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#3329745 - 08/20/13 08:18 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: muddyboots]
usanglure
6 Point


Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 613
Loc: tn,shelby

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OK guys Millington is a Great Place to stay! 20 min north. And for your Permit you can stay at my house and eat my food while i hunt for you. LOL. Loan me your camera and i'll video it for you.
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#3330764 - 08/21/13 04:20 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: usanglure]
TN hunter
4 Point


Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 186
Loc: In the Woods.

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Do the places in Southaven book fairly quick?
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#3331623 - 08/22/13 10:06 AM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ]
ELL
Button


Registered: 08/21/13
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Loc: Lawrence co.,Tn

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What does the deer heard look like now? Is there still alot of good bucks on the island? The reason I'm asking is I seen the harvest from last year and there was just 5 bucks killed
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#3338267 - 08/27/13 05:32 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ELL]
2in1shot
4 Point


Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 286
Loc: SE TN

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#3338286 - 08/27/13 05:50 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ELL]
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Mud Dauber
16 Point


Registered: 07/28/10
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Loc: Tennessee

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 Originally Posted By: ELL
What does the deer heard look like now? Is there still alot of good bucks on the island? The reason I'm asking is I seen the harvest from last year and there was just 5 bucks killed


General consensus is that PI is a tough but exiting hunt. Tough because you are bow hunting during the high rut. Some years, the chasing is reportedly INSANE (exciting), but the deer are running, which makes field judging and shooting tough. If you don't sit all day on that hunt (I.e. take a lunch break), then You are crazy. If you are going to move, do it between 2 & 3 pm. Having terrain funnels to work with is tough, so you'll have to think in more subtle terms like using field edges and standing water to your advantage. The common problem with bottomland hunting, which PI essentially is, is picking one spot over another. It is really hard to find "the" spot, or even a spot that screams "potential." What you'll find are multiple spot that look ok ( I.e. "better" than the immediate surroundings). To some extent, trust your gut instinct when finalizing your options.
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#3338497 - 08/27/13 08:17 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
lightfoot
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Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 69
Loc: middle tn

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Another vote for Southaven MS, we stayed at the comfort suites two years ago, but we hunted the Ensley unit, Hey good luck to you fellows that got drawn, can't wait to go back.
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#3342337 - 08/30/13 07:47 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
2in1shot
4 Point


Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 286
Loc: SE TN

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Thanks to all who have commented!!
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#3342436 - 08/30/13 08:59 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
woodswise
4 Point


Registered: 02/11/07
Posts: 182
Loc: Goodlettsville

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I have hunted the island twice and will be close to 70 before I get the chance again. Something I'll look forward to if I can still climb a tree. The first time I had no idea of the opportunity I was given. The island was a hunter's dream come true. I had bad luck with giant 13 point I shot right under my stand and lost in the egyptian wheat along the river on my first hunt. I spent the remaining two days looking for him and I will share what I learned. BIG GROUND! You must have a ATV to access a lot of the hunting (about 4 miles to the back) The scouting day is the day before you hunt BE PREPARED! Can get very muddy! Most will have talked to people that have experience with the ground and will be at the gate when it opens @ 4am to race to a spot where they will place a stand to claim a spot then take to finding plan B with a second stand. Deer and Deer sign will be everywhere! These deer are not hunted enough to develop the fear of hunting pressure and will make remarkable displays,giant scrapes and rubs and trails that will confuse you as to where is the "best" spot. Look for funnels and plan to sit all day! "Willothewisp" will wander during the day and might likely push the buck of a lifetime right by you. I witnessed extremely mature bucks checking scapes along the edge of open fields during mid-day. My second hunt I was better educated. I camped along with the officers that stay overnight at the gate one way in and out(Great Guys by the way)and hunted an area along the river I found on the first hunt. I saw bucks all day each day (monster 8 pts) and took an average 10pt in the last 3hrs of the last day. I know the floods have affected the herd but don't let that affect your attitude. I have deer hunted all over, have lots of trophy deer, all fair chase, with guides and without and now you have the best opportunity Tennessee offers. Good Luck!
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#3342492 - 08/30/13 09:37 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Poser]
Turkey J
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Registered: 09/04/12
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Loc: Fayette

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10-4 I hunt the surrounding bottoms. Stick with it. Best dates I have are the week before pi hunt. And it is always on. 230 is when I got my best buck to date11/28/12.
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#3343094 - 08/31/13 09:24 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Turkey J]
TN hunter
4 Point


Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 186
Loc: In the Woods.

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Thanks for all the advice. We booked a room in Southaven. Are there any certain areas to concentrate on?
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