100% in agreement
March 10, 2013 at 10:55pm
Your deer hunting principles are exactly what i practice. I try to hunt land where the pressure is the least and then i don't become the pressure. Unless tracking one, stay out of the woods and cutovers, that is their home (their sanctuary) not mine. I always hunt the fields and the the field edges. Deer will come to the fields if they are not pressured and the groceries are there to eat, which usually means corn, soybeans and peanuts, especially before and after the acorns have come and gone. I leave the scrapes and rubs alone on the field edges, they will work them if not disturbed. Personally, i seldom walk around the edge of a field, i scout them with binos from far away during the summer to see where the are entering and leaving the fields (some fields seem to have deer year in and year out no matter what crops are planted), then i know where to feed corn starting in mid august and where i will hunt them using my climbing stands in bow and muzzleloader seasons. I will always walk directly across a field to the area i hunt, even when i fill my feeders and use my climbing stands. I always use my towers set out in the fields when the gun season comes in.
I try to hunt with the wind in my face and use scent free clothes at all times, which usually means everyday during the deer season, no matter what the weather conditions are. I have seen some very nice bucks come into the fields or hang along the field edges during terrible weather conditions.
I kill alot of does during the early part of the season and by mid october, my freezer is full and from then on i'm in my tower stands before dark all the way to dark every evening. The towers are my home away from home for 2 1/2 months, my wife hates it, but she can always call me on the cell if there is an emergency, she knows how much deer hunting means to me! I only kill bucks that i want to mount and i have gone years without killing a buck, but im satisfied knowing i didn't kill a small buck that someday may grow into a real trophy for myself or for someone else to have a chance to kill and mount.
I have spent so much time on stand, that it has become a way of life for me. Everyday is different and you never know what you will see and that is why i'm out there day in and day out with that burning anticipation that today will be the day that i will kill that giant buck if steps out or just see the same deer i've passed on for the last month for almost everyday or see something totally unexpected. But if i don't see anything, thats ok, because i know i will be there the next day, and that just might be the day i have the chance to kill that giant buck! I'm just so thankfull to be able to experience all that is out there, the wildlife and the outdoors life, it is a true gift from the lord!
After the season is over i refill all of my mineral sites and work on my towers or install new towers. I don't walk in the woods or cutovers after the season is over, i leave their home alone year round. I do keep the corn flowing on the feeders until the late march green-up, then i let them run out in plenty of time before the turkey season begins. I scout my feeders with binos from jan thru march, i just have to be out there, it's hard to quit cold turkey after the season is over! Thanks JoCo for letting me know i'm not the only one that has the same passion for deer hunting, we are just 5 months away before the season starts again, i can't wait!