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Good deal filling the freezer. I seen a buck like that yesterday as well as 2 does. Too bad I was out duck hunting.
 

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Congrats on the fresh backstrap ;D
Was the buck chasing the doe?
 

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The rut is starting to wind down in my area. The bucks are going to the does, but none seem to be in estrous, but they are still cruising, and thats what we want ;)
 

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We have been in mid to upper 70's here for day's. :mad: :mad: :mad:
I can't wait for thursday, it's gonna get down to 19 & 40 if for the high.
Should be great deer hunting thanksgiving morning.
 

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The first front hit this evening while in the stand dressed for 70 degree weather at 4PM. I almost froze to death with the north wind dropping the temps into the 40's. Saw deer but they came out after shooting time had expired.
Shaking so hard, I don't know that any of them could have been hit.
 

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Ya it was a nice day yesterday only to wake up to near freezing temp this morning. Only gonna get colder. I'm gonna hit the lake again on Friday and test my luck again. I watched wave after wave of snow geese fly by this morning while launching out aircraft. This cold is really pushing birds south. The deer should be moving good with these colder temps. Just wish the full moon wasn't out all night.
 

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Bundled up this morning, and got in the stand. Just about 0630 the big 8 point I've been hunting on the DMAP property came out with a doe and milled around the cut milo field.
I can see now how they can be so hard to kill.
The doe would feed, and wander. The buck would be bedded down in the milo with only his head sticking out. they weren't 100 yds from a road. He would let her get about 50 feet away, and stand up, move closer and flop right back down. Somebody driving by would only focus on the doe and never think to look at the buck bedded down.
Interesting lesson.
the tree I was in was shaking in the wind, and the buck was at 200 yds. Not a hard shot, but with the wind, and the fact they kept working my way, I held off shooting him. When they got to 150 yds, I had the cross hairs on him but only had a frontal shot. All of a sudden he snapped his head to the north, got a whiff of something, and bolted. I was po'd, but later this afternoon, put a pop up blind a couple hundred yards east, and waited for him to show up again. He showed up, but shooting time expired, and just watched him walk the field, cross the road, and disappear.
I'll be there in the morning waiting on him. ;D
 
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