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Trail cam pics and advice
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:37:54 PM »

I’m fairly new to hunting got my license last year and a friend recently gave me access to hunt on his land. Knowing essentially nothing about deer hunting I did online research and set up a few mock scrapes near our blind with a little bit of buck urine in them and a drip in the tree over the scrape about 10 yards in front of my blind and a trail cam about 15 feet away facing that scrape.

I pulled the cards yesterday and saw these two does coming by the area on separate days. One of them looks very skinny. Can see the ribs. Would shooting this deer be worth it for meat in the freezer or should I wait til she gets fatter?  Maybe she recently had babies and that’s why she’s so thin?

Also. Just some general advice seeking, are the deer attractants like corn or food blocks worth it?  I put buck urine down thinking it should attract a buck interested in finding out what buck was near his area but would doe urine be better?




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Re: Trail cam pics and advice
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 09:31:32 AM »
Great pics. Careful when it comes time in using attractants as food such as corn as it's considered "baiting".

Those bucks will show up in time. Are you bow hunting or guns only?

Good luck! Keep the pics coming...

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Re: Trail cam pics and advice
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 09:53:12 AM »
Baiting is legal in zones 11 and 12, (on private land) look in the hunters guide on CT's DEP site for the maps.

It is too early for scrapes and doe in estrus scents. Right now its all about food. They are destroying blocks, corn, and sweet horse food trying to pack on the weight for winter. The ones in my yard are going through a block in about 2 days, and a feeder drum mix of corn and feed a week.

Its coat is starting to fill in, thats why it looks scraggly
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Re: Trail cam pics and advice
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 11:08:45 AM »
Shoot me a PM, happy to help any way I can.

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 04:05:21 PM »
Cool pics)

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Re: Trail cam pics and advice
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2018, 04:11:40 PM »
where did this happen?

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Re: Trail cam pics and advice
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2018, 04:36:56 PM »
Your question about if you should shoot or not due to physical size is up to you. The only rule I know of is if still has spots it is a fawn and you can't shoot it. No spots then it is fair game. Maybe small but still meat in the freezer if meat hunting is what you are doing. Some will pass on the little ones until the last day then they take what they can get. Others will take what the can get as soon as they can because killing the dam things is not as easy as it seems.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2018, 06:00:07 PM »
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Your question about if you should shoot or not due to physical size is up to you. The only rule I know of is if still has spots it is a fawn and you can't shoot it. No spots then it is fair game. Maybe small but still meat in the freezer if meat hunting is what you are doing. Some will pass on the little ones until the last day then they take what they can get. Others will take what the can get as soon as they can because killing the dam things is not as easy as it seems.


Small ones are easier to deal with and tastier too..... :tat:
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Small ones are easier to deal with and tastier too..... :tat:
True but in most cases you can only have two so they need to be as big a possible. Unless you hunt all seasons public and private land then I think you can get at least 10. Unless you live in the zones where the state will give you another doe if you shoot a doe. In this case it is almost unlimited!

I just don't understand why people go to ME, Vt or Pa to hunt deer. They almost never come back with anything.

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True but in most cases you can only have two so they need to be as big a possible. Unless you hunt all seasons public and private land then I think you can get at least 10. Unless you live in the zones where the state will give you another doe if you shoot a doe. In this case it is almost unlimited!

I just don't understand why people go to ME, Vt or Pa to hunt deer. They almost never come back with anything.


I am in zones 11/12 so I always forget about that. Unlimited deer here as long as you make sure to check those does at a check station for a replacement tag.
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Re: Trail cam pics and advice
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2018, 02:46:06 PM »
Shoot whatever you like as long as its legal. Every animal is a trophy and as stated not as easy as some think to shoot.  You mentioned baiting. Take this for what its worth but I ont believe continual baiting is ethical. I know its legal but they get used to eating easy food and then probably dont forage enough to find other food sources to sustain after the “baiter” stops when the season is over.  Also its part of the game of hunting to me, beat them at their game. Of course they will go to a free pile of tasty food. Do your scouting and stay moblie. Find their habits and travel paths. Much more rewarding to me.