I went out every day but cannot go out tonight. [:(] The first day I saw nothing but tried out my rattling technique to get myself set for bow season and the rut Sure enough about 10 mins. after rattling a buck ran in and grunted but stayed out of sight. The second day i sat in the same location but had no luck, allthough I did hear a lot of movement around me but it seems the deer knew it was early gun season because they didn't give me any type of shot let alone present themselves so I could at least see them. On the third day I moved to my tree stand that morning and had 2 bucks walk in but they stayed behind me so I didn't get to see them at all, but I knew they were bucks because they gave me a couple grunts and even rubbed some trees. That evening was the most exciting part of this hunting season so far. On my way to my stand just before I cross our bridge there is a trail that runs all the way to the road. Just as I was about to cross the bridge I looked to my right, as I do every time I go into the woods, and there stands a deer. I set my flashlight down, took the safety off my shotgun, and looked through my scope only to see that it was a big bodied 2 1/2 yr old 6 point buck. That made me mad because the time was 6 o' clock in the evening and I wanted to be in the woods set up by then, perhaps if I was in my stand I would have gotten a better look at him so I could size him up for bow season. Anyway I walk into the woods along the trail to my stand and as I make the turn to go to my stand I looked up and saw a white tail hopping away. So 2 deer in less than 10 minutes, which if I would have been in my stand when I wanted to I would have seen that deer also. I sat for about an hour and a half when I heard some movement behind me, I turned and looked and saw what looked like the same 6 pointer that I saw on my way in. Little did I know he had a doe in front of him, but she never stopped broadside so I could get a clear shot. They walked off and about 50 yards behind them came another deer trotting along trying to catch up to them. So all together I saw 6 deer but either couldn't shoot them or didn't get a clear shot. Yesterday (Sunday) I rattled in 2 bucks at the same time but my adrenaline got the best of me and I made to quick of a movement and spooked them both before ever getting a good look at them.
Now the funny thing about all this is that even though I have only gotten 3 pictures of a young 6 pointer on my camera I had at least 3 different bucks come in to my calling and rattling. So now I am sure about my technique and am ready for when it comes time to bring in at least one of those bucks for my first deer EVER!!!! Even if I have to take a doe I will be happy because as long as I get a deer I know that I am doing something right and will be ready for years to come.
Happy and safe hunting to all who reads this.