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Deer Hunting

Discussion in 'Tilted Weaponry' started by Smackre, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Thanks. :cool:

    Hanging in my home office.
  2. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    Nice Borla i like the spread on the one on the left.
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  3. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Don't know if you are Duck Dynasty fans but the new episode this week where they take their wives deer hunting is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.
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  4. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Love it. :p

    I've seen the episode, the wife hasn't. We are going to watch it in a bit. SO reminds me of my hunting buddy, I, and our wives. :D
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  5. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Woohoo! I got permission this past week for a new/second hunting spot.

    I'll still likely do my main shotgun deer hunting up where I have the last several years. But a good buddy has family land only 30 mins from my house that he offered to let me hunt on as well. This will allow me to do a lot more bow hunting, and maybe I'll throw in a day here and there during shotgun as well. :cool:

    Already been out once for bow. Saw a doe, but she was too far away.

    Also, while NOT hunting, I saw a monster buck. Same spot I saw a large buck the last two years (maybe the same one?). This year he has drop tines. First time I've seen that on a live buck in person. That thing was a horse.
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  6. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor


    @Borla, go and stalk it
  7. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX
    I haven't hunted in many years, but am a firm believer that it serves several useful purposes. My thoughts are in one of the hunting threads here at TFP.

    The use of feeders bothers me. I can understand that knowing where the deer are going to be is convenient, but I don't like the idea of people who know little about actual hunting (they don't bother to learn the terrain and the deer's habits) sitting in stand waiting for the deer to show up. My example usually goes like this: Some fatass with his rifle sighted in a hundred yards sitting in a stand that is conveniently located a hundred yards from the feeder.

    If there is deer overpopulation, yes, thinning the herds as easily as possible makes sense. Someone leasing land for hunting probably wants to make sure the hunters "get their moneys worth."

    I admit to influenced by my great uncles who owned land in Oklahoma. They hunted deer for the meat, not for sport, and they knew their land very well. Obviously they were in a good position to learn the deer's habits over the years without using feeders, unlike folks leasing land.
  8. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    In my experience, feeders are something you only see in Texas and a few nearby states. Unless maybe you include a few higher priced guided hunting places. No one that I hunt with, or know that hunts in the Midwest, has such a set-up. Typical hunting here is a tree stand in the woods, preferably near some farmland and water. Usually it is someone's family land, and the same guys are hunting it year after year, maintaining it, and are very concerned about managing the environment and herd in the area. All of the people I hunt with are adamant about following all the DNR rules, and on the primary land I hunt on, they even have a few private rules that are more restrictive, in an effort to not over harvest. I also live and hunt in areas where there are severe overpopulation issues with deer and some starve to death in bad winters, mainly because man has eliminated almost all of the natural predators while also providing exponentially more food sources, and richer ones, than would otherwise be in the area.
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  9. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX
    Borla, it sounds as though you and your friends hunt the way I would want to hunt.

    I worked with a young woman who participated in rodeos, barrel racing IRRC. She grew up on a family ranch in SE TX. They knew the habits of the deer, and the only time they used feeders was when they noticed an overabundance of deer. She said the feeders made it easier to thin the population by taking out the spikes, which I understand to be grown bucks that are underdeveloped because of insufficient food/poor nutrition.

    They didn't waste the meat. Whatever they couldn't use went to family & friends.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2014
  10. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Gun season starts here on Saturday next week.
    We have a huge abundance of deer this year and the DEC has handed out virtually unlimited doe permits in this part of NY state.
    Weather forecast looks very cold though. If it's going to be cold I would like a least an inch or two of soft snow on the ground to aid with tracking.
  11. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    This guy just walked in on me.


    10pts. Decent body. Not a monster for around here, but decent sized by any account.

    He dropped within 30 yards.
  12. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Well done Borla.
    A quiet opening day for me here in NY. My friend shot a medium sized buck and we saw lots of does but we are waiting a couple of days before taking does.
    Cold as a witch's tit here. 19F when we started, barely made it to freezing and had light snow during the afternoon.
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  13. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

    Nice job Borla.
    Do you butcher out your own meat or do you take it in someplace to have it done?
    We have places here that will carve out out all the the good stuff, wrap it for you and turn the rest into sausage.
    They'll even send the hide out for tanning for an extra fee.
    It's a bit expensive but for people without butchering skills or a place to do the work, it's worth it.

    I remember having to use a friends garage to work on a moose and it took up a hell of a lot of space before we were done.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
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  14. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I've done both. There is a good local butcher that usually does it for a very reasonable price, and they make great sausage and meat sticks.

    I also have a friend who is kind enough to let me hang my deer in his barn (they aren't so fond of it in suburbia where I live, lol), and if there are helping hands available and the timing is convenient enough, we'll do it right there. Last year we had five deer between us so we just set up an assembly line with family and friends and butchered them, made sausage, packaged and sealed up the good cuts, and made an afternoon/evening of it. Good times.

    I'm still figuring out what I want to do with this one. It'll depend on work schedule and such, but right now I'm leaning towards doing it myself.
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  15. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Oh, and someone asked about this elsewhere. That pic is of the exit side. The arrow entered just a couple of inches behind the opposite shoulder, and maybe 2" higher than the exit wound. It double lunged him, so he was out in no time.
  16. PonyPotato

    PonyPotato Very Tilted

    Reno, NV
    My ex got a 7 point (8 pointer with a broken end) in Indiana bow hunting recently. Weighed in at 180+ lbs, and he ended up with 62 after processing. I have 6 lbs of that, along with some meat sticks and jerky. Mmm, jerky. I'm crossing my fingers he takes another one or two this winter so I can pad my freezer pretty well. :)

    If any of you care to donate venison to my freezer, I will gladly accept!
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  17. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    well done @borla bbd
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  18. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX
    Our source for free venison seems to have dried up, I guess that they made enough room in the freezer for this seasons meat.
  19. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    If anyone were local enough to pick it up, I'd be more than happy to share. To ship it fast enough to keep it from thawing out, it wouldn't be cost effective. It'd be cheaper to find a butcher or specialty grocer that sells venison (they are around). But if anyone is passing by soon, let me know. :D
  20. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Shotgun season starts Friday here.

    I just mounted my GoPro underneath my shotgun. So if technology doesn't fail me, and if I happen to get a deer, I'll have some video.

    Even if I don't get a deer, hopefully I'll at least see some and get video.
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