I hunted a few days in Oct. for my eastern plains bow tag and actually ran into a batchelor group of 3 bucks one day. One was a little dink spike but the other 2 were very respectable 5x5s in the 25 to 28 in range. Put a stalk on em and had em bust me at about 30 yds and rocket off. They were in the thick stuff and I couldn't see em to shoot then they ran. I had a week off the week of Nov. 15 thru the 22nd and that's when I thought I'd have my best chance at some rut behavior. Funny thing is I found a group of does with a little dinker 2 point but the big bucks weren't hanging with em at least in day light hours. Could of shot the dinker but passed on him in hopes of a big boy.
That first weekend of my vacation it was bone chilling cold. Really a challenge to be out at first light. Mainly for my hands as even with thick gloves they get hurting at -2 degrees. Glassed up a very nice 28 to 30 inch buck during that week with even kickers on each side alone not hanging with does. Put two different stalks on him thru the cactus flats but never got close enough for a shot.
Tried rattling and calling with doe bleats but didn't really get up any action that week calling. Went back to work and hit it on days off. The last week of Nov. started seeing bigger bucks hanging with does. Called in a doe one day with fawn distress calls and stalked a small herd with what ended up being the buck I killed but that day they busted me even though I had the buck at sixty yards but facing straight to me so no shot. Finally on Dec. 3rd went out and hunted hard in the morning hiking and glassing and only saw a doe with 2 fawns. Got back to the truck and drove to another area around 11 am.
Decided to set up my doe decoy and try calling again. Well, fatigue really hit me on stand and I started dozing off. I'd wake up rattle and doe bleat a little bit try looking but doze off again. Did that about 30 minutes, who knows what mighta went by, and finally started to wake up. I was going to move, but first decided to try some fawn in distress calling. I had been calling off and on about ten minutes and thinking it was time to go when I cought movement from my left and glance over. I see a buck trotting but he quickly stops right behind a tree I pre ranged at forty five yards.
He was intently staring at the decoy but headed right into my scent cone, I think trying to circle to confirm. He never saw me, I waited what seemed and eternity while he stopped behind that tree but when I caught his movement I drew and when he cleared the tree and paused again I let him have it holding my fifty pin on him for a perfect broadside boiler room shot. He only went around thirty yards before piling up and I was pretty happy to have succesfully called in a mulie buck it works! This was around twelve noon as well. Never woulda seen him without calling him outta the thick stuff. I'm always hoping to get a wall hanger but I'm not a 100 percent trophy only hunter. I'm very happy with this buck but still have that goal of a 28 inch or better buck to shoot for.
I quartered him out and hung him in a tree and ironically that next day when I went to pull him out after loading him in my truck and driving about 2 hundred yards I run into a beautiful 5x5 at least 28 inches wide if not more deep forks perfect symmetry buck with a hot doe 15 yards off the road totally dumbed out. I got out of the truck and walked at him and could have easily put the smack down he stood at 20 yds broadside staring at me for about one minute. I could hear the hunting gods laugh at me with their cruel joke LOL! But, I am very happy with the buck I got and hopefully can reach my goal on a future hunt. Well, now to try and kill a whitetail as I've got one of those new tags. Went yesterday walked my legs off, saw two does but too far to shoot with my slug gun. Thanks for reading and congrats to all the hunters who have been succesfull and or enjoyed some quality time in the field if not.