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So, how was everybody’s deer season? #8985698 01/11/24 02:13 PM
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My Deer season was sort of Meh.

Didn’t get to hunt nearly as much as I wanted to. Was fortunate to take a nice 9 point on a friends place with my bow. Had several frustrating misses with my recurve, which makes this the 2nd year I zero’d with it.

Never shot a deer on the home place, did take a buck last week in South Texas with my .270, I haven’t hunted with that rifle in close to 10 years.

Boys never did hunt once all year, high school activities and girlfriends too precedent, which I have a hard time understanding


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Im worst father ever. Called my Daughter off two mature bucks, that I shouldn't of and now we are done due to sports. In my defense first one was 5 min into youth season, and I thought we could do better and I was enjoying hunting with her.

With thats said Im very grate full for the 20 plus sits with her. She hunted hard and never complained about early mornings or weather


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Much better season than the one before. I was able to take a nice 8 and a really nice 11. Hopefully we'll have a wet spring to set up next season.

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I didn't hunt at all early season (archery) due to a bad work related decision and it's consequences, but have been hitting it pretty hard since early November. This year, I honestly don't care if I kill a deer. I want my kids to do all the shooting. Had an opportunity to shoot 2 nice mature bucks during the rut, but by the time I got a kid into position they were both gone/nose down chasing does. I could have grabbed a rifle and most likely shot either one of them, but I didn't. I kinda regret it, but kinda don't because that was fun to them. If there is a next year and this happens again I will most likely take the shot to put "my trophy" down if he's on the move, and then let them do the rest of the killin'. So far, my youngest boy shot a cull buck and my little girl killed a doe. We have two more weekends to hunt and headed back to the lease tomorrow night. There's a pretty nice buck that has one of my kid's names on it, hopefully he shows again with enough shooting light this time. We need to put at least a couple more deer down before end of season if not more, then it's sausage making and fishing time. Been trying hard to get my oldest son up for a trip this year, but between his work schedule and two kids it doesn't look like that's gonna happen. Oldest daughter (used to be my hunting buddy) is 24 now and has lost all interest in going.

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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Im worst father ever.



Stop it.

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Still cranking on doe tags. Had our first doe sighting thanksgiving morning so fair to say we are behind. Passed on one of our shooters that was broken up. The two deer who are our main targets this year are still running around but there has been a fair bit of disturbance in their core range due to significant dozer work so understandable why they have been significantly more nocturnal this year. Likely won't take a buck this year and that doesn't bother me

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Best Season ever. Population across the board was up. My buck was lifetime best, we also killed a 21" wide straight 8 point, and three other very wide, mature bucks. A lot of nice ones left for next year. Our neighbors that lease the other 1/2 of the ranch did equally well.


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Im worst father ever. Called my Daughter off two mature bucks, that I shouldn't of and now we are done due to sports. In my defense first one was 5 min into youth season, and I thought we could do better and I was enjoying hunting with her.

With thats said Im very grate full for the 20 plus sits with her. She hunted hard and never complained about early mornings or weather


The highlight in red proves the highlight in blue wrong.

My season was meh as well. I was super excited about Archery as I had been watching a particular Buck for 4 years and figured him to be 7.5 years old. He would have been my biggest buck by a little bit. And my biggest bow buck by a lot. Never saw him during archery, and then my wife's cousin texted on opening morning that he had my buck in front of him and wanted to know if he could shoot him. Knowing that my wife's cousin isn't the greatest shot, I was secretly hoping that he would miss when I said take him if you want him. He didn't miss. We haven't seen anything else on property mature enough to shoot, and I have not spend enough time at the lease (bigger and more mature deer at the lease) so have not seen much there either. I have taken two does, one at the lease and one at the home property. Chay hasn't shot anything this year, which is the first year he has blanked since he killed his first at age 9. Technically, we still have the rest of youth season at the lease and the rest of Muzzleloader at the home property, so you never know.

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Also meh for me. And by me I mean my son, he shot a nice 9 and a doe, he would’ve had a chance to get a really nice 8 with his bow last weekend but we got rear ended the day before and didn’t have a ride out there. Hope it went better for y’all.

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My wife shot our best yet 8pt so I happy about that, but most of this season has been a big nothing burger after having to move to new spots. No buck for me but we're going back next week for a spike and a doe.


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Re: So, how was everybody’s deer season? [Re: skinnerback] #8985777 01/11/24 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by skinnerback
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Im worst father ever.



Stop it.


Ha, I know I’m not, but do feel bad in hindsight.


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
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Im worst father ever.



Stop it.


