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sandbur
09-14-2011, 01:42 PM
Have you determined realistic goals for the 2011 season?

Here are my goals in order.

1. My two daughters and my wife to each harvest a deer-hopefully in one shot per deer. I hope they all have a good time.

2. To get at least three and maybe four deer for the table for our family. At least one fawn, and the others preferably be young deer.

3. To spend as many days as I can in the woods and everyone to be safe.

4. To see a nice buck. I put this goal at number 4. It would have been number one about ten years ago. Times and goals change when you have a family and young hunters.

Everyone have fun and be safe!

SJWhitetail
09-14-2011, 01:54 PM
Having a good day in the woods with my 8 yr old daughter on her 1st hunt. Doesn't matter if we come home empty handed or not. She is starting to show interest and hopefully something she will like.

Meadow Ridge
09-14-2011, 02:19 PM
1. Get a mature buck in bow range so i can finally take my first deer with a bow.

2. Take 8-10 doe off property.

ICALL2MUCH
09-14-2011, 02:19 PM
1) Have fun.

2) Be "in the game".

3) Try to not let those above affect each other.

shmoopy
09-14-2011, 02:41 PM
1) Watch wildlife enjoying the fruits of my "gentleman farmer" labor

2) Take a buck at least as big as the last one I took (large 4.5 year old 8-point in 2006)

BigBuck
09-14-2011, 03:27 PM
1) Hunt as much as my crazy life will allow.
2) See a 3 year old buck.
3) Kill that same buck....with a BOW. (actually an arrow)
4) Go Walleye fishing after I kill that 3 year old buck!
5) Eat a fresh Walleye dinner.

BigBuck
09-14-2011, 03:30 PM
1) Have fun.

2) Be "in the game".

3) Try to not let those above affect each other.

That can get hard to do hey? Me too.
Sometimes ya just gotta remember its just a DAM DEER!;)

ICALL2MUCH
09-14-2011, 04:03 PM
That can get hard to do hey? Me too.
Sometimes ya just gotta remember its just a DAM DEER!;)

So true. So freaking true.

Nova
09-14-2011, 04:22 PM
1. Film one or both of my sons harvesting a deer with their bow
2. Hunt as many hours as I can
3. Get a mature (3 or better) buck with the bow
4. fill the freezer with venison, last year 4 deer wasn't enough. I have one pack of steaks to last me until saturday:D

E_308
09-14-2011, 04:50 PM
1. Spend hours sitting in one of many trees watching food plots grow and get eaten by deer and various other creatures

2. Shoot a 2.5 or + buck with the bow, shoot a few does

3. male turkey with the bow

4. kill a 4+ yo buck with either rifle or muzzleloader

5. Not get stressed out over trying to kill anything, the weather, where to hunt, is he big enough, ect. and enjoy my time away from work. I have a tendency to take this hobby to seriously (and I am not alone, yes I am pointing at you if you are offended :D ;) )

BSK_
09-14-2011, 05:49 PM
1. Have fun

2. Hopefully, kill a doe or two and a 3 1/2+ year-old buck.

Don Higgins
09-14-2011, 05:51 PM
Tag a 4 1/2 yr old 170"+ buck on video

BSK_
09-14-2011, 05:54 PM
I'm jealous that the 170+ part is a reality in your area!

Don Higgins
09-14-2011, 06:10 PM
I'm jealous that the 170+ part is a reality in your area!

Yeah, I am very blessed to live where I do.:) I dont know how some guys do it; living in an area with smaller bucks while having a serious case of big whitetail addiction. It would drive me nuts!:(

OKArcher
09-14-2011, 06:22 PM
1. Help a novice hunter take a deer

2. Take my 1st deer with my recurve

3. Take my 1st deer with my pistol

WesternNY
09-14-2011, 06:25 PM
Have fun

Take 8-10 does

Have fun

Take does

Hope to have a chance at a nice buck

Dream of Don's 170 inch buck!:D

CrazyED
09-14-2011, 07:14 PM
Have fun.

Kill a 4.5yo 150"+ deer with my bow.

Enjoy the fall with my father and grandfather out in the woods.

Buy my daughter (Due Oct 17) some pink camo.

kansas-andres
09-14-2011, 07:37 PM
Watch College football games after and before the hunt...

Hang out at deer camp (cabin)...

Spend time with my Dad...

Shoot a "MONSTER" buck...:D

Massey135
09-14-2011, 07:58 PM
1. have fun with family and brothers arriving for archery opener.

2. Pass Dad's bow around and hopefully the 3 of us will kill a deer with his bow.

3. Thank God for every minute I get to be in the woods.

Whitetail Jiu-Jitsu
09-14-2011, 08:00 PM
Shoot at least one grouse/pheasant/duck and have my 15 month old labradoodle retrieve them.

Shoot at least one grouse/pheasant and have my 9 month old goldendoodle retreive them.

Harvest a deer with my bow.

Between myself, my dad, and my grandpa harvest two 3.5 year old bucks or older.

g squared 23
09-14-2011, 08:14 PM
My situation is a bit unique, so expectations are quite a bit lower:

Shoot a squirrel - [X]

Shoot a dove - [X]

Have the cereal grain plot that was planted on my father in law's place grow and attract at least one deer that we can get on a trail cam - [ ]

Father-in-law shoot a deer (any deer) on his place - [ ]

Take my grandpa out duck or deer hunting, if possible - [ ]

If I'm able to go deer hunting, keep it balanced so that I don't get yelled at by my wife about choosing hunting over her (again) - [ ]

Massey135
09-14-2011, 08:30 PM
Q squared - c'mon dude, that last one is REALLY unrealistic, no? I'd have a better chance of shooting that 170 incher.

