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    1 Day Ago
    I'll bet my wife could put bark on a whoopie pie if it makes billy happy.
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    1 Day Ago
    billy I'll come eat your bark anytime. How come you don't invite me down no more? We used to be buds back in the old days...remember? I don't know anything about your 'discussion' with DParker, but come up here and my wife will blow you away with baked goods. She's a true master. I could skip the meat and go straight to the pie and cake and cookies and whoopie pies. Just sayin'. :co:
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    6 Days Ago
    Is that even humanly possible? :grin:
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    6 Days Ago
    I don't have any scientific data but I do have one incident that stuck in my mind all these years. I went in to setup a stand on a Thur. afternoon years ago. I found a nice spot on the edge of a clearcut, didn't need too much work to get it ready. There was a nice open little flat spot (old coal hearth) right in front of the stand that had a deer trail leading out onto it. I had to cut a little brush and went through a little tunnel of brush where the trail met the opening. When I went through I took my hand and pushed up on the brush so I could get underneath it. I didn't think much about it, got the stand hung and got out of there. Sat. morning I'm sitting in the stand watching the opening and sure enough here comes a doe with a fawn on the trail heading for my opening. When the doe gets to where I pushed the brush back with my hand she goes full alert, sniffing where I touched. She became extremely alert and eventually wheels around and blows out of there. No doubt in my mind she smelled my scent on the brush from a day and half before. I'm sure our scent lingers longer and stronger than we think it does in the right situations. The lesson she taught me sticks with me today when I'm preparing my stands before or during the season. As far as this buck is concerned, I was sprayed down with Deep Woods Off the day before, so that probably made matters worse. And yes, he sure seems transfixed on the mineral block or the stump. I guess the big take away is it took him 26 minutes to go a couple of feet once he was on alert.
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    1 Week Ago
    Feel free to share with your friends or use as a talking point around the water cooler. Believe me, I posted the abridged version of this buck. There were 13 pics in all spaced out over 26 minutes, for him to finally check out the stump. Never had one do that before. Normally, they either get over it right away, or most often, they vacate and come back later, sometimes days later, to check things out again. This guy chose to just stand there and weigh out his options I guess.
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    1 Week Ago
    I was going over my latest scouting camera pics and found this so interesting. Notice the buck below as he hits my scent from the day before when I set up the camera. In the first picture he hits the path where I walked in without rubber boots. He stood motionless for the first 6 minutes I guess, because I didn't get a second pic until then. Then it takes a full 26 minutes for him to travel the next 5 feet. How often do we alert deer during the season and they are put on full alert like this? I really don't care where this camera is because I will not be hunting in this immediate area. Lesson learned though for placing stands and cameras during the season.
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    1 Week Ago
    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    I zoomed in on him, he's rubbing his forehead on a thin sapling, marking 'his' territory I guess. Joke's on him though, I doubt he's in charge of this group.
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    Trust me, if I could pan the camera around you would soon realize that the area is thick. The opening in the bottom photo was created by me. The rest of the area around is thick saplings that are a bear to walk through. I read your post 3 times, still couldn't make complete sense of it. But it is only 7:00 AM, coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
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    1 Week Ago
    When Jon and I hook up, you can throw the record book out. You can't stop Jon, only hope to contain him. Should be another piece of cake. ...........what is this contest for anyway????????????
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    I've learned over the last 10 yrs or so that the bucks will Summer in the clearcuts. I'm guessing the food is abundant and the cover is unbeatable. The top 2 pics are on a stump on the edge of a 200 acre clearcut, nasty thick. The bottom pick is in the middle of an older clearcut, still very thick. What makes them move by Fall? I guess when testosterone levels rise they start to irritate each other and they split up and move on. I have learned if I keep a camera in these same areas in the Fall, I'll be lucky to get more than one of these bucks on film. Usually one stays and the others are never on the camera again. Certainly there is more mast crop in areas outside of the clearcuts. Once they split up, they are very hard to find. They've got a ton of good country to hide in. If it isn't a thick overgrown clearcut, it's a vast mountain laurel thicket or a rhododendron filled hollow. I guess I need Mark and Terry to come show me how it's done.
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    Nothing it's all natural here. Our deer eat wood...and they're thankful for it. :re: ...or perhaps somebody snuck in and put Buck Jam acorn flavor on the stumps when I wasn't looking.
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Survivors in Photography
    Yep. I've heard too many stories of guys getting their cameras stolen. I carry in 3 steps, hang them up 9-10 ft. Haven't lost one yet.
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    luv2bowhunt started a thread Survivors in Photography
    Summer bucks, not as big as some years, but good to know they're out there.
