4khorn... I actually had an awesome hunt Saturday morning...
Went out solo (the wife stayed home to pick up the house a bit since my parents were coming down), so I got in a little earlier than usual. I had 2 deer blowing at me out in the field as I walked back to my stand. I just blew back at them and kept walking. Got in stand and all situated, and just before I could really see well a deer crossed abou 65 yds out. I think it was a small buck based on body shape and language, but I couldn't see his head very well. Heard some deer moving through the timber to my left, so I was focused over there when I glanced to the open grass ditch to my right and saw a definite shooter buck. I didn't get a good look, but it might have been the double main beam I have video of. If not, it's another heavy horned buck that's really tall as opposed to being wide. He was walking away at about 60 yrds, so I hit my can call. He hesitated, but I heard a deer run in behind me... I looked to find a yearling doe standing about 15 yds broadside... I didn't take the shot b/c I'm holding out for something bigger. She circled around and caught my wind and spooked out of there pretty quick. The big buck just kept moving off into distance and I didn't see him again. I didn't get rained on, but I did get pelted with about a half hour of sleet... the weirdest sleet I've ever seen. No liquid at all, just rice-grain sized pieces of ice. After that quit I saw another deer (possibly the same deer i saw just before good light) feeding out in the cut corn a few hundred yards away. Then more sleet started, and after another half hour I couldn't take it anymore and headed in. Standing there talking with the landowner back at my truck I saw a doe on a flat run across the field. Then driving home I saw 2 small bucks (probably 1 1/2 yr old) harassing a doe.
so... in my neck of the woods it seems like the young bucks are getting fired up, but the big boys are still biding their time. I'm looking forward to having Friday off work. Got the nephew's 2nd bday party on Saturday, so I won't be able to hunt as much as I'd like, but I've got high hopes for Friday.
"When a hunter is in a tree stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God." ~Fred Bear