Archive for October, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Tonight I headed to a place I haven’t hunted in about 10 years. I’m not sure why I haven’t gone there, but I have just avoided it. It’s probably because of the amount of people that were tramping through the woods all over the place at the time. I just got sick of dealing with everyone’s shenanigans. Sadly, I had killed many nice bucks there before I stopped hunting the area.

When Dad and I headed up the hill after getting out of the truck, I had a lot of memories racing through my mind. I spent an awful lot of time on the mountain, and all of the memories of it are fantastic.

After splitting up, I made my way to a knob that I had sat on when I was 16 years old. On the day I sat there, Dad and I split up just like we did tonight. Shortly after resting my back against a tree that night, I saw a monstrous buck charging through the saplings in front of me. I found an opening and started pulling the trigger. Before I knew it, I had missed the biggest buck I had ever seen in New York. Looking back on it, I never imagined that the buck would still be the largest one I’ve ever seen in New York, but I still haven’t seen one that could rival it.

As I continued on my journey, I found where a good buck has been working. I wish I had checked the area out before tonight. All of the calmness will be gone on Saturday morning when muzzleloader season opens. I might try to hunt there a few times during the week after work next week. The buck sign was impressive, and it’s the first good sign I’ve found.

I’m unsure what I will be doing this weekend. I think I will go up north one day and wander around in the woods. I will probably stay close to home on the other day. I’ll have to play it by ear and see what everyone else wants to do.

It felt good to finally find some good sign tonight. The rain won’t let up. It’s still raining, and the woods have been extremely dark, making it very hard to see. The next two days are supposed to be in the mid 70s, so I’m going to take the days off and try to catch up on a bunch of stuff I need to do.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

I picked my dad up, and we headed out for the morning. Since we didn’t have much time, we decided to stay fairly close to home. I went back to the stand I left at the base of the tree last night. I’m not sure why, but I expected to see deer today. Once again, I didn’t see anything. Dad didn’t see anything, either. We had a great morning to hunt. It was cool, overcast, and we both figured the deer would be on the move. Although they may have been on the move, they weren’t moving where we happened to be hunting. On our way out, we heard a few deer blowing at us, but we didn’t see them. The area appeared to have a lot of sign in and around it, but it’s so hard to tell how much sign there really is because of the amount of rain we’ve had in recent weeks.

Brian took his girlfriend’s son out today for the youth weekend. They were lucky enough to get a little spike. Derek was really excited and couldn’t believe the amount of adrenaline he had coursing through his veins afterward. It’s always good to get kids started when they’re young. If you introduce them to hunting, they can make the choice when they’re older if they want hunting to be a part of their lives.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

I had plans of getting out of work and getting into the woods early to allow me plenty of time to cover a lot of ground to see what I could find. After getting stuck in the office longer than I had originally anticipated, I was delayed further when I stopped at my parents’ place to get a few things.

When I finally got into the woods, I didn’t have the amount of time I needed to go to the places I wanted to go. I brought my stand with me and left it at the base of a tree for Saturday morning. Although I wanted to sit in it, I forget my safety rope, so I decided I better avoid it for the evening.

I didn’t see any deer, or animals for that matter, while I was wandering aimlessly through the woods. My trips to the woods this year haven’t left me with a very optimistic outlook for the days ahead. The weather has been pretty decent for the early season, but the heat is coming next week. The mid 70s that are predicted will probably be closer to 80.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

I poured in the early afternoon before breaking and becoming calm. Although the sun never poked through the cloud cover, it felt good to know the rain had temporarily stopped. Brian and I headed to an area where I thought a big buck might be hiding.

Instead of setting up stands, we decided to cover some ground to see what we could find. During our journey, we discovered an area torn up with rubs. I’m sure that Brian could kill a nice buck there if he puts some time in when the leaves come down. Unfortunately, we haven’t had anything even remotely close to a frost, so the leaves won’t be coming down anytime soon.

When we came across the rubs, I thought I saw something in the distance. Suddenly, two deer began running over the knob in front of us, one of them carrying a nice rack on its head. If we had guns, we would have been able to get a few shots off before the deer disappeared.

I was impressed with the area we covered tonight. I’m not a big fan of hunting on steep mountains, but this place definitely had possibilities. It reminds me of the mountain where I killed Cliff, the buck I wrote about in my second book. The area was so similar I almost thought I had been bounced back in time.

We are supposed to have one cold day before the heat rolls in next week. The temperatures are supposed to hang in the low 70s all next week but dip into the 30s tomorrow. I wish I could hunt in the morning, but I’ll have to wait until I get out of work to give it a whirl. I’m going to head to my old stomping grounds and walk as far as it takes me to locate some good sign to sit on Saturday morning. I’m looking forward to see what I can find. Something in my gut gives me a good feeling.

I’m still not feeling all that “into” hunting season. I’d like to see at least a few leaves change colors. It might make me feel like fall was in the near future. Instead, I feel like cool weather is a million miles away. Things can happen quickly, so I guess I’ll take it as it comes.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

The rain won’t let up. It seems like it has been raining since late spring. Although last weekend was nice, I haven’t seen the sun at all this week. When the rain briefly stopped in the afternoon, I decided to go hunting when I got out of work. Undecided about where to go, I called Brian and we decided to try an area we haven’t hunted yet this year.

When we got into the woods, we saw a few turkey vultures, a lot of crows, two bald eagles, and a few ravens. Although we know something was dead in the area, we couldn’t locate it. It didn’t take me very long to find a spot to sit. Since there has been so much rain, I found a spot that funneled the deer around a bunch of standing water. There were a lot of oaks in the area, but I couldn’t find any acorns on the ground.

Without any sunlight, it didn’t take long for the woods to become dark. A flock of turkeys decided to roost in the trees around my stand, so I sat there and welcomed them into my world. A big hen latched onto a branch of a tree that was about 30 yards from me. She danced around for a bit before settling in on her evening perch.

Brian saw a few turkeys early on and a spikehorn right before it got dark. Doug texted me tonight and had three spikes go by him tonight. It seems like a lot of the smaller bucks are up and moving around. Maybe we will get a look at a larger one in the days to come.