Northeastern Public Land Site
After our midweek hunt last week, we pulled the SD card from the trail camera and got a great surprise. As we mentioned in a previous update this location was high risk, high reward and after looking at the pictures on the trail camera, we are thankfully leaning more towards high reward. Within the two-week period we had the trail camera out we got pictures of two shooters (pictured below), several young bucks, and good doe movement. One of the shooters was even active during daylight hours!!! But getting pictures of a buck and drawing back on him are two different things. This location has shooter bucks using it, but we have still failed to see them when we are sitting in the stand. We have seen just one spike buck during our sits. With the temps cooling down and the rut heating up we will be in the stand every day this week and hopefully one of the shooters will show up. At this point it’s just a matter of putting the time in.
We pulled the SD card on a hunt that took place just before this update was released and it had several pictures of does walking through and two small bucks cruising through during daylight. So, movement remains a little slower than one would like.
Southern Public Land Site
We underwent our first all day sit of the season this past weekend on this public land site. At about 11:00 a.m. I saw a nice 4x4 chasing a doe across the creek from our “rut” stand location. For the next two hours, they remained just across the creek running around in the woods in front of me. It was nice to finally see some rutting action. During that morning sit Chance sat along the food source again and continued the pattern of not seeing any deer using this food source. He also pulled the SD card from the trail camera and only had pictures of a doe and a young buck. We will not be hunting this stand for a while now. It is not producing reliable deer sightings and we are going to focus our attention on the rut until colder weather forces the deer to shift their focus back to food sources.
That evening Chance joined me in the “rut” location and at about 4:00 we saw two bucks come running out of the woods and chase each other up and down the creek. Other than that, we have seen very little rut activity up to this point. The temperatures were cooler this weekend, but they were still about 10 degrees above average and it seems to be slowing things down a little bit. That next morning, we returned to the same stand site and saw only one doe crossing the creek.
We have noticed however, that every deer we have seen is either coming from or going to the same area directly across the creek from where our stands are now. We mentioned in the last update about a possible stand move to get across the creek. That is likely the game plan as we go forward. Nebraska’s rifle season starts up this weekend so we will be staying away from this location for 2 weeks, but when we return we plan on moving these stands just across the creek to get into a better travel corridor.
We have hit the time of year when hunting becomes a grind. The time you are putting in the stand is increasing, rifle seasons open and pressure increases, there are more early mornings, more missed opportunities, and plenty of frustration. My advice? Embrace it. As much as we may dislike certain aspects about deer season this time of year, we wouldn’t want it any other way. It is not always easy to embrace this grind. I know this first hand, but every time you climb into the stand remember why you do it. It’s not because you’re a morning person, that you just love those freezing cold temperatures, or that those deer stand seats are just so comfortable you can’t help but sit in them all day long. It’s because you love it. It’s because it’s a passion.