I headed out into the woods this morning before work to try to catch a little pre-rutting activity before the rain tomorrow. I thought this morning could be a great time to be in the woods to see deer. Well, the morning started off with me bumping 4 deer out of a section of woods prior to my stand. The only good part about this was that they ran towards my stand not away, course I was not sure if I would see any of them or not. I got up in my stand and settled before day break, as 7 o’clock rolled around a little twilight came I had a fox run around under my tree for a good 5 minutes. Shortly after that, around 7:20 a.m., I heard some sticks break from over where the 4 deer I had spooked had run. A big doe proceeded to walk down straight for me, directly under me and started feeding on acorns. I was hoping that the other deer might follow her and thus allow me to see what they were as well. No such luck, she continued to feed and I watched her until about 7:40 a.m., at which time she headed up a hill into some thicket and I lost her when she was about 150 yards away. The morning showed hope at this point, and I felt like it could be a real good morning, the south wind was perfect for this stand and I even had some scents out. Well, no such like for this hunter, maybe I am not supposed to see a buck this year. At about 7:55 a.m. I had what I thought was a hiker come walking in about 100 yards away. After closer inspection, I now believe he may have been homeless. Needless to say, I watched him as he walked back and forth for over 30 minutes making more noise than anyone could think of. Not positive what he was doing or if he knew where he was, but he removed any hopes I had of seeing another deer. Around 9:30 a.m. I got down, packed up and headed home thoroughly upset that this person had not even considered someone could be hunting.
On my way home, I stopped by the small piece of land where our feeder is and checked to see if there were any signs that the 8 pointer we continue to see might have started making scrapes or rubs or anything. Well in the end, I walked around the edge and did see 1 good size deer but never got a look at the deer’s head 🙁 and to top that off, no signs of any rutting type activity. So, that was my day of hunting, started out promising and ended poorly.
Are you seeing rutting activity or have your hunting trips slowed a little as well?