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DBGJR
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Lets hear how everyone's 2013 season is going. Post your daily reports and if you have pictures post them as well. Good luck to everyone and have a safe season.
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Vesty
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My son and I were able to hunt together yesterday which in and of itself is a blessing to me as I get older.I own property in deer rich Van Buren County and have picked up quite a few deer on my trail cam over the summer. Yesterday, if I didn't know better, I would have thought a plague hit and wiped them off the face of the earth. We didn't see a single deer all day. Sun up to sun down. But hey, that's why they call it hunting.Cooler weather can only help. We did find fresh scrapes which always perks you up.
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Drew
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Opening day....saw a couple in the morning fog, afternoon was hot and windy, deer were moving as they were taking off soybeans all around me!

Felt damn good to be in the woods again!

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Bonebuster
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Spent the day with my two sons on state game areas in the S.E. part of the lower. We did some scouting throughout the summer, feeding the ticks and sweating....only to find that these llands are good deer habitat with decent populations, but it is impossible to "hunt" because of the sheer numbers of hunters.

We DID end up seeing deer, and I could have killed a doe, but passed in the hopes it would pass my youngest son.(which it did, but he was asleep at the wheel)

The highlight of the day was my fifteen yr old son giving lessons with his Bear Montana, a short distance from the parking area....let me tell ya this.....there are ALOT of guys with the "traditional" spirit out there, and he planted some seeds yesterday. I sat on the tailgate guzzling water and heard the same words of guidance and encouragement that I gave him through the years...only this time, it was him teaching some old dogs new tricks....

It`s cool when a guy removes his trigger release from his wrist and takes lessons on the proper use of a tab from a 15 yr old kid.

I learned a lot........there are TONS of traditional bowhunters out there...they just don`t know where to start.

Heading NORTH ASAP......

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Awesome story, great to see the young crowd still interested. I hunt public in SE as well and get questions and comments all the time too. Its entertaining to see these guys load up all their widgets - heavy compound, release, climber, etc etc. I just toss on a little face camo, grab my "stick" and go lol

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Just stopped out at my spot this afternoon to see what was going on. Still very green and deer movement has been poor thus far. Only one doe taken from the area that we know of. Buddy at work got a few texts opening day - 9, 7 and 6 point taken by his friends so they are out there! Looks like temps will be dipping into the 40s and maybe 30s next week, that should trigger a bit more movement. So between the high temps and still struggling a bit with my shooting not too concerned I'm missing the first week.

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T Folts
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Hunted tonite bumped a deer on my way to my stand then 1/2 before dark a 1.5 year old gave me a couple shots but I passed. 3 points on one side and the left horn stuck out and down. funky buck.
Might go back to the same stand in the morning depending on the wind.

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Bonebuster
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Wow....sure has been quiet around here.

I went and looked at the "Deer diaries" from a few years ago and there are several pages by nightfall on the first day.

Things have changed for a lot of us apparently...and it seems not for the better.

For me, nothing to report...the warm weather has kept me out of the woods.

I wonder where all the familiar names are.

I hope everyone is still able to hunt...good luck everyone!

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Timberking
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I had Friday, saturday, Sunday off of work but it rained all three days. Next two days off are Wed/Thur and the weather report is looking GREAT. I will be out those days fer sure!
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mparks
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Ma nature just hasn't cooperated very well thus far. I've only been out a few times. Nothing to report. Sure is nice to be able to climb in a stand and relax for awhile though.

The summer was certainly slow on our forum. I do see more activity on things like the PowWow and Facebook so we need to remember that the members are spread out. I know I don't check in here as often as I used to. Let's hope we can get things rolling a little with the Deer Diary again this year. I'll post updates when I get a chance to spend some time in the woods.

How about a quick update from the guys that are viewing? You've seen my report from Southern Genesee County(for what it's worth:)) How's things in your neck of the woods?

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Bonebuster
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Monroe County....mosquitos STILL very active!...my son and I enjoyed the slightly cooler temps, fed some mosquitos and actually saw three deer.

One was a buck, with ONE scraggly, twisted antler.

Not sure how I missed it before, but a travel corridor was revealed this evening!

A heavy frost would REALLY help with the mosquitos! As of yet, we have not had a frost in my area.

Heartfelt wishes of luck to all!

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Ventured out to one of my better spots tonight. No deer but I had the good luck to see two coon snuggled up together in a den tree. Reminded me of a picture on one of the plaques my dad or I won when we were running coon dog night hunts. A little chill in the air made it feel like deer season. I did swat a few skeeters though! [knothead]
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tomwatson
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MTB Councilman Ryan Macut just took a nice doe last night up near Iron River. 20 yard shot with his 70's Bear Grizzly, cedar shafts with Razorheads. Congratulations Ryan!


Tom

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Vesty
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Monday night at 6:20 PM, I was in my tree stand that I have up on the edge of an old logging road that runs through my property. I was standing and looking to the east along the property line which usually is a corridor. Suddenly my 6th sense kicked in and something told me to turn in the other direction.....SLOWLY. Almost right under me stood a 6pt. buck that I have seen on my trail cam. The wind was in my face and he was clueless of my presence. He was at an odd angle so I needed him to shift a little and move his front leg. He did and I released my douglas fir shaft with Stos broadhead. Pretty steep angle even though my stand is only 12ft. off the ground. The shaft drove down through his ribcage. 80 yd. recovery. Double lunged. The shaft must have hit a rib on opposite side because I found the broadhead and about an inch of shaft in the body cavity when I field dressed it.This was my first shot with my new this summer Two Tracks Echo longbow. I'm blessed. I failed to mention that shot distance was 6 yds.
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Congrats Vesty!
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