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Just a brief summary of your hunting season. How’d everyone do? Comparisons to years past...

I’ll start and see if I can get a good thread going,

Early season was tough as my usual spots were either not plowed/no bachelor groups and scouting time lacked due to home addition.

Opening day of muzzleloader season, Westminster, was off the hook. Probably 40 deer spotted going every which way in the creek bottoms. Lots of small bucks dogging does. Earliest I’ve ever seen it. Saw one shooter buck that stood out and I would hunt him for over a month. Saw him the first week of November and took a behind off hand shot looking up hill. Missed him low and I was depressed. Ended up shooting a nice 6 that night on public. Could’ve been a revenge kill but I was happy.

Caught back up with that buck on 11-11 at 11:30 am. Followed two does eight under my stand. That tagged me out for archery. I did have a couple nice days where I saw good bucks in early November but 10-20 yards to far.

Also followed up with a couple late season does, rifle. Opening day firearms sucked as the weather was terrible in Garrett county. Hunted in Charles county later with no luck at shooters. Uncle tagged a hammer.

I would rate this season as an 8 as my freezer is full but never caught a glimpse at the one deer that makes your heart stop.

How about y’all?
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First year that i can remember not shooting a deer, not a doe, not a buck, nothing!

I had opportunities at plenty of does, just opted to pass. Had one shot at a great buck in Ohio but he changed direction at the last second and took away the shot op.

One other local buck I saw 3 times but never had a good shot.

Always a season to remember but nothing for the freezer! Wish I had a better story!
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All seasons are the same, I just bow hunt.  My main farm deer numbers have been low for the last 7-8 years.  Shot one doe and past on several does with fawns.  Also past on a few small bucks and one I should have shot.
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I missed all of September working on my house, I never even set up my hang ons this year.

First sit of the year was second week of October and I saw a nice 8 but way out of range. I passed lots of does this season but wasn’t seeing the deer numbers I usually do so I wanted to lay off the does. I didn’t hunt the last week of October really busy at work but I won’t make that mistake next year. The trail cameras showed more good bucks the last week of October than I had the entire rest of the year.

I was off work 11/7 - 11/9 and 11/7 was incredible. I saw one shooter but he was out of range. I had 5 bucks chase 3 different does within 15 yards of my tree but not the deer I was after. I called a beast of 2 year old right under me with a primos can and grunt call....I really hope he makes it 2 more years. The day was action packed and though I never picked up my bow it was a hunt I won’t soon forget.

Late December I was able to go on my first sika hunt and I was fortunate to connect on a nice stag on day 2 of my hunt. Terrible because I suddenly had a taxidermy bill I wasn’t expecting and a new found hunting addiction.

