I headed up to the camper with the kiddos for the weekend. Wife was on call AGAIN (on call with a trainee since she’s one handed at the moment). The fish didn’t cooperate much, so I decided to take Elli scouting and shining with me
- again, she’s 5. I took her last year and she loved it... I mean what kid doesn’t love using a ginormous flashlight
Overall it was pretty slow even though this is in a supposedly high dpsm area. We saw one little spiker and a half dozen does during daylight, then 4-5 does while shining. The highlight for me was Elli shining her first two deer of the night.
“SEE! I TOLD YOU THIS WAS THE BEST WAY TO FIND DEER!”
she loved it. She still says she wants to hunt...Aug 4th
Mama was feeling good enough to let me out of the house
I decided to watch the South end of the donut hole and verify where those bucks were coming from. As I expected, they were bedding on the neighbors in a low spot in the corn. Dogwood patch.
What a crop of bucks! Tons of potential. There was one buck who I thought MIGHT have been a modest short tined 3 yr old. He was an 11 pt due to a split g2, but his tallest tines weren’t even 6”. There was only one yearling and FIVE two year olds (5 included the maybe 3 yr). Normally those numbers would be flip flopped.
The bucks started dispersing and I got the feeling that it was late enough that this field was done for the day. Right or wrong, I high tailed it to location X to see if my “buddy” was in my spot. Nope. But the bucks weren’t in their spot either
a couple had came out way south. 2 were real nice two year olds and there were several yearling bucks. Also some does on the private way to the South. Love seeing good numbers!!
The high racked buck wasn’t there and the low spot that normally holds all the deer only had one doe there
maybe my buddy went scouting?? I’m thinking so. The thought occurred to me that the bucks came out there and traveled south. I’ve seen them do that, but that quite that far. Regardless, if there’s a shooter in there I’ll be in the game whether someone else is on to him or not.
I had 20 minutes left so I high tailed it to the opposite side. I normally don’t see near the numbers here, but I saw a couple heading North. Doe and a shooter buck
he looked like a real nice 10. Stud 3 yr old for sure, maybe mature.
Bedding is pretty loose on that side, so he might be tough to pin down early season. I do have a real good idea of where he might be, but he’s susceptible to being bumped off his pattern over here too. There were guys in there early last year. Regardless, I’m excited that there’s a definite shooter on the property. I will put time into this buck.
From there I BARELY had time to race over to the spot where I saw the split brow buck. He wasn’t there, but I had JUST enough light to use the spotter for another part of the property. This is an open and rolling hill type property and I had a couple points of interest for bedding. I ended up locating 3 deer near one of my pins, and two were bucks. It was too dark to see exactly what they were, but one looked nice. Could have easily been the split brow buck. They were bucking and jumping around... even the big one.
I just can’t lose this year!! I’ve done a lot of complaining in years past about numbers and buck quality, but no more of that for now. I’ve got some good ones to chase, and multiple options for once.
I shined my way home. No sign of the big split g2 buck, or the kicker g2 buck in Josh’s area. Saw a few does and one forkie.
Seeing those bucks in daylight got me so pumped! I was thinking on the way there that I’m in a very good place mentally. My expectations are realistic (I know how quick things can go South), and my sights are set high.
I still have lots on the to do list. Gotta get cams out, gotta start shooting bow
, and much more. It’s starting to feel like killin’ time boys! I’ll be ready.