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Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« on: December 10, 2011, 12:04:39 PM »
We had pretty good luck this morning.  My youngest son, Ryan, got his first deer this morning...a 10 point buck!  Another group hunting the river bottom chased it out, I saw it run by, but they were too far away to shoot.  Went by my older son in the tree stand, but were about 150-200 yards out. 
Ryan was posted up and had moved to another spot that we had talked about when, right on time as I was going to move.  He saw the three deer run down the field and cross the ditch, heard my older son shooting. They came out of the ditch and were crossing a corn field running, he missed the first two shots.  They all stopped and looked at him.  He drew on the buck and dropped him in his tracks a little over 100 yards out.

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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 12:10:10 PM »
NICE! Congratulations!
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 12:07:23 PM »
congrats bet he remembers that hunt for a lifetime

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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 12:09:54 PM »
NICE! Congratulations!

congrats bet he remembers that hunt for a lifetime
Thanks Muddy, SGH.  Yes, we will all remember it.  It was quite an experience.
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 11:38:10 PM »
We were out again this morning, starting before sunrise. It was about 20 degrees warmer today than yesterday morning with a little more wind. Moon was still almost full, giving lots of light even before the sun came up.  As I was walking in, four does were crossing the road and going into a small piece of timber to the west of where I was going to set up and wait.

It is beautiful standing out in the morning, listening to the sound of the morning.  I worked into the area very slowly, stopping ever few steps to watch, listen, take in the morning, listening to the sound of the trees of the rest of the area. This is one of the things I love about deer hunting is the chance to spend time out in the world, away from all the daily stuff that piles up on us.  You are reminded of the natural sounds of the woods and the wind and to identify those that occur and those that are made by something moving - birds, small animals, larger animals.  If you blend in, it only takes a few minutes for you to become part of the scene.

We were out for about 4 hours this morning.  I saw the four does when I first walked in and another that I startled as I was backtracking along a fence line.  Other than that, the deer were elsewhere today.  Clouds moved and the humidity increased about mid morning.

I was sitting out this afternoon and a flock of geese came over. I heard them honking in the distance and could finally see them as they came closer. The flew almost right over me.  They were close enough that I could hear the air moving through the feathers on their wings as they went over.  They were not in full migration yet, just practicing forming their "V" and getting in rhythm.

A good day to be outside.
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2011, 06:58:07 AM »
Made it out again yesterday morning.  Didn't see any deer.  They must have hunkererd down early before the rain set it.  It was a nice day to be out.  My youngest son jumped a turkey, which was fun to watch.

We skinned and butchered the deer yesterday afternoon about the time the rain arrived.  I used my Cold Steel Roach Belly for skinning and it worked wonderfully.  It has a great edge that it holds very well.  The shape of the blade made skinning a breeze and the sharp point made it easy to get into tight spots and worked very well for taking apart the knee joints to detach the legs.  Taking out the loins was very easy as the sharp edge followed the spine down and round to the ribs very smoothly.  Even when covered with blood and assorted other deer goo, the handle was very easy to grip, due to the texture and shape of the handle.

We we were butchering, I switched to the Mora 840. It worked pretty well, but it didn't seem to hold its edge as well.  It did a pretty good job.  I switched back to the Roach Belly and it seemed to work better for me. After skinning and quartering the deer, the edge was still very sharp.
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011, 01:59:41 PM »
Spent some time working on the Mora this morning and have it very sharp now. Hopefully we will get a chance to give it a further workout.
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2011, 07:29:15 PM »
AWWWW hes so cute. Still has milk on his lips.    :P  One to be proud of.   :thumbup:
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2011, 07:35:40 PM »
AWWWW hes so cute. Still has milk on his lips.    :P  One to be proud of.   :thumbup:
Are you talking about the deer or my son?  LOL

He must have been getting a lot of milk, going by all the meat we put in the freezer. 
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2014, 08:53:32 AM »
Here is the mount.





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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2014, 02:34:08 PM »
Awesome mount plain simple the way it should be

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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2014, 03:07:43 PM »
That's what I did with the buck I shot with my bow this year.
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2014, 03:46:02 PM »
Tell him congratulations. That was a beautiful buck almost perfectly symmetric.
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Re: Deer hunting in Iowa - 2011
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2015, 10:18:51 AM »
We had another safe and successful deer hunting season in 2015.  I shot three times and harvested two deer (both does that were down within 20 yards).  Another 100 pounds or so of meat in the freezer and the bald eagles in the area are well fed.
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