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#3038904 - 11/18/12 12:43 PM Opening Day
Buckeye28
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Had the chance to hunt up in McMinn County yesterday on Opening Day. I've only been hunting for a couple of years, so still learning quite a bit. For instance...

I took my Mossberg .270 bolt action) to the hunt. Got to the site, but had to walk about 200 yards in to the ladder stand in the woods. I made the mistake of lading the gun before my trek through the woods. When I got to the stand about 6:30 AM I realized my clip had fallen out. I retraced my steps back to the car, but it's a gonner. Hoping it's not too hard to replace. I grabbed some extra shells, and walked back to the stand. I had to load it for single shot. I won't make that mistake again for sure!

By the time I got settled in the stand, the second time, it was close to 7:00 AM. Too late for my liking. Didn't see a deer until almost 10:00 AM. I was standing up to get down, when a good sized doe came bounding through the thickets from my left about 30 yards out. I stuck around another hour after that hoping a nice Buck was trailing her.

This is the start of my third deer season, and the first time I've actually seen a deer while hunting. Would have loved to take down a buck yesterday, but happy to enjoy the woods and relax while watching squirrels.

Here's to the next time...
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#3038945 - 11/18/12 01:27 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: Buckeye28]
travle
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Was the retaining clip on the the magazine broke? Or do you figure you just didn't get it snapped in there right?
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#3038952 - 11/18/12 01:33 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: travle]
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I think I didn't have it in all the way. It wasn't broke that I'm aware of.
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#3038954 - 11/18/12 01:34 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: travle]
catman529
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at least you saw deer, and if I were you I wouldn't have hesitated to shoot a doe, especially if you haven't shot a deer before.
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#3038964 - 11/18/12 01:37 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: catman529]
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Was told I can't, legally. Only certain dates. True, or no? Dumb question, I'm new...
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#3038978 - 11/18/12 01:47 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: Buckeye28]
travle
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It's true now that it's rifle season. Just depends on what Unit you are in and also need a Type 94 permit.
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#3038989 - 11/18/12 01:51 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: travle]
travle
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you said McMinn Co....Anterless hunt dates are Nov. 19-25 only 1 doe/hunt. and December 17-23 only 1 doe/hunt.
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#3038990 - 11/18/12 01:51 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: catman529]
CULLBUCK 2
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[quote=catman529]at least you saw deer, and if I were you I wouldn't have hesitated to shoot a doe, especially if you haven't shot a deer before. [/quote limited doe days in EAST TN
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#3039466 - 11/18/12 08:17 PM Re: Opening Day [Re: CULLBUCK 2]
catman529
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My bad, did not know it was in east TN.
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