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Deer & Deer Hunting Equipment Guide - 29 yrs.

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  • PigHunter
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    For archery I'll primarily use the PSE crossbow. However, I've put a new sight on my old PSE compound and plan to take it to Kentucky as a back-up.

    For gun season opening day, I'll carry that single-shot .357 Maximum I've been talking about. 180gr Hornady XTP @ 2000fps.

    Throughout the season I'll work in the .308 bolt-action and perhaps the 6.5 Creedmoor. I don't know yet about the .30-06 semi-auto.

    The AR in .300BLK will most likely be left at home this season. It looks like I may need to hoard that ammo for those SHTF times.

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  • CD2
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    I did think about buying a 2005 Hoyt compound but it went bye bye. LOL
    Only things I might need......

    another treestand (hang on- thinking Lone wolf or Family Traditions).
    Some EZY steps.

    Better clothes for crappy weather.

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  • CD2
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    Im shooting a recurve, a FF rated Blackwidow HS model from '91, but the design goes back to early 70's.
    Do have a new Steyr Pro Hunter rifle and Leupold VX3i........but in boring old .30-06

    Got a red plaid wool jacket, newer manufacture.
    Might run my '63 Rem 760 in .35 rem with that.

    Grunt call...........bow or rifle. Do have new style rubber boots.
    Good enough.

    Best new thing to take to the woods?
    A fresh attitude about having FUN.

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  • crm3006
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    Originally posted by dewman:
    Ive been buying this annual since 1990. Have kept them all. Those not familiar with this it is a all things deer hunting hot trends. Weapons(bow & gun) archery, clothes, scents,...etc.

    I can't resist guns, so I probably have more than I need, just not as many as I want. I have settled down to carrying the .30/'06 and the .25/06 for main gun and back up. Which one I grab depends on the weather. The .25/06 is stainless, my rainy day choice.
    My bow is a 55# Bear Grizzly recurve that I have had for a lot more years than I care to remember. Other than arrows, I've never felt the need to upgrade the Grizzly. It has speared a many a fish, and taken a few deer.
    My black powder rifle is a TC Hawken, .54 caliber LH, and still shoots as good as I can hold it. Finding .54 components is getting to be a pain, seems as if every manufacturer has gone to either .45 or .50 caliber.
    I don't use any scents, other than one bottle of fox pee I will dribble on my boots to walk in to a stand, but I don't know if it helps, or just makes me feel better.
    I have, through the years, up graded binoculars from 10 X 30 to 10 X 42 to 12 X 42. The last upgrade was from thinking my 10 X 42s had gone away during Hurricane Harvey, but they later turned up, packed away in the most unlikely place.
    My hunting clothes are usually just whatever camouflage I have on hand, and I prefer to wear bibs, which run from light for fall to heavy insulated for cold weather. I'm of the opinion that we wear the camouflage more for other hunters than we do the deer, anyway.
    I carry a "possibles" box with extra rifle shells, head lamps, flashlights, knives, saws, a GPS and a rangefinder. Other items include folding shooting sticks, a rib spreader, small hand ax, extra batteries, whet rocks, and light to heavy gloves.
    I probably carry too much gear for my 3 to 4 day hunts, or even the week long trips, but, like the SEALS say; "Two is one, one is none."
    One thing I truly miss that did not survive Harvey, is my small 35mm camera. One of these days I will replace it, but i haven't found the right combination in a digital, of shirt pocket size, rough service, water proof and zoom that fits my needs and budget.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post

    That looks great! Was it difficult to operate?
    Ordinarily it would not have been, but, a vehicle had put ruts in the site so when I crossed one of them it throws the handles around. 400lb machine can toss you around. So far my only comment about the Billy Goat is even with a slow RPM, the reverse is a quick speed. You have to be ready for it. I did all the site at about half throttle (B&S engine, B&S owns Billy Goat) in 1st gear and in about 3 hours.

