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#7074576 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]  
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Observations from central Minnesota (a few hours south of Chickenbuck), the bucks were not moving like in year's past. The doe I shot was lactating, but had no fawn with her.

It is sooo good to hear that you guys had enough to eat, I was really worried about that! grin

Ryan, great buck and good job turning those guys in. that is what more people should do.

Griz, I am pulling for you this weekend, shoot a big'un, have fun, and of course be safe.

Headed to SD pheasant hunting this weekend with the daughter. She is 8, so might not last all day, but that is fine. We will go at her pace and will have no problem finding birds I am sure.

Tzone, I hope you can drill a deer with the little guy. It is pretty fun watching their excitement. Lauren was even really interested in the field dressing process. Pretty proud that she will grow up being able to take part in that type of stuff without being freaked out.

Still darn proud of fluffy to shoot that woof. And for the official record, I think you are selling yourself a little short saying it was luck. You shot a wolf from the ground. That is impressive. Sure luck may have played a role, but many people would have goofed it up!

Muffy, NICE buck! Whatcha gonna do with the antlers? I hope you are preserving them in some way. Every time you look at them, you will get a warm feeling all over (and hopefully not because you just wet yourself!).

Interesting note: My average sized doe resulted in 36 pounds of deboned, de-fatted meat. Dad's doe fawn resulted in 15 pounds. Really, 15 pounds. Yes, many a jackrabbit joke has flown in his direction!


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#7074598 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: BrentD]  
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We are in the transition zone between the North woods and farm country so we have the potential for long shots....but....BUT...we are barely in the shotgun zone. My longest shot to date is 120 yards. Most are in right around 50.
Now elk hunting is a different story. Big country out there.


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#7074609 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]  
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Originally Posted by tzone
Jeeze heckova deal there Goalie.

Why do you freeze the meat before you grind it?


You cube it up grinder-size, then put it on a metal food tray and throw it in the freezer for a half-hour at least. It goes through the grinder much better that way. No clogging or sticking, and it is much cleaner on the worm-drive. Enough so that you notice it when you are done and tear-down the grinder to clean it.

#7074626 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: northern_dave]  
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Originally Posted by northern_dave
Originally Posted by goalie
I like the pimp'n silver scope on the one rifle second from the right in the rack.



grin

VXII 3-9 40mm on a stainless M77 MKII .264WM, gray lam stock, black montana sling. Free float/accra gel bed action, improved factory trigger, mild action slickifications.
Handloaded 130 gr barnes TSX 64 gr of 7828.

It doesn't shoot deer often.
But when it does, it overpenetrates.

grin

You did very well on the meat processing equipment.



A pimped-out, silver-scoped .264WM?!?!?!?!

I don't know whether to cheer or cry.....

#7074649 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: goalie]  
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Oh I've got another silver scope kickin around here somewhere too... lets see...

Ahh yes, a silver Burris FFII on a thumbhole stocked .17HMR

grin



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#7074667 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: goalie]  
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Originally Posted by goalie
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LABATT BLUE! That is the way to go!!!


Holy Crap!!! You guys drink hockey beer!!!!!

smile


Grew up about an hour or so SW of Buffalo...Labatt Blue was and definitely IS the beer of choice!


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#7074679 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]  
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Originally Posted by tzone
Originally Posted by northern_dave

Then you got this. Natures little moments... I like it.

[Linked Image]


All the pictures are great but this last one is really something. Pam is very very good with the camera now and obviously has gift to grab pics when the time is right.


Reminds me of the road we take to camp. I've seen this look many times over the past 40 years. Never gets old.


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#7074727 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Grizzly_Bill]  
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Originally Posted by Grizzly_Bill
Originally Posted by tzone
Originally Posted by northern_dave

Then you got this. Natures little moments... I like it.

[Linked Image]


All the pictures are great but this last one is really something. Pam is very very good with the camera now and obviously has gift to grab pics when the time is right.


Reminds me of the road we take to camp. I've seen this look many times over the past 40 years. Never gets old.


