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Marv Svoboda

November, 2013

Somewhere in Nebraska

George

Here is the deer I killed with the bow. Tracked him 2 1/2 miles and 4 arrows later. Finally got him. I will try to download some more or better pics and send you one.

 

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Ken Pingrey

November 22, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

Good morning GP,
Here's a picture of the buck I shot on the afternoon of November 22nd.

 

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Nick Knute

November 7, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

George,

Good luck the rest of the season to you- I am sure you will get one on the ground soon.

Nov 7th I got in the stand for my morning hunt and saw some decent deer movement right away. I had a few bucks cruising through the area and hoped to get the right one by my stand. About 10am I had 3 bucks walking toward me and the biggest was the first one. They were coming from behind me and a little downwind so I wasnít sure if I would get a shot or not. They were going fast enough they didnít catch my scent and this one stopped at 35 yards for me to get a shot off. I didnít see him go down right away so I gave him a few hours before going after the blood trail.

After finding the blood soaked arrow I thought for sure the buck did not go far. We followed blood for about 75 yards and ended up jumping him so we backed out and waited until the morning.

The next morning we walked in where we last saw the buck and he had only gone about 50 yards from there. I was very relieved to find him and have my bow season over with a decent buck down. We had close to a mile to drag him out and I wouldnít have been able to do that without the help from one of my friends.

Thank you for all you do with your website, I really enjoy everything about it.

Nick Knute

 

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John Doonan

November, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa on Public Ground

Geo,
Here are a couple pictures of my 2013 buck. It was a tuff year of hunting for me so I am very happy with harvesting this guy on public. I only saw 3 or 4 150Ē or larger deer this year so I was thrilled to have him come by. Not sure what is going on this year? At 3:00 pm he came in to check a scrape and I hit him a little far back. I left at dark and then came back the next day, we found him 80 to 100 yds from where I had hit him.

Thanks -
John Doonan

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Drew Baier

November 11, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

Hey George.

On the morning of November 11th there was a good cold front blowing in. My dad and I decided to hunt the same farm to cover both of our stands, as we had been seeing good movement on this particular farm. As we were getting ready to walk in I gave my dad the option to pick what stand he wanted to sit. He told me to go up on the ridge and he would sit the bottom. This isn't the first time he has pointed me in the right direction.

Starting at around 7:00 am I had a parade of bucks cruising the edge I was sitting on. Before I new it there was 5 young bucks chasing a couple of does around just 50 yds away. Then this brute came posturing across the field. All of the smaller bucks scattered. He was in the process of running off the last buck when I snort wheezed, he turned and came straight to me. I hit him a little further back than I wanted. After waiting 7 hours we recovered him only 100 yds from my stand. It was a great day.

Thanks

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Bob Bills

November, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

I arrived at the stand around 12:30 in the afternoon. The location of this particular stand is one of my favorites. I have a cleared path that winds thru my timber, a chip shot into my food plot that has mainly radishes but also has some forage oats and winter peas (which due to the lack of rain none of it looks very good) and also have a creek right by all within bow range. I had two button bucks walk right by and into the food plot around 3:00. I have seen these two guys every time I am down on the farm. After they walk off and bed down it was real slow. I can see my bean field and there was a couple does and one basket rack 8 trying to chase. It was around 5:00 and I heard movement coming, I stand and get ready. The deer was paralleling the creek on a nice trail with his nose to the ground. I get a glimpse of his tines and think to myself he is nice but I think Iím going to pass. He takes a few more steps and he is on a mission and I realize how wide he was. I quickly change my mind and came to full draw. He was about 5 yards from the stand I let him have it. The buck is 22 inches wide and scores 146. The best part of the whole thing is getting the kids involved. They absolutely love it. When we quarter him up the boys and my daughter all helped put the meat in the bags. This is what itís all about.

 

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Adam Bills

September 28, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

Adam shot his first deer at 57 yards out of a ground blind that he got as a birthday present. He used a Knight Little Horn loaded with 50 grains of powder and shooting a 200 grain TC Shockwave Sabot. Adam had an any sex tag and a doe tag. We hunted the evening before but he told me that he was not going to shoot a doe he was buck hunting only. Well that was the plan until we had 4 does within 20 yards of the blind. He looked over at me and whispered ďDad I changed my mind I want to shoot one of those doesĒ. I told him to just wait and I would buy him a doe tag so he could still buck hunt. We stuck to the plan and bought a doe tag that night on the way home. The next day we were in the blind which was looking over my standing beans and this mature doe steps out. I woke Adam up who is sound asleep. He gets his shooting sticks up and we get ready. I whispered to take your time and make sure you aim at the vitals. Thanks to his deer hunting game on the Wii we have gone over this many of times. He takes aim and the smoke fills the blind. The doe dropped she didnít even take a step. Adam calls his Mom to tell her the great news. We wait for Mom, brother and sister to arrive and took a lot of pictures. We field dressed the deer and then we had to make the rounds to show off his first deer. This hunt by far is my most memorable hunt to date.

 

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Dave Blum

November 9, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

Hi George,
I'm hoping things pick up for you soon. Sounds like a string of bad luck but I'm sure all will end well.

Here is the story behind my 2013 buck and some pictures. Thanks for running the website. It's always fun to follow along!

