Nada. This weather SUCKS. Started hunting state forest this year, so doing a lot more hiking. Impossible not to sweat like crazy, and impossible to find a wind that stays in one direction. Keep the wind in your face? Get dizzy in a hurry thataway....
Thought I had a perfect spot this morning. Perfect wind, stealthy and well thought out entrance to my stand. Saw 5 Turkey Hens around 9:30, no deer and same reports from my buddies. Full Moon, warm temps I guess.
Friday night saw a mature typical 8 point about 40 yards at a watering hole but just way too much brush between the buck and I. 40 yards is beyond my range anyway.
Thursday Morning saw a 1/2 rack fork buck. Full Moon was so bright when I was getting to stand felt like mid-day.
Dan had 4 does and a small buck just out of longbow range in the afternoon. Same for me with a button buck. We both saw a pretty nice buck just after shooting time on a field edge Friday. Put a stand where I can shoot him. The end of this week should be pretty good days to hunt.
Nothing again.Did jump one on the laurel edge going in before light.I never heard a buck grunt this time of year, but at around 7:45 a.m. I swore I heard a loud/deep grunt from the direction I came in and had heard the deer run from when coming in.Was not far at all.Then silence except for the acorns dropping in the area.
It has been another crazy busy season again this year. Saturday morning was only the 3rd time I’ve been out since the opener September 16th (2B). With 2 little ones at home and preparing to move soon I get out when I can. I recently started self-filming and this past Saturday was the first time I got to film myslef shooting at a deer (keyword being AT). I enjoyed it and will defiantly continue to film, just need to take my better camera next time, and anticipate the deer dropping at the time of the shot…
Shooting a 50# Stiker / Newbreed RK-1 (Recurve), 400 spine Black Eagle Instinct arrows w/200 gr Grizzly broadheads and 100 gr steel outserts (300 gr upfront & 600 gr total arrow weight) Just in case anyone was wondering.
Hunted Saturday morning and didn't see a deer. It will probably be the story of my season, as EHD has just about wiped them out around here. I'll be passing on any does I see in hopes of one possibly dragging me in a buck during the rut. We will see.
Been in the garage since the season opened. Wife hit a buck with her car and I fixed it myself. Got it done yesterday. Today I worked on an osage bow. Maybe I'll get out tomorrow. The woods should be quiet after the rain. Gotta find my hunting license, sharpen broadheads, and find some hunting clothes. Lol
I’ve learned over the years that If the conditions are not right it’s not worth going. Every time you step into the woods you create pressure, don’t be your own worse enemy. If I do not believe it will be a quality sit I stay home or scout somewhere.
I hear ya mike, but that freezer is gettin empty, and they wont jump into it on their own. Having said that, ive been hunting places i dont necessarily plan to chase a buck in November, but with the warm hunid weather with shifting winds, havent been able to get close enough to getting some fresh meat yet anyways.
Been doing a lot of studying, trying to get more knowledgeable on thermals/wind and how i can use them where i hunt.
I think I’ve hunted 3 times this year. All in places I don’t plan to hunt in late Oct. and beyond. Do not burn your best stands now! I’ve been doing this for more years than I care to say, and if I KNOW conditions are not in my favor to kill, I stay out. If it was the “right time” of year, it would be a different story.
All I have seen lately is my computer monitor, or one of the kids games or practices or like last night, my daughter's soccer team all went to the Pitt vs. PSU mens soccer game down in da' burgh. Was thinking of heading out tonight after work and making the wife take my son to his flag football practice but, I was running late due to sleeping through my alarm and didn't have time to gather my things for hunting after work. Oh well, might get out Saturday morning. (soccer practices Thursday, dek hockey practice Friday, and flag football game and ice hockey on Saturday afternoon!) Good luck my archery brothers.
2 does & 2 fawns at 27 yards. Needed to turn broadside. About to draw. Biggest doe thought she saw me in my climber. Then swirling winds betrayed me. Much stomping and snorting after bounding away. So close I could almost taste it
Hunted the Same Stand I hunted on opening day and just about the exact same thing happened!!! Only I was even more prepared. I saw an ear twitch in the brush. I stood in my stand got my bow ready and soon I was covered in 5 doe and a button buck from 20-30 yards. The lead doe was the same lead doe as opening day and with the wind in my favor, she still picked me off. She is an uptight doe that is so on edge, I can't even breath without alerting her to my presence. No way could I get drawn on her tonight or opening day. This doe NEVER puts her head down. All she does is stomp and blow! I guess she just didn't feel like dying tonight. Yet again these deer are better at surviving than I am at killing.
Move your stand a little bit Dan. She knows where to look....
Saw 2 fawns, 2 doe and a 7 pt tonight. One doe was in range but behind some tree branches and til she got towards the open, she got a twinge of my wind and got just squirrely enough that i wasnt going to take a 35-40 yards shot. The buck was at 40 yards at one point, but i made my mind up that if he was to be the one, he would turn and feed down within 20 yards. He wasnt the one...;^)
X2 Dan if you can move the stand a little further up the trail or whatever it takes I’d recommend that, she knows your there now for sure and will always be looking for you there, I’ve had that problem before and if you let it go like that the day she comes in dragging a buck behind her you probably won’t have a chance at the buck either...I’ve been there
Thanks for the advice. I was in my climber so moving the stand is not a problem. Finding a good tree with cover will be a problem. That doe picked me off around 5 PM and I had a good hour and a half to think a new strategy of how to get a shot without alerting that lead doe. I was thinking along those lines as well. I probably won't hunt that tree for a good while it is to the West of a nice chestnut grove and the chestnuts are almost all fallen . this group of doe definitely bed in the grove. Wind was out of the east last night so it is only a good stand when we have an east wind which doesn't happen all that much. Thanks again for the advice.
I hunt in York as well. The property I'm on has a ton of large bodied 4 points. Large racks as well. Saw one last year, rack was at least as wide as his ear. Big blocky body. Grunted him back twice, couldn't put brow tines on him.
Bowbender, Sounds like you and I have been hunting the same property! It's always fun toying with the young bucks, but if he wouldve had a brow tine, you would be seeing his picture on the "2017 Meatpole" thread! :-)