Hunted the WMA on Sunday afternoon. Took the opportunity to do some on the fly scouting on two parts of the property I had previously been unable to scout do to time constraints. My hunch was correct on one portion that borders to private CRP fields with a strip of woods that creates a nice funnel. Some very well worn trails and good buck sign. So I setup there for the afternoon since the winds were right for it. No action until 4:30 when I saw several deer bolt out of the opposite side of the woods into the CRP field. Looked like a bunch of does and the way they were moving something was chasing them. So I hit the grunt tube and doe bleat and a fork horn came in to investigate. My goals were to take at least a 6 point this year, so I let him pass. A spike came out of no where, also responding to my calls. Unfortunately he busted my movement and snorted. Although I took no shots, I saw deer and I have a feeling as the rut heats up this spot is going to produce.
I took this week off from work to hunt the rut. Suffice it to say the chasing is underway...not a lot but between the hunt at the WMA and the two hunts over the last couple days at the county park, it seems to be on the fringes of being underway and in-line with CA's predictions. The county park spot is heating up..have seen on avg a half dozen deer daily...mostly young does with a spike, 4 pt, and 6 pt mixed in. The 6 pt I would have taken had he presented a shot...but he was 65 yards away and cruising...as a matter of fact, all the bucks I've seen, with the exception of the spike have been cruising for does just inisde or on the field edges. I'm going to adjust my stand sight closer to the field edge as I sense this will only continue and become more prevalent as the rut kicks into full gear. Either way, i believe I'm well poised to take a shooter soon, just need the right guy to come by my stand. Taking tomorrow off from hunting...I'm tired and need to regroup. I'll be back at it Thursday, hopefully with a kill!