Monday November 17, 2014

The nastiness continues. It was 11 degrees this morning with 25mph winds. I went to one of my favorite spots this morning. As I crossed a fence and began to walk across the hill in the darkness a few things didn’t feel right. Before long I was walking through a maze of trees. It appeared that a major wind storm had ripped through the area and uprooted dozens of trees since my last visit last year. After searching for a few minutes I found the tree I was looking for and latched my Lone Wolf climber around it. This area had always produced good results in the past, but the number of trees lying across the forest floor gave me doubts this morning.

A few minutes after the sun came up I had three coyotes go by me. Between yesterday and first thing this morning I had seen more coyotes than deer. It didn’t take long for the action to pick up and deer began filtering through the woods in front of me.

By the time I climbed down from the stand I saw seven bucks and five does. All of the bucks were chasing or had their noses on the ground, which is a good sign. Hopefully a doe brings a good buck by me in the coming days. Unfortunately none of the bucks came within shooting distance of the tree I was in, which made me reconsider the set-up.

Dad sat in the North Bowl this morning and saw a pretty good buck running a doe.

Tonight I sat in the North Plot, which is loaded with standing corn. Three does and a button buck came in right at dark. Dad sat on the Knob, which is a big knob located on the far side of the field from our campsite. He saw seven deer in the cut cornfield. One of them was a buck.

We put a camera up on the south plot tonight. On our way to set it up we saw a nice 10-pointer. We could have easily shot him, but he wasn’t a mature deer. He has a lot of potential if he lives a few more years.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I’m cautiously optimistic. As I closed a cattle gate tonight and started walking along the road I wished upon a falling star that dad will shoot a really good one before the week is out.

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