View Full Version : Deer Season Rapidly Approaching

July 12, 2012, 11:54 AM
I'm starting this thread, just to see what all of you guys are doing to prepare for the long awaited deer season. I know, I know its only early July, but who am I kidding? I can hardly wait and I'm sure y'all are ready for it too. Open it up, what gun/bow, stand/blind types, locations, trail cam excitement, etc. Can't wait to see what y'all are workin with.

Personally, I got off lucky this year with a friend asking if I wanted to help out with their doe surplus they have on their land, so food plots are on him!:D

As for stand, they have a good one sitting 10-12 feet over an oat field I like to sit in post-rut.

Central Texas is the location. More specifically just a family ranch, good water supplies and everything is relatively green considering last summer!

Last but certainly not least, the gun I hope to take some beauties with is Remington 700 in .270, nothing special but in the big oat field I feel comfortable making the long shot across it with this specific gun.

Anyways, have at it guys/gals! It will be here before you know it. ;)

July 12, 2012, 06:20 PM
Antelope draw results: Unsuccessful
Deer draw results: Did not Apply (Deer hunting in Utah is a joke)
Elk draw results: Unsuccessful

So, in preparation for this year's hunts, I'm doing absolutely nothing. :(
I may pick up an over-the-counter "Any Bull" Elk tag, but the success rate this year is likely to be less than 5%. Between the difficult year for the animals, the wildfires running them ragged, and various hunting areas being closed due to fires, it will be a difficult and unpredictable year.

July 12, 2012, 06:42 PM
Here in north-central Arkansas. I have deer on a daily basis in my yard. This year one is a very nice 8 point buck. That is rare. Usually the bucks stay back in the woods and don't show themselves. If he is still around opening day I could be tempted.

July 12, 2012, 07:01 PM
I'm still waiting to hear about draw results. Will hopefully know if I get to hunt deer by the end of the month.

Deer draw results: Did not Apply (Deer hunting in Utah is a joke)

I thought deer hunting in Utah was awesome... or is it more of a process complaint?

Double Naught Spy
July 12, 2012, 08:48 PM
Can't wait to see what y'all are workin with.

I try to keep the feeders full and make sure that the little spring-fed water hole keeps water. It actualy ran dry last year for the first time since 2005 when I bought the place and I trucked in water for the wildlife.

July 12, 2012, 10:21 PM
As far as a deer rifle tag, the results arent in. I did however purchase a bow tag and am in the process of sighting in the bow after getting it restrung. I cants set up anything until after the seasons been open for a month because I hunt in a campground. I might start off hunting my public land spot from last year then switch to the campground. I havent decided yet. Im kinda a fly by night kind of guy so I never really know what Im gonna do.

July 12, 2012, 10:42 PM
Been following the early winter forecasts and it looks like we're headed into an El NiƱo cycle. Should bring cooler temps and improve the hunting this year. Although after not seeing squat I ended up taking my biggest 8-point and doe yet at the close of last season! :D
Hopefully my mojo will still be working during opening week!

Sure Shot Mc Gee
July 12, 2012, 11:35 PM
Had 250 gal of LP pumped in my (500 gal) tank next to my cabin two days ago. So I won't freeze up during the two Fall hunting seasons I hunt when staying at my cabin. By the end of this month I'll have to make a run up North to the cabin and cut the grass around my Stands with a Jari mower plus put up two Magnum spin feeders in strategic locations again and three trail camera's to monitor what's moving around day and night. Then return here to cast some bullets for the rifle I intend to use this year. And get that sighted for the 100 yard mark before its required to be used. So there are a few chores needing to be done. I hope I answered your question properly OP.
P. Script: Almost forgot. Have to freshen the old salt lick too.

July 13, 2012, 01:02 AM
I thought deer hunting in Utah was awesome... or is it more of a process complaint?

To keep the thread from drifting, I'm going to send a PM. So, check your inbox. ;)

July 13, 2012, 10:52 AM
To keep from worrying about an early snow pushing the elk down I put in for WY area 1 instead of the Bighorns and was sucessful. Close to home, plenty of time before snows push the animals out of the area. Lots of critters.

Antelope was a gimmy, its a draw but lots of critters. I got the tag, then, recient fires in surounding area pushed more into my area.

