How's The Deer hunting Going?

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How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby LarryP on Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:01 am

You guys see any increase in deer populations? Hope you're doing well.
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby nhluke on Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:35 am

I hunt mostly in zone 119. It was weird with the super warm first few days and I unfortunately left just as the snow fell. I only saw a few does. I did see 9 wolves two weeks prior in the same area grouse hunting so that is another thing to factor. I heard one shot on Sunday so I think my experience was the local average. Today hiking near Ely (switched zones) I saw my first real sign (tree rub). Hope more of you are harvesting more than just good memories and exercise.
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby Holland&Holland on Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:09 am

Hunter’s choice in my area so only one tag. Shot a 10 on Saturday 4 mins before noon. We are far enough south that the wolf issue has not decimated us yet. Heard decent shooting all around me all morning. Passed a couple of scapes on my way to my stand so activity seemed pretty good to me. Only had squirrels all morning. Even had one get in the stand with me for awhile.

Then just before noon had a doe with 2 fawns and a spike buck show up. The fawns played awhile and then when they moved off saw the spike go to follow only it was not the spike coming out of the brush this time! Saw the horns had a split second to decide and then the season was over. Finn thing is after I shot the spike pipes out to look at me and stared for several minutes. At the shot the 2 fawns and mama ran of course but I also had something start crashing through the woods behind me that I am assuming was another buck coming to the doe. So basically had a 10 min window where I had 6 deer under my stand and that was my season.

Checking my game cameras I do have what I believe to be a wolf on one so I think our days are numbered.

The big challenge this year was the heat. Gutted and got it hanging right away to drain them packed up camp, packed the cavity with ice and got it home, skinned, deboned, and the meat in the fridge. Took till midnight was a whirlwind of a day after the shot.
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby hammAR on Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:30 am

There is always the aftermath to deal with following a good shoot....................

Congrats...... :cheers:
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby BigBlue on Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:56 am

The kids hunt over a bit east/SE of Mille Lacs. They saw a few deer and have seen them on the trail cams but they said there was far less shooting over the weekend than they normally hear. Weren't sure if that was due to deer population or fewer hunters because of [warm temps, covid, hunting interest reducing for younger folks].
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby goalie on Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:42 pm

hammAR wrote:There is always the aftermath to deal with following a good shoot....................

Congrats...... :cheers:
Yeah, I've got three deer worth of backstraps cut into medallions and vacuum sealed. I've got a lot of quarters to bone out before sausage making commences.

It's a good problem to have.

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How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby gun_fan111v2 on Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:36 pm

Came home empty handed after the opening weekend. Saw one deer’s butt for 3-4 seconds before it went over the hill, but that was about it :)

Congrats to all that had a successful hunt!
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby ttousi on Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:56 pm

unfortunately can't hunt this year due to recovering from bypass.

my group saw very few this last weekend in the Wabasha area and only harvested one
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby Holland&Holland on Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:54 pm

goalie wrote:
hammAR wrote:There is always the aftermath to deal with following a good shoot....................

Congrats...... :cheers:
Yeah, I've got three deer worth of backstraps cut into medallions and vacuum sealed. I've got a lot of quarters to bone out before sausage making commences.

It's a good problem to have.

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Just finished vacuum sealing the last of the sticks. Still have hard salami in the smoker which is the last of my processing. Should hit temp around midnight and then it will hang in a basement closet for a couple of weeks. The house and garage have that old tyme butcher shop smell. :D
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby BigDog58 on Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:50 am

Congratulations H&H and Goalie.

Hopefully I'll be able to get out and hunt next year. I sure miss fresh venison, and my wife has never had the joy of tasting it.

Good luck to all the other hunters out there.


PS: H&H any pictures of the 10 PT?
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby yukonjasper on Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:23 am

Hunted near Cook. We ended the weekend with just one 5 pointer for the group of 6. Added a spike late Monday morning. Two people in our party reported wolves in their area. I watched a small doe for a while on Saturday. Wind was an issue on Sunday and rain on Monday morning. The wolf pack in the area is probably the biggest factor. I only go opening weekends, so I'm all done for the year. Good luck to you all.

I am seriously considering finding another area to hunt, the wolf population in our area is a problem more than it isn't. Own land near Morris, but whole different type of hunting down there. Tried one year, but I don't think I did it correctly. I've been raised to be a stand hunter and I think you need to be more active down there to be successful.
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby crbutler on Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:30 am

Was out opening weekend and Veterans Day.

Have seen some, but not the historical number of deer. Nothing worth shooting.

Had a pile of them killed by cars last year due to a highway detour, and the numbers are still down where I am at.

The warm weather and wind did not help last weekend.

It’s been a strange year.

The duck hunting was decent, but very different patterns than previously, probably due to midweek pressure from all the “work at home” types.

My elk and antelope trip was weird due to unusually warm weather. No elk, but a pronghorn which was hard work due to no access on private land.

Roughly, a normal year. The weather plays it’s games and local pressure modifies the animals reaction to it.
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby TSKNIGHT on Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:09 pm

Saw what was left of someone's buck Monday morning on the highway. Looked like it was a nice size buck.
Semi's do a real number on a deer. Broadheads do a number on tires.
Ultimately, a bad day for hunter, driver, and deer.

This year has not been a good year for deer in my area. Don't think any of the 5 fawns this spring made it.
Coyotes have been super active this year.
None of the game animals are plentiful. Rabbits, squirrel, pheasant, are all at a low population this fall.
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby Holland&Holland on Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:30 pm

TSKNIGHT wrote:Saw what was left of someone's buck Monday morning on the highway. Looked like it was a nice size buck.
Semi's do a real number on a deer. Broadheads do a number on tires.
Ultimately, a bad day for hunter, driver, and deer.

This year has not been a good year for deer in my area. Don't think any of the 5 fawns this spring made it.
Coyotes have been super active this year.
None of the game animals are plentiful. Rabbits, squirrel, pheasant, are all at a low population this fall.

Accident or did the deer fall off? Or a wounded deer that ran onto the road?
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Re: How's The Deer hunting Going?

Postby Holland&Holland on Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:36 pm

BigDog58 wrote:Congratulations H&H and Goalie.

Hopefully I'll be able to get out and hunt next year. I sure miss fresh venison, and my wife has never had the joy of tasting it.

Good luck to all the other hunters out there.


PS: H&H any pictures of the 10 PT?

Working on it. I have to reduce the picture size to get it to upload. The rack is really nothing to write home about. The 8 I took last year had a much more impressive rack. But 10 points over an inch.
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