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What do you think I should do? I think I spooked a monster buck off my property. (A 12 point) I have been keeping my eye on him during the off season but now he has disappeared.

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deerslayerdad
deerslayerdad

12 years ago

he probably didn't go anywhere, he didn't get to be a mature 12 pt. by being out in the open for very long.he's most likely in the thickest,densest part of your land. if you spook him again, back off and let the area settle down for a couple of days.soon enough you'll bet eating backstrap for dinner!!

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deerslayerdad
deerslayerdad

Reply 12 years ago

Hi Pat, glad to hear he's still around. You might want to start looking for antler sheds soon. good luck!!

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

im goin out today. i have about 5 hours to look. iwish i had more time.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

I have seen him just the other day. I was glassin for a wile and out he popped! He moved to some older trails because he probably thinks its safer.

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bonecholampworks
bonecholampworks

12 years ago

Here's a thought - won't help you now, but, in the future perhaps... Buy a bag of oats, or seed grain...toss it in lots around your property... This is a long term effect, but after a year or two, the deer will flock to your little piece of heaven to munch on these preferred grains. (Our old horse pasture is riddled with deer beds & patties - horses are long gone, but the patches of grain still remain!)

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maninamousesuit
maninamousesuit

12 years ago

Ah sadly there is nothing to hunt really in Ireland..except fox hunting with hounds (the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable). Rabbits are no fun because with a bow the dumb bunnies just sit there waiting for you to nock another arrow. So target hunting is all i do

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Really? Here, rabbits are hard to hit with a shotgun sometimes. They run both in a circle and zigzagged. If a person isn't careful they can knock off their partner (oh sorry Mr. Chaney LOL). Now squirrel hunting can be boring. You sit and wait, for hours, until they come out of their nests in the trees....then they flit here and there, sitting up daring you to take a pot shot at them. The carnival ones are harder to hit....

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sleeping_gecko
sleeping_gecko

Reply 12 years ago

My first hunting trip was for squirrel. I didn't get any that day. A couple days later, out with my dad, we got one. I skinned it, we ate the meat (and another couple frozen ones from a friend) for supper. Following the instructable on drying the skin, I got a nice pelt. This year, if I go, I'm going for squirrel, rabbit, and crow. Squirrel and rabbit because they're tasty, and crow because I've heard it's tasty, and my town has one of the largest concentrations of crows in the nation.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Crow ? I know we have a saying here about "eating crow" which means eating something unpleasant, like one's own words. I am not really enthused about eating any form of carrion type bird (crows clean up garbage, and dead things off the roads)

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sleeping_gecko
sleeping_gecko

Reply 12 years ago

I know, most people that I mention it to that have not eaten it think it sounds pretty nasty. But the way I see it, catfish and crabs are both bottomfeeders/scavengers as well, and we eat them. They even marinate in the goop that they eat for most or all of their lives There are a few websites that I've found with crow-specific recipes and cleaning instructions, along with hunting information. Crowbusters.com is one that is pretty well done. There are some articles on hunting/cleaning/eating crow that can be accessed for free, and also I think you can buy a subscription/membership. And yep, that saying is used around here, too. As for literally eating crow, they say it tastes similar to duck, but with less grease.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Tis ok, I tend to shy away from shrimp, crabs, lobster, and "mud" catfish when I can too. ;-) I wouldn't eat a vulture, so I will not eat green eggs and ham.....oh sorry, I mean crow LOL Funny how we think though (and I DO think about these things, I hadn't any trouble with snake and alligator, both being reptiles and "could possibly" pose at least as much of a threat "cleanlinesswise". Kind of like the joke about the fellow out to lunch and the waiter says: "today's specials are beef tongue sandwich and egg drop soup". Bob responds: Blech! Tongue, how can ANYONE eat something that came out of an animal's mouth ! Waiter: well sir you don't have to order the tongue, you can choose anything on the menu. To which Bob replies: Ok, I will have an Egg and olive sandwich.......

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sleeping_gecko
sleeping_gecko

Reply 12 years ago

Hadn't heard that one before! Reminds me of one time, my parents' neighbors were cleaning out their freezer, and decided to throw out a beef tongue they'd had in there for a long time and never used. Somehow or other, our dog got a hold of it, so there was this little Cairn terrier (like Toto from "The Wizard of Oz," only tan) running around with this big ol' beef tongue!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

The joke is that he wouldn't eat something from an animal's mouth, but would eat something from an animal's rear end. :-)

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Bran
Bran

12 years ago

From a fellow hunter: Hell if I know. How'd you spook him? I'm guessing just use attractants (Tink69). I just got an 11-pointer Friday, he was pretty nice. Don't worry, there'll be another deer.

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

Do you process your own deer? That's on my "learn how to" list.

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

Nice, thanks. Now I just need a deer...

