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babysaph 13-Oct-21
Candyman 13-Oct-21
Yellah Nocks 13-Oct-21
fdp 13-Oct-21
rabbitman 13-Oct-21
Bassmaster 13-Oct-21
hawkeye in PA 13-Oct-21
Altitude Sickness 13-Oct-21
beemann 13-Oct-21
Andy Man 13-Oct-21
Pa Steve 13-Oct-21
Valley Scout 13-Oct-21
Kentucky 13-Oct-21
Wayne Hess 13-Oct-21
LDB 13-Oct-21
Bjrogg 13-Oct-21
babysaph 13-Oct-21
babysaph 13-Oct-21
babysaph 13-Oct-21
babysaph 13-Oct-21
Poppy 13-Oct-21
babysaph 13-Oct-21
smitty 13-Oct-21
Bjrogg 13-Oct-21
[email protected] 13-Oct-21
longbow1968 13-Oct-21
babysaph 13-Oct-21
bentstick54 13-Oct-21
longbow1968 14-Oct-21
tradmt 14-Oct-21
George D. Stout 14-Oct-21
fdp 14-Oct-21
Smokedinpa 14-Oct-21
wooddamon1 14-Oct-21
bentstick54 14-Oct-21
Babysaph 14-Oct-21
Bjrogg 14-Oct-21
longbow1968 14-Oct-21
SV 14-Oct-21
fdp 14-Oct-21
Bjrogg 14-Oct-21
fdp 14-Oct-21
fdp 14-Oct-21
fdp 14-Oct-21
Bjrogg 14-Oct-21
Babysaph 14-Oct-21
Rocky 14-Oct-21
From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




But I got a new lease in Ohio ( whoops. Sore subject). I am going to hunt it for the first time this weekend. I got the lease to try to kill a little bigger deer than we have in the mtns of WV. And my hand keeps slipping off those spike bucks while dragging them. Anyway I am going to be hunting off the ground in my ghillie suit. Some of you guys on here got me into that. I am not going to use a treestand because I wouldn't even know where to start. Going to us my ghillie suit and Pac seat. My buddies think I am dumb and just wasting my time and money but I think I can do it eventually. I am not saying I won't ever use a stand but I am going to scout basically this year. Anyway. Just wanted to share. And the landowner has 3 other farms he says I can hunt.He likes that I am only bowhunting. If it turns out ok I may be looking for a buddy or two to share it with me. No cost. Just a hunting buddy. My wife worries about me hunting by myself.

From: Candyman
Date: 13-Oct-21




Just curious, how big of a property is it? If it's not too big I would just spend the whole first day just walking it and mentally mark the areas with the most sign. That will improve your chances considerably. Just a suggestion.

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 13-Oct-21




From: fdp
Date: 13-Oct-21




I hunted all over Pike, Scioto, Ross, Adams and Highland counties in Ohio with a ghillie suit. Killed deer every year.

You'll do fine.

From: rabbitman Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Oct-21




Acorns are falling now so look for activity around white oak trees. If the property is farmed a good area to check is around corn and soy bean fields. Check google earth maps for funnels and pinch points. Ask the land owner where he sees deer this time of year.

From: Bassmaster
Date: 13-Oct-21




I don't know what county you are leasing in, but I killed a 138 non typical 16 pt in 2006 in licking county. The deer weighed 235 lbs. Field dressed. I don't know about now ,but back then their were some huge bucks running in that county.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 13-Oct-21




Best of luck!!

From: Altitude Sickness
Date: 13-Oct-21




Ask all the Amish guys walking by for advise how to hunt it.

From: beemann Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




Im Your guy I even use cameras, Not stuck in the stone age. Insert smiley face here. Wishing you good luck....

From: Andy Man
Date: 13-Oct-21




Good luck

And have some fun

Do a lot of sitting and watching

In different areas

Be safe and enjoy

From: Pa Steve
Date: 13-Oct-21




There you go Doc. Good for you. Have fun & good luck.

From: Valley Scout
Date: 13-Oct-21




Good luck. Hunting from the ground is not as hard as some folks think.

From: Kentucky
Date: 13-Oct-21




Congrats. You staying in hotel or setting up a camp?

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 13-Oct-21

Wayne Hess's embedded Photo



This buck was hit on road some where in West Virginia, He isn’t big enough?

From: LDB
Date: 13-Oct-21




You should wear a head lamp with a flashing red light so the locals won't mistake you for that famous howling Bigfoot, the ones with the infamous Ohio yodel. No, I take that back they will think that all howling Ohio Bigfoots come with a flashing red light, just hide when they come by. Also, beware of Ruby and Gold Crowned Kinglets, they work the woods in groups and will get their little toes stuck your mesh. Not kidding, it has happened twice to me.

From: Bjrogg
Date: 13-Oct-21




Crazy like a fox.

Good Luck

What type of property? Woods? Farm? Mix?

Someday I’d like to do that. Never hunted anywhere other than my farm. Be fun to try something else.

Bjrogg

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




Show us some pics FDP. That will get me cranked up

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




The first farm is only 100 acres but the deer are concentrated in a stream bed. I went out a month ago and put up trail camera's. I know I am a maggot for doing this. LOL. (see my other thread). I think I know where to look based on the trail cam pics. The other farms are much bigger and I have not been on them yet.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




I bought a small RPod camper two years ago when I retired for hunting and bow shoots. Going to use that to stay in.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




That is a big deer for sure and most likely in the bow only counties. However those counties are supposed to be bow only but the good ole boys poach them with rifles all the time. Most of the land is posted and where I hunt we don't have deer like that. I know I am a maggot for doing an out of state hunt but I have even gone to other states to hunt elk and even to Canada and Africa. I know I am a scumbag for leaving my home state.

