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Ambush - Nov-05 Mobile live hunt from BC
Mule Deer
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Ambush 05-Nov-19
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APauls 05-Nov-19
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From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
7:27 AM LIVE from BC*
Ok, it started about two hours ago because I forgot to change my alarm clock and got to sit an extra hour in the wet pitch black. But it’s in a very comfy blind, so no hardship.

Here’s the terms of engagement. This hunt will be more like a whitetail hunt, being in a blind, on a small, now obliterated food plot. I’m situated along a creek ravine that rises up high and steep to my south and where several trails converge and some of them “cloverleaf” onto each other. If it gets cold or much snow, I start feeding the deer. Bears make it impractical before that.

I will name bucks to make it easier to follow.

I don’t have a “Hit List” but I am focused on at least one buck right now. His name is Jack, after Jack Nicholson who is old and looks a bit crazy.

If any of this offends you, just walk on by. This is for those that get some entertainment from other’s exploits. I do and we’ve read some super great hunting adventures this year!! Thanks to those that took the time!

I’d like to say “..buckle up, it’s going to be wild’. But you’re more than likely going to have to get up to pee before this is done. Think more like a CT Live Hunt that drags on for weeks.

05-Nov-19
look forward to this one annually. best luck

From: APauls
05-Nov-19
Good luck Rod!

From: Treeline
05-Nov-19
Bring it on Rod!

Just hope Jack doesn’t bust in the door of your blind, stick his head in and say “Here’s Johnny!”

Or if he does, at least get good pics!

From: Kurt
05-Nov-19
Rod, Hope Jack gets added to your wall along with your other dandies!!! Kurt

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
Boot pic and hopefully I see a squirrel soon so we can get this show on the road.

I walked past four flat tops on the way in and a doe and fawn sauntered past the blind at 8:00. Hit a super strong rutty buck smell on the walk in too.

The little bucks at sniffing and pestering the does the past week. Jack has cruised through twice, plus an very thick, stubby 4X4. A 150” class, clean 4X4 visits regularly too. And some buddies have seen a giant not far away from me.

Hopefully a Wild Card shows up to save Jack’s life!

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19

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Oops forgot the boot pic and for some reason I can’t Edit to add a pic

From: Treeline
05-Nov-19
Probably just blew all the deer out of the area!

Just to get a pic of your boots!!!!!?????

Hell, maybe it’ll bring you some luck;-)

From: Nick Muche
05-Nov-19
Good luck Rod!!

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
Tavis, I’ve done dumber things!! I used to just pee out the window of my blind, but once while tucking everything back in, I looked and there was a buck about fifteen yards out looking at the proceedings. Problem now is I either have to get a smaller thermos or a bigger pee jug.

From: JohnMC
05-Nov-19
Sounds more like John Daily maybe Jack is not fat?

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
Doe just left and I can see a small 4X4 working my way.

Edit: He did his scent check from eighty yards out and turned back. A big fork skirted around just now too. Typical buck behaviour right now. Just taking inventory.

From: JohnMC
05-Nov-19
Oh never mind Jack Nicholson I was thinking Jack Nicklaus the golfer. Jack Nicholson crazy makes more since than Jack Nicklaus crazy.

From: tkjwonta
05-Nov-19
This is awesome, one of my favorite hunts to follow every year. Good luck Rod!

05-Nov-19
Good luck Ambush, one of my favourite threads of the year!

From: cnelk
05-Nov-19
Rod - I have a buddy that hunts out of tall blinds. For peeing, he rigged up a funnel with a hose attached that goes all way down to the ground.

From: Scoot
05-Nov-19
Awesome! I enjoy this hunt, Rod! Good luck!

One question - have you tried a decoy this time of year? I'd think it would be a good deal for you right now.

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
Thanks guys!

Cnelk, I’m only about six feet off the ground. Now I’m just like the little boy crossing the street. Look both ways then dump the jug out the window.

scoot, even with real does here the bucks scent check from a distance the wind is nearly always out of the east. They pop out of the bush about fifty yards west of my blind and sniff. No estrous in the air, back they go. The two bucks this morning used the west wind to check from farther down the plot. Even with a live doe standing in front of me they didn’t come by.

From: Scoot
05-Nov-19
Rod, have you tried it? Seeing a doe that doesn't smell receptive to them may have them leave immediately. However, I don't think you'd need a scent component to trip their trigger to fight. If they pop out of the brush 50 yards away and see a buck (decoy), I'd think some- would charge in to fight. Maybe not? I'd give it a try. Also, it sure is fun watching bucks respond to deeks. Maybe it wouldn't work in your situation. Maybe this will give you another tool in your tool belt?

