Rate Your Deer Season

I hope everyone had a great deer season.

Deer Season

Big bucks like this one make for a great deer season.

Big bucks like this one make for a great deer season.

I think deer season is just about over everywhere. I wanted to get some feedback on how all of you did this year. Did you get that big deer?

My deer season started off seeing quite a few  in Georgia during bow season, but I just wasn’t seeing any big bucks. I saw several small bucks and a ton of does. I wanted to shoot a doe with my bow but I kept holding off in hopes of getting a shot at a trophy buck that we had on trail camera. But I never saw him. My dad saw him one time just before dark just for a second, and he was gone. As it got closer to the rut I hunted hard and kept thinking I might see some big bucks. I was seeing a lot of nice rubs and scrapes but no big boys.

November 1st rolled around and some friends and I headed out deer hunting to the heart of monster buck country to do some bow hunting in Illinois.

Bow hunting in Illinois can make a deer hunting dreams come true.

Bow hunting in Illinois can make a deer hunting dreams come true.

If you have never been bow hunting in Illinois, I highly recommend it. We arrived on the first of November and were greeted by unseasonably warm temperatures. We hunted very hard for the whole week and saw a lot of whitetails and several smaller bucks chasing does, but the big bucks were laying low. We ended up extending the trip for a couple of days because we knew there was a cold front moving in. On the last morning of our trip I was able to rattle in a very nice 125″ class 10 pointer and was able to put the smack down on him at thirty yards and right then and there I fell in love with bow hunting in Illinois.

So that made my season a great one. While we were in Illinois we got reports from Georgia that the big boys were chasing like crazy and in full rut. By the time we got back home the rut was almost over. So if we hadn’t gone to the mid-west who knows maybe I would have been able to get a shot at the trophy whitetail that we had on trail camera, but then again you never know.

Let me know how you did this year. Did you get that trophy whitetail? I hope you all had a great year. I had one that I won’t soon forget.

Take the poll and let me know how you did.

  1. Poor, didn’t see many deer
  2. Okay, saw a few deer and some small bucks
  3. Good, shot a doe and some smaller bucks
  4. Great, shot a nice buck
  5. Excellent, shot a Pope and Young  or a Boone and Crockett

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Hunting Deer Sheds

Even though deer season is over, trail cameras can still be a great tool for knowing which trophy whitetails made it through the season. The bucks will be shedding their antlers soon if not already. I am looking forward to hunting deer sheds.

Hunting Deer Sheds dropped shed

Hunting deer sheds is fun.

It’s almost as much fun as the actual hunt.

Hunting Deer Sheds

Finding deer sheds can really get you pumped. I have found several deer sheds through the years but have never found a big bucks antlers. I would love to find that big 150″ brutes antlers that we saw on trail camera all year but was to smart for all of us on our club. We have had him on trail camera for several years now and he has only been seen in the woods  a couple of times deer hunting. We have never even found one of his antlers either. But this year I plan on looking hard for his rack when he drops it. We’ll see what happens but I am looking forward to finding sanctuaries where he might drop that beautiful big rack. I would love to get my hands on that thing, although sometime near the end of the season he broke his main beam off just above his G2. I don’t know how it happened. Maybe fighting with one of the other trophy whitetails on our property. From what I have heard and read this season was a little tough spotting big bucks here in Georgia, due to the huge acorn crop the deer didn’t have to travel far to find food, and the full moon during the peak of the rut didn’t seem to help much either.

Any way finding a big boys huge rack can really motivate you to prepare for next season even harder, and make you more determined to figure him out and harvest him next year.

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Deer Management Control Burn

Doing a control burn on your deer hunting property  is a great tool for improving deer management.

Deer Management

control burn

Foggy Bottom Outdoors does a control burn for deer management.

There are many benefits from a control burn.

deer management

Doing a control burn is a great tool to improve deer management on your hunting property.

If you are looking to improve your deer management on your property you definitely want to consider a control burn. It can increase your quail population too. Fire helps to keep the sapling hardwoods under control but still allows the re sprouting in woods which are kept open with ample sunlight on the ground. This gives birds some protection from predators by allowing some  cover to grow close to the ground.  Fire helps removes  dead vegetation on the ground exposing seeds and tender young vegetation there and allowing turkey and quail access to food and giving them easy movement through the new vegetation and plants. It also stimulates hard seeded plants and native grasses to sprout. Burning  increases the production of seeds and grass plants on which turkey and quail and other birds and animals such as deer depend on through the year. So if you are looking to improve your deer management on your property  you need to consider burning some parts of your property to improve your wildlife habitat.

Last Thursday we burned a few sections of our hunting property and it should really help the wildlife habitat this year. Every year we burn different sections of our property, usually the areas that need it the most each year.

You always need to check your local laws and regulations before doing a burn. Make sure that you never burn without getting a permit and abiding by all of the laws and regulations in your area.

When you burn you want a 25% to 50% relative humidity and winds no more than around 13 miles per hour, but you definitely need a little wind to make sure you get a good burn. Make sure you put in fire breaks to control the fire, make sure they are wide enough where the fire wont jump them. And you want to start at the fire break on the down wind side and burn into the wind. This way the wind will not carry the fire to fast, and the fire will have to burn into the wind, helping to keep the fire at bay.

Consider doing a burn on your property if you would like to improve the wildlife habitat, making your hunting property a better haven for wildlife. You will be glad you did come next spring when the forest floor is full of new grasses and plants that the deer will definitely be attracted to.

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