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  • I normally use ladder stands, but I had been looking at a bone collector lock on stand and finally pulled the trigger and bought it. I have it up on a tree looking over a 2 acre food plot. I put in the screw in steps thinking that would work, but it is a lot more difficult to get into the stand than I was thinking. Any ideas? Is it best and safer to just buy climbing sticks? I kind of believe entering and exiting the stand at dark could become a little dangerous with the screw in steps. Any advice or experience is appreciated. Hope everyone is having a great season.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:42pm

    I checked my game camera this evening while checking on my food plots and found a lot of pictures. That is always great, but I came across a small buck that looks malnourished and perhaps has some sort of infection. I have never seen a deer with black spots on their neck. Perhaps this is normal, but I've never seen anything like it. What do yall think? Obviously not a shooter by any means, but if it is sick and going to die anyway it seems far to take it earlier than later. Thanks for any comments.

    Mark

    July 16, 2011 at 6:12pm

    Not sure if any of yall watch Deer and Deer hunter on versus, but it was a good show tonight. They said it was going to be the latest rut that any of us would see. The reason I'm posting this is because it is exactly what I've been seeing. They said the pre rut will start around Oct 31, but due to warmer temperatures the prime rut will be starting this weekend through next week. I guess I'll take it with a grain of salt, but I think they are dead on. Hope everyone has a great weekend and hope my buddies back home in Hickory and western area have a good opening day of rifle season.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:39pm

    As I posted on the movement report, I got into the stand opening day at 5:30 am and jumped a few deer. Everything settled back down and saw my first deer at 6:50ish, doe and 2 fawns. They walked through and in came a button buck around 7:30, then 2 other fawns 10 minutes later. Not sure if their momma was hit by a car or what(hard to believe they are done nursing). I didn't get to hunt Saturday evening, but did hunt Sunday evening. Got in the stand around 4:45, I saw the same doe and fawn that came through, but that was it. I think the heat and higher winds took its toll on their movement.

    As for this week, I was planning on hunting Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons. What is yalls experience with hunting with such extreme temperatures. I'm in Raleigh, but hunt in Zebulon. It is supposed to be around 90 degrees Friday, would I be best advised to stay out of the woods Friday and keep my scent down(I sweat a lot)? Good luck out there, I plan to harvest one this weekend if I can get a mature deer to cooperate.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:39pm

    Went down this morning in perfect temperatures to check the camera and add the padding to my stands. The ground around my stand is being absolutely trampled. I got a lot of pics of does and 1 buck. A few were yards from my stand. Do any of you guys have any idea what is in the tree? It looks too big to be a raccoon, but I could be wrong. Any ideas? 1 more week, good luck out there.

    September 04, 2010 at 10:55am

    The season is nearing closer and closer. I'm ready and getting excited for this season. I hope to be having fresh venison on the grill September 11. Good luck to everyone. I think the first buck could be pretty good if he can get through the season and grow some more.

    August 22, 2010 at 2:55pm

    I've been getting plenty of photos of deer out in a field that has a garden planted in the middle of a small field. Melons, corn, and other veggies planted, but all of my pics are being taken at night. Only 1 out of 90 were taken during legal shooting time. I have to enter my stands through this field. Will the deer start changing their feeding times as the season gets closer or should I start putting out some corn and apples in the woods to lure them in? It is great having an extra food source, but I'm worried about jumping deer when I'm walking into the woods. What do yall think I should do? I have mostly small bucks with a lot of good sized does. Thanks for the help, hunting in Zebulon.

    July 31, 2010 at 10:49pm

    This was on my game camera when I checked it this past Saturday. I've never came in contact with coyotes, so I'm not sure if this is one or its just a neighbors dog. If you have an opinion please share.

    Mark

    April 19, 2010 at 7:03am

    Is anyone else experiencing this? I'm thankful that i've seen at least 1 deer every time i've been out but no bucks. Any suggestions or just wait it out?

    Mark

    September 24, 2009 at 9:13pm
    A comment titled: Stand in response to a report titled: Getting in and out of lock on stands

    The platform is really big and the seat is comfortable. I have yet to put a lot of time in it, so I will let you know after a 5 hour sit. I am optimistic about this stand. I bought it at the Wal Mart in Henderson for $72 bucks. For the money, I am impressed thus far. I just need to be able to get in and out easy and I think I will love it. I will keep yall posted. Thanks again for all of the comments.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:06pm
    A comment titled: Pines in response to a report titled: What do yall think?

    Thank for the post. It is all pines down where I hunt. It is a farm in Zebulon and I am hoping it is just going to be this one deer I see with the tumors. I have planted a significant amount of food plots, so hopefully that will give better nourishment. Any other ideas I should do to improve the food source? Thanks again for checking out the picture.

    Mark

    July 17, 2011 at 11:09am
    A comment titled: a lot of sign, but no acitivity in response to a report titled: Rut Information

    I had plenty of sign from deer droppings to 2 brand new scrapes that appeared over night. I hunted the lunar table this morning. I got in the stand around 7:30 and stayed until 11. I didn't see a deer or even a squirrel, if yall can believe that. On the bright side, I did get to come back and watch the Pack beat the Heels!Good luck to all next week. Heading back to hunt the farm in Hickory. I've heard of a few big deer roaming the area, but we will see.