Regardless, good luck! Im sure you'll shoot a nice buck this year!

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
Just had a young 4X4 sneak up on me. He spent his time sniffing around where the last doe pee’d then followed her trail out.

Scoot, that probably would work on a dominate buck at the height of the rut. Fortunately for me, if there’s a hot doe, there will be real buck decoys with her. And they’re just not as aggressive as whitetail.

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19

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This little guy is trailing.
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This little guy is trailing.
Called it quits at noon due to other commitments. Tomorrow is out too, but will be back at it Thursday. This a is a good time to catch a cruiser checking the inventory. Just gotta be there and be ready 'cause they don't hang around.

Count for the morning was seven does, a 4X4, a 3X3, a fork, few squirrels and a pine marten. And just for clarification, we don't count brow tines on mule deer.

05-Nov-19
any prior trail cam pics of your target bucks?

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
My most reliable cams are four very cheap Stealthcams. Can't set the date or time, but batteries last for several thousand pics. See if I can find a couple of decent pics.

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19

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This guy is still around but is on reserve for a good friend and hunting partner
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This guy is still around but is on reserve for a good friend and hunting partner
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This is Jack. Never was much of a deer and has regressed with age. My preferred target.
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This is Jack. Never was much of a deer and has regressed with age. My preferred target.
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Jack sniffing does in front of my blind.
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Jack sniffing does in front of my blind.

05-Nov-19
curious how old you think jack is? very unique deer...

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
I'm guessing about six or seven, maybe more. Old for this country. He's been mostly a 3X4 or 4X4 with little bits of trash for the previous three years. He's now essentially a four on the drivers side and a three on the other with a split on the G2 and G3, plus an in-line. Big brows to, for a muley here. Twelve scorables.

From: Treeline
05-Nov-19
Jack is COOL! Kill him!

From: Scoot
05-Nov-19
No doubt! Jack is a, and has, character!

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
....but there is a rumoured 190” plus typical wandering around nearby too.... hmmm, shoot or wait??

From: t-roy
05-Nov-19
Hopefully, nurse Ratchet shows up feeling a little frisky, and draws in Jack’s alter ego RP McMurphy to the cuckoo’s nest!

Looking forward to following along, Rod! Got names picked out for the other cast of characters yet?

From: Ambush
05-Nov-19
Usually no names, unless I have to keep them apart in print. You better hurry up and get a name to put on your home buck’s tombstone before the Kodiak Attack!

From: Ambush
07-Nov-19
Ok, back in the saddle, err, actually the rolling swivel office chair. Just below freezing with a high cloud cover. The ground was covered with diamonds on the walk in and it promises to be a great day watching the woods and it’s creatures go about their business. Good luck to all out today. I still have a bit of time before shooting light.

From: Treeline
07-Nov-19
Good luck!

07-Nov-19
Good luck!

From: Ambush
07-Nov-19
Crazy!! Heard a racket off to my side, looked out and there’s a pretty good buck breeding a doe with a fork prancing around! She squirts out from under him and sprints for the bush with both bucks in tow. Then another young 4X4 blasts past my blind at ten feet!

By the time I grabbed the camera it was all over. Not even sure if the breeder buck was a shooter!? Hopefully she circles back on one of the cloverleaf trails. Her fawn is still here.

From: Treeline
07-Nov-19
Don’t worry about pictures! Grab your bow!

From: cnelk
07-Nov-19
Only Paul@thefort can make a shot and grab his camera :)

From: Ambush
07-Nov-19
Yes, Paul would have the before and after pics and not even break a sweat.

The buck was humping her right in front of a cam, so tonight I’ll check those pics to see if I was a dumb ass!

Hopefully other bucks pick up her trail and cruise by

From: Jaquomo
07-Nov-19
Jack is very cool! I love the weird ones, have passed up big clean typicals to shoot smaller goofy nontypicals. Unfortunately, seems like all the mature bucks where I'm hunting are big typicals, but new bucks are showing up every day.

Good luck! Enjoying the thread from my prairie muley camp!

From: Ambush
07-Nov-19
Lou, good luck to you too. Tag a good one, even if it has to be one of those beautiful wide prairie typical’s. Keep us posted!

From: t-roy
07-Nov-19
Hopefully, they put their cigarettes out when they finished, Rod. I’d hate to see a forest fire cut your hunt short!

Keep it coming!

From: Ambush
07-Nov-19
Haha, me too Troy. But it was so wet today, there was no danger. And the cheap trail cam didn’t pick up the Fast and Furious Fornicators either, so I’ll never know for sure.

The day ended with no more bucks. And of course the cam pics from yesterday showed Jack there twice during the day when I wasn’t.