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

Simple! step 1 get a gun step 2 find some land to hunt step 3 shoot the deer. :)

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

You forgot Step 2.5: Wait for 3 months without seeing a thing, whilst sitting on a freezing cold, solid steel stand.

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

I prefer an only-somewhat-cold wooden stand, but otherwise yes. It's on the list.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

The wind can still whistle underneath and make it just as cold......I normally stuck to the ground myself. :-)

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

The ground sure is more comfortable, but it puts you right in the line of sight of the deer. Of course, stands do have their downfalls (literally). Last year, this guy used a climbing stand and went up 40 feet into a skinny pine tree - which aren't very strong trees. Anyway, it was a windy day, the tree snapped at the base, the guy fell, broke his gun, a few of his ribs, but called 911 on his cellphone.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

The last time I went hunting, oh back in 1978, I had an experience I will never forget, so if I get a chance to go hunting again, it will be with a good camera, and not a gun. I picked what I thought was a good spot, a vantage point in the crook of a well established deer trail. What I missed in the twilight however, was just how close to the trail I was. I heard some rustling as the sun rose and stood up. Sure enough, down off the mountain came the pack of does (it was buck season) and I knew the buck would not be long after them. They came down off the mountain and walked right up to me! I was standing no less then 3 feet off their trail. The biggest doe, in the lead stopped short (I could nearly feel her breath), she snorted, flipped about and nearly ran. Three times she did this, stopping, coming back, pawing the ground, snorting, trying to get me to move. Finally she decided I was too much a risk, whatever I was, and she headed down the mountain another way. An hour later, and still no buck, but I had seen wild doe up close and personal (the lovely lady had brown eyes), and I had just wished I could have snapped off a few photos of the incident.. I am not against hunting, but I just can't do it anymore (unless I was starving), unless I am hunting with just a camera.

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zieak
zieak

Reply 12 years ago

...just shot this one with my cameraphone today while walking. In this case it is a buck (he had antler stubs - not sure if they were tiny spikes or if he had shed them already) and he was just three feet from a human trail.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

thats cool. Where did you see him at?

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zieak
zieak

Reply 12 years ago

On the path between the school and the baseball fields in my town in Alaska.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

OoOoOps! I cant belive I forgot that step!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Don't forget steps:
0.5 Get licensed for a rifle
1.5 Get licensed to hunt
2.5 get permission from land owner (or you might become game:)
2.75 Track the deer for days through dense underbrush
3.5 Celebrate and return firearm

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

Amen to the last one, hehe.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Or even better get a bow, much more fun.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

Thats what I use (a bow) but I said get a gun because thats what most people use.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

True, but it's easier to get licensed for a bow.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

I like bows more than guns.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

I summarized it because she knows.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

No, but I've seen it done enough times, I could do it with ease. In fact, that'll be one of my first jobs. ;-) I'm still trying to obtain a mouse!

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

My large animal dissection has all been a) sea mammals (seals, dolphins, porpoises, whales); b) done indoors, and c) intended for science, not consumption. This shouldn't be terribly different, but I just haven't shot any deer to practice on! Mice are easy to get- just head to a pet store that sells snakes. They'll have feeders, probably already in the freezer.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

Awesome, I'll have to look into the mouse thing. Speaking of which, my birthday isn't too far away.... Dissecting dolphins? How cool can you get? Was it preserved?

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

Fresh, freeze-thawed, or varying stages of rot. I got to help hack up a 50-foot fin whale that had been rotting at sea for a month before coming ashore- that was fun. Hipwaders, 4' flensing knives, and a backhoe.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

I have to ask, do you have much experience drilling into bone, specifically antlers? I'm working on an iBle currently which involves antlers, but I don't know if the bone would be drillable, though I would think so.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

It should be because I drilled holes in a set to make a sword rack and it worked out for me.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

I like the way you think. I was going for a more technological use, like sticking a USB flash drive in one.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

OMG! That is so cool! I cant believe I didnt think of that. If you make an ible on it I will Fav it.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

I'm planning on entering the Mash-Up contest, if it turns out. I'm hoping the base of the antler is big enough. I'll definitely keep you updated, as I should have it done (or tried) tonight.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

ok i should be around so keep me posted.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

Alright, I got most of the skull plate and fur off, there is still a tiny bit of hair, which will get removed eventually. The antler, as I stated before, isn't very large, so I will have to be very careful while drilling. I've started a few holes, and will continue them tomorrow. After smelling burning flesh for 2 hours, it was all I could take. So, tomorrow.

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

sounds like its going good. Keep up the good work

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

Nice, but why? Were y'all trying to find out why it died/it's dietary makeup?

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

Exactly.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Poor dolphin : (.......... Did it die of natural causes?

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

Reply 12 years ago

I hope there will be another one. (I spooked him because I was mowing back some brush for a food plot and the blade kicked up a rock and sent it right at him. I had no idea that the deer was standing there)