Southern Public Land Site
We had another great weekend of hunts at this location. Even with the beans losing their color and drying up, the deer still seem to be using them heavily. Actually, we have made the observation that the deer are actually feeding longer in the field this weekend then they were when the soybeans were green. Probably due to a change in the primary food source they were using. We saw nine does on Friday and Saturday night and saw 12 does on Sunday night. Their direction of travel still remains the same as they always head in the west or northwest direction as they work across this field. This will lead us to an eventual stand site move. We can see every deer that crosses this field, but they always cross the fence anywhere from 50 to 100 yards to the west of us. Whether they cross 50 or 100 yards from us they always walk the fence line west. So we need to move!!!! It does us no good to watch the deer cross the fence but have no shot opportunity at them. For some unknown reason this stand site seems like it will be a good stand throughout the year. If this proves to be the case, we will move the stands that are along this bean field farther west to get a better shot opportunity at these deer crossing the field.
The bucks continue to gives us the slip, probably due to hunting pressure and just because they are changing their patterns to more nocturnal movements. Because of this, we headed in early this last Friday to scout for a stand site along the river that would allow us to hunt the bucks we were seeing early on during the rut. We were able to find a spot that we think will be an excellent spot come November (See the pictures below). This location lies along the river and has a dry creek bed that runs perpendicular to the river. The dry river is covered in thick brush and tall grasses and creates a perfect bedding area for both does and bucks. We will set up on a trail that parallels the river and has multiple trails, coming from the bedding areas, cutting across it. This location will give us a view of the river and allow us to see deer that are crossing from the bedding on the north side of the river to our side and it will also give us a good view of deer exiting the bedding area in the dry river. The main point of this stand site is to set up on trails that lead out of bedding areas. These trails are ones that bucks are going to use when the bucks start to scent check for does and the bedding areas are so thick that they might be places deer go to get away from hunting pressure. So in the next couple weeks we plan to go back to this spot and hang a couple stands to get ready for the rut.
Northeastern Public Land Site
Wehave yet to hunt this location, but tomorrow will change that. I am going to head to this location on a solo hunt and see what this stand has to offer. The acorns are dropping and the cooler temps this week should have deer moving. We are also going to hang a trail cam in this location to see what deer are using this area. We see lots of tracks in the creek bed where the deer are feeding on acorns, and we got a little curious as to what deer we traveling through there. So with the acorns being a good attractant to focus deer movement we will hang a camera tomorrow and see what pictures we get.