Over the past several weekends, my son and I saw a few bucks on their feet all walking by - not close to the stands. When we grunted at them, they tucked tail and ran. Not wind, not sight lines, just had no intentions of competing with any other buck (or so we think) for whatever reasons.
There is 160 acres to our east with two bow hunters, never take a doe. A 40 acre section across the street north, no one hunts. 120 acres to the NE, a man and his girlfriend, maybe one doe in the 5 years they've owned that section. The 120 to our SW, they just gun hunt and shoot anything that moves. There is a 100 or more acre section to the SE that is public propery (mostly swamp and dogwoods) that gets hit hard during gun, but hardly anyone is in that marsh during bow season.
We think we have way too many does in the area. Bucks don't chase and seek during the day time hours because free poon-tang is everywhere, for the taking mostly in the bedding areas at night. At least that's my conclusion.
We also think the does and bucks disappear from cameras in the middle of the night and must bed in the swamp/dogwoods to our south (not our property) and on the public marsh to the SE. We've hunted our south property line and woods edge but bucks can get in/out from anywhere along our 1/4 mile line or the east or even up from the south side of the road. We see rubs, but not a ton and it's hard hunting that section.
Bucks just don't seek on our property during the day and grunting, rattling or even doe calls sends them into a sprint off the land. Any thoughts, anyone. We're just stumped.
One day my ship will come in!! My luck, I'll be at the airport.