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I look at my deer hunting as "tilting at windmills", defined in the online dictionary as:

 

2: To go on a wild-goose chase; to persistently engage in a futile activity.

 

The last time I filled my buck tag was in 1997...  I've shot at (and missed) a few since then, even passed on a spike or two in that time. Still, I enjoy sitting in the woods and watching the world wake up.  Tomorrow is opening day here in Massachusetts and sunrise will find me a few hundred yards behind the house, overlooking a vernal pool with several fresh scrapes .  My spot offers a commanding view of the pool.  I'll be on top of a small hill/esker, the wind is predicted to be just right. The downside is the sun which will be in my eyes at around 8 am.  I'll put out a scent wick near the pool and try some calling. 

 

Now that I think of it, isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome? Either way...

 

Gear is ready

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Shotgun is sighted in 1" high at 25 yards

 

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and, based on what I saw 3 miles from the house this afternoon, the bucks are still chasing does. 

 

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Funny you should mentions squirrels...   I crept out to my spot 300 yards behind the house just before legal shooting light.  I left a sent wick on a limb by a scrape and near the pool, walk

I'm back out too. Had a deer trot by nose to the ground (buck?) 30 min ago but too far and fast for ID.   Heck of a good start to my season. 

Back at it this morning.  Been here a couple hours and nothing but squirrels and birds so far but a beautiful morning.         

Good luck Billy. Our muzzleloader season opens tomorrow also and I will be out looking for some meat for the freezer. I actually managed to shoot one doe last year out of this spot. Hopefully I can repeat.

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While both of you are freezing your nutz off, I'll be snuggled up warm with my wife and Ollie. Just about the time your teeth start to chatter, I'll be pouring a really excellent cup of coffee and then jumping into my warm truck to watch the sun come up at the beach.

 

Have fun. Good luck.

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59 minutes ago, PartridgeCartridge said:

While both of you are freezing your nutz off, I'll be.......

 

Wishing I was off today and hunting?

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6 minutes ago, atticus said:

 

Wishing I was off today and hunting?

yep, that too.

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Good luck Billy. There's nowhere Id rather be than in the woods as the sun rises up and a new day awakens. When you hear that tell tale "crunch...crunch....crunch" any boredom or cold dissipates. There is nothing like a ruffed grouse in the hand but walking up on a deer down is a whole other experience, as you know. You gotta have a positive attitude. It can and will happen. Post photos of the buck...

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18 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

 When you hear that tell tale "crunch...crunch....crunch" any boredom or cold dissipates....

Until you realize that the buck of your dreams is actually a squirrel....

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1 hour ago, PartridgeCartridge said:

Until you realize that the buck of your dreams is actually a squirrel....

Like this one. 

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Funny you should mentions squirrels...

 

I crept out to my spot 300 yards behind the house just before legal shooting light.  I left a sent wick on a limb by a scrape and near the pool, walked up to my spot and set up. 

 

The view

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About 7 am I heard some rustling in the leaves behind me.  Sitting stock still and going through my usual pre-shot reminders--pick a specific spot to hit, squeeze the trigger, try to see the shot impact.....after much anticipation, I sloooowly turn my head and there it is--a big fat grey squirrel.  Fine, good job going through the reminders.

 

At 7:15, I hear rustling behind me again.  I listened for a minute or two then, without even giving myself time to realize the sound was, in fact,  slightly different that before, turned around to look at the squirrel--and looked right into the eyes of a buck staring back at me 15 yards away.  He was probably wondering why that rock just turned around.  I froze as he turned away and trotted off.  I gave him a couple bleats from "the Can" but he snort wheezed and was gone.  I don't know what he was or if he was big or not--I only saw the curve of his main beam--dark from rubbing pines.

 

Rookie mistake.  I stayed in my spot for 3 more hours and saw nothing.  I just came in for a bite to eat and then am heading back out there.

 

I am thrilled to have come that close!!!

 

 

 

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He hasn't gone anywhere. Saw a monster buck cross a road at 9am this morning. They are on their feet and moving right now across New England/northeast.

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What's the make and model of that shotgun?  Is it a rifled barrel?

 

Good luck this season

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28 minutes ago, MAArcher said:

What's the make and model of that shotgun?  Is it a rifled barrel?

 

Good luck this season

 

Marlin model 512, bolt action with a rifled barrel and a fixed 4x scope.  It holds 2 in the detachable box magazine and 1 in the chamber although I load with only 1 in the magazine as it feeds better.  This year its using 2 3/4 Hornady sabots because the local shops were out of the Lightfields I usually use.   I paid under $300 as I recall and have had it for years.  It is super accurate with sabots. 

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