Ben's 2019 Semi-live hunt log

TheBenHoyle

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Well, it's probably a month before I get to do any hunting, but I bought my Illinois archery deer and turkey tags so it feels like the season starts now.

Here's a little run down of my plans:
I have a lead on a new place to possibly do some September Canada goose hunting, which would be a treat. I've been trying to get a buddy into goose hunting and he's finally come around to the idea, which is good since it is hid brother who has the pond I'm hoping to hunt. We'll see if that works out.

I'm going to try to get out in early October to a new public hunting area in hopes of getting to know the turkey population and patterns. I don't have high hopes for putting an arrow in a turkey, but there is a shotgun season in late October that I should be able to hunt that same piece of public.

In late October and early November I hope to get back to that same piece of property I took my buck on last year. My relationship with the guy who has the permission is a little tenuous, he'll probably let me go out, but I am sure he won't confirm that until the week of. Which is part of the reason I am spending time in the early season at that public piece. If I get to know that well enough I might just spend the rest of my season out there. It's a little further drive, but I think it should be good in terms of turkey numbers and deer habitat.

Hopefully in December I will get a chance to do some duck and geese hunting in with my buddy Chris.

This year there is a twist, I will be going to Hawaii for the week of Christmas. I usually try to go out with my bow on my birthday Dec. 28th, but I don't think I'll be taking my bow to Hawaii. HOWEVER, I might treat myself to spear fishing.

All in all, I will have some adventures and I will share them here.
 

TheBenHoyle

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Sounds like the makings of a fun fall! I've always wanted to get into waterfowl, but never could figure it out and struggle mightily. I'll follow along.
I have had some limited success with waterfowl hunting. My biggest struggle is access to a place I can get on ducks and geese. Keep in mind I have a resident flock of about 100 geese and 75 ducks just down the street from my house, but you can't hunt in the suburbs...
 

TheBenHoyle

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So last fall/winter I hunted in a treestand that was about 150 yards south of a creek and about 50 yards north of the creek was a pond in the corner of a 40-ish acre parcel that was just jam-packed with geese. I looed up the property on ONx and I see who owns it, but even though I grew up in the area, I don't know these people. The address listed for the owners is in New Mexico (parcel is in Illinois). I would love to get permission to hunt that pond, since as far as I could see there were no hunters on that property. I think I will write the owners a letter and send it to the address listed. I don't have much hope that they will respond, but I figure it is worth the effort. Sadly, I have talked to some people in the area about who owns what and who can hunt on what and there is an awful lot of hand-wringing and uncertainty.
In two cases, my buddy and I were told something along the lines of "Well I don't know, we told another guy he could hunt there a few years ago, so I would hate to say you could if he still hunts there..." And when we asked for the name of the other hunter, thinking we could talk to that person and arrange to hunt when he was not on the property, the property owners didn't even have the name or a contact #. In one case it might have been that they just didn't want hunters, but on the other it was my buddy's uncles telling us this. They would have been happy to let us hunt but they had been approached by this other guy and didn't pay any attention to who he was.
Anyway, that's the end of my mini-rant. I'll try to get in contact with these people but I'm sure it is a longshot. So many geese though...
 

vanish

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I'm surrounded by un-huntable geese, as well! Thousands of them!

Good luck on securing access as well as your tags! Its easy to take access for granted, reading stories like yours.
 
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