So how did it go for everyone? It was a VERY slow year for us this year. Only saw one spike buck from the stand between me and my buddy. I sat 3 days without seeing a single deer. Sitting on Sunday was pretty tough with the wind bucking my tree around all day. I had to move to a little bigger/sturdier tree for Monday's sit.
It was another year with a lot of logging in our area so we may end up moving to a new area next year. We also had a lot of hunters near us. Saturday morning when the sun came up I had 3 people set up 40 yards to my south. They had come in from a different route so didn't see me. It was a dad with his 2 sons so I opted to let them be even though i was there first. I packed up my stand and moved at the end of the day. My plan B and C spots were also being hunted so I had to figure out a plan D on the fly in the dark Sunday morning.
I'm also very glad I took my own advice and wore my safety harness. I has just gotten situated in my climber Sunday morning at about 5:45. I was maybe 20 ft up in the tree and about to lay my head back against the tree to catch a little nap before shooting hours when the buckle holding my seat in place released and dropped out from under me. I was just barely able to catch myself on the side rails of my stand preventing me from having to give my harness a field test. I was also able to not drop my rifle in all of this so that was an added bonus. I don't chamber a round until just a few minutes before its legal shooting time just in case something like that happens.
It certainly was a good way to wake myself up. Nothing like a huge shot of adrenaline to wake you up.
We have so far added a couple does to the kill chart. Both shot by kids. We have passed on a lot of young deer this year. I have processed 21 deer to date. I am still waiting for Domino Dave to show up with a giant! I have one more morning this Friday and then I will be doing ice shows...
Sorry I've been busy. The season wrapped up for me without a buck. Actually didn't even see a buck! I knew they were there, trail cams, scrapes, tracks, you name it. But it always seemed like I picked the wrong tree or ground blind! I saw plenty of does but no bucks in tow. Really frustrating, wolves didn't make things any easier. They seemed to be every where I was! And then we also had some new clear cuts made very close to us. I'm sure that they sucked some of our deer into them. Then there was the warm weather, this doesn't help deer movement either! So you had to be in the right spot before daylight and had maybe an hour or so before it was over.
And then the big ones had to show up in front of other hunters who weren't as good as a shot. One wounded and one missed. Oh my.....
The new clear cuts can really be a game changer from my experience especially when they are logging them right before and even during the season.
The last 2 seasons they logged large sections where we hunt right before and even during the season. I can't imagine the deer don't react to all of that noise and commotion and change their patterns and move to another areas. The clear cuts will attract deer the next season or two but while the area is being actively logged I can't imagine they stick around too closely.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954