My 7 day break started wednesday, I did not hunt, had a rough couple days at work but figured I would at least go walk around, it was raining pretty much all day but I wanted to at least hit the woods on foot, reason being.. all summer we had three very nice bucks on trail cam, but we have not had any sightings of them yet and the camera pictures have dropped off dramatically... actually we had no pictures of those three bucks since a couple days before the season. I had not heard of anyone harvesting them either, but on public land in PA.. you never know. Anyway, I went out to a patch of woods across the road from where we had been seeing these bucks. In the area we were hunting them, there was not much sign and our mock scrapes were not getting hit as often. In this new patch, I ended up finding a really nice rub line.. probably spanned 300 yards total along a fence thru the woods. There was a concentration of about 10 rubs in about a 10 yard radius so I decided that I would hang a stand there, I made a mock scrape and left. Thursday I went in and hung the stand around noon. My dad got home from work around 330 and I told him to hit that stand. I figured there would be a good chance of him seeing something and I figured he would have the best shot out of that one compared to our other stands. This was his first year back to archery after a couple years just rifle hunting. Its been nice to have him back in the woods this time of year so I wanted to set him up good. At 6:45 I was sitting in my tree hoping for something to move when my phone rang. Talked to him, said he hit a nice 8 point. I said I would drive over and help him track it. Got there at about 7:30... there was not much tracking to be done, blood was light at first, but after about 15 yards you could tell it was pouring out of both sides of the deer. We tracked about 50 yards to find a 9 point with a 16 and 1/4 inch inside spread down. It was a main frame 8 with a kicker off the G2. That buck came right in, messed with the mock scrape a bit then gave my dad a nice 25 yard shot. It was his biggest bow buck ever. Great day!!
We always like to have our scouting done and stands hung before season, but sometimes you cant beat hitting a new patch of woods, finding a nice spot, hangin the stand and seeing what happens. It seems like I have caught more big bucks off guard doing that than any other tactic.
There was no other stands in that area, so we figured leading up to the season and durring the season, while the other parts of the woods were getting pounded, this buck was nice and secluded in his own area with no one pressuring him.
I am glad my dad was succesful, because I did not see much since he dropped that buck thursday. I hunted friday morning in the rain, didnt last long and did not see anything. Friday night I scouted for ducks, hunted ducks saturday morning and I went out in the wind last night and saw one button buck, a spike and a doe. Hoping to get out tomorrow and tuesday for morning and evening hunts.
Good luck to the rest of you guys. Ill get a pick of the buck on here asap.