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.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...