This past weekend, I was out putting the finishing touches on one of my stands. I was dressed only in my chore clothes and I was a day or two away from my last shower. Still, I managed to have a doe drop by for a nice visit . It got me to thinking, and it got me to thinking about this thread.
Here's the details:Encounter with the Doe
I look back over the past 30 years, and I realize how goofy I was over things like scent, camo, etc. In my defense, I have to say that there were dang few deer back then and it was hard to test out ideas. Now, I have them practically crawling up my leg at home. Still, for all the wrong-headedness, I did manage to see deer most times back then. In later years, I wondered how I could. There I was, mothballs in my pockets, a Jon-EE handwarmer in my coat belching naptha, no camo no UV spray. No scent bombs. No drag line.
The big thing I take away from all this is, looking back over 30-some years, is that deer are not all that hard to kill and that we over-think, over-spend, and over-do so much of all this. I did.
There is going to be a certain number of guys reading this that are going to say: "Sure, maybe with just a dumb doe. I am hunting trophy bucks!" Either that or they are going say, "Yes, but I want that winning edge!" or "Money is no object, because I don't have time to scout."
Truth is that in another week or so, that doe is going to have a nice fat buck trailing her everywhere. It is not like I was told back 30 years ago-- he is not prodding her out into the open while he sits back behind the bushes and watches. No, she is the one calling the shots. She is out in front and he is shadowing her. If she walks past, chances are he is going to be following.
Gotta run for now.