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Saturday, 30 June 2012
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Misc field ramblings
Just spent the last two hours with my slow rurual internet ... trying to catch up on forum reading ... man the deer reports are piling up now !

Congrat's to all .... hope I didn't miss anybody !

Chris K. sent me these pictures from Oct 28th ... he was out with his 12yr old son Kurtis and a good friend ( Randy ) to one of Randy's deer havens near Plattsville.

Randy closed off the night with a beauty buck !

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Blood trail was good , and they ended up finding the buck in a pond !

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After the recovery = One happy hunter !

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Week of Oct 31st ... I put some time in ... different farms / different set ups .

I was product testing a mechanical that someone gave to me , when I missed an opportunity on a buck similar to this one ... ( sorry , can't tell you where this buck is from > file photo e-mailed to me ) ... he does look like a scrapper though !

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It was an exciting hunt at my place , and a close encounter ( 10 yards ) ... took a 15 yard hard quarteing away shot as the buck walked away , but I was perplexed when the buck seemed to shrug off the shot and he eventually , trotted over to the neighbors property ... I tracked minimal blood drops and saw him calmly navigating to the North side bush lot . Wasn't till the next day , when I found my arrow in the bean field that I figured out what went wrong Surprised ( Mechanical failed to open ! ) Frown
Lesson learned ! ... Stick to my old faithfull fixed blades ~

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Only good news was , I saw the buck again a couple days later , crossing back to our side of the road ... didn't seem any worse for the wear ... I continued to hunt here and there ... Spend some time at one of Sandman's properties ... saw some awsome bucks , but we didn't get any shot opportunities ... ended the night with a set up over a bean field , with another big bodied rack buck coming in to approx 10 yards but wasn't happy with the shooting light , so he got a pass ( legal shooting light , but dark background behind me in the tall grass ) ...

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Continued to move around and ended up at a farm that in previous years , has always been good for doe's over clover and apples ... but still NG as any deer that came by me , ended up being too far out or after legal light ... Still fun getting out , and I planned my next trip .

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Next memorable set up was at the South West corner of my property ... A new tree stand I put up , over looking a scrape ( 30 yards to the East )

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Fenceline between beans and corn ...

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You can see my truck approx 200 yards to the north , parked at the ridge point ...

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Wouldn't you know it ... later that morning a small rack buck came out chasing a doe about 40 yards behind my truck .

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Fun watching him chase the doe for about an hour , before they headed over towards my neighbor to the West .

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I felt good about my next set up ... A new farm I got permission on last season ... took a picture of my gear on a deer cart , just before I headed in to another hardwood funnel by a swamp bedding area .

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One picture , after I climbed a new maple tree ...

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Some contact grunts and fawn bleats > and it wasn't long before I had deer moving my way . Keep in mind , all these pictures are with my small pocket camera , so you might have to squint to see the deer .

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I stopped the lead doe at a ranged 22 yards , with a soft bahhhh ... then looked in horror as my arrow sailed about a foot over her back ! Surprised ... So much for the final field shots to close out that story ... It was back home now to resight my bow . Cry A few shots at home , confirmed high and left ... I called Excalibur ... talked to Steve ... " he said come on in and we'll sort it out " " we'll have you back in the field in no time "

Now that's customer service ! ... the last smiling face I see is our own famous forum member ( Doemaster ) ... Later , it's back home sighted in ( bang on ! ) , with new confidence , I'm ready for my next archery whitetail encounter ! ( Nov 14th )

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Switching over to the blaze orange faze now .... tomorrow is the first week of our 2011 Ontario Controlled Deer Hunt Nov 7th - 13th .

Good luck to all that venture out this week ... have a good / safe hunt ... Looking forward to the pictures !

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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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