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    This past Saturday morning was the first chance I had to get out, because it was the first time the temperature has been low enough to keep you from being bled dry by mosquitoes on the walk in/out. In two days we went from ~90F to needing thermal underwear and gloves in the morning. Fall? Never heard of it. The only deer I saw was a doe that was bedded down in some thick stuff about 20 yds from where I set up. I made a hell of a racket getting there, what with acorns covering just about every sq foot of ground. But she waited until I got all situated, then jumped up and made a bee-line for parts unknown. Oh well...at least the squirrels kept me company.
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    Went out last night with the muzzleloader to sit on the edge of a bean field. There are still some green edamame beans in the field and the deer flock to them.
    The wind was blowing east to west and the edge of the field is the same, the box blind I was in sits about in the middle of the field edge lengthwise. I was looking east most of the sit since I thought deer wouldn't come out into the field to my west based on the wind. As usual, deer piled into the field about 615pm and stayed out in the beans. I was watching about a dozen does within 80yds of the stand and decided to look over my shoulder off to the west. Sure enough, there was a big body about 120yds down the field edge. I glassed it and realized it was a buck. I had to open the window and take the shade down making some noise but he was content eating the beans.
    I decided to take him although I knew he wasn't giant, he looked even with his ears and was certainly tall enough.
    Squeezing off the shot, the smoke clears and I watch him run further into the beans and then circle back around and duck into the CRP. I heard a crash and then heard deer blowing, wasn't sure if i missed him and it was him that was blowing or if he was dead and other deer were blowing.
    Got down and got on blood pretty quickly in the beans, followed it for about 30yds and then it stopped. I decided to just go into the CRP where I thought he went and he was lying right there, 5yds into the CRP. Perfect shot, took out both lungs and the top of his heart.
    He's a main frame 10pt with a broken tine and a kicker at the base of his right antler. A bit more narrow than we like to take unfortunately.
    Fun night for sure

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    Well looky there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DParker View Post
    This past Saturday morning was the first chance I had to get out, because it was the first time the temperature has been low enough to keep you from being bled dry by mosquitoes on the walk in/out. In two days we went from ~90F to needing thermal underwear and gloves in the morning. Fall? Never heard of it. The only deer I saw was a doe that was bedded down in some thick stuff about 20 yds from where I set up. I made a hell of a racket getting there, what with acorns covering just about every sq foot of ground. But she waited until I got all situated, then jumped up and made a bee-line for parts unknown. Oh well...at least the squirrels kept me company.
    Are you hunting with a ground blind? Just curious.
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    Nice, Jon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Well, there's a nice start to the season. Congratulations.

    Quote Originally Posted by bluecat View Post
    Are you hunting with a ground blind? Just curious.
    Not as such, no. I do stay on the ground, usually right up against a tree (to my back) with a little (usually dead) foliage about 2 ft high or so all around me. That has made for surprisingly effective cover over the years, and I've had numerous critters (deer include) walk right up to/past me so long as I stay still. Of course, drawing a bow without getting busted is a lot more challenging than it would be in a blind/tree stand...but that's been half the fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DParker View Post
    Well, there's a nice start to the season. Congratulations.



    Not as such, no. I do stay on the ground, usually right up against a tree (to my back) with a little (usually dead) foliage about 2 ft high or so all around me. That has made for surprisingly effective cover over the years, and I've had numerous critters (deer include) walk right up to/past me so long as I stay still. Of course, drawing a bow without getting busted is a lot more challenging than it would be in a blind/tree stand...but that's been half the fun.
    Cool. Two years ago when I was in Nebraska, my friend dropped me off and told me where the stand was. It was cold and blowing hard. When I got to the stand I realized it wasn't a good fit for me. I went ahead and climbed up and sat. It was too high and too exposed both in terms of visibility and weather. There was no way I was going to be able to sit all day in that thing freezing. So I got down and found a nearby cedar tree that was about 6 feet tall and gnarled up. I created a little pocket, got out my bowholder and waited. It was a comfortable spot away from the wind and totally secluded. It was about 15 yards from the stand I was supposed to hunt. Over the course of the day, I had deer walk within range that were does. At one point I heard a grunt, looked up and a buck walked right passed the tree. He was about 2 yards from me. He walked over to the decoy (which was helpful in diverting his attention) and I was able to get a broadside shot at about 12 yards. Very adaptive way to hunt if you can pull off the drawing.
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    I'd upload some more pics but I'm getting blocked for files that are too big. These have been sent to me (mostly on my phone) and then I put them on my desktop in the Pics folder. When I try to upload them "From computer" to HC, they won't go. I made a feeble attempt at resizing but didn't see how to do this.

    Am I missing something, or is this just "The Bowcountry Way"?

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    You may have to "scale" them first which would reduce the bytes considerably. Most raw pics such as what was sent to you are large in terms of size which means lots of bytes.
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    Yeah, I've tried that before by trial and error. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This time it didn't seem to be working the way I thought it was supposed to. Maybe something in Paint has been changed and I wasn't seeing changes made when I thought I should have been seeing them. I'll give it another whirl.

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