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rustybeaver
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posted 09-14-2010 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rustybeaver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a bow this summer with the intentions of deer hunting up in Tallahassee. Something I have never done much of due to the lack of public land that is not picked clean come general gun. I am good with my bow and confident in my ability to find at least a doe to shoot at. However i would like to take a buck. If anyone has any tips That would improve my chances I would appreciate the shared knowledge.

I have done my research and I know scouting fundamentals such as reading buck tracks and looking for scrapes. I also know to look for White Oak up where I hunt. But that is it really.

Thanks in advance

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Pirouge
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posted 09-14-2010 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pirouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Trail cams / scouting and more scouting
Do not knock our states public WMAs
Some realy nice bucks have been taken on them , Go to any BPS and check out James Stovalls non typical buck in Velvet taken in Green Swamp West unit , state record
Most of my buddies hunt WMAs and realy do there homework they start during the summer months , just wandering the trails looking for signs and placing trail Cams to catch the over night action , A friend of mine just sent me A picture of a 10 point with real nice mass . NO Kevin I will not post your spot or WMA LOL . Its like I always say
Ducks today Ducks tomorrow everyone welcome in my blind / but when it comes to a buck my lips are sealed SHSSSSS
Just get out there and look before the season starts Good Luck
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JMiller
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posted 09-15-2010 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JMiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im not a deer hunter, but I see plenty when I am turkey scouting. There are plenty of WMAs that hold good deer like Dwight says.

One of the keys, I would think, is picking one or two places and really getting to know them over the course of a few years. Really learn the ecosystem and habitats, the "community" of a particular set of woods. There are plenty of plants besides the oaks which will suit a deer's purpose and getting to know a piece of earth in an intimate way is its own reward.

Get yourself a good topo map of the area, spend a few nights poring over it, then go and "ground truth" the area you are looking at....

As hunting season gets on, you'll also learn to pattern the other hunters as well.... this is valuable information no matter what game you are hunting ...

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rustybeaver
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posted 09-15-2010 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rustybeaver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was not knocking the WMA's, in fact N .Fla has ample public land to hunt. I was more commenting on the lack of quality game left over come general gun due to the Brown down attitude. That may not be the case for all up here, but it is common. I know that Joe Budd has quality bucks year round, but it is permit only and archery muzzle only. Thanks for the tips though

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SHERRELL
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posted 09-17-2010 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SHERRELL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May want to scout the thicker cover.Mature whitetails have reached the age to where they know to utilize thick cover for safety,if bedding cover and a food source is close at hand and they don't have to move much,so much the better.a typical buck lets his guard down one time a year and thats during the rut when caution is thrown to the wind to continue the species.
WMA's have some good bucks,but they start to become nocturnal once activity starts to put the pressure on.

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rustybeaver
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posted 09-19-2010 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rustybeaver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So today I was in my stand and a doe with her young fawn walked out and bedded down right near me as I had a package of jerky open.

What is the deal with scent?

Some people swear by it and others throw it by the wayside. i use the cover stuff but not much actual scent.

On a side note, once ducks start flying I probably wont care much for sitting in a tree and not seeing anything for hours while accumulating ticks.

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SHERRELL
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posted 09-20-2010 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SHERRELL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
November 6th. of last year I put my Son up on a ridgeline in Georgia over looking a hardwood draw.The wind was good for his location and the rut was at its peak.
At 4:00 PM he shot a doe and of all things unloaded his rifle to wait for me at sundown.
I had always told hima mature buck in rut will travel steady,hard and fast when looking for receptive does and put out several film canisters of code blue doe estrous and poured some on the ground 25 yards from his stand.5:30 he hears a deer at a steady pace headed his direction,turns out his rifle was unloaded and the 3 1/2 year old is now walking with his nose on the ground in the doe estrous at 25 yards.
Opens the bolt on the 06 which isn't quiet and slides a round forward,the buck looks right at him in his climber and drops his head,now he has to pop open front and rear scope caps with a audible pop and the buck never looks up again,so whether the buck made the total mistake due to the rut or a combination of the estrous and the rut who knows.
Our bucks in Georgia on our club have been harvested from grunting,rattling and scents,but our herd is well balanced with a good buck to doe ratio and we know the timing of our rut to within just a few days.
I thinks scents may work if the bucks are on the search for receptive does and they are used at the proper time.
Good luck and hope you stick a biggun.

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rustybeaver
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posted 09-20-2010 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rustybeaver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Sherrell. i will post pictures if i am succcessful

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SHERRELL
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posted 09-20-2010 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SHERRELL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I look forward to it.

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