Morning of Nov. 9th I opted to sit in the same stand I had the night before, hoping to catch the deer filtering back from feed. By 9am I had not seen a deer and the wind was picking up again. I opted to take down my climber and try to sneak into the far back corner of the property where things got very thick hoping to catch a buck trying to work that area for does. Using the cover of the wind noise, I was able to sneak all the way to the back of the timber without bumping a deer. I picked about the only tree capable of using my climber on and could only get about 8 feet off the ground! A little frustrated at not seeing anything so far and my poor tree choice, I got situated and grabbed the rattle bag and pounded it together for about a minute. I reached around the tree and put the bag away and grabbed my bow knowing something could happen fast, and it did!

As soon as I turned around I saw this buck trotting straight at me from about 50 yards and closing fast. He had a doe with him so I'm guessing he wasn't too happy to hear someone infringing on his space. He kept trotting until he peaked into an opening about 15 yards away and stopped to check things out. I was already drawn back at this point and touched the release. The arrow hit him right behind the shoulder and he let out a growl after being hit. He trotted away about 30 yards, stared for a little bit then laid down and tipped over. I couldn't believe it had happened so fast! I was done!

It took all of 2 minutes before his hot doe was occupied with 3-4 smaller bucks chasing her all over the timber. I was amazed at how quickly that happened.

I was lucky enough to have my game cart with me which made the task of getting him out much smoother. I think I would still be dragging without that cart! I finally got him loaded up after about 2 hours of work and made the trip to the taxidermist with plans for a shoulder mount.

As always, spending time in the whitetail woods rewards you in so many ways and a big buck is just icing in the cake!

Dr. David Blum

 

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Nick Siedelmann

November 3, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

George,

Here are the pictures and story.

I purchased my own acreage this past winter, and with lots of luck it turned out to have some decent hunting with some timber and a river bottom. Had some ups and downs this summer and completely put off getting the farm "ready" for deer hunting. I didn't get a single camera put out until bucks were already hard horned. Got a decent inventory of two bucks I liked the looks of and got stands hung in late September. I hunted two cold fronts in Oct and didn't see a deer at all. I started hunting hard again on Nov 1st. Four sits later I still had not seen a deer. All this time I was still running cameras pretty hard, and a new buck popped up on Oct 20th hitting the community scrape. He became pretty regular, and my 3 year old Addison named him "Bones." Well I hadn't planned on hunting on the 3rd do to the gale-force winds out of the south. However, I had been waiting on a south wind to get into the stand closest to the scrape I had been getting regular pictures of Bones. So, I braved the winds and headed out, WOW did my tree move. At 4:30 a little buck chased a doe through, and she didn't offer me a shot, but left behind a little scent deposit right in front of my stand. 5:00 rolled around and I decided to rattle for the first time all year. Two minutes later I heard grunt...grunt.....GRUNT getting louder quickly. I clipped on the release and looked up and Bones was rounding the thicket at 25 yards trotting right at me. I drew my bow and just waited in panic wondering if he was ever going to turn. He hit that scent path from the doe earlier that night and spun broadside at 7 yards. I clicked the release and sent a Rage through his heart. I gained some composure, started texting immediately, and then crawled down and snuck out. I checked where I hit him and the back 8 inches of my arrow was laying there, and within three feet there was a massive blood trail. I backed out and got some help to drag him out, and it took everything we had to get the job done he is a toad. And to think I almost didn't go out.

 

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Drew

September 28, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

Drew

I was hunting September 28. It was youth season and I was hunting with my dad. We had been in the stand for about an hour and we saw the first doe come out in the field. So we kept our eyes out for any bucks. About a half hour later a doe and fawn walked under our stand at about 7 yards. They just slowly walked around our tree for about 10 minutes and then I heard a lot of sounds to my left and I looked over and saw an 8 point buck chasing some does in the field. The does ran off into the timber and the buck walked right towards me. He stepped into a perfect shooting lane. I grunted and he stopped dead in his tracks. I let him have it at about 15 yards. He ran off and made it only about 50 yards into a bean/corn field and then me and my dad lost him. We waited about 15 minutes then we went to go look for it. We could not find any blood for the first 30 yards and then my dad spotted some blood on a bean leaf. We followed it for about 15 yards and then the buck was laying 4 yards in front of us on the ground and that was where my dad lost track of the deer from the stand.

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Dave Albers

October 12, 2013

Somewhere in Iowa

 

George,

Another memorable hunt! Too quick- one day and done!

First day of muzzleloader hunt I went to my tree stand in the late afternoon. Just a few minutes before 6 pm I had a small buck in front of my stand. He looked up at me several times, and he proceeded to eat the leaves of the branches I trimmed that morning. Several minutes went by. As I was looking at this small buck he turned looking towards the west. I looked up and on the west fence line I saw this buck checking out the much smaller buck under my stand. Not hesitating I decided if he looked away I was going to shoot, and about that time he turned and started to walk West along the fence. I took the 45 yard shot and the buck came towards me and dropped 10 yards from my stand. I had troubles getting it into my carrier only because the gross weight was estimated at 340/240 field dressed. One of the heaviest deer I have shot to date. Shot with a Knight MK-85 Predator 50 cal. black powder gun. Another memorable hunt!

Dave

 

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  1. Clean off all the blood,

  2. Stick the tongue back in the mouth,

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