View Full Version : Any Whitetail hunters out there?

10-23-2011, 07:14 AM
Since I live in Nebraska, I spend a great deal of my fall chasing whitetails in addition to my short trips further West to chase elk, antelope, or mule deer. Just wondering how many others out there are getting excited for the whitetail rut in the next few weeks. Although there is nothing like strapping on a pack and getting out in the wilderness for a week straight, it's great to be able to go out after work for a few hours and have a chance at shooting a big buck.

10-23-2011, 10:12 AM
Heck yeah! Was out this morning, but didn't see anything. The young bucks are starting to cruise a little, with a little chasing and grunting, but the mature bucks haven't been very active during daylight. Starting next weekend, I'll be out in the woods every minute I can. Good luck to all.

10-23-2011, 11:18 AM
I have been chasing white tails sice I started hunting. They finally started moving in central and western Ks since the weather is cooling off. Cant wait for the rut to start. I couldnt take it any longer so I smoked a doe last week.

10-23-2011, 08:14 PM
I already got my whitey for the year.... next year seems too far off!! :)

10-23-2011, 08:52 PM
I'm getting pumped for the rut in SE KS. Went out last Fri. morning and jumped a few does. I'm not seeing much action from the bucks just yet, but the next few weeks should be good. It seems like someone always shoots a good deer around here on Halloween night.

I filled my doe tag during muzzleloader in Sept. and now I can just focus on a good buck. Got a great new spot picked out that's a super travel corridor they should be cruising looking for does.

I've often wondered how much more success I would have if I devoted a solid week to nothing but hunting like I do out west. Anyway, there aren't many things as wonderful as crisp mornings on the stand when bucks are out looking for does. It just feels like home!

10-23-2011, 08:58 PM
I hunt in the sandhills of NE, you never know what you're going to find. Mule deer and whitetail almost run together here. It's great! Although I think the whitetail population needs thinning out. That's why I got several doe tags and whitetail are on the hit list.

10-24-2011, 08:03 AM
Love me some whitetail. Got my buck last year on the evening of Halloween.

I can't wait to see what pops out of the russian olives this year!

10-24-2011, 04:23 PM
I'll be headed out here soon. I'm after a wallhanger or nothing as usual. My son turns 12 November 20th. I'm more excited for him to go out and find his first buck to trip his trigger. I remember my first buck like it was yesterday. I was so jacked up i emptied my gun on him..lol. Luckily he must of been one of those "special" deer and stood there while i loaded one more bullet.

10-24-2011, 04:40 PM
my uncle has a big chunk of woods in west virgina and i love to chase white tails there. i plan all year to be there for the first week in nov. every year. but because of other hunts i have not made it back in the last 2 years. that all changes this year!!!!!! nov. 6th will find me bow in hand,20 feet up a cherry tree in a spot we call "the pallet" with the worlds biggest smile on my face. the rut really starts getting hot about the 3rd or 4th. so it should be perfect.:)

10-24-2011, 07:28 PM
Got blinds out Saturday so the deer can get used to them before the rifle season. Been glassing some hot spots from a distance too, but no shooters moving yet in the daylight.

10-24-2011, 08:28 PM
I must agree I am addicted to whitetails too! What part of West Virginia you huntin in floorya, I,m about 5 min from the state line?

IL Hntr
10-24-2011, 08:30 PM
1 down, 1 to go. I love the whitetail rut and starting next weekend things will start to get better and better.

10-25-2011, 07:09 AM
Nice buck IL Hntr! Man, that thing is wide! Congrats. Was that a recent kill?

10-25-2011, 08:11 AM
I must agree I am addicted to whitetails too! What part of West Virginia you huntin in floorya, I,m about 5 min from the state line?

my uncle lives in a little town called NEWELL. its right across the ohio river from east liverpool ohio. its only 45 min. drive from the pitt.pa. airport.its awesome,with an early flight from reno. i can wake up in reno nv. and be in a tree stand 2600 miles away in a little over 8 hours.
where are you ?

10-27-2011, 11:53 AM
Yeah, things are starting to heat up here in Michigan. I saw a nice 120-130" buck, which is pretty big for my area, Sunday night at 40 yards. Unfortunately, he was hauling butt out of his bed as I was pulling my bow up in the treestand. I never saw him walking in but he must have watched me as I walked in within 40 yards from him and climbed into my stand. Then decided he was out of there. Pretty dissappointed to blow a nice buck out like that. The small ones are starting to chases this week though and taking some time off next week so hopefully the big boy will be on his feet then.

10-28-2011, 01:40 PM
Headed out for a week starting next weekend (Nov 5th - Nov 12th) I can't wait to get out there and try to get a good buck with my bow. Hoping it stays cooler out and the bucks are moving. Very Excited here!

10-28-2011, 03:10 PM
Good luck to you all. As many have indicated, things are just starting to heat up and will only get better next week. Let's see some pictures of some bucks on the ground!

10-29-2011, 09:52 AM
I screwed up on about a 130" 8-point this morning. This occurred in a heavily hunted area where a bow hunter is lucky to shoot any 6 or 8-point. He came in quick and so quiet I wasn't ready when he hit my shooting lane. I had to re-position my feet and get my bow between my two trees. He was at 12 yards, and sensed the movement, and slowly bounded and then walked off. Maybe I'll have another opportunity in the coming days. Good luck to everybody out there.

11-01-2011, 07:13 AM
Getting excited for the weekend of the 19th. Get to go home back to wisconsin to chase whitetails for a week. And with the trail camera photos weve got from by my stand Im quite excited. We got pictures of a shooter 8, 10, and the mack daddy 12.

