• 2015 Deer Season Summary Letter

  • Deer Season 2015 – (Dream until your dreams come true)

    Well, I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so this time I am going to start out with the deer hunting stats. Well, I guess if you read this years turkey season summary letter you are probably saying, “Oh boy, here we go again,” because this is the same way I started out that letter. Hey, I’m running out of ideas, this only makes about 40 summary letters that I have written and there are only so many ways a man can write a letter. You know what I mean.

    So here they are:

    We had 34 bow hunters

    16 bucks taken with a bow or crossbow with 9 other opportunities, some hit and some not.

    We had 10 gun hunters

    8 bucks were harvested with one other hit but we could not find it.

    Most of the bucks taken are on the new website so you can check out their pictures there.

    It was an interesting to say the least deer season. I am not sure what happened to the rut this year, it was very strange for the most part. On and off all season. We did not see a hardcore rut the entire season and I heard the same thing from all over the country. Our gun season was one of the slowest I can remember. Only a few big bucks were even seen during it and only one of those was shot at, but not hit. There were quite a few small buck sightings plus a lot of does and fawns were also moving. And another thing we dealt with were two full moons again this season, but that wasn’t that much of a problem, anyway, I don’t believe it was. Gun season was mainly slow because what rut we did have I think was pretty much completely over and when that happens the big boys are tired, worn out, sore and hiding while licking their wounds.

    Although we did not get any real big monsters on camera this year we did manage to get plenty of 140s to 170s on film. But as we all know, that don’t mean a whole lot either. I think we ended up killing 5 or 6 that we had pictures of, not real sure, there could have been more. One thing for sure is we did have way more cameras out this year and we looked at, at least 40 to 50 thousand pictures I’m sure. I know there was several times we went out to check them and they would have over 5 k pictures on each card in a week’s time and clicking through that many pictures gets old in a hurry. But a persons curiosity makes you look at every one of them. Oh yeah, you can’t miss a single one because you just never know. The first 3 or 4 weeks it was mostly deer in the pictures. Later on we tend to get a lot more coon pics during the night hours and that’s normal. Nothing we can do about that. At one time we had around 14 cameras out that worked most of the time. Those cameras are a big headache and I am sure that those of you that have dealt with them would agree. There were a couple places where we were jinxed, I guess you could say. I know Coey and I put at least 3 different cameras out in a couple different spots and never did get a single picture there. If that isn’t jinxed, I don’t know what is. And then there was this one spot the cattle got a taste of our corn and we could not build a good enough fence to keep them out. They ended up winning, so we moved that feeder.

    Now bow season was a different story. We started out with a new group of guys except for one. Bruce Gruna who had been here a few years ago with his father-in-law Roger Hinner a couple of times I believe and I guess he had a good enough time that he invited 8 guys to come back with him. Roger was going to come with them but ended up not getting a leftover tag. They were sold out in just over one hour this year. Really Rodger, we did miss you, but the fun must go on, sorry. Well, anyway we did manage to meet some great guys from the Fargo, ND area, MN, and WI. I do have to mention that these guys were also great shots as well as great hunters. We had one miss, no blood, that’s good. But we did have 7 other shots and 7 dead bucks. Two guys did go home empty handed and were great sports about it and vowed to return another time. That first week ended up being a great week with 7 out of 9 killing their biggest buck ever with a bow or crossbow; I believe I am right when I say that. One guy got his first ever buck with a bow, that’s one. Another one got his first buck with a crossbow, that’s two and the other five got their biggest bucks ever. Now that was awesome to have results like that on their first trip to Paradise. That sure helps them want to come back, thats for sure. Even Bruce, being here twice before, ended up killing his biggest buck ever, nice, very nice.

