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#3052433 - 11/27/12 09:03 PM Presidents Island ?
yamaha200
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Does anyone know, or heard how the rut stage is down that way. I have heard the rut usually is good around the time of the hunt, but I don't know, cause I have never hunted down that way.
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#3052451 - 11/27/12 09:15 PM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: yamaha200]
Bigg E
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If the weather is cold they should be chasing hard. If the weather is hot it will be hit and miss. Good luck to you.

Edited by Bigg E (11/27/12 09:17 PM)

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#3052497 - 11/27/12 09:48 PM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: Bigg E]
Crosshairy
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Shelby County generally sees most of the rut action late this week and the first week of December.

Did you get drawn? If so, good luck!

Find some black locust trees that have dropped bean pods (that aren't rotted out) in close proximity to a thicket, and scout hard around there.

There will be virtually zero oak trees, and the persimmons should be gone by then.
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#3052507 - 11/27/12 09:55 PM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: Crosshairy]
yamaha200
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
Shelby County generally sees most of the rut action late this week and the first week of December.

Did you get drawn? If so, good luck!

Find some black locust trees that have dropped bean pods (that aren't rotted out) in close proximity to a thicket, and scout hard around there.

There will be virtually zero oak trees, and the persimmons should be gone by then.
Yes I got drawn for the hunt. Thanks for the tip !

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#3052550 - 11/27/12 10:18 PM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: yamaha200]
Crosshairy
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Cool deal, man. Best of luck to ya.

I was on the island for the 2nd doe hunt, and I've hunted the doe hunts twice before.

I will warn you ahead of time - in years past, deer sign was absolutely nuts, to the point that it was actually hard to decipher where a good spot was versus just "any ole spot where deer wandered through".

The island experienced a massive flooding event last year that changed some things since the last time I was there. Deer sign was down substantially. The side benefit was that it appears to have driven off all those stupid armadillos (I never saw one, for once).

The population reduction mainly meant (for me) that finding decent amounts of fresh sign was actually meaningful (whereas before it was just commonplace). I ended shooting my first doe on this hunt - the other times I just botched the job and didn't get an arrow let loose.

Do you have a 4-wheeler? The island is absolutely gigantic, and there are many nooks and crannies that will only be accessible by riding for a while. Since so much of the island is farmed, it spreads the huntable timber strips out quite a lot (but actually makes it a bit easier to hunt, by funneling them down some). There are some spots that are OK to hunt within walking distance of the road, you're just going to have to watch for other hunters moving in on you.

After hunting it for three different weekends, I can only claim modest knowledge of about 15 percent of the timbered portions, if that's any indication.

The buck hunt will have lower numbers of hunters, however, so at least you will have less problems of fighting for spots. It hasn't been raining that much here, so your chances seem OK for having the roads open all the way to the end (better for you if you lack a 4-wheeler).
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#3052602 - 11/27/12 11:23 PM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: Crosshairy]
Rickym
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Ready to get down there myself!
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#3052606 - 11/27/12 11:34 PM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: Rickym]
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Mud Dauber
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I, too have hunted the doe hunt for 3 years and I concur with what Crosshairy. Since I do not have a ATV, I've only thoroughly scouted 20% of the island.

I have heard many hunters that have hunted the Dec hunt say that the chasing is so hard and rampant that it is difficult to get a shot off. You should be hunting during the high rut, so if the weather cooperates, prepare for action all day long. Some guys have seen as many as 30 or 40 bucks in a day. Reposition if you have to, be ready at all times and if you come out of the woods to eat lunch on that hunt, you are a fool. #AllDayLong
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#3052654 - 11/28/12 05:08 AM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: Poser]
yamaha200
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I do have a 4 wheeler, and thanks for all the insight.. I will be sitting all day, taking lunch in with me.. so got that covered..
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#3052658 - 11/28/12 05:28 AM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: yamaha200]
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Stay alert, your chances of seeing a giant at 2:00pm is as good as seeing one at 9:00am. I also noticed that the deer sightings fell off on the 2nd day. If you have a chance the 1st day take it. I think they feel the pressure by the 2nd day and lock down a bit more. I loved my hunt there and look forward to my return in the next 100-yeras!!! lol \:D
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#3052985 - 11/28/12 08:39 AM Re: Presidents Island ? [Re: high country]
Crosshairy
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There is one spot where you MUST check in at upon arrival. It's on a gravel road, and the road splits into two dead-ends where 80% of the ATV owners park and depart from.

Riding is only allowed on the field edges or existing trails, so don't expect to go barreling off across those huge fields in any direction you please.

I have more experience hunting the East, South, and middle parts of the island than the North and West.

If I get some time, I will mark up a map with some basic information. Since I have only been on the doe hunts, I don't really have any priceless info about buck spots. There was very little buck sign when I was on the island this year, since it was too early.
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