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#6458473 - 09/19/16 10:09 AM 2016 Hunting Journal
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Woodsman

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa


1-10-16

I came to visit my family here near Iowa City. Long story short I ended up on a 40 acre place that's pretty awesome! I was dragging my feet out the door to hunt, wind chills in the -10 range? Wasn't really looking forward to my last day sit to be honest. We get to the place and I've never hunted it before. I found a large crossing and sat down, about 10 minutes after sitting down 7 does and 1 decent buck come out that was around 3:10.

I sat there, my face into the wind. I couldn't feel my face at all by around 4:10. I decided to get up, I was walking around looking to see if I could find a shed or two and I saw a large bodied deer with what I thought were antlers run across the neighbors field on the other side of the road. I decided it was time to make my move. I ran over to the other end of the 40 acres and snuck up over a hill were I thought he would cross. I pop the hill and look into the field I thought he was in...all that was there was a giant doe. I sat there watching the doe for 20 more minutes and decided it was time to call it a night. I was on my knees and then down about 50 yards from the road on the place I was hunting this buck was standing there. I got down FAST and got ready for my shot, I didn't have time to even look at his antlers. I could only tell he was a big mature buck that was wide. I put the cross hairs on him and squeezed the trigger for 150yards He dropped and didn't even move, I didn't even know how big he really was until I watched his head fold back.









I scored him at 148.5" Gross, he's a super symmetrical 10pt!
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#6458477 - 09/19/16 10:10 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
2-27-16

Wyoming has been a blast so far, walked 27 miles yesterday and ended up with 5 mule deer sheds. Walked about 10 the day before and only found 1! I've been trying to find moose paddles but where they are the snow is super deep! (60-70") Luckily my University has snowshoe rentals and I'm renting some for tomorrow laugh

Here's a couple I found early Feb. back home...

#1 on the year! (I have trail camera pictures of him somewhere)






#4 I have trail camera pictures of this buck from 2014 too! Forgot to save the ATL...




#6 Forgot to take an ATL, but I took a video!







Match set #9 and #10

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#6458478 - 09/19/16 10:10 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa


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#6458481 - 09/19/16 10:11 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
4-30-16

If you're EVER wanting to go hunt out of state for turkeys...you might think Kansas would be good but I recommend South Dakota/Wyoming's black hills.

Lots of birds, elk, mule deer, coyotes, antelope, and whitetail. It's just a flat out neat place to go! I had three bull elk at 40 yards at one point while hunting. It was a neat experience! It's dead week and I'm busy working on projects, but soon I'll be in Idaho for a spring black bear hunt laugh I'm just living the dream boys!





Left one is from Lawrence County, South Dakota weighed 16.5lbs 4" Beard 1/3" Spurs

Right one is from Crook Coutny, Wyoming weighed 18lbs 6" Beard 1/2" Spurs
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#6458482 - 09/19/16 10:11 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
5-6-16

Had a blast today! Found 7 elk and 2 mule deer antlers, they're a lot heavier than I thought they'd be!








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#6458487 - 09/19/16 10:12 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
TeenageHunter Offline
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
5-9-16

I just walked 14 miles (24 miles total) with 50lbs of elk sheds on my back...but I'm not complaining laugh I haven't been this tired or sore in a LONG time. You want something challenging? Hike two 300" elk sets out of the mountains! It downpoured on me for 20 minutes too, it wasn't shaping up to be a fun trip until I picked up a mule deer antler and spotted a giant elk shed sticking out of the sage 100 yards away.

Awful pictures don't do these sheds justice!





Total finds here in Wyoming...
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#6458489 - 09/19/16 10:12 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Woodsman

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
5-17-16

I decided to book a spring black bear hunt in Central Idaho this winter, I went with Ace Outfitters. I ended up a couple hours north of Boise and we headed out to Nez Perce National Forest which was beautiful after all the rain they've received.

The first day I met the guide in small town and we headed up the mountains, the drop off's were crazy! 500-1000ft drops, it was nerve racking. We got to camp which was a simple style, there were three other hunters in camp.



The first day was wet and I didn't bring my camera out and only saw one bear. A 6+ foot black with a big white patch, he was giant compared to the bear I ended up shooting.


Our guide set the baits an interesting way frying the grease with a small fire. Bear seemed to love it.



The bear I had come in I didn't get a shot because he came in quick and just grabbed a piece of bread and got out of there fast. The guide said this was because more than likely there was a bigger bear in the area than the one there! Even though it was rainy and pretty miserable one guy in camp shot a decent black bear.



This country was just beautiful!





The second day was little more interesting, I had a bear come in an poke around and run away. Still assumming there was going to be a bigger bear, I waited.

I fell asleep in the stand and when I woke up I saw a bear looking right at me about 80 yards away. He circled around me and the bait to about 10 yards and I drew back and he took off. He stood at 30 yards and I shot and hit a limb with my arrow. He went to 45 yards and was quartering away. I shot and drilled him. I called my guide and gave him about 20 minutes. We headed up and found my arrow soaked in blood, then it started raining. I swear we tracked for only 100 yards but my guide said it was more like 400. rolleyes Anyway, we found him and he ran up a tree and I shot him again PERFECT. He fell out of the tree and died on the spot! It was a blast, might have to go again next year smile

I'll post a video later but here's my bear.



