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  • May 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm #579130 Back to Top REPORT
    gregdu4
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    Hey all,

    I have been deer hunting in Michigan for quite a while and have never hunted any other states.  This fall I have an invite from a friend to hunt in Northwest Missouri.  From the aerial view it appears to be mostly farm land with tree lines and a couple of creeks.  I’ll be there in the last week of October and the first week of November.

    In Michigan the deer a very highly pressured, so if you don’t respect odor control and pay attention to the winds you will never see deer.  If you try using antlers to rattle (aggressively, like on the hunt videos) you will probably scare all of the bucks into the next county – a slight rattle with a couple of sparring clicks will bring them in.

    So my questions are…
    - what tactics work best in that part of the sate (60 miles north of the KC airport)?
    - do you prefer tree stands or ground blinds (Michigan deer have been educated to look up)?
    - how do you use your grunt call?
    - how often do you hit the antler rattle?   …how aggressive?
    - how well do attractants work?  …what brand do you like?
    - do decoys work (i.e. Bucky Jr)?

    I am flying out there this weekend to set some trail cams, so I am getting totally geeked!

    Also, the most important question……

    What do you consider a shooter?  A 90 inch 8 pointer is considered a wall hanger in Michigan :(

    May 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm #579147 Back to Top REPORT
    steepanddeep
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    I hunt public land in Central Missouri and the following is my thoughts regarding your questions.

    I prefer to hunt close to bedding and throughout Oct and don’t really hunt rut stands until Halloween.  I prefer treestands and am very mobile.  My grunt tube is pulled out only when trying to call in a deer that isn’t coming my way.  Rarely do I blind call.  On public land I rarely rattle. I don’t use attractants.  I don’t try to beat a deers nose by tricking them with scents.  I hunt close to their bedding and don’t want them to know I am there with calls, scents, etc.  In that neck of the woods I believe anything 130 or better I would shoot.  That is just me, I wouldn’t be holding out for a giant, but I wouldn’t kill something as small as you may be used to in MI.  Hope this helps.

    May 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm #579232 Back to Top REPORT
    gregdu4
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    Thanks Steep!  I appreciate the advice {#emotions_dlg.mathews_antlers}
    May 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm #579256 Back to Top REPORT
    ikedogg
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    I hunt North MO quite a bit, giving my only lease is there.   Also there are nice places to public land hunt in No Mo and well.  As far as tactics I’d say in late Oct early Nov is a good time to start a fight “use those horns for a light early mourning rattlin, and give a few blast of Buck Bomb doe in estrus.  Not much of both though , you can trick those bucks into thinking a doe is in early or there was fight a fight .  I’d say in the evening though leave that stuff alone and focus on the entry and exits to food.   And depending on hunting pressure you will see bigger than 130, so I’d say if you have a few days hold out for bigger.  And in my experiences grunting and snort wheezing will work when you see them, no blind calling.   Good luck
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    May 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm #579443 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
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    I hunt public land in Central Missouri and the following is my thoughts regarding your questions. 

    I prefer to hunt close to bedding and throughout Oct and don’t really hunt rut stands until Halloween. I prefer treestands and am very mobile. My grunt tube is pulled out only when trying to call in a deer that isn’t coming my way. Rarely do I blind call. On public land I rarely rattle. I don’t use attractants. I don’t try to beat a deers nose by tricking them with scents. I hunt close to their bedding and don’t want them to know I am there with calls, scents, etc. In that neck of the woods I believe anything 130 or better I would shoot. That is just me, I wouldn’t be holding out for a giant, but I wouldn’t kill something as small as you may be used to in MI. Hope this helps.

    I hunt the Ozarks which is further south.  This advice is spot on what I would have posted.  I try to be silent and scent free.  No attractants, scents, or decoys.   I do like to use a can call on slow days or if squirell is barking just out of my sight.  I feel a can call is non threatning, wont run one off but might bring in a curious buck. The amount of time you have to hunt would determine what I would shoot.  Your trail cams will help you determine this also.   I’m not sure when our youth firearms season is this year but it will bring out lots of hunters and will pressure the deer.   Good luck and welcome to Missouri.  It’s the show me state so if you get one you have to show us.  {#emotions_dlg.mathews_big_smile}

    June 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm #580708 Back to Top REPORT
    gregdu4
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    Thanks all…   I got out there last weekend and put up a couple trail cams.  The terrain is awesome there, I think that the creek bottoms are going to be perfect for ambushing a buck.  I should be flying out there next week, so I will have a chance to download the trail cams.  I will post anything worthwhile…
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