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Old 08-16-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default Generic Whitetail hunting

I started hunting when I was five years old, I didn't start carrying a gun until I was in the 4th grade, I was 9 or 10.
When I started hunting, the generic Indiana Whitetail set-up was :

12 gauge with sabot slugs

Brown carhart outfit with a blaze orange vest and/or blaze orange hat

Bleat can

Bottle of doe urine

Buck tag with bonus doe tag

Sitting in a box stand, watching a burr-infested cornfield in mid-november.

What's your's?

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Late 1970's, Upstate NY. 12ga bolt action slug gun w/ open sights, shooting Remington HP slugs. Started at 16 when I got my Hunter training certificate and license. Jeans, Flannel shirt, orange wool hat. Use to put my clothes in a Rain barrel, let them soak and dry in the breeze. Boots were worn in so many cow pastures, barns we never thought about it.

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Sitting in an old box blind with my dad 1971 I was 10. Three does came in dad handed me grandpa's old 30-30 and I made history. A memory for a lifetime I can still smell it.

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Been to long ago, that was in the early 60`s !...................

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Using Granddad's 30-30, M1 carbine, or 30-06 when I was around 11 or 12 back in mid 1960's and with my Dad and my Brother, we headed out to conservation land and walking a considerable distance and sitting down at a tree overlooking a clearing, and just waiting. Nothing by noon, we'd move to another area. By day's end, we'd bring home some meat one way or another.

Now, it's usually just me, but I think this year, my little Brother who's now in his mid 50's will be going with---to that same conservation land. Both bringing our trusty 30-06's. Now, I have an animal cart for packing out. Bottle of doe estrogen, doe call, spray bottle of whatever scent-b-gon, Binoculars, camo face mask, camo gloves, camo tent(if needed), small lightweight foldable chair, Flashlight, Phone(off during hunt), usual orange cap and jacket, a couple PB&J sandwiches and couple 1-liter of water.

Almost forgot. My trusty Hi-Point 40 S&W sidearm, along with Buck or Gerber Skinning Knife.

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1st deer taken I was 9 ( Mule Deer)
Used one of my grandfathers rifles A .308 mdl70 K4 Weaver scope.
Bino's for spot and stalk

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My first deer was a 4 pointer, taken on the run. First shot ever at a deer too.
PSE 55# compound shot fingers. 1985.

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the generic North Dakota whitetail setup is an old bolt gun in 270, 30-06, or 308.

brown cover-alls with an orange vest & either orange stocking cap or orange baseball cap (ND law says you need orange on your head)

doe tag generally, with some getting both buck & doe if enough tags are available. sometimes 2 or 3 tags of each if THAT many are available

no deer scent, urine, bleat can, etc. no use for it

getting in place an hour before dawn in hopes of catching a deer on the move

walking for miles through buckbrush, overgrown prairie, & farmers fields & not seeing a damn thing.

having a beer with a somersausage sandwich for lunch

heading home well after sunset & having the perfect deer run out in front of your vehicle.

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My gear for years was

PSE or Blackwidow bow
Remington shotguns and Smith or Ruger .44 revolvers
Loc On stands and EZY steps.
Old wooden grunt call
Leather boots
Lucky Winchester ball cap
Beater Jeep (have had a few CJ's, XJ's).

FWIW I take about 1/2 my deer from the ground.

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Many people drive deer here in the south. I started by hunting rabbits with a pump Benjamin pellet rifle. We carried pellet rifles until we developed dog handling skills and could choose a stand without getting in the way.

Then I got a 16 ga single barrel. At that point members/friends of my family would take me deer hunting. They would put me on a good, but out of the way stand and leave me there. The club I was hunting with had two cash pools, one for the largest rack and one for the heaviest deer. I managed to win both pools by killing hefty eight point buck that a single dog was trailing. I have hunted with clubs that have had all kinds of cash pools in my life but that was the first and only time I swept all the cash pools.

I got a Westernfield 12 ga pump and a 1961 GMC truck a couple seasons later. I also had a few old hounds that were either good jump dogs or dogs that would not give up on a blood trail. Those dogs taught me to be a dog owner, trainer and kennel manager. In fact, they gave me the skills to organize a hunting club and get everyone in a good, safe spot.

Then the hunting stopped for about 10 years. I moved out on my own and joined the USMC. It's not that I didn't want to hunt. I was acquiring guns and always had a nice truck. I never settled down long enough to hunt a full season. In fact, I would buy a gun. Then send the gun to a trusted family member for safekeeping.

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