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  1. I'm very thankful for this late season as my daughter hasn't had many days to hunt archery or gun with her busy sports seasons. We put three hunts together, the 1st day she missed a nice 10 pt at 75 yards (he's going to be awesome next year) day 2, we watched many deer and 3 bucks stay out of range.  Tonight, the light and variable wind bite us. Many winded us and I didn't think it was going to happen. When I looked over and see the doe train coming. I said, tomorrow's weather doesn't look good if you want to shoot a big doe. She said, "no, I don't want a doe". Of course, I look at the last deer and it's a big bodied buck.. we get ready and had to stop him as they were on to us, she whacked him! What a way to end the year!! 


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  2. With my daughters schedule full, we didn't make it out for muzzleloader. So, this will be a great opportunity for her to get some time to hunt with school being off and no sports. Originally I wasn't sold on the idea, now I see the advantages with the kids and families off together!!  

  3. 14 hours ago, uplander said:

    Tim Schloss in Erie does outstanding work (he only mounts waterfowl). I’m not sure what side of NY you are on, but  it is worth the ride if you are on the western half. 

    Glad to finally see someone getting on good birds. Lake Erie has been slim pickings for divers this year.  That looks like a very nice redhead.



    I agree. Matt, Check his website out...

  4. Yesterday was a great hunt, I saw 9 bucks in 1 hour! 2 hot doe had them chasing and fighting. The last buck to show up worked a doe right to me and gave me a 20 yard chip shot. This is a buck my daughter had at 20 yards during archery and we couldn't get a shot.. I checked cameras sunday mid day and found that he broke his main beam and brow tine somehow last week, I was pretty bummed but knew it would be to hard to pass him. Went back home to get my son to track him with me, that was special too!  




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  5. Well, we weren't able to get my daughter on a buck in archery but she sealed the deal opening morning. She made a great shot at 102 yards with her shotgun.. She was so happy and I'm very proud of her! Now, I can do some hunting of my own as I've been waiting for her to score 1st! 



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  6. I have the same feelings about gun season but it's different this year with my daughter being 12.. between volleyball, softball pitching and basketball we didn't get many opportunities with the bow. I only hunted 2 days without her and I'm normally a die hard like you guys, it's funny what the kids do to you...  I just didn't want to shoot one and have her disappointed. it's a lot of fun and can't wait for her to wrap her hands on some antlers!  I think this weekend is going to be good. Good luck and stay safe! 

  7. our local club was stocking some pheasants this past weekend so I donated some $ for more birds. They released them Friday, I couldn't hunt Saturday morning as my son and I were wrestling out of town. We rushed out of the tournament and made it home to get out for a quick hunt before we went deer hunting. I didn't take long to get our 2. The 1st was a hen, the second was a rooster that was a runner. Blaze would point, run, point, run. Finally after 75 yards or so he locked up tight - bang. To the treestand we went!

    Sunday morning I made the decision (hindsight, I should have been in a tree) to take my wife and son back out for pheasants. This was tough as there was heavy frost which made it difficult for sent! Blaze worked his butt off though. 1st bird he couldnt pin down but knew there was a bird close as he was working it flushed. 2nd- I was inside the brush and Blaze was with my wife and son and she said "he's pointing" she walked up and flushed. 3rd - he bumped and we still got it. last was the best, he locked up just as we were getting ready to finish. a hen flushed and bang. a few seconds later the rooster went up and we watched him cruise away. 

    Monday morning - I decided to take off. I put the kids on the bus and Blaze and I went back after them. With only putting out limited birds I knew it was going to be a grind but it was a beautiful day with dew on the ground making sent great. 

    We spent a lot of time hitting the usual small cover spots (that everyone hits) with blaze not even getting hot.  One last spot to check and nothing.. heading out I hear a rooster start crowing not far from us! I looked at blaze and he's standing watching the direction of the bird.. HAHAHA. Off we go, we get to the area and he's going nuts on the sent, locks up and the bird goes up- bang. As were making our way to the downed bird, he locks up again! flush and no shot.. I watched where the bird went down (a few hundred yards)  and off we go to find him. we get there and again he locks up in the thickest nastiest brush. I walk in and the bird tries to fly but cant because its so thick. off to the races they both go... it wasn't long and I hear blaze's bell coming back and I knew he caught him, sure enough out comes a pretty proud pup!  It was a wonderful weekend to enjoy with my family- from wrestling to pheasant to deer hunting. Enjoy and good luck!






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