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Gun Seasons Approaching by Tim Herald

November 12, 2011 by  
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GUN SEASONS APPROACHING

Well there is no doubt over the past 10 days a ton of huge bucks have hit the ground all over the Midwest. Due to some bad planning on my part, I have been home on a much needed break during this time, and I didn’t have a deer tag! This coming weekend and over the next two weeks many gun seasons open. Kentucky, South Dakota, and Nebraska are three prime states that have a rifle opener Saturday the 12th. This is prime rut and with a gun! The big negatives I see is a possible warm up on the way as well as a full moon.    One more thing to consider is since bucks have been prowling lately, by the weekend and next week, the big boys may well go into lockdown mode.

No matter what, if you haven’t already done it, it is time to get the rifles tuned up and the blaze orange out. Over the past couple of days I have spent a bunch of time at the range getting things ready. I feel good about my equipment as I have my TC .300 Win shooting a 1″ group at 100 yards, and I have it dead on at 225. My Nikon BDC says that the first circle down is 308 yards and my 2nd circle is 407. That is pushing a Winchester 180 grain Accubond at 2950 fps. I took my twin 11 year-olds out today, and in both their .243 and .30TC, they were clover leafing at 50 yards and shooting an under 2″ group at 100 yards, so I think they will be OK as well. I finished by hammering in my Pro Hunter muzzleloader with a group that is dead on at 150 yards.

Since I am way behind on deer hunting at this point, I am going to hit it very hard for the next month. I have 2 Nebraska deer tags, a West River South Dakota tag to try to fill between Nov 12-20, and I will also hit Ohio for the first 4 days of their shotgun season beginning Nov 28.  On Dec 4, I will pick up my Elite bow again and either be hunting late season elk (if the weather is cold and snowy) or heading to North Dakota for a late season whitetail hunt. I haven’t had a lot to report since I have had a pretty slow September and October, but I will report the good, the bad, and the ugly regularly over the next month or so. I definitely need a change of luck.

Let us here at American-Hunter.com know how you think the deer will be behaving in the coming week and where you will be hunting. We wish you all the best of luck and want to see your photos and stories!

See ya soon. Hunt Hard…Tim H.

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