I normally use ladder stands, but I had been looking at a bone collector lock on stand and finally pulled the trigger and bought it. I have it up on a tree looking over a 2 acre food plot. I put in the screw in steps thinking that would work, but it is a lot more difficult to get into the stand than I was thinking. Any ideas? Is it best and safer to just buy climbing sticks? I kind of believe entering and exiting the stand at dark could become a little dangerous with the screw in steps. Any advice or experience is appreciated. Hope everyone is having a great season.
I checked my game camera this evening while checking on my food plots and found a lot of pictures. That is always great, but I came across a small buck that looks malnourished and perhaps has some sort of infection. I have never seen a deer with black spots on their neck. Perhaps this is normal, but I've never seen anything like it. What do yall think? Obviously not a shooter by any means, but if it is sick and going to die anyway it seems far to take it earlier than later. Thanks for any comments.
Not sure if any of yall watch Deer and Deer hunter on versus, but it was a good show tonight. They said it was going to be the latest rut that any of us would see. The reason I'm posting this is because it is exactly what I've been seeing. They said the pre rut will start around Oct 31, but due to warmer temperatures the prime rut will be starting this weekend through next week. I guess I'll take it with a grain of salt, but I think they are dead on. Hope everyone has a great weekend and hope my buddies back home in Hickory and western area have a good opening day of rifle season.
As I posted on the movement report, I got into the stand opening day at 5:30 am and jumped a few deer. Everything settled back down and saw my first deer at 6:50ish, doe and 2 fawns. They walked through and in came a button buck around 7:30, then 2 other fawns 10 minutes later. Not sure if their momma was hit by a car or what(hard to believe they are done nursing). I didn't get to hunt Saturday evening, but did hunt Sunday evening. Got in the stand around 4:45, I saw the same doe and fawn that came through, but that was it. I think the heat and higher winds took its toll on their movement.
As for this week, I was planning on hunting Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons. What is yalls experience with hunting with such extreme temperatures. I'm in Raleigh, but hunt in Zebulon. It is supposed to be around 90 degrees Friday, would I be best advised to stay out of the woods Friday and keep my scent down(I sweat a lot)? Good luck out there, I plan to harvest one this weekend if I can get a mature deer to cooperate.
Went down this morning in perfect temperatures to check the camera and add the padding to my stands. The ground around my stand is being absolutely trampled. I got a lot of pics of does and 1 buck. A few were yards from my stand. Do any of you guys have any idea what is in the tree? It looks too big to be a raccoon, but I could be wrong. Any ideas? 1 more week, good luck out there.
The season is nearing closer and closer. I'm ready and getting excited for this season. I hope to be having fresh venison on the grill September 11. Good luck to everyone. I think the first buck could be pretty good if he can get through the season and grow some more.
I've been getting plenty of photos of deer out in a field that has a garden planted in the middle of a small field. Melons, corn, and other veggies planted, but all of my pics are being taken at night. Only 1 out of 90 were taken during legal shooting time. I have to enter my stands through this field. Will the deer start changing their feeding times as the season gets closer or should I start putting out some corn and apples in the woods to lure them in? It is great having an extra food source, but I'm worried about jumping deer when I'm walking into the woods. What do yall think I should do? I have mostly small bucks with a lot of good sized does. Thanks for the help, hunting in Zebulon.
This was on my game camera when I checked it this past Saturday. I've never came in contact with coyotes, so I'm not sure if this is one or its just a neighbors dog. If you have an opinion please share.
Is anyone else experiencing this? I'm thankful that i've seen at least 1 deer every time i've been out but no bucks. Any suggestions or just wait it out?