Freeborn
09-14-2011, 08:40 PM
Have success using the two new stand locations we installed.

To get a better understanding how deer are using my property.

Share time with Friends.

Harvest one of the two bucks I have on the top of my list.

Harvest a doe.

Enjoy the moments of the hunt, laughter with friends, big breakfast with coffee, first snap of a twig and seeing horns.

banc123
09-14-2011, 08:50 PM
My sons first deer

then I'll work on my daughter

Its all about them now

DavidB
09-14-2011, 08:59 PM
1) Have a safe, nobody get hurt season

2) Sit in GOD'S Church as much as Possible

3) For my son in law whom I am mentoring to take his first deer with a bow

4) #2 #2 #2

Good Luck to you ALL and GOD Bless

MDuffy
09-14-2011, 10:02 PM
#1 Keep having fun
#2 Strengthen relationships we have made at the lodge
#3 Build new relationships at the lodge with our new hunters and guests
#4 Get more of our neighbors on board with our goals/expectations
#5 Get our "to-do" list caught up at the lodge

Of course I would like to have a repeat of last year, but that's going to be pretty tough.

Also, next Thursday-Monday I will be hunting whitetails outside of New Haven, IL for the first time in my life. I would LOVE to harvest a good 3.5 year old Missouri buck with my friend Nathan!!

BSK_
09-15-2011, 07:41 AM
I dont know how some guys do it; living in an area with smaller bucks while having a serious case of big whitetail addiction. It would drive me nuts!:(

They take out their frustrations on their game department, blaming them for the smaller antlers per age-class. It has to be bad management policies... :rolleyes:

sandbur
09-15-2011, 08:31 AM
I've got to add shoot a partridge and hunt with my dog.

Get my two daughters hooked on partridge hunting.

There called grouse to some people!

Jameson
09-15-2011, 08:32 AM
1) On the land I manage, try to get a hunter their first deer.
2) Get the dog in the field more (bird hunting.)
3) Help the local park reduce it's deer population.
4) Get deer #1 with bow.
5) Take more 3 day hunting/camping trips instead of hunting from home.

fiveyear
09-15-2011, 08:53 AM
Have you determined realistic goals for the 2011 season?

Here are my goals in order.

1. My two daughters and my wife to each harvest a deer-hopefully in one shot per deer. I hope they all have a good time.

2. To get at least three and maybe four deer for the table for our family. At least one fawn, and the others preferably be young deer.

3. To spend as many days as I can in the woods and everyone to be safe.

4. To see a nice buck. I put this goal at number 4. It would have been number one about ten years ago. Times and goals change when you have a family and young hunters.

Everyone have fun and be safe!

This is my plan word for word. With emphasis on one daughter who hasn't harvested a deer yet. She is waiting for a buck. She has disabilities so her harvest will be challenging to say the least. We have had three good opportunities so far over the last three years. hoping to get in done this year.

Side Hill Growler
09-15-2011, 02:28 PM
In order of importance
1. Hunt Every day
2. Be safe
3. Enjoy the live wildlife show that is all around me
4. Have fun with my hunting buddies and make more memories
5. Eat like a pig in camp.
6. Put some venison in the freezer.

Viking1204
09-15-2011, 04:45 PM
Regardless of the goals I have listed below my number 1 goal of the hunting season is to enjoy my time in the woods with nature and enjoy the good times hanging out with friends and family at the hunting camp. Below are my particular goals for putting some Venison in the freezer!

1. Since Bow Season is first get my first deer with a bow.

2. Help my 13 year old son Anthony finally get his first deer during the rifle season but preferably the weekend before the rifle season when he's allowed to sit for the Youth Hunt, we've struck out the past two years.

3. Get a mature deer of either sex the weekend of Dec. 4th (My Birthday) that will help stock the freezer.

4. Get a mature Buck with 8 points or better. Not a requirement but would be nice to get a Trophy IF the freezer is already full by fulfilling the first 3 goals. I have a lot of friends that wouldn't mind the extra meat.

MDuffy
09-15-2011, 04:47 PM
This is my plan word for word. With emphasis on one daughter who hasn't harvested a deer yet. She is waiting for a buck. She has disabilities so her harvest will be challenging to say the least. We have had three good opportunities so far over the last three years. hoping to get in done this year.

Ohhhh....it's gonna happen....;) :) :D

g squared 23
09-15-2011, 07:19 PM
Q squared - c'mon dude, that last one is REALLY unrealistic, no? I'd have a better chance of shooting that 170 incher.


Amen brother. The amount of honey-do's that I have to put in during the preseason is absurd, and then I STILL can't get through a season without getting guilt tripped. Oh well, comes with the territory I guess.

fiveyear
09-16-2011, 11:35 AM
Ohhhh....it's gonna happen....;) :) :D

With a little help from my friend!!:D

Starbux
09-16-2011, 12:30 PM
1) Get my nephew his first buck in youth season.
2) Introduce daughter to bowhunting.
3) Bowkill a net booner.
4) Unlikely, but shoot a P&Y 6 pt.

tmoenhunter
09-16-2011, 07:09 PM
1. my son get his first deer
2. my wife get her first deer
3. shoot my first deer with my bow
4. put at least 2 deer in the freezer
5. shoot a buck 2 1/2 + haven't shot a buck in 8 years. have been doing qdm for 6.
6. everybody else I hunt with is successful.
7. see lots of deer (hopefully in my food plots)
8. pass up a lot of yealing bucks :) every time I am able to pass a young buck it's almost as exciting as shooting a deer.

good luck everybody... looking forward to hear everyone's stories and see pictures:D