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Old 09-20-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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In NH the bow season for deer started Sep 15th and I have only been out a couple of times. Last year they changed the rules to bucks only from 9/15 to 10/1 which in my WMU makes it much more difficult as the herd is imbalanced in S/E NH already. They actually sell extra doe tags here because of the imbalance but put the rules in anyway statewide as they need to grow the herd in the other WMU's.

So I head out on my deck to head over to one of my stands and three deer walk by 50 yards out. There was a doe and two small skippers. Even if she were legal I wouldn't have shot here as the fawns looked like they were dropped late and needed another month or two to be able to survive.

Haven't seen much else and love being out there this time of the year as things have cooled down so we're seeing 40-50 degrees in the morning and 60's during the day but is scheduled to warm up this week and rain for a few days so things will slow even more for me.

Anyone else getting out yet?
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:11 AM   #2
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Well, I don't bow hunt, unfortunately. Muzzle loader season is the same weekend as the Machine Gun Shoot this year, so that screws me out of the early chance to get one. Means I have to wait till November to hunt. I am taking a week off from work so I can try and get my limit.

It is squirrel season, but I haven't been in a long time. I actually was wanting to give it a go this week, but it has rained everyday. Now, I aint afraid of getting wet, just don't want my guns to get wet!!!!
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Use to be BIG into dove and quail. Haven't been in 4 or 5 years. Just no place to hunt anymore- all the places are posted and you gotta know somebody to get to a field. Besides, no quail here. That was back in SoCal where I had a great time during hunting season.
Son likes duckhunt but everytime I'd go it would be wet and cold. I'm getting too old for that,
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Son likes duckhunt but everytime I'd go it would be wet and cold. I'm getting too old for that,
Thats when all the action is. They start flying and everyone starts shooting and you forget the nasty weather.
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Every chance I get, you'll find me out in the woods chasing whatever is in season.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:14 AM   #6
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looks like i'm gonna pass all the way around hunting this year.........

i've got a place to dove hunt.....but i've got fishing on my mind.
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The weather up here has turned for the worse. Rain, humidity and warm. Not weather to bow hunt in so I put it on hold until we get back to normal.
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hammer..........whack.........punch.......tap..... .....dip..............tap.....tap....might as well keep the lee loader running as i am grounded........

it's heating up again to around 100 degrees today.......and i feel like crud.......

anyways, in the next day or two, it is going to be a 38 spl range day. not even going to break out the hunting rifles for sight-in. Some fast and furious close up point shooting and then some distance..........

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I go hunting every friday night and I don't need a gun or lic . These Tx girls are super lookers .
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Went out this evening and had one show up late. Acted like a buck as he was leaving scent on overhead branches but when it went thru my shooting lane he was on a dead run. He didn't act like he made me just didn't like the vibes I guess. I had the wind so it wasn't that. Guess he was just smarter than me. Tomorrow is another day.
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Muzzleloader season in NH started the last weekend in Oct and runs for 10 days. I saw new buck sign in a different area that I hunt so I put a stand up Friday as I had a new ladder stand I hadn't used yet. I went out on to it before first light Saturday and sat there. The temp was in the 20's and a slight but stead breeze. At 7:45 I saw two decent sized deer crossing my neighbors field and heading toward my property. They headed into a little spot where the woods juts out into the field and were feeding in the field there. It was too thick to shoot thru so I used my doe bleat to get their attention. They came running over and stopped and I could see they were both bucks. They then turned and went back feeding so I buck grunted. Nothing. I then hit the doe bleat again and they started moving toward me but still in the thick slash. The one in front had a bigger body and he stopped about 40 yards broadside. I could see his chest area in a not quite so thick shooting lane and that was it so I let fly with the muzzleloader. He ran about 50 yards back out into the field and piled up. The second buck just froze and stood with his back to me watch the other deer. I waited a couple minutes and climbed down and when I stepped around to get my muzzleloader off the drop line he heard me, looked over and took off. The buck turned out to be a forkhorn (I think they both were) but dressed out at 142# so I was happy. I field dressed him and then dragged him in. It doesn't get any easier. He's at the butcher and I still have a couple of doe tags and an unused bow tag so I will keep at it for another couple of weeks or until I get another. Getting time to load up the trailer and get ready for the trip to Texas for the winter (the first week in December).

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Congratulations, Terry,

I've been eying a T/C Omega Z5.
I like they offer it in "Weathershield"
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When my wife used to hunt I bought her a Knight Wolverine which is ("was" as Knight is out of business) a small and light in-line. When she stopped hunting I did some shooting with it and it was much more accurate than by Knight Disc (3" @ 100 on a good day). I upgraded it to use with 209's and that is I use for hunting. It is real accurate with a 250 gr sabot and two pyrodex pellets. I tried it with Triple 7 but the groups opened up some, as a Triple 7 pellet is a little hotter than the pyrodex. I also went to the 209's specially designed for muzzleloading (less powder) and the Wolverine will drop them right in there at 100 yards all day. I used a 250 gr Thompsom Shock Wave saboted bullet and the deer went a short distance and piled up. It didn't exit but shredded his lungs and I didn't need a blood trail as I saw him go down. I am a little concerned as the bullet performed well but as an old bow hunter I like a pass thru and a blood trail. The butcher gave me back the bullet and it was in two pieces as the copper jacket expanded and the base was intact.
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They can't go far with the lungs gone.
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Bear season is over tomorrow, so unless one runs out into the road on my way to work tomorrow that season will be a bust. I hunted elk for 5 days over in 44's neck of the woods. I saw only huge 6-7 point bulls and cows. Tag was good only for spike bulls. Tag soup for that season. I did get a nice 3point mule deer 3 weeks ago in the same spot that I was elk hunting. I am done until next year.
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Bear season is over tomorrow, so unless one runs out into the road on my way to work tomorrow that season will be a bust. I hunted elk for 5 days over in 44's neck of the woods. I saw only huge 6-7 point bulls and cows. Tag was good only for spike bulls. Tag soup for that season. I did get a nice 3point mule deer 3 weeks ago in the same spot that I was elk hunting. I am done until next year.
Bear season may be over but beer season lasts all year.
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Bear season may be over but beer season lasts all year.

Yep, I shot down a couple of 12 ouncers last night, probably will "hunt" down a few more tonight for the championship game.
Seriously though, pig and coyote is always in season around these parts and I'm always a willing participant.
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At the end of the month I will get my spring beartag as well as my general, Elk and deed as well. Our F&W folks operate in a peculiar manner, I can get two bear tags and perhaps a supplimental as well, but only one tag for blacktail deer. Let me tell you, we are over run with blacktail in our area an I am afraid the population of them is reaching a critical mass health-wise for the deer. We nee some thinning. I have started to see more "deformed" deer in recent years.
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