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cornish679
April 14th, 2009, 10:50 PM
hey guys i currently live in pa but am moving to cape canaveral in about a year with my dad while i go to school but was wondering what kind of bucks u guys r pulling out down there

cornish679
April 15th, 2009, 11:46 AM
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cornish679
April 15th, 2009, 05:23 PM
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Floridaboy
April 15th, 2009, 10:37 PM
There are a few decent bucks in Florida but mainly in the Panhandle area close to Alabama and Georgia......The area you are moving to is SAND basically......you get in off the coast and you'll find some OK deer, nothing like you are used to. No 250 pounders crashing in to cars everyday. Unless you hook up with some private land most of the hunting is in State run management areas.....There is always the exception to the rule....I live north of Jacksonville and have seen some healthy bucks with decent racks shot around here. A big doe might go 150 to 160....good buck might get 200 plus.

Oh yeah bring your mosquito spray or buy a Bug Tamer suit.......you will need it.................They don't call tha body of water surrounding Cape C Mosquito Lagoon for nothing.

cornish679
April 16th, 2009, 10:51 PM
thanks for the info

cornish679
April 24th, 2009, 12:10 AM
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cornish679
May 3rd, 2009, 08:10 PM
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Wishbone
May 3rd, 2009, 10:05 PM
Some of Florida's best bucks are posted in here. But there are lots of others not ever entered in the contest.

http://www.woodsnwater.net/buck_of_the_year/past_winners

Also my suggestion , subscribe to this magazine its has everyhting you ever want to know about hunting Florida..Many bucks
posted in there with the location the where killed.
:)

cornish679
May 4th, 2009, 10:08 PM
thanks for info

Wishbone
May 4th, 2009, 11:28 PM
Do what you can bud , to hunt North Florida ,its more like South Georiga , South Alabama leases on private land are fairly affordable in North Florida..
And are your best bet for killing game...Most of the public land WMA's(can be tough)and they tend to payoff to guys who are use to hunting them..You can take alot of what you know about deer hunting and read in magazines and throw it out the window when its come to Florida deer IMO.
But...Remember its not rocket science , and you can figure them out :)

cornish679
May 5th, 2009, 08:42 PM
thanks

FredGarvin
May 5th, 2009, 10:56 PM
Appilachicola is over 1/2 million acres of public land. Last I lived in the area (Panama City in 1998-99) there was lots of dog running, but not during archery/muzzy! I hunted quite a bit off of CR375 between sopchopy and hwy 20 to the north --- lot's of land and critters. It's where I harvested my first archery deer.

Now I stick to ThreeLakes WMA south of Orlando --- about 60k acres or so, lots of people during gun, but worth it to hit every weekend during archery. Heck, I have a couple of spots up front that I hardly saw any other hunters near and were pretty darn busy with critters this past season, but I stick to hunting west of the turnpike most days.

FredGarvin
May 5th, 2009, 11:12 PM
hey guys i currently live in pa but am moving to cape canaveral in about a year with my dad while i go to school but was wondering what kind of bucks u guys r pulling out down there

FloridaBoy hit the nail on the head when he mentions the area you are moving to is basically sand. From what I understand, believe it or not but the biggest limiting factor for Florida buck deer quality is the poor soil makeup. There just isn't the amount of foriage available like you'd find in agri states, then add in the climate factor and there simply isn't any need for deer to maintain high fat/large bodies.

But hey, size/quality is all relative. Florida is what it is --- the hunt is still the same. I love it.

Also: Archery in the Central zone is in September -- very near to hurricane season and the wet summer season. So, you are basically going to be hunting in water. Get used to it. :tongue: Thermacell and a Shannon's bug tamer jacket are huge advantages when trying to sit still --- wear the jacket in/out of the stand loc, I can normally take the jacket off once settled in and the Thermacell gets cranking and the mosquitos generally stay clear.

