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  1. Beautiful bow Darren!
  2. We had a blast and it looks as though this is going to become an annual event.
  3. Heading up to Canton, TX this weekend to bring my wife to the Trade Days up there. Supposed to be the largest flea market in the country. She really enjoys that sort of thing so taking her, along with another couple, to allow her to enjoy the type of hunting that really gets her excited.
  4. Made a trip to my old stomping grounds on public land in Avoyelles parish Louisiana to battle the orange army in the 3 day either sex weekend. The weekend started off slow with no deer sightings Friday or Saturday. Sunday it was time to make a move closer to a doe bedding area that I typically save for prerut in mid December. As the sky began to glow with the first hints of morning I stood in my stand for more maneuverability if anything should approach. Within just a few minutes of having decent shooting light I heard rustling in the brush to the north of me. In a small clearing I saw ears flickering....I grabbed my bow and got in position to make the shot. There were 3 does on a trail that would allow me a 20yd shot. I had a hard time getting on the first doe so I moved to the second one. She paused in just the right spot. I released and watched as the arrow slammed into her shoulder. She tried to run but only managed to drag herself 60 yds before collapsing.
  5. Looks like a great weekend Darren. Congrats! Always good to meet and make new friends.
  6. Sweet buck. Congrats!
  7. Love seeing the young ones out there hunting. Congrats to her!
  8. Super buck. Congrats!
  9. 10/24/17 Decided to sit a stand that was set up on an oak ridge that showed lots of sign of buck movement through this area....lots of rubs and scrapes. Along with sign of deer feeding on acorns. Wind is a little stronger than I like but not long after daylight a young forkhorn buck works his way through the oaks. A little later I hear crunching in the leaves and look on the next ridge over to see a good buck making his way across the draw onto the ridge I am sitting. I give him a few grunts to slow him down and possibly work him into shooting range. He stops and begins working his way toward me but a closer look through the binos reveals he is not what I drove to Iowa for. Right before I get down for lunch a spike works his way through the oaks cruising. That afternoon I am sitting in an opening between 2 cedar thickets that borders a standing cornfield. Saw 1 deer but my movement caught its attention before I could tell if it was a buck or doe. Thus ends day 1 of my hunt.
  10. Going to try to keep this up this year. With 3rd party hosting eliminated from photobucket, not sure how I will post pics though. God speed to everyone this upcoming hunting season.
  11. 10/23/17 Scouting continues. Starting to narrow down some sort of pattern for feeding and traveling/deer movement. Began setting stands.
  12. 10/22/17 Began scouting field edges and areas that I had picked out studying maps that I had ordered earlier in the year. Deer sign is easy to find. Hard to decide which area is better than others. Did notice that all acorns from oaks have already dropped.
  13. 10/21/17 Arrived at Pisgah city park and set up camp. Went into Onawa for church/mass that afternoon. Will start scouting tomorrow.
  14. After work today I will be leaving for central western Iowa. This is a hunt I have been planning for 4 yrs. I hope it is worth the wait. I will give a report upon my return. God bless!
  15. Killed a big doe earlier in the trip also.
  16. So Wednesday I found an old grown up field littered with sign. Checked wind direction for the following day and set a stand accordingly. Thursday evening I climbed into my setup around 2 pm. The afternoon was very uneventful and saw me scrolling thru forums and Midwest Whitetail videos on my phone as well as keeping tabs on all my buds out hunting in the woods around the country. So 5:30 rolls around and I lean back in my stand. I think I may have even closed my eyes for a minute..... I hear crunching in the leaves behind me and to my left. I slowly turn my head and see a doe in the edge of the field making her way in my direction. She passes to my left within 10yds. That's when I hear more leaves and brush breaking in the same direction she came from. I don't want to move because the does is so close but eventually I'm able to get my head and eyes around to the point I can see a nice buck at the tree line working an overhead branch with his antlers. He steps into the field about 60 yds out. By this time the doe is right below me feeding on some little berry things that have never seen before. While she is occupied I reach for my bow and clip my release on. I can see 9pts on the bucks rack. If he follows the doe's path I will have a 10yd shot. But he doesn't. He veers out into the field keeping a bit of distance between he and her. There is very little in the way of markers in this field of shoulder high grass, but earlier I had ranged some different colored weeds and he was heading directly for a group of these weeds that are 30yds away. He pausing every few steps to nibble on the tops of some of the grasses/weeds. When he approaches the stuff I had ranged I come to full draw(the doe is oblivious still what is going on above her). He pauses...I center my 30yd pin on his shoulder....squeeze the shot off....and I hear that vacuum breaking sound as the arrow passed thru his chest. The buck kicks straight up into the air and runs headlong to the corner of the field in front of me....he stops and all I can see are his head and his tail. His head is hanging low and his tail is flickering back and forth at a feverish pace. I think to myself, "he's gonna go down right there!" But I lose sight of him and a minute later I think I hear a crash. That's when the shakes set in. I give him 45 minutes and get down. The impact site has good blood but in the dark and tall grass I can't find any more. I walk to where I last saw him and to my disappointment he isn't there....and no blood....and to make matters worse a deer blows at me from the brush and I think that I have just jumped him. I turn off my light and sneak out heartbroken. I drink a few beers to help me get to sleep and am back at the last place I saw him at daylight Friday. But this time the sun allows me to see what missed last night...blood and lots of it. Just a little over 20yds into the treeline off the field there he is in all his glory. I practically fall to my knees thanking God for this opportunity and for making me a bowhunter! And I have another surprise....he's a 10 with a kicker on his right base. My best buck ever!
  17. Bowonly reporting in! Truck packed for Iowa trip. Leaving after work today.
  18. 10/20/17 Leaving after work today for Pisgah, Iowa to hunt the Loess Hills State Forest for 2 weeks. Anticipation level is such that I can't concentrate on work today.
  19. 10/7/17 Brought my youngest daughter, Calli, on her first hunt of any kind today. Brought her to the WMA that I basically grew up in for a squirrel hunt opening day. It was hot and the mosquitoes were bad but she ended up with 2 fox squirrels. She seemed to have a great time and we built memories that will last a lifetime. God is great!
  20. I know I'm a year behind on updating this post, but I wanted to let everyone know that my hunting experience was a pleasant one there. Won't be there this year due to being selected for Iowa, but in future years I will return.
  21. Let me start by saying I've been hunting public land in Missouri for the past 7 yrs and have absolutely loved it! So this upcoming year I am planning on changing locations, not because of disappointment in the area we were hunting, just for a change of scenery. Did quite a bit of research and calling around and had decided to give the Mark Twain National Forest Cedar Creek Unit a go. But one thing that is discouraging me , once I got the map in, is the fact that the majority of this area is private land. The public portions of the this section of Mark Twain in Callaway Co are scattered and not very large in area. Should I let this discourage me? Do any of you have any input on the amount of pressure these areas get during the first 2 weeks of November prior to the firearm season? I know the area has lots of potential, I just worry about having lots of company on these small sections of public property. The other 2 areas that are under consideration if this area doesn't work out are Four Rivers CA and the lands surrounding Truman Reservoir. I would greatly appreciate any input. Thank you.
  22. Nice! Congrats!
  23. Looking at changing the rear brakes on my truck and continue to fine tune my archery skills for the upcoming season. I think my wife is interested in inviting some friends over for a game night Saturday. That's always fun. Oh, and college football starts this weekend!!
  24. I don't do facebook, so hunting forums are my social media outlet. I'll try to post some material Mrs MO.
  25. Just pulled up the link. Looks like tough hunting. God speed and shoot straight Darren.