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Thanksgiving weekend gives firearm deer hunters a much needed break

November 25, 2011 at 07:53 AM

The State Journal-Register

If it weren’t for Thanksgiving, deer cabins across Illinois would have no opportunity to air out. The aromas wafting through cabin interiors might change from annoying to lethal.

Without a Thanksgiving break, Illinois gun hunters could slip into a mental state where they no longer remember their children’s names, bathe, or change their socks every day.

All in all, it’s a pretty good deal for everybody that we have a weekend to re-enter life without orange vests. Thanksgiving also presents the occasion to eat something that isn’t liberally dusted with red pepper. Candy bars for breakfast hit the spot, but there are far better things waiting on the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Thanksgiving weekend gives the gun hunter with an unfilled tag the chance to regroup. Putting up the Christmas lights is a good time to rethink an unproductive hunting strategy. Just don’t get so distracted that you fall off the roof. It’s hard to shoulder a gun with one arm in a cast.

When the December shotgun season comes in next week, the rut will be long gone. If you’re hunting meat for the freezer, that’s no big deal. While they are likely to be more skittish, there are still plenty of does.

The big bucks aren’t lovesick anymore. They are nowhere near as careless as they were when their necks were swollen. Scrape and rub lines now merely show us where bucks were in November. There is no longer any need or inclination for Mr. Big to advertise his presence, or mark his territory.
He’s tired and couldn’t care less about hooking up. The really big boys may have reverted to the nocturnal lifestyle that enabled them to get so big in the first place.

The monster deer is now likely to be feeding after dark, leaving his secluded bedding area at dusk and returning to it when the morning sun is breaking the horizon. If you want to see him in the fading light, it may be best to move your stand away from the feeding area, deeper into the cover.

Bucks are now less likely to show up when the does come out in the late afternoon. They’ll hang back and wait until dark. Ambushing him on the trail may be the your only chance to see him in the fading light of day.

If you think you know where Mr. Big beds down, use this weekend to scout. Find yourself some cover with at least one decent shooting lane, where the wind is likely to be in your face. Maybe you will get a crack at him when he’s sneaking home some morning.

Don’t mess with hanging a stand. This guy has already been hunted. Spook him now and he’s gone for good. Stay on the ground. When the December season rolls around, get out early and give him until full daylight to show up.

Hope for the best and be very thankful if you see him.

Contact George Little at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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No breaks here in northwest il ,been scouting ,tried a bowhunt for turkey [they were comin but an eagle swooped em !]check cameras tommorrow and site in the muzzeloader ,did a little fishin too ,2 bass today, none yesterday ,but caught 4 on turkey day 2 dinks and 2 ,3 pounders!now if that hope and change would kick in instead of doom and gloom it might turn out to be a good weekend !!

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