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How are everybody's deer seasons going? I was fortunate enough to shoot a really nice 9 pointer (See photo below) with my bow on Thursday, after having an extremely tough season up until then. Just goes to show that no matter how badly your season ha

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  • How are everybody's deer seasons going? I was fortunate enough to shoot a really nice 9 pointer (See photo below) with my bow on Thursday, after having an extremely tough season up until then. Just goes to show that no matter how badly your season ha

    How are everybody's deer seasons going? I was fortunate enough to shoot a really nice 9 pointer (See photo below) with my bow on Thursday, after having an extremely tough season up until then. Just goes to show that no matter how badly your season has gone, it's still worth going out there and keeping at it, because your luck can change in an instant.

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      Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
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      First off, congrats on the deer. The long hard seasons are the ones that seem to stick well in memory, at least for me. Rifle season is still open here until the 25th. I shot a doe on opening morning(she had been shot in the leg by another hunter at some point so I couldn't let her go by me on 3 legs). On Friday it was raining hard and I was pretty bundled up with a hood on, etc. I randomly looked to my left and there was a stud of a buck 15 yards away looking dead at me. I am left handed and there was no way I was going to risk shooting right handed and injuring him, so that one got away(for now)! This morning I could only go out for a few hours and had a 7 point in my sights but I chose to let him walk. I have had the memory of seeing that buck in the rain ever since it happened, so I am going to pass on pretty much any other buck.

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        First off, congrats on the deer. Hopefully you see the one that broke his point off during rifle/gun season. The long hard seasons are the ones that seem to stick well in memory, at least for me. Rifle season is still open here until the 25th. I shot a doe on opening morning(she had been shot in the leg by another hunter at some point so I couldn't let her go by me on 3 legs). On Friday it was raining hard and I was pretty bundled up with a hood on, etc. I randomly looked to my left and there was a stud of a buck 15 yards away looking dead at me. I am left handed and there was no way I was going to risk shooting right handed and injuring him, so that one got away(for now)! This morning I could only go out for a few hours and had a 7 point in my sights but I chose to let him walk. I have had the memory of seeing that buck in the rain ever since it happened, so I am going to pass on pretty much any other buck.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JM View Post
          First off, congrats on the deer. Hopefully you see the one that broke his point off during rifle/gun season. The long hard seasons are the ones that seem to stick well in memory, at least for me. Rifle season is still open here until the 25th. I shot a doe on opening morning(she had been shot in the leg by another hunter at some point so I couldn't let her go by me on 3 legs). On Friday it was raining hard and I was pretty bundled up with a hood on, etc. I randomly looked to my left and there was a stud of a buck 15 yards away looking dead at me. I am left handed and there was no way I was going to risk shooting right handed and injuring him, so that one got away(for now)! This morning I could only go out for a few hours and had a 7 point in my sights but I chose to let him walk. I have had the memory of seeing that buck in the rain ever since it happened, so I am going to pass on pretty much any other buck.
          If you were referring to his left G4, it actually wasn't broken off, at least not in hard-antler. It looked like the tip must've been marred when it was still growing in velvet, that's why it appears kind of stubbed-off. I know what you mean about the tough seasons being the most memorable, both good and bad. In some ways this year was one of me best bow seasons ever, since I finally got it done with this deer, but it was also my most frustrating, as I screwed up on no less than 3 other big bucks (two of them even bigger than this one) before this buck. Good luck getting that stud JM, I know I'll be after two of the ones that got away from me during our gun season.

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            I've been hunting harder this year, bow and gun, than any other year. A very large buck in my area has been getting me up early and having me sit through some pretty miserably cold conditions this season. Darn those trail cameras lol! I have yet to see him in person but hopefully that will change soon. However, the rut is winding down so missed that opportunity to catch him doing something stupid. Nice job on that 9 pt that is awesome. Iowa has great deer. Good genetics and nutrition but I'm sure most people let them grow down there right? Is there a law that says minimum 8 points to shoot? Up in MN if it's brown it's down culture is prevalent in lots of places.

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            • #7
              Nice deer. I will be going out Dec 1 when the gun season opens in Ohio.

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              • #8
                Nice buck, and thanks for sharing the pic. I filled my buck tag on Friday evening. I've been waiting all season for a drop-tined whitetail, but I snuck out for an hour of prairie hunting after work on Friday, and something tripped my inner predator when I saw a high-racked mule deer. Once I started stalking him I knew I'd kill him, even if he's not the giant I was holding out for. Then on Saturday I killed a cow elk. So Sunday was spent cutting and wrapping meat and grinding sausage.
                - mckean

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MN Outdoorsman View Post
                  I've been hunting harder this year, bow and gun, than any other year. A very large buck in my area has been getting me up early and having me sit through some pretty miserably cold conditions this season. Darn those trail cameras lol! I have yet to see him in person but hopefully that will change soon. However, the rut is winding down so missed that opportunity to catch him doing something stupid. Nice job on that 9 pt that is awesome. Iowa has great deer. Good genetics and nutrition but I'm sure most people let them grow down there right? Is there a law that says minimum 8 points to shoot? Up in MN if it's brown it's down culture is prevalent in lots of places.
                  Nope, no antler size restrictions here in IA. The culture really started to change about 10-15 years ago in my area, before that a lot of guys (especially shotgun hunters) would shoot any deer that moved. But now most people won't shoot yearling bucks, and a quite a few hunters won't even shoot 2-year-olds. I personally hold out for 4 year old or older bucks, especially with a bow when you usually have more time to judge the age of the animal. But I'm glad we don't have any antler or age restrictions here, because I'm not one of those QDM-Nazis who wants to force everybody else to do things their way. If another hunter shoots a younger deer, I'm not going to get upset about it. I just like the extra challenge of killing mature deer. Good luck getting that big one.

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                  • #10
                    I have had some great encounters with smaller bucks and does, but I haven't even raised my bow yet this season. I have taken plenty of pictures, but it's hard to grill a good snapshot. There's still some time though and we're out after them when work doesn't get in the way.
                    Nice buck!

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                    • #11
                      Congratulations, working hard for em makes them that much sweeter.
                      My deer tags are all filled so I'll be focusing on turkeys and pheasants. Coming down to IA later this week for some late season pheasant hunting.

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                      • #12
                        That's a great buck, Huntfish. I didn't get a deer in Iowa's early muzzle loader season. I saw 3 yearlings and wasn't interested in them. Half an hour into Wisconsin's gun season I was able to get a good shot at a nice 10 pointer. My nephew shot a doe the next morning so it was a success in my book.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
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                          Very nice deer! And a great pic! I like the angle of the photo.

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                            This past season I got a pig and three deer. Pretty typical. Here's a pic of the pig...
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