Price County deer hunting
Had a small buck on camera by my stand during daylight when I was not there on 3 different occasions. While there last weekend I saw nothing of course. Gotta pick the right day, I don't plan on being picky. Don't have that luxury like some do.
Heading up tonight to give it another go. Nothing more fun than freezing outside looking at nothing.
Hunted our land off County I in Ogema this past weekend. Had a small six point come in to the call Friday evening. 30 yards and no shot. No deer sighted Saturday, so cleared some shooting lanes. Was about to get out of stand Sunday morning, but decided to give the doe bleat one more shot. A really nice eight point came trotting in fast. Was on my weak side, so had to stand and turn. Buck saw me and bolted before I could draw. Exciting weekend. Two bucks at close range in three days. Lots of nocturnal movement though, just not much moving during daylight.
What part of Price county? You can be in Price county and be hunting on some darn good land around Ogema and Spirit, or you can be on almost a wilderness area. I have land near Price Creek Road. Some call it the Big Block. It is all woods and no farms for a long ways. There is very little for deer sign there, at least as of Oct. 26. I'm sure there is a bit more now , however so dismal that hunting there does not make sense. An old friend has land just out of Ogema and he sees quite a few deer.
I grouse hunted up here a couple times this year. I don't see a ton of deer sign, but I do see trails, tracks and rubs everytime I'm up. There's definitely deer to shoot no question.
Lakeshiner, you cut 2 deer tracks in a 2 mile loop!! I'd say that is looking good except it was likely the same deer!!!!! Ha ha. Welcome to Price co.! All kidding aside , this will likely be a tough year. We had good numbers spring of 2018 and the fall was not bad . We could actually walk in the woods and see a few deer when grouse hunting . This year, after -43 below and 40" snow on the ground till the end of April, it will be a tough year. I'm done caring however and might not even go opening day of deer up there . I have gone 30 yrs in a row. This year my son and I might not bother. I might stay down here and wait out the crowds, or just go walk around and see if I can get away from all the people.
There were a ton of people around my area last weekend. Not sure who was grouse hunting vs deer though. Checked my cameras and had 4 bucks last week go by. Only one during daylight, a small spike. No does at all, weird...
Talked to a few people in the area. Guys further south seem optimistic, guys further north its the usual. I can't say more are around us, I actually walked in with fresh snow and cut 2 tracks in a 2 mile loop I did. They were digging around for acorns, lots of them around this year. One of them actually was near my stand, it just didn't go in front of the camera. I'm going to be optimistic and say it was during daylight.
Heading up Friday to hunt, should be lots of....boredom haha. Just takes one though.
I was up oct. 19th weekend off hwy d, 20 minutes from phillips .hunted 30 acres private: surrounded by a hay field , 10 acres of standing corn , and big woods to the north . saw 6 different deer while in stand mature doe , fawns , yearling does, and a 1 1/2 spiker. land owner said deer numbers are on the rise ; as he sees them daily. He also stated the buck numbers were increasing and there were some 3 1/2 -4 1/2 year old bucks running around .He has a good number of bear around usually , but hasn't seen any wolves in a while . Its good to get away from the armys of people in southeastern wi.
Price co. deer hunting is a lot worse than last year. I was there for 3 days last week and found 2 rubs in 4 miles of scouting. I also found 2 scrapes. We had 2 bucks so far this year on the cam and were very small, one so small I dont think I can call it legal. The grouse numbers are way down too. However, for a while, I thought my son and I were the only ones on the face of the earth. We could not hear any sounds of man at all for most of time we were there except I heard a few shots , saw a jet and heard an airplane . The place is dead, and for good reason too. The parcel of land to my east and west have been for sale for 14 months and no offers . That is not exactly a bad thing neither.
Anyone finding scrapes around? I checked cameras last week and didnt have any bucks on camera since i set it out weekend after opener. Gonna have to find some new grounds away from the cabin this year. Last year was very disappointing with bucks compared to other years looks to be even worse this year.