Got out Saturday am and pm, then again Sunday morning.
SW wind and drizzle/rain saturday morning. Had to walk about a 1/4 mile through uncut corn to hunt the stand I wanted. No deer came through during either the morning or evening hunt Saturday. I don't understand it. There was plenty of fresh prints, obvious bedding area at field edge and I have not seen a single deer in three tries on this stand over the last two weeks. Last year it was my go to stand. Saw deer druing ever sitting. Killed two in climber not 50 yards from this location. Thought it would be a smoking hot stand by now.
I decided to switch stand locations because I finaly got a due south wind which was ideal for this spot. Another trek throug another uncut corn field. I got situated about 15 minutes before legal shooting time. I was seated waiting for first shooting light and start to here the tell-tale sounds of deer moving through, but I can't see them in thickets. I was having a very difficult time locating the noise being close to the corn field and the slight breeze rustlng the stalks. Finally I have enough light to see an outline of a deer not 5 yards from my tree! Only problem is I am still sitting, and even though it is legal shooting light now I can't see my pins on my site!. What to do? I slowly start to stand and at the same time I am trying hook my release. Can't see that very well either. I shift my feet and weight to a better shooting postion. By this time I can barely make out my pin and the deer, a doe, is still down there. I draw back and I guess made enough noise or now the deer can see better too cause it catches me in the act. It simply turns, flags and trots away from me. Then I see another white tail go up a few seconds later. That was it. I only stayed about another hour or so as I had to leave early this morning due to a prior committments.
Here is some obversavations compared to last years journal.
Last year during this time I was already seeing lots of scrapes and rubs. Clear sign of several bucks in the area plus a clear indication that the rut was right around the corner. I follow the photo period line of thinking for runt which has been fairly accurate. Pre-rut usually begins around Oct 31st and ends around T-day. Peak is ususally the second week of November. This year I have yet to see any rubs or scrapes. Very disconcerting. However, I am still seeing the does, but I'd say about 10% less sightings from prior two years. Last year I saw alot of 1.5 year old bucks by this time which I passed on, over and over. I have only seen one in last two weeks He stopped briefly at one tree and rubbed his head around on it and proceeded through the area.
Should I start to panic now or am I having uncessary pre-rut anxiety? Has anyone seen nothing two weeks before magic time and then they just materialize, and start to shred trees and make scrapes everywhere? If there were "home range" bucks I am thinking I should have seen signs by now. It is OK to lie to me tell me not worry.[;)]
Veni, Vidi, Sagittam Mittere, now I'm ready for my nap