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Old 10-26-2015, 11:30 AM
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Had a buck about that size walk by 15 yards in front of my stand. Unfortunately it was 2:15 in the morning and only my camera was in the area at the time.

Been out 6 times in the evening and only seen 10 deer so far. Of course getting close to a full moon right now doesn't help. Did have a nice doe 15 yards in front of me a couple days ago, but it was right at the end of shooting time and I felt it was just too dark to take a shot with my bow. If I had a hard time finding her in the dark I'd have to wait till morning, and with it this warm the meat wouldn't be any good.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:26 PM
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Seeing lots of little bucks. Out of 15 deer seen in 8 times out, 9 times it was a buck. Night before last I saw 4 small bucks and I know they were all different. Two came in together, and later two more came in from a different direction and their racks were different.

When the second two came in they went up a small road I made and then turned back. They stopped by an overhanging branch and were looking up. I took note of a clear dirt spot on the ground and knew I'd seen my first scrape of the year. Put a camera on it yesterday, so down the line we'll see what stops by and when.

The scrape is about 50 yards from my tree stand, so too far away for archery, but just right for rifle or black powder. There are two roads that I built in the woods that intersect about 15 yards from my stand. The scrape is about 35 yards from that intersection, so hopefully with it in the area I may see quite a bit of activity around that intersection.
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:07 AM
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Primitive arms allowed for one week opened the 2015-16 gun Deer Hunting Season on the 24th, and regular gun (still hunting only) for deer will open on the 31st. The season will be continuous, transitioning to dogs being optional on December 9th, until January 17th. Then a final week with only primitive arms (January 18 - 24) will end the season on January 24.

We finally received a good soaking rain over the better part of four days this past weekend (Friday through Monday with a little mist continuing into the middle of Tuesday), so I will fertilize & plant the deer food plot Wednesday of next week. It is way late for the deer food plot, but seeding it was useless until we received a rain.

My hunting may be severely limited this season, because of some major surgery in the wife's near future, further complicated by her referral to specialist out-of state. I really hated missing this first week allowing primitive arms use, but I will hunt when I have an opportunity during the balance of the season.

The worst day possible while hunting, is tremendously better than the best day possible when working!
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Old 10-30-2015, 05:42 PM
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Deer (mule deer) season's over around here and we didn't do any good this year. Then again, we didn't try very hard. Neither my wife nor I are in any kind of physical condition right now to be dealing with dragging a darned dead deer out or butchering it.

However, last night I fixed a pot of venison stew from last year's deer for supper. I was enjoying it right up to the point where I bit down on a tiny piece of lead with an even tinier piece of the bullet jacket still attached to it. Thankfully, I didn't break a tooth, but it hurt a lot.

What I can't figure out is exactly how a bullet fragment ended up in one of the round steaks I cut up for stew yesterday. I shot that deer right in the throat, just under his chin. He was standing, facing me, at no more than 75 yards. Needless to say, he dropped instantly. And I actually saw the bullet kick up dust on the little hill behind him. But I guess it wasn't the whole bullet that kicked up dust - a little piece of the bullet must have fragmented off and lodged itself in the deer's hindquarters somewhere.

I guess that's what I get for not butchering that deer myself. We've (my family and I) have almost always cut up our own deer and elk But last year I got lazy, so I took the deer to a commercial butcher. If I hadn't have done that, I might have noticed some damage to the deer's hindquarters that shouldn't have been there, and looked for bullet fragments. Maybe not, but I've been eating deer and elk meat for 67 years. Over those years I've found a lot of bullets and bullet fragments in the carcasses we've cut up. But I've always found them long before the meat went on the table.

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Old 10-31-2015, 11:42 AM
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As I mentioned I have a scrape about 50 yards from one of my stands. I put a camera on it to see what might be using it. These came from one night, and they are all different bucks.





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It's good to read all these posts, favorite time of the year for sure.

Looks like a couple of interesting points on your new friend, Hunter.

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Old 11-02-2015, 03:16 AM
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Deer (mule deer) season's over around here and we didn't do any good this year. Then again, we didn't try very hard. Neither my wife nor I are in any kind of physical condition right now to be dealing with dragging a darned dead deer out or butchering it.

However, last night I fixed a pot of venison stew from last year's deer for supper. I was enjoying it right up to the point where I bit down on a tiny piece of lead with an even tinier piece of the bullet jacket still attached to it. Thankfully, I didn't break a tooth, but it hurt a lot.

What I can't figure out is exactly how a bullet fragment ended up in one of the round steaks I cut up for stew yesterday. I shot that deer right in the throat, just under his chin. He was standing, facing me, at no more than 75 yards. Needless to say, he dropped instantly. And I actually saw the bullet kick up dust on the little hill behind him. But I guess it wasn't the whole bullet that kicked up dust - a little piece of the bullet must have fragmented off and lodged itself in the deer's hindquarters somewhere.

