Headed back out into Loch Raven for a morning hunt Saturday with a good friend of mine. Was worried about the rain, but what a perfect morning. The rain made it easy to get into the woods without making a ton of noise and the rain was gone and it was cool but not cold. Just a perfect morning to be hunting. My morning got started quick and was none stop, around 6:40 I had a spike come down the hill to me walk about 27 yards in front of me and kept on going. I wasn't about to shoot him so he got a pass until he gets bigger. About an hour later I had a doe and fawn appear 70 yards away, I quickly saw where they come from but because I couldn't hear anything walking I was focused on another area of the woods and missed them coming in. I may have been able to get a shoot, who knows. But they walked up the hill and away from him.
Shortly after the doe and fawn left my friend that was hunting in the same general area but a good 75 yards away shot a doe that was with a small buck. That didn't seem to effect the morning at all, short time later I had a doe walk in but never gave me a shot, and while she was feeding in front of me I had another deer come up from behind me that turned out to be a little 4. He went up the hill like a man on mission. By this time it was shortly after 9 AM and we decided to get out of the woods and deal with my buddies doe. Great morning in the woods even if I didn't get a shot. My favorite place to be this time of year!
I have heard rumors of several people getting does out of Loch Raven yesterday and even saw a message that I have no idea if it's correct or not but that a "big" buck was taken last night in Loch Raven but the email didn't saw where just that he saw someone loading a really good buck after dark last night. Anyone who might know anything about it love hear about it or see a picture!
Should be a great week in the woods with the full moon this evening. Rut should really kick into full swing any day now! Good luck to everyone and keep us posted on how your hunts go and what you see!