I feel your frustrations. I've been in the same boat. I have been fortunant to connect during regular season though. 4th day of the season, later in the afternoon I Primos can called in 2 doe so I dropped one at 38 yrds behind me. 20 minutes later a spike with 9" antlers stood out in the field 90 yrds away. So down he went. 2 deer, 20 min., not bad. Now it's muzzleloader season and I'm trying to get my 1st buck with the ML. Yesterday, I saw 3 bucks and 5 doe in less than 30 min. The 1st set was the buck, a doe, and yearling. Everytime the buck or doe stopped out in the field, they were behind a tree or bush, so alas, no shots at them. 1/2 hour later 3 doe and 2 bucks came out of the scrub about 40 yrds away. I had to wait for them to come out where I could get a clear shot since there was tree branches in front of me. The wind was blowing wrong and I couldn't get them to stop cause they scented me. Tried a shot at one of the bucks but never touched him. Tomorrow is the last day, I plan on being out there, and hoping one of those horned ones show up again.
In the woods where they have been rutting around for acorns, where the doe have peed, there is blood mixed in so you know what's going on. Found some out in the field too with buck tracks dogging the doe tracks.
One thing I have run into the last couple of days is wind direction. According to weatherbug when they say the wind is NW, plan on it being the opposite. I sat there tonight with my scent blowing across the field again that I am watching and all these deer have shown up in. Figure this, I am setting there looking at the sun setting in the west which means it should be hitting me in the face and blowing my scent back in the woods, except it's hitting from my back which means it's from the NE. Must be their NW direction is different from mine.
CB, nice critter taken with the ML. Congrats That's what makes it worthwhile to be out there.
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