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Haven’t hunted much during the peak rut... been sitting in a combine or working on it.
The slow harvest has really hampered my ability to hone in on the core area of a good buck. These deer are bedding in these fields... most of the beans are chest high.
Saw an old forkhorn that I would be tickled to shoot. First time I’ve ever seen him in the daylight... guessing him to be 7 years old. Also had an upper 130’s 8 point come by at 3:10.
Had a good encounter with a 4 year old the last 10 minutes of legal shooting light. Snort wheezed and acted like a thug. Only thing is he would of scored maybe 110”... 7 point.
Found a nice surprise in the road ditch on our property (Bag of “Wildlife Corn”, complete with bullseye logo). Along with the increase in beer cans, I’d say rifle season is near.
Very “deery” in the woods this evening. I could literally smell the rut.
Weather looks favorable for us to finish bean harvest... hope we can get several days of good weather to get them out. I think we can cut again starting tomorrow.
I should probably be putting the combine back together rather than hunting, but I’ve got shoplights??.
Rice bran, apple flavored corn, molasses powder... a couple guys are having their feed ground and mixed for them... to the tune of around $10,000 a year.
I can’t compete with that, but I’m going to have to change some of my convections. Probably going to have to put some feeders up... I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
My wife and I have been debating back and forth on whether to just lease everything out. She’s still jobless and honestly I could probably go on an elk hunt every year for what people are paying for leases. My passion for this is deep... worth more to me than money, but the irritation of constantly dealing with road hunters and the increasing pressure on property lines is wearing on me.
I’ve totally digressed. No more posts about junk like that.
I’ve got small problems...
Just received word that one of the children that my arrow carries a letter for has received some horrible news... Two more tumors have been found.
I don’t have another way of sharing video at the moment... haven’t had time to create a YouTube account.
Beautiful evening... only saw one young buck and a few does.
I’ve started positioning them so they are on my two most likely shot opportunities. I built the tree arm attachment out of PVC pipe and it seems to work prettt good, but I do have to ratchet it to the tree as the step it’s mounted to wants to rotate.
The last few hunts I’ve been using trail camera arms to hold the cameras... I’ve modified one to fit into the tree arm. I haven’t gotten use to the bulkier tree arm.
Very much a learning process and getting wildlife on camera brings a whole other element, challenge, while bow hunting. I’m enjoying it. Hope I can pull off the footage and a good shot when/if the time comes.
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Back in the stand this PM. We rarely work on Sundays, but today we decided to cut the last of the soybeans before the chance of rain on Tuesday evening. Helped my dad put the header on the combine and he told me to get out in the woods. Didn’t argue... last time before rifle season starts, unless we can get the beans all out tomorrow.
I’ve enjoyed this bow season very much. Hunted a new property, actually witnessed the rut, and had some good encounters with a couple bucks with potential. First year in several that I got to really enjoy bow season... the well timed rains during harvest helped.
A buck I was hoping would make it was shot by an outfitters client sometime during archery season. Didn’t even try and go after him, you could tell he would have been a true whopper, but that’s the way it goes. I do believe this is the last season I will have to deal with them. Farmers around here are starting to wise up to their ways.
I’m going to really put out some cameras as soon as rifle is over.. seems like a i get a couple new bucks on camera after rifle. Maybe I will still have a chance for a buck worthy of this arrow.