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#6044199 - 11/22/15 08:28 PM Where would you hunt....
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Registered: 08/04/10
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If this buck was the latest to show up in the daylight?
Where was I at 2:30pm this day??? (time and date is off by one hour I think I have not changed this one) I was filling feeders with corn and protein around starting around 1 pm right before this buck was at this feeder. I had to have driven by him or close to him somewhere that afternoon. I was in my tractor and had the bucket full of bag feeding driving from feeder to feeder. I had my rifle with me just in case.





These two pics were on a morning I was hunting my best blind. I was shooting coyotes about 5 minutes before this buck was at the different feeder. I went that direction about 45 minutes after I shot the coyote(shot a 7:12). I got out and walked about 250-300 yards towards that blind at around 8:00 and rattled. I did rattle up a young buck but I am surprised this buck did not show up since he was not to far from where I was rattling. I left that area after about 20 minutes of ratttling. I would not have thought twice about shooting him if I had rattle him up. He was at this blind a pretty good while in the feed pen.


Now the dilema. I hunted the blind he was at on the the 19th yesterday evening and today both hunts. He was a no show on any feeder on my TC's last night. The blind he was at on the 21st is the closest to the house but does not get the amount of deer this year it has in the past. There have been 3 mature nice bucks at it once or twice per month since August.This blind does not have many does at this year and the rut should be starting any day. The blind he was at on 19th gets more action and has this buck and another good buck at it about once to twice per month since August. I have been seeing 4-5 does at this blind the past 2 days now.


This buck showed up morning before General Season opened. Lens fogged up and he was only in for one pic and it is not the best.

My best blind for seeing lots of deer has not had any TC pics of any of these better bucks, but lots of young to middle age bucks and does. I will see 5-10 does on any hunt there. One mature buck(Cull-ver) has been there but not a shooter right now.
So where would you hunt in the morning? Supposed to be 34 degrees with no wind. I have always tended to hunt where the most does are, but these better bucks I have seen this year and several in years past on my TC's, do not go to that blind with the most deer at it. All the bucks that have been killed on my place were killed at the better blind, but all could have been killed at one of the other blinds also. Which blind would you choose? All my blinds have a feed pen with corn/protein feeders and an oats/winter pea food plot. All are within 250 yards or less of water. I also know that not all the bucks that travel in will jump into a feed pen and get a pic on my TC's. I have the same issue as rifleman has with to many choices of where to hunt. Seems I have been making the wrong choices so far. bang
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#6044210 - 11/22/15 08:31 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Flip a coin. That way you can blame faith if your wrong wink

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#6044218 - 11/22/15 08:35 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Clearly you need a third choice........but I guess if I had to settle between those two I figure I would just have to sit in that first stand from before daylight until after sunset til that buck showed up......
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#6044220 - 11/22/15 08:36 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Flip a coin. That way you can blame faith if your wrong wink

I actually headed out this evening and stopped about 600 yards from the blind and thought about not going to the same blind I had been in for 2 hunts. Backed up and turned with intention to head to the other blind, around only to stop and turn around to head to the same blind I had been in. I had deer moving before 4 this afternoon and in front of the till dark. I am thinking I need to go to one blind with 4 feeders nidea
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#6044221 - 11/22/15 08:37 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Clearly you need a third choice........but I guess if I had to settle between those two I figure I would just have to sit in that first stand from before daylight until after sunset til that buck showed up......

I do have a third choice....that is the problem bang
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#6044233 - 11/22/15 08:41 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Clearly you need a third choice........but I guess if I had to settle between those two I figure I would just have to sit in that first stand from before daylight until after sunset til that buck showed up......

I do have a third choice....that is the problem bang


Sounds like you need fewer feeders/stands to focus your choices..... rofl
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#6044245 - 11/22/15 08:48 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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I would go where the does are. Great pictures.

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#6044250 - 11/22/15 08:50 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Yep, sit in the same blind for morning & evening for a week. Too much waffling going on. grin

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#6044253 - 11/22/15 08:51 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Clearly you need a third choice........but I guess if I had to settle between those two I figure I would just have to sit in that first stand from before daylight until after sunset til that buck showed up......

I do have a third choice....that is the problem bang


Sounds like you need fewer feeders/stands to focus your choices..... rofl

Spent the last day and a half planning on just that. Going to condense two blind location to one new blind in between them. I will have it with two feeders at it that will cover most of the area I did with two blinds. That will still leave me two choices instead of three but might cut a new sendero for over 1/2 miles so I can see that blinds feeder. grin I usually hunt that one blind about 95% of the time each year. It is better for taking pictures and deer numbers is why I like it.
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#6044257 - 11/22/15 08:54 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: Wilhunt]
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Originally Posted By: wilhunt
I would go where the does are. Great pictures.

I was there at the best blind for doe numbers the two times he was on the place. He had other ideas it seemed. I think this buck was here last year and at the same blind he was the other evening. I hunt that same blind 95% of the time due to the doe numbers and deer activity.
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#6044258 - 11/22/15 08:54 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Clearly you need a third choice........but I guess if I had to settle between those two I figure I would just have to sit in that first stand from before daylight until after sunset til that buck showed up......

I do have a third choice....that is the problem bang


#3....whichever blind I'm not hunting.


I tend to see more of my random appearance bucks on a stand with more cover around it and closest to the gate. Fewer deer sightings usually, but tend to be the right deer seen.

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#6044266 - 11/22/15 08:59 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: rifleman
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Clearly you need a third choice........but I guess if I had to settle between those two I figure I would just have to sit in that first stand from before daylight until after sunset til that buck showed up......

I do have a third choice....that is the problem bang


#3....whichever blind I'm not hunting.


I tend to see more of my random appearance bucks on a stand with more cover around it and closest to the gate. Fewer deer sightings usually, but tend to be the right deer seen.



That seems to be the norm here also. That is why I am condensing from 3 blinds(rifle) to 2. All three bucks killed here since I bought the place 3 yrs ago were from the blind with the most does. All 3 were seen on TC there for at least one year or more while hunting. These bucks this year have not been there yet this year or in the past to that blind with the most activity. That blind is the most isolated with least amount of traffic/noise.
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#6044268 - 11/22/15 08:59 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Hunt the wind and take the first one that shows. You can't go wrong with that. Great job of managing your herd, looks like they are in great shape.
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#6044280 - 11/22/15 09:05 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: Longhunter]
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Originally Posted By: Longhunter
Hunt the wind and take the first one that shows. You can't go wrong with that. Great job of managing your herd, looks like they are in great shape.

Two blinds are good with any wind but West/SW, which is a rare wind here. One is good with any wind but a strong NE wind but still huntable if I corn the roads and not by the feeder(which is 120 yards from the blind). I do not hunt this blind with NE wind. All blinds are pretty air-tight if I leave all the windows shut since I have had a buck walk with-in 12 yards this evening downwind.
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#6044291 - 11/22/15 09:12 PM Re: Where would you hunt.... [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Flip a coin. That way you can blame faith if your wrong wink



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