Northeastern Public Land Site
We started hunting this new location the last week in September. We hunted three times and each time we saw zero deer. After the first hunt we put a trail camera out to monitor the trails that surround our stand. It was out for about 10 days and we received a picture of a young, unique looking spike buck and a few does. That trail camera will remain out for the next few weeks or so and will play a part in decision to either stay or leave this property. We saw really good buck sign this spring when we scouted, but thus far the activity has been pretty disappointing. With the results we were getting we decided to start formulating a plan B. There are two properties that we have some interest in hunting, but both have yet to be scouted any further then using aerial photos. So this week we plan to get onto these properties and see what they have to offer. We have not completely given up on the initial property yet, we are just creating a plan of action to take if this property doesn’t produce consistent buck sightings. Plus, November is right around the corner and we want to make sure we have a good stand site setup and ready to go, so we aren’t indecisive and jumping around during the rut. Check back soon for an update on the new properties we are scouting and hopefully a trail camera update from this location.
Southern Public Land Site
This location just continues to produce!!!! We hunted twice this last weekend, one evening sit and one morning sit. We are still hunting over the soybean field, but the beans were finally picked this last week. So we were hunting over a cut soybean field for the Friday evening sit. I have heard and read many times that once the beans turn brown the deer leave that food source. That was definitely not the case. We saw multiple doe groups throughout the evening and a few bucks all the way across the field for a grand total of 30 deer feeding in this cut soybean field. LESSON LEARNED. Hunting over a freshly cut soybean field (within 7 to 10 days) is definitely a must. We returned the next morning to try and catch the deer as they feed back across the bean field. We saw one group consisting of six does that were feeding with a definite shooter buck across the field from us and another group of four does that were walking down the abandoned service road to our north. After the morning hunt we put a trail camera out that monitors a gap between the tree line we are in that the deer use to get to the abandoned service road. We also created a mock scrape in front of the camera to try and get the bucks that are in the area to check it out, hopefully giving us a good idea of the bucks that are using this side of the property.
With November fast approaching we are moving one of our stand setups to a more rut specific location. Check out the September 27th update for more info on this stand site. We are going to move these stands next weekend and hopefully we can hunt from them by the end of this month.
Be sure to check back next Tuesday when we should have a trail camera update for you from both properties and some updates on our hunts this weekend.