Warm again with a big moon
It was a quiet evening last night and a beautiful morning today. The heat returned yesterday, but I went out in the hopes of trying to catch them late. They have been moving right near dark all week. With no bait pile to draw them in 9no challenge in that) it becomes a game of cat and mouse. With the wind coming from the WSW I used my climber to get in a a good tree. It is in a big brushy drainage just inside the tractor road along the cut corn. I faced the stand opposite the field using the tree for cover.
The night was uneventful up until 10 minutes of shooting light. Two fawns come running down the path and into the field followed by a pair of doe and another pair of fawns. They milled around feeding on the scraps of corn the combine always leaves behind. My attention was on that tractor road hoping that a buck was with the group. The path goes uphill and I was a little blind to the edge. I sat and watched, but a buck never showed. I could see into the next field to the left some. Having to use my binoculars I scanned into it and on the deer in front of me as the darkness took over.
i was stuck in the tree with the deer in the field so I put my bow on the strap and lowered it down and bounced it into a bush next to the tree. The noise had them looking from what I could see in the moonlight. The big silhouette turned and the troupe followed in single file down the field and out of sight. I decided to leave the stand there and hunt it again in the morning.
It was a cool foggy morning as I made my way to my stand. It was beginning to break light. I took my time and scanned the fields to make sure there were no deer to bump out.
Once up the tree I settled in to a rather boring morning. It was 9:00 AM or so when I saw a pair of fawns come out of the row on my right and feed about 75 yards out. It was a brother and sister act. It appeared at first that they were orphans. They fed for a bit and as if mother whistled they picked up their ears and galloped back into the row in which they appeared. I stayed for another hour as the heat started to build and a hunger pang reminded me to pack some lunch the next time..