Ha, I know I’m not, but do feel bad in hindsight.



grin You’re alright, I don’t care what they say about you. cheers

Re: So, how was everybody’s deer season? [Re: txtrophy85] #8985791 01/11/24 03:56 PM
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Just an ok season for me, pretty typical, didn't fill a tag or ever see the two shooter bucks, I had on camera. Saw does and few small bucks, most hunts and I hunted almost every weekend, since bow season opened. Now its time to get after the pigs.

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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Im worst father ever. Called my Daughter off two mature bucks, that I shouldn't of and now we are done due to sports. In my defense first one was 5 min into youth season, and I thought we could do better and I was enjoying hunting with her.

With thats said Im very grate full for the 20 plus sits with her. She hunted hard and never complained about early mornings or weather


So jealous. My girls are pretty young but hopefully I get this kind of quality time in the future.

My season was actually awesome. Haven't hunted in 8years. The whole trip too 24:15hrs from when i left my house until i was back at my doorstep. Shot a hunting load I made myself and it worked like a charm. I believe my deer was about 5yo and he tastes wonder.
Looking forward to more of this in the years to come.


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Had a pretty good season so far. Took one of the two cull bucks I was after even though he eluded me several times. Was blessed to triple on does one morning, and get a coyote and a doe another morning, and along with a fellow hunter we tripled on does another afternoon. Unfortunately my eldest niece came in from Charlotte and took ~100lbs of venison home with her so I'll be back at it this weekend. I needed to chase another buck last weekend but couldn't go, so now it's does only or possibly a spike if I can't get 2-3 more does.

Neighbor got the two biggest bucks we had around, and a couple of others have since disappeared, but there are three real good ones that made it through and several more in the next tier. If it keeps raining, 2024 could be a banner year in our section of Mills county.

Made a simple meal of hamburger patties last night. This was the first time using pork fat mixed in. I hit them with some Red Raider Meats Steak Seasoning and they came out quite well!

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I got the buck I had targeted and the bobcat I have been watching for 3 years. Pretty good season for me.

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Im worst father ever. Called my Daughter off two mature bucks, that I shouldn't of and now we are done due to sports. In my defense first one was 5 min into youth season, and I thought we could do better and I was enjoying hunting with her.

With thats said Im very grate full for the 20 plus sits with her. She hunted hard and never complained about early mornings or weather


So jealous. My girls are pretty young but hopefully I get this kind of quality time in the future.

My season was actually awesome. Haven't hunted in 8years. The whole trip too 24:15hrs from when i left my house until i was back at my doorstep. Shot a hunting load I made myself and it worked like a charm. I believe my deer was about 5yo and he tastes wonder.
Looking forward to more of this in the years to come.



Im blessed that my oldest is as all in as she is, thats for sure. Congrats on a great season


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Passed on a mature 10 that was on our trophy list, mainly because I didn't think it was the biggest deer in the area. Took a pretty big 8 point that was on our cull list over Thanksgiving. Saw quite a few deer and only had one sit that I can recall that was a complete zero on deer. Hunted all or part of 27 days.


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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
Boys never did hunt once all year...and girlfriends too precedent, which I have a hard time understanding.


That is a force of nature no man, woman, or church can reason with. All you can do is pray. They're in God's hands.


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Shot a young 5-4 mule deer and young cow elk both in New Mexico. With what I had left over the freezer is full.


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Second season in a row eating my tag. I had 4 opportunities @ 17 yards to take this 6.5 year old buck during bow season, but I just enjoyed the encounters and passed on him, hoping my son could get him in rifle season, which he did on 11-17. I saw 20-25 different bucks but none that I thought were 4.5 or older. I saw 4-10 points, 3-9 points and the rest were mostly 8`s with some 7 & 4 points. I didn`t have any luck rattling this year compared to last when I called up 2 nice bucks that just happened to be on the other side of the property line. First season not to kill a hog either. After killing 10-12 last year, they went nocturnal or just plain left the area. I blame the drought on this. I saw 2 groups of pigs during bow season, but they were 100+ yards away. I averaged going about 3 times a week until the end of the season. Even more than that until up until Thanksgivingish. No regrets on not shooting a deer either. It`s more about the experience when you get older and less about the harvest. The deer below, I had been watching almost every sit since the 2020 season when he was a 3 year old and I just didn`t have it in me to shoot him. I guess you could say we had history. Looking forward to next year already. smile ani

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I hadn’t hunted in the last 10 years, started out kinda excited, quickly remembered why I quit going. I basically quit even going for deer, but changed my desire to execute hogs. Oh how those nasty smelly little beast were going to die! Except…they mocked me, over and over. They had my number, never came out when I could see them. Had a revolving pattern, that wasn’t a pattern. In fact, they were completely un-patternable. They’d be on camera once in the daylight and then not show up for 2 days, then they’d come at night, then in the middle of the day. Absolutely drove me nuts.


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No deer. I’m coming to terms with the idea that I was meant to kill pigs.

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