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Trumpkin the Dwarf
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Ok, maybe this isn't the most enlightening post in the world, but I don't know if I can make it till deer season on September 30th! I've got a scouting trip to plan, and some gear left to sort, and the post office has bungled my broadhead order. But I'm shooting better than I have in a long time, I feel totally in control of my shot. I know my max range, and I'm just flat out sick of summer!

It doesn't help that I'm learning a new critter. I've never bow hunted for whitetail deer before, and it is a whole new world. No wonder guys find elk hunting so daunting when they've never done it.

Anyone have tips for surviving the next two months? Any scouting advice? Just plain old commiseration?

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Malachi C.

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katman
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I feel for you bro. You can move to SC, we open in 10 days. Aren't hogs in season year round?

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Trumpkin the Dwarf
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quote:
Originally posted by katman:
Aren't hogs in season year round?

They are. I don't have broadheads to shoot them with yet (see postal service comment above). I'm planning to get out in a week or so, I just am having a hard time restraining my enthusiasm until then!

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Malachi C.

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Dove hunt! I miss dove season every year when it's good because I'm chasing elk, you have nothing else to do in September!

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quote:
Originally posted by old_goat2:
Dove hunt! I miss dove season every year when it's good because I'm chasing elk, you have nothing else to do in September!

Yes! If you haven't dove hunted and you live in Texas you are missing out on some of the most fun and social hunts in America.
I would tell you to study deer movement/reaction after the shot. Those Texas deer have a serious reputation and this may not be something you are used to if you haven't hunted whitetail. I'd tell you what has worked on oklahoma deer but you should hit up some locals if yo have a chance.

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Trumpkin the Dwarf
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I never really thought about dove hunting I guess. Which is strange, because I love duck hunting and upland game hunting as well!

As for the Texas deer and reacting funny, I've heard that and talked to the locals about it already. [thumbsup]

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Malachi C.

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Man I love September!! Deer in the morning and dove in the afternoon. Good times!!
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well trumpkin, not sure how things are in Texas but here in the northeast, the food sources will totally change in the upcoming months which is a major factor in scouting. With this in mind, my approach is usually to look for travel corridors marked by rubs between bedding areas and good stands of fall food. I like hunting a transition area relatively close to food sources because you can usually sneak into them without blowing the whole herd out of an area and I prefer afternoon hunts for that very reason. 90% of the time the wind is coming from the north/northwest so I set up stands accordingly. Even in the peak of the rut, the does are hitting the choice food plots like acorns, beech nuts and blackberry/raspberry thickets. Scout for terrain, cover and food over current sightings. I imagine the food sources change in texas too.

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I'm heading out in a couple weeks for the archery opener in the Sierras. The Coastal season is already open for archery & the general season opens this weekend or next. Of course, blacktail & mulies are a little different from TX whitetails.

If you have some time & can get away, try to get yourself "embedded" in the woods. See if you can get close enough to touch a deer. If you can do that, then getting within 20 yards should be a cinch once you can bring your bow.

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Take up flint knapping. Your whole state is dang near one big knapping rock,lol. I try and grab a 5 gallon bucket of it on the way home in the winter months. Nothing beats shooting a deer with a stone point that you made.
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You're only a few hours from the coast, and there are plenty of places to bowfish in wading/kayak distance. Texas whitetail behavior can be summarized in two sentences: If there is hunting pressure, they act like they do on hunting shows. If there is not, you can check/fill feeders on one side of a 3 acre field while they graze in the other. (I currently live near Corpus.)
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Bisch is from Central Texas too. He is a wealth of information and hunts a lot. He could most likely give you some help. Also, Bob Sarrels is located in Manchaca (South of Austin) and is a great Bowyer (I have 2 of his bows) and could also help you out.

Best of luck.

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Trumpkin the Dwarf
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quote:
Originally posted by D. Key:
Bisch is from Central Texas too. He is a wealth of information and hunts a lot. He could most likely give you some help.

Hey Doug, I've met up with Bisch a few times at a local trad league shoot! He just moved a ways further out of town, actually. I'm planning on hunting public this fall, which apparently can be a whole lotta crazy. [smileystooges] To my knowledge Jerry has always had a lease for his hunting here though.

I'm actually feeling more confident than I probably should at this point. I just can't wait for the dang season to get here!

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Malachi C.

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I used to be in Central Texas! At the end of may I sold out and moved to West Texas, Sonora to be exact. I absolutely love it out here too!!!!!

Bisch

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quote:
Originally posted by Bisch:
I used to be in Central Texas! At the end of may I sold out and moved to West Texas, Sonora to be exact. I absolutely love it out here too!!!!!

Bisch

Bisch did you do any public land hunting in when you were in Central TX?

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