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.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...