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Contributors to this thread:
Dakota 24-Sep-17
Griz34 24-Sep-17
grizzly 25-Sep-17
Dakota 25-Sep-17
Griz34 26-Sep-17
Dakota 27-Sep-17
Animal Killer 29-Sep-17
sasquatch 29-Sep-17
Dakota 30-Sep-17
sasquatch 30-Sep-17
Brotsky 01-Oct-17
sasquatch 01-Oct-17
grizzly 01-Oct-17
leftee 02-Oct-17
Brotsky 02-Oct-17
DR 03-Oct-17
Dakota 03-Oct-17
DR 03-Oct-17
sasquatch 03-Oct-17
Dakota 03-Oct-17
DR 04-Oct-17
Dakota 04-Oct-17
DR 05-Oct-17
grizzly 08-Oct-17
DR 09-Oct-17
Brotsky 10-Oct-17
Will 26-Oct-17
Brotsky 26-Oct-17
Dakota 27-Oct-17
grizzly 28-Oct-17
SD BuckBuster 31-Oct-17
Griz34 01-Nov-17
Griz34 01-Nov-17
Brotsky 02-Nov-17
Will 02-Nov-17
SD BuckBuster 02-Nov-17
grizzly 03-Nov-17
Brotsky 05-Nov-17
Griz34 05-Nov-17
Brotsky 06-Nov-17
sdbowhunter 06-Nov-17
Dakota 07-Nov-17
Deerplotter 22-Nov-17
leftee 25-Nov-17
leftee 25-Nov-17
leftee 25-Nov-17
Dakota 26-Nov-17
Brotsky 27-Nov-17
From: Dakota
24-Sep-17
It has been pretty quiet over here. Are any of you getting anything or have any good stories?

From: Griz34
24-Sep-17
I got rained on HARD on opening day. I wanted to make sure I got out, but that was ridiculous.

From: grizzly
25-Sep-17
As I get older, i'm less likely to go get eaten by skeeters. Higher risk of West Nile. Really don't like wearing bug spray. The only stand I hung was for a future son in law. It is his first year and he is wound up about it. I am really working on him to take the first available adult deer that walks into his shooting lane just to get one under his belt. Experience the thrill and gain some knowledge. And although the rest of the state is pretty dry, we keep get rain around Brookings. Would love to share some of it with rest of you but beyond my control. Never mowed my yard at all in June and now the stuff just will not quit growing. Going to cool down one of these days.

From: Dakota
25-Sep-17
I wish him the best of luck grizzly.

From: Griz34
26-Sep-17

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Filled my doe tag tonight. The deer sure were active tonight. Now this weekend I'm heading out west to take my daughter antelope hunting.

From: Dakota
27-Sep-17
Just Right. Congratulations

29-Sep-17
Congrats, i missed 3 deer on opener....and almost stepped on one yesterday. Actually one of the same bucks i missed opening weekend. I have been shooting my bow again and making sure i can hit somthing lol. Good luck this weekend i gotta work. Headed out west again next weekend.

From: sasquatch
29-Sep-17

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Got first muley on day 4 of my trip.

From: Dakota
30-Sep-17
I sure have been seeing a lot more hunters than usual so things must be going pretty good and population numbers increasing. Nice mule deer buck.

From: sasquatch
30-Sep-17
Yes I did see a lot of hunters, and idk how it's normally done but some I saw were very sloppy.

Saw one guy through spotter just walk non stop, never scan or try to spot anything, and he would just nock and arrow when topping a hill or such.

I guess he just walks around "hoping" instead of hunting.

From: Brotsky
01-Oct-17

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Filled my west river archery tag on Friday. Killed a whitetail doe last week as well.

From: sasquatch
01-Oct-17
Nice buck Brodsky! Public?

From: grizzly
01-Oct-17
nice deer guys, keep em' coming!

From: leftee
02-Oct-17
Nice deer guys!

From: Brotsky
02-Oct-17
Sasquatch, that is a public land buck.

From: DR
03-Oct-17
Dakota, Sasquatch, all Had a buddy in Harding all last week and he said all 3 campgrounds were chalk full of NR's, mostly from Minnesota. A couple vehicles from Iowa and only 2 other SD residents that he saw. Bare in mind this was during the week. Personally, I'd like to see that significantly limited. That's why we proposed the 8% archery tag (8% of Res archery tags sold year prior) limit on NR's. I've heard the same type of reports along the Missouri River corridor as well as other areas. Saw much of the same here in the Hills in a few places and when I was in Meade co the last several days. Anyway, if you feel the same, please consider dropping an e-mail to sdgfpinfo@state.sd.us or directly to Andy Lindbloom (andy.lindbloom@state.sd.us), Chad Switzer (chad.switzer@state.sd.us) or John Kanta (John.kanta@state.sd.us) and let them know. These are three of the key players at GFP that will be reviewing all the public comments and submission for future season and license allocation changes.

From: Dakota
03-Oct-17
What campgrounds in Harding are you talking about?

