nsondag wrote:Hey guys, I've been hunting for 10+ years now, since I was 9. We have a shotgun spot along the Mississippi river and I am not concerned with big bucks down there at all. I have a pretty busy schedule and have recently started bow hunting behind my house to save driving time on about 50 or more acres of woods. We have 2 food plots both with wheat (i just was sitting in my deerstand doing some scouting and 2 does walked within 20 yards of me as I was typing this part on my phone) and Just a mix bag you can buy at the local hunting store. I have had a trail camera set up for 2 months or so and have a countless number of pictures of does and their little fawns. Every year there seems to be a group of 10 or more does on just my property. It's surrounded by farm fields with a small creek that runs through the back of it. 5 years ago while I was bow hunting I seen a very nice mature 9 pointer but he stared me straight in the eyes for a couple minutes and never looked back. Haven't seen him since. Last year, I seen many 4 and 6 pointers and there was a very mature big 8 pointer running around but only saw him once and got a picture of him once. This year I have 3 or 4 little bucks. The biggest being a basket rack 8 pointer on my camera so far. So my question is what am I doing wrong to not draw the big bucks onto my side of the property. I have food, water, does and very thick honeysuckle woods for protection. I know there are very few big bucks running around here, or so I think. People around me seem to see a ton of big bucks. I am dumbfounded. Any help would be appreciated.
nsondag wrote:Thanks guys for the replies. I kinda figured Id have to wait for the rut to hit to see what's really out there this year. But I figured I'd Atleast have a picture or of spotted a decent one already. Just kinda sad that I've been hunting here 5 years now and have really only seen 2 that i would shoot. That being said, let's get this hunting season started! October first is our opening bow day. Kinda weird I've been hunting for a while and I think I'm more excited this year then I ever have been lol.
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