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Had a nice trip to the Driftless with a fellow WSN member.
Water was a bit high and stained.
But we caught a few fish.

Beautiful place!

Stan b
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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formerwiacbaseballer wrote:
roadkill1 wrote:
Had a buck in before legal shooting Tuesday.
I heard him grunt, could tell by his walk.
But it wasn't legal shooting time, so I didn't.
Sat in the tree for Almost 12 hours.
5:15 until 4:45.
Didn't see another deer.
Some blame on me, my scouting lacked.
I hunt the same acorn ridge every year.
The problem this year, NO acorns.
No gun hunt this year as my 1 partner died 4 years back.
Kinda sucks.

I noticed that this year as well.... We have literally three or four Oak trees in our front yard and while the acorns were abundant (and a bit of a nuisance to clean up) last year, the acorns are few and far between this year.

Anyone happen to know why? Would assume it has something to do with the weather and maybe the couple of late frosts we had this spring.

Well, if your land is anything like my yard, the lack of acorns shouldn't be an issue for you this year!!!!

We picked up close to a five gallon bucket full today while cleaning up the yard from parts of the yard that didn't have any the last two years.
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Baseball is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
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Bucks are really chasing the does up my way. Saw a really nice 8 point coming toward me when I was bowhunting on Sun. He was coming right down a trail that would have given me a 15 yard shot. As he neared me, the buck saw a doe and took off like lightning. I was disappointed but hunting at this time of the year will have that happen. Does are staying away the last few days, so I know the 'rut' is not quite there yet. I had planned this hunting site for 2 weeks, watching cameras as to when he was going thru this area. Finally got out there on Sunday and the buck bolts 10 seconds before I would have had a shot. Disappointing, but I also saw 7 other bucks that walked this trail and I could have shot each one. Not sure if I will try again, although I am sure the nice 8 point buck has no idea I was there. I will check the cameras tomorrow and see if I can pattern this buck again. I rarely ever hunt the same spot more than once a season. Always seems over the years that my first nite on a new stand site either gets me a shot at a nice buck or I see zippo. Also have a huge 7 point buck with no brow tines that looks to go about 250lbs or more. Last year he was only a 6 point with no brow tines and I never saw him in the daytime last year. His movement pattern has changed this year though, but my cameras only pick him up between 2am and 3am. I am pretty sure he is crossing from the other side of the road, so he would be nearly impossible for me to get near him.
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I got it done on October 29. Had a doe come sneaking trough around 9:30 and as she trotted off, Mr. Buck came right through after and gave me a shot at 18 yards. I hit him a little high, but it sliced through the lungs and that was all she wrote for him. 

On October 1st, I was fortunate to harvest a nice doe. Arrow went right through her heart at 11 yards.
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10 Points, 150lb field dressed. 
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I witnessed one of the funniest things I ever saw while deer hunting yesterday afternoon in my deer blind. I was watching some does and fawns eating the remaining acorns in the small oak grove I was hunting. A spike buck was running around chasing and bothering the does. At one moment, he made a turn while running full out and went head first with his head down right into an 8 inch oak tree. The buck went down like he was shot. He was down for at least 10 seconds, then started moving and finally got up. It was so funny, I thought I was going to pee my pants. I have seen deer run into trees and other things while hunting, but this is the first time I ever saw a deer actually knock themselves out while doing it. I have seen some strange things over the years, but this may rate #1 all time.
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As I age (you all hear me whine about this) I find my values readjusting quickly.
One example of this is my understanding of what I participate in outdoor sports for now.
Like Aldo Leopold said ;
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." 
It took a while to get that……….I believe I am there.
I’ve always been an in the moment guy, but now more so than ever.
I always taught the players I coached “yesterday is gone and by definition tomorrow NEVER happens.
There is only today, NOW!”
So on Christmas Eve I went on a hunt at my favorite place on earth, The Highlands!
My wife, Elvis and me were fortunate to have a young couple and their fine young pup join us.
And things started a little chaotic and nervous and exciting but settled nicely.
We hunted, saw some beautiful property, got some great exercise and sort of watched the old timer share some wisdom with the young pup.
It was a thing to behold!
One moment to remember was watching the old timer and the pup chasing a low flushed rooster and watching the old man staying with the pup stride for stride.
You know the saying, “he ain’t as good as he once was……”
All of this happening in a snow globe type setting.
No wind, gentle snow fall, light covering on the ground.
Picture perfect.
Then it happened.
The moment I was there for.

My young friend and his young dog were on a bird.
His dog was birdy as hell and you could sense what was about to happen.
I stopped, stayed to the side and watched.
Mack became more intense by the second, his tail was working hard, he was takin care of bizness!
My friend crept closer and you could see the excitement and enthusiasm in his body language!!!!!
This was their moment!
Finally, an explosion of noise, color and the excitement of a flushing, cackling rooster pheasant!
1 shot, 1 bird down, 1 dog, 1 retrieve to hand!
It made me realize that we aren’t necessarily there to kill game, but to share a moment in time, to share the soul, to share the spirit of the moment!
This made my heart feel warm on this 16 degree day.
The final piece was when I looked to my side, Elvis was at heel, watching……passing the torch if you will to these new young up and comers!
You may find that hard to believe for a dog that at 10 years old still doesn’t know what sit means, but it happened!
I am not as good with words as some writers, but I know what I felt writing this and watching it, if any of you got even a small portion of that feeling, I’m happy!
"What was BIG was the chance, the being there!"

This was my Christmas Gift!!
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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