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Old 01-24-2015, 11:28 AM
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For the predator hunting, do you use a mouth call or an electronic call?

Last year I bought a Foxpro predator caller and love it. I added the decoy to it, and feathers on top the flutter back and forth. I figured that could give the coyote something to look at besides me. And it's nice that you can set the caller 30 or 40 yards away and work it with a remote control. As a matter of fact I was thinking of heading out a little later today to give it a try.
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Most of the coyote hunters around here use dogs...
I guess they have been working overtime this winter, almost to the point of begging for a day off... The yote population has been like that lately..

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Old 01-24-2015, 08:13 PM
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BFF - Thanks for the scent\bait idea. I haven't done that yet, makes a lot of sense. Thanks also for the links, I'll take a look at them.

Hunter - I use a cheaper western rivers electronic caller, with a remote.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:08 AM
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Default Pheasants For Thanksgiving Dinner

I guess I’m getting in on this thread a little late. But I’m a new member of the forum and didn’t see this thread until just a few minutes ago.
I can hardly wait for pheasant season as I promised a couple of pheasants for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner to the Orthopedic Surgeon who fixed my leg last Thanksgiving. You see, last Thanksgiving morning I was out “pheasant hunting,” as I’ve done by myself every Thanksgiving morning for almost 40 years. I put “pheasant hunting” in quotation marks because that’s not what I really do on Thanksgiving morning. I call it “pheasant hunting,” but what I’m really doing is just getting out, enjoying God’s creations, by myself for a few hours. Anyway, last Thanksgiving morning, I slipped in the mud, fell, broke my right ankle on both sides and put a spiral break up my right fibula. Using my shotgun as a sort of walking staff, I managed to get back to the truck and drive home. My wife, who was in the middle of preparing Thanksgiving dinner for our family, that hadn’t arrived at the house yet, hauled me to Emergency at the hospital in Pocatello – about 25 miles.
At the hospital, they had to call in a specialist, an Orthopedic Surgeon, who gave me a good-natured chewing out for interrupting his Thanksgiving dinner because I didn’t have the “good sense” to stay home and not go hunting on Thanksgiving. I promised him a couple of pheasants for his dinner on Thanksgiving this year.
The ankle and leg required a couple of operations to install and remove various screws, pins, and plates, months of physical therapy, and about a bushel of money to pay for what Medicare and insurance didn’t cover. To this day, the ankle still hurts and swells a little, but it’s getting better.
I guess my age (I’m 67) probably contributed the most to the seriousness of the injuries. But I don’t care. I’ve been a hunter my whole life. My first head of big game, a mule deer, has been dead for over a half century, and my first pheasant has been dead longer than that. And in all those years of hunting in all kinds of terrain and in all kinds of weather, the injuries I received last Thanksgiving were the worst I’ve ever had – by a long shot. So, I’ll be back out there “pheasant hunting” on Thanksgiving morning again this year. Count on it. The only difference is, our 18 year old grandson laid down the law last Thanksgiving; “Grandpa’s not allowed to go hunting by himself anymore.” So he’ll be with me. That’s okay. Our grandson is one of God’s wonderful creations too.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:32 AM
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Sorry to hear about your ankle .. but the end result seems to be perfect ... having a Grandson pledge that you will never go out hunting alone again is priceless .....
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:06 PM
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Dove season is approaching. One week away. Always one of my favorite times of the year to be out. Some years we sweat while sitting scanning the skies. Other years not. Good times out with my boys sitting along the fence that separates the corn fields from the dove field we hunt over. This year my father in law is going to be with us again. He hasnt hunted in many years due to some health issues but this year has been doing well and plans to hunt with us once or twice. I wish I could go back to the days when I used to dove and pheasant hunt with my father but he's going to be 80 years old this year, and is in too poor health to make it out anymore.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:40 AM
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Howdy Nickathome. Have you guys got those collared Eurasian Doves that have shown up around here in Southern Idaho in the last few years? It seems like they're the only kind of doves I see anymore. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has declared them an "invasive species" and we're allowed to shoot them year around - as many as we want. I haven't hunted them yet because somehow hunting doves in July just doesn't feel right. But I've heard they taste just like Mourning Doves and they're a little bigger.

