Came out at 3:00 and had walked 4.4 miles per the gps.Saw nothing but 1 Squirrel.Thought I could catch some deer in the oaks feeding.Ended up finding the most droppings in some thick laurel I was busting thru.I still get perplexed on where the deer that make all the droppings go?I need to broaden my horizon some and was hoping for better weather (snow) to help with scouting.Was a handful of vehicles on my drive in and out.
Saw 5 in the morning walking and 7 tonight in a cut corn field. Not sure where the ones in the cornfield came as I could see most of the field except a for a small rise next to a house.
Found a good new spot for archery year walking. Hoping to see some mature deer here in the next couple weeks. Getti g frustrating walking up on fawns or 1.5 year old bucks
Had the alarm set for 6:00 this morning. Eyes flew open at 4:50 and my brain was open for business. So, I got on my phone to check radar. Looked like the rain was gonna pull away from here right before shooting light. So off I went to my elevated stand that has a redneck roof over it...…….just in case.
7:45 a single deer comes up on the woods road below me at about 80-90 yards...…….where they mostly do. Glassed it. Button buck. I watch him mosey out the road and I see another deer coming behind him. I glass it...…...longer nose......bigger deer. I prime the pan and get the hammer back.....gun over the rail. Set the trigger and when it walks into an opening, I stop it. White smoke and the deer spins and runs down the hill below the woods road, tail high and white.
I pick up my stuff and go down to where the deer stood and see no hair, no blood and not even any dug up tracks. So I go the direction I watched the deer go. Still can't even find dig marks of a running deer in the rain-matted leaves. So I circle out the other way and back up to the woods road. Nothing. I walk over and stand, looking back up to where I had shot from and started to side step til I figured I was right, exactly where the deer was at the shot. I look down and there's a pencil eraser size piece of lung beside a drop of blood and 1 white hair on a leaf. Another drop of blood on a leaf beside that. And nothing else. Went back down the way the deer had gone and found nothing again. Got to one of our farm roads at the bottom of the slope and there...…...across the farm road...…...right beside the gate post.....laid a dead deer. Two 1/2 inch holes in it. Never left a discernable blood trail. Ran about 90 yards downhill and 15-20 yards on the level at the bottom.
The REAL bummer is that it was ALSO a button buck...…. A substantially bigger deer than the one ahead of it. Threw me off and fooled me COMPLETELY.