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Getting Older in Podunk Corner
    I guess I've watched people waste away, little by little, dying a little more each day too many times. Not the way I would prefer. Heart attack on a distant hill, not the worst way to go IMO. "Every man dies, not every man truly lives."
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    1 Week Ago
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    1 Week Ago
    Well, the edge cover I'm talking about is 1-2 miles back in, no ATV's allowed. There are a lot of varying stages of clearcuts in our State Forests. So you can get back in a mile or more and find a 6-8 yr old clearcut that no one is bowhunting. That's my favorite location, an overgrown 6-10 yr old clearcut that's way off the beaten path. Rubs are never hard to find there and the buck pics I get each Summer confirm that several bucks are making it through in these places each year. The rubs on the edge may be done at night, but what I'm usually looking for are trails that the rubs are made on. Those trails will lead back into the thick clearcut and eventually peter out in the bedding cover. I try to spend time each Winter in the thick clearcuts, trying to find areas I can create at trail intersections inside the thick stuff. I've got a new one I'm going to try out this year, and another area that I'm wishing I could have gotten to. If I find rubs on the edge of the clearcuts in these areas, I know I'm in business, even if the rubs on the edge of the woods were made at night. And since the hunting pressure is low in these areas, there's still a chance they may move around a little at dawn or dusk. The problem is, and it's a big one, if the bucks know they're being hunted in those areas they will simply move to another spot a couple hundred yards away. So, I don't like to push things too much in the early season. I'm learning to ease my way into the rut, then you can go crazy and do all kinds of stupid things, like hunt right over the bedding areas.
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Getting Older in Podunk Corner
    I remember that story Bob. You told me you were going to be in better shape next time. I try the best I can, keep the extra pounds off. Also bought the electric bike, hopefully it will help to keep me from blowing a gasket 2 miles back in. But as Bob Peck once reminded me, there are worse ways to die than being out in the outdoors, doing what you luv to do.
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    luv2bowhunt replied to a thread Ask The Experts in Podunk Corner
    I have 4 daughters and will have to side with Bob on this one. You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. So many times I should have taken a softer approach. What works for teen boys does not necessarily (or probably) work with teen girls.
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    1 Week Ago
    I know what you're saying. In some years some areas don't seem to have the early rubs. Not sure how much land you're hunting, but lucky for me I have 80,000 acres at my disposal in just one State Forest. I bounce around enough to find some kind of rubbing activity somewhere most of the time in the early season. White pines or striped maples along the edges of clearcuts are a sure bet around here most years. White pines along old logging roads at the edges of clearcuts to be even more specific. If they ain't rubbing there, they ain't rubbing yet.
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    1 Week Ago
    This made me laugh. :-)
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    I don't have the luxury of EVER doing long range scouting in late Summer or early Fall. So you know it will come down to where or if, the white oaks are falling. It gets hard to narrow down on the years when there are acorns falling everywhere. It seems this year that we will have an abundance of acorns after 2 years of very little mast crop. I will do some low impact scouting on the edge of bedding areas looking for the Sept. rubs. At least then you get a sense of where a buck is going in and out to feed. But even then, normally, these bucks are not moving around much in the daylight once the season opens. I've killed a couple bucks in early Oct. and it's always been because of watching these trails with rubs on that I found in Sept.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bob, I read a lot, just not outdoor books. So, I have nothing to offer in this category.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Here's one of my favorites.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I remember when buck season was buck for everybody and doe season was doe for everybody. :bang:
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Not to get off topic (something you guys never do here :re:) but an example of confusion. In my management zone does have been legal starting the opening day of rifle season for many, many years. This year, my zone will be the same as the rest of the state and for the first time will be buck only for the first week, with does being legal starting on the first Sat. With the exception of a couple other zones that will be doe and buck starting the first day, except the areas that are shotgun only, they will be ending later than most of the rest of the state. Unless of course you're in a DMAP area than all the rules change a bit. And then there's the early doe season which is muzzleloader only except for the 3 days that juniors and seniors can use a rifle but don't forget to check to see if you're in the CWD areas, then you can't transport your deer brain out of that area. Turkey season is where it gets really confusing, not even going to try to decipher. King Tuts tomb had easier to read Hieroglyphics. Can't wait to see how many guys I see with a doe back at their truck this year on opening day.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    OK just to clarify, PA allows almost NO Sunday hunting. I think the only thing we can hunt is coyotes in the early morning and crows during the day. I can't think of anything else we're allowed to hunt on Sunday but I will have to read the digest. They are constantly making subtle changes so the average Joe remains dazed and confused.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    That's an oxymoron is it not?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Yes, I remember Floyd and the ladder you almost killed him on. If I was climbing to that stand, you'd probably have the pointed sticks for me to fall into when the ladder 'failed'.:re:
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