Headed back out into the woods on Saturday, what a beautiful day to be in the woods. Our first freeze/frost depending on where you live made for a nice crisp morning and yesterday afternoon was the perfect temperature for sitting in a tree. I got to enjoy both a morning and afternoon hunt, and I must say the bugs are slowing going away, the leaves are starting to fall, and we are quickly approaching the exciting time of rut. I spent the morning in one of my favorite trees in Loch Raven that I normally go to in hopes of harvesting a doe. I had a good friend that hunts with me close by as we were both out looking for meat. Even with the pretty morning I only heard deer I didn't see any. I heard some deer splash across the little creek that is close to where I was hunting. My friend neither saw nor heard a thing all morning, so the deer I heard must have gone up the other hill going away from us. Still was a very pretty morning in the woods!
Saturday afternoon I headed back out with a different friend once again hunting a different section of Loch Raven, I must say it was a picture perfect night, but I once again got skunked. I did not see or heard a single deer all night. I am not sure what happen, a whole day in the woods and didn't see a single deer, at two places I normally always see deer. It just goes to show how unpredictable Loch Raven and hunting public land can be. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my time in the woods and as always enjoyed spending time in the woods with good friends.
Since I didn't see anything on Saturday, as a side note, I did a little scouting this morning (Sunday) there are signs that rut is coming as there were a few small scraps appearing and a few small rubs, nothing to write home about just yet, but with the cooler weather and the full moon coming in just a couple short weeks I imagine that sign will start showing up more and more over the next week or two.
Did any of you make it out on the picture perfect weather Saturday? How did you do? If you were one of the lucky ones to harvest a deer, leave a commit with the picture! Have you seen signs of rut coming? Love to hear what you have seen or heard!
Good luck to everyone this week!