I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. We stayed up talking and enjoying Jake's good fortune and I had a lot of work to do getting the story, photos and video posted. I think my head hit the pillow at 1AM.
The weather for today was still mild and quite warm. We had a tough time deciding which stand to do for the AM hunt but I finally chose the Round Bale stand. If you look at the graphic at the top right of this page, that photo of the giant buck in the wheat was taken from this stand. I had high hopes.
This small 10 was first on the scene
He was met by this small 8. I was hoping they would fight.
Instead, the 10 just turned and followed the 8 and walked away. There was no sense of any competition between them.
The morning was terribly slow. I saw no deer until 9:00AM when three bucks showed up. A small spike, a young 8 and a young 10. That was all I saw all day. They walked through the wheat field at 40 yards and left. No sign of any rutting activity. Kent picked me up at 10 today, a little early but there was not much activity or I would have stayed later.
With temps in the seventies and virtually no wind I didn't have high hopes for the PM hunt but neither did Jake yesterday and we all know how that turned out. So I hoped for the best and hunted the tree belt north of town. This is the same spot I killed that massive 8.5 year old 10pt last year. I like this spot a lot. Unfortunately this afternoon was as slow as this morning. I saw three antlerless deer 20 minutes after sunset. The bucks just aren't moving yet.
Feeling invisible twenty feet up in this big Cottonwood tree.
I'm not worried. There's a big weather front moving in tomorrow and temps are going to go from 73° to 14° in 24 hours. If that doesn't get them moving nothing will. I suspect that everything is going to change on Tuesday. That will give me three days of perfectly timed rut action during the deep freeze.
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