In Loch Raven on a cold fall morning, nothing better. Well other than I dressed for early fall and it felt more like late fall early winter this morning. Opppps. Either way a great morning to be in a stand and I had high hopes for seeing some deer and seeing some pre-rut bucks getting aggressive. Well, this like many of my past few hunting trips started to look bad by about 9am went I hadn't seen or heard a single deer. Guess mornings just aren't their thing where I was hunting or at least not this morning. I finally gave up and went home to warm up and make myself better with some tasty breakfast.
I snuck back out this evening to our private land.. Got home from work late, thought I could spend the last hour or so of day light seeing if the one bigger buck we have been getting on camera made an appearance before dark. Well, around 5:45 I had a small button buck and doe come over the hill to me and walked 15 yards in front of me. I wont shot does on our private land until later in the year because that is what gets the bucks to keep showing up. So, I let them walk on by and kept waiting. Shortly after that around 6:00 pm I heard something else coming down the hill and looked and it was the big 6 we have been getting pictures of fairly often. Awesome deer, but needs to grow up one more year, still only 2 1/2 yards old and will be a super nice deer next year! As I watched him walk on by and was thinking man it's hard to watch him walk by, I heard another deer at the top of the hill and this one grunted. That got my attention, and I looked up the hill and hear comes the big 8 pointer I have been looking for.
Well he is a really nice deer and he sure didn't get that big being stupid. He came down the bill but stayed 60 yards away, he walked out into our food plot (which I cant shoot in from the stand location) and started making scrapes, and running the doe around. Then he went and chased the 6 pointer around, then did rub on a little tree. Well it was super cool watching him and he ran past me giving me 20 yard shots twice, but again running. So, not shots but super cool watching him run around making scrapes, rubs, and grunting the whole time. He was finally settled down and I thought I might get a shot as the end of shooting light was quickly coming, but instead of coming over to me like the 6 did, he walked out another trail that took him over 100 yards away from me and I could hear the six following him. They both walked off and I called it a night. Exciting night in the woods!
Rut is coming, just never know when you will see what!
Anyway else going out this week or make it out today? See anything good?