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Unas10
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11/19/2010 05:27AM
Tomorrow almost 700,000 hunters head for the woods. I am one of them.

Some random thoughts:
-With that many armed people out there, the safety record of hunting is amazing.
-Even though I am usually successful, I am thankful that my family does not depend on my hunting prowess to eat.
-My wife makes the most wonderful bacon-wrapped venison backstrap you will ever eat.
-A noon nap on opening day rivals a BWCA nap. (I am a nap connoisseur.)
-God's beautiful and complex creation is a wonder to look upon.
-Southwest Wisconsin is a gorgeous piece of real estate.
 
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dring
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11/19/2010 08:05AM
All those points are true. I have never deer hunted in WI, but I live in WI, and the hardest thing to deal with at work today is all the students and teachers that have the deer hunting fever. They have a hard time focusing today. Quite funny actually.
nojobro
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11/19/2010 08:58AM
The weekend after turkey day, I'm driving to the Cities from southern WI. Oh, what a sight it will be...all the deer carcasses strapped to the backs of vehicles....

Yum.

And, it will be fun to talk about that with my 3 year old. Bring on the DVD player. LOL.

Have fun, and I hope you get one...one less for me to hit with my car. ;-) I don't hunt, but I got a 10-pointer with my minivan once. RIP, oh vehicle of mine.... Luckily I was fine...it was a 70-mph collision on the tollway in northern Illinois.
airmorse
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11/19/2010 09:01AM
I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT.

It's just like being a kid on Christmas day.

I just hope no one shoots their eye out.

Remember: T.A.B.K.
Treat every gun as if it were loaded
Always point the gun is a safe direction
Be sure of your target and beyond
Keep you finger of the trigger until your ready to shoot.

Good luck to all and be safe.
Unas10
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11/19/2010 05:50PM
quote nojobro: "Have fun, and I hope you get one...one less for me to hit with my car. ;-) I don't hunt, but I got a 10-pointer with my minivan once. RIP, oh vehicle of mine.... Luckily I was fine...it was a 70-mph collision on the tollway in northern Illinois."

I know how that feels.

Jackfish
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11/19/2010 11:21PM
I'll be out there as well. Hopefully ol' Big Daddy walks by broadside. :)

Hey Unas, where in SW Wisconsin do you hunt? I hunt in Crawford County.
11/20/2010 11:43AM
Our little group of 3 all shot bucks by 8:15 this morning. Nothing real big - a spike , 7 and 8 pointer. First time we were ever done that early.
11/20/2010 11:48AM
nice izzy!!
11/21/2010 08:12PM
4 of us got a 9, 8, 4 pt. and a doe. Where in Crawford Jackfish? I was in Prairie du Chien
Unas10
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11/22/2010 04:23AM
quote Jackfish: "I'll be out there as well. Hopefully ol' Big Daddy walks by broadside. :)

Hey Unas, where in SW Wisconsin do you hunt? I hunt in Crawford County."


We hunt in Lafayette county.
We had a less than stellar opener. Two deer for six hunters. I saw nothing but squirrels and turkeys, which reinforces my second statement in the original post.
Jackfish
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11/22/2010 08:36AM
We ended up with four deer - three bucks and a doe - for eight hunters. Personally, I got a 5-point buck opening morning. No rack worth bragging about, but a nice animal nonetheless.

Extremely thick fog rolled in on Sunday and really threw a wet blanket (literally) over the hunt. No one saw a deer that day.
11/22/2010 08:51AM
Only one doe for our entire group of 6 guys.

I saw more dead deer on the road driving home than I saw all weekend.

Guess I don't need to clean my guy or buy shells for next year....
Unas10
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11/22/2010 02:13PM
So, I drive to the jobsite this morning, a heavily wooded residential neighborhood. I begin to unload ladders and planks for the day's work. I am not in the least bit quiet about it. I happen to glance into the woods and there stands a good size doe about fifty yards away. I watch her for a while, chuckling at the irony. I get back to work and throw a glance her way every now and then. Finally, one of those glances turns up empty and I figure she wandered off. About an hour later some movement catches my eye; she had not left, but bedded down right there and was still watching me. Two hours later , as I left the site, she was gone. She had moved another fifty yards north to join four other deer that were sitting out the rain in the underbrush. Life is funny.
Jackfish
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11/23/2010 08:15AM
quote Unas10: "She had moved another fifty yards north to join four other deer that were sitting out the rain in the underbrush."
Did they appear to be laughing and raising their middle hoofs at you?
11/24/2010 08:19AM
Some Wi Deer hunt tidbits from my area:
We (4 of us), took 3 bucks opening morning. Added another doe on Sunday.
Jr. got his first buck.
My friend Dave shot a nice buck (160 class) that we had pictures of from the week before.
My son's friend Nick got a nice buck Sunday night a few miles west of town.
I still have tomorrow and the weekend plus some days in Dec. to scrape something up. I was just happy that my son got some shooting and his first buck. I butchered deer for 4 hours last night and have a freezer full of fresh venison. Ate a tenderloin sandwhich with onions while butchering last night, washed down with A New Glarus "Back 40 Bock".....life is good!
Dennisal
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11/24/2010 08:39AM
I hunt in IL..Friday Son shot a nice 9 pointer, 200 lb dressed out: Saturday,Grandson (12 years old) shot a nice 6 pointer (priceless), and dear old granddad (me) deerless for the first season..Hopefully the second season will be my turn.
11/24/2010 08:54AM
Got a ten point myself... In Minnesota.

