Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


hunting behind the house

Messages posted to thread:
tradslinger 20-Sep-22
George D. Stout 20-Sep-22
South Farm 20-Sep-22
Tembo62 20-Sep-22
limbwalker 20-Sep-22
MGF 20-Sep-22
Todd the archer 20-Sep-22
tradslinger 20-Sep-22
MGF 20-Sep-22
9/10 Broke 20-Sep-22
tradslinger 20-Sep-22
Danielb 20-Sep-22
soldier 20-Sep-22
Dry Bones 20-Sep-22
Red Beastmaster 20-Sep-22
Batman 20-Sep-22
crazyjjk 20-Sep-22
tradslinger 20-Sep-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 21-Sep-22
TrapperKayak 21-Sep-22
Eric Krewson 21-Sep-22
Eric Krewson 21-Sep-22
Krag 21-Sep-22
tradslinger 21-Sep-22
crazyjjk 22-Sep-22
Jarhead 22-Sep-22
crazyjjk 27-Sep-22
9/10 Broke 27-Sep-22
ahunter76 27-Sep-22
ahunter76 27-Sep-22
crazyjjk 28-Sep-22
Justin 28-Sep-22
bradsmith2010santafe 28-Sep-22
tradslinger 28-Sep-22
Babysaph 28-Sep-22
elkpacker 28-Sep-22
Babysaph 28-Sep-22
nocking point 29-Sep-22
reddogge 29-Sep-22
Zbone 29-Sep-22
reb 29-Sep-22
Tom McCool 29-Sep-22
Heat 29-Sep-22
Zbone 29-Sep-22
White Falcon 30-Sep-22
From: tradslinger
Date: 20-Sep-22




Not everybody can hunt behind the house but I can. I live at the foot of the 2nd tallest mountain in Arkansas. The land pretty much is going upwards 50 yards behind my house. I have houses to my left and right, about 200 yards away. Two houses higher than me and one is my dad's. I am on a lease and hope to hunt it somehow, it is an hour and a half to my hunting spot and out of any phone service. We have deer that we see some but mostly late in the evenings. We have a garden as does our neighbor just south of us. So there is a power line right of way between us where the deer tend to funnel thru. Last June, the wife and I built an enclosed blind to hunt out of if we had to. So my 84 year old father is getting worse and worse with his memory and other things so we are spending more and more time taking care of him and getting him to his appointments etc. And then we have the stepdaughter that is nearly 40 and an addict. She lives about 90 miles north of us and is all chaos and drama. So my wife is constantly running up to help her or whatever with her court dates etc. So for me, it will most likely hunt behind the house if I hunt at all. My wife has put one of those blocks out for the deer to eat and we have a water trough for them to drink out of and they seem to be using both. She had wanted to hunt out of the blind with her crossbow but it seems like she won't have much time for it either. At any rate, being crippled up and half blind as I am now, the blind is looking pretty good. I have always preferred a natural blind set up but it is what it is behind the house. I just tell myself that I am hunting a trail or funnel of sorts and it is what it is. One thing about it, if I get one, it won't be very far to the house.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 20-Sep-22




Whatever you have to do is fine with me as long as it's legal and ethical. We all have crosses to bear for sure and sounds like you have a load. I'll keep you and your wife in my prayers.

I can hunt out of my back door, and have a time or two, but mostly I just drive a mile and a half to our mountain land or go back through the cove to the State Game Lands. I'm glad I can still get out and get around pretty well, but you never know what the morrow will bring. Stay well and take care.

From: South Farm
Date: 20-Sep-22




You don't have to sell me on the idea. God knows I've shot a pile of deer out my back door. I still enjoy hunting public every chance I get for as long as I can, but I'm also thankful for being blessed to hunt out my back door, too. Hope things settle down for you; take care!

From: Tembo62
Date: 20-Sep-22




I let a section go between me and the house behind ours on another road. it's about 30 yds wide and 250 ft long connecting a patch of wood with a grown up field. it grew up and got real thick then I when in and cut a deer trail down it and they started using it within a week. Iv'e got 2 opposing ground blinds there for north our south wind. I hunted it a few times last year in Nov. and saw 2 bucks but they were moving fast looking for love ad I was too slow to stop them for a shot. It blows my mind the places deer live now, the next world record won't come from some far away remote place, it'll come from some suburb within sight of big city.

From: limbwalker
Date: 20-Sep-22




I love "behind the house" setups! Killed many a deer from them in Illinois, and my son shot his first deer at age 12, about 80 yards behind our house. I might take one from behind my house this year. It's always a calculation anytime we move and are looking at houses!

From: MGF
Date: 20-Sep-22




I hunt a small patch of woods behind the house because it's about all I have. It's not getting much deer traffic right now but it's convenient.

From: Todd the archer Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 20-Sep-22




I would much prefer to hunt “the big woods” up north (Pa.) but mostly hunt literally right out my back door. I live on 18 acres border to state game lands so hunting is ok. Very flat and thick with brush and sticker bushes. Why? because I just don’t get the chance to get away so I hunt where it is convenient or don’t hunt at all.

