2019 Fall Hunting Season

Discuss any trips, excursions, etc. pertaining to the fall seasons. I for one am really looking forward to cooler temps and getting out into the woods.

I'm planning on hunting a few does with my muzzleloader next weekend in the northern Virginia early gun season. There have been about 15 does destroying my grandads apples and pears. Hopefully it isn't 90° still.

As always, stay safe and I hope everyone has an enjoyable and successful season.

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Got out yesterday for the last hour of daylight. Saw 6. One was a small buck which aren't legal in the NOVA early gun season. He milled around at 25 yards for 15 minutes. Three does were too far away. Another huge doe was 45 yards from me and I had the crosshairs on her for 10 minutes, but she had a very, very small fawn with her and I didn't feel right shooting her. Still a great first outing of the 2019 season.

Prepping for opening day pheasant season in North Dakota in a few weeks got a young puppy to break in this year and its gonna be a blast. Just wish it wasnt a 2 and a half day drive. As usual I'll miss the bulk of bow season in VA while I'm out west but I'll survive till muzzleloader.

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You don't have an Epagneul Breton for pheasants do you?

Nope we have german wirehaired pointers, hard headed(like their owners) and coats tough enough to go anywhere a bird might go. love em to death plus the beard is just bad ass

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I used to have a GSP. She was smart, tough, hardworking and devoted. I appreciate the appeal.

With a family I wanted a smaller do in the house and find the EB to be a better pet and a great bird to walk behind.

Our GWP are so good weve had them retrieve crippled turkeys in the past they get it done and if it wasnt for the spouses allergies I'd be getting another but I'm going to have to find a haypoallergenic bird dog to keep it going looking at wirehaired griffons but would prefer a smaller breed if I can but I may go for a girl griffon in the end.
Always heard good stuff about spaniels I know they have high energy levels do they have good instincts for hunting as well?

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Both of our EBs are 100% natural bird dogs, all they had to do is work on basic obedience and composure and they were on their way as a hunting dog. 1st time on a pheasant, no problem; Nice intelligent adjustment to keep him from running. 1st time on chuckar, same as if it were a quail they train on.

I think the fact that the EB points and then is supposed to be steady to wing & shot promotes having a dog that is working with you instead of a dog that is out just getting birds in the air. I always enjoy when a young pup has the light-bulb go off and they recognize that if they stay on point, they can smell the sweet ambrosia of a ground bird indefinitely.

They are great in the house too but LOVE to work.

Post a couple pics of your dog(s), I love to see bird dogs doing their thing.

Beautiful dogs nothing beats a good retrieve. Got me all excited now and were still a few weeks away gonna be a long wait. Our last dog was a german wirehair but he was the runt of the litter so he didnt get the long coat instead he had a shorthair like coat which spoiled us in the house cleaning department but he was no runt in the field best dog we've ever had with a nose like a bloodhound and a brain to complement it he could figure things out quick.

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Frequent (i.e. weekly) bathing with a anti-dander shampoo does help reduce the allergic response in many people.

If you bathe that frequently, you may need to double up on flea control. 3 month Bravecto used in conjunction with a Seresto collar (remove collar for bathing).

Yeah thats what were gonna have to do regardless its the dander not the hair that bothers her the most. But we've figured out when we go fishing with the dog he wont bother her itch wise after so when we finally move into the new house with a tub we will be looking into a dog that is hypoallergenic and fits our fishing all the time schedule

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Kentucky elk tag and went out last weekend for the archery opener. Saw tons of sign but heard no bugling and didn't see an elk. The full moon and oppressive heat likely has them moving at night and locked down during the day. There hasn't been much rain at all in this region over the last several weeks which is probably hurting things as well. Gonna try to set up over some water holes this weekend and see if I can get lucky.

Also looking forward to deer hunting here in my part of SWVA. This dry period is playing hell on the food plots we planted in late August and we need some rain badly to salvage our efforts. I've been seeing a few deer but nothing spectacular. We're in the process of a major focus on habitat improvement and better managing the wildlife on our acreage and the last couple of years have shown some marked progress. Hopefully in a couple more years we'll start to really see what potential we have.