Why does it seem there are so many hunting accidents in Wisconsin. I listen to a Duluth station for my news and it seems there are more accidents in a generalized area there than all of Minnesota. I know they have strict laws and such. Or am I just getting this all wrong?

I hop you were all safe.
walleye_hunter
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11/24/2010 09:17AM
11/24/2010 11:00AM
or...it could be that of the 700,000 hunters to hit the woods, it's the only couple days of the year that half of them touch a gun or take a walk in the woods. I think if you look at the stats, most accidents are self inflicted (includes heart attacks) or within the hunting party. That's lack of experience and preparation.
silverback
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11/24/2010 11:02AM
With all those problems, no wonder we drink so much.


11/25/2010 03:34PM
Hey Kip.....shoulda been hunting today!
11/25/2010 08:49PM
Nice deer Doc, but you still suck.
Jackfish
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11/25/2010 09:42PM
Nice deer, Doc! A dandy!
11/25/2010 10:29PM
quote walleye_hunter:
"Wisconsin’s Alcohol Problem

[snip]

Just some thoughts...."


One more thought: Wisconsin has the lowest beer tax in the country, which hasn't been raised in something like 40 years. An increase was recently voted down.

Final thought: Wisconsin may be the most lenient state for OWI, which makes its roads the most dangerous.
silverback
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11/26/2010 09:56AM
This is turning personal. This tread is so off base from reality that facts need to be written. I am not a drinker (I did have ONE beer after dinner yesterday). The drinking of beer in Wisconsin goes back to the 1800's when German immigrants made up 40% of the population. Almost every town in the state had it's own brewery, with Milwaukee being home of Miller, Pabst and Schlitz. The drinking of beer in this state is part of the culture. Is drinking and driving a problem? YES!However, the Tavern League is a tough lobbyist group, with over 5,000 liquor licence's in the state. It's hard to effect change with a bar around every corner, and voters in every bar. Change takes time.
Now, Walleye Hunters ascertation that alcohol consumption somehow pertains to deer hunting accidents is ludicrous. More people fall from deer stands than are shot. Heart attacks are the leading cause of fatality during the gun deer season. Of shooting accidents most occur from mishandling of firearms, such as crossing streams and climbing into stands, than from drunken idiots blasting each other. The incident rate for 2009 was 1.11 per 100,000 hunters, far below the national ave. of 3.3. 2009 was the 4th safest on record with 7 incidents recorded, all non-fatal.
So gentleman please get your facts straight before trying to demonize Wisconsin and our proud heritage.
walleye_hunter
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11/26/2010 10:59AM
Bad joke- Sorry. I'll delete it.
Jackfish
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11/26/2010 11:32AM
Walleye Hunter, is there a point you're trying to make? Is there a specific reason for your negativity? You're painting with a pretty broad brush in your generalization.
11/26/2010 12:45PM
Nice deer Doc ! Go have a beer !
walleye_hunter
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11/26/2010 01:02PM
quote Jackfish: "Walleye Hunter, is there a point you're trying to make? Is there a specific reason for your negativity? You're painting with a pretty broad brush in your generalization."

No negativity here. Just a bad joke. Sorry
silverback
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11/26/2010 04:27PM
Opinions are usually based on one's own experience. Hunters get a bad enough reputation from the actions of the very few. No need to perpetuate that persona with unwanted innuendo. Now, who's got the church key?
11/27/2010 06:46PM
We have an international student living with us from South Korea. This year he and I took the Hunter Safety Education Course and today he bagged a small buck! By the way, so far I'm skunked.
11/30/2010 08:19AM
Not a bad season after all..... 2010 Deer Season
Garyfisher09
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11/30/2010 08:50AM
I've been reading everyones posts about hunting accidents in Wisconsin and then you have a perfect example on the last post. He's pointing that gun right at the camera man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He does look excited though, good for him. I dont think they do much hunting in Korea.
nojobro
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11/30/2010 08:51AM
How was the harvest this year, overall? Anyone know? What day did the season officially end? Because driving to and from MN this past weekend, I hardly saw any carcasses. Two nice bucks on one truck, and that's all I noticed. I saw far more dead deer in the ditches.
 
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