Yep. I was driving to my hunting spot this morning and first I pass a doe on the road. Just stands at the edge looking at me. Then I get to a cut field and there at the corner near the road is a real nice buck. He looks at me and then trots off.
Two or three years ago I was on my way to our spot in Kentucky to hunt an afternoon during their early muzzle loader season. I'd just driven over the seam in the country road that showed where the Ky/Tn border was. I looked to the right and there stood a buck in the middle of a big field. Nice rack. I stopped and put down the window to get a better look at him, 8 pnt. He turned and saw that my truck had stopped. In an instant he switched ends and headed south sprinting the 150 or so yards to the Tennessee border (deer gun season not open yet in Tn)
I've laughed out loud about that encounter ever since. So, you don't think a nice buck knows what's going on in rural Kentucky when a truck stops and lowers the window? He sure figured he knew the score!!
Pulling into the driveway after a long day of deer hunting with my daughter trying to get her first mule deer, we saw in the head lights a 4X3 nibbling on Mom's roses by the front door. Big enough to be a first day shooter for most of us. She didn't say a thing; just shook her head in disgust, walked out of the garage armed with a couple of old apples from the tree in the back yard and threw them at the buck. Showing extreme concern, the buck ambled over and ate the two apples. Grudgingly, that brought a smile to her face but 2 + months later she still looks in the head lights for "her" buck & wishing for it to move into her hunting unit next year.
It was a nice buck - I'm kinda hoping it moves into my unit.
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...