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K Cummings 10-Oct-17
Whitey 10-Oct-17
K Cummings 10-Oct-17
JTV 10-Oct-17
Bowbender 10-Oct-17
K Cummings 10-Oct-17
Fulldraw1972 10-Oct-17
Shuteye 10-Oct-17
Gray Ghost 10-Oct-17
Bowfreak 10-Oct-17
Gray Ghost 10-Oct-17
JTV 10-Oct-17
Bowbender 10-Oct-17
K Cummings 10-Oct-17
Bowfreak 10-Oct-17
Ace 10-Oct-17
JTV 10-Oct-17
Fulldraw1972 10-Oct-17
Gray Ghost 10-Oct-17
Fulldraw1972 10-Oct-17
'Ike' (Phone) 10-Oct-17
Bowfreak 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
Bowfreak 11-Oct-17
LINK 11-Oct-17
Bowbender 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
Bowbender 11-Oct-17
orionsbrother 11-Oct-17
JTV 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
LINK 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
bigswivle 11-Oct-17
Franzen 11-Oct-17
Hunting5555 11-Oct-17
K Cummings 11-Oct-17
Atheist 12-Oct-17
Fulldraw1972 12-Oct-17
LINK 12-Oct-17
Gray Ghost 12-Oct-17
Joey Ward 12-Oct-17
Fulldraw1972 12-Oct-17
gadan 12-Oct-17
Franzen 12-Oct-17
From: K Cummings
10-Oct-17

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...if anyone other than me is sitting in a treestand?

:)

KPC

From: Whitey
10-Oct-17
We hunt on the ground out here not on our butts;)

From: K Cummings
10-Oct-17
To each their own Whitey...you gotta do what you gotta do.

When I was younger, I used to stand until my feet hurt, then I'd sit down. Now I sit until my a$$ hurts, then I stand up.

:)

KPC

From: JTV
10-Oct-17

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Not today, but I was yesterday AM .... btw, I try to stand as much as possible, but I will sit for a bit to take the load off so to speak, esp. on all day "sits"

From: Bowbender
10-Oct-17

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This morning I was.

From: K Cummings
10-Oct-17
Good deal!!

From: Fulldraw1972
10-Oct-17

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Just climbed in a stand 15 minutes ago.

I wish I didn’t have to work this morning. 27 degrees in central mn. First cold front of October.

After chasing elk and mulies all over the mtns I don’t mind sitting in a tree a bit.

From: Shuteye
10-Oct-17
Now days I don't hunt until the weather cools off a bunch. I used to kill 8-10 deer a Year but now I only want a few. The colder it gets, the better I like it. Glad to see you guys all camoed up. I have killed many many deer wearing blue jeans and wool shirt. I wear camo but mainly to keep other hunters from seeing me. Camo doesn't mean squat if you don't move. Deer hear you, smell you or see you move. If you use the wind, don't make noise and don't move when the deer will see you they will come to within a few feet almost no matter what you are wearing.

From: Gray Ghost
10-Oct-17
Plenty of pics of aged hunters, but none of any dead animals. ;-)

Matt

From: Bowfreak
10-Oct-17

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Ok...here you go Matt. It's a slickhead but it's dead. It's been miserably hot in KY and I only hunted then because I had a friend in from WY.

Some varmint found her before I did and started "wallering" (LOL! Appalachian slang) the entrance hole out.

From: Gray Ghost
10-Oct-17
Nice work, Bowfreak!! She looks like a fat and healthy doe.

Feel free to share some backstrap your fellow CFers. ;-)

Matt

From: JTV
10-Oct-17
Been out only yesterday as the heat has been a butt kicker ( so I go for a run), and on the few cool AM's there has been, Ive had to work (drats!!).... it was muggy/foggy and 67 yesterday AM..I back pack in 40 lbs of stand/sticks and pack each hunt also.... I was drenched in sweat coming out at 10am, it hit 74 by then, 83 in the afternoon.... I may get back out Thurs before work... then I'm off on Fri/Sat.....next week starts a special 1 week draw archery only hunt on a 1200 acre chunk of state land. Its only 7 miles from the house, so I can hunt most mornings before work as weather permits, then my two days off later in the week..... Ive killed several deer off the place in the last 5 years of the draws, and all I'm really after is a big Doe this time of year.. ... heck, its mid Oct. the weather has got to start to cool down some ...

