Tuesday, October 25, 2016
October 25: Cold fronts, Cold Hunts!!
Anticipation was super high, deer movement has been super slow, for me anyway. The cold front had me excited Monday (33L, 50H) so I sat all day in the prime conditions. It was a SW that switched to WNW cold breezy wind that brought a lot of noise to the woods and quieted the bird and squirrel activity in my area, but the deer movement was also quiet, no deer Monday at Bullwinkle's Back Door. I call it the backdoor because my stand overlooks an opening on the edge of the clear cut that leads to a dark hemlock and laurel thicket creating an edge that is dark on one side and wide open on the other. Last year, there were 8 rubs and 2 big scrapes within 30 yards of where my stand is currently set showing the clear entry and exit in and out of the clear cut, Bullwinkle's core area. On Tuesday I sat Bullwinkle's Front Door where I passed the 4 yr old 6 point "6 Pack" last week. My tree is surrounded by thick laurel and trees that were sparred during the cut. Behind me is a single logging road fed by 2 different roads and a couple other runs that come out of the clear cut and funnel down where the deer head to and come from the power lines which has 2 different scrapes on it on each side of my stand. In front of my stand is a big clearing that is fed by 3 cart roads that all funnel to one and a big community scrape. I can see at least 100 yards into the clear cut from both stands, and am right on top of big scrapes that were opened and hit multiple times since September, but despite the excitement of October 25th, no deer for two days in either stand! Tomorrow the cold windy front continues with a projected NNW wind and more cold temps. Instead of changing it up like I want to in order to seek some better action, I'm going right back to the same stand where I was today. There's just too many ways he could travel by me where I can shoot him and too many of his scrapes near me within range and a W or NW or NNW wind is too perfect for him to swing around the slope in front of me cutting into the wind as he scent checks the bedding area, its a great set up, I can't give up after one day of seeing nothing. After all, I got patience for days and one of my favorite sayings for hunting and fishing is, "If it sucks, make sure it sucks." Also, I should note that the scrapes in my area haven't been hit and nothing has shown up on my cameras since last week so I'm being stubborn hunting a seemingly cold spot this week, but its my bucks core area, I'm not leaving yet. Not to fear the October lull though, I saw doe's on the way to and from hunting off the side of the road, along with a few reports of young bucks being seen Monday evening. Tuesday morning I heard about a lot of doe movement in the cool breeze, and I heard about a nice buck being taken as well. Get out there, tomorrow is October 26, I'll be there, it could happen.