Don't Overlook Small Wood Lots
The hunters eyes bugged out of this head!
Seventy yards away, a 180 class buck had just stood up from the undergrowth!
Well out of bow range, the hunter was powerless to shoot.
Over the course of the next three days, the buck was sighted two more times.
Three times in three days... and a buck of mammoth proportions, even by Midwest standards.
Deep in the biggest and nastiest part of the forest, you might guess?
Nope - this hunter has some medical issues and walks with a cane. He was about 300 yards from the camp and was hunting a piece of woods that were less than 2 acres.
Yes, two acres. Right beside a paved road.
There was a small water hole hidden in the woods and some small interconnecting fence lines. Look at the attached image - that buck was literally living in this small section of woods shown where the push pin is.
I was stunned as he related his tales of hunting there. He saw not only that giant buck but several other bucks, as well. He stated the area was loaded with beds, rubs and scrapes.
I suggest that we walk past many good bucks in our attempts to get way back in the big woods - and that we are letting some of the best hunting pass us by!
Get out there and scout these small blocks of woods - particularly if they have water, heavy cover and a good travel path to and from the area.
Look for bedding areas, heavy trails coming and going and also look for rutting activity, if the months are appropriate for scrapes and rubs.
We may just find some superior hunting ground that is a lot easier to access than being a mile or more down in the woods!