Hey guys, rjohannsen and I had a great weekend of hunting down in SE MN!
We went out Friday and were setting up a ladder stand to put in a new spot. While we were doing that, we saw 3 does run across the cut corn field that borders our property, soon followed by two smaller bucks. Finally we got in our stands around noon, and I had two fawns come hang around right under me for 2+ hours. They bedded 10 yds from my stand for an hour, and during that time I saw a nice buck with a doe in a thicket about 100 yds away, but couldn't draw him in.
We went out again Saturday morning, and I snuck around to the other side of the thicket because the wind had shifted. I got in my stand at 7:15, nocked an arrow and grabbed my grunt call. I gave a few grunts followed by a snort wheeze. Not 5 minutes later I heard a deer and saw this buck coming straight for me from behind. He looked around a few times but kept coming. I drew back as he crossed a gully but then he stopped short of my shooting lane and worked a scrape 30 yds to my left. After holding for about two minutes he finally stepped into the lane and I double lunged him at 25 yds. He didn't go 50 yds before he crashed in the thicket behind me. It was 7:30am and I had my first archery buck down, which I figure will go about 120" or a little better.
As I sat and waited for 15 minutes to get down, two does and a smaller buck came across a field and into the woods about 50 yds behind me, stopping to smell the buck I had shot. Rjohannsen saw more does and bucks following them that evening but nothing in range. The rut is definitely getting heated up with this cold weather! Hopefully we can get him a nice buck this coming weekend! Good luck to you all!