Open season

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  1. mac66

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    Michigan just had a two day anterless rifle hunt this weekend . Normal rifle season is in November so this was unusual.

    Was out the last two days. Saw lots of bucks and small doe but I finally killed a large doe around 6 pm tonight.

    I was using my late fathers 303 Savage 99 with a 60's era 2.5x weaver scope. Ammo was 180gr soft points from the 1960s as well. One shot 65 yards, DRT. Pretty good day
     
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    Excellent!

    We are in bow season in Connecticut. I have not been out, planning on next month.
     

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    Bow season starts Oct 1 here . Hopefully the bucks will stick atound.
     
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    Just home from my cabin and thought I would post a pic...

    2.5 year old doe, 117 year old rifle (303 Savage 99 made in 1903) 50+ year old scope and ammo, with a home made stock. Old school still works.

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    I have my Father's 300 Savage 99. I shoot it a few shots every couple years.

    Maybe it will go deer hunting soon. Your post may have kicked me into gear.....
     
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    Congrats....and with Dad's old gun.....cool
     
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    I remember back in the 1960s when he cut the barrel down. He got tired of the long barrel getting caught in the tag elders when hunting the swamp. He made a stock for it with a cheek rise and straight grip. Mounted a 2.5x Weaver on it. It became his brush gun and served him well for many decades. It's actually pretty handy to carry. It is kinda cool to be able to carry it and harvest deer with it after all these years.
     
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    Early 60's, my Grandpa passed down his 30-40 Krag to me. He belonged to a gun/hunt club, and after WWII the club received several wooden crates of Krags packed in grease. He bought one for $2.98 and hunted with it for years and years and took who knows how many deer....got at least 1 every year, and then I took quite a few after he gave it to me....quite a nice feeling
     
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    There's no season like deer season..Cheers!
     
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    Fantastic!!!! Nice work!!!!
     
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    Bow season started yesterday. I'm headed up this afternoon to try for one those big bucks I've been seeing. Bow season runs until rifle season starts on Nov 15. I have to take care of my 93 year old mother 2 days a week but otherwise I'll be in the woods the whole time.
     
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    Muzzleloader starts October 9 , Friday. Using a Winchester Apex 50cal hope to put meat in the freezer!
     
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    Back up since Wednesday bow hunting. I've seen a couple 8pt and the big 10 pt I've been seeing all through September. Haven't got close enough for a shot. Maybe tonight . I'll be here until I score or Sunday whichever comes first. Then home for Monday & Tuesday . Then back to the cabin like that Wednesday to Sunday every week until I get a buck
     
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    Congrats!


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    Just back as an assistant with 14 y/o niece. Her Dad was the main guide, IL youth deer hunt. She used a Savage 220, 20 ga slug gun, Hornady SST ammo.

    The shot was about 25 yards, broadside. The 11 pointer went about 160 yards after the shot, weighed 205 lbs ‘dressed’.
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    WOW!!!!
     
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    Spent 15 days in the field hunting this bow season. Passed on numerous doe, a 3.5 pt, 4 pt and 5 pt buck.

    I already have a doe in the freezer and I'm looking for the 4 different 8 pts, and one 10 pt I been seeing on my trail cameras and throughout Sept in person while scouting.

    A nice 6 pt came out Sat evening, too far away to shoot with a bow. My son came up this weekend to to hunt and I was hoping he'd get a shot. Would have been an easy rifle shot however.

    Rifle season starts Nov 15 and runs two weeks. So I still have about 6 weeks of hunting to harvest a buck. Came home last night, will go back up tomorrow afternoon.
     
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    What is your bow season? Here in Connecticut "bow season" (which includes crossbows) goes from September until January 30th. January hunting is private land only.

    One reason I have basically switched to a crossbow!
     
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    Archery season is Oct 1-Nov 14. But you can use a bow during the rifle (Nov 15-30) and muzzle loading (ML) season (Dec 1-30). And yes, I use a crossbow. Switched to a x-bow couple years ago when I shattered my elbow.

    I still hunt with a rifle during rifle season and a ML during ML season. Typical shots on my property are 60-100 yards. A bit long for even a cross bow. As you know you have to be in the right place at the right time and distance and the right deer with a bow.

    I had 5 doe walk out in 20 yards in front of me last night. One was huge. I can take up to 10 doe on my private property permit but since I already have one in the freezer this year I passed.
     
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