The biggest advantage to the Thermacell IMO is that you can actually hear. Without it, all you hear is that enormously annoying buzz of mosquitos right next to your ears.

Depending upon how wet the summer is will obviously determine how deep it will be for the archery opening. I generally can get away with 18' LaGrange rubber boots, but there are some places that it's deeper than the tops. Sometimes I'll just ditch boots and go with sneakers and wet pant legs, or bust out the waders (but the waders are hot).

Also2: September is still going to feel like summertime temps/humidity. It's simply flippin' hot and humid. There is no way around NOT sweating, although I carry unscented baby wipes --- get to my stand, change my shirt and pack away, then wiped down the arm pits, face and neck and put on a new shirt.

Drink lots of fluids if you are stalking or scouting around!

cornish679
May 6th, 2009, 09:56 PM
thanks for the info guys

cornish679
May 8th, 2009, 10:50 PM
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snookfishin
May 19th, 2009, 10:45 AM
Here is a pic of a small 6 point I shot last year during archery season.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg297/liquore2006/deerarbuckle.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg297/liquore2006/deerarbucklehanging.jpg

Kingslayer
May 20th, 2009, 02:14 PM
Seeing as this is my first post, you can take it with a grain of salt if you wish.

Like you I moved down here from Pennsylvania. There are some stark differences between the Pa and Fl.

Your best bet is to buddy up with someone with private land. That's the only place you're going to consistantly get deer worth shooting. Key word is consistantly. They're better fed and have less pressure. Pa deer crap larger than most public land Florida deer.

But the nice thing abot Florida is that you can hunt deer in ways that you can't in Pa.

cornish679
May 22nd, 2009, 11:43 PM
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CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 06:32 AM
here are a few Florida bucks that friends, family and i have taken...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00559.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00558.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_36381.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00539.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC04564.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2372.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2377.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2352.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2296.jpg

D.Delozier
May 24th, 2009, 12:58 PM
I have to disagree with Kingslayer on some points he makes, First to consistantly take good deer in FL good being relative to where your hunting of course, is to put your time in scouting, I'm talking scouting areas most sane people would not dare trek into! Thats the places you'll find deer in FL. As a life long FL hunter I cant tell you how many northerners I've made friends with that had to completely relearn how to hunt when they moved south.Few people relize just how much public land there is in FL only a small percentage of it ever gets hunted. the majority of non Floridian hunters never get more than 1 mile from where they parked there truck. To regularly see decent deer you have to go much deeper in than that Heres what you do, find you a spot you think is a good place to start then start walking looking for signs of human activity not deer, in most places you wont have to look hard. cig butts ,food wrapers.drink caps ,trees chewed up by climbing stands ect. When you have'nt seen any of those things for a good mile then start looking for a place to hunt! And I promise you you'll see as many deer has you've ever seen up north and on a regular basis to. take full advantage of the well over 1 millon acres of public land available in FL Where I currently live in South Carolina the entire total of public land is'nt even equal to just the Ocala area in FL. And as for buddying up with someone who has private land good luck with thatLOL let us know how that works out for ya! and besides most of the " private lands" aint all that,most are over hunted or over run with cows, Plus I've never cared much for shooting deer off of food plots IMO thats just what it is shooting deer, not hunting But dont get me wrong I'm not downing anyone who pursues that method I just dont get the same satisfaction out of it as I do actualy hunting for a deer. So get you some good rubber boots a Therma-Cell a good flashlight with extra batteries( cause if you do it right,It'll be dark goin in and dark comein out) a hand held GPS (very easy to get lost in the swamps you'll be going into,speicaly when your new at it.) And after the shot listen carfully for the crash cause you wont have the luxary of a good ground blood trail instead you'll need to look at the trunks of the cypress trees ,and the knees sticking out of the water and hope for a bit of blood splatter here and there to recover your well earned FL deer. I've hunted in other states and by far FL is one of the most challenging places to hunt IMO. I believe if you can be a regularly successful hunter in FL then you can hunt anywhere.

