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Can't wait to get to Texas. I hear shots here and there. Most are noticably target practice. I guess sighting in your weapon during season is a thing. Sometimes missing makes people check their rig. I figure 7 out of 10 shots that I hear in a 2 hour time frame are target practice shots. The lone single shots in the distance sound like a hunter shooting at a deer. Doesn't mean they hit it though. Haha. Illinois, and Arkansas opening gun sound like a war zone compared to Indiana. Just say'n.
 

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Can't wait to get to Texas. Illinois and Arkansas opening gun sound like a war zone compared to Indiana, just say'n. I hear shots sometimes in the distance from the house, but most are obviously multiple target shots. Some are lone shots from hunters. I'd say 20 percent are a hunting scenario. Wonder how many actually hit a deer.
 

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So, finally getting caught up at work and home after 4 days in the woods. Pretty wild to be sitting in the stand thursday, short sleeves and 68 degrees, to Saturday morning, 32 degrees and covered in snow. We got a solid 3+ inches.
Saw lots of deer, but only had 2 real opportunities for shots.

Thursday evening a doe walks in, I'm in an old wooden ladder stand and drawing back is going to be tough. She's 30yds out and broadside but I can't get pulled back. Luckily she continues towards me and steps behind a large Elm tree 17 yds out. Now I am able to pull back and get set, and I think to myself, just step out, just step out, this won't take long, just step out. Then as I begin to tremble, then shake, having held at full draw longer than I ever have, I slowly draw back down. She calmly does a 180 turn and leisurely walks straight away out of range. Luck was on her side.

Not 15 minutes later another deer heads in, looks like a doe, but turns out a button buck was just hanging out forever.
All in all we harvested 5 does, no bucks. Have a few pics to post later. Good Luck out there.
 

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Had a few come up to the garden yesterday evening at 3 pm. A doe and what looked like a couple of her last 2 year's offspring. First deer I've seen in two weeks. They fed around on my planet grass and spooked off from a random streak of another deer running wildly through the yard. I think it was another doe probably trying to shake a buck maybe or running from some unknown human activity from the neighbors.
Back in the day, I had a friend that loved to hollar "deer!" with a finger pointed in some random direction. He was jacking with me and it eventually became an ongoing joke with him and I. His crying wolf about deer sightings made it impossible to even begin to turn to look at what he was pointing at. Time went on and we found ourselves in what looked like a 900 hundred year old wooden tree stand at the corner of his Grand parent's farm land down in Texas. We made our young light framed way up the tree onto this rigity triangular wooden platform. We could see good in all directions, but in fear of the wooden stand collapsing to the ground we debated who was going to get down first. I climbed over the edge, and my friend hollared "deer!" I said whatever, and he said no for real! I had my back to the direction he was claiming a deer was at, and turned to see a deer where there was not one just seconds before I turned to climb down. The old rigity wooden stand creeked and woke the bedded buck and caused it to stand up for a better view. My friend pointed his grandpa's 12 gauge with buck shot at the young 8 point and fired a shot. The buck dropped to his knees and never moved. I got my .410 and took a wild shot with a slug, and he didn't move. The buck was about 40 yards out or more and we were making guess work out of little fixed round balls on the end of our barrels for sights. I was twisted around standing on the rotten steps of the stand. My shot was definitely destined to miss with one hand on a step with loose nails holding it, and the other on the grip of the Stevens. The buck eventually fell over and we hurriedly climbed down to retrieve our east texas buck. Actually it was my friend's first buck and I never searched for any tiny 87 grain projectile evidence from my .410. I had killed a couple bucks down in Llano a few years before this, and I knew he was excited about his buck. That's one of my old wooden stand stories.
 

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5 doe you must have a great population! used to be like that here 10ytr ago. realkiller, it sounded like war zone back then here too. i have not strived to kill my freezer doe yet. im letting the boy hunt for the his buck. plan on hitting it this weekend. neighborhood will be pushing them im sure as usual. about have to stay out there to keep the poachers off anymore. i really think the big sharcroper farmer puts those local young kids up to it, with access to a bunch of properties! he known for saying he wished hunters would kill all the deer and turkeys. money money money. business is business i guess. lol
 

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Been a pretty good year. Deer numbers seem to be down further than recent years, but we roll on. Three with a bow. My daughter put in one sit while home on fall break and killed a buck with her bow too.

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Slow up in north central too. Heard a couple shots. Not much. One of the young guns took a six point off the property. I’ve seen girls, a skinny little 4 point and a three and half year old that I didn’t get a good look at the head gear. No older bucks yet. Been hunting sat morning and Sunday afternoon. Will try again on thanksgiving. Never got one on thanksgiving. That would be pretty cool. Lol good luck this week! Be safe! Post pics!
 

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Sat in my mom's stand one year on Thanksgiving with binoculars only. I had a bad season earlier in the month by losing a big buck in another area. I had a huge buck come out on me in mom's stand on Thanksgiving day. I learned my lesson to not sit in other people's stands without a weapon. I obviously was not trying to hunt her place, and the buck that had been really good at avoiding death did so again. Almost knowing that he was punking me out. I would of had him dead to rights right in front of me. He was a very illusive five year old 9 point. That was the last time that buck was seen by any of my family members.
 

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i was thinking that same thing koko! I was thinking about how good the bass fishing would have been yesterday. put my freezer doe in cooler the other day so im done unless i get the itch for a deer party. kid still setting for "the big one".

good luck down there in TX.
 
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