Deer................I live in NE Wyoming, there are too many of those suckers anyway. Its a general tag, no draw needed.

My only prep will be some camping in my elk area before the season starts. I'll take my horse up there to get him use to the area. Finding good water and grass for the horse near signs.

July 13, 2012, 11:42 AM
Down here, south zone archery starts July 28th. That's only 2 weeks away.

July 13, 2012, 11:57 AM

Is Area 1 on forest south of Sundance? I've been turkey hunting in that area, but never seen any elk. i bet they get some pretty good ones! Good luck!

As for myself, I drew a reduced price cow tag in 25, general season for bulls! I drew area 90 for deer finally! 90 has a 8% draw success, so I got lucky. I have been out a few times and spotted some pretty good (28") bucks, so hope they hang in the area until October!

As for antelope, no luck for me. Unsuccessfull! They cut the antelope tags way back here in Fremont Couunty!

We are taking the ATV's out to the deer area this weekend to look around a bit more, maybe find some snake and such!

Good hunting!

July 13, 2012, 12:11 PM
Been shooting the Dart system with my bow to get ready for a high country tent camp archery hunt with my wife in Colorado. No the unit hasn't burned yet. :D
I won't draw a tag here in AZ so it'll be off to the Mexico border to hunt Coues Deer with a leftover tag. I don't understand why there are somany tags leftover after the draws down there?? :rolleyes:
Then there's a late rifle bull hunt there too. Practicing with the 300 win mag at long range just in case.;)
Good luck everyone.

July 13, 2012, 12:17 PM
Elk area 1 is more east of Sundance. Starts where Hwy 85 crosses into SD.

I drive 85 all the time, it follows the west side of area 1, and yeap there are plenty of elk there. Most of the SD side is private, I just hope the elk don't live there during the season.

You should come to the NE part of the state for deer. Because of the mild winter and fires they are offering emergency doe tags. Not looking for does, if so I can shoot them from my back porch. I save the does on my property for the grandkids getting them started. Same with turkeys.

As to bows, ................I couldn't hit the gound with a bow. I'm make a dern poor indian.

Good luck on your hunting.

July 13, 2012, 08:29 PM
Just finished spraying some gly on what will be a 1/4 acre radish plot by mid august. Heading back up(2 hr drive north) on monday to take a soil sample and make sure i don't need to drop a second round on the plants. First plot ever on this 80 acre land(i plan to put more in after the season, so far my fellow hunters haven't been very helpful:mad: Some folks just don't understand the sweat it takes to make a successful hunting area) Can't believe the season is right around the corner.:D

July 14, 2012, 05:30 AM
Still shooting coyotes & hogs so the deer will have a chance.

July 14, 2012, 06:22 PM
Whitetails for me. My bow is at the shop for a new string and cable, so that I will not need to make a swap right before season. I'm contemplating a new bow sight of some type, one is very high dollar. Also, my arrows have been discontinued,so I'l need to buy and refletch at least two dozen arrows of some new type to start summer practice and have hunting shafts available later.

Found some interesting spots during gobbler season this spring and they are on the list for follow up visits during deer season. Acorns my be scarce, we've had a heck of a drought.

Oh yeah, my pal called, club money (lease) is due.

July 14, 2012, 06:43 PM
Doyle, I feel for ya at least I get to wait 2 mounth before Bow season starts, And then It's still Too HOT, I pray for a cool front ; )

July 14, 2012, 06:46 PM
a month away for me, for the stalking bucks only part,

.222/16gauge combo rifle. this year it will happen, they sure are skiddish. relativly small area and loads of hunters to so you gotta be careful

then 1 oct the fun starts with the dogs.

July 15, 2012, 06:31 AM
I don't know what I'm going to do.
Certainly make sure my rifles
are sighted in.
This is my first real hunting season in

Art Eatman
July 15, 2012, 09:30 AM
Aw, a little early for the rut. I haven't started waking up in the middle of the night, hooking the headboard. BossLady appreciates that. :D

Jack O'Conner
July 15, 2012, 04:29 PM
Archery deer season in Maryland opens up early September.



