I love huntin' on the ground ... sometimes I gotta throw in a tree stand for good measure, just, to get above the many eyes that precede that Monster I'm lookin' for.
I'm diggin' your "joy" Woods Walker!
By the way, I thought I was the only one that stared/observed the oak mast with binoculars, while laying on my back.
The moist area of a hollow was key ... for me this year too!
That is where I observed one of the biggest bucks earlier in the season. It was in a North/East hollow, mostly East, thirty yards from the top of a ridge, that received the "least" daylight/sun, which kept the ground moist and was "t-h-e" bunking area of a big buck.
It did receive the early morning sunlight, matter of fact, it faced it head on, but early in the morning, it was "mostly" cool.
I'm talkin' early season, September, early October, in Northern Kentucky, with temperatures reaching the 60's and sometimes the 70's plus.
As the sun rose ... it would get hotter in the day, and that particular hollow/area, would stay cool and moist, making it comfortable for the deer to bunk, most of the day.
They would set-up camp there until the next major feeding period ... usually it would be the evening hunt, when they would begin there next browse.
I like to call it,"headin' towards the watering hole!"
What state are you huntin' Woods Walker?
And JOEL, I agree ... but somtimes, you may have to saw a sappling.[;)]
ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
Hunting, or just being in the woods, has always been a lifelong learning process for me, and 90% of the time I come away with more questions than I have answers for, but that's the joy of it. One question leads to another. For example.....
Each observation leads to another question.
(I'm a ground hunter). [:)]