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Old 07-31-2013, 09:55 AM
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Default Opening Day tomorrow, August 1 !!!

Sitka Blacktails. Not the biggest deer, but very wily and crafty. It's bucks-only until September 15, and all year on the mainland. The islands get to hunt does after that date. Truthfully, I'm an eastern whitetail guy and haven't gotten a blacktail since I've moved to Alaska, but for two reasons: time, and I like to "hunt" -- the folks here like to "shoot". Most of them wait until winter sets in and the snows drive the deer to the beaches. That's just shooting to me, not hunting, and I've refused to follow that method. Where's the adventure?

Anyway, I have to work tomorrow but each weekend I'll be doing the "nice hike with a rifle" thingie.....
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:34 AM
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Things move quick up there. I'm a chess game hunter myself. I enjoy the hunt way more than the kill anymore. I like to disect the buck's travel pattern then set up for him. I have to do this with no pre-scouting, no trail cams, not hunting over bait, not hunting over food plots, and getting them into bow range. I do have an advantage of hunting the same area for a long time so that off sets some of the necessary pre-scouting needs. Rub lines and scrape lines are vital in the pre-rut/rut time period. Knowing those few four-way travel intersections in your area, will usually give you a good chance at a mature buck. Year after year we have one intersection that yields a buck or two. These areas are few and are best keep close to the vest to insure future success. I think a lot of mid-west hunting has these intersections but it takes a lot of time in the woods to find them. Anyway I did buy three luminocks to try. I didn't realize how bright they are even in broad daylight. Will be interesting to see them in action on a deer late evening or overcast morning! Rambling on so.....
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:25 PM
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I'm envious that you can hunt so early, we have to wait til Sept6th
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:53 PM
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Sept 28th which is early, I hate it when there are bugs flying around. If work allows I have a Mich bow hunt in early Oct, then a PA bow hunt in early Nov.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:20 AM
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you guys are killing me LOL I am so ready to get out hunting I should get a bear tag as bear season starts Sept 1 have to wit till Sept 15th for Deer
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:46 AM
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son and I both drew PA doe tags.
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