Update on my ground game

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Update on my ground game

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:15 am

Well, it has been a while since I shared some hunting stuff and have been meaning to, just not much to report. But thought I would put this together so you all know I still hunt. The last five years my hunting has been less and less, and every year I say next year. Well this year I have hunted more in October than I have in about 5 or so years.

I ground hunt alot. I creep around the thickets looking for deer with my xbow. I have a small county park near me that I just have not been wearing out, I blame work, but there are so many inspiring people and stories on here I thought I would chronicle some. Now, I am not a big buck killer, more of a tag filler, but I enjoy looking for deer and shooting them. This little piece I hunt I have shot a doe/antlerless every year since 2017. Just that I didn't find the 2018 and 2019. So after getting skunked last year I said I am shooting the first thing that doesn't have spots to get something hanging.

This year I hunted our opener (10/1), first time in 14 years. And then made the next day as well because I saw three deer, two were bucks. I laid right down in a briar thicket in shooting distance of where I saw the two bucks on the opener in the rain.

This was my view, I was concealed.
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view from my left, I had to keep poking my head up to see if anything was there and watch this view to see if anything was coming.
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a pic coming back across the lake after sundown, thought it was cool pic so I took it.
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Nothing showed, stupid deer. Fine freeze your but off this winter, I was there to help.

The following week I went in on the 7th, had a NW wind I was on the SW corner of a little swamp and crept in and sat on the ground with a good open area right off the swamp that allowed a 20-30 yard shot. About 6:40pm something to my east, I spun around and got in a catchers position and a doe popped out at 10 yards, had the safety off and ready to squeeze, but needed to rise up a couple inches to get clear, she bolted then snorted. It was pretty cool to be in shooting distance again that close.

So didn't get back out until 10/11 Sunday morning. East wind so I went to park the vehicle on the west side instead of take the canoe. Wasn't 50-100 yards from the truck and decided to dive off the trail into the woods. Heard something and thought, that wasn't a squirrel, 10 or so minutes from the truck and 1 minute after sunrise and I got a deer in front of me. Poor thing, wrong place wrong time.

First blood of 2020
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Heard it crash after a loop in a thicket, and went in slow and easy. Got close and jumped a deer. Thought, not good because she snorted, the one I shot shouldn't be jumping and snorting, so I back out and do a big loop on the trails seeing if it crossed. Couldn't find any thing crossing with blood, so went back in and 20 yards from where I stopped, there it laid. Got up to it and rolled it over - a little button. Can't undo that. I had a tag and it was legal and I was hunting.

Felt good to get a deer.
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So, I go get the truck and pick it up and it was a warmer day and I had the time so started butchering.
Got to have a bloody hand pic
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I love when people show there organized work benches and garages, mine - not so much
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So this Friday the 16th I am feeling back in the game. I go get another doe tag and back at it. This time south wind and back in the canoe. I come up the east side to the NE corner of the swamp where I had the doe on the 7th. Nothing showed. I crept in and got behind a blow down and had a clear 25-30 yd shot into a grassy opening in the swamp. Did have a squirrel making some racket right at dark, then it fell out of the tree. Thunk

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Oh, Saturday I went in to look for my bolt/broadhead that I couldn't find last Sunday. It was an annihilator, I think it was $60 for a three pack and I was already down the one, I wanted it back. It was funny because Tim texted me and said he was on the road and to call. I said give me an hour I am in the woods looking for something. I almost gave up and then there it was. Found it. One piece steel just needs a little touch up. That is why I bought them, reusable with a little sharpening.

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This is almost how far away from where I was parked, where I found it. I was down the hill a bit, but darn close to the truck where the little fella met his demise.

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Went out again this morning, thinking Sundays were my thing. South wind, this time I drove to the parking lot and looped around and came in a thicket along a creek heading west. Couldn't believe I didn't see or bump anything but found a couple good ambush spots. I am feeling back in the game.

A little hemlock point in the thicket along the creek. I think out near the point will make a good all day sit in a couple weeks
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Oh, I have to show my new lucky hat. I picked it up on Thursday. How can it not be a new lucky hat. My new SMOKE hat.
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Okay, I took two selfies, which I rarely do, but wanted to get the sweatshirt in the pic
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby A5BLASTER » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:30 am

Congrats Uncle Lou, good on you to break the ice and get back in the game.
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby Ghost Hunter » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:37 am

Looks like good times! :clap:
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:44 am

Congrats! Sounded like a honey of a time. Nice beanie
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:47 am

Thanks Ghost, A5, boogie. I feel that sometimes you need to clip something to get out of a drought and get your confidence up. They are not an endangered species and even a small deer is bigger than a rabbit, and people shoot those. Those steaks I made last night were delicious.

And yesterday I shot my best group ever with my longbow. I am going to keep shooting that too and see if I can take that out soon.
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:51 am

Definitely making me hungry! GJ Uncle Lou !!
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby Moose » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:13 pm

:clap: i enjoyed reading that and the pictures aswell! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:13 pm

Congrats Lou!

Great table fare and easy dragging make that a no brainer.

Beanie looks great....I always keep one in my back pocket while hunting.
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Unread postby Uncle Lou » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:18 pm

Thanks Moose, Bridge, and Neil. Never know what posting a button is going to do on the BEAST, but hopefully I can inspire those who aren't at the big buck level yet- like me, who just like to hunt and be a part of it. The BEAST has always been a positive force for all hunting and a great learning tool for those wanting to take it to the next level.
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby greenhorndave » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:28 pm

Good stuff Lou!

I had my last three hunts off the ground. Too many branches in the way of the openings and totally skylined if not.

Kind of fun.
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby ZSV » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:41 pm

Congrats Lou! I put an antlerless tag on a young doe last year. Like JM said the easy drag was nice! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby oldrank » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:48 pm

Looks like a good start to the season!!!
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby john1984 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:49 pm

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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby hunting_dad » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:49 pm

Congrats Lou! Sounds like some great hunts and some great pics to go along with them
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Re: Update on my ground game

Unread postby crankn101 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:47 pm

Now you need to shoot one right from the parking lot.


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