Tomorrow is supposed to be crap weather again, but might as well be there!

From: Treeline
07-Nov-19
Git yer ass out there and kill something!

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19

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Jack at play. Yesterday. While I was away.

From: BCPYGuy
08-Nov-19
No,no,no Ambush as a fellow BC,er youve got to milk this out. What else will I have to look forward too??

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19
Ken, I milked it out so good last year, that I didn’t cut a tag!! So hopefully a little less milking and a bit more shooting.

It started raining yesterday at about noon and hasn’t quit yet and probably won’t quit today. But there was four flat tops milling around on my walk in and there should still be some activity. Going to be a slow wake up for the day with the cloud, rain and mist, so I probably have a good half hour yet before I can see much.

There is a bigger 3X3 that is obviously Boss of the Little Bucks that are doing the chasing. Tall G2’s, crab clawed and some palmation. He’s of a fairly prevalent gene here and he will eventually turn into a big bodied, main frame three with stickers and splits on top.

But, when the final dance is called the men will walk onto the floor and the boys will tuck tail for the sidelines to watch and wish!

From: Heat
08-Nov-19
Good Luck Rod!

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19
Several deer wandered through about 8:00. No bucks tailing. A lone fawn came through just now looking a bit lost and when I start seeing that it’s usually a sign the mother’s are being harassed or corralled. I think it’s about a week early for estrous, but the mood is definitely in the air.

I can look out and see the spruce tree that I sat in for the first dozen years I hunted this spot. The steady rain makes me happy I built a blind. I tried pop ups, but the bears demolished them every time.

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19
Well that's it, another no-buck day. The weather is brutal for this time of year. It rained again all day, is going to rain all night and possibly turn to snow in the morning. Normally we should have ten inches of snow and be below freezing even during the day. On the walk out there was a hare, all white but his feet, looking wet, miserable and out of place against the soggy brown. I knew how he felt. The ground is covered with water and unfortunately it's going to freeze hard before it dries up, which is bad for any creature that has to eat off the ground, like grouse.

Oh well, back at it in the morning and hope for the one magic minute that makes it all worth it!!

From: midwest
08-Nov-19
Missed the start of this. One of my favorites to follow! Good luck, Rod. I remember last year was a warm season for you. We are WAY cold for the midwest this time of year but sounds like it's a little warmish up there again?

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19
Yes Nick, the weather has been off since spring. Cold and wet when it should be warm and dry. Now wet and warmer than it should be. Probably the wettest summer/fall combo I can remember in thirty nine years in this area. Mountain hunters got caught in two feet of surprise snow in August. Lots of helicopter extractions. Guys farther north had some of the heaviest hay crops older farmers can remember, but couldn't lay it down for fear of rain, then couldn't pick it up because of rain. Lots of silage made this fall.

We are supposed to get a two day cold snap, then back up again. But the does will come into estrus and the bucks will breed them, same time as every other year.

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19

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This is the 3X3 that is doing the fluffing.
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This is the 3X3 that is doing the fluffing.
For some reason lately whenever I try to Edit to Add a Photo, on my phone or laptop, I get an error message?

From: t-roy
08-Nov-19
How much does one of those big mulie bucks weigh on average after they’re gutted?

From: Ambush
08-Nov-19
Not a clue Troy. That 3X3 in the pic is probably a 2 1/2 year old maybe even 3 1/2, just poor antler genetics. They’re a little shorter in the body than big whitetail and the thick coats make them look heavier than the are. I shot one a couple years ago that two of us couldn’t get up on the tail gate, gutted. But I don’t think a big northern muley would be any heavier that a big northern whitetail.

From: BowFly
09-Nov-19
"...3x3 that is doing the fluffing."

Lol! I'm using that!

From: greg simon
09-Nov-19
Raise your hand if you know what a “fluffer” is. I see people checking urban dictionary right now. :) Good luck Ambush!!! Love this hunt!

From: t-roy
09-Nov-19
I do, Greg. On a similar note, my buddy has a stand location on his farm called the “Money Shot” stand, that I named for him!

We always have a doe shoot on his farm, the last weekend of the season. $20 in the kitty, and heaviest doe wins. The first year, I was the last guy to get to pick stands, so I picked this spot (before it had a name) I won the pot out of this stand 3 years in a row, before I got banished from it by all the sore losers!

Sorry, Rod, but HE asked! Good luck today!

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
Thanks guys! I am counting on the Blind Squirrel factor!

It quit raining sometime during the night and though not dry the ground is not actually squirting with each step. Temps will drop throughout the day and be in the high teens by tomorrow morning. Hopefully my hunting partner can sit here tomorrow and finally tag a P&Y muley. He’s a heck of an accomplished bow hunter (as in three each DIY Stone sheep and grizzlies and many others) but a 145” net mule deer keeps evading him. Tomorrow should be the perfect day!

