Okay, I wish you luck. I have a trail cam out where I am hunting now. Curious what it will show, but I am resisting going to check it until I go up there to hunt. It is funny, I get more excited about whitetails than any other game I hunt. Something about the chance to see a monster buck is just downright exciting.
I've only taken one small 7 point with the bow, but I am holding out for a big un this year. If I don't take a big one with the bow then I'll take one with the rifle during rifle season, but I really want one with the bow.
I think if I see a 150 class deer i'm not going to hold back. I know if you shoot a big deer you'll never shoot a monster, but for me a 150 is the best deer, rifle or bow I've ever taken. So, if I get a shot, it's a goner. I just love being in the tree hoping to see something. Bowhunting whitetail is the only thing that really gets me excited. I have to work not to get buck fever when bowhunting whitetail.
Guess that is why I enjoy it so much. I better cause it really is counter to good sense to sit in a tree all day.
If the rut is not in full swing yet here in Ohio, it is pretty darn close. This weekend day time highs are suppose to be in the 40's with overnight lows in the 20's. Snow flakes are suppose to be flying Friday night into Saturday morning. Should be a great weekend here. I can't wait.
I think it is about to pick up here too. Last night I saw deer as I was driving. I hadn't seen any in the evening for a couple of weeks. So, I take this as a good sign and will know more today as I am going hunting. Yeah, I sure do get excited about hunting and the prospects of seeing a big deer. But heck after being skunked the last few times I've been out I'll be happy to see does.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...