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
    image_2411.jpg PH I still use all implements to hunt deer on my place. I pretty much know where they are but I still have to do my best - it is not a given. I use the hand gun when snowing or raining, single shot is easy for me to carry and do my walk around. My 1895M Marlin when I am out for venison. Compound when I set up my blind on a known trail. Every day is a new adventure. Good luck this year.

    The Billy Goat is working out good. Here is a picture of a campsite I brush cut. You can see how high it was by the height along the back. Need to get it to my camp and reclaim some area that has overgrown some.
    That looks great! Was it difficult to operate?

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  • fitch270
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    Glad this one rekindled so I can throw my $.02 in.

    The kid and I got a bunch of new hunting clothing for our trip last fall. Thing is I'm kinda getting back to being a little more minimalist with stuff but I've started to appreciate better quality for what it can offer. Because I'd booked the trip 2 years in advance I had plenty of time to look for deals and was able to pick up some really nice stuff I'd normally never consider due to price. I ended up selling a pile of old things that I'd used for years that was still in decent shape but didn't cut it anymore. Going out we may have looked like posers, but in reality we were really greenhorns and you gotta start somewhere. Most of the guides were either set up in Kuiu or Sitka for good reason. The boy and I had a mishmash of Kryptek, First Lite, Browning, Kuiu, Black Ovis, and Lord knows what else. It all worked well.

    Bottom line, I'm at that tipping point a few of you were talking about. The way i figure it the more comfortable I am out there the more likely I'll keep after it. Typically I don't need the best of the best, but I'm done settling for junk.

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  • jhjimbo
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    image_2411.jpg PH I still use all implements to hunt deer on my place. I pretty much know where they are but I still have to do my best - it is not a given. I use the hand gun when snowing or raining, single shot is easy for me to carry and do my walk around. My 1895M Marlin when I am out for venison. Compound when I set up my blind on a known trail. Every day is a new adventure. Good luck this year.

    The Billy Goat is working out good. Here is a picture of a campsite I brush cut. You can see how high it was by the height along the back. Need to get it to my camp and reclaim some area that has overgrown some.
    Last edited by jhjimbo; 09-11-2020, 09:45 PM.

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  • FirstBubba
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    I'm pretty 60's,70's (ish) in my hunting mindset....but NOW, I shoot AR's! LOL!
    I used to build "hides" like pighunter. These days, "popups" may not be economical, but they're easy! 😉!

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  • bowhunter75richard
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    Ive been buying this annual since 1990. Have kept them all. Those not familiar with this it is a all things deer hunting hot trends. Weapons(bow & gun) archery, clothes, scents, tactics,stands and all the gear & gimmicks that are the Hot rage at the time. It is absolutely fascinating to go back and see where we've been & where we are aiming. Myself, I've stopped about 1998. Where did you stop, if you have, trending and said " I'm good right here."? IMG_1532.JPG
    I think I stopped somewhere back in the stone age dewman ! I have pretty much stayed with the old reliable items that I have been familiar with since about 1965. I have never allowed gimmicks or wayout items to influence me in my hunting, been very simple in my approach. Like PH, I have basically stayed with cotton outer wear for it’s quietness. Since I am solely a recurve shooter, game needs to be inside of 25 yards, and thus any noise in the drawing of the bow must be eliminated. I have a decent collection of knives, but find that I am down to only 3 that are used, 1 folder and 2 sheath, all are over 45 years of age. I don’t do as much winter hunting as I used to and when bow hunting in Dec. in Michigan it can be brutal. I have always dressed in layers, loose fitting in order to have the looseness provide insulation. Tight fitting clothes are not the warmest ! Cold feet have driven me from the stand more than I can count, that was always a factor I had trouble solving. My gear in a backpack consisted of only the very minimum, knives, folding saw, extra rope (always nylon braided) light rain gear, pruners, extra bow string and finger tabs, as I said minimal ! When bow hunting elk in Colorado, I carried more items as situations were different and I was much further from a vehicle. As I have gotten older, I find I miss many aspects of my previous hunting as age no longer allows me to do what I used to do, but then we all at some point come to that fact of life. I have been fortunate to be able to hunt elk, moose and deer with the bow, so no complaints. May you enjoy many good hunts in your future !!
    Last edited by bowhunter75richard; 09-11-2020, 09:44 AM.

