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Chasing November S1E12 | Missouri Legend

August 14, 2019

Chasing November – Season 1 – Ep. 12
If you hunt just one buck in one spot for too long, you will burn out both the spot
and yourself. With several hunts already invested in the
no-name ten, and a growing sense that he has moved on, I know I must broaden my options
or risk burnout. The next buck on the list is one I
call the tight racked ten. We filmed this mature buck in 2014 on a big
bottom field. Back in
September and early October, I got a number of photos of this buck in the same general
area. With the need to see new country, I head for
the big bottom on November 4 th , stopping short of
the field and setting on a stand that over looks a heavy trail along the down slope. During the
rut, bucks travel restlessly between doe bedding areas, and this stand hangs between two such
end points. The same morning, Rick Knochel takes his father
Eric, into a small isolated food plot where Rick has been getting photos of a unique
old buck he nick named Halo. Hey guys, it’s the morning of November 4
th , really foggy morning, and sitting in the big green,
that’s what we call this box blind with my dad. We’re going after a buck we call Halo. We’re
hoping he comes through. He’s been showing some daylight movement
through this area. Just
had some does come through and just waiting. It’s November and anything can happen. There’s one right there? That’s a good shot right there. Here he comes! Woah, Woah, Woah, wait, wait, wait, just wait. That’s not a shot to take. Shoot out of this
window right here, dad. Grunt at him! Oh that dude! He came in fast! I mean we, well, there’s a blind spot over
there. Wow! That’s
him! Ole Halo! I think I put it in there, It was sticking
out though wasn’t it? The arrow when he
ran? Perfect! That’s good! We’ll go up and look at it on the big screen. Man o’ man. Our
stand is probably, maybe 50 yards, down here and to the left, behind them evergreens, and
this is the food plot, or the plot screen that
I was talking about and another 100 yards is our house
so. You cant really see the stand from the house,
you cant see the house from the stand, it worked out good this morning didn’t it? Yes it did! Punishment that you get for knocking down
decoys. Yeah you can knock our decoys down, were going
to.. (laughs) Oh my goodness, That is ridiculous. Typically we do our bow practice from off
the porch, and shoot at these decoys. This Is our 20
yard shot, then back behind here is our 30 yard shot and I came down here last week on
Thursday and these things were destroyed. I mean that one just got knocked over but,
this one here, he ripped the antlers off of it and
everything. You got some feet left. That might have been the work of old Halo. Yeah it looks pretty severe. I’m telling you, you got back after him. You pay the price. Oh man I’m telling you what, what an awesome
morning. What an awesome morning! The Knochels used plot screen from frigid
forage to create a barrier from their house and the
food plot their hunting. The plants in the mix grow tall and thick,
creating a virtual wall, making the deer feel more comfortable using the plot
during day light. I shoot a five pin fuse sight,
which is sighted 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. And though I have never taken a 60 yard shot
at a deer, I have taken shots in the 40 to 50, you know
40 yard plus range. Having a smaller pin diameter
that’s really bright, allows you to make precise shots even at these longer distances. The 13 inch realtree EZ hanger is the perfect
size for bow hunters because at 13 inches, when
folded up, it doesn’t take up too much room in your pack, yet it’s long enough that
when you screw it into the tree, you can get your bow
out away from the base of the tree and easy to
grab. There’s foam on there. Yes! There’s foam! Two nights ago, Joe and I were in pursuit
of this deer, and he skirted us. He went right around
the food plot and back around on the other side. So, it’s pretty sweet! Yeah it’s sweet! Well we ugh, got a phone call from the farmer
that actually owns the fields that this runs into,
he says, are you guys trailing a deer? I said, yeah were trailing a deer. And he’s working the
field out there, you can still hear him, and he says I saw a whole bunch of blood, and
ugh, he’s like he’s dead, he’s out here! So, this is definitely dads largest deer ever. For him to shoot one
with a bow at 60 years old, that’s something I kind of wondered would ever really would
happen. So, I’m probably more stoked than I ever
have been killing a deer myself. Look at that, that is some character man. Well we often say that the journey makes the
hunt and this story and dads journey, for not just
