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Dave Smith    Posted 11-17-2018 at 16:25:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Shotgun Deer Season
  • One young guy that comes here to hunt today opening of shotgun season.
    BIG BIG 8 point. I was happy to see him connect.
    Dave <*)))><

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    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-17-2018 at 18:50:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I passed a 6-pointer up on opening day -the 15th, and tonight passed on a spiker over at the farm. They are starting to call me Reuben Soady because I've never taken a buck on opening day. Rumor is there's a monster 10-ptr around. I'm in a good spot, at the edge of a swamp downwind and watch deer travel in and out all day. Last night a big doe and her fawn came up to within 10 feet of me and never spooked. I'm in what use to be called the 'shotgun zone' but now is called the 'restricted firearm zone' as you can legally use a Bushmaster 450 now. I am still using my Remington 870 Express 12 GA.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Andy B (MI)    Posted 12-06-2018 at 20:47:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The .44's and 450's have been legal down here for years, not sure why that hit everyone in the past 2 years like a bombshell, lol.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 11-20-2018 at 07:28:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-21-2018 at 05:36:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • This is usually my luck... caught with my pants down.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 11-22-2018 at 04:04:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I know what you mean.

    John in Mich    Posted 11-20-2018 at 17:14:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • WOW! Those are some magnificent animals. They must be Texas deer. Everything in Texas is bigger. LOL Sorry Texas N'ers. I've seen your deer. I just could not resist. I still enjoy visiting in February.

    John in Mich    Posted 11-18-2018 at 14:41:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have not hunted anything (except tractors and toy trains) since I was a teenager. We have always had deer around us. A couple years ago we even had a couple of weened twin fawns resting in the front yard after eating while mama stayed away.
    Lately we have a pair of young deer wandering across the yard on occassion. I saw some fresh tracks of two deer in an early snow yesterday as I was leaving to go to my McD coffee meeting at 6:00am. My wife said she saw them just after noon by our neighbors house crossing the street to behind our property.
    We have a 400 acre partially wooded county park next to us and behind us along with the 11 acres, partially wooded, that I sold since 2013. Makes for good dear habitat.
    One of my back yard oaks had an abundant crop of acorns on the ground and 2 deer spent an hour 25 feet from the house having a picnic at lunch time.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-19-2018 at 08:29:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Any natural food source is always the preferred feed for deer over artificial bait. They will eat all the acorns and natural green plants (before the frost kills them) If you find a natural acorn crop, hunt that spot. Oaks do not drop acorns every year so do scouting in late summer. I know you said you don't hunt, but just passing on an FYI.


    Dave Smith    Posted 11-19-2018 at 15:40:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have basically become a tree farmer since 1988.
    I have planted some ware between 15,000 to 18,000 trees here.
    I have planted White spruce, Norway spruce, White pine, White Oak and Red oak.
    I tried planting Chinese chestnuts but had no luck at all with them.
    I had no trouble with the conifers, the deer didn't bother them much.
    The problem I am having now with the white pine is snow damage. Heavy wet snow
    breaking off the limbs. Also I lose a couple of mature white pines every year to the pine moth beetle. The snow doesn't seem to bother the spruces much.
    Nothing I can do about that. Mother Nature will have her way.
    With the oaks, I tried planting every other tree in a tree tube.
    Every tree I did not plant in a tube the deer ate off, every one. Now that the Oaks
    are of a decent size the bucks use as a rub tree and I loose almost a dozen every
    year. I could get a nuisance permit to shoot them any time, but I don't want to do
    that. As a tribute to family dogs I have had to put down or have put down,
    I dug a hole and lay the dog in the bottom then planted a pine on top of them.
    Those trees grew 3 to 4 times faster than other trees planted at the same time.
    Must be the protein from their body's.
    Deer also feed on the small lower ends of the wild apple trees growing here
    beside feeding on the apples. They love the Crab apples form the decorative
    Crab apple trees I planted. The Cedar shrubs that I planted near the barn, they have eaten on so bad they are not nice round globes anymore.
    Three years ago while convalescing from a cancer liver operation I tilled up a
    strip of land across the road about 150 yard long and 25 feet from the road
    and planted sun flowers. The neighbors all thought that was a wonderful idea.
    I planted a about 150 sunflower seeds. When the sun flowers got about knee high,
    the deer ate every one off.
    Due to the weird weather we had this year there has been very few nuts or acorns on
    the trees, The New York State Conservationist magazine had a article about that in
    the last issue.
    Dave <*)))><

    Richard NY 2N    Posted 11-20-2018 at 11:57:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks for the interesting tree farm story. Yes the deer get hungry and eat things we don't want them to.

    Philny    Posted 11-20-2018 at 22:05:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I plant about a hundred blue and white spurce and the deer raise heck with most of them but a few make it and itís rewarding coming across one while out hunting.

    John in Mich    Posted 11-19-2018 at 09:35:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have also had some young evergreens damaged from buck rubs over the years. Prior to the development in the area, we used to see 10-15 deer together 400 feet from the house. One neighbor has taken a couple 8 points over the years.
    About 8 years ago I had my two granddaughters on the golf cart riding in the back 11 acre field and disturbed a buck with 4 does relaxing in an area that I had mowed in the middle of some 3 foot weeds. Can't imagine what he had been doing. LOL

    Roby-Ga    Posted 11-18-2018 at 11:44:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • How long is your season and what is the limit?

    Dave Smith    Posted 11-18-2018 at 19:57:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Shotgun regular season go to Dec 9 then muzzle loader goes to the 18th.
    The same with bow and crossbow. Lots of doe permits were handed out this year.
    Dave <*)))><

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