I had a great season fishing last year but every redfish we caught was over limit. Tons of fun but we had to count on other species for dinner.
Over the last few days I have noticed that the deer in my area wont break their pattern. None of my bucks are showing up, making me think that they have been taken on adjacent properties and I only get pictures of them in the middle of the night. They almost always work the corn between 12-2 am. I am also missing a doe as of this week.
I don't know how to get them to break their patterns. Nothing seems to be working. I have used all sorts of things trying to see one during the day but either they are out of range or in dense cover.
Then again, maybe my camera isn't capturing everything. I had a camera just inside the woodline near my primary camera and I occasionally get one passing by there during the day but it doesn't even fall into sync with the lunar calendar.
I have a small interesting herd where I am hunting. It is a large area backed by about 200 acres I can't access. The area I am hunting is closer to a neighborhood but they still show good sign.
On the cameras I consistently get 1 large dow and 2 smaller does every night. Occasionally 2 bucks will come in. They are abusing the corn and getting mad when it runs out. The other night they beat it up so bad I found 2 dead voles by the pile that were crushed.
The problem is I get NO pictures during the day and i never see them remotely in range. I had one I couldn't get a clean shot on while I was walking in and then I saw the large doe yesterday morning running about 75 yds away. Used my deer call and got her to stop but it was a longer shot than I wanted to take with my bow.
I just don't know how to get them to come to the the area I hunt during daylight hours. Its on the edge of a pine ticket looking out over a field.
Ever since last weeks rain I don't have any fresh tracks, no camera activity, and I can't see where much has changed. I am really getting frustrated. Today I sat for 4 hours and all I saw was 2 squirls walking in, a groundhog playing about 30 yards away from my stand, and the wind pushing over the grass/weeds/etc.
The area was full of tracks 2 weeks ago and I was getting regular camera activity. The corn is getting eaten but I fear that it is mostly raccoons. That is the one thing that there is a huge abundance of, raccoon tracks.
Any ideas, suggestions, etc?
BTW, I am sitting with my back to a pine thicket looking over a field w/ depression that offers plenty of cover and has several well established paths through the middle of it.
I am trying to figure out whats going on this picture. Do I have a frisky deer or one that is playing. I can't make any sort of rack on it so I am thinking it just a young deer playing around.
Also added a couple of extras.
I have been stressing about the weather and how it will apply to my limited hunting time this week then today I saw a weather warning that I think will play into my favor. We got a flood warning for my neck of the woods. It got me thinking, this is great because my stand sits at the edge of a creek flood plain looking on to higher ground. With continued rain tonight my hope is that it will push the deer out of their bedding areas and into the fields I overlook. So before I have my morning meeting with one of our hunter friendly state senators in the morning I think I am going to see if the rain has them restless. I went from disgusted with the weather to excited about its potential impact.
Hope everyone is having a good day.
Hey gang, I am new to the page but have been reading it for a few weeks. I just started hunting again after 15 years of just getting to go one or two days here and there. I have already spent a few days on the stand this year and after 6 weeks finally got deer on my trail cams even though the area is always covered in tracks. Anyway, what are your thoughts on Thursday and Friday. Weather looks dreary to rainy, the peak times appear to be mid morning and late afternoon. The second part of my question is I have a bunch of does but I have yet to see any sign of bucks in the area. Any thoughts on that?