Well team, I have been back at it since Friday and haven’t seen much on the way of bucks on camera or in sight. Just a little forky that I could have shot a few times and a trio of moose. They have finally stopped the water in the canal that irrigates the alfalfa field that they come in to feed in at night. I can finally start my plan of how to hunt that field. tonight will be an evening of observation to assist with patterning. You never know though… one just might get close enough. I do know that they aren’t where I am currently set up. Time to adapt and conquer.Hi guys…I’m still chasing them pretty hard. I had two encounters with that 3 year old he just seems to give me the slip each time. He always seems to stay about 50-60 yards out. I hope he is still around and didn’t chase a doe into the next county…its been over a week since I have seen him. I did get a great pic of him at 7:00 am last Friday and hunted all day last Saturday and he was a no show.
I’m planning on being out there this weekend so we’ll see…I hope he is hanging around.Cool keep at it Jersyboy, You will connect. I have been at it as much as I can have but they have been coming into the field way late. The snow has fallen here and it is moving the deer a little more, but I still haven’t seen any chasing. It will happen.Anybody else been out? Haven’t heard anything form Crazystups or Switchy’s xt for a while… What y’all up too?Sat all day from this past Wednesday through Sunday. Boy the deer numbers sure are down in southwest Kansas. In previous years I was able to tag out within three sits. That isn’t the case this year. Saw just one shooter buck, and he never gave me a good shot opportunity. Will continue to hit it hard and hope that some colder weather comes in.Owner of Darkside Archery. Southwest Kansas' newest Mathews/Mission retailer.Way to keep at it Switchy! Keep us posted!
Awesome Jersey! Stud new Jersey buck right there.Myself… I keep going out and have been in bow range of does and fawns nearly every time I go out. No bucks cruising or following yet, but they will. I have time and access to the land. Just need some girls to get hot. I had a small cow moose come in on Saturday night, that was fun.
Keeping at it.Congrats Jersey!
Well I was out several days this past week. I had a great time, saw a lot of fantastic things. But you know how they say, “you have one chance at a good one each year”… well I hope that is not the case. On Friday the 8th I had a very nice buck come in dogging a doe. Long story short they passed by my blind at about 4 yards and I was ready when he stepped into the opening. I had set my anchor, I was settled and ready. As he came into view and exposed his shoulder I carefully settled the pin on him and began slowly applying pressure on the release… he turned hard to his right to look back up the hill, about a thousandth of a second before the release let go. The arrow hit him at an extreme quartering away angle and I believe slid between his shoulder blade and rib cage. I gave him plenty of time, found watery tissue blood, not vital area blood, tracked him a long way, searched for a long time, searched a second day, watched on the third day for turkey vultures or crows concentrating on something, but nothing. I do not believe it ended up being a fatal hit. Hopefully I will see him limping around somewhere later in the year.
Sick, sad, disappointed, sorry for wounding him, just a few of the emotions I felt. I know we are all familiar with them in one way or another.
Hopefully he will survive and not get some kind of infection or something. There are others, hopefully another one will give me an opportunity and that was not my “one chance per year.”Z-7 65# 30"Thanks guys…
Sorry to hear about your hunt KD…as they say it happens to us all but it still does not make any easier. Keep at it and you will get another chance.Guys, I am heading out this afternoon for an evening hunt. Although my favorite weeks of the year have passed by, this has been a bit of a different year. Maybe I can still get lucky with one. We will see. After this, I will be taking my son out Saturday and then the holidays and travel will take up much of my time. So if it doesn’t happen soon, it will need to be late season. But I will keep after them. Besides, I love bow hunting in the snow, so maybe it will work out that way.
Best of luck to all of you and I hope everyone has a fantastic, safe and memorable Thanksgiving with family and friends.
God Bless all of you!Z-7 65# 30"Good luck KD. Late season can be a great time. Enjoy the time with your son.
Things are just starting to heat up here. Seeing a few little buck around, some scrapes are getting hit and this morning I saw a nice 130 class cruising the edge of the cat tails with his nose to the ground. Looks like the “Seeking” phase is on. That would indicate the rut is just starting here in Idaho. Ready to rock.\m/Thanks Forest. Yesterday was a bust. Some guys came onto the property at 3:45 and started cutting firewood. Chainsaws, truck doors, talking, slamming logs into the bed of the truck, all the noise right nearby resulted in seeing nothing. But I will be going out all day Saturday with my Son so that will be a good day. I will get back after them again after things slow down, like I said, probably late season.
Take care.Z-7 65# 30"ALMOST…So so so close last night. Had a semi alert decent 8 point come in and unfortunately he turned to leave at the shot. Nicked his back leg. Had a good look at him as he stopped before leaving and waving goodbye with his fluffy white tail. Bucks are moving, hopefully I didn’t blow my only shot. I will be out as much as I can now. They are cruising, but no chasing yet. Here we go.
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