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Good year , helped my son hang some stands and he did real good , got to sit with my daughter and watch her take a few and two turkeys in the fall season seen some bears but we couldn’t get a shot , let dummie hunt my spot and he took a real nice 9 point ol dad got a small 3 point and that’s it they kept the freezer and everyone else’s full so I just watched most of the season but loved every minute of it can’t wait till it’s turkey time
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It was a slower season for me. Took my 4 yr old quite a few times and actually got a decent buck with her which was the highlight of my season. Had a good rutcation seeing the biggest buck I’ve ever seen hunting but couldn’t get a shot. Saw a few others n ended up killing a small 6 the last night of it. It deff was a revenge killing lol. Duck hunting started out great but got slower as it went on. I’ll rate it a 8 also. Killing the buck with my daughter basically made my season. An winning the deer competition obviously.
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Because of various  health issues my hunting was limited this year. I hunt in Western Allegany Co near the Garrett Co line and know all about the bad weather for the first day of rifle season. My doctor had fitted me with a Life vest to help stop a heart attack, it will shock your heart as a defibrillator. When the first day came around, that I haven't missed since my teenage years, I told my wife I wanted to give it a try before my surgery the next week, she protested but I wanted to go.( rain/sleet and snow and all) I was wearing a poncho to help with the  weather. At about 7:45 AM a buck came in behind me and after getting turned around with difficulty I got two shots at it and thought I missed, at leased the life vest didn't weld me to the ladder stand. I followed up the deer and found blood on the snow and located the deer close to my truck. I didn't need help from my brother in law who didn't hunt but was on stand by. I loaded the deer up and was home early much to the relief of Bonnie. I had triple by pass heart surgery Dec 5th, my recovery is going well with no problems. Walking 30 minutes a day and lifting some weights now for exercise. For some reason I have failed to relate this story to my doctor, I hope he doesn't follow this site. I will rate this season a 10, I got a buck and I am still alive.
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Because of various  health issues my hunting was limited this year. I hunt in Western Allegany Co near the Garrett Co line and know all about the bad weather for the first day of rifle season. My doctor had fitted me with a Life vest to help stop a heart attack, it will shock your heart as a defibrillator. When the first day came around, that I haven't missed since my teenage years, I told my wife I wanted to give it a try before my surgery the next week, she protested but I wanted to go.( rain/sleet and snow and all) I was wearing a poncho to help with the  weather. At about 7:45 AM a buck came in behind me and after getting turned around with difficulty I got two shots at it and thought I missed, at leased the life vest didn't weld me to the ladder stand. I followed up the deer and found blood on the snow and located the deer close to my truck. I didn't need help from my brother in law who didn't hunt but was on stand by. I loaded the deer up and was home early much to the relief of Bonnie. I had triple by pass heart surgery Dec 5th, my recovery is going well with no problems. Walking 30 minutes a day and lifting some weights now for exercise. For some reason I have failed to relate this story to my doctor, I hope he doesn't follow this site.
Sounds like one heck of a year for you. Good luck with rehab and recuperation. Get better for next year's hunt.
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Because of various  health issues my hunting was limited this year. I hunt in Western Allegany Co near the Garrett Co line and know all about the bad weather for the first day of rifle season. My doctor had fitted me with a Life vest to help stop a heart attack, it will shock your heart as a defibrillator. When the first day came around, that I haven't missed since my teenage years, I told my wife I wanted to give it a try before my surgery the next week, she protested but I wanted to go.( rain/sleet and snow and all) I was wearing a poncho to help with the  weather. At about 7:45 AM a buck came in behind me and after getting turned around with difficulty I got two shots at it and thought I missed, at leased the life vest didn't weld me to the ladder stand. I followed up the deer and found blood on the snow and located the deer close to my truck. I didn't need help from my brother in law who didn't hunt but was on stand by. I loaded the deer up and was home early much to the relief of Bonnie. I had triple by pass heart surgery Dec 5th, my recovery is going well with no problems. Walking 30 minutes a day and lifting some weights now for exercise. For some reason I have failed to relate this story to my doctor, I hope he doesn't follow this site. I will rate this season a 10, I got a buck and I am still alive.


Congratulations and I'm glad you're on the road to a healthy recovery. I'm very familiar with that area and can understand why Bonnie was concerned under those circumstances.
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Hmmm. Only got out 14 sits for deer but saw 25 bucks and 68 does/fawns the entire season between a farm, sika spot, and some suburban spots.
Tried out some more in depth suburban style hunting this year. Took 5 from those hunts and gave to friends and neighbors.
On a new sika spot which unfortunately was for the most part a bust as far as sightings and killings but thinking the amount of rain and a bastard raccoon killing my feeder did me in. Still had fun going. Did miss a chip shot on a fawn sized one. Hoping next year is better and dryer cause it is a S load of work to hunt there.
My mainstay WT hunting grounds farm was good. Took a good doe and a cool funky racked 3yo 9 point on the same evening during one of my 2 rut hunts. Let a few decent 8P walk on the first hunt and had like 10 doe but no 3yo+. Grunted in a few different bucks on the second one but the good one payed me no mind. Let the funky rack walk the 1st time and took one of the doe. He came back to the grunt two more times, that’s a sign from God, so took him. Sat in the rain for gun opener seeing a handful of small bucks and does/fawns, took a doe. ML nothing came close but a spike.
Got in I think 4 goose hunts with some fine fellers, getting limits on 3 out of 4.
Pretty happy with this season. xbow_9pnt_2018_clean.jpg  superherohaul_xbow_2018.jpg  xbow_doe_2018.jpg 


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2018 ended up being one of my best seasons ever. 

* May 3rd pulled off my 1st spring gobbler double ever hunting with Alex (Mendicant) as 2 nice Toms came into our calls and decoys together. They flew down to us from their roost bout 60 yds from our set up. It was a quick and successful hunt. We were both at work by 9:00 am.

* Two days later May 5th I called in a flock and my son killed his 1st gobbler. Got it all on video.

*October 19th killed a nice coyote while early muzzleloader hunting.

*October 22nd killed my 2nd Maryland black bear in Garret county. Great time hunting with my Oakland, Md buddies.

*November 9th killed a hefty 130 class 8pt during bow season. Beautiful day as bucks were running and chasing  does all day long. Called him in for  7yd shot with doe bleat call. Watch him run 120 yds across the field and tipped over before making it to the woods.

*December 1st as I was walking out of the woods to get some lunch. Spotted some wide ,white antlers rubbing up a tree about 50 yds away in some fairly thick brush. As I raised my rifle and looked thru my scope he was looking right at me. I centered the xhairs on his throat patch and pulled the trigger. He was a nice wide 6 point I had seen before.