I got in extra early today for no good reason. Nothing to do now but wait n the dark and see what the rest of the bowsiter’s are up to.

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
One deer came through in the dark, assuming a doe, all I could see was a white butt and leg stripes. Doe and fawn just meandered past.

Today just seems so pleasant after the last two soggy wash outs.

From: Scoot
09-Nov-19
Good luck, Rod! I sat this morning during the opening morning of the gun season here. I heard exactly 131 shots by 9:00. After not seeing a deer, I hung it up. I hope your day goes better than my start!

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
Well crap, I just pulled a “Pat”! Missed a chance at a coyote switching out arrows.

That sucks Scoot. Hopefully you get out again under better circumstances.

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
Nothing all day after early this morning. With 1 1/2 hours left, five smoothies show up then five minutes later a fork and small 4X4 come for some wishful sniffing. Hoping something serious shows up pretty quick !

From: Treeline
09-Nov-19
Try peeing out the blind!

Or better yet, hang those boot cover scents out for luck;-)

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
I gotta try something pretty quick!! Maybe pee in my boot and throw it out?!?

The does have moved off and both bucks decided to bed down right here and wait for them to change their fickle female minds.

From: GF
09-Nov-19
Is this your last day?

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
^^ No , I have until November 30. And I’ll do ten hour days for most of them. Life of a senior :)

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
Well the day ended up with me having to run the two little twerps off. The does had come from the west and a few minutes later the two little bucks came from the east. It was like they were the nerds from high school that had staked out the mall entrance so they could "accidently" bump into the girl they longed for.

"Like hey Doeris, what are you doing here? Wanna maybe grab some browse together and maybe like do some rut action?"

" Like, hey fawn boy, go hang out in the any buck zone and get shot!"

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19

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Look girls, it's those two little losers coming.
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Look girls, it's those two little losers coming.
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Let's pretend we're fighting, that excites them!
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Let's pretend we're fighting, that excites them!

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19

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I can have deer fifteen feet from my blind staring right at me it seems, yet they don't see me. Whereas those grouse can be thirty yards away on the bushline and they pick me off just lifting the camera up. So much for "Bird brains"!

From: Jaquomo
09-Nov-19
Great stuff, Rod! We're pulling for ya! I had a big one bed down 60 yards from me in the grass this morning while I hid in a little log pile. He went to sleep watching two bedded does further out in the grass. But a little goofy forky bedded between me and him, so no stalk and I was pinned until the does finally got up and led him up into the hills...

From: Ambush
09-Nov-19
You'll get'im Lou! Are they getting seriously rutty there yet? Or still just following and hoping? I've seen a few lone fawns and no big bucks moving the last few days, might be the mule deer version of "lock down" going on here.

10-Nov-19
Just checking in!

From: ki-ke
10-Nov-19
Following and rooting for ya Rod! Love this hunt....

Lou- I miss the days before Bowhunter Mag pulled you to the dark side.....your plains hunts recaps here were epic! Post!! We won't tell.......

From: axle2axle
10-Nov-19
Yup...looking forward to more! Keep it coming. Kevin

From: Ambush
10-Nov-19

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Hmm, why doesn't this thing work?
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Hmm, why doesn't this thing work?
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"Hmmm, the thingmee flogger seems to be broken"
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"Hmmm, the thingmee flogger seems to be broken"
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“Sorry Rod, but I’ll have to order up these parts”.
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“Sorry Rod, but I’ll have to order up these parts”.
Ok. This morning is crystal clear and 9F with a skiff of fresh powder snow. The perfect hunting day. And, you guessed it, I'm not there! Family day today and I'll be doing ten hour days every day this week so nothing else gets done. Go for walk with my wife and spend some time with my three local grandsons. And I believe the big boys have got some does locked down and will be running hard looking for another one soon. Then it can get crazy! You just have to be there for that one minute when they cruise through.

Last night after dark, I packed a bag of feed back up the hill, put some on the ground and dumped the rest in the new feeder I made up this summer. BIG mistake! I carelessly thought the nuisance bears were gone to bed. I hadn't checked cam pics because it doesn't really matter anyway, I'm sitting whatever is or isn't on the cams. Well I pulled the card on the feeder cam, checked when I got home and sh!t, there's that fat little vandal there the night before!! Hopefully the deer will eat the stuff on the ground before he shows up again. The big bear hasn't been around, so that's good anyway.

