Thanks dean, right back at ya!
Nw ia here. They rugged hard for about 2 days around Nov 10th. Other than that bow hunting was tough this year. Had one shot at a 160 class and it was too dark to see my peep so I let him walk off. Hardest decision I've made bow hunting.
I saw a lot less deer this year in the stand
There are plenty of deer. I have saw 4 dead remains in the last 2 days and 6 deer I could have shot, and I'm not even hunting.
Our group of 16 got 14 deer during the first SG season. We got 6 antlered, one without and seven does. We hunted in Palo Alto county.
Deer are significantly down where I hunt and its near Creston. I havent heard one person think deer numbers were high in any of these areas. Also I was around Missouri Valley last week and they told me deer numbers were way down from where they were even a couple years ago.
“Deer numbers are projected to be down at least ten percent from last year,” forecasts Tom Litchfield, DNR deer research biologist. “We have been working to decrease deer numbers since 2003. On a statewide basis, the herd is very close to objective; which would be the levels seen in the mid to late 1990s.”
Warren county seem to be business as usual this year where I hunt. Of course the 40 acres I bow hunt is right next to 120 acres of deer heaven where the owner doesn't let anyone hunt and he only takes 1 or 2 deer a year. All the other land around there is also very lightly hunted.
Our group filled 4 of 5 tags during first season and we didn't hunt very hard. Lots of naps and telling stories this year. Would have filled all 5 tags but the wind on Monday kept the deer on the wrong side of the fence all day,
Last year our group took 13 on the first weekend of 2nd season, this year we shot 16. We also found 6 dead bucks and a handful of does that apparently died from blue tongue or whatever it is killing the deer this year. If population is down its only a little, still a ton of deer in Guthrie County.
If deer numbers are really that down it makes my week even crazier. I have hit two deer in less than a week. Note I had never hit a deer previously, first one totalled my car second smashed in the hood of the rental doing barrel roll over my car on university out near waukee....