shaff1101ParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 5:57 pmPost count: 71TeamAsgrowParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:02 pmPost count: 9152bubbaboyParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:04 pmPost count: 563TrapCycloneParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:11 pmPost count: 2552
I’m also doing the second season on private property adjacent to a section of a wooded river bottom. I have no clue as to whether the neighbors will be doing drives, but in the past I have been able to successfully harvest a deer (albeit a small spike) by just sitting and waiting in a concealed spot in the woods.
This will be in one of the Northwest Iowa counties where the first shotgun season did not allow antlerless deer to be harvested. I would actually be ecstatic if I could harvest something with a fork or above (preferably above). I have a ground blind set up, but am contemplating using a climber. I also have a doe and buck decoy that I could use. Any thoughts as to a preferred combination? I was thinking of maybe using the doe decoy to simulate a late season doe that goes back into estrus.muskratParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:18 pmPost count: 560orngruffeeParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:23 pmPost count: 901TeamAsgrowParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:30 pmPost count: 9152TeamAsgrowParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:34 pmPost count: 9152alan_50501ParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:39 pmPost count: 1506TrapCycloneParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:42 pmPost count: 2552
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I wouldn’t let a decoy see the light of day,public or private during shotgun season.
Could be asking for trouble.
Guess I will leave the decoy at home although I don’t feel I need to worry too much on this piece of property as it is private and nobody else comes out there. That said, I agree it is usually better to be safe than sorry.
I will probably just set up in the blind and wait it out again. If nothing shows up in range I may bring out the climbing stand and look for alternate spots in the area.
Any thoughts on rattling, grunting, and/or doe bleats during 2nd shotgun season?muskratParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 6:54 pmPost count: 560orngruffeeParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 7:21 pmPost count: 901
They become a different critter when being hunted hard.Think out of the way spots away from roads,over hills etc.Someone mentioned fence lines,also terraces,RR right of ways,steep creek banks etc.Even waterways away from roads.It doesn’t take much to hide them. Never tried calling or rattling.bugs11ParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 7:30 pmPost count: 123
With the rising temperatures I’d have to think the deer are going to want to hole up someplace cool, like shady north facing slopes or under pines. It’s not like they can shed a layer or two of clothing like we can.
Like others have said, I’d set up on a funnel based on the wind direction and wait it out. I shot a buck in a funnel last Sat. at 10:37 am after sitting there all morning from 1/2 before sunrise. He came walking into the timber with his tongue hanging out, stopped him with a mouth bleat, and put a 12 ga. Truball through his heart at 40 yards.shaff1101ParticipantDecember 9, 2014 at 8:18 pmPost count: 71changdrixDecember 9, 2014 at 9:05 pmPost count: 775
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