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    Senior Member Whitetail Freak's Avatar
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    What have you learned from this season you will apply to next year 's season ?

    Well with the Ohio bow season winding down do you have any new tip's or tactic's you will apply to next year's season ?

    1 thing i learned this year is don't over look the little brush pile in the middle of the field that's no bigger than a round bail it cost me a shot at a doe this year when i jumped her from it while trying to sneak in the back door to a small woodlot to place my climber where i knew deer were staging before dark to go out to the field's to feed , i over looked it as a spot to small to hide a deer and never glassed it before walking within 40yrds of it and she blew outta there quicker than a rat on crack .

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    well I learned I have a big issue with people shooting at the der in my area
    this si about the 6th yr in a row, all the deer killed off my farm, have had bullets in them???

    and also, that the purple top turnips I planted are not as big a draw as I hoped they would be
    so next yr will be doing something else , or just more of a mix of things!
    and last I want to add a few more treestands to some area's the deer seems to be using more than in yrs past!

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    I guess the biggest thing is that I need to carry more food in my hunting pack!! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seeker Bp View Post
    I guess the biggest thing is that I need to carry more food in my hunting pack!! LOL
    lmao thats funny

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    Another thing i learned this year i learned from Seeker bp when i took him to killbuck swamp to bowhunt

    I need to invest in a pair of boot blankets for bow hunting in the late season man a cold stand takes the warmth outta ur feet in no time even with 1.000gr of thinsulate in em

    Thankyou seeker to learning me that , now just gotta round the funds to get em lol

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    I learned that deciding not to hunt this year and staying warm by the fire was more comfortable and alot easier on this old body. But I also learned it was alot harder on the soul.
    I have strong opinions about God, Guns, Guitars and Harley Davidsons, I can remain open minded about everything else.
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    One good lesson is to expect the big boy to walk where you never thought he would from your stand, the other....always check your peep before you draw. I hunted my Millennium ladder stand down in the Big Holla one morning by sneaking all the way in by walking the creek from the house all the way there. Absolutely love the spot. I only planned to hunt the stand on a wind out of the SW or W because the back side was up against the steep side of the Big Holla and my scent would carry up and over. Figured that by doing this deer would be forced to be out in front of me either traveling N/S or coming off of the sanctuary to my West. Another testament to smoking up when I looked N after hearing a branch snap and I spotted a big 10 working his way along the edge of the Big Holla, coming in my direction and directly through my scent stream. I thought there was no way this buck would continue in my direction as it only got steeper behind me. Well, he sure did and my best shot was between the tree I was in and another right next to me. Well, I turned the wrong way and was instantly caught with my safety strap in the way as he passed at less than 20 yards. I had to let him continue heading S so I drew my bow to ready for the quartering away shot at less than 30 yards. I saw my best chance slip through my fingers as I came to full draw....that's when I noticed my peep sight was completely sideways, a distraction that let the buck slip away. With the new strings these days the idea of the peep not 'being there' are gone....or so I thought. Live and learn and remember the basics of bowhunting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by radicalxl View Post
    I learned that deciding not to hunt this year and staying warm by the fire was more comfortable and alot easier on this old body. But I also learned it was alot harder on the soul.
    The decision to hunt again next season is one I struggle with sometimes too. Seems every year things get harder to do than they were the year prior. I've even discussed the issue with my wife a few times. The same question pops into my mind though. What will I do the rest of my life? I've never found anything else in life that drives me the way hunting does, whether it be deer, waterfowl, varmints or anything else. The need/desire to hunt is somthing I feel I can't walk away from.

    I did learn that the Magnum Scrape Dripper did somewhat work, but simply peeing in a scrape gave equal to or better results.

    I did find that the .410 got me back into gun hunting, which I missed more than I realized.

    I learned more about deer movement on my property that I will hopefully use to my advantage next season.

    I proved again that getting a shooter buck on film is much easier than getting him in the bed of my pickup.

    I could go on and on.

    So my best tip is if you need advice on how to get a big buck, don't ask Hortontoter!!
    I may be opinionated...but, my opinion is the only one that matters anyway.

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    good things gentleman lets keep em coming

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    This was my first year bow hunting. I learned that I have a new hobby for the rest of my life now. This is one of the most intense and exciting things that I have ever done. I guess the biggest things that I will take with me is, Wind direction, scent control, and basically just the flow of the season and the different behaviors that deer express during different times of the year. Pre rut- Rut- Post Rut- Gun Season- Late Season patterns. Its been an experience to the say the least.

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