From: DR
03-Oct-17
Slim Buttes and Reva. Camping spots/areas may be the more accurate term.

From: sasquatch
03-Oct-17
DR, the 8% thing would work such as, if 1000 resident tags were sold this year, that next year there would be a cap on 80 NR tags?

From: Dakota
03-Oct-17
What was the third DR?

From: DR
04-Oct-17
Sasquatch - Yes precisely. When we looked at the numbers from recent history it would basically be an every other year tag on average for NR archers. That's 'IF' they run it that way. They are also looking at making it Public Land tag vs. Private to allow an annual tag for those with contacts and permission but to limit the pressure on public lands and impacts to resident archers.

Dakota - I don't know the names of any of those other camping areas. Buddy just said 3 campgrounds (camping areas) North and South of the buttes. I'm not intimately familiar with the area as I don't personally go up there a lot. Possibly all the camping spots along the access road on the north side? First time I was there a few years back all of those were filled along the road to the top with camps. That would be speculation on my part though.

From: Dakota
04-Oct-17
What day or days of the week was this and what seasons were open?

From: DR
05-Oct-17
M-Th and only archery deer/antelope.

From: grizzly
08-Oct-17

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Hung a stand yesterday about noon. Doe and her fawns came by while I was finishing it up. Came back last night and got caught leaving the stand by a bachelor group of four bucks. Could not see them cleanly to identify them all but did note one tall and one wider one. This was the wider one. Could not see the last one. This deer was very helpful and ran over in the field next to the ditch before expiring. A guys got to take luck when he gets it. No mosquitos. Lots of flys last night in the stand. Very comfortable tonight. Oh, while I watching this one expire, the bigger one showed up. I am very happy with this one though and im sure he will eat well. Take care of him tomorrow as its not really cold enough to let him hang for too long. Sorry for the low quality cell phone pic. Its all we had. My future son in law has now had an opportunity to fill his first tag but has decided to hold out for a buck. His choice. He did help me dress this one and load him up. Another chance for him to learn some more. Good luck.

From: DR
09-Oct-17
Good buck, congratulations Grizzly!

From: Brotsky
10-Oct-17
Congrats Grizz! Nice buck!

From: Will
26-Oct-17

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Got these 2 with an outfitter. Spot and Stalk MD hunting is great stuff. I am the guy with the Hoyt hat. Other hunter got his on day #2. I had some operator error and finally connected on day 5/5 at 45 yards.

From: Brotsky
26-Oct-17
Nice bucks Will! Glad you guys were able to connect!

From: Dakota
27-Oct-17
way to go

From: grizzly
28-Oct-17
Couple of dandies there gentleman.

31-Oct-17
Awesome pics and stories guys! Regarding the NR hunters,, yes there are a lot of them but it would be interesting to know the financial difference in what is done now vrs going to an 8% number. I would have to think that it will significantly affect the gfp's bottom line and ultimately affect what is done with those dollars (or lack thereof). Is there a way to measure the public land pressure other than camper areas full of NR trucks?

From: Griz34
01-Nov-17

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I got my buck tonight. He was the biggest buck I had on camera. I had does all around me starting at about 3:00. Just before 6:00 I could hear a buck grunting but couldn't see him due to the thickness of the trees. I grunted twice on my grunt tube and he came running. I shot him at 20 yards. It was a pretty awesome night, and my biggest public land buck.

From: Griz34
01-Nov-17

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Another pic.

From: Brotsky
02-Nov-17
Beautiful buck Griz! Congrats!

From: Will
02-Nov-17
GIANT - Looks good

02-Nov-17
Awesome deer! Congrats!!

From: grizzly
03-Nov-17
quite the toad! good job.

From: Brotsky
05-Nov-17

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From: Griz34
05-Nov-17
Awesome buck Brotsky! You guys are having a good year.

From: Brotsky
06-Nov-17
Thanks Griz! The freezer is definitely full!

From: sdbowhunter
06-Nov-17
Nice buck brotsky

From: Dakota
07-Nov-17
how about a story brotsky? Nicely done

From: Deerplotter
22-Nov-17
Holy smokes! Awesome buck Brotz

From: leftee
25-Nov-17

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Wow,have’nt been here in awhile and have missed some great deer!Congrats all!At some point,maybe this winter,I will try entertain you with ‘my Fall’ and what not to attempt when U get to be 75. Am now in Ks trying hard for one deer I have never seen but have pictures of. We’ll see but as of now he is sure winning and rifle season opens in a few days...... Anyway did get a decent one. Will try get a pic or 2 up but working off phone and being a techno idiot makes it challenging.Old busted up boy like me but Great bases and 15 scorables sticking up here/there. Good hunting all!

From: leftee
25-Nov-17

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Try again.

From: leftee
25-Nov-17
Try again.

From: Dakota
26-Nov-17
nicely done

From: Brotsky
27-Nov-17
Cool buck leftee! Congrats!

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