Look forward to stories and get a feel for movement. Look forward to the opener tomorrow.
2019 updates from the stand
It is cold windy and nothing moving...Washington county
hunted sat am conditions about as perfect as it can be for deer hunting imo, had one beat up old spork come to 30yds and turn and walk away after grunt, during that same .5 hour seen 3 does filter through and go away we hunted until 11am that was it for the day. really slow, hope it picks up for gun.
I thought this would be the weekend the bucks really moved but I saw nothing. Very few tracks in the fresh snow. Had new snow both Saturday and Sunday AM. Maybe the deer were bedded in the spruces.
Hunted this morning, Marinette co. Pretty quite morning, about 7:30 a big high racked buck prances by at about 80 yards. Nice white rack, not following anything, head up high, would have been a nice rifle shot. I grunted and he never slowed down, rattled a little to try and get him back, no luck. Wind really started picking up about 9:30 so left.
Checked camera, few does late at night.
Hunted today in eastern Eau Claire County. Three does came by around 10. Just a mom and with her 2 babies. Thought that was strange given by this time you would expect mom to be away from her kids. No bucks following her either. Had a small spike or a fork walk by earlier in the morning - not grunting and not in a hurry. But I was just happy to see a few deer.
This year has been surprisingly slow. Just no sign and very little activity that makes you feel like the rut is going on. Talked to a state patrol guy at the gas station and asked how the activity has been with deer collisions and he said he hasn't been as busy as he thought he would be.
Similar experience in Shawano county did not see a deer yesterday, even in stands that traditionally have high activity. Never saw cold slow down deer activity, but have no other explanation. 3 deer seen between three of us yesterday- one guy saw all three....shining last night was really Sfc low as well. Everything seems to be holed up
I hunt southern Clark County. I haven't seen ANY rut activity!
I've done grunts & rattling & nothing.
In the last 3 days of hunting, I've only seen I deer!
Yeah, had a 6ptr and a few does by me last night and all were just feeding. Buck didn’t nudge or chase the does at all, thought that was weird??
Cold has really seemed to shut down rut activity. Dead as can be since Sunday. Last wek had little bucks moving at least. Nothing now. Maybe next week will be better.
Sure is a cold sit this morning, phone said 3 degrees
Only one Doe so far, all by herself.
Might be last weekend bow hunting for me, could be ice fishing next weekend.