Let's hope so AlleganBowhunter! Have you been by that property latley, and seen him yourself? How is the UP doing this year as far as rain? The TV has been showing a LOT of rain this summer there. Just wonderin how wet it is up there?
A lot has changed this past month. Rain, rain, and more rain. Two weeks ago it rained almost 6 inches in some counties in the UP in less than 20 hours. I took the four wheeler out and bagged it in the river. There I was floating down the river on my atv. The water was super cold when it hit my "midsection" LOL!!! Anyway, spent the whole day getting it out, drying it out, draining fluids, sucking out water from the carb and air cleaner, ect.... ect... ect..... But, put a new plug in a week later with new fluids and fired right up. I really wasn't paying attention to how deep it got when I was crossing and wished I would have looked harder at it, but was bird hunting with my dog and trying to keep an eye on him too. That'll teach me. Got two grouse though and had a warm partridge with cream of mushroom dinner. mmmmmm. Went out to one of my bowstands by a creek and noticed it was flooded a good 30 yards on each side. Never saw that before since I've been hunting the property for almost 20 years. Couldn't even get to the stand without waders. Needless to say I won't be hunting it until November probably. No deer sign around it anyway as the whole swamp is practically flooded and wildlife is non-existent there right now. That's whats happening in my neck of the woods.
Anyway, back to the deer. Lots of nice specimens coming into the planted clover and alfalfa fields this year. Too many does, but that'll change soon with bowhunting now open. Sat in stand last weekend and saw plenty, but no bucks. Wondering if I picked the right spot in the morning, so I moved to another stand and let my father in law's buddy sit in the stand I sat in in the morning. Needless to say he saw the nice eight that was hanging around and took a 30 yd shot. He hit front leg all the way and said he heard a loud crack. The buck limped away with no apparent vitals hit. Arrow was greasy, but some dark blood. Blood trail led away about 250 yds and peetered out. He never got him. Now I wish I wasn't stubborn and was in that stand instead of him, cause I know I could have nailed that shot broadside. Anyway, he'll be totally nocturnal now probably and won't see him much I suppose until he heals up some. What a shame.... Guess that's bowhunting, but kinda irks me a little. I will now focus on the big ten that we've been catching on camera I guess. No sighting of him in the last week though. Which kinda worries me some. We'll see this weekend if I can put him down. Got a plan for him. LOL!!!
"I enjoy and become completely immersed in the challenge and the increased opportunity to become for a time a part of nature. Deer hunting is a classical exercise in freedom. It�s a return to fundamentals that I distinctly feel are basic and right"-F.B.