this deer but deer in general. Ill tell you what, The last 3 years I’ve
had so many encounters with deer. Last year I had Worm
at 28 yards and couldn’t seal the deal and Rick took care of that this year. The year before that
I had one, and I plugged a tree at about 30 yards, and that was a really nice buck, it’s
just been continually trying to get on and get a good
shot at a deer and this morning it happened. I mean
we have a history on this deer. Last year, Joe passed on it because it was
on a neighbors property. And then two nights ago, Joe and I was down
here in the same blind and hunting with a decoy and he skirted around us and
went onto the dry pond. We had good feelings that
he was in this area and maybe he was going to come back and we’d get another opportunity,
and lo and behold, this morning that opportunity presented itself at about 30 yards so, what
an awesome hunt. Good job! Wow that’s a big deer. Time out! You go
to enjoy all of it! As Rick and Eric are dragging Ricks buck out
of the woods, I’m going to keep moving. For the
afternoon hunt, I plan to pull a redneck blind into a freshly picked corn field. Deer love to scour
corn fields right after the combine drives out. There’s no better time to bring out a blind
than immediately after the big diesel engines stop
growling. We’re heading back into the redneck blind
right now that’s on that freshly picked corn field. We walk this creek to get back there. It’s kind of a twisty, windy, but it keeps
us out of sight of all the timbers around us. It’s kind of an adventure in its own right,
it’s a lot of fun to walk that creek back in there, you never know what your
going to see. As I wait for the first wave of corn hungry
deer to arrive, 100 miles to the east, Jared and mike
are back after George Brett. By now, I’m sure you know how much we love
hunting from comfortable redneck blinds, the only downside to these blinds are their lack
of portability. However, by putting the blind on a
trailer, I’m able to wheel it into the cornfield only hours after the combine pulled out. Hoyts modern compound are so efficient and
so powerful that even when drawing limited poundage like Eric Knochel was on his hunt,
you can still get enough penetration to punch through the shoulder. Without this kind of zip, Eric’s story may
not have ended with a celebration. The cabelas stalker sling pack is also a great
choice for the public land hunter. It’s very light and
roomy, easy to pack in long distances, and it hangs in the tree without taking up a ton
of room. We’ll also use it when out running trail
cameras, because a laptop computer fits perfectly in the
side pouch. During mid summer, we use these Muddy climbing
sticks all the time when were out scouting. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, we just
bring a group of 4 of them in here, scale up the tree
that way we can scout out all of our trees for treestands for the upcoming fall, then
we come right back in with the same set of sticks,
zip right up the tree, ready to kill them. Muddy
climbing sticks, very easy tool to use, especially for those of you hunting public land. Well it
is the afternoon of November 4 th , and Mike and I are just finally setup in the tree. We
got some new information this afternoon about the buck I’m after, George Brett, and he
happens to be in the area that we were actually hunting this morning, but we didn’t find
out until about midday when we pulled all the
cards. There’s a camera that I put down here, two
weeks ago now, and the last seven or eight days, he showed up 4 different times on this
particular camera. This happens to be his spot, I mean we’re
20 yards away from where he was locked up last year and I got to film him
fighting. So, kind of an odd coincidence there but he
seems to be definitely using this area. We got a bunch of standing corn to our north. We’re in
this creek bottom and it’s thick, it’s thick and brushy, and a great place for does
to bed so, pretty exciting knowing we have a halfway
decent pattern on him, I wouldn’t call it a pattern I
guess but, we have an idea that he’s on the farm and using this area so, excited to
see what happens tonight. We got probably an hour, hour and fifteen
minutes of daylight here, so well see what happens. Despite the rut and the great stand, Jared
and Mike only saw a fawn and two small bucks. However, my afternoon hunt is heating up. Well we had some action here this evening,
that one deer was probably a 4 year old, he had a
tiny G4 on the left side, otherwise a little bit longer G4 on the other side, so he was
a small ten so I was thinking about it if he came close
enough, I might be tempted to draw my bow back on
that deer. If nothing else, at least we got the blind
in here, we got the deer starting to get used to it. I think this is going to be a fun spot to
