everyone knows to stay in the stand longer to try and avoid this. This is one thing I hate about evening hunts. Any of you guys ever experience things like this?

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  Yes, I have had that happen

 

Yes, I have had that happen to me on several occasions  - especially at the conclusion of legal hunting time.  I have had times where coming down off of the stand I end up spooking nice bucks that I just couldn't see - they actually spooked me as I was not expecting them.  There is not a lot you can do but stay in the stand until time allows and then quietly make your way back down and out of the woods so as to not disturb the area as much as possible.  I have stayed in a stand trying to allow the mingling deer to leave on their own but all that does is make you sit longer than you should.   You are definitely doing the right thing by allowing those stands to "settle down" before you go back into them.  Good luck on getting that "twin towers" buck!

 

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Sounds like you had an

Sounds like you had an exciting evenining MOTF, hopefully someone else in your group can get a crack at the big boy. Out my way the best time to be out hunting the blacktails are when the rain and wind are flying. Also right before a storm can be very active too. But I prefer to be out in the thick of it. It seems like the wind and rain make the deer a bit uneasy and keeps them from just bedding down. The conditions don't make it easy for me but the deer movement and activity make it bearable. I have a good set of rain gear so I stay pretty warm and dry. I would love to go back east to hunt some big whitetails sometime. Good luck on shooting that big one you referred to, Do you have that deer on camera from earlier in the season or is he a new one like the one you shot?

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I beleive the one I seen

I beleive the one I seen Friday evening was a buck I had on camera last year but I had not seen him on camera this year yet. If you remember there was a buck I named Twin Towers. Here is a picture of him from last year.

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