Boonerville’s 2019-2020 Semi Live Hunting Thread

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  1. boonerville

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    Time for installment number 3! Lots of things will be different this year with new farms. I was gonna wait a bit to start this one but I’ve actually been pretty busy working on stuff. Right now my main focus is helping the deer. Winter has come with a vengeance. Temps are supposed to hit -50 windchill tomorrow. Plus we have 12-14” of snow on the ground. I’ve been putting out a lot of alfalfa top dressed with corn. Still have more spots to go. I’ve pulled the majority of my cameras, except for the ones I’m putting at the feed stations.
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  2. boonerville

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    On my home farm, where I killed Trident this past season, the snowdrifts were too deep to get back to where I wanted to put the feed. I went beast mode. Strapped an alfalfa bale to a pack frame and carried a bag of corn in my arms, along with cameras.
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  3. boonerville

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    Took deer exactly 45 minutes to find it
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    Do you keep those going until spring once you get them set as I assume they become somewhat reliant on that source of food?
     
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    Yes I will keep them going until probably Mid-March, when things start to green up.
     
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    Good deal! Going to be a tough couple of days for wildlife.
     
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    Hopefully soon I will now what kind of bucks are still around. So far the one I am most excited about is 2020. He was a superstar 2 year old last year with 15 points. I have pics of him on 01/09 so he should be alive and well. I’m betting he will be a scary big 3 year old this year.
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    Fingers also survived his 3 1/2 year old season. Should be a cool looking 4 year old this year.
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    You must really be able to trust where you're leaving that kind of equipment. Trespassers must not be an issue?
     
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    Not really. Since living in Iowa, I have had one camera stolen, out of 50+...and I know who took that one. Overall I haven't had much of an issue with trespassers.
     
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    2020 hit one of my feed stations last night. It seriously makes me smile every time I see this deer.
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    2020 just showed up to feed station. Still packing antlers
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    Little nippy out there this morning
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    Im sure most of my cameras are going to be dead after today. -52 degree windchills. This is the first time in my life I have been legitimately concerned about deer surviving.


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    So I'm debating something. 2020 is a deer I really really want to make it a couple more years. I honestly feel like he has 200" potential. Being that I am adding new farms this year, I am considering not hunting the west 60 acres of the home farm. This 60 is one my best spots traditionally. It's where Mr Clean lived, where I killed Doublewide in 2017, and where I killed Trident in 2018. 2020 lives on this 60 acres pretty consistently. I think I may plant a couple strategic plots, and maybe even run a feeder, and not hunt this piece at all in 2019, in hopes that 2020 makes it to...2020. I predict he will put on 40+ inches from 2-3 years old. he just looks special to me.
     
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    The windchill will not make the batteries colder.
     
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    -30 actual temp is plenty cold enough
     
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    Deer thrived during the Ice Age. They'll be fine.
     
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    Now just how did you determine that? Were you there? Maybe those deer were tougher and meaner. Modern deer have acclimated to global warming.
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    Whitetail deer make it through Saskatchewan/Alberta winters just fine.
    As to me being around during the Ice Age; have you been talking to my wife? She calls me "Keyrock" for some reason...

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    I went for a drive last night before dark to see what the deer were doing. I drove past the new farm where I killed my Muzzleloader buck last year, and saw a deer standing in the barnyard. Turns out it was a huge 8 point. He eventually went towards my feed station.
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