Where are all the deer? Answer: They're probably on the adjacent property corn pile. They’re definitely not on my hunting lease. Yeah it’s early in the bow season with the new Georgia law of baiting deer but I have wonder. This past week the weather brought us much needed rain. Great. I love hunting right after a storm. Everyone knows what I'm talking about. That moment the woods come alive after a storm is Magic Hour for wildlife. If I'm in deer camp and it storming out and I suspect the weather is going to break I'm going to be in place waiting for it. Always exciting. Well yeah except this weekend I didn’t get out there in time but it didn’t matter. A day after the storms washed away all the tracks in the crossings, trails, interior roads I went to the hunting lease. I sign in and decide to just park by sign in board and walk in. Not one Track. This place was littered with tracks usually. Beat down dirt paths crossings everywhere. Tracks in my own boot tracks. Fresh sign of feeding on browse along the road edges. It was everywhere always. Not today. NOTHING! Where did they all go? There was nothing on the trail leading into my stand. I had even cleaned out some areas to catch tracks and there was nothing but water droplet marks. It makes me wonder if all the deer are hanging out on the adjacent hunting club standing under feeders. What else drives deer out when the only pressure has been 2 hunters on 200 acres never in the same stand more than once a week? I think I’ve hunted 4 times since the 10th. So pressure is not the issue. Had some south east wind days that stink but I’m just depressed on how this season has started. I guess I’m in that 95% of Bow hunters in Georgia that are NOT successful.
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Mon, 2011-09-26 13:02
Where are all the Deer
Tue, 2011-09-27 02:05#1
You sure your not huntin
You sure your not huntin where i'm at....I could say the same thing....I dont think it's the korn pile's,i think it's the Akorn's....Mite have to turn my feeder's off....I've seen more feather's than anything,qail,turkey's,more this year than any other....They'll be there,just better be ready....
Tue, 2011-09-27 07:58#2
I’ve just been frustrated
I’ve just been frustrated this past week. Our property is pretty much a transitional property. Some hardwoods mostly thick pines. The weather has been hot and the squirrels just starting to saw off the pin oaks. In one of the hard wood bottoms a white oak is starting to drop. Anywhere it’s wet the nuts are dropping but in the dryer hard wood less food dropping. Suppose to get a cold snap this weekend. I’m looking forward to it and just itching to let lose an arrow on a deer or hog. Either will be my 1st with a bow.
Wed, 2011-09-28 07:32#3
That sucks swisher. Even it
That sucks swisher. Even it it is legal, the problem with it is that some people consider it unethical, and chose not to do it. Then, something like this happens, and all the deer are patterned to go to their property.
So in order to keep up with the Jonzses, so to speak, you are forced into doing something that you don't like, and that is feeding them yourselves. Heck, i can't stand watching shows in Texas and other places like that, where they have feeding that turn on, and here come the bucks out of the thickets. I can't imagine what I would do if Vermont legalized it, and I had to even consider it just to make myself competative.
Hopefully you'll get a few chances at a nice deer or two! Good luck!
Thu, 2011-09-29 02:30#4
Dont no bout Texas,Turn them
Dont no bout Texas,Turn them on and here come the Buck's...If it were that easy i'd have a picup truck load of deer...Ha!....Water'n hole's is what i'm concentrate'n on rite now,heck they can stand up from bed and start feed'n.But they have to move to get to water....
Sun, 2011-10-02 16:05#5
if your year has been similar
if your year has been similar to out here, the huge amount of forage from the wet spring we had has made the deer patterns chnge. you'll probably find the deer bedded very close to food, and traveling only short distances. it's almost hard to believe that you couldn't find a deer track on that many acres.
Mon, 2011-10-03 13:36#6
The deer are there. They just weren't moving much. I think the wind had them knocked down for a day or two. Exactly, when I have time to hunt. I hunted twice this past week with some activity just nothing in bow range. I hunt as hard as my family and career will let me. Always felt guilty hunting Sunday Mornings but that's all changing in the next week or tow with finding a the church.
Hunting over bait. Like the guy from Texas suggested is no guarantee. I agree. I still don't like it. So I hunted a few days and nothing. Guy from down the road comes tooling up in his tricked out hunting golf cart in leaf ghillie suit smoking a cigarette and drinking a bud light. This dude cracks me up. If you’re gonna go red neck baby go all the way. (I hope he doesn't read this propbably feed me to hogs) I see blood on his hands. Figures. "Yep got me a nice doe tonight." "Deer finally found my corn pile" I just stood there listening to how it went down. Him in his stand on edge of field turned and looking into the woods. His words, "so I'm standing there looking around" (moving around lol) "Drinkin my beer and smoking a cigarette" " I heard something and here come these doe so I thought ok put my beer down grab my bow and I just let it go." (KILLING ME what the heck is going on!) My father in law was the same way except no beer. He would smoke while still hunting all the time. Forget the scent away products. These guys were smoking cigarettes in a small 70's Shasta Camper with bacon in the frying pan, eggs and coffee then on way out grab your hunting jacket hanging above the propane heater and head on out the door. That GUY got a nice buck every year. Still does. Crazy. I can’t make this stuff up. I hear the stories and see the blood and venison full freezers every year. I'm about to bring my Rocky Patels into the woods with me and enjoy a cigar while I'm up there with the squirrels. Maybe just maybe the Deer will come out then. :)
It's all good. It just makes me laugh. If I can get my daughter to take a nice 1st deer/buck this year I'll be happy.
Buddy last night saw 7 deer before letting an arrow go. His words "Sounded like it hit a watermellon" baaaa loooope. Gut shot a nice doe. Didn't recover it. He already too one doe this year. He'll probably take 12 total and donate most of the meat. I'm not doing anything different then him other then less time.
Can't shoot em from the couch! ;) (In my defense I'm never on the couch unless its way late)
Thu, 2012-01-19 06:50#7
Deer seem to have gone
Deer seem to have gone underground here in Va. It was a strange season. I suspect the kill will be way down here this year. Trail cameras didn't produce much to look at, either. I usually get some good pics after the season ends, but not this year. It is a mystery.