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Old 12-31-2014, 09:49 PM   #21
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I've seen 2 bucks on my cam one was a 6pt. Other than that nothing!
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:30 PM   #22
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Slow on public and private land in Bay County. Checked cams this week and they did not move at all during the rain or immediately after it. Very little daytime movement....mostly nocturnal. Bucks have all gone nocturnal which makes no sense because we don't bowhunt our property and the only pressure is what they would see us doing all year on the property. We shoot a lot on our range year round so they should be used to gunfire.

My theory is the wet and warm has the trees budded out so they don't have to come to the plots or feeders with all that food in the woods. Need some extended dry, clear below freezing days but it ain't in the 10-day. If it stays like this during the rut, they will be doing most of their loving at night, I fear.
This is exactly what I was thinking today as I headed back to the house after a morning hunt. You can also figure in the wet summer we had last year and this year and the effect it has had on acorn production this season.

Just two weeks ago a buddy and me were setting up another stand and I showed him some of the white oak acorns still on the ground....some of which were still in the process of falling. Also, there are places on my property where the acorns are just sitting on the ground rotting because there are not enough deer to eat em up. The over all amount of acorns that are still available for the deer is pretty amazing. With the warmer temperatures thus far and the frequent rain it has to have the animals looking other places for food besides feeders and plots. I know the deer are there but they are not visiting the plots at the frequency they have in years past. My picture numbers are also down for these same reason as I have my cameras facing the plots.

Just yesterday morning I was sitting in my stand and I had a flock of 10 turkey come walking through (4 hens, 3 jakes, and 3 longbeards). Shortly thereafter a spike came meandering through. He walked from one oak to the next gorging himself on acorns. He came close enough to my tree that when he walked by I could hear him crunching the acorns in his mouth. Me walked on past me never even looking at the food plot and disappeared into the woods. On another note this morning just prior to the turkey coming down from the roost a hawk screeched just over head and one of the jakes couldn't take it. He fired off his best gobble. I had to chuckle....after I made a note in my phone about time and location for future reference (i.e. springtime).

The one bright spot is I did catch a decent 6-8 point on the camera just after dark on Tuesday. The picture was blurry cause he was moving but it does give me some hope.

They've also been scraping fairly regularly for the past 2-3 weeks.

The time is upon us. May we not lose heart.
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Old 01-02-2015, 12:12 AM   #23
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It will be different in a couple years. We will see better numbers next year just from letting some go this season to.

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That is what Mississippi hoped for...Interesting read on the subject.

http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2427.pdf

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That is what Mississippi hoped for...Interesting read on the subject.

http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2427.pdf

That's old information. They have now gone to a minimum inside spread or mainbeam and established harvest regulations based on physiographical regions throughout the state with the minimum inside spread or mainbeam length being greater for the delta region (better habitat conditions) than the loess (intermediate habitat) and lower coastal plain (lower quality habitat).
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Thanks, I am aware. The discussion is on what is happening here, so that old information is relevant.
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Yeah it is old but the same that is put in place here. I'm kinda for maybe a set amount of bucks and maybe 2 doe during gun season. Wouldn't hurt to shorten the season some either. But I would say do it in the middle like take out December. Would be nice if they gave us some archery only places. No reason they can't figure out how to let us hunt around the 4 lakes.

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