My season opens on Oct. 2nd so I still have a few weeks to practice my waiting.
I have been spending as many hours as I can scouting over that past month.
Prior years I noticed a pattern of frequent buck sightings in the summer and come September, NOTHING... I always assumed that the bucks went nocturnal, so this year I deployed the trail cam to figure out 'when' they were moving. All summer I have photographed several bucks each week, but once September hit, I have not seen a single one. So I took a few days off this week to scout far beyond my normal grounds. We had some good hard rain this week and I hoped to find some fresh sign, but no such luck. It's kinda strange, my best guess is there must be another food source that draws them away for a while. They always seem to show back up by mid October.
I recently read a biologists report that claims that blacktails that reside at 1500' elevation and below do not generally migrate. I hunt right at 1500' and the food supply is plentiful.
But after all, these are blacktail and they seem to make up their own rules.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...