From: tradslinger
Date: 20-Sep-22




We see some pretty good bucks in what one would think isn't the best place to hunt. One thing about it, very few dogs running the deer here this close to homes

From: MGF
Date: 20-Sep-22




Over the years I've seen a lot of nice buck in my patch. I used to have 4 or 5 different bucks and a couple of them would be nice. Things have changed in the area though...some stuff was cut down, other stuff planted or let grow up. The movement is completely different that what it was a few years ago. And there are beans in the field behind me this year. When there are beans the is lower deer traffic on this side.

At one time I could sit on my place and watch deer come and go every morning or evening from the woods across the way. Common to see dozens maybe even as many as 50. All I could do was watch but I don't see them these days. I think our numbers are still good (maybe not as good) but the movement is all different.

Still, every time I think about going for a hunt/sit I have a choice. I can walk out back or drive to the state FWA which is more frustration than fun.

Consider age/health and the fact that I can't cover ground like I used to and close to the house usually wins out.

I'm not sure what I would do if I killed a deer very far from the truck. LOL I've never even drawn my bow on a deer over there so I probably don't need to worry too hard over it.

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 20-Sep-22




I am fortunate in that for years I've had an awesome 'behind the house' hunting area. We have a small huntable amount of property of our own but it borders a whole lot more. For a long time I could hunt beyond our property and the valley is 6 1/2 miles long to the next road with literally no developement. About 20 years ago that land was developed. Houses, golf course, club house, shooting range, and the works. As my children have grown some have moved out onto our property. My hunting grounds have shrunk over the years but it's all good. I can still go out and hunt knowing that my chances at taking deer are very good. Blessed and I know it.

From: tradslinger
Date: 20-Sep-22




MGF, I have cut trails thru an area I meant to hunt in order to get the deer to walk it. I cut them to my advantage for a ground blind or whatever. Deer like easy paths too. We are allowed to bait on private property here if we choose to as well as salt or mineral licks. We added the big tub, half of a plastic drum, with water for them and they do use it. I even add a little salt to it sometimes. We have used downed trees to ease the deer over closer to the spot I wanted them to go. They just simply take the easy route.

From: Danielb Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 20-Sep-22




I'm blessed to have 8 acres around my house to hunt, and another 25-acre farm nine miles away. I'll walk out the door to hunt whenever the wind direction is right.

From: soldier
Date: 20-Sep-22




I have 52 acres that butts up to state land so yes I just hunt right out the back door.

From: Dry Bones
Date: 20-Sep-22




I could hunt right here at my place, but really there are lots of hunting leases around us, so we typically do not shoot any deer "at the back door". Now if I get the chance to shoot hogs I will never pass that opportunity. We have had them here, but they seem to move off very quickly...

-Bones

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 20-Sep-22




I'm a flight shot from the back woodlot. It's the only place around here that isn't posted.

From: Batman
Date: 20-Sep-22




Prayers Up for Tradslinger and FAMILY! BLESSED BE!

From: crazyjjk
Date: 20-Sep-22

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Bucks fighting in the woods behind my house this week 10 yards from my stand.

From: tradslinger
Date: 20-Sep-22




now that is pretty awesome Crazyjjk, gotta love it!

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 21-Sep-22




I bought my 30 acres in 2003 and was hunting it before that. But since then, I have taken at least 3 deer per year here. Some years I have taken deer during firearms season including a P&Y 10 point.My daughter killed her first deer here and I hope I live long enough to teach my grandson to hunt on this piece of ground. We are surrounded buy homes and subdivisions on each side. It's not quite here trains, dogs barking, kids playing, car alarms going off and many other noisy distractions, but the deer live here. I get to watch these deer year around and I'm blessed to have it.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 21-Sep-22

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I live in NY, and hunt behind the house...:)

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 21-Sep-22

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My body is suffering the effects of doing careless things in my younger days. I had a botched hip replacement and knee surgery that gives me problems so my get up and go isn't like it once was.

I always had great places to hunt in the past but my mobility is such that dropping 1K on a hunting lease membership that I may not be able to hunt isn't in the cards for me now.

I have 4 acres of wood that the deer pass through and my neighbor will let me kill a doe on his place.

At 75 I just don't have the drive to hunt like I once did so hunting behind my house may be it.

I have a ladder stand overlooking my woods adn just planted a small food plot that really draws in the deer so I do have a place to sit and watch the woods.

The view from my ladder stand overlooking the food plot;

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 21-Sep-22

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The deer like the plot really well.

From: Krag
Date: 21-Sep-22




I have owned 10 acres in N.VT for 21 yrs but unbelievably had never actually seen a deer on it until this March when two does watched me retrieve my arrow that just missed a snowshoe hare. Have seen lots of sign so know they pass through it. I posted a roving thread on it back in 5/19 showing some of the deer sign and the ideal habitat of mostly regrowth forest and many apple trees. The property is only 125yds wide and posted on both sides so I've never hunted deer there.

