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Re: How many hunters here?

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I hunt grouse and pheasant for the most part. I'll take the deer walk, but I don't get excited for it. This year I was thinking I might hunt deer for some meat, but I prefer the excitement of a grouse exploding from the bush to the thickest spot in the forest to sitting around getting cold. I also don't like anything that involves moving a body. I pretty much enjoy the walk and the scenery more than killing stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love a fresh roasted bird, it's just not what it's all about to me. I love that smell and feel in the air when the cold stings your nostrils and your breath follows you for a moment. The sun lies lazily close to the horizon and everything is covered in frost, then all of a sudden the world of serenity explodes and you find yourself in the middle of a potential double and there are thunder chickens blowin' up all over the place. You shoot a few rounds off in a panic then laugh at yourself, all the while reassuring that the next flush you will be more focused, but dam they always catch you off guard. Even when you're ready for them you're off guard, but you still try to be calm when the insanity happens. Man I love grouse hunting! is it October yet?

Boyer

Posted on: 2007/7/23 7:57


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Pad,

There are a few pheasants here and there, the PGC stocks a coupld places around here (State College areas). My friends and I normally go and buy our own birds and take them out. I just like to see my dogs work. When you get better and are ready to go let me know.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 8:05


Re: How many hunters here?

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I don't even eat much beef. What would I do with a whole deer? When I get better, It would be nice to shoot pheasant or other upland birds, but are there any in PA?


Yes.

I don't eat as much beef as I used to. Venison is better for me (much lower cholesterol), so I often substitute. you don't get as much meat off of a deer as you might think. Unless it is a huge deer (like the last one i shot year before last), we have no problem using a whole deer in a year. Therefore, last year I elected not to shoot one, because i still had meat in the freezer. But I still hunted in case i see that once in a lifetime... Well, I saw that once in a lifetime, only it was 3 days after the gun season ended. Haven't seen him yet this year, but did see another one about as impressive but in different ways. So instead of once in lifetime, I should say twice in two years???

On the upside, I used to buy a side of beef every year or 2 as needed, but don't need to anymore.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 8:14
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Re: How many hunters here?

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I hunt grouse and pheasant for the most part. I'll take the deer walk, but I don't get excited for it. This year I was thinking I might hunt deer for some meat, but I prefer the excitement of a grouse exploding from the bush to the thickest spot in the forest to sitting around getting cold. I also don't like anything that involves moving a body.


I hear that, but I kinda like the cold when it comes to deer hunting. This is why I haven't gotten heavy into bow hunting. It's too warm, and the bugs eat you alive. I'd rather have snow on the ground and ice hanging off of my beard than those blood sucking deer files. then If I did shoot a deer, I would have to haule it to a processor. I normally process the deer myself, but don't have the facilities to do it in warm weather.

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I pretty much enjoy the walk and the scenery more than killing stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love a fresh roasted bird, it's just not what it's all about to me. I love that smell and feel in the air when the cold stings your nostrils and your breath follows you for a moment. The sun lies lazily close to the horizon and everything is covered in frost, then all of a sudden the world of serenity explodes and you find yourself in the middle of a potential double and there are thunder chickens blowin' up all over the place. You shoot a few rounds off in a panic then laugh at yourself, all the while reassuring that the next flush you will be more focused, but dam they always catch you off guard. Even when you're ready for them you're off guard, but you still try to be calm when the insanity happens. Man I love grouse hunting! is it October yet?

Boyer


I couldn't agree more.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 8:21
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Re: How many hunters here?

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I havwe also been hunting since I was 12.Almost everyone in my family hunts and I get to spend time with them which is probabbly the biggest reason I hunt.I spend a lot my time fishing than I do hunting though.Mostly a trip or 2 a year for phesant and some late season flintlock hunting is all I do mostly because if there is open water on the local streams I prefer to be fishing.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 9:20


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I hear that, but I kinda like the cold when it comes to deer hunting. This is why I haven't gotten heavy into bow hunting. It's too warm, and the bugs eat you alive. I'd rather have snow on the ground and ice hanging off of my beard than those blood sucking deer files. then If I did shoot a deer, I would have to haule it to a processor. I normally process the deer myself, but don't have the facilities to do it in warm weather.


Thats one reason most archery hunters wear face masks though.

Warm weather deer processing requires, a large cooler, 3 bags of ice, and quartering it within a few hours of the harvest. Then finish processing it the next day or later that same day. I've harvested and finished processing a deer before in the same day a couple of times, its relatively easy and when you get a couple deer per year as I do, you get pretty fast with a knife.

However once you get to the rut, when most of the bucks are harvested the weather is normally just as cold as it is in rifle season.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 9:48


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I hear that, but I kinda like the cold when it comes to deer hunting. This is why I haven't gotten heavy into bow hunting. It's too warm, and the bugs eat you alive. I'd rather have snow on the ground and ice hanging off of my beard than those blood sucking deer files. then If I did shoot a deer, I would have to haule it to a processor. I normally process the deer myself, but don't have the facilities to do it in warm weather.


Thats one reason most archery hunters wear face masks though.

Warm weather deer processing requires, a large cooler, 3 bags of ice, and quartering it within a few hours of the harvest. Then finish processing it the next day or later that same day. I've harvested and finished processing a deer before in the same day a couple of times, its relatively easy and when you get a couple deer per year as I do, you get pretty fast with a knife.

