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#6936325 - 10/27/17 06:05 PM Opening weekend tips
crozierk Offline
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Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 30
Hey y'all, just wanted to thank everyone so much for the great info you guys have been sharing. I am headed out to my first deer hunt next weekend on my FIL's place, and all your tips and experience have helped me set up for what I hope will be a good season. I've got a few bucks and a ton of doe showing up on my cameras. First time there have been any game cams out there, so it has been pretty neat seeing what all has showed up. Any last minute tips or tricks for a good opening weekend? Really I am just looking forward to a nice weekend out on the property, but was curious to hear any preparations you guys might make as far as setting yourself up for success in the last couple weeks before gun season opens up. Thanks again for all of yall's info, and hopefully I will have a picture or two to add come November 6! I'll be hunting out in Hamilton County on about 50 acres, FWIW.

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#6936343 - 10/27/17 06:26 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
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Don't eat or drink anything unusual to your system the night before the opener. (don't want any opening morning surprises) Don't shoot a doe by herself. Bring a sandwich and a couple bottles of water, be prepared to stay longer than you plan. If all you're seeing is does, don't get discouraged. Where there are girls, there will be boys. When you do shoot the big boy, don't panic. It may be tough, but sit tight and be still and quiet for about 10-15 minutes no matter how good a shot you think it was. Nothing worse than jumping up a dying deer and still trying to find it three hours later. Give him time to die. If you're hunting with friends, politely request that they don't immediately come to help if you shoot. Well intentioned buds can often turn a "there he is right there," into a "I think he ran that way." Best of luck and be safe. Congrats on the first hunt, we're all pulling for ya'!
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#6936347 - 10/27/17 06:31 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
crozierk Offline
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Registered: 05/23/16
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Thanks drifter! Out of curiosity, what is the reasoning behind not shooting a doe by herself? Good tips. My over-excited behind probably would've gone barreling out of the stand as soon as I pulled the trigger. haha.

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#6936358 - 10/27/17 06:42 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
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The lone doe is frequently a fawn, maybe even a button buck. No offense, but especially to a new hunter. You need other deer to compare size.

edited to add: If you see two doe the same size, they're probably twins.


Edited by Slow Drifter (10/27/17 06:44 PM)
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#6936416 - 10/27/17 07:32 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
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Remember that deer can easily run some distance and show little or no sign of being hit. Pay close attention to where the deer ran after the shot by noticing specific trees or brush it passed as it disappeared out of sight. The heart and lung area just behind the front shoulder is the most forgiving area and carries the broadest margin for error. And if you don't spend at least 30 minutes looking for the deer and look as far as 200 yards away from where you hit it, you haven't looked at all. Some might even suggest twice that time and distance as the minimum.

Good luck.
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#6936434 - 10/27/17 07:52 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
Western Offline
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What part of Hamilton county? just curious, used to work and live in the area. Depending where you are there, be extra patient, there can be some impressive bucks in some areas of Hamilton Co.

I'd say to maximize your odds, especially as rut approaches, stay in the stand as long as you can handle it, aim for 11am if you even need to leave, then get back in early, like 1-2ish.

Go through scenarios in your head while your in the blind, like "if a buck comes out here, what do I need to do to get a shot", the more you prepare mentally, the better you will handle the jitters and act.
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#6936445 - 10/27/17 08:08 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
Greg Z Offline
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Loc: TX, Rockwall
1 Find some Neutrogena sent free soap and scent free deodorant and start using them by Wed. use no aftershave till after the hunt.