I guess that's what I get for not butchering that deer myself. We've (my family and I) have almost always cut up our own deer and elk But last year I got lazy, so I took the deer to a commercial butcher. If I hadn't have done that, I might have noticed some damage to the deer's hindquarters that shouldn't have been there, and looked for bullet fragments. Maybe not, but I've been eating deer and elk meat for 67 years. Over those years I've found a lot of bullets and bullet fragments in the carcasses we've cut up. But I've always found them long before the meat went on the table.
Stranger things have happened I am sure, then on the other hand you may not have had your own deer meat returned to you. Mix-ups do happen, when honesty is not in question.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:22 PM
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Yeah, I hadn't considered that Jjr, but I'll bet you're right - I'll bet we got at least one package of someone else's venison. We've known the butcher that we took the deer to for a long time. I think he's probably as honest as the next guy. But as you said; "Mix-ups do happen." I can especially see mix-ups happening in his butcher shop (which is in the back of a small town grocery store) during deer and elk season here. He, his wife, and his two teen-aged sons all spend a lot of their evenings cutting and wrapping deer and elk meat that time of year. Any one of them could have mistakenly thrown a package of someone else deer meat in our box.

Oh well, no big a deal. Because of your response, I can consider it "mystery solved." Thanks.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:58 PM
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We got three morning hunts before getting rained out. I didn't see any deer while actually hunting, but returning from the hunt Thursday morning, I saw two. Either would have been an easy shot, but five houses were beyond the deer, so they got a free pass. The deer knew they were safe. Neither one ran off, they just casually trotted off.

I found one rub, probably from a young buck, since it was a small sapling he fought with.

I also discover the beavers have moved back in and damned up a low area on the property. I took the J-D and blade and cut their damn Wednesday evening, but they repaired the damn over night. I re-cut their damn Thursday morning and their pond drained until late in the afternoon, the last time I checked on it. I am sure they repaired it over night, but having my hunt rained out today and with 100% rain being forecast for Saturday, I came home.

When the hunting season has ended, I will cut their damn again early one morning and come night, I will be set up with lights I can illuminate their work area with and a shotgun with heavy loads, so I can cull some beavers.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:07 PM
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First... The state legislature can implement things by one way or another about game and fish regulations WITHOUT any input from the DNR experts or the general public... And require the DNR to enforce there edicts that the entire state population has to abide by....

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For some reasons, not all known to the general public, members of the native American communities can hunt deer, (get this) AT NIGHT, WITH SPOTLIGHTS....

At last nights township meeting, the local deputy said this will be going on, so if you hear gunfire at night, it likely is this... Don't panic....

Don't panic.... Like hell... If someone is shooting at night near my place, I'm going to get upset... Another post or thread.. Moving on..

Now.. The few details I have... A tribe member does have to apply for and have a state permit to prove they qualify for this privilege.. For instance.. Much the same application process you would go through to get a disabled hunter qualification or other of the very few special considerations..

As I understand it this permit is good anywhere in the state, any time of the year.... NOT just during normal hunting seasons, hunting zones, or tribal lands...

Any Cheddar Heads with more details ??

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Old 11-12-2015, 07:30 PM
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That's just crazy wyo. Heck if is illegal to use a spotlight at all during hunting season around here - big fine.

Since it sounds like a special consideration for the local Indians, I wonder if this law is a consession for something else they wanted but were not granted.
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:12 PM
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Spotlighting game is a big No, No here also.

There is one concession for hunting at night with or without artificial light, infrared or laser sighting devices, or night vision devices, on private property. The landowner, his lessee or agent with written permission and the landowners contact information in his/her possession, may take outlaw quadrupeds (Coyotes, Armadillos, & Feral Hogs), Nutria & Beaver during the nighttime hours from one-half hour after official sunset on the last day of February to one-half hour past official sunset the last day of August that same year.

[Essentially following the close of any legal hunting season until the following hunting season opens, so there is no allowance for this activity during any times a legal hunting season is actively open.]

Additionally anyone legally authorized to possess a firearm with a sound suppressor may use the firearm fitted with the sound suppressor while taking outlaw quadrupeds, nutria or beaver.

Anyone attempting to take outlaw quadrupeds under the provision of this section must notify the Sheriff of the Parish (County) in which the property is located and ALSO the LDWF Enforcement Division 24 hours prior to the attempted taking under this provision.

Therefore in my previous post on the sixth, I said once hunting season has ended, I would plain on culling some beavers.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:39 PM
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No details from this Mud Duck, but I would like to hear if you can confirm if it's Statewide or just on Reservation land.

If it's on Reservation land, have no opinion on it - since that's Sov soil. If it's statewide, I say it's crazy.

Our group is 2-4 for the first half of the season. The Old Man of the Group swatted spiker with a solid body, unweighed.