July 15, 2012, 05:47 PM
I'm anxious also. There have been good rains this summer so there should be plenty of acorns to make the deer plentiful. For me gun season starts on or about 21 November in Alabama. I'm hunting on opening day from a stand but after Christmas I stalk them in a leaf suit when the woods have cleared out.

Crazy Carl
July 16, 2012, 08:57 PM
Lookin' forward to getting a couple more deer this year. Just disovered an awesome recipe for backstraps & the freezer is about bare. Rule on the farm we hunt is, if it's brown, it's down. Works for me. Should rack-zilla cruise past, I'll take a shot, otherwise show me them goofy 2 & 3 yr olds.

Late season, once the rut ends, the only deer we're likely to see are the ones we drive.

I've got a Marlin 60 getting a Weaver V2.5-7x28 on 'er, for some tree-rat slaying. Furry buggers are EVERYWHERE, but are smart enough to hi-tail it outta there, come Jan 1, the end our deer season

Got the family eating venison; time to try some fried squack on 'em.

July 17, 2012, 10:48 AM
Opens up August 15 in some parts of SC. September 1 in my neck of the woods. Gotta make sure the Bug Tamer doesn't have an holes in it, the ThermaCell has plenty of juice and the snake boots are still good and I'm ready to go.

New hunt club this year too. Looking forward to a set up that has some restrictions on the size of bucks and not just 6 points like the old one. Dove fields, turkeys, hogs, quail and other vermin are there as well. Food plots galore on the property. Should be a good season. Oh and does as many times as I want to pay to process one.

July 17, 2012, 03:02 PM
Loving all the posts in this thread. Gets me all hyped and ready for the upcoming season! We've been getting a lot of rain down here in central Texas and the deer I've seen so far have nice bodies already and it's only July. Cameras have some good pictures on them, and I hope everyone else is starting to see the same! I love seeing a buck and setting my sights on him before the season starts(not with a gun if that needed clarification :D)

July 18, 2012, 07:39 AM
The deer are looking promising on the lease I hunt on too. Too bad I'm a guest on this deer lease and only shoot scrubs :( I'll probably just shoot one on my place this year. They've been moving across my place bigtime...tracks everywhere.

July 18, 2012, 12:03 PM
Y'all been gettin a lot of rain down near Victoria? We've been getting an insane amount up here in central texas considering the recent past in the summer! Love to see those bodies nice and fat for the summer. Can't wait to fill the freezer and eat some good meat at school. :D Cafeteria food is good, but my roommates and myself love some venison.

July 31, 2012, 09:44 PM
Looks like I should have something to shoot at this season. That bare spot on the right edge of the picture is a salt lick. You can see my shooting house between the trees. From the shooting house to the deer is 75 yards.





August 2, 2012, 07:27 PM
I'M more or less ready to hunt. But I need to change the scope on my gun. It messed up last winter and the crosshairs like to move on their own. But this year, I have 2 more guns I'm going to be using also, a 45-70 and a 12 gauge with a rifled barrel. Also the first year I get to hunt with my best friend, first year he's been legally allowed to hunt off of his family's land. Ought to be an interesting year.

August 4, 2012, 12:59 AM
Shell'sButt and I are sittin' on our customary scant dozen deer & antelope tags, and we might hunt elk as well, if we get the small stuff down early.

A pair of Remingtons, her M722 in .257 and my Custom M721 in .30-06, will do the lions share of the work:), but I wouldn't bet against at least 2 whitetail getting shotgunned on the run.;)

I might take my doe speed goat with a sidelock .50, Mosin 91/30, or my Ruger GP-100....haven't decided yet.:D

August 4, 2012, 02:59 PM
Cool pic Double Naught....

Jack O' Conner...nice buck...out of velvet...

Old Grump
August 4, 2012, 03:05 PM
Been shooting my revolvers from 25 to 100 yards and am dialed in at all ranges but may have to give up on using my Walkers for deer. Still shooting way high no matter what load I use and the sights aren't exactly adjustment friendly. Looks like my rifle will get the nod for Black Powder season. I need to get my crossbow out for a little work out.

August 4, 2012, 05:01 PM
I'll be hunting deer Nov 9-15. Got the time off from work, I'll be getting paid to hunt deer this year. Life is good.

