Man, I was pumped for our archery opener on Saturday. My stand is located on just about the only water source for miles and it's a heavily traveled funnel. We haven't had rain forever so my creek in the funnel was looking aweful nice. Don't you know it. yesterday the skies open up and flood everything, now there's water everywhere...go figure. Well, hopefully they still want to travel the funnel.
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Fri, 2010-10-01 08:34
What timing with the rain !!
Sat, 2010-10-02 01:13#1
You can always count on
You can always count on mother nature to do what you dont want to happen LOL.
Sun, 2010-10-03 09:10#2
The same thing happened to me
The same thing happened to me last week. We were experiencing drought conditions on the farms I was hunting.
I found a couple of attractive watering holes in the process of evaporating, almost completely gone. Deer tracks were everywhere, you couldn't make a step without covering a deer track. The kind of scene that makes you start to drool in anticipation.
Then, there comes the rains and eventual floods. We received over 15 inches of rain in a little over three days. We get a one day break, then the rains return. When will all this madness end.
With the changing weather comes changing tactics. It's just another chapter in the hunting book. I'll move the stands from the water hole back to funnels between food sources.
Good luck with you stands!
Mon, 2010-10-04 11:13#3
WOW. That really sucks. You
WOW. That really sucks. You can always count on mother nature to screw things up. You could always be in my boat where it rains 9 months out of the year, it usally starts in october and stops in june or july. so watering holes are usally a no go for me LOL. Good luck with your hunts.
Mon, 2010-10-04 12:36#4
Well, it looks like they still wanted to travel the funnel. I had a yearling walk out first and watched her for awhile until mother shortly followed. I didn't bother getting a doe tag for this private farm I hunt so I got to watch her too. They eventually moved off and about 10 minutes later another yearling came through bleating with every step. He obviously got split up from mommy and was trying to find his way. About 20 minutes after tha two buck walked in to about 8 yards and stood broadside looking the other way. of course they were both forkhorns so I just got to watch. If they were rack bucks they would have stopped behind the only tree within 50 yards, looked right at me immediately and snorted...no doubt about it. Still an awesome night to be in the woods.
Wed, 2010-10-06 11:22#5
At least you're seeing them.
At least you're seeing them. A big one will wander through one of these days.....
Wed, 2010-10-06 12:39#6
yeah, that's why i don't like shooting the doe in my archery spots. They tend to be like clockwork and you can time them pretty good. I like to let them go so I know exactly what time thay'll be dragging that nice buck past my stand LOL.
Wed, 2010-10-06 13:11#7
Thats a good strategy, wait for the ladies to lure that big one in for you, i might have you use that tactic this NOV. but come last day that doe will be going down if she didnt do her job in bringing in the big one.
Wed, 2010-10-06 14:12#8
Always a good idea to hunt
Always a good idea to hunt the does for big bucks. There has been many a big buck killed behind a doe. Some bucks probably would not get killed if it wasn't for their lady friends. There has been several bucks killed this year chasing does in October. Maybe November will be a blast! Good luck to you and show us some pics the big buck you kill.