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Old 11-27-2011, 10:29 PM
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A few points:

1. Be careful hunting at 14 yrs old by yourself, and I'm not sure that it is technically legal in TN until you are 16. You need to be hunting with someone who knows what they are doing (setting up stands, handling firearms, etc) or you could end up in a dangerous situation.

2. Only seen 2 small bucks...you need to get some bucks/does under your belt so you can get used to shooting deer. It isn't the same as shooting a target...No one started out at the top, we all work our way up

3. Stealing our deer...Wildlife is owned by the public. They have the money and land, but they also apparently gave up the time to plant those food plots. It isn't a cheap or quick process so they can do as they wish with it.

4. I'm from West TN and it is illegal to bait in all of TN so don't go that route unless you want to lose your license and gun then pay fines on top of it. Also, much of the stuff they sell at Wal-Mart is actually illegal to use too. Basically what is legal depends on the officer and judge decide. The general rule is has to be aroud 50-60% pure mineral....but I've been told different things by multiple officers.

A few tips:

1. If you are hunting a been field this late in the season, the beans are probably more than past dry (if they haven't been harvested out) and they are losing or have lost their palatability to deer (doesn't taste good to them anymore). Saying that the tops are gone probably mean the actual beans have been harvested.

2. Wash your clothes in scent free soap, regular detergent has UV brighteners (which is how deer see) and have many chemical/added scents. Make sure you are wearing rubber hunting boots or are using scent killer spray on the boots you do have. Wash in scent killer soap and use scent killer deodorant. Every kind of normal soap and deodorant will have some kind of strong scent. Even with scent killer, make sure you are hunting with the wind in your favor

3. Hunt longer in the day. If it is true that the hunters on the bordering property are shooting just anything, then they aren't in the woods long. Deer will realize that and start to move more when they know those people are normally there.

4. Rattling and grunting can be hard to do. Try using hunter specialties doe in heat/estrus. You can get a doe bleat call, but in all honesty most young people/new hunters try and call too much...less is often more with deer when it comes to calls. Best bet is doe in heat and staying silent, it bring less attention to your location.

5. You say people say "big deer are there" but remember that is an objective thing. Some people call a 12" inside 6pt a BIG deer. There are no doubt good bucks in the area, but having a hunting land next to you that shoots a lot of small deer does make it difficult. It is not impossible though.
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