Well opening morning in Nebraska is upon us and we are excited to be back in a tree stand on public land in Nebraska. Watch the video below to see how our first hunt of the year turned out!
Why did we choose to hunt this spot?
We have talked about this location in the last couple of blog posts. So, for more information read the last 2 previous blog posts.
But, we specifically chose to hunt this stand because of its location in relation to the hunting pressure, known travel routes, and known buck bedding.
Multiple hunters, with multiple stand locations, hunt a large ag field to the north of this stand probably a quarter to half a mile away. They pressure this field hard and hunt on any wind direction. Opening day was a Saturday, so we knew that there would more than likely be pressure on that ag field. We wanted to use that pressure to our advantage.
With that pressure in mind we want to set up on a known travel route that bucks would use to escape that pressure. This is where scouting and taking notice of how deer used the property last year helped us. A small ditch runs off the ag field and heads south towards the river. Both bucks and does use this as a travel route. Which we saw all of last year.
We also know that bucks like to bed in an area just south of the river. We have seen multiple big bucks go into and out of that bedding area.
So, to put it all together, any buck coming back from feeding in the ag field, whether they encountered the hunting pressure or not, would likely use the small ditch as a travel route and head straight to the known buck bedding area. The area we put our stand was located at the edge of the river, on the travel route and we could see the entry and exit routes into the bedding area.
What did we learn from this hunt?
We learned that what we though would happen, happened. We just happened to be in the wrong stand location. Had we sat in the stand location where we sat most of last year we would have likely killed a buck on opening morning. But, last year we saw bucks using this travel route so we decided to move. Just bad luck. With that being said we are contemplating moving the stand back to the old location. There is a fine line between waiting to long and being to quick to make a decision. We are going to sit in this stand location one more time and see what happens and also hang a trail camera to help us decide if we should move the stand. We have seen bucks use both trails, so it was more than likely we just happened to be in the wrong stand on the right day and its just a matter of time before a buck walks by our current stand.
We also confirmed that the area we believed to be a buck bedding area is still a buck bedding area. This bedding area will be a focus for us the rest of the season. It is obvious that bucks feel safe in this area. All the does we saw bedding on the side of the river closest to the hunting pressure and this bucks and many bucks before him, always cross the river and put the river between them and the hunting pressure as an extra barrier.
What do we do next?
As mentioned earlier we are going to sit this spot one more time before we decided if we need to move the stand. We are also going to hang a trail camera in this location to help us in this decision. We don’t want to rush a decision, but we don’t want to sit in a spot that is ineffective.
We won’t be back to this property for a while, as we are headed to western Nebraska to meet up with the guys from The Hunting Public. After our western Nebraska trip we will be back on this property, probably somewhere near or at this stand location.