Looks like a Christmas Card don't it? Really cool!


The deer hunter does not notice the mountains



#7074842 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Rooster7]  
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Fluffy you were correct the new big game coordinator is a leslie mclnenly. I have no clue who she is or her background but hope somebody does something to figure out what is going on, LOL.

We had quite a few fawns this spring with a mild winter and milder spring.

Saw a bunch of fawns up until opener and then they went to ground.

My longest shot here was 406 yards, my youngest took his first at 300 yards even, average is about 100 yards or less. We happen to sit on an alfalfa field but also hunt pastures and thick wood lots.

#7075051 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: big drift]  
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Originally Posted by big drift

We had quite a few fawns this spring with a mild winter and milder spring.

Saw a bunch of fawns up until opener and then they went to ground.


Well, then I'm thinking they're holding tight while Ma is getting chased around. If you had them up to opener, I'd wager your paychek on it. wink

#7075187 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]  
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[Linked Image]

i frequently shoot across a 60 :-D the woods is 400-450 depending on where, to the right the swamp is 600, many a nanny has been dispatched down there to. this is 300 Remington ultra mag territory, or as the neighbors call it ( dat gawd dam;d cannon in coopers coulee)

[Linked Image]

this here i can shoot maybes 200 yards, but last time i hunted this hillside i saw 36 deer before noon, and shot a nice 10. this will be my 7wsm with 160 accubonds.


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#7075207 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: acooper1983]  
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200 in that timber! Hard for me to imagine if it looks like that in all directions.


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#7075246 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: BrentD]  
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It looks like it is pretty open from the pictures, you can pick out some pretty clear lanes. Love that woods type. We have a lot of overgrown popple mixed in with semi old growth, it is a pain to walk thru much less think of shooting thru.

Those are the kind of woods I love to stalk thru.

#7075263 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: acooper1983]  
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Originally Posted by acooper1983

[Linked Image]

this here i can shoot maybes 200 yards, but last time i hunted this hillside i saw 36 deer before noon, and shot a nice 10. this will be my 7wsm with 160 accubonds.


This is what most of my hunting looks like. I LOVE this time of year!

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#7075278 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: big drift]  
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Hey BD. Feel free to PM the specs on that Ruger .257R. I have a half chub for that cal for some reason or another.

#7075286 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: acooper1983]  
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Coop what do you use for a shooting stick in the blind?

#7075374 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]  
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For crype sakes hang an orange ribon or 2 on that camo tent so you don't get accidentally shotted sitting in that thing.

grin



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#7075390 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: northern_dave]  
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That's why I like my blind...it has a flap on all 4 sides that folds down to reveal a patch of orange.

Can't remember who made it, but I will dig it out and see...


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#7075401 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: mikeymjr23]  
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I just just a gander mountain bipod type, ive got a technique for locking my gun elbow in the corner of the arm rest, and pulling the gun into my shoulder, its very steady. Dont need any orange, both those stands are over 800 yards from the nearest propery line :-D.


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#7075408 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: acooper1983]  
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The woods are more open than they look, below that it was logged roughly 10yrs ago and thick doesnt begin to describe it, this is part of the "old growth" that is left on the farm, its scheduled to be logged in 2014 per our MFL plan


I kill chit.
#7075418 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: acooper1983]  
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ac, you are trusting. I tend to find that folks that are likely to take a poke at a big box blind are also not likely to be inhibited by small things like property lines. Be careful.

Brent


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#7075436 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: BrentD]  
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haha i get on well with the neighbors, most of them dont hunt, the ones that due know where the field stand is, they'd have to be 500 yards over thier property line to have line of site at it.

If i get shot in the woods by a stray bullet, well i guess it was my time to go


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#7075684 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: acooper1983]  
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We just had that happen here opening weekend guy standing next to his truck shot by an acquaintance. Sad and not really talked about much. Sounds like the shooter was shooting blind at noise

#7075875 - 11/14/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: big drift]  
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yeeesh, that kinda stuff is scary.


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