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

    This is a ground blind I made in the Adirondacks. A problem bear has been known to cross this area on his way to a cabin. jim

    Adirondacks ground blind.JPG
    I like it. Similar to some of my setups.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post

    Dewman, please forgive the delayed response. I'm in Southern Georgia for a couple of days visiting a customer and have only nights for making longer posts. Let's go down the list of items:

    > Clothes... Just about everything I wear is cotton. It's just more comfortable for the mild winter temps in Alabama. I'll add synthetic underwear layers and wool blend socks when it's colder. My favorite camo pattern is Mossy Oak Breakup because of it's darker colors since I try to stay in shadows when hunting..

    > Boots... I've settled on Danner Boots and have several pair of various heights and insulation. I choose which to wear based on terrain and temperature.

    > Scents... I've had some success with deer pee scents but not enough to hassle with it.

    > Blinds... I really like the Ameristep Dog House because it's light and easy to deploy. Other times I build blinds with natural materials and hang a camo tarp over if it's raining. Just last week I bought a new tarp that's lighter and bigger to try this coming season.

    > Knives... I've just about quit buying or making new knives. My current favorite finishing blade is only a year old. My field dressing tool is a Morakniv Companion. I'm considering selling some of my blade collection on Ebay.

    I've not found that new techniques and/or equipment are always better. However, variety is the spice of life and it's interesting for me to stay out of the ruts. Life would indeed be boring doing the same thing from now on.
    This is a ground blind I made in the Adirondacks. A problem bear has been known to cross this area on his way to a cabin. jim

    Adirondacks ground blind.JPG

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    Waited over a year for your answer and as always, it gives me pause to consider. A credit card and close proximity to a Bass Pro ( or Cabelas) will not make you an expert and if you hunt pressured public ground and take a trophy, luck was with you. And you're right, posers are easy to spot. Usually takes about two sentences.
    I've primarily hunted public land and will do so again this year. Luck does help in success but so does good scouting and knowing how the deer will probably move on a hunting day with pressure.

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  • dewman
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    Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
    Don’t get caught up in fads. My gear hasn’t changed much except for adding binoculars good ones. Better quality gear as the years have gone by. Don’t get caught up in the new concealment camouflage or hunt wear systems. It’s ridiculous 1500 dollar waders and such. I wear 20 dollars pants from sams club olive green. And what ever cheap fleece coat. I splurged on under armor long handles. Going to get a range finder and probably a gps. And I do fine. But I also have real world expectations I don’t expect to harvest a booner with every sit. Being in the woods is not all about the kill for me. You can recognize a poser when you see one.
    Waited over a year for your answer and as always, it gives me pause to consider. A credit card and close proximity to a Bass Pro ( or Cabelas) will not make you an expert and if you hunt pressured public ground and take a trophy, luck was with you. And you're right, posers are easy to spot. Usually takes about two sentences.

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  • Milldawg
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    Don’t get caught up in fads. My gear hasn’t changed much except for adding binoculars good ones. Better quality gear as the years have gone by. Don’t get caught up in the new concealment camouflage or hunt wear systems. It’s ridiculous 1500 dollar waders and such. I wear 20 dollars pants from sams club olive green. And what ever cheap fleece coat. I splurged on under armor long handles. Going to get a range finder and probably a gps. And I do fine. But I also have real world expectations I don’t expect to harvest a booner with every sit. Being in the woods is not all about the kill for me. You can recognize a poser when you see one.

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