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PeltHunter

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  1. I almost always hunt opening day with my fathers old marlin 30/30. It’s a 1964. Just a “special” gun to me since he doesn’t hunt anymore. It’s a kind of way of him being with me still on opening day


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    That’s awesome. I’m a big fan of guns like that with a story. My dad actually got me my .270 for my birthday because I’ve been bugging him to give me my grandfathers 110 .270 ever since I shot my first deer with it. Never got to meet him but I shot my first ever deer with it on his birthday out in Montana when I was 13.


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  2. With a change of plans on my opening day spot (i was going to use my 99 savage with open sights) I decided to participate in one of Robs favorite pastimes and sighted my new (1959 model 110) .270 in. Luckily I shoot savages with leupolds so it took 2 shots after a kitchen table boresight to be dead nuts. What’s your guys faithful weapon of choice for tomorrow? IMG_0578.JPG


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  3. I switched up big time today. My great aunt owns a 60 acre little farm in Marion that I haven’t hunted in years. All my dads cousins used to hunt here and they’re big time Brown it’s down meat hunters. I stopped over to visit her this weekend and she mentioned that nobody had hunted here in 2 years and I should try it. After seeing one doe this morning I figured I’d come check it out again. On my walk in I bumped an unknown deer as soon as I got back away from the house. On the rest of my walk in there’s tree rubs everywhere imaginable and some ground scrapes one with a large fresher track that had to be all of a 6 foot circle. The only catch with this spot is that she doesn’t think treestands should be allowed so it’s all ground hunting.


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  4. There’s good and bad of the qdma approach imo depending on the attitude of the hunters involved. I could care less what others shoot for the most part. Would I like to see the neighbors pass on year and a half old and two and a half year old deer? For sure, does it bother me if they don’t? Not really, what bothers me is when the same people with a Facebook picture of a spike on opening day rag on the deer in this state and people who wait for mature deer. The “can’t eat the horns” guys who are constantly pushing their opinion on the “qdma” guys

    On the other hand you have the qdma TV show wannabe guys who think any mature deer they have on camera is “their deer” and freak if the neighbor shoots them. We had a neighbor like that at a property I used to hunt a lot I shot a nice 130ish inch deer and my dad shot a 170” inch monster. The guy saw the 170” deer by the house afterwards and felt he needed to stop and cause a scene and saw my post on here and did the same in private messages. Told a neighboring landowner who doesn’t allow hunting that we were poaching deer of his land and everything, because we shot “his” deer. Generally these are same guys who are constantly talking down on and vocal to the neighbors who shoot smaller bucks.

    Then there is the middle ground (like the contributors in here) of people who want to kill mature and may have a hit list but are just as quick to congratulate the neighbor on killing one of those deer. I think within the hunting community these three groups (really the butting heads of the first two) has caused a pretty big rift as a whole and with declining numbers as it is it’s not great for the sport. I was in dicks the other day talking to a kid about my age who had just gotten into hunting and he was telling me about guys at work and buddies telling him to wait for a mature buck, he’s not much of a hunter if he doesn’t, etc. He said that he had a couple smaller bucks in bow range he wanted to shoot but didn’t wanna get ragged on by his buddies. I told him I target mature deer now but when I started I’d shoot anything with horns especially with a bow and don’t let anyone make up his mind not to. He shot a little six point and sent me a pic earlier this week he was fired up like you couldn’t believe. I think the sport needs to show more support like that for new hunters as I think a lot of this stuff is what’s pushing new hunters away.


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  5. You ever hear the term “there’s no sense being dumb if you don’t ever show it?” I went to a spot I used to hunt a lot on doe patrol this morning and had a mink off to the side of my stand. I took a video of him for a minute and turned to settle back in my seat and when I did the 6 does standing 10 yards off the opposite back corner of my stand blew and took off.


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  6. Crunch time for sure. Today also marks the three year anniversary almost to the minute right now of me killing a deer. All I’ve seen this morning is a big tom that showed up 11 days late and a booner slug on my bow.


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  7. Just had a nice buck sneak up behind me circled around to the brush down wind. Of course I forgot my grunt tube so I Hail Mary’d a bunch of antler ice out yo maybe get his attention. Only deer I’ve seen this afternoon and he was in no rush to get anywhere.


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  8. Hot and heavy for a little bit about 10 does a first rack buck, 2.5 8 and I didn’t get a good look at the third but big body pushing does around further in the woods. Dead for about the last 15 minutes. Feels like it’s 75 out here compared to yesterday


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