We, me and two sons, ended up shooting one nice sized button last Sunday. We were out again Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. We saw 6 buttons/does up til about 11 am just before the rain set in Sunday.
When I went back through my journal overall deer sightings were down about 50% compared to last two years. Bucks I would consider shooting (and my standards are low) were down about the same. I saw just three nice sized bucks. One was in the WOW class and that was opening weekend, and where did he disapear to, right back into a sea of standing corn.
This year we had several hundred acres within a mile radius where we hunt throughout firearms. The combines were at it when weather was nice (a little too nice) and as more and more corn slowly came off we saw more and more deer getting concentrated back into the woods. We still have 200 acres of corn left going into Muzzleloader so we will see how this starts to stack up. I have two other cousins who hunt and both had similar stories. It was difficult to locate the does with all the standing corn.
In general my all day sits were unproductive. The unseasonable warm weahter we had through the opening part of firearms put the deer back into a summer time pattern of moving only in the AM and agin right at dusk. This did not start to change for us until the weather got a little more cooler. Then we saw deer in the day moving.
Having said all that (gotta love excuses) I had my opportunities during bow to take another decent buck and choked. I had another opportunity to take a spike opening morning of firearms and, ummm, choked again. So we all came out of firearms safe and sound and we got out a lot and for once was not freezing our behinds off. Gotta be silver lining somewhere!
Veni, Vidi, Sagittam Mittere, now I'm ready for my nap