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That's a wrap - sort of.

Post by Species8472 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:17 pm

My deer season more or less came to its end on Friday night. Tags are filled and until my kids come home in mid-December and i can party hunt with them i am finished.

I had a pretty good year that started October 4th with this 2.5 year old small rack 8 point taken with the Micro. He was a challenge to recover but i won't go into details as the story was already posted here:

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He used up my primary tag as my additional was bow only and anterless (doe) only. Only went out a few times between then and the rifle opener and did not see too much other than grouse and turkeys. On the opener of the rifle I had a group of 6 does come into range and decided to take this fawn as I was party hunting and the group had 3 doe tags to use up. Figured I would leave the older does as buck bait.

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After that I spent the next 2 days grouse hunting at the camp as the pressure was off and the other 3 guys wanted the opportunity to fill the remaining 2 tags. Grouse hunt went well and ended up with 6 birds over 2 days. This was the take from the Tuesday:

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After end of day Wednesday I left camp to return to work for the balance of the week. The remainder of the hunt week was occupied at camp by a few of my employees (their time off was one of the reasons I had to head back). One large 8 point was seen a few minutes after legal, a spike was missed clean by another of the group and a 10 point busted another group member from behind. Other than that the remainder of the camp hunt was quiet.

I went back up to camp to poke around on Thursday and the amount of fresh track was crazy. Areas under apple trees still holding looked like barnyards. I checked the wind forecast for Friday and it looked ideal for the tree that had the most sign. I decided to return on the Friday afternoon. Was settled in about 230 pm on Friday in a climber. At roughly 3 pm a group of 26 turkeys showed up and started picking at the frozen ground apples. They stayed about 15 minutes and than moved on. I decided not to take a picture as I was sure one of those 26 sets of eyes would have seen the movement and you never know how close a deer might be and if it might get spooked by 26 spooked turkeys. Between 4 and 5 pm 6 grouse wandered by and picked at the apples for a minute or two before moving on. At 5 pm I saw movement in the trees north of the apple tree and watched as 7 does silently moved from to west to east in a semi circle about 30 yards out from and around the apple tree. At 510 pm the first one popped out onto the frozen ground apples and immediately gave me a broadside opportunity. I obliged her with the Micro as I was not gonna wait until 7 sets of eyes and ears were in the mix. She jumped and I lost sight of her in the pines about 30 yards from where i hit her. I gave her 40 minutes and started to track. The snow made it easy with a simple blood trail right to her. Shot looks a little low and back but she was quartering slight towards and this is the exit wound. Entrance was mid body right behind the shoulder.

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So now it's time to switch to ice fishing prep. Speaking of which we went up to our place close to Restoule and there is 8 to 10 inches of snow on the ground and the lake is completely frozen with 4 to 6 inches of ice on the back bays. Had to use the chainsaw to get water (water system is winterized already) for dishes. Driveway which is a mile long was only passable by truck for the first 3/8 mile. After that bent/downed trees were an issue (about 25 of them spread out over the last 5/8 mile. Fortunately I decided to bring the sleds just in case and they were able to snake around or under all of them. I went back out Saturday afternoon and cleared them all out but I am sure there will be more. A few pics from the weekend:

Cutting holes for water. Ice in close was mostly grey but transitioned to clear the further out you went.

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As far as we made it with the truck:

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About every 100 feet or so after the first 3/8 mile was like this:

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Sunrise this morning. Looks like open water further out but it's not. Hard, clear ice.

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Re: That's a wrap - sort of.

Post by XB I GO » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:26 pm

That snow is really cool. The only time I've even seen snow even close to that was in Kentucky at the ATA show. Nice season!

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Post by mr meat » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:40 am

Congrats on your season
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Re: That's a wrap - sort of.

Post by Carnivorous » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:47 am

Tagging out early is bitter sweet.

We wait all year to hunt and sometimes it happens on the first sit.
Other years it's a grind to the end.

Good thing Ontario has party hunting! Lol
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Re: That's a wrap - sort of.

Post by xcaliber » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:18 am

Nice season for sure, congrats!
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Post by DuckHunt » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:35 pm

Congrats on a good season. That ice makes me cold just looking at it. :lol: I couldn't imagine sitting on it all day. It sure is pretty though. When I think fishing, I think water that is swimming temperature.
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Re: That's a wrap - sort of.

Post by gerald strine » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:52 pm

You had a very productive season time to reflect on the memories and change your gears to fishing,scouting new areas,gear repairs or upgrades, ect.
Congratulations on all your harvest.
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Re: That's a wrap - sort of.

Post by paulaboutform » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:33 pm

Thanks for sharing your wonderful season. Once again I am living vicariously through you fellas and loving the stories and pics. :thumbup:

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