Thursday, November 5, 2009

Herd Management by Reepicheep continues


I harvested another doe this morning. Wackin' and stackin' is fun!!

After I arrowed the doe, I had a great encounter with a large, mature deer. I took too long to decide if I wanted to take him, then realized (after he was out of a clear shooting lane) that I made a mistake. He was old and gnarly. His rack was very wide, 7 main heavy points with lots of "junk" around the bases. Easily a 250 pound deer. I should have shot.

I'll be hunting hard between Nov. 9 and Thanksgiving. I hope I'll get another chance at a big boy!

7 comments:

jeff said...

sweet!

250 pounds? wow! we don't get deer like that around here. We get excited if a buck brushes 200 lbs.

Woody Woodward said...

So help us readers to understand, Why didn’t you shoot?

Rick Calohan said...

A doe a day keeps the pastor away!

jeff said...

ok, so seriously, would a Wednesday through Sunday hunting trip to KS during the first week of November be enough time for some good hunting?

Reepicheep said...

Jeff,

I would pick the second week of November if that was my only choice of days. Weather can be a big rut suppressor, like it is today and tomorrow- highs in the upper 70's!!!

I have seen the biggest bucks on their feet between Nov. 7 and 17th.

No guarantees, but if the weather is cool, you'll see something.

Reepicheep said...

Woody,

He came in so fast I couldn't properly size him up. By the time I realized I should have shot him (because he met my age/antler requirements), I no longer had a good shooting lane.

Bow hunting requires split second decisions because you're in the woods, up in a treestand, narrow shooting lanes, and you need the deer to be inside 25 yards.

Woody Woodward said...

Also, I bet you don't want to waist an expensive arrow being lost as it bounces off the edge of a tree limb?

Hope you and Nathan get a biggen' today! Tell Nathan I got my SWORD sharpened for tonights big test!