From: Poppy
Date: 13-Oct-21




Good for you babysaph! I’m from Ohio and it doesn’t bother me at all, seems to me if you didn’t lease it somebody else would. I have family land in Clermont Co and Adams Co, if your close, look me up.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




Anyone that wants a good WV mtn hunt to hunt deer. (no trophies guaranteed) is welcome to come to West by God and hunt at my cabin. I won't guarantee that you will kill a huge buck but you will see deer and have fun. I don't mind sharing with fellow bowhunters. I don't care what state you are in. Life is too short. And you will eat good.

From: smitty Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




sounds good for next year

From: Bjrogg
Date: 13-Oct-21




That would certainly be different than hunting my farm.

Bjrogg

From: [email protected]
Date: 13-Oct-21




Babysaph get an Iowa tag I got you.

From: longbow1968
Date: 13-Oct-21




Between you and Sawtooth, I’m gonna have to invest in a ghillie. Best of luck on the new ground.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Oct-21




Sawtooth and woods walker got me started. I had 4 mature does walking all around me the other day. It was intense and they still have not seen me. I don't know how they didn't smell me. It is fun to watch em. I am learning how to set up for the way I think they will come. It is fun

From: bentstick54
Date: 13-Oct-21




Good for you. Nothing wrong with going out of state. It’s always a fun adventure to undertake a new property away from home. Like you I’ve decided to do a little ground hunting this year, not giving up totally on treestands, but I hunt most of the time alone, so thinking as I get older I should start thinking of safety a bit more. I set up a ground blind in front of a storm fallen oak limb still full of leaves, hunted it twice a week apart, and had multiple deer within bow range both sits. Only had 1 shot opportunity at a lone doe, standing broadside at 5 yards and I missed her lol. She was looking at me and I remember thinking hold low, she’s going to drop at the shot. Well I shot under her. I think at 5 yards she didn’t drop fast enough. But man what a rush. That was before I got my Sapper kill suit in the mail. Hoping on trying it out this weekend. Hope you enjoy your time on your new lease, hope it branches into the other properties for you, and the best of luck to you. And I KNOW you will keep us updated.

From: longbow1968
Date: 14-Oct-21




Are you guys trimming anything off of your suits to be able to shoot?

From: tradmt
Date: 14-Oct-21




Good luck out there!

From: George D. Stout
Date: 14-Oct-21




Don't you have a lease in Iowa too, or did I read that wrong some time ago?

From: fdp
Date: 14-Oct-21




"Are you guys trimming anything off of your suits to be able to shoot?"

I make my own so I make them as they need to be.

From: Smokedinpa
Date: 14-Oct-21




Sounds like you have a good thing going. 100 acres in the right part of Ohio is good and you have more access. You’ll do fine and have fun. Headed that direction myself here shortly. If your looking for a hunting buddy next season message me and if your gig doesn’t work out we might have an opening on our lease.

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Oct-21




Sounds like a blast! I have a buddy in Ohio that sends me trail cam pics of nice bucks on public land all the time. One of these years I need to get over to his camp.

From: bentstick54
Date: 14-Oct-21




Longbow1968, yes I put mine on at home and sat on my stool in the basement and trimmed off most of the inside pieces on the bow arm, and a few off the edge of the chest where the bowstring would catch them.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 14-Oct-21




I own 99 acres in Iowa. No trimming of the ghillie suit

From: Bjrogg
Date: 14-Oct-21




Do you guys get oversized gillie so you can wear it over cold weather clothes? Or warm and cold weather gillie suits?

Bjrogg

From: longbow1968
Date: 14-Oct-21




Good point Bjrogg. It’s so hot down here most of the year, I would not have thought about that.

From: SV
Date: 14-Oct-21




Wish I had a lease in Ohio and 99 acres in Iowa, but instead I have 10 acres in Wisconsin...land of spikes and mud-ducks!

From: fdp
Date: 14-Oct-21




I use a poncho type suit that I can use in any weather. It also affords me that ability to change the color of the material to match weather conditions. For instance if there is some snow on.

In Texas I wear mine over a t-shirt and light pants in the warmer weather.

From: Bjrogg
Date: 14-Oct-21




I’m sure there are already threads about gillie suits on this site but I really don’t know how to search them. Heck I can’t even find my old threads, but I like hunting from the ground to. It’s so mobile and adaptable. I would like to get or make a gillie suit.

Bjrogg

From: fdp
Date: 14-Oct-21

fdp's embedded Photo



My youngest son with the first one he made.

From: fdp
Date: 14-Oct-21

fdp's embedded Photo



From: fdp
Date: 14-Oct-21




If you just search ghillie suits as a key word you will find a lot of information.

From: Bjrogg
Date: 14-Oct-21




Yup that looks like it would fit my style of hunting.

Thanks Bjrogg

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 14-Oct-21




SV. You don’t need much land to bow hunt. Good luck

From: Rocky
Date: 14-Oct-21




I had to trim the left sleeve on my suit to stop string interference.





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