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Couple missed shots,then scored twice
Hello all ... Been real busy lately with fall chores, and I'm just catching up on my Forum reading !

Got half of my wood in ... basement chute is full and overload goes to the barn for now .

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I see some awesome field reports > Majority are enjoying the season so far .
Unclefesters crew took a good bull moose ... Congrat's ( I know how much work goes into that ! )
Looks like Muskyman454 , and jh45gun , picked up some wild turkey in time for Thanksgiving Dinner .. Congrat's
Mike C. aka " wabi " ... seems to be keeping himself busy with tasty whitetails and fish ! ... Congrat's
Congrat's to all the others that filled tags on tasty doe's ! ( Munch , Thumper , Bignasty , Peter P , Georgiaboy , Riflemanz , jim milam , and pwweave94's 9 year old son to name a few )
( Also GooGoo's and crew ... including a plump hog ! ) , some cool hunt descriptions and pictures .
Congrat's to all the others that filled tags on Bucks of all sizes ! ( schnarrfuss , doublelung911 ,M&M , VA hunter , One Shot Scott , Big58cal , Derek , Dagriz's son , JackBass's daughter , Korey99 , Aero320 , and Nothbaydude )
Some cool hunt descriptions and pictures as well from that group ... ( hope I didn't miss anybody ) .

I had some Vacation time off work during our 2011 Ontario Archery Season opening week , that started on October 1st .

Preseason , I scouted farms that have usually , in the past , been good with misc buck's and doe's of all sizes .

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As many that hunt the same WMU's ( wildlife management units ) that I do , know .... scouting / seeing and photographing whitetails is a lot easier than trying to get an arrow thru one ! .

I had my Y25 Relayer zoned in , but thought I was losing my mind when I missed two bucks on opening afternoon , hunting with Randy S. and CH at one of my favorite properties . Both CH and Randy watched while I whistled an arrow over the back of the 2nd one ! Embarassed  ( I love missing , while my buddies are watching ! ) Embarassed  ( Got home that night and found my scope was off 4 clicks high and 4 click left to get it back on target .. must have got bumped ? )

I was going to check out recipes for " tree bark " , since that was all my first arrows found !

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Thru the week , I hunted over apple trees , covered sparse bean fields , clover , deer trails , staging areas etc .... It was a very " warm temperature week " , which I think definitely stymied the deer movement ...

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Got a few pictures of deer in the field and crossing trails below my climber positions ...
Sorry for some of the blurry pictures ( combination of my movement and less than ideal focus )

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Finally drew blood on an evening hunt when a nice sized doe gave me a perfect 22 yard quartering away shot opportunity ... Complete pass thru > entry , mid section LH side and exit just behind front leg RH side ... Ran South and expired on the trail . close to my truck . ( 22 yard shot with approx 110 yard recovery )( Y25 Relayer , Easton XX75's with 130 Gr Wasp BH , Boo string , Munch top quiver mount ) ( Approx 20 feet up in my Summit climber )

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Our fall turkey season opened today ... I picked up a fall turkey tag last Saturday .

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Earlier in the week , hunting with Pydpiper one afternoon > found a nice sized turkey flock had moved into the area with a couple of good tom's , 4 jakes , the rest hens and young .... so I figured that would be a good place to start .... no birds cooperated with my plan , so I packed up and tried a 2nd spot . Still no action ( way different in the fall hunt = not hearing any answers to repeat calling )

I was trying to figure out where my 3rd attempt / set up would be ( 3rd spot ? ) … and since I'm no expert caller , I figured I would try to ambush some traveling birds , if I could just locate some .

I got lucky and saw some birds approx 200 yards out in a field at the South side of a new property I just got permission on this spring ( property owner allows , archery only ) … Thru my binocular's , it looked like the birds were heading towards the North side of the property , so figured I'd try cutting them off as they filtered back through the bush . I hustled thru the bush , and set up deep into the property approx 60 yards in from the bush lot edge . About an hour later , I see heads bobbing thru the cover , and caught a tom off guard as he walked thru an opening 15 yards to my left .... the rest of the birds had traveled past further away ( 35 yards in some slash and bad angle ) , and just when I thought it was over , I got lucky when this tom and a jake took another path , closer to my set up .
( 15 yard broad side.. approx 12 yard recovery > he flapped back into the cover and I walked right by him on the first follow-up ) ( Obviously , the cover is much thicker then it was in the spring time ! )( 8 1/2 inch beard , 1 inch spurs , approx 20lbs ) ( Pop – up Ground blind ) ( Y25 Relayer , Easton XX75's with 130 Gr Wasp BH , Boo string , Munch top quiver mount )

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Other cool pictures = Passing thru a small local village earlier in the week , I spotted this pet owner , out for a cruise with his dog ...

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And a note from end of season last year .... My neighbor took this beauty 17 point during the late muzzleloader season ..... This buck was on a mission , mid day , cruising for doe's ... Cool to think this buck had at one time or another crossed my property . ( Neighbors bush is approx 200 acres West of my land ).

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Gotta get some sleep before work tonight , so I'll sign off for now .

Good luck to all that are chasing turkeys thru till October and Whitetails thru to Dec 31st .

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See Ya. ... R.J. > " Remember , Trophies are measured by the time and energy expended to get them , not the size or quantity of the quarry "
 
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