Southern Public Land Site
This site has been great for us all year long, so Chance returned this last weekend for another hunt and to accomplish a couple side projects. As we have been mentioning in a couple previous updates, we have been wanting to move a couple stands to be closer to some buck bedding areas and to be closer to some trails that cross the river. We finally accomplished that this last weekend. Chance was able to get these stands moved to the spot we had scouted a couple weeks earlier and the stands are now ready for the rut!!! We expect to hunt this stand the next time we return to see what it has to offer.
After the stands were moved Chance returned to the field edge stand to hunt that evening. As usual the does began to feed out into the cut soybean field. He saw five does and a fawn and as the evening progressed a small spike buck also entered the field.
As we mentioned in the last update we hung a trail camera just a few yards from our stand near the field edge, so after the hunt Chance climbed down and grabbed the SD card. We put this camera up over a mock scrape to try and get an inventory of the bucks in the area before the rut started. So the following is an update of what we got back!!!
We believe this buck is most likely 3 ½ years. Definitely a shooter on public land hunter and for us!!! The camera was out for 10 days and he returned multiple times in that small time frame.
That same morning this 2 ½, maybe 3 ½, year old buck also visited the mock scrape. This buck is also a potential shooter. Some might pass a buck of this age class, but with it being public land and knowing that the hunting pressure is extremely high in this area, if he shows up we will definitely try to fill our tag.
We also had pictures of several different doe groups and five other 2 ½ year old bucks with a whole lot of future potential if they can survive this year’s hunting season. All the buck movement we got on camera was still concentrated during nighttime hours. But, as the last few weeks of October go by, these bucks should start moving more during daylight hours. Needless to say, we left that camera out to continue to monitor buck movement.
So, going into the last two weeks of October, we now have two hit list bucks to chase. We will return to this site in a week for another hunt and hopefully by then one of these mature bucks will be on their feet during daylight hours. Within the next week we are going to get in the stand a few more times on our northeastern public land site and check another trail camera on that same site.