Far from an expert but I'm not often undecided about these things.
Just got a hot tip from a neighboring farmer. He has a huge corn field bordered on three sides by woods and more contiguous corn and other crops. The borders are posted but recovering a deer will be no problem. The end of this field is a good half mile from the road, making the back end nice and private for everybody on two or four legs. Sticking out from the woods on the north end and jutting into the crop field is 2 acre patch of ash, locust, golden rod, and assorted cover of varying thickness. The corn field sort of wraps around this "island"
Along the edges of the island and in between the corn is a huge scrape line. Primary scrape is washtub size And there were no less than 8 grooves down through it. So he's a big 10 at least. Other deer are coming to the corn too so this a good place to kill a deer in general and the big boy is just a bonus.
My dilemma is this. Because I know that there is a definite threshhold of how much hunting pressure this animal will tolerate, I am concerned about walking into this area in the dark and bumping into him and so I am thinking about going in late am or sticking to an evening sit.
I should also mention that we have put up a stand watching the main trail to the scrap line and on the other end of the "island" there is a pile of logs and cut tree stumps that is just about the best natural blind I have ever seen and a perfect spot to rattle from with someone up in the stand. Also the sign told us we bumped a big deer out of there when we parked the truck nearby.
What do ya'll think? Sneak in early morning? Evening? Stay all day?
Let's hear it!