    November 20, 2010 at 8:22pm
    A comment titled: Same in response to a report titled: Nothing today

    Same here, I hunted Tuesday afternoon, yesterday afternoon, and this morning and didn't see a thing. I had 2 new scrapes this morning from last night some time, but no deer showed during shooting light. I haven't been pressuring the area either. I've never had any luck hunting a full moon either, hope it changes in the upcoming weeks. My buddies in Hickory didn't see anything either. I'm hunting in Zebulon, but heading back home Tuesday.

    November 20, 2010 at 8:17pm
    A comment titled: Nice Work in response to a report titled: Coyote

    Nice work, I heard a bunch of these critters the other night processing a deer. I know they are around, but have yet to harvest one. My buddy back home shot a big 50 pounder and decided to cape it out.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:43pm
    A comment titled: Thanks for the report in response to a report titled: slow

    That sounds good, I was just making sure it wasn't just the land I was hunting. I'll be out in the stand most of next week. I hope yall get a big one. I'll be hunting our farm back home, so they should be moving. I'm the only one that hunts it, or is supposed to hunt it. Yall know how that goes.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:49am
    A comment titled: Deer Movement: what are yall experiencing in response to a report titled: slow

    In the past few days I have heard buddies from the coast all the way to Hickory talk about how the deer aren't being very active. Most of us have cameras, and all the pictures are between 7:00 pm and 6:15 am. Anyone else experiencing this? I checked the lunar charts and this week the mornings should have been pretty good. Who knows, just wondering what everyone else is seeing. I'll be back in the stand tomorrow.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:31am
    A comment titled: Movement this weekend in response to a report titled: Date with a tree

    Should be real good. The cold snap saturday morning with the chart saying good movement should be a slam dunk. I am trying to be optimistic since I will hunting myself. I sat last Friday and Sunday and didn't see a single deer, hopefully tomorrow is different. Good luck out there.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:54am
    A comment titled: Water in response to a report titled: Weather/Activity

    I HAD a water source, but the creek has dried up due to the lack of rain. I have a good food source around me and have seen deer. I'm worried about my scent being spread throughout the woods and messing up Saturday morning. I'm thinking it may be better to stay home Friday evening and get in there with no disturbance early Saturday morning. Good luck this weekend!

    September 13, 2010 at 8:51pm
    A comment titled: Movement in response to a report titled: Movement

    I jumped a few when I went into the woods around 5:40. Saw a doe and a fawn come in around 6:50, then 3 fawns alone around 7:45. They stayed in my area for over an hour. Nice morning to be out, no wind, no mosquito's, and comfortable temperatures. Other than those 5 deer, crows everywhere, and squirrels raising hell it was a slow morning. I was hunting in Zebulon. My buddy back home(Hickory) took a deer with his new cross bow at 40 yards(the only deer he saw).

    September 11, 2010 at 10:02am
    A comment titled: Thanks! in response to a report titled: Deer Cam

    Thanks guys for all of the comments and tips. I don't bait unless I'm not seeing anything at my stands. I am right there with ya, I'd have to take out a second mortgage to feed these deer year round. I'll keep posting the interesting pics and hopefully some after the hunt pictures once the season comes in. Thanks again for all of yalls help. Good luck this season, hope yall get a big one.

    August 01, 2010 at 9:58am
    A comment titled: Sorry for the delay in response to a report titled: Coyote or random dog?

    I am in school at NC State and it's the end of the semester. This is a farm that I hunt in Zebulon, right near the Mudcats stadium. I have a 17 HMR and a .243 that I hope to take him with. I want to get him out of there before deer season comes around. Do electronic calls work? Any other suggestions for baiting this little guy up? Thanks for the responses guys.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:20pm
    A comment titled: We're all in the same boat in response to a report titled: Foxes?

    I have had a few foxes running through the woods as of late as well. I hunted this afternoon and saw 2 small does come through, but that was it. Earlier in the season if I had foxes in the area I didn't see deer. I'm not sure if the foxes were the reason for not seeing deer or not.

    December 22, 2009 at 6:59pm
    A comment titled: Shooting does in response to a report titled: A bunch of does but no bucks

    7 mag
    All the does I've been seeing still have fawns with them, I was told as a kid that if the fawns still have spots more than likely they won't make it without the doe. Is that just some made up BS or is that truth. I usually wait until mid October to start taking does.

    Thanks for the help guys, I'm heading out this evening and tomorrow morning so maybe something will come though. Good luck to everyone this weekend.

    September 25, 2009 at 7:16am
    A comment titled: Red Drum in response to a report titled: Huge Drum

    It is unlawful to possess red drum under 18 inches and over 27 inches. You are allowed to keep only 1 between the 18 and 27 inch slot.

    August 04, 2008 at 11:51am
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