Most definately. I missed a large part of the rut this year because of school and I was hunting another area. I have thought about taking of from school next fall or taking night classes so I can spend more time in the woods.
This exact thing happened to me a few years back. I hunted the same buck for 3 yrs. and never did see him. Everybody and their neighbor seen this deer in the fields adjacent to my stands and running into the woods right where my stands where.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...