Sorry to hear your dad can't hunt anymore. I grew up hunting with my dad (and mom, for that matter) too. But it's great to have the memories, isn't it? My wife, who is now an avid hunter, was born and raised in the southern part of the People's Republic of Kalifornia. Her dad knew nothing about guns or hunting, and her mom would have had a coronary if anyone ever brought a gun into their house. Consequently, every once in a while when I used to complain about things that happened to me when I was growing up, my wife reminded me just how good I had it compared to her.

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Old 08-25-2015, 03:19 PM
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No, we do not have those kinds of doves in this part of the country, just your run of the mill mourning doves. And we have plenty of them.

I actually jump started my dad back into hunting when I was a teenager. He had hunted in his youth but didn't with me until I turned 16. I had a friend who hunted whose father used to tell us stories of their exploits. That sparked my interest. When I turned 16, I guess my dad felt I was old enough to go. Wish I'd have starred earlier but such is life. Now my kids have hunted since they were about 5 years old. I'd take them dove and turkey hunting and they'd sit quietly and watch dad. My oldest will be hunting alone this year.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:49 PM
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Good luck with your dove hunting! We don't really have those here in MN.

Hope your Father's health continues to improve.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:49 PM
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Goose season has started, but they haven't been flying the river this week. When they do, I plan on being around.

Grouse and small game opens soon! Can't wait!
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:22 PM
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Archery deer season opened here Sept 1st, but it's been too hot to go out. Last Sunday I had the tractor down at the river clearing around a couple trees so I could cut them down and then drag them to an open area to cut for firewood.

When I got done I had a thought about an area where I wanted a stand for this season. We have what we call the island. Basically it's a higher piece of ground sometimes 100 yards wide by maybe 300 yards long, and about 6' higher then the rest of the river bottom. I had my big bucket on the back of the tractor so I backed up the side of the island in one spot and dropped the bucket. After two passes I had the weeds down and brush out of the way.

Later my buddy came up and we put a platform I built on the tractor forks. The platform is 6' tall 6' wide and 6' deep. I will now put a ground blind on top and have a nice spot for both archery and rifle hunting.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:30 AM
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N W WI. 2015...... Get out your Elmer Fudd hunting hats and other gear campers.. It is going to be busy here in Jack Pine Savage country.....

I guess bear season with dogs opened yesterday (9-9-15) Not sure when bear over bait starts... For the last several years this township and county in this zone has produced most of the largest bears harvested state wide.. I hope they get bunch of those pests...

Saturday opens bow and cross bow deer season, squirrel, cotton tail rabbit, morning dove (?), pine grouse, and maybe some other small game seasons..

No deer in the yard lately.. But all these other edible critters from time to time.. Cross bow deer is a new thing here.. You can get both a cross bow and a bow deer tags.. Only getting the second tag after you fill the first one you buy... In which ever order...

Also electronic registration of a harvest starts this year.. I guess there is one of those postage stamp size smart phone readable things on your harvest tag you can use, or an internet form to fill out.. Not sure how all that works..

Hunter... Any more trail cam pictures of the "30 point buck" you have been feeding all summer ??
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:28 PM
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Also electronic registration of a harvest starts this year.. I guess there is one of those postage stamp size smart phone readable things on your harvest tag you can use, or an internet form to fill out.. Not sure how all that works..

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Registered my deer via smartphone last year in MN, makes it awfully convenient.