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
Back at the Shack. High cloud cover and 19F, almost no breeze. Overcast for the day and light snow starting early afternoon. Daylight will creep in slowly this morning. Hopefully a big buck gets the urge to wander today and follows the tracks and trails past my blind! Saw tracks on the way in I that I couldn’t readily identify. No tail drag, so hoping it’s not a cougar.

Good luck to all the hunters out there today!!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
A big fork just cruised through, obviously on the hunt.

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19

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From: Ambush
11-Nov-19

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At 11:00 a lone foe came in and fifteen minutes later a large lone fawn. The fawn has the misfortune of an early life estrus, peeing on her hocks while rubbing them together. Another doe, fawn pair came in and everybody was beating on the lone fawn. Finally the young 4X4 showed up and ran the whole works off with his amorous attentions.

Nothing to do now but watch the squirrels and magpies fight.

From: Treeline
11-Nov-19
Come on Big Daddy!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
I’m hoping!!

I started my winter feeding program Saturday night and the extra activity and change can put the mature bucks off for a bit. But I have to start so the fawns and soon to be pregnant does can put as much reserves on as possible. No telling what kind of winter or maybe a very late spring we may have. I have the first layer of bedding hay out and a feeder dropping small amounts six times per day. That way everybody gets a little. After I assess the bear situation, I can drop food at night too. The hay bedding is huge, especially for the fawns. Thermo protection saves the deer a ton of energy.

I’ll be gone for three weeks in January, so the new, bigger feeder will keep them going till I get back. Post rut bucks get a good chance to rebound from about the middle of December when they show up, into January. That’s also when I get to see on cam who survived over last winter and into this season.

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
With the little bit of fresh snow, I can see deer movement better up on the steep hillside to my south. There is a doe peeing on her hocks and a small buck on about a five foot rope behind her.

Soon, soon!! Few more days and it should get crazy!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
There’s now two does and two small bucks chasing around on the side hill.

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
Make that three small bucks! And a buck fight right in front of the blind!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19

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Why the heck can I not add pics to an existing post?!?! Error message every time!

From: Treeline
11-Nov-19
The young ones are certainly thinking about it! Maybe all their playing around will wake up the grown ups...

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
Yes Tavis, these are the Fluffers. Just had a runt yearling go by pressing a young doe hard. He only grew one antler and that was broke off at three inches.

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19
And done for another day. Hoping tomorrow brings a Wild Card!!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-19

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There's an owl in this pic. And they are so quiet in flight.
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There's an owl in this pic. And they are so quiet in flight.
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Sucks when you only grow one, then you break it off too!
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Sucks when you only grow one, then you break it off too!
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Plans on being huge some day. Practicing his Droopy Ears.
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Plans on being huge some day. Practicing his Droopy Ears.

From: Ambush
12-Nov-19
It’s a new day! Just above freezing and a risk of rain and snow throughout the day. The ground is covered with a semi frozen slush, that hopefully melts before it freezes hard. Hard on little creatures and hard for the deer and moose to feed on the steep side hills that have a lot of the browse.

See what the day brings!

12-Nov-19
Good luck!

From: Ambush
12-Nov-19
Off to a good start!! I could hear something walking in the frozen leaves but too dark to see anything. Finally I could just make out two bucks circling and trading places. The one I think is a thick stubby 4X4 that was around weeks ago, but he faded into the bush before I could get a positive ID. He is maybe a shooter. The other buck hung around a bit longer and just walked past a snow patch, and he is the tuff guy fork from yesterday. Shoe was on the other foot this morning!

Two bucks before practical shooting light already!!

From: axle2axle
12-Nov-19
This is a lot of fun to watch/read everyday. Thanks for sharing...and good luck on your hunt. Kevin

From: Ambush
12-Nov-19
The noon news update. Two lone fawns came from different directions and hung out for awhile. Somebody gave them a dollar and said “go play, your mom and I have to talk”. Later a doe with twins came through. About 12:00 a doe came in with the big fork from this morning tailing close. She made a mad forty yard dash to lose him and he seemed take the hint. But he perked up and went up the hill and is now promising true love to another doe. Three more does came down off the hill and are in the creek bottom somewhere below me. Also had a grouse in full strut trying to drum up some interest in starting up some fun. Love Is in the air!!

From: t-roy
12-Nov-19
Hey Rod. Is the bear that is doing the electronics troubleshooting on your feeder, any relation to “Mr-Fatass-Blindwrecker” from last year’s thread, by chance??

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19
Haha, no Troy, but could easily be a relative. And looks like he's gone to bed, hasn't been around for four days.

Lots of activity today but no big guys. I pulled a cam card and sure enough the bigger buck that was there in the dark this morning was Jack! He should have hung around another fifteen or twenty minutes. There is also a pretty good heavy 4X4 that's been cruising through at night. The does were all acting very bitchy today, so it must be getting close and that means cruising bucks!! Maybe tomorrow is the day!