From: Bowbender
10-Oct-17

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GG

"Plenty of pics of aged hunters, but none of any dead animals. ;-)"

Haven't tagged a deer in a few years, as my main focus was getting my son his first archery kill. Well that happened last year on the first day of archery. I told myself, the first legal buck that comes along..... Well on Oct 2nd this five point came in at 8:05am. Second buck I saw that morning.

From: K Cummings
10-Oct-17
Nope, didn't see anything but squirrels and an owl. First time out this hear as it has been in the mid 70's. It cooled off to about 60 so I thought I'd sit for a few hours.

Hope a cold snap comes soon.

KPC

From: Bowfreak
10-Oct-17
Jeff,

I was dumb enough to pack my Summit climber into a spot yesterday evening. It was 84 when I left the house and it was one of the dumbest things I've ever done. It was miserable and of course I didn't see squat.

From: Ace
10-Oct-17

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Hunted on the ground today.

From: JTV
10-Oct-17
BF, yea, we do some ignorant stuff dont we .... lol ..

From: Fulldraw1972
10-Oct-17

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Here you go Gray Ghost! My first bull.

From: Gray Ghost
10-Oct-17
Congrats Fulldraw!!

Nothing gets my adrenaline pumping more than sticking a bull elk. I didn't get to experience that rush this year. Close several times, but the stars didn't align.

You gotta be proud.

Matt

From: Fulldraw1972
10-Oct-17
Thank You! Yes I am. This years hunt was a great one. Numerous opportunities until everything worked out.

I have said for the last 5 years if I ever shoot my first bull I will be going to Alaska for moose. Problem is I want to be hunting elk in September even more so now. Haha

10-Oct-17

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I’ve been road hunting...Lol! No getting her dialed in for the last two weeks here, then POW...

From: Bowfreak
11-Oct-17
Nice bull Fulldraw. Congrats! Ike, you switched over to the good guys? How do you like your Pro Defiant compared to your Bowtechs?

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17

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What are all those contraptions you guys are hunting with?

Isn't it bow season where you are?

:)

KPC

From: Bowfreak
11-Oct-17
KPC,

They are bows people actually hit stuff with, not crutches. :)

From: LINK
11-Oct-17

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Took my daughter yesterday evening. Drew twice but the first doe moved her vitals behind a tree, second doe boogered when she drew. Who knew it would be tough to get an 8 year old drawn at 10 yards and only 9 foot off the ground. ;)

From: Bowbender
11-Oct-17
"What are all those contraptions you guys are hunting with?"

And.......we're off!! :)

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17
"KPC, They are bows people actually hit stuff with, not crutches. :)"

It's all about knowing your effective range Bowfreak. Inside 20 yards, no "crutches" needed. 16 yards, from second story bathroom, through the hall, down the stairs, through the family room, into the bedroom, nothing but tens.

Under pressure? Nothing makes your heart pump harder than using your wife's late grandmother's Birdseye Maple dresser as a backstop.

:)

KPC

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17
"And.......we're off!! :)"

No worries Bowbender. I couldn't care less what kind of bow a person hunts with as long as it's legal. Heck, I don't even have a problem with crossbows. As long as you're out there, that's all that matters. What someone else chooses to hunt with doesn't affect my hunt in the least.

Just having a little fun.

:)

KPC

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17

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Bowbender and Link:

I love seeing pictures like that. I've been lucky enough to take my fair share of critters over the years and by far the best one I have ever been part of was my daughter's first.

KPC

From: Bowbender
11-Oct-17
KPC,

Ya, I know you're funnin'. :)

I have three very, very favorite memories from hunting. The first was in '99. My 10 year old daughter accompanied me on the first day of rifle season. It was just an awesome time, me and her, hot chocolate, saw turkeys and a bunch of deer. Even managed to kill a buck with her along.

The second was when my son shot his first buck during rifle season in 2012. Hunting the mountains of PA, at camp, and he drops a nice eight point during the second week.

The third was last year. First day of archery, we're in stands about 20 yard apart, doe comes in, he makes a perfect 18 yard shot. She went maybe 40 couple yards and dropped.

Yes, those are my absolute favorite memories!

11-Oct-17
I have not been in the woods yet. Circumstances cancelled my Elk hunt and have been impacting all corners of life. All in my immediate family are healthy and, in the grand scheme, I am working to maintain true perspective.

However, I have to admit that I am not living up to be the man that I want to be. I am finding myself generally surly. That's part of the reason that I haven't been posting as much. I've found that my attitude is entering into my conversations if I don't keep it reined in. Kind of like how it's difficult to be positive immediately after you've smashed a finger. I have no desire to inflict negativity on others.

But... I have been invited to hunt a good chunk of private land in Pike Co. here in IL and I am REALLY looking forward to it. I just cleared the last scheduling hurdle about an hour and fifteen minutes ago.

I hope to be able to post some good news about that hunt and with my continued problem solving, return to my normally affable self.

From: JTV
11-Oct-17
lol... KPC, but with my dohicky, I actually hit what I'm aiming at .......... ;0)

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17
JTV:

I said "contraption," and I hit what I'm aiming at with mine too.

When you're in your treestand, how you pass the time, and what you do with your "doohickey" is of absolutely NO concern to me. None, zero, nada... As a matter of fact, I wish you hadn't even said that.

:)

KPC

From: LINK
11-Oct-17
K Cummings, I've never had "buck fever" so bad as yesterday when my daughter drew on the first doe. I was shaking bad, fun stuff.

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17
I know how you feel Link. I wish I could show you a video of my daughter's first...but I can't. And it's not because I didn't try. It's a long story but let's just say I have a great video of the roof of her blind, a loud BANG, and then some frantic whispering.

:)

Gotta love it...

KPC

From: bigswivle
11-Oct-17
Hoping to go this weekend. Irma has pretty much taken my hunting season from me.

From: Franzen
11-Oct-17
Good luck Rick. I'm sure you earned it. Your post hits home for me, but I can't say I'm going to entirely avoid ruffling a feather or two. ;^)

From: Hunting5555
11-Oct-17
Its been too freakin warm in Southern Illinois. Finally today it is cool enough to even consider it as far as I'm concerned. I know some guys that have gone out and they all say the same thing, "Only way I'm shooting one is if its a wall hanger! Its too hot!"

From: K Cummings
11-Oct-17

From: Atheist
12-Oct-17

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From: Fulldraw1972
12-Oct-17
^^^Is that last years deer??

From: LINK
12-Oct-17
I always love those pics where the rack takes up the entire frame and the atheist is long arming it. It makes a 130" buck look like he's 134"!

From: Gray Ghost
12-Oct-17
Link,

We call that the "Chuck Adams pose". ;-)

Matt

From: Joey Ward
12-Oct-17
Nothing wrong with that.

Nice buck, regardless.

Always good to see kids the pictures too.

From: Fulldraw1972
12-Oct-17
The chuck Adams pose should have covered the ears. Them ears give away what that buck will score. I would be amazed if it breaks 100”.

Nice buck I just don’t know of any places in whitetail country that have lost 100% of its leaves yet this year. So I had to ask.

From: gadan
12-Oct-17
Been too hot to be out here in ga

From: Franzen
12-Oct-17
"...makes a 130" buck look like he's 134"!" If only that buck was nearing 130". Chuck Adams can pose however the heck he wishes. When you shoot numerous world-record (or nearly) caliber specimens, I doubt there is much need to attempt to deceive viewers with photographic tricks.

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