MZS wrote:I go along with your policy of hunting the fringes and evenings only unless you have a safe route in for the pre-rut. It is so easy to wreck your area and not even realize that you wrecked it. Another thing that I do is stay out of the woods if it is dead still no-wind day unless I have a completely silent path in.
I like that last sentence. One of the things I do to ensure a silent path in is completely mulch and rake the leaves leading to each of my stands. That may sound crazy, but I usually do this the last week in October when most of the leaves have fallen. Since I use a mower, it doesn't really spook the deer too much. Most of the trails leading to my stands are not super deep into the woods and do not impact bedding areas. This makes entry deadly silent.
In fact, last year I had a small 2 year old buck walking and grunting in the woods as I was walking in. He kept going back and forth (North and South) with his head down like a beagle hound. I bet he crossed in front of me 5 times at a distance of 40 yards. Each time he would cross, I would start walking and he never knew I was there.