*Two days later December 3rd as I was driving home from work. I realized if I kicked it into gear I could probably get last 2 hours of day light to hunt. On stand as light was fading deer were starting to move. I saw some big white horns moving thru the brush below me. Put him down with a 130 gr SST to the neck as he cleared a deadfall. He end up being a the Split Eared 9 pointer I had been after for the past 2 years. He is at the taxidermist now. He is not the biggest buck I have ever killed, but he is the biggest buck I have ever killed in Maryland which makes him very special to me. I am told he is a 140 class buck.

The 2018 season had been veddy,veddy good to me.[biggrin]

On a side note I passed up lots deer in 2017 and didn't kill anything that year. Some years just work out. Some years don't.
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OK season for me. I go into it with the goal of shooting one mature wt and sika buck/stag and a few skinheads. I killed a good 9pt in Nov and had some great hunts but never saw a good stag I wanted to shoot and couldn't kill a mature doe in January to save my life. Warm 85 degree temps kept me off the marsh early season. Produce instead of traditional crops like beans and corn being grown on one of my spots didn't help anything either on the wt's.
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Decent season for me. Very casual approach.

I didnt step into the woods untill halloween.

I shot 3 does.

Shot an 8 pointer during the rut, Lost it and the blood trail that evening as it poured rain. Stumbled on it a week later and discovered I walked by it a few times.

Ran into a giant Whitetail who I saw a couple times and could never catch up with him to get a shot during the bow season.

Missed a fair sized buck on the shotgun opener. HE ran to my stand and stood there watching me as I was trying to unjam my gun which has never jammed since I have owned it.

Saw a Giant Sika deer the last day of the season

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Had a great year of hunting, but didn't kill many deer.

Africa hunt in July was awesome.

Took my grand daughter hunting a few times and saw some nice deer.
She missed a doe with her shotgun at 65 yards. It happens.
I told her that I didn't kill a deer for my first 5 years of hunting.

Had six Canada goose hunts and we did pretty well.

Shot only 7 deer - the fewest I've gotten in a very long time, maybe 15 years or more.

Shot the first deer ever with a shotgun, on my own farm, which was kinda cool.

Only got out one time during the rut and had a very nice buck in the bag 15-minutes after climbing up a tree... my best buck in probably 6 years.

Got a snow-goose hunt scheduled for Friday - hopefully more cool stories from that!


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I had a successful season, based on the priorities I set for myself. Passed numerous does & dinks during bow and ML season, as I already had an ample supply of venison in the freezer. I was after decent bucks period. Ended up taking 2 good bucks, with the 2nd one being my first kill on my own property !! With my knees pretty shot, I got out a lot and really enjoyed the grind of the long season. Getting a new left knee on 2/28 and hopefully the right one by early summer. Hope to tackle next season better then ever with my "biotic knees" functioning good !!! [wave]
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2018 was a very good year for me... saw plenty of deer (both sika and whitetail) as well as turkeys and caught a boat load of trout to boot!

- (2) nice Spring Gobblers. One in WV and one in MD
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- (2) good WV bucks with one being my best yet off the place I bought 8 years ago
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- (2) nice Sika Stags with one being my 2nd best 6pt in early ML
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- (0) MD Whitetails. Was targeting two specific bucks but the only opportunity I had was on the biggest one dogging a doe about 4:30 in the afternoon watching out my kitchen window as he pushed her up by the house just outside the garage but "we" were headed to the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert instead of "me" being in the tree! LOL!
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"NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT"
Great pictures, banner year of success.
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Great pictures, banner year of success.
....CONGRATULATIONS....
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Thanks BD!...I'm very fortunate and appreciative of the opportunities I have to hunt and fish.
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Had a good season myself, passed a lot of smaller/ yonger deer the whole season to get to the older crowd had my cherry popped with first crossbow kill ( Heavy D ) then took an old 6 point with 270 at 150 some yards and finished it up with 2 fat slope heads on last day late gun season

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Arrowed 2 bucks passed a bunch of does. Let the does walk in early season and then in the late season they showed less during the day. Saw a lot of small bucks. hunted with friends and family so overall good year.

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No trouble at all.

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Another guy with a great year.
Thanks for the pictures, I really don't think I'm the only one that likes pictures.
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I hunted 1 day,that one day was opening of muzzy,left the house at 130am. Landed at fishingbay(Elliott island rd) around 300,packed up and hiked in. Sat from dark to dark,arrived back at the truck around 8pm,drove home.
All I saw was a flock of geese at sunrise, not a bird,squirrel or butterfly. Heard em whistling,chirping and splashing but not even a flicker.


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