Hey there I am hunting on private land in VT this year for rifle season. The area we hunt is not known to have many deer, 2 bucks have been harvested in the last 25 years, and they were wandering with no ties to the property. I saw 4 does last season from my stand, and decided to keep my stand where it was last year for this season. I have nothing on my camera which is focused on a mock scrape I made a month ago. I spent last weekend in the stand and did not see anything. I am wondering how I should approach this hunt. Our buck to doe ratio is really low in VT, and I am looking to hunt anything legal (3pt minumum). Should I be calling to catch a wandering buck or is this not good for a low buck to doe ratio? Does calling scare off the small bucks? Should I be using all of my calls rattling, grunting, and bleating?
Any help would be appreciated!