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7 pt 195 lb whitetail...

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This buck was follwing a doe working her way north, into a light 0800 breeze through a swale in a cutover. She was in sentinel mode, ahead of him by about twenty yards. Yours truly was taking a leak thirty feet in the air, when I caught movement to the south a couple hundred yards. Fly remained open because of the urgency of the situation, and I slowly picked up my rifle, careful not to make any abrupt movements......

When they turned east to head into a pine stand, about fifty yards off, I shot him a little behind left shoulder; the exit wound is clearly visible. When I tracked and found him, in a low briar patch in the pine stand, she was nearby; had I been quicker with an offhand shot I could have nailed her too.

Rifle is a CZ 550 Full Stock 6.5x55 (ruins less meat) topped with a Leuopold Vari II 3x9x40. Handload is Sierra 140 gr. SBT backed by 48.8 grs. RL-22 in a RP case for am MV of 2650.
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post #2 of 27
Nice job mainiac.

No brow tines?
post #3 of 27
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They're small...and looked pretty chewed up.....while the antlers had mass, they sure were not the most typical I've see from that property.....in fact, dey was ugly, but big.

Lars since I hit no shoulders or hams, there should be a lot of meat from this one....I ruined almost all the meat on the 7 pt I got last year with that racking shot/200 gr, 8mm Speer bullet.
post #4 of 27
Good clean shots aren't that common here. We can't use rifles. Only shotguns and muzzle loaders. But, we manage to fill the freezer. Oh those tenderloins on the grill.

My son was in the woods today bowhunting. Plenty of activity and saw three coyotes chasing a small doe. He couldn't get a good shot with his pistol, at the coyotes that is.

we have a real problem with coyotes.
post #5 of 27

7 pts

Mainiac, nice deer should be good venison.

Went up the St. Joe River at 1 pm and fly fished the St. Joe caught 7 nice cutthroat 12-15 in, elk hair caddis orange body. Had to stop at the Fish and Game check station coming downriver, its the 3rd day of rifle elk season. Saw 2 nice bulls. My friend Dave F&G biologist said its been a good season this year.
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From the SCDNR:

By PETER FROST
The(Hilton Head) Island Packet

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — A viral disease has killed thousands of white-tail deer in the eastern half of the United States within the past three months in what biologists say is the most severe outbreak in decades.

Positive cases of hemorrhagic disease, which stems from groups of viruses transmitted by biting midges — also known as sand gnats or no-see-ums — have been confirmed in New Jersey, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Dozens more cases are pending confirmation, including samples from South Carolina.

While the disease cannot be spread to humans or pets, biologists advise against eating deer determined to be sick or potentially affected by the disease.

Within the past three weeks, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has sent three deer carcasses, including one from Hampton County, to be tested at the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Ga., said Charles Ruth, a DNR biologist.

“It’s really flared up around the Southeast in the last few weeks,” Ruth said. “There’s no question it’s out there.”

Hemorrhagic disease attacks cells in blood vessels, leading to internal bleeding and severe fluid build-up in glands.

Outward signs can include mouth ulcers, abrasions or sores on the stomach and legs, loss of appetite and abnormal hoof growth. Sick deer often develop high fevers and become lethargic and emaciated.

More than 100 carcasses have tested positive for the disease at the Wildlife Disease Study, making it certain that several thousand deer are affected, said David Stallknect, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“What we’re seeing this year is exceptional in terms of mortality rates,” he said.

His lab’s research indicates deer in coastal areas have lower mortality rates than those farther inland, likely due to genetic factors. Most deer along the coast have built up immunity to hemorrhagic disease due to a history of exposure, Stallknect said.

But that doesn’t mean deer in Beaufort County are out of the woods.

In 2002, there was significant disease activity here, and based on historical data, mortality rates “could be relatively high again this year,” Ruth said.

In South Carolina, deer die each year from the disease, but there’s no indication that a major outbreak has occurred since the mid 1970s.

Localized outbreaks in the Palmetto State flare up every three to five years, probably related to the life cycles of deer, Ruth said.

Little can be done to prevent the hemorrhagic disease since it’s spread by insects and not deer-to-deer. DNR encourages hunters to keep deer populations at reasonable levels, which allows for better health of the herd.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Mainiac, nice deer should be good venison.

