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Old 09-03-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
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I noticed that we didn't have a general/official one like we do for fishing. Well, 'tis the season so post up your results, questions, etc. here!

I went out wild dove hunting for the first time ever on Monday Sept 1st in Delaware. The hunting club to which I belong leases thousands of acres of land for various hunting uses in different locations.

After getting in the field at noon, I was fully dehydrated by 3pm from sitting in 90 degree baking sun while wearing full camouflage. By 3pm, the birds started showing up, and the action was amazing for the next two hours. Lot's of small birds flying very fast! It took me a box of shells to down 6 birds, but it was the first time I've fired my gun since January and my first time dove hunting. Not to mention having sunblock run into my eyes.

I marinaded the breasts in Sam Adams Octoberfest for a few hours, wrapped them in bacon, and grilled them until the bacon was done. Wow, it was better than quail! It was so juicy and tender, and didn't taste gamey at all. Alternatively, you can put them in a beer can with the top cut off, leaving 1in of beer in the bottom, crimp the top closed, and put it directly on the grill.

I'm going out again this Saturday, hopefully I'll get my limit of 15. It's also great practice for duck season, which is right around the corner!
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My roommate and I have noticed a huge buck on our property, it's gotte be 12pt+.

Very tempting.
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You seem to like small game...
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My father-in-law and I spotted a bruiser of a buck during Spring turkey hunting. Didn't have any antler growth yet, but he had to weigh 200+. We're going out to sight our guns this weekend in around the same area that we saw the buck before. Hopefully he also has a massive rack. I think we got a peak at him last year, but only briefly, from about 100 yards as he jumped into some timber. I estimated him to be an 8-10 point.

If he was 200+ during early spring, I can't wait to see what a full summer/fall of grazing has done to his body. He's gotta be massive. Hopefully he doesn't rut too hard or get in any fights to mess up his rack.

I'm going out with an anysex tag and a doe tag this year. I really need to fill both tags so I can cut my costs for beef down next year.
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My father-in-law and I spotted a bruiser of a buck during Spring turkey hunting. Didn't have any antler growth yet, but he had to weigh 200+. We're going out to sight our guns this weekend in around the same area that we saw the buck before. Hopefully he also has a massive rack. I think we got a peak at him last year, but only briefly, from about 100 yards as he jumped into some timber. I estimated him to be an 8-10 point.

If he was 200+ during early spring, I can't wait to see what a full summer/fall of grazing has done to his body. He's gotta be massive. Hopefully he doesn't rut too hard or get in any fights to mess up his rack.

I'm going out with an anysex tag and a doe tag this year. I really need to fill both tags so I can cut my costs for beef down next year.

I'm hoping for the same thing for the buck around my house. I have a bad feeling I'm going to see him dead on the side of the road near my house.
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I was going to start this thread last night, but was too busy

I'll post up pictures of my feeder from two weeks ago when I get a chance...
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I'm hoping for the same thing for the buck around my house. I have a bad feeling I'm going to see him dead on the side of the road near my house.
The area we hunt is packed full of does, so I don't think this buck will have to run all over the county to find willing estrus does. But, there is also a lack of decent bucks on the land, so I kind of want to wait a couple of years to let him spread his DNA around and get some quality bucks back out there.

I'd hate to pass up a shot on him though. He's a monster.
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During Spring turkey hunting, I did find a very nice symmetrical 3 point shed antler that looked like it came off of a yearling buck. It was definitely small, but if the other antler matched it, the buck that shed it definitely has some good DNA for typical antler growth. The antler shape is very characteristic of the good bucks we do see in the area, and is possibly an offspring of a buck my father-in-law shot in Dec. 06.

I never thought hunting would be as much fun as it has become for me. I always imagined that hunting entailed taking a gun into a field, shooting an animal, and then doing it again the next year. Boy was I wrong. You can really get into some fun conservation practices when you get to hunt the same private land every year.
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How did you do turkey hunting? I still haven't made it out yet. I have all of the gear, too.
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I'm looking forward to deer season, I didn't even know dove season has started until Sat. I need to get my Super Combo license again, and hopefully I'll be able to use some of the tags

My parents have a little ranch in west Texas (156 acres) and my dad and I took the wheelers out and looked around for scrapes and stuff. Apparently there is a lot of deer out there as all the greenbriar, shinoak (sp?) and the corn sprayed out of the 3 or 4 feeders we have were gone, although the corn might be from wild pigs, as we saw some possible hog digs.
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THAT'S CRUEL AND INHUMANE. YOU SHOUDLD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.













