Worked my way deep into a swamp I’ve had success in years past. The beavers have been busy the last few years and raised the water table a foot or more in some places, which makes getting in a challenge. The way I normally take is a hip boots or waders walk in, usually takes 45 min or more to get to the tree I want to hang my stand in.
After doing some scouting earlier in October I figured I could come in from the back side and wanted to give that a try. I got out at grey light this morning and stumbled my way back. Bumped a deer early in the walk and just saw a tail. A few water crossings were made easier by finding small beaver dams. This new way only requires rubber boots, which are much more comfortable than my hip boots so this might be a possibility for the future. Travel time to stand is unchanged.
By the time I finally got back into there where I wanted and set up in a tree was 8:15. Wind was perfect today and I hung my set overlooking a scape on one of the main trails out of a bedding area. Ended up sitting till 1:00 and saw 2 coyotes and 0 deer. Scouted around again and saw a load of sign, all 1-2 weeks old. Not sure where the deer are this year, I keep swinging and missing
Haven’t posted as much as I should to keep a hunting journal, this has been a tough season for me. I’ve seen 3 deer all year while on stand... after logging 15+ hunts. Several have been all day affairs. I’ve never scouted so hard or hunted so much in a season. I spent countless hours in the off-season and winter with boots on the ground. My mental fortitude is waning...
Back out into the oak hills tomorrow with this weather movin through. Hoping deer will be moving
Some years are more work than others