Saturday, October 21, 2017

I couldn’t handle the heat any longer, so I didn’t hunt the rest of the week. Today was my first day back in the woods after the break. Although it was 37 degrees when I headed into the woods, it got so hot today that I was sweating while sitting still, and I was only wearing a t-shirt. I never remember it being so hot for the entire month of October. We haven’t had more than two days in a row when the temperatures didn’t climb into the low 70s. Today reached about 75 degrees.

This morning, I sat in a place where I had never sat before. I wanted to see if it fit my style and deserved more of my attention in the future. I liked the place a lot, and I got lucky enough to see six deer, all does and fawns. I started seeing deer shortly after it got light,and I continued seeing them until about 11 o’clock.

Shortly after I saw the first couple of deer, I heard a noise that I’ve never heard while hunting. ┬áIt was similar to a blat/bleat, but it wasn’t quite the same. It was incredibly loud, and when I heard it, I thought it was a person, then I thought it might be a bear cub. When I saw the deer, I realized it was a fawn that had lost its mother.

About two hours after the fawn disappeared, I could hear it again, and it was over the hill from me. Eventually, I think the fawn found its mother because I saw it go past me with a larger deer and never heard the noises again.

Although the morning was great for sitting, the rest of the day was a waste. It’s just way too hot to enjoy the process. I’m fairly certain that the big bucks aren’t traveling too far, either. I’d love to see it cool down, but the extended forecast doesn’t show much relief in sight. I’d think it would end sometime soon. We haven’t even had a frost yet, which is beyond amazing to me.

Here’s a cool picture I took today.

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