Thanks for reading!
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#6458491 - 09/19/16 10:13 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Woodsman

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
5-22-16

Today my alarm sounded at 4:30am...shut it off and as I was getting up a fell back asleep on the ground while getting ready. Woke up at 6am and I was upset. I was mad at myself for falling asleep, but it happens. I knew I'd regret it not heading out, with that I went out to my Jeep and packed my gun and ammo up and left the camera at home. I finally got to the farm at 6:15 and started walking. Walked out and sat under my normal evergreen and called, at 6:35 I heard a gobble to my west. I knew where he was as I've killed many birds in this area. I kept calling and he never moved.

7am rolls around and I decide I'm not going to wait for this bird because it was going to get windy. I kept calling and found myself 80 yards away from this bird in the grass after belly crawling 300 yards. He wasn't interested in me at all once he poked his head around some trees and headed right toward the growing corn field. This made me completely frustrated and I said once he gets over a little hill I'm running across this field and shooting him. I saw his tail fan over the grass and ran 70 yards to this grass patch and counted to three and stood up. There was the tom with two hens at 10 YARDS. He fan was to me and then hens ran and he turned around and saw me and I shot his head. He dropped and I had the biggest butterball I've ever shot on the ground.

Dad even came up and saw him and said "Wow, that's your biggest bodied turkey, right?" and he doesn't even hunt! Our scale had him at 31lbs on the dot! I actually took a couple pictures of it and didn't realize my shutter speed and settings were wrong until after I gutted him...even gutted he looked HUGE in the pictures.

31lbs 10.5" beard and NO SPURS.









Was expecting the camera to go off sooner, sorry for the smug look laugh

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#6458494 - 09/19/16 10:13 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Woodsman

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa

June/July 2016

Most of you don't know but this summer I decided to take a job being a hunting guide on a low fence/high fence ranch in Southern Texas. I've never hunted a high fence myself and doubt I ever will, but this has been a very neat opportunity. I'll be here for two months this summer and then I head to a well known hunting outfitter in Northwest Wyoming to guide Elk and Mule Deer hunts.

I haven't had much free time but it's my lunch break right now and figured I'd toss up a few pictures and make a thread showcasing all of my hunts this summer. I'll make a new one for this fall.

I've been so busy I didn't notice I was drawn for mule deer in Colorado and thankfully it's the later season so I'll be pretty well done with guiding in Wyoming.

My first guided hunt was a young man Wes, who was 7 years old. We had a bunch of fun and by the end of the hunt he didn't want to leave! He shot a beautiful Corsican Ram and two Hogs.






His grandfather, father, and family friend all shot animals. Parker, a family friend harvested his first animal that wasn't a coyote. A nice boar meat hog.


His grandfather shot a few hogs as well.


I had the owner of Hedogarchery come with his two sons and arrowed their first animals as well. It was a tough hunt with lots of fun memories.




I'll be sure to keep the posts rolling.




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#6458495 - 09/19/16 10:14 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa

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#6458497 - 09/19/16 10:14 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
(6-13-16)

Shot my first Axis deer tonight! 250 yard shot, 27.5" and 28" beams. Great buck! Hunted this morning with no luck and I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this Axis half a mile away and sneak within 250 yards of him before he noticed me there.

I think some hog hunting is in order! Saw a bunch of piggies running around everywhere.

I found another rattlesnake too! While walking through some thick grass he started throwing a fit. Luckily we both kept a pretty good distance from each other.








Piggy went bye-bye, .22 in one ear and out the other will get 'em.

Found a Red Deer antler too laugh

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#6458499 - 09/19/16 10:15 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
7-28-16

I left on Monday to drop my bear hide off in Minnesota at the taxi. Once I left Minnesota I headed west toward South Dakota to visit a friend and see Rushmore and Crazy horse quick before scouting my elk and antelope areas here in Wyoming.

I was able to see a couple Mountain Goats in the Black Hills! There were signs for bighorn, but I never saw any! Found some turkey on the Wyoming side too laugh I arrived Tuesday in my Antelope unit and was surprised by how many there were! [URL=http://s1373.photobucket.com/user/sunbergjo/media/177A5865_zpsiqveeqca.jpg.html][/URL
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#6458500 - 09/19/16 10:16 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
Seemed like everything out there was looking for a place to die! More antelope pictures... Same antelope from two hours earlier in the day, love the wide look!


Edited by TeenageHunter (09/19/16 10:27 AM)
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#6458502 - 09/19/16 10:16 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Woodsman

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
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#6458504 - 09/19/16 10:16 AM Re: 2016 Hunting Journal [Re: TeenageHunter]
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Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 236
Loc: Southern Iowa
This one was about 200 yards from where I was camped and stuck around a while!


Edited by TeenageHunter (09/19/16 10:26 AM)
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