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My expectations are falling. The last two times I've been out I haven't seen a single deer.
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Seeing lots of scrape activity but hunting in a new area.  Slightly worried about having more hunters around me than I am used to, but I won't know until Saturday how many.  I expect to see deer, and maybe a buck.  I want my son to see deer and get a chance at a buck.  Our chances at getting one?  40% or so.  Our chances of both getting bucks?  5%.
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I haven't deer hunted this year, and last year I got out 2 evenings in the stand out back with a bow but Henry must have shot the last one :D .  Although there are areas pretty close to me where there are a lot of deer, most have pretty difficult access so I don't hunt there.  The areas I care to hunt have very few deer--if you see one deer in a full day of hunting, buck or doe, it's a very good day.  With a new pup I probably won't hunt deer this year at all.
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Hey Brad,

How does it work hunting with such young kids?  Do they carry their oen gun into the blind?  Do you set the up for the shot?  I find it interesting.  I don't think I've ever met a 7 year old that could wipe his own nose.

Thanks

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Hey Brad,

How does it work hunting with such young kids?  Do they carry their oen gun into the blind?  Do you set the up for the shot?  I find it interesting.  I don't think I've ever met a 7 year old that could wipe his own nose.

Thanks

This is the 1st year I've allowed my 10 year old to carry the gun to the blind - still supervised. He uses a bolt action 7mm-08. He loads it, gets the gun out the window, handles the safety and reloads if needed.

For the 7 year old, not at all. I carry the gun. Once in the blind, I load the gun and keep it in front of me. Once a deer is out in the shooting lane, I'll get the gun up pointing out the window. From there, he knows how to mount the gun and find his target in the scope. For this particular hunt, he went with a 30-30 (not my favorite gun for a youth hunter) using Remington's managed recoil load due to the size of the deer he was hunting. He would let me know when he was ready and I would pull the hammer back. I also handle the reload on the 30-30. Again, not my favorite gun for a youth hunter.  

At our E. Texas lease (much smaller deer), the 7 year old uses a .223 bolt action. Once I get the gun out the window, he's on his own - finding the target in the scope, breathing, and taking the safety off. They are only allowed to take broadside or slightly quartering away shots and the deer must not be moving - that's all. I treat their gun hunts like my bow hunts as far as shot opportunities and angles. It's very conservative. I mentioned in an earlier post that my oldest passed on a 160 class deer. I think he could have gotten a decent shot off, but it came in straight at him, stopped 10 yards from the ground blind presenting a steep angle over the wall for him. He had the deer in the scope, but wasn't as steady as he's used to. When the deer walked off - it never stopped. It slowly moved away. He recognized that the shot opportunities presented didn't match what we've practiced. He's a little bummed that baby brother shot a nice deer, but not once has he 2nd guessed passing on the shot.

As far as the reload for the .223, I'm right there. He can reload the gun just fine, but with the adrenaline rush of an animal in front of him - I want my hand on the gun when he reloads. At the range, he reloads the .223 on his own.

My boys have been on many hunts with me and my wife. They started carrying Red Ryder BB guns (empty) and we would always preach muzzle safety. They started on .22s and .410s at stationary targets and eventually moved up to centerfire rifles. The 10 year old is now shooting at clays being thrown from a machine. There are two basic rules we try our best to apply: 1) be the best example you can be, They are smart enough to emulate us. If they have bad habits, there's a good chance you do too. 2) Practice, practice, practice - repetition is key.

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This is the reason I am still bowhunting in Expanded Zone. Taken under one of our stands on my buddies property. Less than 100 yards from his house and if this was daytime you'd see houses in a development in the distance behind the buck. Urban bowhunting at its best. No firearm discharge area. Three does are also hanging in same area.

Nice buck!

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My expectations are falling. The last two times I've been out I haven't seen a single deer.

I was out Sunday AM-mid day saw a buck with a doe, no where near close enough to shoot and had 0 interest in any calls.

Monday-3pm nothing but squirrels.

tuesday morning and evening, same squirrels, but new rubs go figure.

Wed along the rivver bottoms in a differnt place 3 pairs of what were clearly fawns...but not a mama in sight, I would have shot mama.

and yea...I have not seen any turkey either :angry:  on the times have gone just for turkey with the gun...frustrating..I have had more time, more quality time and its seems less productive.  I know from the wall at the carry out, while deer numbers are up, results are down.  I believe this will be an interesting shot gun season.  I have basicly given up archery at this point, I will get out a few more times, but clearly the weekends will be squirle hunting with the kids and couple swim meets and much hockey.

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and yea...I have not seen any turkey either :angry:

Had a decent afternoon on the stand yesterday - no Amish picking walnuts this time, thank goodness. Got in about 1 oclock and heard bulldozers everywhere in the dry leaves, just sure and elk-sized whitetail was right behind me, only to repeatly finally catch the movement of squirrels, mice and chipmunks causing all the commotion. Didn't stop my brain from recognizing the next sound once again as something bigger, repeating ad naseum... Finally about 5, I hear something bigger and definitely a different footfall cadence, got ready to go and... spotted a possum coming over the hill. about that time, the leaves to my left exploded and I nearly dropped my bow. A small hawk/falcon - lots of white on him with reddish legs had nailed a squirrel not far from me. I cheered him on silently, while he sat there eating dinner. Then the sounds of what definitely had to be deer moving my direction scared him off. Got the adrenaline under control, positioned to shoot and... 3 turkey walked within 18 yards, putting and scratching. I've got a turkey tag, but of course the season ended sunday

so I watch them wander off. Finally, just as dusk is setting in, I watch a young, but fat raccoon come waddling along down the creekbed. I take a few pics on the cell phone and he comes right up to my tree. As he starts to climb, he notices me and spooks running off with his head staying on the ground but his fat posterior bouncing high and side to side like a balloon in the wind. Enjoyed a beautiful sunset through the trees as stillness settled over the wood. Never did see a deer yesterday, but still feel like I had a great day on the stand.

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Lurch,

You are all dressed up with no where to go. :)

Isn't it neat though, seeing all God's creatures parading by and you are the only one in the audience? I don't know what you have been seeing there, but God has blessed me with some beautiful sunsets. I say, "Praise the Lord. You have painted that just for me?"

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... but still feel like I had a great day on the stand.

That perfectly describes what I was trying to convey. What a great afternoon hunt you had!

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I'm sure I'll put a few fat Does down for the freezer, usually nannies that have no young behind them and are probably no longer being bred and will let any buck with less than 3 to a side and 16" wide walk, unless it is a cull buck that is in poor condition from age, or has really poor headgear.
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I'm sure I'll put a few fat Does down for the freezer, usually nannies that have no young behind them and are probably no longer being bred and will let any buck with less than 3 to a side and 16" wide walk, unless it is a cull buck that is in poor condition from age, or has really poor headgear.

So.... how long do you interview them before you decide whether or not to shoot?    :<img src=:'>

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There are a few places I hunt where I expect to see deer, but without a doe permit it's pretty much a watching game.

of course, then I set my grandfather up in an area where I found some good sign, and...

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southwestern Maine's got a few good ones around.

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