things are definitely heating up. I'll be heading out friday to do some videoing for my brother and we will be hunting over a decoy all weekend. The activity in the morning has been decent, evenings have been surprisingly very good, haven't really seen much of a lull. Last week my dad stuck one at four yards....right after he got done making a scrape. (I'll post some pics). I wouldn't say we are full blown by any means but, right around mid oct they really react well to a slow rattle sequence(sparring) and soft grunts. Three years this weekend I shot a five by four, he was a good three hundred yards out, slowly rattled, soft grunts.....thirty yards broadside two minutes later. The best time of the year is getting real close!
The weather this weekend had em moving early in the evenings. I was in my stand the last three days by 2 pm, and glad I was, seemed the peak movement was from 3-5 pm, with not much moving during typical "prime time".
Passed up two very decent bucks, one of which I maybe should have shot, I may be kicking myself for that move later.
Tried a few grunts at the smaller one (about a low 130's 4 by) he heard me, but thats about it. About two more weeks kicks off my FAVORITE time to hunt..... the pre-rut.
Had some serious grunting coming from the brush on saturday night. Was looking real hard for the buck doing it. In walks a doe. I kept looking for the buck, but he wasnt there. It was the doe. Sounded JUST like a buck tending grunt, she walked right underneath me grunting her head off. Ive never heard a doe make a sound like that before.
The yearling bucks are starting to harass the does a bit now.
I've gotta tell a story quick too... so two years ago it started. Heading out bowhunting right at the end of october, I had to stop by my home to pick up boots, so I call my mom quick, while we're on the phone she tells me there's a really big deer right in the front yard...11:00 am, I figure that's a good sign, then she yells it just ran across the yard and took out my glendel target! When I got home my glendel was scattered all over the yard, antlers broke haha. Then again last year, same thing happened, mom calls tells me there's a deer in the yard hitting my glendel target. Im sold on decoys! I wait all year to use a decoy, this weekend should be great, I don't expect any charges, but I'll bet we'll draw something in, bristtled up, head cocked, licking the nose!
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