Oh, wait. That's an "H", not a "P". My bad. Carry on.
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I have noticed the bucks are starting to stick around with the does in the past week or so.
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How did you do turkey hunting? I still haven't made it out yet. I have all of the gear, too.
All the toms we saw were in ditches on the way out to our hunting spot. The only birds we saw in the field were hens. So we shot at turkey vultures instead.
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Here is a pic of an elk that is easily a record. My wifes uncle got it.


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During Spring turkey hunting, I did find a very nice symmetrical 3 point shed antler that looked like it came off of a yearling buck. It was definitely small, but if the other antler matched it, the buck that shed it definitely has some good DNA for typical antler growth. The antler shape is very characteristic of the good bucks we do see in the area, and is possibly an offspring of a buck my father-in-law shot in Dec. 06.

I never thought hunting would be as much fun as it has become for me. I always imagined that hunting entailed taking a gun into a field, shooting an animal, and then doing it again the next year. Boy was I wrong. You can really get into some fun conservation practices when you get to hunt the same private land every year.
Yeah, I've totally gotten more into it in the past two years. I've hunted deer since I was 16, but our camp was 3.5 hours from home, so we didn't do any scouting/feeding etc at all. Now that I'm in GA and I joined a club that's 70 miles from home, and has some guys that are very active, I'm way more into it. This year I'm doing a food plot (that's getting its fall planting this weekend), I made a feeder (that I need to take down-archery season starts in a week and a half), have 3 stands (that I still need to get up after doing some scouting for likely spots)


Last year I was 20 yards from a NICE 4 pointer for like 10 minutes until I spooked him off messing with my doe bleat call. I was on management land, so he had to have 4 on one side to shoot, so I just tested my grunt and my doe bleat on him. About the 4th time I bleated he took off. He was feeding in the plot I'm planting this year, so I'm hoping he's nice and fat, and has really racked up this year, and is sticking to his area and will be back. I spread some apples around my corn feeder a week and a half ago, so hopefully I'll have some game camera pics of something when I check it Monday or Tuesday.

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I have noticed the bucks are starting to stick around with the does in the past week or so.
They shouldn't be getting in that mood yet....Should be another month at least before they start sniffing around...
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I'm going to South Dakota in October with my dad to go after some Pheasants. I'll report back on my success...or lack thereof. At least I have two sweet shotguns to take with me, one a Ruger Red Label the other a 16 guage Stevens 311 SxS of classic vintage.
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Yeah my friend here is doing the same, he doesn't it every year. His dad actually lives there, so he has a free place to stay. Then he goes up to Saskatchewan for duck hunting.
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I don't know that I'll ever get into waterfowl hunting. Participating in deer and turkey seasons gets to being expensive enough - with different sets of gear needed for each. Waterfowl is an entire different set of gear on top of that. Some of my deer gear can cross-over to be used for turkey gear, but I'd need all new camo, waders, decoys, calls, etc for waterfowl hunting. Too expensive and not enough free time.
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I don't know that I'll ever get into waterfowl hunting. Participating in deer and turkey seasons gets to being expensive enough - with different sets of gear needed for each. Waterfowl is an entire different set of gear on top of that. Some of my deer gear can cross-over to be used for turkey gear, but I'd need all new camo, waders, decoys, calls, etc for waterfowl hunting. Too expensive and not enough free time.
Yeah, I've spent thousands on waterfowl gear, and I'm not even including the duck boat. But the good thing is, once you have it, you don't really have to buy it again. I'm using all of the same stuff that I bought three seasons ago. Decoys are probably the most expensive of all.

Ducks are nothing, goose hunting is the most expensive of all. Those decoys are like $50/each for good ones! Some guys put out a couple hundred of them, too.
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Yeah, I've spent thousands on waterfowl gear, and I'm not even including the duck boat. But the good thing is, once you have it, you don't really have to buy it again. I'm using all of the same stuff that I bought three seasons ago. Decoys are probably the most expensive of all.

Ducks are nothing, goose hunting is the most expensive of all. Those decoys are like $50/each for good ones! Some guys put out a couple hundred of them, too.
Yeah, flipping through a hunting magazine a while back, I didn't understand why the hell people would need a decoy trailer. After some research though, I quickly found out why such a trailer is necessary.
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Yeah, flipping through a hunting magazine a while back, I didn't understand why the hell people would need a decoy trailer. After some research though, I quickly found out why such a trailer is necessary.
Yup, those are expensive too. My hunting buddy and I would regularly pack my WRX Wagon (or his Honda Civic) full of geese decoys, and strap a few more bags to the roof. We got some weird looks, but we always got birds. Although, I really hate goose hunting. I don't even know why I do it.
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