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I will be out next weekend but will be letting my son get first dibs on whatever shows up. He is rock solid with the xbow but a little scared of guns still. Ill be backing him up with my compound... I was gonna take the .44 mag but I want them points !!!!!
 

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My hunting season will start tomorrow with a morning squirrel hunt. I plan to head to the U.P. on Sunday and will stay at my camp for at least three weeks taking in the first part of the bow season. I am an avid bird hunter and will do a lot of grouse hunting there too. We had plenty of rain in my neck of the U.P. so my food plots were looking good on my last trip there just before Labor Day weekend. I hunt about half the time on my land and on public land. My main public land spots were not hunted by anyone during the entire archery and firearm deer season last year, so they should have some good bucks there. I took one buck last year on 10/1 on my land and another one on 11/8 on public land.
 
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My hunting season will start tomorrow with a morning squirrel hunt. I plan to head to the U.P. on Sunday and will stay at my camp for at least three weeks taking in the first part of the bow season. I am an avid bird hunter and will do a lot of grouse hunting there too. We had plenty of rain in my neck of the U.P. so my food plots were looking good on my last trip there just before Labor Day weekend. I hunt about half the time on my land and on public land. My main public land spots were not hunted by anyone during the entire archery and firearm deer season last year, so they should have some good bucks there. I took one buck last year on 10/1 on my land and another one on 11/8 on public land.

Excellent we need a buck killing Trophy Specialist !!!!
 

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Here we go. Hope to head out this week to check cameras one last time and tighten straps and trim any fliers that have changed since early summer. Can't believe it's almost season already.
 

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My hunting season will start tomorrow with a morning squirrel hunt. I plan to head to the U.P. on Sunday and will stay at my camp for at least three weeks taking in the first part of the bow season. I am an avid bird hunter and will do a lot of grouse hunting there too. We had plenty of rain in my neck of the U.P. so my food plots were looking good on my last trip there just before Labor Day weekend. I hunt about half the time on my land and on public land. My main public land spots were not hunted by anyone during the entire archery and firearm deer season last year, so they should have some good bucks there. I took one buck last year on 10/1 on my land and another one on 11/8 on public land.
It's been a while since I have been out grouse hunting I know I am missing , had some great fun back then.

Looking forward to your reports this season.
 

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Here we go. Hope to head out this week to check cameras one last time and tighten straps and trim any fliers that have changed since early summer. Can't believe it's almost season already.
I can't believe it either, I am ready though and done going in my woods until I hunt. All my stands are ready!!! I put a couple cameras out last week I in my back yard food plots and will check them off my 4 wheeler now and then.
 

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I can't believe it either, I am ready though and done going in my woods until I hunt. All my stands are ready!!! I put a couple cameras out last week I in my back yard food plots and will check them off my 4 wheeler now and then.
They are killing my apple trees and clover plot behind the house. I have does everyday back there. Saturday there was a nice 120" 8pt out there in the morning. I can usually pop one out there pretty quick. Once they feel the pressure they go nocturnal fast, so I just have it in my rotation n hunt it on west winds. Im a mobile hunter so its usually one n done on my public spots. I scouted hard all spring and summer and feel pretty good about this year. I have a couple decent private land spots to hunt also. Im pumped too n ready to go !!!
 

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They are killing my apple trees and clover plot behind the house. I have does everyday back there. Saturday there was a nice 120" 8pt out there in the morning. I can usually pop one out there pretty quick. Once they feel the pressure they go nocturnal fast, so I just have it in my rotation n hunt it on west winds. Im a mobile hunter so its usually one n done on my public spots. I scouted hard all spring and summer and feel pretty good about this year. I have a couple decent private land spots to hunt also. Im pumped too n ready to go !!!

How much back yard property you hunting? I am hunting 18acres and am fortunate the deer still show themselves once the pressure is on. I have "The Honey Hole Stand" that is the rare stand that I seriously think it cannot be overhunted. Because of this I have not drifted away much from the property for a while now. Very rare I do not see a deer while on stand anytime of the season.
 

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My property is 8 acres... Half is hardwoods n half is autumn olive, black berry tangles n goldenrod..its very thick. I have one double ladder stand set up so I can hunt with the kids. It is laid out well and connects up to a couple big woodlots. My neighbors are all very nice so I don't have to worry about tracking if one leaves the property although the ones I have shot seem to stay on it because its so thick they kind of just move around inside the thick autumn olive. I mainly hunt public.. I have been hunting the same public parcels for over 20 years n have em figured out pretty well.. Ive killed the majority of my deer there. 18 acres is a nice little chunk RMH.. I know what ur saying about a hot spot. My cousin had 13 that was layed out real nice n there was one corner I could hunt just about everyday n never burn it.
 

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My lease here in Jackson is 145 acres. But don't get to excited, it's mostly open farm ground with very skinny hedge rows, dairy farm to be exact. So when corn comes off, manure goes on. There is a 25 acre grass swamp, and a 25 acre woodlot that just got logged last winter. There are big bucks around but they need to do something stupid to get a crack at them. It gives me a place to hunt after work and with a couple of friends.

My real deal property is in Barry Co.. 136 acres of family ground with a cabin. Use to be a ton of deer there but EHD smacked us pretty good. Last couple of seasons it has been like hunting the East end of the UP. Hope things will be better this year. We haven't shot a doe since EHD, and have not had many chances too. Really crazy how things have changed.

I also do a Doe only hunt in muzzleloader season near Pentwater. That's a fun trip with a couple of guys I went to GVSU with.
 

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My lease here in Jackson is 145 acres. But don't get to excited, it's mostly open farm ground with very skinny hedge rows, dairy farm to be exact. So when corn comes off, manure goes on. There is a 25 acre grass swamp, and a 25 acre woodlot that just got logged last winter. There are big bucks around but they need to do something stupid to get a crack at them. It gives me a place to hunt after work and with a couple of friends.

My real deal property is in Barry Co.. 136 acres of family ground with a cabin. Use to be a ton of deer there but EHD smacked us pretty good. Last couple of seasons it has been like hunting the East end of the UP. Hope things will be better this year. We haven't shot a doe since EHD, and have not had many chances too. Really crazy how things have changed.

I also do a Doe only hunt in muzzleloader season near Pentwater. That's a fun trip with a couple of guys I went to GVSU with.

Some nice deer in that area. I used to hunt by Marshall a few years back. It was a different world than the big woods hunting I'm used to up here
 
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