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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-05-2010, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Smile lots of pic on cam but no bucks!

hello, this is my first post to the group. I have been hunting for 3 years and have never had a kill. Last year I saw deer where I was hunting but never pulled the trigger(bow)
I am hunting a 25 acre wooded are this year surrounded by farms of one description or another. I live in Chatham County NC and the season opens on Sept.11 and I am set to go.
@ weeks ago I put out a trail cam and to my surprise I had over 200 pictures on it. The only thing in the pictures wher LOTS of does,fawns and maybe 3 spikey 4 point type bucks. For some reason I dont want my buddies saying He got a 4 point..giggle snort giggle.
Are there bigger bucks around not interested in the corn? Or will I be surprised when I see big boy walk out on opening day or is it more likely that it will only be during the rut that the bigger bucks come in.

I also want to know if I should take as many does as I can?
This area is well populated with dear. The owner has desribed the deer population as "heards".

Any tips or ideas will be greatly appreciated and I know that this year I will get my first deer
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-05-2010, 11:53 AM
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first off welcome to the club

i wouldn't worry about what your buddies think.

i also, if the area has to many does, have no problem taking a couple for the freezer within the law. but to kill just to kill is an issue. crop damage culling, feeding friends and neighbors, are good reasons to take few out.

if the does are there the older bucks will find them. wiser older bucks will lots of times avoid bait piles while the does and young bucks won't leave them alone.

just remember if you shoot that little buck he won't grow up to be a big buck, its your call if it with in the rules.
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-05-2010, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well again I have been hunting for three years and last year was the first year I really saw any deer. I had 3 or 4 chances to shoot but I declined, for whatever reason. My wife says I am not able to kill the animal.
The Idea for hunting is for food. I am not going to be killing and then leaving them lay there.
I was wondering more about thinning out the does. Can you kill to many and never get a buck in there.
The owner of the property wants me and my hunting partner to take as many as we can
I also want to be able to hunt without the use of corn or any of the other attractants. I want to learn the signs of were deer are and where they are going.
The place I hunted last year had lots of deer but only when I put out corn. Once the corn was gone so where the deer.
My hunting license allows me 6 deer all of them can be does and only 2 bucks allowed.
I was under the impression because I am on private property I could kill unlimited amounts.. Can anyone enlighten me on this.
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Well again I have been hunting for three years and last year was the first year I really saw any deer. I had 3 or 4 chances to shoot but I declined, for whatever reason. My wife says I am not able to kill the animal.
The Idea for hunting is for food. I am not going to be killing and then leaving them lay there.
I was wondering more about thinning out the does. Can you kill to many and never get a buck in there.
The owner of the property wants me and my hunting partner to take as many as we can
I also want to be able to hunt without the use of corn or any of the other attractants. I want to learn the signs of were deer are and where they are going.
The place I hunted last year had lots of deer but only when I put out corn. Once the corn was gone so where the deer.
My hunting license allows me 6 deer all of them can be does and only 2 bucks allowed.
I was under the impression because I am on private property I could kill unlimited amounts.. Can anyone enlighten me on this.
most states the state sets the bag limit. so you'll have to check with the fish and game in your state. i suggest doing what the landowner wants within the law or you could loose the chance to hunt there. to learn to hunt without bait is real simple. stop putting bait out then go learn the deer in your areas habits and capitalize on them. see simple. haha. it takes a long time to figure deer out and just when you think you got it something proves you wrong. lots of knowledge and opinions here. cruse some of the older posts and you may find some helpful info. also under the home page team members have written articles that may help.
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-05-2010, 01:55 PM
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I hope you don't mind my posting my opinion about all of this buck doe stuff.I got just as excited and breathless with my heart feeling like it was beating so loud the deer would hear it when the last doe I shot was approaching my stand as I did when I shot the fellow that was sporting this rack.The only difference was the old boy was tough as hell to chew and the doe wasn't.
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When we don't get excited its time to hang it up. Sometimes those old does are way more smart than some bucks. That's a nice buck you got. Congrats.
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Not too bad.My best to date.That was back in 1994.The spot I'm hunting now produced a number of 10 points and a 12 in the last couple of years so the prospect of bettering that one is good if I hold out for the big one.I don't usually do that but since I have resolved myself to shoot nothing but 8's or better and take the does and yearlings for the freezer it might happen soon.Now if I can let the does walk (yeah right) to see if the big one is following maybe this will be the year.I know there are nice ones there,I have them on video from my trail camera.
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Not too bad.My best to date.That was back in 1994.The spot I'm hunting now produced a number of 10 points and a 12 in the last couple of years so the prospect of bettering that one is good if I hold out for the big one.I don't usually do that but since I have resolved myself to shoot nothing but 8's or better and take the does and yearlings for the freezer it might happen soon.Now if I can let the does walk (yeah right) to see if the big one is following maybe this will be the year.I know there are nice ones there,I have them on video from my trail camera.
the area is certainly capable of producing big and i mine BIG bucks.
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-05-2010, 05:22 PM
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Back when I harvested that buck you had to take your deer to a check in station.When they weighed it they told me it weighed 150 pounds.I haven't heard of deer in this area going much heavier than that.I might not be listening well though.Their scale might have been off also.I had to call for help to get it out of the woods.When my help arrived we both agreed that it lookd like it would weigh in in the neighborhood of 200 pounds.That won't happen to me again though.I have my own scale now so I won't have to second guess the weight.
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Back when I harvested that buck you had to take your deer to a check in station.When they weighed it they told me it weighed 150 pounds.I haven't heard of deer in this area going much heavier than that.I might not be listening well though.Their scale might have been off also.I had to call for help to get it out of the woods.When my help arrived we both agreed that it lookd like it would weigh in in the neighborhood of 200 pounds.That won't happen to me again though.I have my own scale now so I won't have to second guess the weight.
i've seen some very big bucks taken from the area. 200+ pounds 160" class and bigger. heck a few years back there was a non typical that had like 255" there.
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