Went up the St. Joe River at 1 pm and fly fished the St. Joe caught 7 nice cutthroat 12-15 in, elk hair caddis orange body. Had to stop at the Fish and Game check station coming downriver, its the 3rd day of rifle elk season. Saw 2 nice bulls. My friend Dave F&G biologist said its been a good season this year.
I'd love to get up there one day.....
post #8 of 27
Congrats on that first one!!!!!! How long ya aging that venison? Making any deer chili or are you waiting for a tender doe?:
post #9 of 27
Nice one - when did the season start? Around here bow season just started yesterday.
post #10 of 27
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Congrats on that first one!!!!!! How long ya aging that venison? Making any deer chili or are you waiting for a tender doe?:
Thanks rc...my processor hangs them for one week....since deer have little fat they will dry out....and then I'll have a bunch of burger, cube steak and our favorite, the filets...

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Nice one - when did the season start? Around here bow season just started yesterday.
And thanks ct55.... we have a long season here....Lowcountry is Aug 15-Jan 1, Upstate is Sept. 15-Jan 1 bow, Oct 1-11 muzzleloader, Oct. 11-Jan 1 is rifle.
post #11 of 27
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Add a 130 lb. 4 pt......

.....thought it was a large doe in the humid, grey, drizzly dusk. Buck came on lower EW tote road and was felled with a 110 yard shot: rifle was an 8x57 IS moving a 185 gr. Remy PSPCL 2600 fps. LED headlamps sure come in handy when hunting in rain......
post #12 of 27
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oh deer....

Add an other four point. Caught this one just plain wandering around.......
post #13 of 27
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numbuh 3

...add a spike...was wandering around the cutover at 5:30 pm.....
post #14 of 27
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Nice five point....

...came cautiously through the creek bottoms around 0925, was taken and weighed in around 150lbs. Rifle is a rebarreled 1908 DWM (Berlin) M98 in 7x57; handload is warm at 50 grs. RL-22 pushing a Remy 150 gr. PSPCL at 2850 fps. Scope is a 6x40.
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Nice deer Mainiac. You're having a good season already! A few years back I was relieving myself with my muzzle loader leaning up against a tree a few feet away when a doe came running by. I also made a "fly down" shot. No time to waste when you see a deer!

Muzzle loader opened up here today. I was busy, but I'm planning to go out in the morning.

Lars, try a Hastings rifled shotgun barrel with slugs if it's allowed where you are. I have one on a Remington 1100 LT-20 for use in Mass and some parts of NH where rifles aren't allowed. It's pretty darn accurate. I'll never again use buckshot.
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Nice deer Mainiac. You're having a good season already! A few years back I was relieving myself with my muzzle loader leaning up against a tree a few feet away when a doe came running by. I also made a "fly down" shot. No time to waste when you see a deer!

Muzzle loader opened up here today. I was busy, but I'm planning to go out in the morning.

Lars, try a Hastings rifled shotgun barrel with slugs if it's allowed where you are. I have one on a Remington 1100 LT-20 for use in Mass and some parts of NH where rifles aren't allowed. It's pretty darn accurate. I'll never again use buckshot.
Thanks STS...may you have a fine season! The rural area here in midstate SC....near the Orvis endorsed Harriss Springs Preserve, where I shoot Sporting Clays, is sparsely populated and agricultural....mainly soy and corn....so the deer are quite healthy and very numerous. The longest season in the country, Aug 15-Jan 1, was a factor in my move.

I lease and exclusively hunt 145 acres twenty minutes from my house, so, I kind of have a happy hunting ground. SC has quite a historic sporting/hunting culture, and there is an extensive body of world class outdoors writers and literature to engage in the off season.

The grandaddy whitetail book is "Tales of Whitetails" by Archibald Rutledge:
http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/1993older/9860.html
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9 point 190....

Range practice pays off. At 0725, this big buck stood straight up, revealing a swollen neck and nice antlers, in a huge briar patch in a small southerly cutover. He was about eighty yards north from the sweetgum tree I was in, and apparently was trying to figure out what I was, since he caught the minimal movement I usually make perched thirty-forty feet high in a tree. As he turned to continue on the trail, I aimed for the broadside neck. Rifle was the same DWM 7x57 I used on the five point yesterday.

Half an hour later his girlfreind came from the south through the creek bottom. She was standing at the hardwood treeline I was in, looking north for her boyfriend, and I was slowly turning to take her, when a rubber spike on my boot plucked the steel grate on my stand. She looked up toward noise, raised her tail, and trotted back into the bottoms. She did not blow, but was spooked. I hunted until 1000, but she never came back.

As you can see, I had trouble getting hoss in the deer caddy.
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post #18 of 27
Alright fess up!
Which one of you is this?
post #19 of 27
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Sleep and Gound Hunting.......

I used to love to gound hunt. On certain mornings when the nature's symphony would lull me to sleep with the help of warm morning rays, I screwed up!

