I hunted Saturday AM and PM and then again Sunday AM.
Saturday was a fun day in the stand. Walked into one of my stands with the goal of being set up about a half hour before shooting hours. I got into the base of my stand and was getting my bow set up on the haul line when I heard some movement in the brush behind my stand. I stayed still and tried to track its movement. It was obvious that it was heading right toward me so I started scanning the brush with my light to see what it was. Finally I caught a glimpse and it was a damn skunk. Not wanting to start my season by being sprayed by a skunk I retreated 10-20 yards and ducked behind a couple trees and waited for Mr. Skunk to waddle on through. It ended up walking right under my stand. Waiting for the skunk to finally move off set me back at least 15-20 minutes. I finally climbed up and got set up right before legal shooting hours. Not long after right at legal hour I heard a deer approaching from my right. The wind was perfect which is why I picked this stand and I was frozen still waiting to get a glimpse of the deer. Then all of a sudden the deer started snorting like crazy. Clearly it didn't like something. It then slowly started walking in toward me again and it got to within about 20 yards. Turned out it was a decent 8 pointer. The only shot it presented me was when it moved into a shooting lane at 20 yards but it was a head on shot and it was looking right at my tree so i couldn't move. It then slowly turned and moved into the thick brush. It new something was there but didn't know what. I suspect it was bedded down when i walked and heard me come in. The buck disappeared for awhile but I believe it just found a new spot to bed down. Maybe an hour later he started snorting again and then bolted out of there. Not sure what he say or smelled. The wind was again perfect and I wasn't moving. That ended up being the only deer seen for the weekend. Later that day the excitement came from a grouse dive bombing me when i was in my stand. I dove at me 3-4 times before I finally smacked it with my hat. Not sure what its deal was but it was a cranky grouse.
Sunday was a miserable day. Wet, VERY windy, and a damp cold. I hunted the morning but then packed it in.
I'll be back up this weekend and will sit Saturday AM and PM and again Sunday AM.
Saturday sure wasn't a boring day in the woods. You never know what you're going to see if you sit still long enough.
Looking forward to this weekend as my buddy will be joining me this time.
Also forgot to mention that we found a stand on one of the properties we have access to that the landowner is unaware of since we're the only ones with access. Trying to decide how to handle that stand.
Here are the options.
1. Leave it alone and forget about it. Its only 30-40 yards away from one of my stands and its set up on the same trail we are set up on.
2. Leave a note for the owner that tells him to remove it.
3. Leave it up for the season and then remove it at the end of the year. Possibly move it to a new spot for us to use.
4. Take it down now. Possible move it for our use.
I'd like to take it down but I don't want the guy showing up and then moving into one of our stands or taking our stands down. We've got stands, blinds, and cameras out there.
In the past I have left a waterproof not on the stand with a note. The not included my name/number, property owners name and a request to have them call you no later than "x" date. I also make the note visible with bright orange paper. I then take a picture of it in the stand or tree. If they go past the date you then leave a note on the tree with your number that they can retrieve there stand from you or the property owner by calling the number. Make sure you clear this with the property owner before doing so.
Mistakes happen and it gives them a chance to correct it in a reasonable amount of time.
Thats the route I was thinking of going. I wanted to check with the landowner first to make sure he wants the stand removed. I don't know him well at all so I'm not sure what he'll want me to do. He may not care and tell me just to leave it and in that case I'll do what he wants.
The stand has been in the same tree for a year now but its a newer stand so not really sure how long its been there or how often someone hunts it.
Most likely sneaky neighbor that wants to dispute a property line.
I had a neighbor that purchased land next to mine and I put in a good amount of time last year meeting and discussing local farmers with him. I let him know I had a stand close to the property line in the back corner. Come deer season he took a hay wagon with a small permanent ice house on it and parked it right next to my stand... It was to late in the year to establish a new stand. I am moving the stand and will now play the same game... just in spite.