-By Rich Miller
Archery season has been open here for almost a month and I still have a full quiver of arrows. It has been very eventful so far and I have been seeing a lot of deer, but the shooters have not been in range. I hunt around my house on several different pieces of property just about every afternoon. I have not had a problem seeing does, fawns and small bucks but the big boys have been staying nocturnal.
I spent this past weekend at our hunting lease. It is about an hour and a half from my home. Some of my family and close friends have leased and hunted this property for 20 years. When I was in school we would go to the camp every weekend. When I was in the military it was the first place I would go as soon as I could get some leave. It is not the premiere whitetail property in the Southeast or anything, but it is a place we get away to do a little cooking, hunting and fishing. The camp has a little bunkhouse that we sleep in and there is an old trailer with a big porch where we do all the cooking. All of this is overlooking a one-acre pond that is surrounded by 350 acres of plantation pines.
The deer movement there this weekend was a little slow. There were four of us hunting, and there were a few does and one small buck seen all weekend. Though we were not seeing much in the stand I was getting a lot of photos on my game cameras. I got photos at pretty much all times of the day. The only mature buck was at night. I am not sure why we were not seeing a lot of deer movement, but I figure that with the acorns falling everywhere the deer don’t have to move very far to find something to eat. It is going to take a lot of walking and scouting to find areas where the deer are using consistently, but I feel like with the rut just right around the corner if I can find a good feed tree a good buck will come check it out sooner or later.
How is everyone else coming with their season? Have you seen a lot of deer movement? Let us know by leaving a comment.