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#6018592 - 11/08/15 09:52 PM Changing hours deer are coming?
GimmeABuck Offline
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Registered: 11/07/15
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Hi everyone,

My fiancé and I recently purchased 36 acres in Bandera county. The location we're in has a LOT of competition, everyone hunts here, so I wanted to get the jump on a very nice 8 point that had been showing up on our camera. He had been coming at perfect hours... 7-8 AM and 6-7 PM. Our blind is roughly 80 yards from the feeder so we placed a pop up about 30 yards from it in order for me to get a bow shot on him. Unfortunately, he took one look at that thing and disappeared. It occurred to me, why not just corn closer to the regular blind?! So we took the pop up down after about a week of no show. Sure enough, he started coming back... only now it is at 1 -3 AM ish. The pop up has been down since almost the start of bow season and he hasn't come back in daylight hours since. So my question is, did I completely screw myself over? Now that rifle season is here everyone and their mamma is throwing corn (I hear 2 or 3 other people's feeders kick off while in my blind, when before I heard one.) So that compounds the issue that there are more feeders available to him.

Any ideas how I can push him into returning during shooting hours? I'm considering upping the value of the feed (golden nuggets and alfalfa) and maybe running my UTV up there around midnight to discourage him coming at those times. Bad idea, good idea, any ideas? laugh thanks very much in advance.

PS, sorry if this is in the wrong spot. First poster here.
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#6018599 - 11/08/15 09:58 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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welcome Put you a bow blind up in the best tree closer to the feeder using the wind to your advantage. Corn closer to the tree where you want to shoot him at. If he made the weekend he might come into your feeder again. If you can sneak a hunt in the middle of the week it might help you connect on him.
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#6018643 - 11/08/15 10:22 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 3590
Loc: Boerne, Texas
They are spooked now, all of a sudden people are driving across the property at 6am and never were there before. The deer aren't even eating the corn at my feeder now due to my goofball neighbor. Older deer aren't that stupid.


Congrats on your purchase.

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#6018697 - 11/08/15 11:30 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 10/11/11
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welcome banana
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#6018714 - 11/09/15 12:36 AM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Their world changes on the Friday night before opening day. All of the new traffic and activity has them spooked, on a small place that is surrounded by other small paces with hundreds of hunters with the same activity it sounds like they went nocturnal.
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#6055321 - 11/28/15 08:35 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
GimmeABuck Offline
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Registered: 11/07/15
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Hi everyone! Thanks for the suggestions and warm welcome. Sorry I haven't replied in so long... Y'all know how deer season is laugh week day hunt at 3 PM finally did the trick! It was thanksgiving day so nobody else has been up there that day. Ended up bagging a buck even nicer than the one I had been waiting for, and hadn't seen on my camera. Been in a much better mood since!
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#6055334 - 11/28/15 08:43 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 09/08/15
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Loc: College Station
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#6055427 - 11/28/15 09:24 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 01/25/14
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Welcome and congratulations.

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#6055625 - 11/28/15 11:31 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
PWT Offline
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Registered: 11/28/11
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Loc: Anderson County
Originally Posted By: GimmeABuck
Hi everyone! Thanks for the suggestions and warm welcome. Sorry I haven't replied in so long... Y'all know how deer season is laugh week day hunt at 3 PM finally did the trick! It was thanksgiving day so nobody else has been up there that day. Ended up bagging a buck even nicer than the one I had been waiting for, and hadn't seen on my camera. Been in a much better mood since!


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#6056340 - 11/29/15 02:27 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
GimmeABuck Offline
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True words!

Excuse my goofy face, I was pretty amped up laugh





Wasn't the shot I really wanted, had to take a frontal shot (Marlin 3030 lever action with a Simmons scope older than I am :D) but this guy was really skittish and actually not coming into the feeder. He peeked his front half out of the tree line, sniffing and licking his nose. Looked RIGHT into the blind, good thing I had already gotten my rifle up as I had seen a smaller 8 point walk thru but couldn't take an ethical shot so let him go. As he was lifting his front leg to turn and run off I took the frontal shot... he only went about 30 yards. I am pretty danged happy with him!
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#6056385 - 11/29/15 02:46 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
WOW, beautiful buck! Love those dark antlers too up Congrats on a good one. appreciate the story as well, makes a hunt much better when you have a good story
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#6056398 - 11/29/15 02:52 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
Schpanky Offline
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 867
Loc: DFW/Taylor County
Nice buck...love those chocolate antlers! Congrats!

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#6056489 - 11/29/15 03:36 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
WOW, that is a great Bandera buck, congrats.
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#6056562 - 11/29/15 04:13 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
GimmeABuck Offline
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Registered: 11/07/15
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Thank y'all! He does have some nice dark antlers on him. With as heavily hunted as these small land parcels are and how late we started putting up feeders/thinned brush etc., I was really excited when he popped up!
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#6056671 - 11/29/15 05:03 PM Re: Changing hours deer are coming? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 817
Loc: Georgetown
Great looking buck! So that's your 'amped up' look? What do you look like when your totally under control? grin

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