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Whitetail deer seasons in Maine. The Expanded Archery Season began today. This special season is restricted to certain zones, mostly urban where there is a need to keep deer populations compatible with people. After a 45 minute drive, I was in my stand with bow before first light. Quiet and noisy at the same time; leaves wet and quiet but water dripping off the trees after rain last night. I started my obligatory bleat sequences at around 6:15 and 10 minutes later twisted my head to my left and a big lone Doe was sneaking in and through a shooting lane at 20 yards. She saw me move, looked up, froze and then took three steps and stopped behind some trees. I bleated again. She stood stock still, then slowly minced her way back where she had come giving me no shot. Never winded me. I never heard her coming in, it was too quiet. First day, not paying full attention syndrome. Perfect deer for this early management season; a lone mature Doe with no fawns I could see. She already had shed her orange summer coat and was invisible until she moved. Stayed out until 9AM with no more action. A good morning for bowhunting in Maine. I'll be back next week for an afternoon sit.

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I just got back from Montana.  I was supposed to be on my annual elk hunt but the weather really didn't cooperate with lots of cold and snow.  I shifted to deer hunting a couple of evenings and was re

Yup, yes, indeed...shot this buck at around 5:45PM with the bow. No time for a load of posed photos since I was alone and darkness was descending. Had to field dress and start dragging. My best bow bu

Couple more shots. Nobody around to take a hero shot. Jo Ann is out of town and Cash hasn't figured out my iPhone camera, yet.    

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I'm jealous!

Good luck and stay safe out there.

BTW how is the bug situation during the early season in Maine? Were I bow hunt a bug suit in a necessity early on and could stay that way until early December. Even with the bug suit all the skeeters will drive a sane man batschit crazy.

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Not a single pesky insect on stand this morning. There are typically a few mosquitos in afternoon, but nothing egregious.

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Good luck the only thing open here right now is Squirrel and Bear plus Resident Goose

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If I can get some work stuff done and some garage stuff done. (On the verge of completion.) I may take the drive to Expanded zone and take a stand this afternoon. I'm curious to see if any movement in afternoon this early.

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Dead...nothing...nada....3 hours of relative anticipation with no adrenaline generated. That's why they call it hunting and all that...ME deer hunting at its core...

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This numb nut hung around my camera for at least 20 photos, posing, looking at camera etc. He was curious about the flash, not spooked. This is the same spot I've gotten photos of a wide 6 pt, a tight high racked 8 and some smaller bucks and a slew of does. The biggeer bucks haven't been caught on camera for a couple weeks. Can't bow hunt his spot/zone until October.

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Whatchu talkin' bout Willis?

 

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Its opening day in NH.  Had three does sneak up behind me in the rain.  They came to about 10 yards and then blew.  Scared me so bad I peed a little.  

An hour and half later they did it a again, only this time they were 50 yards out.  I couldn't hear them coming with the rain.  Maybe I'll get one tomorrow morning.  This evening its to the double stand overlooking an apple tree with my boy to see if we can get him his first deer.

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I've been out to our property several times this month with clean up, food plots, restocking supplies, etc.  Bow season starts here Saturday and I feel like a kid at Christmas.  

My wife saw me looking at a Tennessee wildlife resources magazine tonight and asked about a picture of a deer killed last year about an hour from where we hunt. I explained it was a new world record and the guy would probably make millions. She asked why don't I kill one like that?  Huh. 

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Frigged up on a plump 4 pt yesterday morning. I don't want to talk about it. An opportunity squandered is all I'll say.

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22 hours ago, Brad Eden said:

Frigged up on a plump 4 pt yesterday morning. I don't want to talk about it. 

...... how bout now ?   he,he,he, we've all been there......:D

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I made a questionable shot on a big doe the other night.  So I left her till the following morning.  The coyote didn't leave me much.  

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In 11 days I've had 11 outings with 9 deer within 3-35 yards and my freezers still empty!  Not my best year so far.

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On 9/25/2017 at 6:34 PM, MAArcher said:

I made a questionable shot on a big doe the other night.  So I left her till the following morning.  The coyote didn't leave me much.  

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Thats a shame. Damn yotes. Keep at it. I have had a couple opportunities with nothing to show for it. Bowhunting is a game of inches.

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