How has Everyone’s Hunting Season at Home been?

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I got drawn for non-trophy Pronghorn this year, so I took the opportunity to head to southern Alberta for a few days and catch up with some good friends. Pronghorn are a fun hunt, and spending time with my friends made it just that much better!
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Off the topic but I have a question. How does this tag system work? Is it if you hunt on public land?
Is it like a hunting lottery?
 
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Off the topic but I have a question. How does this tag system work? Is it if you hunt on public land?
Is it like a hunting lottery?
In a nutshell, yes it's a lottery for a species with limited availability in an area. The specifics vary depending on the location and species. Mostly it's public land, but private land may require a tag to be drawn too. As an example, Alaska has a couple bison herds. There's a lot of interest in hunting them, but not a lot of animals for that interest. So it's a drawing, with a rather low odds. I've known people to draw that tag first time, i've known others who haven't drawn it in a decade or two.
 

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It was a bit slower than normal for me (at first). My lil brother came up to Alaska and got a black bear
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I got one myself and a caribou
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A 14 year old hunting buddy teased me about being single. I told him that was the "winter hunt" Well the joke was on me...
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This might slow my hunting down for a while but totally worth it.
 

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It was a bit slower than normal for me (at first). My lil brother came up to Alaska and got a black bear
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I got one myself and a caribou
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A 14 year old hunting buddy teased me about being single. I told him that was the "winter hunt" Well the joke was on me...
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This might slow my hunting down for a while but totally worth it.
Congratulations! I wish you all the best! Were you lucky enough to be able to score a hunting buddy at the same time?
 

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Alaska Luke, congratulations to you and your lady!
 

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Another PA buck season in the books. The last thing my wife said to me the night before I went deer hunting was "you don't need to shoot a trophy buck we just need a deer for the pantry." So when this guy walked out of the brush it was all over. My 300 Blk continues to do well with sub-sonic loads.
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I hunted elk in Montana and then travelled to SouthDakota and spent a few days hunting Mule deer in some “new to me “ country with a new found friend from Spearfish. I aggravated my 2x replaced right knee and was glad as hell to get the buck after a long chase after an initial poor shot!

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Beretta at 10 months had her first double taken over her today. Solid point, and retrieved both birds. She is coming along nicely
One fine looking little GSP Mike! So much white on her, she should be easy to see.
 

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Cam my fiance is interested in hunting with me. But I'm inheriting three teenage boys from her first marriage (first husband passed away sadly). So its likely that I'll go on a lot of hunts without killing anything myself. All good. They are excited to go bear hunting.

Dukeisok kuddos for helping your kid hunt. Any 13 year old who can handle a 45-70 and kill their own deer has my respect.
 

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Cam my fiance is interested in hunting with me. But I'm inheriting three teenage boys from her first marriage (first husband passed away sadly). So its likely that I'll go on a lot of hunts without killing anything myself. All good. They are excited to go bear hunting.

Dukeisok kuddos for helping your kid hunt. Any 13 year old who can handle a 45-70 and kill their own deer has my respect.
Awesome! I quite enjoy introducing hunting to beginners, and I'm sure it will help you to bend even further with your new family! Congratulations again.
 

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Where I hunt, it takes about five years to get a tag for a bull moose, and this year was the third time I had been drawn, the other two seasons I never got a shot off at a moose. I figured that I would try with my bow, so that I could gain a two month advantage, and somehow get lucky. Dad had been seeing a big bull (40"+) hanging around a section of land we farm during harvest, so two weekends ago I finally had time to get down and check things out. I had never had the chance to actually get out hunting with my bow prior to this, or any experience calling/stalking moose up to this point, but in the morning I headed out with my gear to see how things would play out. After two hours of calling with no real action, I took a stroll through one arm of the bush, which was really more of a slough at this point from all the rain we had this year. With nothing doing there I went home. Later in the afternoon I decided to head out and walk the main bush hoping I might see something. Well luck was on my side (sort of), and about halfway through the bush, I saw the big bull about 100 yards a head of me standing there. I side stepped behind a tree, nocked an arrow, gave a grunt, and stepped back out, only to see him running away. He was the biggest bull that I had seen in our area, to be fair I might see one bull a year, but he was big, and I never bumped him again.

Fast forward to Nov 1, opening day of rifle season! I decided that hunting was much more important that work, duh!, and took the day off. We had freezing rain, snow, hail all night, and it made the almost two hour drive to my parents a little more interesting than usual, but as soon as I pulled up, dad was running out and we were off. We headed to the usual section of land, fresh snow to look for tracks in, and it took about ten min to see a young bull standing in a slough bottom not concerned by us at all. We sat watching him, as I tried to make up my mind with what to do. We decided to keep on truckin', as we were 15 min into opening day. We toured around a few other hot spots we know of without seeing anything but a cow and a couple white tail doe's, and decided to head back and check out that bush a little more. We picked up the bulls tracks and followed then across a road and into another piece of land where we bumped him, and again decided to pass. We figured our best bet was to walk the bush and see what came out and go from there. My dad saw another young bull run out, but I saw nothing, but there were big tracks that were maybe from earlier in the morning in the bush, and I checked all around, they never came out. We decided to track the smaller bull that came out and followed him for a mile or so to another piece of land we farm. There is a bush in the corner that is small and hell to walk through, but always seems to have a moose of some sort in it. Dad said he would push it, so I set up on the other side and waited. It didn't take long for two cows and a young bull to come running at me, but I let them pass. Shortly after that I saw another bull run to the edge, stopping dead in his tracks. I was hoping this was the wise old bull just from the hesitation, and then he ran out, proving to be a younger bull, but bigger than the ones we had come across so far, so I decided that a beer in hand is better that two in the fridge. I dropped him in his tracks with a neck shot from my .375 H&H and it was all over! This was the first animal I have hunted with the rifle, and I have to say the more I shoot it, the more I love it!

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Recovered 250gr TTSX, weighing 241.9gr.

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good mushroom effect and weight retention ; how is moose meat as venison? just asking
 

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Two night hunts for bushpig but no luck ; hunt in july for eland ,kudu and mountain reedbuck cancelled ( due to covid illness) ; no venison meat at all for this season !... planning for 2022 already started ; hoping that the covid omicron bullshit restrictions circus does not impact in further closing of interprovincial borders in RSA; so the plan for 2022 first hunt is for fellow deer ,springbok and warthog ! Separate open hunt already accorded - bushpig at night .
 
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Cam my fiance is interested in hunting with me. But I'm inheriting three teenage boys from her first marriage (first husband passed away sadly). So its likely that I'll go on a lot of hunts without killing anything myself. All good. They are excited to go bear hunting.

Dukeisok kuddos for helping your kid hunt. Any 13 year old who can handle a 45-70 and kill their own deer has my respect.
Agreed. I honestly don't miss the killing. Get them hunting and it will keep them out of trouble.
 

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Have turned the attention to ducks now. Might deer hunt a few more times by the close on 1/1. If not for my dog. These would have not been found this morning.

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Have turned the attention to ducks now. Might deer hunt a few more times by the close on 1/1. If not for my dog. These would have not been found this morning.

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Dogs are definitely game finders. My main reason for getting one was due to losing pheasants who apparently ran off after breaking wings.
 

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