Sunday, November 21, 2010
Meetings and a nasty head cold have kept me out of the woods for a while (including yesterday's opening day of gun season), so for my first day of gun season I had to pick a spot without the benefit of any recent scouting.
The Weather Channel was predicting a south wind, so I broke out my topo map - and between sneezes - looked for terrain features that would be good candidates for setting up downwind of cruising bucks. One particular saddle that runs directly north-south caught my eye.
I've noticed a good amount of walk sign there over the past several weeks. I've also seen lots of does in the general area, but nothing in particular had screamed out "hunt here." I figured by setting up on the north end of the saddle I could cover it without stinking up the likely approach routes. In the absence of a better plan, it was worth a shot.
By flashlight, I picked out a nice straight white oak that seemed to offer a clear view across the saddle and hauled my sneezing, wheezing butt up the tree. At about 7:15 I noticed movement in a patch of thick stuff about 50 yards away. I could make out a decent set of antlers but didn't get much of a look. There was another opening about ten feet in front of the deer, so I settled my scope on it and waited.