This past Christmas my son gave me two trail cams I hung in travel areas set up for 10 sec video mode and can't believe the oodles of video of deer, bear, turkeys, coyote, raccoon, hare and porcupine recorded. One hung just 50yds from the cabin had the most activity and the other about 50yds beyond was also quite active.

My brother who passed away last Thanksgiving left us a deluxe model ladder stand that we will set up this weekend. It would have to be a perfect set up to take a shot but just might give it a sit or two this season.

From: tradslinger
Date: 21-Sep-22




My wife is very excited about deer hunting although she mainly gun hunts. She has a crossbow but yet to take a deer with it. We can see the spot where the box blind is from the bathroom window but even better from the second floor end window. She bought some corn and sweet feed to mix together and started putting a coffee can of it out for the deer in the mornings. Last evening we watched one doe come in and feed a little before 3 bucks came in and pushed her off. I can't gripe at her, she shot the biggest deer on our lease last year, a huge 9 point with 22" inside spread and then a big 9 point. With all of my operations the last couple of years, it has been 3 years since my last deer. She is 63 but is ready to drag or help drag a deer out. Anyways, she is constantly looking out the windows for deer back there. She had to have a game camera so we got one, she goes every day or so and pulls the card to see what is on it. She is always excited about it like it was Christmas LOL.

From: crazyjjk
Date: 22-Sep-22

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On those fighting bucks behind my house. It definitely has me excited but here in NY the season doesn't open until Oct 1. Hopefully they are still around as the rut definitely changes their patterns. Good hunting everyone no matter where you hunt.

From: Jarhead
Date: 22-Sep-22




I've hunted... from inside the house. Killed a HUGE turkey from my laundry room this spring.

From: crazyjjk
Date: 27-Sep-22

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Two bucks were sparing last night in my next door neighbor's mowed pasture below her house. She wasn't happy with how they tore up her lawn

From: 9/10 Broke
Date: 27-Sep-22




I believe that's Tom Alexander and his wife. Good folks.

From: ahunter76
Date: 27-Sep-22

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behind the house is fine or even next to the deck..

From: ahunter76
Date: 27-Sep-22

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Out the back door.

From: crazyjjk
Date: 28-Sep-22

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Sure like to know how Tom Alexander and his wife got on my post. I do not know them. I submitted a picture of my neighbors torn up lawn. STRANGE!!!!

From: Justin
Date: 28-Sep-22




I hunt a place just a few miles from my house. Lots of pressure around. What I have figured out after 5 seasons is that the deer feel most safe behind the house. Despite there being dogs and lost of activity by the farmer daily, the woods behind the house offer them everything they need. Yep, I got a good stand there right now. Just waiting for the weather to cool off.

Justin

From: bradsmith2010santafe
Date: 28-Sep-22




good luck with your hunt,, try to concentrate on nature when you there,,

From: tradslinger
Date: 28-Sep-22




Nature is what it is all about. how can you not be totally aware of everything out there? Even behind the house, nature is unfolding before your eyes. All of the critters and birds trying to get a last minute meal or a drink of water before the darkness setting in. The evening noises are so much different than the morning. The deer have learned to tolerate us and live in and around us in spite of us. I shot and killed a bear with my bow while standing on my front porch 30 years ago. Had bears on the porch a lot. Used to have a couple of grey fox that would come and sit feet from me when I was cleaning fish. I would flip each one a fish carcass and they would disappear for a bit but then come right back. God has blessed us with too much nature not to appreciate it.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 28-Sep-22




You do not need much property to bow hunt. Just need deer to come on it once in a while

From: elkpacker
Date: 28-Sep-22




My wife will not let me, been married 36 years now. If i get tag soup I just park my rig up the road.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 28-Sep-22




You have to sneak on your own property? Wow

From: nocking point Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 29-Sep-22




Killed a small buck several years ago while hearing the wife rattling pans in the kitchen while cooking supper,about 50 yards behind our cabin was a joy to hunt

From: reddogge
Date: 29-Sep-22




I used to own 6 acres of what was left of an old farm and hunted behind the house. On my property, I had a ladder stand and a ground blind and on my neighbor's property, I had a ladder stand. I never killed a lot there in 28 years because I'd come up with excuses why not to shoot. She had a young one with her, or it's inconvenient, or I'll wait for the big buck. I moved 5 years ago but am still allowed to hunt there but the new owner has ruined it for hunting. He's out until dark working around the property almost every night and now he has a huge pool project going on. The deer don't come up in the field until after dark. At my age, 78, I don't feel safe climbing anymore and quite honestly, the fire doesn't burn as brightly as it once did.

From: Zbone
Date: 29-Sep-22




Big bucks like small places...

From: reb
Date: 29-Sep-22




prayer sent for you and your family. Good luck hunting.

From: Tom McCool
Date: 29-Sep-22

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From: Heat Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 29-Sep-22




My closest hunting behind the house is probably at least an hour from the house to have any real chance, legally.

From: Zbone
Date: 29-Sep-22

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Photo taken yesterday across the street from my house...

From: White Falcon
Date: 30-Sep-22

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Wish I could. But these are more a pet.





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