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19

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This is Kink, for his crooked G2
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This is Kink, for his crooked G2
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Wee4 for obvious reasons
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Wee4 for obvious reasons
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Crab3. I believe he is 3 1/2 while the other three amigos are 2 1/2.
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Crab3. I believe he is 3 1/2 while the other three amigos are 2 1/2.
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Big2
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Big2
Ok, what a fun first hour!!

So my food plot is about 150 yards long and any where from five to twenty five yards wide. Think of a short thick snake with a big round head that parallels the creek bottom. Several trails come unto it from all directions and it’s a travel corridor. This morning I had A doe with twins and a single doe feeding and of course Kink was harassing them. He’s convinced if they could just look past his rack and see the inner buck, they’d come to love him. He’s following a doe back toward on of the cloverleaf trails, giving her the line, and they disappear. Two minutes later he comes stiff legging back past the blind with a bigger fork pushing him. They’ve had this conversation before because there’s no back talk going on.

Once that’s settled the Big2 goes looking to the nearest doe to be rewarded for his manliness (or buckliness). All of a sudden a big crab clawed 3X3 comes, puffed up and wheezing, from one of the trails and convincingly knocks him off is throne. Still the ladies are unimpressed and avoid the advances. By now Kink has bedded thirty yards to my east at a fork intersection, probably hoping for an interception. Crab3 is enjoying being the big guy on campus. Big2 can’t stand to see Kink so comfy and goes over and pushes him into bush-line. Meanwhile Wee4 shows up, just wanting everybody to get along and share the wealth.

Big2 is done with playing second fiddle and wanders off.

Crab3 hears something up the hill and eagerly takes off.

Kink, who’s been sulking on the edge decides to regain some of his lost dignity and charged out to put Wee4 in his place. Wee4 has had enough of this selfish shit show and stomps off too.

After a few minutes even Kink gets bored with his own company and slowly fades into the scenery.

Now I’m by self reading “The Lana Embry Adventures” again.

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19

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Big2
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Big2

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19

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This guy walked up the creek ravine while I was sitting in my blind. I can’t see in there, but it’s one of the trails they scent check from. He had been around at night a few times this week. I figure he has enough mass to push him to 160”. Right now I’d still rather shoot the runt Jack. Have to see him in person to be sure.

From: Grey Ghost
13-Nov-19
I have to say, Ambush, you have some of the goofiest looking mule deer I've ever seen.

Your hunt is going about the same as mine. Plenty of small loners with boners roaming around, but no big boys or breeding going on.

Good luck, man. I'm enjoying following along.

Matt

From: t-roy
13-Nov-19
“This is kink, for his crooked G2”

I thought maybe it’s because he’s the top “fluffer” buck!

Sounds like things are picking up!

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19
Haha, yup Troy! His motto is “No doe too small, no butt too tall, Kink the Fluffer will smell them all”.

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19

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GG, I hump my seniors butt all over the mountains every fall. This November blind hunt has become a great way for me to relax and enjoy. Close to home and just plain fun.

From: Ambush
13-Nov-19
The afternoon was just reruns. Same characters, playing the same roles in the same script. Hope the Hero shows up soon!

13-Nov-19
Looking good...

13-Nov-19
Sweet some nice ones.

From: KyleSS
14-Nov-19
I'm just sitting here having coffee and repeatedly hitting F5 hoping for an update

From: midwest
14-Nov-19
Lots of chuckles here as you tell the story.....good stuff!

From: Ambush
14-Nov-19
I wish there was something to update about! Strangely and deathly quiet this morning. I ate a lot of very spicy lasagna last night and I’m hoping it’s not the overpowering cover scent I’m emitting.

From: Treeline
14-Nov-19
Maybe try spitting some red man out the window! I hear that really pulls em in!

From: Ambush
14-Nov-19
I might be throwing up out the window if this keeps up. It’s enough to bring the bears out of their dens

Little buck just showed up. It’s Wee4. Yippee!!

From: Grey Ghost
14-Nov-19
I'm rooting for you, Rod. I saw the first chasing of the season this morning, but it shut down quickly after the sun got up. I'm still not seeing any bucks that interest me, though. Hopefully our luck starts changing soon. Historically, the week before Thanksgiving has always been when I've had the best action on my mulies. I'm sure it happens a little sooner up where you are.

Matt

From: Ambush
14-Nov-19
GG, it is fun and interesting to watch for sure. Hopefully you get into them soon.

