Man was it ever a HOT today here 77 degrees Morning started nice though Got out in the woods around 530 am set the stand up on a decent tree not the one I wanted but I was tired of walking and just wanted to relax so I chose it anyway.
I was about 15 foot over a ridgeline sitting about 20 foot high on the downhill side and I could have walked right into my stand if I had wings and just went straight from the top of the ridge.
Got all set up heard a few shots two were fairly close to me didn't see anythig moving around other than a pair of Raccoons. About 830 saw another hunter walking on one of the tractor cuts leading back to where I was then about 900 am saw another hunter heading back, was thinking why are these people up and moving so dang early. Decided to have a smoke and see what happens.
About 5 mins after the hunter passed I heard a crack behind me to the left so I took a little peek and saw a nice buck moving right along the top edge of the ridge I was sitting on, so I put the smoke out yes he was walking right into the wind so my smoke was going right over him so much for they will smell you and never come around. I waited for him to get in to my left front, thought for sure he would have seen me but he was in FULL RUT mode. He got just about 25 yards from me when I made a little grunt sound he stopped and I let loose with the .50
Heard him run about 40 yards then a big Crash so I knew he was down, took my time finished my coffee and had a another smoke as I was coming down from the tree saw another hunter walking the same ridge the buck was on . NOT ONE INCH OF BLAZE ORANGE on him. Told him it wasn't smart he just shrugged and said he was bow hunting.
Not very Smart to be in the woods during a Gun season without blaze orange but his choice, will be his fine if he gets caught too.
Over all a Good day and no idiots to mess it up this time, 6 Point Buck about 150-160 Lbs. Was a heck of a drag out good thing I had put wheels on the treestand because dragging him without the wheels would have been a brutal drag.
Mmmm FRESH Backstrap tonight!!!