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#3273627 - 06/22/13 04:27 PM Re: Hunting log [Re: 102]
greygoose
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i have started and stopped many times over the years.every time i have stopped i kick myself.congrats to anyone more consistent than myself.i plan on being more consistent but knowing myself,i will not
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#3273837 - 06/23/13 07:10 AM Re: Hunting log [Re: greygoose]
Redfred16
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We kept one at the hunting cabin where I hunted in Wisconsin. we logged all our hunts. You were expected to put down the following:
Date
Time out
Time in
Weather conditions
Which stand used
How many deer,sex, if bucks how big
What time they came through
If killed and what weapon
Anything special to note, bucks chasing, still in bachlor groups, 1 in velvet, ect

We were running on about 5 years of notes when I moved to TN.
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#3273867 - 06/23/13 08:49 AM Re: Hunting log [Re: greygoose]
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 Originally Posted By: greygoose
i have started and stopped many times over the years.every time i have stopped i kick myself.congrats to anyone more consistent than myself.i plan on being more consistent but knowing myself,i will not


26 years of consistent data collection

6,343.27 hunting hours
2,602 deer seen, including 644 antlered bucks
157 deer killed, including 72 antlered bucks
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#3273899 - 06/23/13 10:07 AM Re: Hunting log [Re: BSK]
monsterbuck07
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My brother had this made for me a couple years back since I like keeping up with something's. I don't always remember but I just right down a few things here and there. I added one page I wrote on...if its less than 5 mph wind I put it as none. I no that's a sin to some but that's the way I write it. I mainly do it for memory purpose.






Edited by monsterbuck07 (06/23/13 05:06 PM)
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#3273943 - 06/23/13 12:30 PM Re: Hunting log [Re: BSK]
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very impressive bsk

Edited by greygoose (06/23/13 12:31 PM)
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#3274223 - 06/23/13 09:40 PM Re: Hunting log [Re: BSK]
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#3274483 - 06/24/13 11:16 AM Re: Hunting log [Re: Boone 58]
MattR
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Nice BSK, now that is consistency. Hopefully when I get to that number of years I will have some good data too. That is something I would like to pass down to my kids, lol they would be like, dang dad you sure spent alot of time in the woods to only have killed 20 deer. haha
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#3274656 - 06/24/13 02:39 PM Re: Hunting log [Re: MattR]
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MattR,

Consistency of data collection is a necessary and wonderful thing over the long term. However, the trick is interpreting the data over the long-term! Over time, many conditions can change, including local regulations, hunter attitudes, habitat, local hunter harvest desires, hunting pressure, and even hunter skill/knowledge. All of these can alter hunting data-driven results. Although "environmental influence" type data (what weather/moon conditions are best/worst for seeing deer) shouldn't be as affected by any of these possible changes over time, results such as "deer/bucks seen per hour" certainly can be. Sometimes it can be very, very difficult to figure out if a certain change (or lack of change) in a particular value over the years is due to an actual change in the local deer herd, or due to a change in hunting technique, style, or intensity.

For example, take a value such as older bucks observed per hunting hour, looked at over numerous years. If the value increases, most would assume that means there are more older bucks around to be observed. Yet the increasing value over time could also be the result of the hunters becoming better hunters--more knowledgeable about hunting older bucks--hence the hunters see more of them per hunting hour with each passing year.

Data collection is easy--just keep the data collection consistent. But data analysis--what it all means--can be really, really tricky...
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#3275585 - 06/25/13 05:34 PM Re: Hunting log [Re: BSK]
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Of course, there are many things that effect your data, some of it you have control over and some of it you don't.
This is the way I look at it, to get better as a hunter you have to examine your self; If you have a lot of your actions documented consistenly then you can look at what you have done and what produced the best results.
If I am not seeing any deer in a spot and I have seen plenty of deer at in the past I like to try to understand why. I find it a lot easier to pin point the reason I'm not seeing any deer if I have solid information to support my theory. Even though there are so many things that have an effect on a hunt trying to figure what went wrong or what went right is very much part of the fun of deer hunting for me.
I guess I'm a nerd when it comes to it or something, or maybe it's because in the military we documented everything. But it still makes sense that it can definately help you be more successful.
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Edited by MattR (06/25/13 05:48 PM)
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#3275667 - 06/25/13 07:31 PM Re: Hunting log [Re: MattR]
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 Originally Posted By: MattR
If I am not seeing any deer in a spot and I have seen plenty of deer at in the past I like to try to understand why.


That's the biggest question everyone should be asking themselves.....Why?

Once I started trying to kill older bucks, I noticed I constantly started asking myself, "why?". "Why" did that deer do that? "Why" did that deer make that loop? "Why" did that deer cross right there? "Why" was he walking just over the crest of that ridge? "Why" was he bedded right there when I jumped him? These are things that eventually led me to start keeping a log. I am much more successful than I was by keeping that log.
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