2 Have fun... these are the best of times!
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#6936460 - 10/27/17 08:29 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
soonersorlaters Offline
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Registered: 08/13/15
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
Originally Posted By: crozierk
Hey y'all, just wanted to thank everyone so much for the great info you guys have been sharing. I am headed out to my first deer hunt next weekend on my FIL's place, and all your tips and experience have helped me set up for what I hope will be a good season. I've got a few bucks and a ton of doe showing up on my cameras. First time there have been any game cams out there, so it has been pretty neat seeing what all has showed up. Any last minute tips or tricks for a good opening weekend? Really I am just looking forward to a nice weekend out on the property, but was curious to hear any preparations you guys might make as far as setting yourself up for success in the last couple weeks before gun season opens up. Thanks again for all of yall's info, and hopefully I will have a picture or two to add come November 6! I'll be hunting out in Hamilton County on about 50 acres, FWIW.


Get in the stand early, an hour before throw time / first light is not unreasonable, assuming you use feeders. Don't try a bunch of gimmicky stuff.........the deer are there for a reason already. Squeeze (don't pull) the trigger. The shot should surprise you, not be anticipated to recoil / kick of the rifle. Have a sharp knife and a plan to get the deer gutted and cooled as soon as you can but don't rush straight to trailing the deer immediately after the shot. If you have access to running water, clean the body cavity well. Processors appreciate deer that are well taken care of in the field. Most of all, just enjoy the time. The thrill is not always the kill. Hunting is fun in and of itself. A kill is a bonus. Never forget that. Best of luck buddy!

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#6936503 - 10/27/17 09:19 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
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#6936535 - 10/27/17 09:41 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
crozierk Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 30
Thanks y'all! I work 6 days a week so regardless of what happens I'm gonna have a good time. If it ends with a deer, great. If not, there's always the next weekend!

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#6936609 - 10/27/17 11:27 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
Big_Ag Offline
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Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1200
Loc: Denton or Knox County
Pack everything you need the night before the hunt. Nothing sucks more than getting in the blind and realizing you forgot shells, binoculars or a flashlight.

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#6936624 - 10/27/17 11:47 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: Western]
crozierk Offline
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Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 30
Originally Posted By: Western
What part of Hamilton county? just curious, used to work and live in the area. Depending where you are there, be extra patient, there can be some impressive bucks in some areas of Hamilton Co.

I'd say to maximize your odds, especially as rut approaches, stay in the stand as long as you can handle it, aim for 11am if you even need to leave, then get back in early, like 1-2ish.

Go through scenarios in your head while your in the blind, like "if a buck comes out here, what do I need to do to get a shot", the more you prepare mentally, the better you will handle the jitters and act.



It's down towards Purmela area, South of Hamilton

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#6936626 - 10/27/17 11:48 PM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: Greg Z]
crozierk Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 30
Originally Posted By: Greg Z
1 Find some Neutrogena sent free soap and scent free deodorant and start using them by Wed. use no aftershave till after the hunt.

2 Have fun... these are the best of times!


I was wondering about the different scent control methods. Based on the winds in that area I've got a really great approach to the blinds, as long as it doesn't change on me. But I did want to take some extra steps.

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#6936747 - 10/28/17 08:35 AM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 25253
Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: crozierk
Originally Posted By: Western
What part of Hamilton county? just curious, used to work and live in the area. Depending where you are there, be extra patient, there can be some impressive bucks in some areas of Hamilton Co.

I'd say to maximize your odds, especially as rut approaches, stay in the stand as long as you can handle it, aim for 11am if you even need to leave, then get back in early, like 1-2ish.

Go through scenarios in your head while your in the blind, like "if a buck comes out here, what do I need to do to get a shot", the more you prepare mentally, the better you will handle the jitters and act.



It's down towards Purmela area, South of Hamilton


Should be plenty of deer around there, I have a buddy that has a lease outside Evant, has been on it since the mid 90's, a lot of places are mld around him.
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#6936858 - 10/28/17 10:25 AM Re: Opening weekend tips [Re: crozierk]
TBirdFF4 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/25/17
Posts: 24
Loc: Hamilton County
Opening Weekend is usually right around the beginning of the rut. Be patient, and hunt late. I hunt around Shive, and 3 years ago shot this guy at 12:15.



These guys are on camera this year.




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