Glad fall is on the horizon but sure wish it felt more like it outside. Temperatures have been in the 90's last few weeks and it's dry as a bone. Everyone stay safe out there in the field and good luck.

Amen. This heat and lack of rain is for the birds. I'm not ready for winter, never am, but damn if I'm not way past ready for fall. Hope you have a good season.

A Buck ran into the side of my truck, does that count?

I'm not sure he had a legal truck tag and it was out of season anyway.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I saw two bucks along 81 near Roanoke, no velvet on antlers. The little buck mentioned above had velvet still. October and November can't come soon enough...

We had back to back fantastic dove shoots in Georgia the past 2 weekends. We shot about 450 birds total. It was so hot though. The heat will likely limit my urge to bow hunt so I will probably wait for it to cool down.

I'd pay good money for a decent dove shoot. I had good places as a kid but lost all properties due to inconsiderate hunters. I really miss it, had a lot of fun with my dad and some older family friends who are no longer with us. Glad you had a good time. I agree on the bowhunting, way too hot yet.

I could have written your post about dove. I absolutely love to hunt dove, and for my money, it is as good as wild game gets on the table. Like you, I lost all of my contacts and limited access in the mountains, but because I moved to the coast. Here there are more birds but nobody will let folks shoot them unless they're family. I suspect it is because of the inconsiderate hunters you mentioned, but I'll keep asking and maybe someone will come through before I'm too damn old to do it. Hot days in the dove field in September are pretty routine, and I always had a cooler/seat thing that I could keep the birds cool in, along with a couple of beers and a couple of waters. Man, I do miss those days, as well as my dad who got me started in hunting and fishing.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

If we had the time in the past we'd have our own dove fields planted and cut before the season but this year was too dry and on top of that time is always too short with a bird dog finally in the family again we will probably give the dove field a go next year and if so I'll give ya a ring.

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If so, I'll be eternally grateful.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Do you grouse or pheasant hunt on the east coast?

Only doves in VA, used to hunt quail until theyve been cleaned out to a miserably low level so we only raise them now and dont hunt them anymore to let them try to stay around. Guess you could find an odd grouse or two in the blue ridge but it would be tough. With dad ageing the plains of the midwest offer the best situation for us though the drive from VA to ND is brutal the hunting is well worth it.

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I agree. We don't shoot wild quail or grouse; they already have a tough time.
I raise quail to work the dogs.
I have raise some chuckar this summer but they are not as hearty in the pen.

I wish I could take the time to head west. I saw lots of space to hunt during on the way to Glacier National Park (Montana RT 200 is pretty desolate but there were birds on the roadside).

God I love a good chukar covey jump we hit them once or twice a week while in the dakotas and its a blast. We used to hunt the UP for grouse before we got onto pheasants which were more manageable for the older guys in the family. Started in Kansas, too many damn people there, and wound our way going north till we hit North Dakota and have become good friends with a few farmers there who are happy to let us hunt for free on their CRP stuff. The numbers are always good enough even on some of the public lands weve had great hunts issue is you need a decent sized group otherwise the pheasants go straight road runner and wont fly if they can run instead.

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Where about in Ga, I've been looking for a place to shoot birds and hunt in general.

My farm is in Cordele. South of Macon down 75.

We planted 12 acres of sunflower this year and then after bush hogging them, we burned the field. The combination of the cracked, toasted seed and the barren field led to a barrel burner.

We planted about 10 acres of millet on the front side of the farm and that field was productive but no where near as many birds as the sunflowers. I bet we counted 500+ dove coming into the sunflowers Friday night (the day before opening day). You want to talk about some excited hunters...

Oh yea, I know Cordele I'm from Macon. I went to college with a couple of guys from there.

Sounds like a dream field to hunt on probably could just shoot up in the air and hit something. Do y'all harvest other game out there as well?

