Yes agreed beagleman23, its somewhat puzzling though this area...its a long draw with a stream running through it..when i first map spotted it it looked interesting...then I scouted it and further north I saw plenty of sign and rubs...thought it was a great spot. The trail cam confirmed it when I caught a nice 8 pointer cruising through..then I hunted it 3 times and aside from a couple does, nothing. The area I still hunted is south of this..same draw and stream just a click south...it borders some ammo bunkers with grass fields around them which is where I suspect they are feeding..at least the does..and that scape just inisde the woods confirmed it. But that hub is halfway between those two points and it did not dawn on me until i saw the area litterally scuffed up and the dirt scrapped away. The oaks are huge in that one spot so there is no doubt there were tons of acorns falling in this one spot, and I suspect they are still knuding around in there looking for the last of the acorn mast. The spot is frustrating me because I just know they are there, everything points to it, guess i just need to be more patient.
Ok so now I have a bunch of other questions regarding still hunting:
1. Do you carry your bow knocked or unknocked w/ an Arrow? For safety reasons and so as not to get hung up on nearby brush I started off unknocked...then tried knocked, felt uncomfortable and went back to unknocked.
2. How many steps do you take between a stop and pause? I tried to keep it to just 3-4 but found myself at times stopping in the open i.e. without a tree or brush behind me to break up my outline...so I basically kept doing the slow stalk to the next tree, shrub, bush I could hide behind. Sometimes it was a few steps..other times it was 10-15 yrds
3. When you stop do you take a knee, sit or stand? I mixed it up...if there was a tree nearby I would lean up against it..if it was a small tree or a shrub I would kneel and if it was a fallen log with brush or limbs behind me to break up my outline I would sit on the log.
4. When you stalk, do you crouch, stand erect..hands and knees? Again i mixed it up here depending on the terrain, but for the most part I crouched and tried to keep my profile low...if I came upon taller brush I would stand erect.
5. If you snap a twig do you do anything to similate another animal as having made the noise? I only had my grunt call, so if I made excessive noise I would get on the grunt tube. I've heard tohers use turkey calls, snort/wheeze etc.