Late Bow Season
I have pictures of him last year too. Very impressive what he did between 3.5 and 4.5. I think he put on 35-40".
First sit went back in and found a bow hanger in the tree I intended to hunt. Since it was the only good tree in the area - especially considering the wind - and it was already after 3,I sat there anyway. Saw nothing but a red squirell.
Sit two: Went back to a tree I usually see deer from,even if they're not in range. Got a little concerned when I saw glow tacks on the way in. I removed the "litter" but followed them all the way to the tree I'd had "to myself" a couple times each of the past few seasons. Three tacks on that tree: I headed deeper in the swamp to another tree where I'd had some success but it was already late and I think I bumped something on the way in. Saw nothing.
Third sit was 12/23. I knew guys would have overhunted the easy stuff and in fact saw fresh-ish climber marks and some cut branches. Went thru what is doe bedding in early season and soft-bumped a doe. It'd rained all morning and I had plenty of time to go slow and quiet...went past several trees I'd hunted - and been successful from before to get as close as possible to the thickest bedding area around.
I'd passed 3 does from there the last sit last year and always see deer when I sit that far in. The tree - a green ash - was kind of scary-rotten last year and worse this year but I figured once more can't hurt....30 minutes or so after I was all settled in a big "doe" comes wading thru the alders and dogwood. She stopped,turned and looked at me as I drew: Maybe I rushed the shot and didn't get a good look at "her". Easy 28yd double lung shot.
Sat for 1/2 hour after the shot and watched a couple now-sizeable fawns work the edge of the thick stuff...They just seem to have more energy before their first winter,aina?...then got down as it started to get dark. More rain in the forecast,good shot,I figured I'd let it sit long enough...
Got down to track and found no blood beyond where the hit had occurred but with rain all morning the only tracks in the mud to follow were "hers". I found the body less than 50 yds away. "She" was actually a 1.5yo buck that had already dropped it's antlers.
It's possible it had been hit earlier this fall - there was black congealed blood in the chest cavity in addition to the mess that was left after my arrow passed thru. There didn't seem to be any wound but there was a small patch of hairless hide on it's flank. No visible (healed?)wound there either.
Tagged and gutted it then headed back to take down the stand and pack up. Got snorted at while I did it.
I'll go a couple more times before next Sunday but unless there's substantial bad meat on this deer - which I doubt as it looked good and the inner loins were just fine - it's now winter walleye season for me. Water's open,boat's ready...
It's all good.
Hope ya'all had a good season.