The BIL bagged an 18 pointer that weighed in only at 153 lbs. A mean looking scarred up bruiser. Was missing half an ear on one side and had a hole through the other. Had fresh bark on the horns.

I meant to head back up today for the last half of rifle season, but may not be able to leave until Thursday.
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:44 PM
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As Coaltrain suggests, the Native Tribes were granted virtually unlimited hunting rights out of respect for their traditions and the fact that that's how they used to feed themselves. Maybe that's not really germane anymore.

Setting legal hunting seasons & quotas has to do with [a] regulating wild populations scientifically, keeping numbers low enough so food supply/habitat is not exceeded, yet high enough to ensure survival of the species, and [b] for public safety considerations-- you may not want those drunken, rowdy hunters showing up randomly and unexpectedly shooting their high powered rifles at anything that moves, except during designated periods of the year.

OTOH- given that WI is over-run with large antlered pests, maybe a limited deer season isn't really necessary.
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Setting legal hunting seasons & quotas has to do with [a] regulating wild populations scientifically, keeping numbers low enough so food supply/habitat is not exceeded, yet high enough to ensure survival of the species, and [b] for public safety considerations--

Yes... The two things that fit this definition are "wild life management" and "conservation" ......... "Preservation" has a whole different definition and many people get the terms confused or think they are interchangeable... Whole different thread..
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OTOH- given that WI is over-run with large antlered pests, maybe a limited deer season isn't really necessary.

NOT in this area.. Maybe in the more central/recreational water sport region that may be true... Numbers can be vastly different... But here numbers are WAY down.. Regardless of the number of permits issued.. Permits are part of the DNR income, and to severely limit permits in an area would tick people off who couldn't get a permit... Now if they don't/can't get a deer... The DNR can side step those complaints more easily... Bear numbers have been rampant in this area..

Now if you mean large antlered pests = elk... The DNR has released 50 (?) more of them not far from me... Many feel they have to keep the damn wolves fed somehow....

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OK.... Tonight I found out more about this..
Seems somehow a federal judge somewhere has ruled, at least a couple years ago now, that tribal people (with training and state permit I presume) can hunt wolves at night...

So it has come about that a federal judge (not sure if the same one) has said they can hunt deer with spotlights... With proof of qualifying tribal membership, marksmanship training and a state permit to do so..

Like said.. Still crazy.. At the last township meeting deputy Doughnut said this would be going on and not to be alarmed..

Like hell... If someone shoots at night in my neighborhood.. I'm going to call..

Your federal gooberment at work..
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Wyo - Did you confirm that it was statewide or just on tribal lands?


Regular rifle season is over with, we're 3 for 4 with the group. I didn't swat one, but I'm cool with that. Unless of course I pull out the black powder or bow for late season.

There is one very large buck roaming around my woods still, saw his tracks roaming around.
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Kachad I didn't fire my rifle during rifle season either. Passed up on some smaller bucks, but I'll still have a chance at one. Our black powder season runs the entire month of Dec.

I have a land owner permit, which means I can use whatever weapon is legal for the day I am hunting. Our deer season starts Sept 1st for archery, then 10 days in Nov for rifle, then Dec for black powder, and another 2 weeks in Jan for rifle anterless. My landowner permit is good from Sept 1st to Jan 15th, just use whatever weapon is legal at the time.

We ended up with 3 deer from 3 of us that hunted rifle season. My son in law took a decent 4x4, and then we told him to shoot some does while the other guy and I kept looking for that big buck.
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Kachad I didn't fire my rifle during rifle season either. Passed up on some smaller bucks, but I'll still have a chance at one. Our black powder season runs the entire month of Dec.

I have a land owner permit, which means I can use whatever weapon is legal for the day I am hunting. Our deer season starts Sept 1st for archery, then 10 days in Nov for rifle, then Dec for black powder, and another 2 weeks in Jan for rifle anterless. My landowner permit is good from Sept 1st to Jan 15th, just use whatever weapon is legal at the time.

We ended up with 3 deer from 3 of us that hunted rifle season. My son in law took a decent 4x4, and then we told him to shoot some does while the other guy and I kept looking for that big buck.
Sounds like some good venison in the freezer, good luck for that latter part of the season!
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Default Wisconsin 2015 Deer Harvest..

Kachad.... To confirm kinda/sorta.... This night hunting thing has to be state wide as there is no reservation land in this township, and none in this county that I know of..

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This is the first year WI deer hunters can register there harvest electronically.. After the number were corrected because of a glitch that recorded some registrations multiple times... The total harvest was said to be a very little over 201,000 animals all seasons, all methods.. I believe that is WAY down from last year and the last couple years..

But #$%@%$#@ bears are still rampant in my area at least.. They seem to be really scrambling right now before there food supply gets snow covered/frozen and they hibernate...

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