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Tensas NWR Primitive hunt

Well, after a great weekend during the Thanksgiving lottery hunt where my hunting party of 5 saw 18 deer and killed five including 2 big bucks, the primitive weapons hunt this past weekend wasn't so deer friendly. My buddy did get a running shot at a really good buck, but his bullet appeared to hit a branch. I did not see a deer and the hot fresh deer sign that I saw a week before was old and not freshened up. There were 3 times as many hunters this weekend than last and I heard fewer shots. It seems that those deer were on lock down. I had a great time with temperatures holding at 30 degrees and the wind kicking making it feel well into the teens on Saturday. All in all, I guess I got some relaxation time. But hey that why its called hunting and not killing. Good Luck hunting and stay warm.
December 09, 2013 at 2:13pm
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Posted December 09, 2013 at 7:17pm
Muzzleloader hunt

My buddy told me the same thing, way more hunters that the first lottery hunt with less shots. There group killed 3 small bucks hunting around the Africa flat area. What area were you hunting around. with the cooler temps the last week or so I belive that is what got the deer moving for the first lotterty hunt. Then take into consideration the few hunters applying lots of human scent to the refuge put the deer on lock down. Looks like the weather for the second gun hunt this weekend won't be the best with lots of rain. The peak of the rut should start in the early part of January. If you have been huinting the refuge for years, about 2 weeks after the full moon in January is whe the rut usually kicks off. This is the best time to be in the woods to bag a big La buck.

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Posted December 09, 2013 at 7:26pm
Full moon

Problem is if you're right best hunting will be the END of January, full moon is January 15th

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Posted December 10, 2013 at 12:38pm
Full moon

I'm pretty sure huntert was meaning two weeks after the December full moon,,, well I hope cause I'm heading up there the first week of January myself and would love to get a crack at a good one?

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Posted December 10, 2013 at 12:42pm
Full moon

So is it bowhunting only?

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bbdown Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2013 at 12:46pm
Bow only

I know after this weekend coming lottery hunt the rest is now except for youth hunt and handicap hunt they have scheduled,, don't know if can bowhunt during these hunts though

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