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Congratulations to all of you who had successful hunts this season. It has been a long time . . . but, I was skunked this season.
 

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Knocked down a doe tonight about a half hour before season ended. It was another tuff year so far. Crazy weather again and very low number of deer. There were days when I didn't see a thing, and didn't hear a shot.

Apparently since last winter was so warm there was a big outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) . It never got cold enough to kill off the biting flies that spread it. Had been finding lots of bone piles in the woods, and even found a few the last couple days that had died recently and only partly decayed.

Hopefully the stupid coyotes catch it .

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That's a good year. Congrats. How big was the bear.
 

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Sunday 1/21/18 got a 168# 8 pt.
Monday 1/22/18 a big ol' sow pig
Tuesday 1/23/18 a 196# 8pt. (The ninth buck I saw that day)
Just watched deer the next two days
Friday 1/26/18 a 188# 7 pt.

I had a great little hunting trip, came home 8 days early cause my coolers were full. (Hunt club in Alabama)
 

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Wow that's a hell of a trip. Congrats
 

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This little 7 pointer Thanksgiving morning, he's small but I didn't think I'd get to hunt much more this year.
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Already eaten tenderloins & some backstrap & the rest is in the freezer, he's little but tasty.

I'm going to try to shoot a coyote this year, we're lousy with them in this part of NC but they seem pretty tough to call. Most of the ones I hear about shot around her were "targets of opportunity" shot from a deer stand while deer hunting. I've seen one fox so far & coyote tracks but haven't gotten a shot yet.
 

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Has been a horrible outdoor year for me. I had surgery in April on my left elbow and right hand which had me laid up just as the fishing seasons kick off until late June. The weather has been horrid with streams blown out. I read we are +17" of rain from average. Now that hunting seasons in it's been bouncing between rain/sleet/snow mix and teens temps...to almost 60 the other day. Deer tracks are about 6 inches deep in the mud, and the few doe I've seen look like they had been mud wrestling.

It is what it is, and I'm plenty happy to keep plowing on as best I can.
 

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Has been a horrible outdoor year for me. I had surgery in April on my left elbow and right hand which had me laid up just as the fishing seasons kick off until late June. The weather has been horrid with streams blown out. I read we are +17" of rain from average. Now that hunting seasons in it's been bouncing between rain/sleet/snow mix and teens temps...to almost 60 the other day. Deer tracks are about 6 inches deep in the mud, and the few doe I've seen look like they had been mud wrestling.

It is what it is, and I'm plenty happy to keep plowing on as best I can.
I am in the same boat. We have had more rain this deer season than I can ever remember. We were 17 + inches above normal a month ago. Who knows what it is now. I heard the weatherman on tv say the other day it could not rain agin until Summer and we would not be hurt. I have seen 0 shooter bucks while hunting. This time of year I am generally getting ready to shoot a doe or two. Not this year. I am still trying to find a mature buck.

My best stand is located on a hardwood creek bottom surround on one side by green fields. The other sides are pine thicket. I have always had my choice of several shooter bucks. Not this year. I have logged hours and hours in this stand and have seen a few doe and several 1.5 year old bucks. Now it is flooded to the point that I have to wade to the stand in several places. Those 2 hurricanes that passed got the creek way out of the banks and made it a muddy mess. It dried up enough last week to get the deer to start using it again but on Saturday we got another couple of inches. I am hunting Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and all day Saturday but now they are calling for rain/sleet/snow all day on Saturday into Sunday.

It has to eventually quit raining. I am just before shooting a few doe and writing this year off and start getting ready for next season.

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Nice buck. Just came back In...skunked again. Hit some state game lands thinking people may have the deer moving around. Didn't even hear a shot.
 
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