2018 public land roll call!!!

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  1. MSBK1

    MSBK1 Weekend Warrior

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    Early season anywhere in the Western 2/3 of KY is a potential seed tick nightmare every time you step out of the truck. The good thing is... knowing that you have a problem (eg being dumb enough to try to hunt around seed ticks) is half the battle. You have to stay 100% aware of the danger at all times. If you spray down with Permethrin you will be fine but obviously that’s undesirable for actual hunting. If you want to hunt without spraying down it can be done but you have to take certain steps to avoid disaster. It’s best to have a little kit with you that includes stuff like a can of tick spray, partial roll of duct tape and/or a lint roller a fine bristle brush, etc. Next you have to have the discipline to check yourself for them every few minutes until you get in the tree and then check yourself thoroughly as soon as you get in the tree. You do this first (maybe even before you hoist up your bow). If you find them on you then you stop right where you are and start getting them off. If there are so many that you don’t think you can confidently get most all of them off then you either head back to the truck or you have to spray them. I hunt a decent bit in September in KY and I have had no problems getting more than one or two here and there by following this MO. Next you might consider trying a pair of the Elimitick pants. I started using them last year and never sprayed down and never got any ticks. I’m buying another pair this year. If I continue to have those kind of results I’ll be sold for sure on those. Anyway don’t let the seed ticks scare you off. As long as you give them about the same respect you would give to a grizzly bear or a bengal tiger you’ll be fine.
     
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    Walked a new public land today. Only 30 minutes from my house. About 2000 acres. Found much more deer sign today and although the main gates are easy to access, there is no vehicle travel past those gates. Some spots are well over a mile from those gates. Put out two trail cams today and will run them until Sept squirrel season opens. Looks to be a spot I could hunt until general muzzloader season opens in early Nov.

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    slickbilly-d Weekend Warrior

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    Is this the “elimitick” suit? [​IMG]
     
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    Or you can spray down your clothes before hand and wash them. Permethrin will still be effective.

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  5. MSBK1

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    Right but I’m going under the assumption that if it is still present enough to be effective then it is also there to be smelled by deer. If I’m hunting a doe then I agree who cares. If I’m in a prime spot and hunting a big deer then I don’t want to smell like tick spray in the least. Good point though... it is still fairly effective after washing.
     
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    That was the worst two days of scouting I can remember in terms of heat and bugs.90 plus degrees, no wind, and bugs including spiders with windshield size spiderwebs in my face. Stung by mosquitos. Felt like I was in a Temple of Doom video.

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    Brett you're turning into a prima dona. Have you been hanging out with Tony :D

    Nothing says 'hello deer season', like that first spider web to the face. You need a 'spider stick' or a bow out in front of you.
     
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    Lol. I carried sticks for several miles. Finally reached a clean stream and it felt like heaven to wash my face with cold water. About five steps later another big spider web hit my face and I was stung by a swarm of mosquitoes. Scouting will be a lot better in the winter. Will give me a chance to walk all 2000 acres of this new spot.
     
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    I haven’t hunted public land in about 10yrs. Thinking about hitting the Shawnee this year, I knobs miss the added challenges of public.

    Good luck!
     
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    Brett, it sounds like you should invest in a head net! They work well with ANY insects. I always keep one in my day pack for when things get out of hand. Thankfully that isn't very often.
     
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    I'll be checking my public land cam again today. It's been sitting for 2 weeks now, and I'm hoping BIG TIME, to have a couple of more pics of the 9pt I got pics of last check!!! I'll post pics on any interesting subjects. :tu:
     
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    Good luck! I was very tempted to go check mine today, its been out for two weeks plus its raining. BUT, I decided against it. I'll wait to check it opening morning while I'm giving my deer time to expire after I shoot it!
     
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    Checked my cam today, but nothing really note worthy except a small basket 8pt, couple of doe, and the twin fawns again. It's early yet.
     
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    I'll be doing a little public land hunting in MI and KY this year.
     
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    No i havnt ever been there, best of luck to you there this season :)
     
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    I'll be hunting public land in central MD. Had a great year last year on it so I'm definitely stoked for this year!
     
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    Have had two cams out on a new section of public land for about 10 days. Will pull them in about a week. I know summer patterns dont equate to fall success, but I want an inventory of the deer population. Really interested in how many doe groups are in there to see if it is worth my time to hunt it.

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    Hunting public land in North Dakota again this year. Got my tree stands up on Aug 20th which is the earliest we can put them up here. Also got a couple game cams up and my mock scrape setups. Same area I hunted last year and only picked up one set of hunters on my cams all year. Had to sit in my first stand for over an hour when I had 4 deer come in right after I got it hung.

    Put my second one up about an hour later and had a doe come in on me then too. Hopefully there will be at least one of the bucks I targeted last year left. I found a better tree this year than last year so I’m chomping at the bit to get back out there. Season opens Friday at noon!
     
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    axtell343 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Little update: I have this guy roaming around now, I’m hoping to get a crack at him soon. Only 27 days! IMG_0004.JPG IMG_0006.JPG IMG_0007.JPG


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    Been trying to help a buddy out here in Wisconsin on finding a buck to hunt. Lets just say I found him a buck to hunt, only problem is it's about 1.5 miles from the parking lot.
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