In the small cutover (there were magnificent white oaks then) where I just took that huge buck, I ground hunted attempting to catch animals wandering the trail along the EW creek bottoms. I dozed off a lot in those days.......once I awoke in my field chair, burlap camoed up of course, and a buck was sniffing my feet, with another not far off. I managed to make a decent shot at the him zig zagging through the trees, and took him. What a morning.

The most hilarious sleephunt occurred when hunting a NS treeline on public land.....and I was facing east toward the warm morning rays....it was very cold and I was bundled up......soon I was snoozing. I was aroused by some light rustling near me, and three fawns, ranging is size, were standing next to me licking each other. The mama doe was some yards off observing. When I awoke, she signaled the kids to scoot. I cannot forget the three fawns all standing in a row, on my right side.
post #20 of 27

Nice deer

Maniac,

You're having a busy season! That last one is pretty stout. I didn't have any luck this year on my Colorado muzzleloader hunt. Too hot, too dry....waaay too quiet. I heard one locater bugle all week. Wish I had a bear tag. I saw four, including a big cinnamon bear. First one of those I've ever seen. Saw a nice hat-racked mule deer buck...no tag for him either. We were about 20 miles north of Vail. I could see Vail from the back side of the ridge and Beaver Creek off in the other direction slightly. I plan to get my son out this weekend for a little archery deer hunting. He's too young to hunt (can't draw back a bow) but he'll enjoy tagging along. Mz deer is open but I didn't buy a tag this year. Regular firearm season opens the 14th. Good luck with the rest of your season.
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Maniac,

You're having a busy season! That last one is pretty stout. I didn't have any luck this year on my Colorado muzzleloader hunt. Too hot, too dry....waaay too quiet. I heard one locater bugle all week. Wish I had a bear tag. I saw four, including a big cinnamon bear. First one of those I've ever seen. Saw a nice hat-racked mule deer buck...no tag for him either. We were about 20 miles north of Vail. I could see Vail from the back side of the ridge and Beaver Creek off in the other direction slightly. I plan to get my son out this weekend for a little archery deer hunting. He's too young to hunt (can't draw back a bow) but he'll enjoy tagging along. Mz deer is open but I didn't buy a tag this year. Regular firearm season opens the 14th. Good luck with the rest of your season.
....and good luck with yers skibumm100!

The late season heat, Indian summer or what have you is teddible.

Tis a special tyme of yaer. Imagine this...I hunt terrain and then ski it......its a beautiful planet......yes your son will recognize the joy of the hunt...or should I say primitive thrill.....
post #22 of 27
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Season Complete, Freezer Topped Off.

A couple of does came through the bottoms at about 0830 yesterday. It was a surprisingly warm day. That should top off my freezer....no more getting up early to hunt! Been a nice season....one of the warmest and easiest to hunt.....hate to put away the gear, but IT'S TIME TO SKI!
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No pictures but opening day here last Saturday found our group, my two boys, my brother in laws, and a couple friends, being sucessful with two eight points, a six point and two does.

I got a nice six point out of my tree stand at about 9 am. About 160 lbs. The rest of the week we struggled to even see anything worth shooting. The coyotes have taken a toll on the deer population. All in all though, it was one of the more sucessful opening days in a few years.

With two more weeks to go, we're letting the woods rest for a while. They've had too much pressure. It's just nice to be able to have my Boys hunt with us and my brother in Law from North Bend, Washington, to be around. The woods are so awesome this time of year. Even if there's nothing to shoot, being in the solitude of nature is special in it's own right.
post #24 of 27
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Wow!

Wow Lars sounds like you are doing something right!

Yes the woods are stunning this time of year......after the canopy drops I always enjoy studying the fully exposed terrain....was just out on the porch having coffee this morning...cold front came through last night and it was quite chilly....even from town here one can hear the rifle shots from the woods....heard about fifteen.....the deer were moving this morning!

The camaraderie of the family hunting must be wonderful! Hope you had a great TG.
post #25 of 27
Congrats on the success this year with your hunts. My buddies pack in PA said that it was a pretty dull season with not much success. A lot of PA hunters are now working their way into NY, MD and WV to hunt because of the dwindling herd in PA.
post #26 of 27
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Thanks!

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Congrats on the success this year with your hunts. My buddies pack in PA said that it was a pretty dull season with not much success. A lot of PA hunters are now working their way into NY, MD and WV to hunt because of the dwindling herd in PA.
Thanks! There have been slow years in SC...but on the whole the deer have made an impressive comeback......hope you had a good Thanksgiving over there in Korea!
post #27 of 27
Thanks. We are actually celebrating 2 days late with all the Americans we know because Thanksgiving Day is just another work day! Rifle season opens in PA on Monday and I'm interested to see how that season goes...2 weeks.
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