IL Hntr
11-01-2011, 07:58 PM
Thanks Reflex, yes it is a recent kill. I got him on October 16th. I wasn't really expecting to see a deer of this caliber this early on but everyone gets lucky every now and then. He is almost 23" inside and the short tines on his right side are from a injury to his opposite rear leg. I can kill one more buck and can't wait for the weekend to get here. Good luck to you

MT Muley
11-01-2011, 08:47 PM
I shot my first Whitetail last Thursday. It was a small doe, and I don't know that I have ever had a better tasting deer. I have already eaten all the backstraps and tenderloins! I am buying more doe tags to fill next week.

11-10-2011, 02:26 PM
I just got back from a week off hunting around home. What a great week. I saw 4 different shooters. Saw a shooter every day but 1. Including 1 at 50 yards and 1 at 30 yards the first night about 10 minutes apart that came from different directions. I needed either one of them to take about 5 more steps to clear obstructions and either of them would have been smoked. But no such luck. I guess that's why they got big. I've never had 2 shooters that close in the same night. Not sure I've ever even seen 2 shooters in the same day before. We get a lot of pressure. Exciting week but frustrating to be so close and not be able to seal the deal. Last couple days they were with does and couldn't pull them away for anything.

11-13-2011, 07:19 AM
I hunted all yesterday morning and had 3 small bucks I could have jumped on from my stand, and I saw a bobcat! No shooters though. Last night my dad shot about a 140 7pt - right brow tine broken off! His neck was as swollen as they get. The rut is on here in SW MO.

11-13-2011, 06:31 PM
Just got done with our 9 day rifle season in Minnesota. Very disappointing, only seeing 1 nice shooter buck in 8 days of hunting. Plenty of does and small bucks to be had, big boys never made an appearance. Got them on trail cam, so I know they are there. Time to chase some roosters and then on to the late muzzleloader season. Good luck all!!

11-21-2011, 09:11 AM
I seemed to have totally lost the wind beneath my wings. I'm not even gonna go out and hunt for me. My son turned 12 recently so I am going to let him miss school on Weds. and were going to go out and try and find him a decent buck. He is really excited.

11-22-2011, 12:30 PM
I missed my opportunity at the buck I was after last weekend. I rattled him in and everything was going to script. He was coming right where I wanted him to go and then he felt that something was wrong. Not sure how he did it, but he was within 1 or 2 steps from getting an arrow. He was upwind of me and was walking from an area that I have not set foot on yet this year, so he didn't smell my trail coming to the stand. I guess that's how deer get big! Hopefully I can still catch up with him yet this year.

11-22-2011, 07:08 PM
Man I would love to chase whitetails with my setup. vvvv

11-28-2011, 01:09 PM
Moved to Colorado last year finally. Missed qualifying for residency and didn't even consider a NR hunt due to costs. Well, after some research, we decided this year we would hunt Nebraska for whitetails (after archery elk in CO). It was a great time. We took 5 deer between the two of us and my wife got her very first, a 10 point buck. I'd be jealous if I wasn't so proud of her, and she finally has the hunting bug, something that didn't bite her when we lived in NY.

11-29-2011, 02:41 PM
Well I picked the right spot but it didn't work out exactly as planned with the bow 2 days before gun season. Got out kind of late, had to crawl into a spot with some cover as I was almost out and doe popped out of the corn so I set up on the ground next to a tree so as not to spook her. 2 minutes later she starts heading towards me when all of a sudden a little doe and a 140" 8 point (which is very big for where I hunt) come hauling down the hill straight at me. Swerved away at about 20 yards but on a dead run the whole time. Right spot just couldn't get a shot. Exciting but frustrating I couldn't stop him. 1 thing on his mind though. Since gun season started haven't seen any shooters and have heard that 2 of the 4 I've seen have been killed. Bummer.

11-29-2011, 05:49 PM
got me mine on nov the 5th . he was head down and had one thing on his mind as his cute ladie friend brought him 12 yrds from my ground blind .

12-01-2011, 08:07 AM
Finally filled out on Nov. 29th. I'm not a fan of taking it down to the wire, so that morning was a relief.


12-01-2011, 08:49 AM
Fatkid, awesome deer but your 1st picture has be baffled. Is he dead or alive in that picture? He looks alive.

12-01-2011, 09:52 AM
Congrats fatkid and Elkoholic. Great looking bucks. Fatkid, I too am baffled by that picture? Any explanation?

12-01-2011, 03:05 PM
Reckon I'll post a better photo of my buck while we wait for fatkid's reply. I too, am ultra confused by that pic.


12-01-2011, 03:34 PM
Looks like a full body mount to me

12-01-2011, 04:20 PM
I like that picture a little better Elkoholic...it looks much bigger!

12-01-2011, 06:36 PM
well guys its like this it was a good cold nite here and lots of ice on him he got a little rigimortis . back in the dad when i was a kid me and my dad was gun hunting and i shot a doe . we hung it at deer camp and hunted the next day tho older guys there put sticks in between the legs to hold the chest open . well the next day we only hunted half a day before heading home like always . well two of the old guys took my deer down and stood it up by dads truck. so ever since then if we have to leave the deer over nite to get pics and such i leave it like that so we can get a pic of it standing . i feel its one of the best ways to get a pic with your deer . no guts or blood and makes it look so real. everytime i post a pic like this people always ask my buddys always kid me about shooting the family deer lol

12-01-2011, 06:54 PM
That is a pretty cool pic.

12-01-2011, 08:43 PM
I'm jealous! I have hunted whitetails a few times but it would be awesome to be able to hunt after work and buy tags over the counter. But in Nv that's not going to happen.

12-02-2011, 04:34 PM
I stuck a nice doe Monday night after work, but still haven't filled my buck tag. Our archery season goes until the end of the year, and this is my favorite time to hunt, so as soon as we get a couple inches of snow I'll be looking for a nice buck.