    The second and third groups were not that far behind either taking of some really nice bucks as well. They also had pretty good luck harvesting several bucks that ended up being some of their biggest bucks ever as well. The fourth group, well those boys struggled a little. There were 6 guys, seven bucks were hit and only two were recovered. Believe me, they were just as bummed as we were. Plum disappointed, you might say and I need not say any more. Pete’y did take home a real nice 146 inch buck and that was good. All in all I think it was a great archery season. But I am stressing once again to please never show up here with mechanical broad heads again. Most of the bucks we lost once again were shot with mechanicals. I am sure that it wasn’t the indians who invented them, because if they did they would have starved to death way before white folk ever got here. Yes, I know we lose them with fixed blades too, but far to many are because of mechanicals. Yes, I also know that they work great with a perfect shot and even a few times when it’s not so perfect. But now tell me, how many perfect shots do you get out there in the wild, or better yet, how many are made? Please, oh please use fixed blades when you come to hunt with us. We are very serious about this. And we are also thinking seriously about only giving mechanical broad head users two blood trails next year, but then only one the next time you hunt here. We usually give everyone two. This is how serious we are about it. I am sure we lose 3 times as many deer with them and we are tired of it. Your choice! Please, Just say, “NOto mechanical broad-heads.

    I am happy to say that it was Nick Dietrich who ended up harvesting the biggest buck in the archery season with a 167 4/8 inch 12 point. He hunted very hard and stuck it out mainly in one stand his entire hunt. He shot this monster on his last morning in Kansas. He said that morning he had to try that stand, “One more time,” Wow, did it pay off.

    I am also happy for Dave Schlowsky which harvested the largest buck in gun season with a 138 inch 8 point and winning the pot that had gathered up a total of $1,000. His buddy Rob was right behind him with a 137 4/8 inch buck, I believe. Anyway I know they were very close and the two scorers caught a lot of flack because of it. Oh yes, that would be Coey and yours truly. But we can take it. Money talks! Right Dave, hmmmm! Just kidding, we would never do that, right Coey?

    Ok, now I must thank God for another safe and good time at Paradise. Finishing my 31st year was amazing to me and I never dreamed it would go on this long when Michele and I started the business in the fall of 1985. God has blessed us far more than we deserve. After all these years I still enjoy taking people out, sometimes it might not show, but I do. It will be very hard for us to stop someday, but I see myself getting worn down so much by the end of each season, that I believe my age is catching up with me. There is way more stress than people realize behind the scenes making sure that no one has a disappointing time when they are here, and then when you have those last minute, “No shows” it just puts a damper on things. I try to trust people and then they turn around and burn me. I guess I will never learn and I guess that is God’s way of humbling me, as well as showing me the true nature of some people. There will always be a certain percentage that will do this. But like I said, God has also provided for me everything that I have and I want to thank Him once again for that. I also want to thank Coey and Judy for their great help again this year and putting up with me. I know that’s trying at times, but they do us such a great job and cover for me when I need it the most. I can’t thank them enough and love them dearly. They are definitely family, no wait, they are better than that, they are true friends.

    Also I want to thank each of you that came out and pursued one of the toughest animals on earth to figure out, yes that would be those wonderful whitetail deer. I believe no one will ever be able to tell me how they know when to move and what controls their movement. Especially when I set out by a field scouting and waiting to go pick up hunters when there is not one deer in sight. Then all of a sudden you see movement and a couple does step out on the right side of the field. Then you look to the left and there are three more. Then you see more movement a half mile away at the other end of the field and before two minutes has passed there are 15 deer feeding on the winter wheat. How on earth do they all know it is time to feed and to all show up at the same time? And then what is even more puzzling is that you go back there the next day and nothing shows up. Where did they go? But then you drive back by there on the way to camp an hour later and shine the head lights out there and we see 19 deer. Who told them to wait an hour today and how do they all know this? People can’t even do this and we have all kinds of ways to communicate with each other. What’s up with that? The only way I can understand this and give some kind of answer to it is that God said in His word, “Don’t worry about the animals, I will take care of them,” and He does. Humans thinks they are so smart. I say, that human has never tried to kill a mature whitetail buck, (ethically), now have they.

    Well, now it is time to say goodbye to all my friends and family. M-i-c, k-e-y, no wait thats not right.

    You all take care now and until we meet again, May God Bless You All. Written during the last part of Dec. 2015

    By: Kurt Nunnenkamp