Country wrote:Went out this morning with stand on my back. I am getting really frustrated with this. It seems like the same thing always happens. I end up in a tangled mess that I can't possibly walk through quietly. Try to get to the less thick area. Don't see any sign worth hunting. Everything is under water. I get soaked. Saw 2 tiny rubs. Walk around for 2 hours and don't even hang a stand. Come home with a wasted hunt considering getting out of the house ain't easy. I'm always hoping for that ah hah moment like I found where they're at. Don't see anything worth sitting.
Does this happen to anyone? Getting tired of it.
This was me last night, I had been waiting for a North wind (not too common here) to check out a point that looked promising from aerial scouting and last night was my chance. As I was nearing where I knew I needed to enter the woods to work my way towards the back of the point I found a fresh rub next to a bed along the transition line and followed a small trail off the rub about 100 yards into the timber. It was a slow, loud, pain in the but. A ton of low brush that I had to bend over as far as possible to get under, any further I would have been crawling. Saw plenty of tracks along the trail but no more buck sign, the trail ended up coming into a nice opening where about 5-6 different trails intersected and wasn't too far off where I was hoping to setup for the point I was after anyway. It was getting late in the afternoon so I decided to setup and see what would come through, even though I hadn't come on any more buck sign since leaving the transition. Still though with all the tracks and obvious trails intersecting in this area I felt really good about at least putting some doe meat in the freezer ... then, nothing, all night. Talk about discouraging. I went out a different way and as I was leaving my headlamp shined on 2 different reflective thumb tacks so someone had already been back there so who knows if they busted the area with scent or noise or whatever, was kicking myself the entire hike out for not finding those tacks when I was looking for my tree. I learned a lot from the experience though so I don't consider it wasted effort / time, gotta keep on keeping on!