August 4, 2012, 05:10 PM
huntinaz....me too.......;)

dialed in at all ranges

Old Grump..I bet U are....:D

August 5, 2012, 04:21 PM
We spent yesterday putting in feed plots. Our gun season starts the last week of October, but it's time to start doing things to get ready.


We went to collect feeders and I found that the squirrels ate a hole in my feeder. Plenty of time to get that fixed before I start feeding in late September, but it's a good thing I went to check. Less than 90 days and we'll be deer hunting in the Gret Stet of Louisiana.

August 5, 2012, 05:47 PM
My feeder has been running for weeks now, took the weedeater and cleaned up camp. I'm headed out there tomorrow to sight in a couple rifles and relocate a stand for bow hunting. Shoot, preperation is half the fun!

Double Naught Spy
August 5, 2012, 09:48 PM
Man, PawPaw, your place looks drier than mine. I hope your food plot does well. We are holding off a bit before trying to put in ours.

August 6, 2012, 07:26 PM
"If you look through your scope and see your shoe, aim higher."
-- said to me by my 11 year old daughter before going out for hogs 8/13/2011

"From the mouth of babes." Obviously much to sage advice to have come from an adult.

But I just have one question. Who was going out for hogs, you or her!?

August 6, 2012, 08:59 PM
Awesome pictures of the deer. I finally got my feeder up. I can't wait to see what it attracts.

August 6, 2012, 09:12 PM
Stands have been up and I am waiting til early next month to set the feeders up at the deer lease. Corn is going to be high this year, but I am still feeding year round at the house here.

My first deer hunt this year will be late October with the black powder gun. I can't wait.

August 7, 2012, 06:01 AM
Been shootin yotes all summer,got the hogs thinned out,now the 25-06 is dead on @ 200 & the freezer is ready,Come on OCT.:D

August 7, 2012, 10:52 AM
8 days to go in some parts of the state. 28 for me in my area. Going to be hot, hot, hot but I'll b there with the Bug Tamer over shorts. Sure wish they'd come up with some snake-proof flip flops and bug tamer boots.

August 8, 2012, 10:42 AM
Here in Michigan the bow opener is october 1. My cameras have been out for two months so I'm going check them this weekend and plant a couple fall plots. As dry as it has been harvest should go a little faster so I can get out a little more. We've finaly got some rain the last couple weeks and everything is nice and green again. The deer I have been glassing look pretty healthy so far. I've seen a couple nice bucks in the last week but I'm pretty sure when season opens they will get their snorkle and hide at the bottom of the swamp for a couple months:)

August 9, 2012, 09:33 AM
OS tags for deer in Ca. should be here soon. Waiting for results of draws for elk in Id and Mt. That will bring me up to opening here for deer..,...no draw. Glad I have family all over. 300WM dead on at 200.

Mayor Al
August 9, 2012, 11:55 AM
Got permission for wife and I to hunt neighboring Farm this year. He has 150 acres across the street from my 3 acre orchard. The deer live on his land (woods and corn fields) and stop by for dessert from my 40+ fruit trees and 3 huge Persemmon Trees older than me by a long shot.

Anyway, with a combined 8 doe and 2 Buck tags (and maybe a bonus spike tag), We will fill the freezer this year, without driving anywhere. :D

August 9, 2012, 02:14 PM
I'll be in a tree next Wednesday afternoon, bow in hand. Two NICE bucks hitting the beans every afternoon within bow range. Been watching them with binos for the last couple of weeks.

August 9, 2012, 03:19 PM
Man, PawPaw, your place looks drier than mine.

Yeah, but it got rain the day after we planted and it got rain yesterday. More than anything else, we were playing around, killing a Saturday morning. IN another couple of weeks, I'll top-dress with nitrogen and replant the spots that aren't doing well. Then, as the weather gets cooler, I'll start broadcasting winter wheat and rye grass.

Hope springs eternal in a hunter's heart.

Mayor Al
August 10, 2012, 12:55 AM
Add to my Deer Season Prep list-

The Indiana DNR is hosting a series of 3 hour seminars on deer processing and butchering...and use of Venison in cooking. One of the sessions will be at the local (for me) Bass Pro Shop in early September. Wife and I made our reservation for the workshop today...no charge but space reservations requested. You can never know too much of what to do after the kill.:rolleyes: