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After one arrow in the dirt, the next one over his back and the next one behind him 🤯 this huge KY buck finally went down!
Ever get 2 shots at a trophy deer let alone 3?? Here’s how it went down for Frank Morrow, from another great post on NorthAmericanWhitetail.com:
> “Big Boy was getting close to a rock I had ranged at 15 yards.” Frank followed him with the tip of his arrow at full draw. When the buck got to the rock, he stopped broadside. Frank put the sight pin behind his shoulder, squeezed the release and watched the arrow hit in the sand under him!
> “…when I looked, the serving had come off the string and hung in the cam. I couldn’t pull the bow. That’s why my arrow flew low. I sat in my stand for an hour after dark, so I didn’t spook the other bucks in the field. I was shaking the whole time and thinking I had blown it forever. It was heartbreaking.
> “…I moved down the creek about a hundred yards from where I missed the buck. About a half-hour before dark, a doe and two fawns came by. They were playing in the creek bed. I looked over, and Big Boy was calmly walking down the creek.
> “I didn’t have much time to think about the shot. He was 30 yards away. I didn’t think about the 40-foot down angle. My arrow flew just over his back. I waited an hour and got down. All the time I was beating myself up pretty bad. I thought to myself: I’ve got to be the worst bowhunter – missing the deer of a lifetime twice.”
> On the afternoon of …Oct 1, Frank headed back for the clover field.“I decided to hunt from the same stand location where I had missed the buck the week before.
> The buck slowly moved closer. Frank ranged him. He was 60 yards out and broadside. Frank had practiced at 60 yards. There was plenty of time for aiming. He took a deep breath, put the pin behind the deer’s front leg, and then he felt a small bit of wind as he released. “The arrow looked good until it seemed to catch wind at the last second. I watched the lighted nock go right past his rear end! He knew there was a noise and ran off.”
Do this in every state! WY non-profit is trying to get non-sportsman funding for wildlife. 👊
Check this out and bear in mind that we hunters (and fishermen) contribute almost all the funding for state DNRs:
> Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow – a flagship initiative under the WYldlife Fund, the WY Game and Fish Dept’s official nonprofit – has launched its mission to ensure the safety of wildlife throughout WY’s landscape….
> Founder Taylor Phillips…said the initiative engages the tourism sector in particular to give back to the environment that provides them with the resources to do business.
> “This whole initiative was founded upon the disconnect I’ve seen over the years in the industry where we have hunters and anglers in the state of WY [who] are footing a majority of the bill for wildlife management…and conservation as well.”
> …businesses bolstered by tourism, such as restaurants, hotels and tour groups, are “collectively not contributing” to the cause…. “Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow is striving to…engage the tourism sector to support this asset and this resource that we need.
> “It’s time that the tourism sector as a whole steps up to financially contribute to and protect this asset that’s relied on.”
Is CWD naturally selecting out certain deer?
Sounds like it – from a recent study, though it is based on mathematical modeling meaning not real-world stuff:
> Deer with the homozygous Glycine allele (96GG) are most susceptible and a single Serine allele (96GS/96SS) reduces the risk of infection and mortality.
> We developed epizootiological models that demonstrate CWD infection and disease-associated mortality were higher for the more susceptible (96GG) genotype – and infection was higher for males than females.
> Together these forces lead to CWD-mediated genetic selection for a whitetail deer population. We predict that genetic selection pressure increases when hunter harvest pressure is lowered, and conversely, increasing hunter harvest can reduce genetic selection rates of antlered deer.
> Our results support the control of CWD prevalence by aggressive harvest of adult males because they have the highest infection rates.
How we’re reading that:
So if deer weren’t hunted, CWD would get through the population faster?
And we need to shoot more bucks for now in some areas?
> Off-season scouting has a massive impact on your success during deer season. [Deer] movements can often be unpredictable. That’s why having trail cameras out in the early part of summer, during the velvet phase, can help with finding that missing puzzle piece that ties the whole strategy together.
> If your spring food plots are looking green and lush, this is an obvious spot to hang a camera. Velvet bucks will be looking for extra protein to promote antler growth….
> Mid to late Aug is when I really start implementing a lot of time and focus into what my trail cameras are telling me. Bucks are still in their bachelor groups, but as Sept approaches, feeding patterns may not be as consistent as they were during the early summer months.
> This is an excellent time to switch cameras over to feeding travel corridors, in between bedding and a main food source such as an alfalfa plot, or soybean field. Having cameras set on primary trails can give you tremendous insight into how you should hunt opening day.
Few interesting whitetail vs muley tidbits.
Interesting but also for folks who have both in their states or if you live in whitetail states but hunt muleys.
> We found that compared with whitetail deer, mule deer required 54% less digestible protein and 21% less digestible energy intake per day to maintain body mass and nitrogen balance.
> The mule deers’ enhanced physiological abilities to cope with low-quality…forages relative to whitetail deer might…provide a modest advantage to mule deer in habitats dominated by low-quality forages.
> Mule deer were found to use steeper slopes than whitetail deer, and whitetail deer used riparian and woodland areas more than mule deer.
> Habitat patches enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Program were strongly selected by both species in every season and scale. Managers should focus on preserving CRP to stabilize the mule deer population.
> Changes to deer season dates will be calendar year changes only.
> To simplify regulations, hunters will no longer need the Type 94 licenses to hunt antlerless deer on private land, but it will still be required on WMAs.
> To make progress reducing the number of chronic wasting disease (CWD) positive deer, the Commission voted to extend the rifle season in the CWD zone by 2 weeks, to increase the buck limit to 3, and to adjust the “Earn-A-Buck” program to be 1 doe, instead of 2, that earns 1 buck tag.
> TWRA has also been developing a new strategic plan over the last year, which includes more targeted deer management zones to ensure the best science is used to address CWD rates.
BLM’s biggest purchase in WY to date. Land was private, southwest of Casper, along the North Platte River, “that will unlock access to 40,000 acres of existing BLM and State of WY land.” Does not say when it will be open to the public.
> …an organization of out-of-state and resident landowners with a history of opposing the concept that public wildlife are owned by the public in MT, alleges in its suit that the public process for managing elk and setting hunting regulations in MT is unconstitutional.
> It attempts to force FWP to act to reduce elk numbers in the state substantially – by upwards of 50,000 animals – and giving landowners authority over management practices of elk on their properties, including opportunities to sell elk tags to the highest bidder.
> Similar attempts by UPOM at the legislative and commission levels have been loudly opposed and soundly defeated.
Are you aware of Google Scholar? It’s a search for scientific studies. Searching for studies the term “whitetailed” in 2022 yields several studies on Covid in deer. A reminder that funding/grants are needed for all studies, and the funders always have an agenda either way. That does not mean that good science is not done, it is just something to bear in mind.
> …for big-game hunters who take their shots at 400 yards or less…the BLR gives up very little to today’s bolt-action and semiauto rifles.
> With its 20″ pencil-thin barrel, the test BLR’s overall length was just 40″…. Because it has such a thin, short barrel, the BLR’s center of balance is directly between the hands.
That maneuverability, coupled with this gun’s short overall length, makes it an ideal eastern whitetail rifle.
> I very much like the idea of takedown rifles, but I’ve encountered 2 problems…. First, not all takedown guns maintain point of impact following reassembly, and what good is a gun that you have to rezero each time you arrive in hunt camp? Second, some takedown guns are needlessly difficult to take apart and put back together.
> The BLR doesn’t suffer from either of these problems. At the range I found that following reassembly the Browning’s point of impact was within 2″ of the previous zero. …the BLR breaks down and goes back together as quickly and effortlessly as any gun I’ve carried.
> The Saddle Hunting jacket and pant leverages ScentLok’s 30+ years of apparel knowledge and John Eberhart’s 40+ years of saddle-hunting experience to deliver a garment that is tailor-made to deliver comfort and performance.
> New ammo: Had they taken the time during the off season – when there’s plenty of daylight and a relaxed atmosphere – to patiently test the rifle/ammo combination, the ‘fall panic’ could be avoided.
> If you handload your ammo, the off season is the time to develop a new load – newer powders are as insensitive to temperature changes as they have ever been, so the worry about summer weather having a radical effect on performance has been diminished
> Scopes and mounts: If you feel your old scope may be lacking clarity or light transmission in comparison to some new models, you may be right, and an upgrade may be warranted.
> …advances in optics are as intense as the recent improvements in bullets and ammunition. As a quick example, the industry-standard dangerous game scope – the Leupold VX-3 1.5X-5X-20mm – has received one heck of a facelift in the form of the VX-3i. The improvement in clarity is immediately noticeable.
> …many good mounting systems out there, but I’m a fan of Talley rings and bases. They seem to require very little adjustment to zero the rifle, and they let the scope ‘go to sleep.’
> Changing your mounts – in order to obtain a better cheek weld and sight picture – and re-zeroing your rifle can make a big difference in the confidence and comfort departments.
> Trigger: A lousy trigger can ruin the best rifle, and I’ve found more than a few hidden gems that seemed like they wouldn’t shoot until the trigger issue was straightened out. Some triggers can be adjusted…and some triggers cannot be, so you may have to consider a replacement trigger.
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