Twenty Up wrote:Recently I was hunting a WMA nowhere near a large city, hunting 1/2 mile in off a trail, close to a mile from the truck and I find a climber & trail camera on an oak flat I wanted to hunt. I ended up hunting roughly 120 yards further up, closer to bedding and had a nice 8pt come in at 7pm and start feeding around me. The buck stayed on the ridge top, nowhere near bow range of that stand or camera during daylight. There's no doubt in my mind he knew where he should and shouldn't go during daylight and so did the group of deer he met up with.
If you know where the deer are coming and going you can anticipate other hunters pressure in your favor, key is how well you scouted the winter before
This sounds similar to my situation so that makes me feel like I didn't make a mistake sitting it that night. The camera is about halfway across the island. Based on my scouting this winter, the bedding is off a point on the far side of the island which is where I set up. My tree is about 100 yds past where I saw the camera and the bedding a little further than that. I wasn't sure if that was far enough away to make a difference or if I should've just abandoned the island all together. I'll probably give it another 2 sits this year and see what happens and then do some more scouting in the off season to see if I can't find where they might be going if they are feeling too pressured.