Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

I’m not sure what kind of wild hair I got up my ass today, but I chose to chase it. Brian called me in the morning to tell me that he got sent home from work for the day because he didn’t have any work. I asked him if he wanted to hunt in the afternoon, and he told me he was up for it.

I had already planned on going because I had been watching the weather and saw that the rain was supposed to stop in the early afternoon. After having rained the night before and all through the morning, I thought some bucks might be clearing the scrapes they had already made. I was almost certain I could get a look at something.

So I headed to the woods at 1:00 p.m. Working from home definitely has some advantages when it comes to hunting. We were in the woods and sitting by 3:30. We had just shy of three hours to wait a few bucks out.

At 5:15, I heard a deer blow. It was directly downwind of the scrape I was watching, but I didn’t think it could’ve gotten my wind. I never saw it, and I knew that was probably the end of my night. It’s never good when a deer is blowing in the area you’re hunting. The noise deflated me, and I sat there wondering what the heck was going on this year. Nothing I’ve done yet seems to be working out, including while I was elk hunting.

On our walk out of the woods, we discussed a few different things and both agreed that I probably would have gotten the deer if the leaves weren’t on the trees. With all of the leaf cover, it’s incredibly hard to see in the areas I’ve been hunting. I’m not sure if the temperatures have been warmer than normal but it sure seems like they have.

I made a good choice today. I had the odds stacked in my favor, but things just didn’t work out. I’ll continue trying to make the right choices. Hopefully, I can get on the board sometime soon and see a deer. We are 20 days into the season, and I haven’t seen a deer yet. The coming days don’t appear to be bringing a good weather pattern for changing my luck. Rifle season opens in the Adirondacks this weekend. I’m not sure I’m ready for that.

Here’s a picture of a rub I found tonight. It must’ve been a good deer to have rubbed this tree.

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