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IdyllwildArcher - Nov-21 Mobile live hunt from Ca
9:43 PM LIVE from Ca*
Alright, I'm starting this a little early so I can get the typing of the setup out of the way so I can focus on the hunt.
This is my daughter Brina's hunt. She's 14. This is her second season and second day deer hunting ever as she hunted one day last year. Last year we didn't see a deer.
This year, she drew a junior tag (CA in it's infinite wisdom does give them their own junior week and right in the rut, but limits it to 30 tags in a county of millions of people) after her 3rd year applying.
My dad and I installed a Summit 2 man 12 foot ladder stand in a great tree about 50 yards and 100 yards from trees I've shot 4 total deer out of. It's a funnel between food/water and bedding.
This big oak has great cover and is on a little ridge that takes the wind into places only the crows will wind us. There's a deer trail on either side of the tree leading to bedding.
Shots are through windows I've cut at 3, 12, and 9 o'clock and are at distances of 7.5 to 15 yards. She's shooting 2 inch groups at those ranges.
Her bow is a Mission Menace II at 25 inch DL. Her arrows weigh about 380 grains and are tipped with VPA 100 grain 3 blade non-vented BHs.
It should be about 32 degrees in the AM tomorrow with a light E wind which will be irrelevant due to the thermals. The deer will be coming from our 12 or 6 o'clock and we'll have a cross wind. The way this ridge works, they should never scent us as the wind goes up into space off of the ridge.
Sunrise is at 0624 hrs PST/0924 hrs EST so we'll be in stand by 0545/0845. Brina just went to bed and I'll be hitting the sack shortly.
Awesome Idyll! Regardless of the outcome she will cherish the time spent with Dad. I hope she has fun and I'm sure she will.
I hope I can get my 12 year old daughter out to KS this year for a deer hunt. As you know with school, sports and other activities it's almost impossible to get a day or 2 two take them hunting.
Good luck Brina! Shoot straight!
Good luck, Brina! I'll be checking in...
You are a good Dad Iddy!
Have fun out there you 2
Good luck, Robb
Following....good luck to dad and daughter!
This will be fun, enjoy the ride Ike...and good luck Brina!
Go get ‘em Brina! Hopefully your dad doesn’t hold you back too much! Ha! Enjoy your time together in the woods!
Will be checking back on this one for sure. Sounds like a great spot and might be a quick hunt! Have fun!
Looking forward to this one! GOOD LUCK!!!!
Good luck to her and enjoy the hunt!
Have fun Ike...Good luck!
Good luck to your daughter!
Like everyone else .... good luck.
Have a great time and good luck.
Preparation is everything and when you read your intro post I know (as always) you are prepared. Good luck and have fun.
Savor the moment. You’ve put plenty into the preparation, hoping now that the deer will be active this morning for you and your daughter.
Good luck, Brina!! Will be checking this thread often. You're a great dad, Ike.
Good stuff buddy. GL Brina!
Have fun out there and good luck!
Some great encounters so far. Rattled and immediately 3 doe and a 2 year old buck came through but caught her standing up. One gave her a shot but she wanted the buck. They started to leave and another doe gave her a shot and she drew but she started walking and was out of the lane before she could shoot. We had deer from 10-25 yds for 20 mins.
They left and I rattled again and a 1 year old buck came through trailing the herd. He gave her a shot at 15 and she says she used the right pin, but rushed it and missed just low, but right on the crease
Sounds like a great setup. I’m feeling lucky!
Drag it out a bit, I need the excitement. Good luck Brina!
I know you guys are having a blast out there Ike! I had more "almosts" than I can with Kia before she scored. I promise you the "almosts" are just as much fun and create as many memories as the successes! Keep after them Brina!
Well that didn't take long.
That was super fast! Time for the father daughter dead deer dance!
Clean miss. No hair/blood. We’re out of the woods.
Sounds like a ton of fun Idyll! Enjoy thanksgiving - you started it off well!
Good luck man. I am on my final "youth hunt" with my daughter. Began this morning. Time flies. Enjoy every second. Good luck Brina!
You'll get them next time Brina! Have a happy Thanksgiving Ike!
Awesome stuff! Good luck to you both. I hope one poses for her and she makes a perfect shot next time.
That’s too bad, but it does mean you can go out together again!
I find if you get rattled by a miss, it helps to draw and hold on animals you have no intention of shooting. You can relax and focus and be better prepared for the next opportunity.
Good luck to both of you. You’ll get it done.
I'm glad you guys are getting all that action, Ike.
Good to get the misses out of the way early...get 'em next time, Brina!
Well, persistence pays. Keep at it, and the success will come. Nice photos regardless.
Keep at it, Brina! You’ll gettum next trip!
That sounds like a fabulous morning hunt! With that knind of deer action this hunt will be over quick! Hopefully you get to enjoy at least a few more sits with Brina! Good luck!
She says she wants to go out again in the AM, so we'll see.
Great hunt, Ike and Brina! Misses happen to all of us. Get back up there and bring more of the story!
Don’t give up ! Stay with it.
Tomorrow will be the day. She will get a thanksgiving buck. Good luck!