Of course, if it's a decent buck, we still drag it to the local bar where they weigh it for the "Big Buck Contest".
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:28 PM
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60s during the day and getting down to low 40s at night. Can't stand it any longer so tonight I'll hit the deer stand. Mosquitoes are the big problem this time of year, so I think I will use my ground blind that I have set on a 6' tall platform. The platform is on a piece of ground about 6' above the deer trail, so it's almost like sitting in a tree stand. Except I can keep the mosquito net on the windows and shoot through if necessary. And I can use my Thermacell inside to keep away any mosquitoes that make it through.

I have an old computer chair I picked up at a thrift store sitting on the platform under the blind. Thought I'd take supper with me and eat it in the blind while hunting. Better chance of getting a deer that way then eating supper in my house.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:55 AM
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It has been extremely dry here this summer & fall. I filled my mechanical feeder with corn and tilled the food plot, but it was just a dust pit, so I am waiting on some moisture before seeding the plot. I also put out a new 50# block of salt and some other enticements but haven't put out any of my trail camera's yet.

My BIL put out a new trail camera before going on vacation. When he returned and checked the card he had 3,500+ photo's. Deer, hogs, squirrels, crows, turkeys, were all there, but he said the hogs and deer both were malnourished. (It turns out his trail camera is factory set to take a photo every 45 seconds while there is motion activating the camera. He's looking for another camera to replace this one. One of those few instances, where there can be to much of a good thing. Just to time consuming to view that many pictures.) Hunting may not be that great here this season, or the meat may not be of normal quality.

I intend to try and locate some peanut butter this next week and place it along with some more enticements out & about for the deer the latter part of the week.
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Old 10-03-2015, 05:38 PM
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Archery season opened in Pa this morning. I don't hunt with a bow or would be out there right now. We're gearing up for squirrel in two weeks, then pheasant opens on the 24th. Pheasant hunting is my favorite type of hunting. Nothing like being in crisp autumn fields just as the sun comes up, and hearing the cackles and wing beats as the first bird of the season tries to get airborne. Nothing gets my blood pumping better.
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First season with my dog, now 16 months old.

Hunted grouse about 3 days with him now, and after a few flushes, he is associating the birds, the flushing noise, and knows the scent. He is definitely getting birdy prior to flushes, hitting both sides of a trail, and actively flushing birds too.

He has successfully retrieved several birds, and has a nice soft mouth. Prances around a bit after, but he is actually dropping the birds by my feet. Of course, when I go to grab the bird - he does too - but I'm not complaining - although working on that.

This is my third hunting dog, and so far - after a limited amount of time in the field, the fastest learning one that I've had.

I'm feeling blessed.
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10/15/15... NW WI...

Just got around to checking the pictures on my trail cam for a couple days..

At 4am this morning there was a little 5 point buck (3R, 2L) snooping around my bird feeders.. FIRST buck I've seen in the yard for 2 solid years now..

Not anywhere near the "30 pointer" allegedly to be here in the far Lake Superior north... Still... With numbers the way they have been for a little over 2 years now... Very glad to see him around..

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Old 10-25-2015, 02:05 AM
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WOW Campers.... Look who wondered into my trail cam the other night..!!!

I hadn't checked the cam for a couple days.. It is only about 25 steps or so behind the house.. Not like it is a mile or more.. Just never got my butt in gear to check it... Duh...

This 8 pointer was milling around for 3-4 pictures.. Then one last picture at the salt block before he went out of range.. By the time stamps he was there just before it started to rain that night..

The reflectors on the tower are 1 meter (39.38") and 2 meter (6'7") The reflectors on the two Sheppard hook plant hangers are at 1 meter.. The camera is at 1.25 meter high and 6.5 meters from the tower.. Knowing all these measurements make it easy to accurately size an animal.. Metric is what the biologists work in...

So you can see he is a good sized guy..
Anyone with any recent sightings ??
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Nice looking buck. Ya gonna swat him?

I've seen a large frame buck with a decent rack going into the pine plantation bordering my property. Don't have a picture of him, but hoping I will see him from the stand in a few weeks.
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