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« on: October 15, 2011, 12:56:16 pm »

Finally had an opportunity to get out in the stand this year.  Two weeks prior to opening of bow season, I went to hang a couple of stands and discovered the land I had been hunting for the past 20 years had been sold.  So, I had to find some new land to hunt.  Last week, I found a spot close to home in Northeast Linn County, IA.  I met the landowner on Thursday night and got a tour of the property, which borders some state land.  It looked pretty good.  I headed out this morning, not really knowing where to go or where the deer would be.  I wondered around for about an hour and a half in the dark before I found a good spot for the climber.  About 30 minutes into the hunt, I caught movement of a deer headed my way.  I was surprised to see a buck headed my direction.  When he got in the open at about 40 yards, I saw it was a 10-pointer about 130 class.  There were two other bucks following him, a six and an 8.  The ten crossed a fence and turned broadside at 25 yards, but I had decided I wasn't ready to take him this early in the season.  I soon began to regret that choice.  As he fed on seeds from a downed willow, I noticed how tall he was and his main beams circled around to about 4-5 inches from touching.  He did not present another shot opportunity, but I was able to study him for about 20 minutes.  He was a nice buck!  While I was watching him, I heard antlers clanging together.  The other two smaller bucks were sparring about 50 yards away.  They soon ended their minor battle and all 3 bucks wondered off into the woods.  I had a button buck and a doe come by and feed on the same downed willow about a half hour later.  Not bad for the first hunt on a new property.  I am going to hunt by Tama tomorrow and maybe try to take the boys back to this spot on Sunday night and Monday.
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