Friday October 31, 2014

Traditionally this day has been good for as long as I can remember whether it was in the days of my childhood when my dad used to bow hunt  in Oneonta or later in life when we began hunting in Ohio. Halloween has usually provided action of some sort or another.

I headed north well before daybreak. Without much sleep the drive went surprisingly well. I made good time getting to the area I wanted to go to. I couldn’t have asked for a better morning. It was calm, cold and the leaves were crunchy. When I headed into the woods it was 23 degrees. I was prepared for the cool temperatures forecasted for the weekend, so sitting wasn’t a problem. I sat until noon without much luck. As I aimlessly wandered through the darkness on my way in I saw a few scrapes littered across the forest floor.

I took the rest of the day to check all of my cameras on this side of the road. Without a doubt things have changed from last year and with change you have to adapt as quickly as possible. If you don’t adapt to the changes the hunting season can get away from you and be gone before you know it. I’m still getting photos of a small 4-pointer. He seems to be ruling the roost. I’ll give it one more day in this area before moving on to greener pastures. It’s all about patience and persistence. I’m trying to narrow down a good buck to chase before I leave for the Midwest. He could get killed when I’m gone, but I’d like to be in the same zip code as one or two.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I feel like I’m close just because of the weather. It’s perfect sitting conditions.

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