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2021- the BIZARRE Year!!!!


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We had plenty of good deer on cam, but more than usual were only at night. I only saw 1 mature deer from the stand during bow season and the only rut activity I saw was in late Oct. until 2nd gun season. The buck I shot on 12-11 was with a doe, and my brother saw several bucks bumping does during the 2nd gun season. We had more mature bucks in daylight on cam during a 4-5 day stretch in Dec than we did the whole month of November.

It was a strange year for sure. No clue the reason why.


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After guiding all fall I can attest to this being the worst hunting season I've ever witnessed (Elk, Mule Deer, Antelope, Whitetail) up until the last couple days. On average I'll see 1 mature 140"+ buck per day during whitetail hunting season here in Iowa. I believe I only saw eight mature 140"+ bucks ALL firearms/muzzy seasons, which was extremely unusual. I had less deer on cameras, but, I'd still see 20-25 deer per day on average. I have farms that normally have 10-20 deer on them every year and now they only have 1-2. EXTREMELY unusual year, I remember even messaging Skip about it earlier in the year and how odd it was.


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I'm going to be darting deer in Illinois soon, I'll see how they react and my success there this year compared to last year. I don't know if we'll be administering COVID tests to these deer or not, but, I'll keep you updated.


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Curious if now that season is closed if anymore thoughts emerged. For me I think it comes down to more human pressure in a variety of forms, more dogs around than ever before and generally hot weather. Deer did not go to usual spots this late season. Think alot got pushed off the farm by dogs...
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