A doe and her fawn are here and Wee4 being the only buck here is being pretty aggressive. Right now he’s concentrating on the fawn and I can almost here him humming the old British pop song: “ Mrs Brown You’ve got a lovely daught’a”.

I suspect Kink will show up soon and dash his dreams. Both know that there is something magical that’s supposed to happen, but they just don’t know how to pull that rabbit out of the hat.

From: Ambush
14-Nov-19
Yes, first mature buck sighting!! It’s the clean 4X4 with the good mass pictured above.

He just diagonal’d done the hill and into the creek bottom about eighty yards to the SE. No clue if he’s still there, kept going or he might pop out right in front of me. Just have to wait now. But it is encouraging to see a good buck out in the daytime.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
14-Nov-19
Good luck!!

From: midwest
14-Nov-19
It's gonna happen soon!

From: Beav
14-Nov-19
Love following this!

From: Heat
14-Nov-19
Let him have it Rod!

From: Ambush
14-Nov-19
Well he dumped me quicker than any girl I ever dated!

He didn’t turn up, so he must have kept on truck’n. About forty five minutes left in the day, so it could still happen about forty five times.

From: Ambush
14-Nov-19

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This is the buck I saw today
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This is the buck I saw today
The rest of the day was like I fell asleep and woke up on a CT Live hunt. Squirrels, lots of squirrels and no deer. Can only hunt a few hours tomorrow morning then family duties call.

It was a slow day, but a good day because I saw a possible shooter, wandering by himself in the middle of the day. And that bodes well for the near future,

From: Scoot
14-Nov-19
"The rest of the day was like I fell asleep and woke up on a CT Live hunt."

Bwahaha!

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19

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Deerp. for no good reason
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Deerp. for no good reason
Woke up well before the alarm this morning and figured I might as well be sitting in the dark as laying in the dark. It was well over an hour before I could see anything on this drizzly grey morning. All precipitation we get after Nov 1st should be snow, but it just rains and rains!

The first doe comes through at a fast paced walk and then a heavy, tall fork is bird dogging her hard. She does a number of ovals staying out of his reach. Finally she sprints off with him stiff legging on her trail.

Another doe squirts the twenty yards across the plot into the dog hair poplar saplings on the north side. Sure enough a yearling buck with a small fork on one side and only a pedicle on the other ( let’s call him Deerp) races to catch up. I think the does use these thick poplars to get away because it slows any buck with horns down. They chase around a bit before she lights out.

Up the big hill I can get glimpses of deer moving in loops and lines. More chasing! At one point I can see two bucks pushing one doe and by the compact, thick, very dark rack, I think one is Jack. There is definitely a sense of urgency in their manner this morning. Not happy I only have the morning to watch. So far I’ve seen at least four different bucks.

From: cnelk
15-Nov-19
Rod hasnt updated in a while.... maybe Jack showed up

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19
^^ No such luck. Dead quiet the last two hours.

But I did pull a couple of cams and threw them in the blind last night. I think I now have the date set correct so yesterday’s pics won’t say July 2013.

From: DoeFever
15-Nov-19
Ambush - any nice does?

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19
Quite a few does but I don’t shoot them. Mule deer does and fawns are a precious commodity to me. After some bad winters then a heavy predator hit the numbers are just now coming up again. I’ll do whatever it takes to help them.

From: DoeFever
15-Nov-19
10-4 brother. Yeah Im not familiar with herd conservation in your area, but a healthy doe population means a healthy deer population. If ya see a big one post a pic.

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19
Mule Deer Just don’t rebound like whitetails that pump out twins and triplets if the food is plentiful. Slow process, here anyway.

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19
At 10:38 I heard a snort wheeze from the creek ravine in front of me. Five minutes later a big doe comes out with Kink following and trying out his best pillow talk. She’s not convinced.

I know how he feels :(

From: Brotsky
15-Nov-19
One of my favorite threads of the year Rod! Good luck the rest of the day!

From: Treeline
15-Nov-19
'Ol Jack must be court'n around somewhere nearby! Looking forward to the bloody arrow pic...

From: DoeFever
15-Nov-19
Those big does are teasers!!!

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19

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Not sure what to name this poor geek.
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Not sure what to name this poor geek.
I waited until Kink and his intended trailed off. Last thing I heard was poor Kink whining at her butt, saying : "... but I'm not like those other bucks, I'll BE there when our fawn is born..."

I was walking out and around a corner on one of the cloverleaf skid trails stood Kink and two does at fifty yards. I drew my bow on him and tried out several shot scenarios. Full frontal, broadside, hard quartering away, ham blaster, ham blaster walking and back of the head. In all those shots I was a short trail to holding his crooked little rack in my deadly hands :)

I checked pics from last night and Jack was there and another good buck that I can't put a positive ID on. Plus this new goofy guy in the pic above. Double beam on one side. I think I can identify about a dozen different bucks now. I'll sit all day tomorrow, then my hunting partner will take Sunday and hopefully a couple more till he kills a good buck.

