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huskyarcher
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So this story really starts back in the spring. After finding out my dad had pulled the trigger on a lease in Ohio, I start doing some research. I'm a bit of a wanderer and didn't like the thought much of being confined to 91 acres in the rut, in one of the best buck states in the country.

Hours and days of cyber scouting later, I had a handful of spots circled on some different public land areas (as well as spots on the lease) and told dad we needed to get up there and see what we could find.

He agreed, and late may found us trouncing around the most God-awful briar thickets anyone has ever seen, daydreaming of November and trying to find somewhere we had confidence in.

You'll have to bear with me, we are still in Ohio and I have been designated full time "guide" since I no longer have a tag in my pocket.


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Dalton Lewis
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Psalm 37:4- "Delight thyself also in the Lord:and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

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Oh c'mon man.... [campfire]
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Tell me about it! I’m such a poor hunter that half the time i “hunt” through these great hunters articles! It’s like waiting for the morning when you know you’ve got all day and the weather is gonna be perfect with a great wind for your spot. This is like the night before THAT!

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We will wait with as much patience as this crew can muster....
[knothead]

I'm sure it will be worth the wait!!!!


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Just made it back to the hotel for the night. Had to stop by the store and get a tag, everyone has there little niches at the moment, so I figure ill try to take a doe before we leave on Monday.

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Dalton Lewis
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Psalm 37:4- "Delight thyself also in the Lord:and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

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Our findings on the lease were mixed, while we found evidence of a lot of deer, we didnt find too much evidence of the kind of buck folks drive to ohio to chase.

We put out cameras anyway, hoping for the best.

Meanwhile, i was wearing a pair of keens out on public land, trying to expand the options.


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Dalton Lewis
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Psalm 37:4- "Delight thyself also in the Lord:and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

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"The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind..."-Fred Bear

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Take a deep breath and pick a spot

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huskyarcher
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So covering as much ground as possible I continued to scout this big piece of public ground. I began to see the evidence of the kind of deer that we were looking for. I was specifically looking for funnels and pinch points, as I knew the meat of the time I was going to spend in Ohio was going to be in the rut. I always seem to do the best in those types of areas.


This continued for 3 more trips to the Buckeye state. I have come to realize that I honestly enjoy that part of the hunt as much as actually hunting itself. I geek out trying to figure out where he is going to walk, and why that is the case.

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Dalton Lewis
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I guess I get that from dad because he was digging it as much as I was.

We came back up in early October to do a little hunting and a lot of scouting. I knew this would be the last chance I got to scout before it was go time so I tried to put it in another gear.

On the last morning, we were going to hunt, trying to take a doe to fill the freezer. But the forecast was bleak, it was supposed to get up to 80 that day, and it was already humid the night before.

I told dad we would be better off to spend one more morning scouting and we should punt on that hunt, he agreed and we headed out. I wanted to go up one more road, it was way at the top of the public piece and was carved up and surrounded by private ground. I really liked the fact that it wasn't well marked.

I went one way, dad the other. When I got back to where I figured I was far enough back to ditch the crowd (if there was one) I started looking for sign. It didn't take long.

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Dalton Lewis
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I found a good bit of sign, and noticed one ridge that connected 3 finger ridges and a thicket. When i got to it, i found that it couldnt be any more perfect. There was a 50 yard wide strip of cover on the top of it, and an old road bed going down the middle of it. It was littered with rubs. Even better, right where a ditch came up the hill and topped out on one side, directly across from that an old pine tree had just fell and blocked the roadbed, and the deer were detouring around the top of that fallen tree.

This means they were all walking through a 25 yard stretch on woods, which had every tree in it rubbed. I had found a killer spot, and instantly got that feeling i love so much.

I quickly marked it and headed back to the truck, i was already 30 minutes past when we agreed to meet back. Dad had completely struck out on his side of the road, but nearly scored anyway.

Turns out that on my way back out i had bumped a couple does from bedding and they went right by him, he shot right under her chest, but was all smiles. He said it had gotten him tore up, and that was the point.

After that, we headed south back to NC to a month of grueling school and work, dreaming about the possibilities that Sweet November might hold.

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Dalton Lewis
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I enjoy the woods taking game is the icing on the cake.

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