Decided that with the snow on the ground it was worth a try to do some walking and stalking. I grabbed the crossbow and headed out into the woods with 3 ideas in mind, walking and stalking and getting a deer, scouting for the last few weeks of the season, and also shed hunting. A good friend of mine texted me yesterday and said he was out hunting Friday and found a shed. Clearly the deer are dropping earlier than normal this year and because of that, if you are lucky enough to harvest a buck this late in the season be very careful not to pull too hard or they may pop right off.
Now on to the hunt, I headed out around 3 PM and didn’t see a whole lot of anything until almost dark. I found sign in some places none in others where I normally hunt. It tells me patterns have switch to late winter patterns and that the deer should be herding up. However, what I saw didn’t lend to that as I saw 1 fawn around 4:40 by itself eating some honeysuckle about 300 yards away from me. I kept on and about 10 minutes later I saw another fawn walking on a normal deer trail she was about 200 yards way and walking away from me like she was late for dinner. Finally around 5:10 PM I was watching the hill that I was at the bottom of and I saw a 4 point buck coming down the hill, he looked like he would come right down to me, but he was about 500 yards away when I saw him. He got to about 300 yards away and he turned and cut back up the hill and went over the other side of the hill.
That was it as it was getting dark, but I sure didn’t see much and not a whole lot of sign very spread out. Normally this time of year you see beaten trails in the snow as deer tend to herd up and become predictable again. They normally follow the same routes most days as they are coming from bedding, heading to whatever food source is available and then back to bedding. The downside to this time of year is they tend to travel further for food as there is much less of it.
Anyone else out in the snow and had success on this last weekend of Muzzleloader season?