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:49 PM
here are a few pictures of Florida bucks that were taken in central Florida, these are bucks that have been taken by me, family and friends.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00558.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00559.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00560.jpg

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:51 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_36381.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC00539.jpg

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:52 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC04563.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/DSC04564.jpg

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:53 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2379.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2377.jpg

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:54 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2372.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2352.jpg

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:56 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2355.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2296.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/IMG_2350.jpg

CamoCop
May 24th, 2009, 07:57 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/100_0527.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/100_0528.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/ruffnupcriminals50/Hunting/100_0531.jpg

dx2
May 28th, 2009, 10:56 AM
nice pics, camocop. some good bucks in there!

good info from Fred and D.Delozier.

I'm in NE Central FL and hunt public land mostly.

good luck to everyone this season.

CamoCop
May 29th, 2009, 01:44 AM
nice pics, camocop. some good bucks in there!

good info from Fred and D.Delozier.

I'm in NE Central FL and hunt public land mostly.

good luck to everyone this season.

all of those bucks were taken off of Central Florida public land

FredGarvin
May 29th, 2009, 09:47 AM
DD makes some very good points, and I agree with most of it. This is the only point of contention that I have:


the majority of non Floridian hunters never get more than 1 mile from where they parked there truck. To regularly see decent deer you have to go much deeper in than that


Not that I disagree or don't actually attempt to do this, but the public WMA land that I hunt in Central Fl. simply makes this almost impossible. What I mean is that the road/trail/firecut systems provide very good access to most of the WMA. Suprisingly, there are few areas that would allow me to park and walk a mile or so and NOT run into another road or firecut.

The one thing that I do have going for me is that, while General gun is popular, Archery/muzzy/mosquitos keep most hunters out of the woods and is a great time to have an area to yourself. Last season's archery, I only had 1 guy (a buddy I've known) hunt on the opposite side of the road about 1/2 - 3/4 miles away from my locations.

The only limiting factor to that is that if you go any further away than that, you will run into another road. But even "up front" within 2mi of the check in gate, I have a couple of locations where I didn't have anyone near me all throughout archery.

D.Delozier
May 29th, 2009, 07:39 PM
DD makes some very good points, and I agree with most of it. This is the only point of contention that I have:




Not that I disagree or don't actually attempt to do this, but the public WMA land that I hunt in Central Fl. simply makes this almost impossible. What I mean is that the road/trail/firecut systems provide very good access to most of the WMA. Suprisingly, there are few areas that would allow me to park and walk a mile or so and NOT run into another road or firecut.

The one thing that I do have going for me is that, while General gun is popular, Archery/muzzy/mosquitos keep most hunters out of the woods and is a great time to have an area to yourself. Last season's archery, I only had 1 guy (a buddy I've known) hunt on the opposite side of the road about 1/2 - 3/4 miles away from my locations.

The only limiting factor to that is that if you go any further away than that, you will run into another road. But even "up front" within 2mi of the check in gate, I have a couple of locations where I didn't have anyone near me all throughout archery.

FredGarvin, you are right about the fire breaks but since you cant drive on them I dont count them cause it still means walking. the place I hunted most was Lake Delancey unit in ocala the area there is broke into roughly 3x5 mile blocks by roads open to vehicels,fire breaks not withstanding ,plenty of room to get away from the crowds. there are others that are similar,thier names escape me right now I'll look them up and post them here for people that may want to see them.

cornish679
June 14th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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cornish679
July 16th, 2009, 11:23 PM
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1justright
July 20th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Buck taken in St. Augustine FL. 12 Mile Swamp WMA Thats my hunting buddy Mr. Alpo. 8pt 13" wide. His First good buck with a bow.

cornish679
August 20th, 2009, 11:24 PM
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cornish679
September 17th, 2009, 11:05 PM
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