15-Nov-19
Just a matter of time...

From: Marty
15-Nov-19
Enjoy following this! Good luck!

From: Ambush
15-Nov-19
So this afternoon I get a text from the guy that owns the property that I park on to go hunt. He says there’s a big bodied buck holding a doe right where I park my truck. After a few questions and him looking, it turns out to be Kink. Then half hour later he texts again and I quote:

“..there's a very very very big buck in the same place you park your truck a really big buck!”

It was apparently watching Kink and his floozie from a brushy little draw and spooked out one of his horses.

So tomorrow’ I’m looking for a buck with three “very’s” and a “really” set of antlers!

From: Treeline
16-Nov-19
Good luck! Maybe just use the truck blind!

From: Scoot
16-Nov-19
Nice! I hope he shows up!

From: midwest
16-Nov-19
oh manomanoman!

From: Ambush
16-Nov-19
Well, I thought I’d wait a bit this morning and just post up a hero pic with the “very, very, very, really “ buck. But that ain’t working out so far.

It dried up a bit overnight and it was a glittery walk in with the temp below freezing this morning. Didn’t see a deer until 8:00 when a lone mature doe showed up. She left and twin fawns came in at 8:40. By 9:30 there were two does and four fawns. Soon after I was all alone telling my feet how tough it is to be retired and sitting eleven hours in a blind everyday.

By 10:30 it started to rain again and has steadily increased it’s miserable cold pace. Now it’s just raining hard

At 11:40 I missed a shot at at big coyote. Should have waited for a better opportunity. At 11:50, I saw a deer side hilling about one hundred yards out , but it was gone before I could get the binos on it.

It has all the earmarks of becoming a great day!!

From: Ambush
16-Nov-19

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This guy must have his Sitka feathers on. It’s very wet and windy.
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This guy must have his Sitka feathers on. It’s very wet and windy.
12:50, first buck of the day! A 3X4 that I’ve not seen before. I think is just 2 1/2 and pretty decent genetics. At least my day will not be buckless.

From: Ambush
16-Nov-19
Ok, well a day late and a buck short. Turned out to be a one buck day at the soggy end. Not sure what was more depressing, missing the coyote or the relentless pounding of the rain on the blind. But only supposed to rain until 4:00 am and be a decent day tomorrow. My hunting partner will spend the day there and hopefully kill something.

From: tkjwonta
16-Nov-19
Great stuff, love the look of those dark, wet antlers.

From: axle2axle
17-Nov-19
Very entertaining! Can't wait to see how this ends. Kevin

From: Ambush
18-Nov-19
What a beautiful morning after the weeks of grey gloom and rain we’ve had!! At just below freezing, the ground crunched instead of squished. And everywhere the headlamp hit glittered like the sequins on a fat lady’s dress at a disco. I can even see a skyline in the east!

The buddy that sat here yesterday saw a ton of does , but the only buck was Kink, who showed up twice, grunting away like the threat he imagines he is. At dark there were eight smoothies feeding in the plot. Where are the bucks?!? There are a couple of grouse taking advantage of the dry morning to pick some clover.

It just has the feel of a great day no matter how it ends!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
18-Nov-19
Good luck! Very fun getting to follow along on your hunts, thank you!!

From: Ambush
18-Nov-19
8:47, first deer of the day award goes to Wee4. Finally the needle on my DPH (deer per hour) meter bumps a bit. He came along the bush line at a rather listless pace, sniffing the ground. Not much vigour in his actions. He looks like a kid at Christmas who has opened the last gift and still didn’t get what he wanted or expected.

From: Kurt
18-Nov-19
Rod, had a lost looking fork-horn wander around the yard with his nose to the ground then leave back up the mountain at about 10:00 AM today. Good luck, the big ones are "holed-up" with does and will return in search mode soon! Kurt

From: Ambush
18-Nov-19
I think you’re right Kurt. There’s a doe and fawn eating in the plot. The Crab3 just walked past them with very little attention and kept right on trucking past me and out the other end. He’s a big bodied buck with a real Roman nose, but the antlers look like a 3 1/2 year old.

From: Jaquomo
18-Nov-19
Keep after it, Rod! My mature bucks are definitely in the "short term monogamy" stage right now. I don't particularly like hunting during this phase but have killed a couple of my biggest bucks right now, Nov 17-21, when a new one shows up looking for does, sees my dekes, comes over for a sniff of delicious Nose Jammer perfume. Hang in there - it will happen!

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