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Old November 28, 2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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Skunked?

OK, fess up, who else here has been skunked so far this year?

I've been deer hunting 2 weeks now and haven't gotten one. Closest I came to one was when I was out working in the yard Saturday and one ran by. Looked like its tail was on fire it was moving so fast!
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Old November 28, 2005, 09:19 PM   #2
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But I hope to change that tomorrow. It's supposed to be about 36 degrees up in the Sam Houston National Meatmarket (oh, I mean, Forest) tomorrow morning.

Here, deer deer deer deer deer.....

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Old November 28, 2005, 10:52 PM   #3
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My Dad

He got drawn for "Antlerless Elk" In an area where we'd had 100% success... until this season.
We saw these fine specimens the day before the season opened. Never saw them again. BUMMER!
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Old November 29, 2005, 12:20 AM   #4
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Yup. No moose. No brown bear. No caribou yet. Didn't even get to make use of Tier II caribou and cow moose permits.

If my survival was dependent on my hunting luck this year, I'd be a vegetarian.

Gotta nice fox pelt last week though, so I'd at least be a warm vegetarian.
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Old November 29, 2005, 12:37 AM   #5
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Sorry... NOT me.

I did well this year.
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Old November 29, 2005, 06:52 AM   #6
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not me thankfullytook a nice 11 pointer opening day and a smaller one 3rd day.think i was a lucky one though.from whats been reported so far deer harvest in my area of wv is way down this there.
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Old November 29, 2005, 06:55 AM   #7
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way down this there?must be to early to type here.either that or thinking of more deer.
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Old November 29, 2005, 08:27 AM   #8
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Yup

Yesterday was the first day for us. I walked out of the woods at about 4:30 and it was stil 65 degrees, not the best hunting day. I did see about 30 deer though. 9 button bucks, a half rack, a six point, one "legal" buck (4 points on a side) and the rest doe. I could have easily had several doe but my tag is for a different area. And the six point came along with the shooter and about 8-10 does so by the time I determined he was legal he was gone. But the buck to doe ratio seemed pretty good... Oh well, two more weeks to hunt, I didn't want to kill anything on the first day anyway.
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Old November 29, 2005, 08:31 AM   #9
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Yap, skunked as to bucks. Try, try again. :banghead: Got 1 doe however back in ML season.
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Old November 29, 2005, 11:23 AM   #10
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I've been skunked as far a shooter bucks. I saw a few pre-season, and I had a 4-point come in on day 2, but he was too young. Rack was not out beyond the ears yet. I did take two does' for the freezer, but all reports say the numbers and the harvest are down. Weather has been terrible tho'. Gusty wind, rain, snow. The deer don't seem to be moving.

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Old November 29, 2005, 01:33 PM   #11
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I have been skunked since my first deer when I was 14. Of course I took a 4 year hiatus and only started in time for late season elk. My dad was succesful in getting a blacktail and a roosevelt elk so our freezer is full even with my lack of luck. I could post pictures of both, but the elk antlers are crooked and nubby (spike). The deer is nice though.
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Old November 29, 2005, 01:48 PM   #12
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Nothing for me yet either

Had a shot at a nice doe last week, but shot was deflected off a small tree branch. Did recover the slug from the side of the hill, though...
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Old November 29, 2005, 02:02 PM   #13
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I was skunked for elk, all birds, and coyotes, but did OK on whitetail.
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Old November 29, 2005, 02:33 PM   #14
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Skunked?

Well, I haven't gotten one yet, but here in Texas, the season is YOUNG!
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Old November 29, 2005, 02:47 PM   #15
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Been in denial since I first saw this thread. But, I'll come clean. I'm not only "shunked", but this is two years in a row. Saw a bunch in regular season but was in a 3pt or better area and all the bucks I saw were either spikes or forked horns. Last year I didn't even see that much.
Next year.
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Old November 29, 2005, 10:15 PM   #16
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What was I thinking?!
I've killed SIX skunks this year!
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Old November 30, 2005, 11:40 AM   #17
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Been a good season for me so far

My best season ever - I got 5 deer so far this season: a Five Pointer, a Four Pointer, A Spike, and two Does (but I lost my first doe, the first deer I ever got with a bow).

And still have a month to go in the NY season!
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Old November 30, 2005, 12:25 PM   #18
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I've killed SIX skunks this year!
Does that mean you were skunked or they were?
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Old November 30, 2005, 05:41 PM   #19
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one word, scrap5000

PPPPPPBBBBBBLLLLLLLLTTTTTTTTTT

Still skunkin' here. I think my injured hip is going to need a few days off so I'll let the menfolk go this weekend and stay home. I'm going to ask the orthopedist for another shot of cortisone in the hip, and can't wait to see his face when he wants to know what I've been doing that it is still so sore....

Ah well, he gets paid well for putting up with patients who won't stay home and behave themselves, I guess.

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Old November 30, 2005, 07:44 PM   #20
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Springmom,

I just peered into my magical mystery crystal ball (I bought it in Sedona )

I see a gimpy sore hipped women with a dead critter.

I can't tell what type but I think it's mule deer...

In any case it's brown it's dead and it's good to eat.

You'll definatley find one this weekend.

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Old November 30, 2005, 08:21 PM   #21
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Mule deer?

Do they have mule deer in texas, I thought that was whitetail country. Never been there, that's why I'm askin.
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Old December 1, 2005, 06:30 PM   #22
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sorry springmom

didn't mean to rub it in, i was just so excited...
if it's any consolation, i didn't get anything the past 5 years, too busy to do much hunting...
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Old December 1, 2005, 08:52 PM   #23
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It just isn't fair! I watched one this evening for a quarter of an hour through my rifle scope but I couldn't tell if it was a doe or a button buck!
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Old December 1, 2005, 09:01 PM   #24
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Must be nice living in states where you can shoot more than one deer a year.
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Old December 1, 2005, 09:45 PM   #25
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Skunked.....Kinda

I got my first archery deer about four weeks ago (4 point buck), out of a treestand on a mountainside here in Maryland.....been using the same stand location all fall, and see deer every time I go.....

Last Saturday was our first day for rifle season, and the day when BY FAR the highest number of hunters are in the woods and fields.....and would you believe, I sat up in that same stand location for 11 hours, and never saw a single deer? We usually see a lot on opening day, not sure what happened.....oh well, maybe this Saturday. Didn't see a single hunter either, and heard fewer shots than normal....not sure why, it was a brisk clear day, would have thought the weather and the hunters would have them moving past.

Good luck to everyone else still trying to connect,

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