hunt, we can see a lot of country here, there’s a lot
of food back here and we might just hunt that timber straight in front of the blind tomorrow
morning, I haven’t really decided yet where to go, it’s going to be another south wind,
but that stand in that timber would set up okay for
a south wind, so that might be where you see us
tomorrow. We had deer all around us this evening but
none of them so much as raised their noses. Filming
hunts out of these redneck blinds, we need to keep at least one window open for the camera,
that means there is always some scent escaping, however with the ozonics pumping ozone into
the blind, we were able to eliminate all human scent that would otherwise have spooked the
deer on the down wind side. The shark dual caliper release from scott
archery, is one of the most popular releases among
our group of hunters. This release is highly adjustable. This is important because being able to adjust the length of the stem not only lets
you fine tune it for your hand size but also allows you
to pull the release up so you can contact the trigger further into your index finger. This makes it
a lot easier to produce a surprise release that results into the most accurate shooting. When I’m patterning a specific buck my strategy
involved two or three different parts. I go
about this by putting bait in front of my trail cameras. In this case, the perfect camera would be
a muddy pro cam 10. It has a slightly slower trigger time and
doesn’t have the field scan features that I use for later stages of my
patterning. But it does everything I need and is very
affordable for this first part where I need as many cameras out, covering as many areas
that I possibly can. Trophy rock minerals play an important role
for us in two ways. First, they supply the mineral
needs of the deer on the properties that we hunt. Just as important to us as hunters, is the
fact that the deer are very attracted to these
sites, which makes them the perfect locations to get
summertime trail cam pictures and gives us a head start heading into the season. November 5 th was very warm. I decided to skip the hunt, until the next
day when the forecast was considerably cooler however, Jared and
Mike were undonted and headed to their stand. It’s the afternoon of November 5 th and
we have a front rolling through overnight tonight. We’ve had upper 60 degree temperatures the
last few days, a lot of south winds, and tomorrow everything is going to cool off really nice
with west, northwest winds the next couple days. We’re hoping that tonight on the front end
of this cold front rolling through the deer would be
moving but so far we’ve seen good movement and mike and I have been set up for about
an hour now. Surprise, surprise, we did another hang and
hunt. Seems like we’ve done that on
almost every hunt this year. Pine tree sap. Mike hasn’t learned to wear gloves yet in
these pine trees. I don’t want sap on my gloves. But like I said, we’ve already been set
up for about an hour and we’ve already had 3 bucks walk
by. We’re over looking this grassy low area
that’s between the big CRP and a big section of
pines. We’ve made two hunts probably 125 yards
away from here and saw a lot of deer using this area so we decided to move in and so
far it has paid off but it’s just not the right deer but
its good seeing bucks up on their feet early. We’ve got about an hour left of tonights
hunt so hoping George Brett is in this area. He definitely spent a lot of time in this
general area last year, he’s kind of been all over the place
so far this year, but well see, you never know. One hot
doe is all it takes this time of year so we’ve got an hour left, hopefully it’ll be a good
one. Warm weather stimees the action. The rut doesn’t stop, bucks and does continue
breeding but the action takes place under the cooling cover
of darkness. With another cold front on the horizon, everyone is looking ahead. November 7 th is historically the best day
of the season. We
are only two days out. The next week will likely contain at least
two dynamite days. Now is the
time to hunt our best stands. We are only days from knowing how this journey
will end. Either
with dream realized or broken. We have been chasing November for months,
we have finally caught it.

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  1. I had a foam bedded doe target in my yard.a nice eight pointer came into the yard and tried to make that doe stand up so he could check her.he rolled that life size target at least fifty yards across the yard,and it had scratches, gouges and punctures all over it from his do i know it was a nice 8? Because i'm looking at his skull and horns right now.fooled him with my boss babe decoy and some golden estrus.

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