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Post season taunting

jcam1841

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If I could devote more time to getting out in the woods and move around the area I would. It's the back edge of my property that overlooks a large more open area with a large lake surrounded by trees. I get the does coming through all hours of the day in this spot (just not when I can be in the tree) It's def the same buck I've seen on camera the past couple years thinking he's scent checking the field on this path. I have to get him to investigate the does during daylight. Unfortunately my hunts have been reduced to around work and school pick up when my wife says "Hey when I get back with the kids go hunt for a few hours."
 

jcam1841

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He's got a pretty recognizable scar on his back that I noticed in pics from the year before. He's definitely growing and hangs around with a couple other big boys. I'm not picky, so with the amount of time I can spend in a tree, anything will get an arrow! lol At least I know I'm in his home range and he continues to stick around.
 

Jammintree

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I have to get him to investigate the does during daylight.
I suspect it’ll be easier to find the places he’s spending his time than it will be to get him to do much of anything. Even if you were to bait with a feeder or food plot it would only be effective if you knew where their daytime bedding locations were.
 

jcam1841

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Unfortunately in MA all bait has to be out of the woods 10 days prior to opening day. At this point in my life due to health and time with family and work, me enjoying "hunting" is just being able to get out and sit in a quiet tree for a few hours, get excited to see what I have on my cameras, whether they show up at night or at first light. I ate all my tags this year but did see two does. One at 11am at 140 yards and the second way off at 300. Only hunt with a bow but still had an exciting year of getting out and seeing them or knowing they were under my tree a few hours before.
 

Jammintree

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Unfortunately in MA all bait has to be out of the woods 10 days prior to opening day. At this point in my life due to health and time with family and work, me enjoying "hunting" is just being able to get out and sit in a quiet tree for a few hours, get excited to see what I have on my cameras, whether they show up at night or at first light. I ate all my tags this year but did see two does. One at 11am at 140 yards and the second way off at 300. Only hunt with a bow but still had an exciting year of getting out and seeing them or knowing they were under my tree a few hours before.
What zones do you hunt in mass? I hunt Mostly 4s, 4n and 3.
 

jcam1841

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Zone 5 exclusively now but in my "free" years I was in Z9. Moved into Z5 a couple years ago and luckily drew a hard to get Z5 doe tag both years but never got to fill them.
 

Loopwing

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Is that a bow only zone or do you handicap yourself? Do you hunt the same tree or group of trees every time?
 

jcam1841

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There are some houses in the area but I've always just stuck with the bow. Ma lets you hunt the entire deer season with bow, thru shotgun season and with a primitive stamp thru muzzleloader season. I stick to the one preset tree which is set just into the tree line. Wind is almost always in my face which is perfect. I know I can move around and try different trees and different sides of the field but for convenience and just getting out of the house it's the same tree.
 

Loopwing

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If I only saw 2 deer all season, 140 and 300 yards, I would definitely be changing things up. The deer know where your preset is and when you are in it. If you want to sit in the woods to get away from the family for a couple hours cool, do you. If you want to kill deer, change your tactics.
 

Jammintree

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If you don’t have time for prepping lots of locations, you might consider using a stool. It would allow you to walk into a new area, find sign, sit in some cover and be in the game. Zone 5 has plenty of great deer.
 
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