However once you get to the rut, when most of the bucks are harvested the weather is normally just as cold as it is in rifle season.


Yea, I should wear a face mask when it is like that, but I don't like it. I find it doesn't help all that much but will admit i should get a better one htat fits over my hat. And the deer flies bite right through lighter shirts, too. Those deer flies really suck. Plus I just don't find it as enjoyable to hunt in warmer weather.

When I said I would have to haul it to a processor, it was a poor choice of words. I wouldn't actually have to, but would want to. I have cut them up in warmer weather. But after that big boy a couple years ago, I said to myself that I wouldn't do that again. There was tons of snow when I shot it, but it got up to about 70 the next day. Had to work quick. Small ones are another story and no problem. I have also cut up quite a few over the years. I'm from a big family and we practically lived on the stuff for half the year.

the picture below shows what I feel is perfect deer hunting weather.

This deer was bigger than it looks. I'm 6'6" and 300+ the deer was well over 200, but I didn't weigh it.

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Posted on: 2007/7/23 10:22
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Re: How many hunters here?

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Definitely an older deer right there. Nice dark, thick rack. I don't doubt you one bit on that buck. Nice one! I didn't get to hunt much that rifle season because all I had left was a doe tag and my main goal was trying to put my dad on a good buck. Did you get him on the last week of the season? I remember the first saturday was still snow free, then the second saturday I remember dragging a deer out on a sled.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 11:36


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shipnfish,

I know it is hard to tell from the picture, but that is an Ohio deer. you can tell by the "O" under it's tail.

Seriously, I shot it on my own property which is only a few miles across the state line in Ohio where we only have a one week gun season corresponding to your first week. I believe I shot it on Saturday in 2005 (not last season), but it may have been Friday. Shot it just to the inside part of his right eye which is exactly where I was aiming. That is why I have the head turned slightly in the picture. I actually snuck up on him. When he popped his head up from behind a log, the only good shot i had was the head. I figured I wanted a clean kill, and may want to get it mounted, so I picked that shot wouldn't mess up the front of the skull and would poke a clean hole out the back. That is with a 12 guage slug, too. How's that for a good shot? OK, it was only at about 10 yards, but still...

19.5" spread (inside measurement, but you knew that).

I have a spruce tree that gets torn up every stinkin year by the deer, and I think that explains the dark rack.

the big boy last year had a spread that was probably pushing 30 inches, and was much taller, but only had 8 points. As far as I know, nobody got him, but like i said earlier, I haven't seen him yet this year.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 12:39
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Re: How many hunters here?

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FarmerDave,

I figured you meant the 2005 season from your previous posts, thats the season I was recalling. I've never used a slug gun before but I have seen what it looks like to put a .300 mag in the face, hence why my second biggest buck didn't get mounted. It was a bad second shot after a double lung on the first, but I had to shoot before it went into a development with a lot of antis. Regardless I got ripped out by some guy for shooting "his" deer that he fed and what not. I chased that deer all archery season long and I spotted him the last friday of the rifle season bedded down and I knew that was my chance. I was within safe boundaries and everything, I'm just mad at myself for not taking a "drop" shot on the first shot.

19.5, very nice!

Ok, spruce tree explains the dark rack. I was out running yesterday and saw 3 different bucks in a 1/2 mile stretch. It has me starting to anticipate the season already. I do know the 3 big bucks I saw last archery season made it, I just haven't made out to that area to scout yet this year.

Posted on: 2007/7/23 13:21


Re: How many hunters here?

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Some of my favoite memories from my childhood are tagging along with my Dad every September for dove hunting. I was the retriever and once I turned twelve, he had to go buy a real dog. I've killed enough deer to satisfy myself, but I still go because I would rather sit in a tree than sit in an office.

My spare time is rare and I don't get out to do my hobbies as much as I would like. I always tell my wife, if I have to pick between hunting/fishing or golf, I pick hunting/fishing.

Posted on: 2007/7/24 9:50


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My spare time is rare and I don't get out to do my hobbies as much as I would like. I always tell my wife, if I have to pick between hunting/fishing or golf, I pick hunting/fishing.


I know exactly what you mean. I gave up golf and a few other things several years ago. I think the wife would like me to give up the hunting and fishing as well, but it aint happening. It is all I have left. If she doesn't like it, she knows where the door is, and I've told her that.

Posted on: 2007/7/24 10:07
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Re: How many hunters here?

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Nice buck Dave. Love those Woolrich jackets too. Nothing better in the cold than those in my opinion. Hard to believe it was 70 degress the next day when looking at that picture.

Oh, by the way, I love to hunt. Deer, squirrel, grouse, ringneck, turkey, (only in the fall) raccoon, and fox. You name it, I'll hunt it. Don't forget those groundhogs and coyotes, great tune ups for those head shots in deer season.

Posted on: 2007/7/24 10:10


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By the way, do you guys really see a lot of antis? I've never met one while hunting. Here in the mountains, there's not much call for them. I have however, engaged in a few heated hunting discussions with coworkers. Most of which I usually win.

Posted on: 2007/7/24 10:13


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.... I have however, engaged in a few heated hunting discussions with coworkers. Most of which I usually win.


I wonder if the co-workers think you "usually win?" Maybe we should survey them.

Posted on: 2007/7/24 10:27
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