Well i did get out today almost all day...but the rain and a high school football game tonight ended my day a bit early.
But just wanted to share with my crossbow brothers the events of the day since a few gave me some well wishings.
Headed in at daylight just slow sneaking along solo, 2 deer were in the field that Joey and Mick scored in, one small buck and a doe bedded. Further up the hill I decided to take stand in the ridgeline stand, still pretty breezy up there and a few rain showers but a nice sit overall looking out over the clearcuttings
Nothing moving , did some grunting and canning, and even a little rattle bag...nothing. Decided to pull cam cards up there and get home for lunch since the kids got out at 11 today and john and I are hunting the afternoon. Got up on the ridgetop and 3 nice does were bedded but wanted nothing of me and my orange. All is not lost however as i get up to where they were bedded and see this...
...20 yards behind the stand I got one and missed one out of last Novemebr, in fact if you look close you can see the ladder right to the right of the rub. Get home check the cards and am figuring this guy is the culprit, the guy i missed last year...this cam is RIGHT below the ridgeline stand I was in before, nice shot opp on the wrong day....I got a mock scrape there but it is covered with leaves, or was til this morning.
I hit it with some estrus scent since we will be there in the AM tomorrow.
After lunch John and i felt like exploring some instead of stand sitting so he took the .243 and me the binocs and we explored across the road from the house where they have been logging. I use to hunt there alot and did pretty well too, and we see deer near the road all the time (after dark) . So we toured the new logtrails there in the rain...we saw 3 deer, a nice buck making a scrape and man did it stink when we looked at it, a doe that would not stop trotting for a shot but did get our hearts going, then another small buck on our way out. Just a nice afternoon of exploring that got us tired enough that stand sitting tomorrow should be more welcomed.
Stage is set the does are around the bucks are trickling in..tomorrow the lease behind me has their annual pheasant hunt so it may get them moving more in our direction...only one way to tell.
OK off to watch some football, and my daughter rock out at halftime..early to bed and early to rise. GOOD LUCK GUYS!!