We hunt a lot. Last year we hunted:

Rabbit (which was my first time doing that with beagles and was really fun)
Quail (limited as we have native birds and don't want to wipe them out)
Hogs (thermal scopes have really made that fun)
And fingers crossed that the sand hill cranes get changed to allowed to being hunted bc we had a million of them during the migration

Sounds like you have a gem of a place.

All the bucks I've got on my trail cameras in the last 2 weeks haven't been in velvet. I've been wanting to do some anterless only urban archery, but can't bring myself to shoot a deer in 90 degree temps. The fall temps can't come soon enough. White oaks around my area are going to have a poor - nonexistent acorn crop this year. Red oaks appear to be in good shape.

Edited a word out.

Can you clarify the white oak comment? Are or are not going to have a poor crop this year?

Agree 100% on shooting a deer in these temps, just not my thing.

Curious, is the not wanting to shoot deer during hot temps due to time to process or something else?

Correct. I don't have a decent (shaded and/or air conditioned) place to process deer myself, just outside. And I refuse to take them somewhere to have processed for a variety of reasons. So I just prefer to not go through the laborious effort of correctly processing a deer when it is 88° outside.

Edit: and the ticks. I hate ticks and this time of year they are covered with them. Usually in colder weather it's less of an issue.

Sorry about that. I fixed it. The white oaks around here have very few acorns on them this year.

I completely agree with what Wildturkey said. It's such a hassle to field dress the deer, get back home, and quartered to put it into a fridge. If I had a walk in cooler to let one hang I'd be much be inclined to shoot one during hot weather. And I refuse to take my deer to a processor.

Here in central VA the acorn mast crop is exceptional this year its where I'll be focusing my time once it cools off.

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If my father is well enough to go, I am going to take him to our old grounds near Looney's Store in Craig County during fun season. French's hunted there for a couple of generations. It will be nice to sit in the woods with him like when I was sitting next to him in the tree stand when I was 10.

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I hope that works out for you.

Your film reviews are awesome by the way.

Do you and your family find many grouse there anymore?

I have a client a little further north on 42 and they have invited me to work bird dogs up there (no shooting, just find and point).

I probably haven't been in 10 years with him there. I can't ever recall seeing a grouse there (only on ridgetops back home) but we hunt down closer to the river bottom.

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I hope you are able to spend some time together in the woods.

Have a new Redhawk 44. Hoping to take my first deer or other bigger animal via pistol this year.

Have some new grounds to check out for different sorts of hunting.

I'm wanting to do more dove and rabbit hunting this year. Got my first real taste of dove hunting last year. It was definitely fun. Haven't ever used a 28 gauge for either. That's on the list of things to try.

We all know why you bought that 44 to scare some horses to death

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.... trying to figure out how nator knows about my dislike of horses....


Well for one your username kinda gives it away, hate when I cant find the appropriate gif

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Just waiting for fall like you guys. Dry dry dry...have only gotten 0.75 inches of rain at my house since the third week of July, little bit more on my hunting property but not enough. Plots are so-so, actually had to reseed one of them because the turkeys had scratched a lot of the oat seed. My clover plots are mostly dormant because of the heat/dryness. One good buck and several smaller ones, lots of bears and a good number of turkeys. I'm kinda worried about EHD, haven't seen any dead deer yet but the reports are getting more and more numerous. Mast is spotty, actually haven't scouted a whole lot because it's been so hot, literally suffocating under the canopy in the middle of the day with no breeze.

Friends and I are headed out to the Shawnee State Forest in Ohio next Thursday (their season comes in last Saturday of September). We've spent four weekends scouting the area (66,000 acres). At first we had some very nice bucks on cam but for the month of August they basically disappeared, not too uncommon. We're spending the week out there, whenever I come back into service I'll update.

As for our local goings on, we've spent God knows how many hours scouting local public land and goooooddd fear are there bears out. Got a handful of ok bucks on the public ground and some on private that were excited about. But as for the commenter above regarding white oaks: yup, we're strugglung to find them too (that includes ohio as well, and the majority of our stands there are 1.5-3miles in). But yeah, reds are dropping very goodly.