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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #1
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It seems like everyone that I've talked to said there season was slim pickings !! How was yours ? Did it seam like the heard was down this year ?
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I think it was the weather more then anything, i got a doe on opening day and a 215 lbs field dress 10 point on the 16th.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 07:08 AM   #3
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Things weren't to bad here, but I live right against the freeway. the deer kinda have to cross my place or face traffic :) my buddy has been out and got two and my son in law has seen a lot and got nothing, the late doe should yield a couple more big does. for some reason they run about 200 lbs down this way
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I saw plenty during bow season but only one on rifle opener.
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Saw two deer all of the OH bow season - nothing even close to shooting range.

Really slim pickins - weather was bad (either too warm, pouring rain, or windy) every freaking weekend...
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Our group hunts the Pigeon River state forest, 11 deer were seen by 12 guys the first 7 days of rifle. Only 4 of us saw those 11 deer, all bald! We closed the cabin down up there and will be muzzle loader hunting around Midland and Gladwin.

Worst season we have ever had, bar none!
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #7
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Old December 7th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #8
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I didnt see any thing during bow season , we made 2 four day trips and nothing ( 5 guys private propery ) Then came rifle and made 3 trips, (6 guys) 1 guy on the back of the property seen 4 but couldnt get any shots, I seen 2 running through and couldnt get a shot. And that was it , We have 40 acers neer Evart , !/2 hour north west of Clare. we are surrounded by corn and surrounded by private property so not much pressure , but the corn was still wet this year so they didnt start taking it down until Thanksgiving. I think they were held up in there untill it came down , I mean why would they even move, they can eat, sleep, hang out, and they have all the cover they need , the propery was tore up with runs , rubs, and scrapes , but it had to be all night movement. So Me and a friend made one last trip and went up after the corn was down and he got a nice size doe . But once again that was the only deer we seen. But I put in a lot of 5 hour stands and didnt see shit. I had heard that it wasnt it very good year for anyone , except a slight few. Just trying to see where the all the deer are, What area's, or Is the heard just down again ???
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Old December 7th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #9
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My season isn't over

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Old December 7th, 2009, 04:00 PM   #10
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my season isnt over till the first of the year muzzle loader and then more bow
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Old December 7th, 2009, 04:34 PM   #11
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Pretty shitty so far. I haven't hunted nearly as much as I've wanted to but in probably 15 times out I've only seen 5 deer, all does, 2 of which were fawns. Still a little time left with the smoke-pole but I can't say I've got my hopes up.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #12
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My season has been slow until the last 2 nights....i have seen a total of 32 deer, 3 were bucks (3pt, and two 4pts). The upcoming weather pattern has them moving, get out there if you can!
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saw one doe, that i shot and 3 spikes in a week of hunting, my dad saw one 6 point in a week of hunting, so it was pretty slow
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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:26 AM   #14
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What areas are all you guys hunting in ?? Trying to figure out if some areas are better than others , but so far it just sounds pretty dead everywhere. I might make one more late season hunt, not sure yet ?? The one thing I like about late season hunts is If you do see deer , they are useually in big groups. I put in so many stands this year ( Long stands ), and didnt see anything, Im just kinda burnded out this year !!
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Old December 14th, 2009, 04:32 AM   #15
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Thats it ?? No one else went hunting ??
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I forgot to tell you guys, My pal at work was tuning up the scope on his Muzzle loader the begining of Nov. and forgot to take out his ram rod...
he got a black eye and broke his glasses in half! the rod was buried in the ground about 50 yards out, looked like a hand full of splinters all glued up he said.
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Ours was unfortunately slow also. We had 9 guys up on 150 acres for a week and pulled one deer. I'm going back out for bow so hopefully we'll see some more. I remember alot of beer though.
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im on private land inbetween livingston and genessee county and on the 20 acres i hunt i saw about 40-50 deer.....my buddy shot his doe opening day and i shot mine the following night but they were in packs of 3-9 at a time and it seemed like the rut was really late. i got skunked one night but every other was producing around 5 does with about a 40 yd shot. i found 2 rubs and a scrape but only saw a button buck during the season. The previous two weeks before the season were full of bucks. i had 2 large 4 pt. and a good sized 6 pt. and they must have instantly bedded down and moved nocturnally because they were nowhere to be found. who knows but hopefully late doe will produce some larger does.
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Thats the same thing with our property with the bucks, We have 40 acres heavily wooded property in Oceola County, abbout a 1/2 hour NW of Clare, We had a trail cam set up in my dads area We had it set up from Sep 1st, to Nov 12 , and man we were pumped , there was a ton of does, some smaller bucks, a really nice 6 point and 2 really huge 8 points, plus there was a buck chasing a doe that had to go at least 200 maybe more ( we nick named him the bull ) the way the picture was it was hard to count the points, but it couldnt have been no smaller than a 10 point , he was Masive, 6 of us hunted the 13th & 14th Bow, didnt see anything, then broke out the guns and we were putting in no less than 5 hour stands the whole time, Hunted rifle the 15th, 16th, 17th, and there was only 2 yearlings, doe and a button buck (looked like brother and sister ) everyone seen them at one point or another, but other than that we saw nothing, very disapointing after seeing those pics. Also there was only a couple of shots around us to speak of !! Very disapointing !! Me and a friend went up the weekend after Thanksgiving and hunted 4 good stands and my friend shot a doe on the last night, that was again the only deer seen on that trip. Plus the 6 of us made a 4 day Bow hunt 2 weeks before rifle and didnt see anything then either !! Thats why I put up this thread, Im curious if they went nocturnal early, or if the corn still being up late this year had something to do with it or what ?? Because the weather was just about perfect. We know its not from pressure from other hunters because it is all private property for miles and miles around us , so you dont get that pressure like state land getting flooded with hunters.... I dont know Im stumped ??? We have never had a season this bad sence we bought the property 15 years ago ??

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well my theory is the unnaturally warm weather......and coinciding with a last minute harvesting i think at least in my case that they were bedding down during the day and hitting the food source (corn/soybean by me) during the night. The bucks have experienced cold winters and im sure they recognized it as an opportunity but the does were common up until they smelled us and smelled blood from the previous two kills. The weather really threw them out of their normal habits so all i can see is the crops provided not only food but cover as well until they were harvested. now this cold weather with a 40 degree day thrown in the mix should prove beneficial if it warms up say 10-15 degrees for late doe. i heard from a hunter that he shot a large 8 pt and a 12 pt both over 220 lbs. I saw the pics as evidence so bow season was much different than normal but 50-55 degrees on opening was a little too much.
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