By Rich Miller
I am in the truck riding through Nashville on my way to Kansas for a week of bow hunting. The odd thing is, the scenery is a lot different this year than in years past. All of the leaves are still on the trees, whereas normally they have all hit the ground by now. I left the house at 4:00 am this morning and avoided the traffic in Atlanta, but had one little slowdown when we were coming into Nashville. Hopefully, the rest of the trip will be as smooth as the first leg, although I expect Kansas City to be pretty rough by the time we get there.
In the last week all of the reports out of Illinois and Kansas from some of the guys I know that have been hunting has gotten better. I have gotten several pictures of some good bucks in the last two days and reports that the bucks are starting to cruise around pretty well. By the sound of things, we might hit it right this year and not hear the “ you should have been here last week” saying that we always seem to hear.
I did get a little more good news last week from my buddy, Mick, when he sent me a Moultrie Game Spy photo. Now, since we put the feeder and camera up in August, we have had a lot of deer activity on the camera but no big bucks so far. Usually, every year the really nice bucks start showing up around the middle of October. This fall has been just like the rest of the year and it seems like everything is running behind.
Last Saturday afternoon, Mick called and said we had a good one on the camera and started explaining to me what the deer looked like. As he was describing the deer, it hit me that this was a deer that I had hunted really hard last year when I was in Kansas and never got a glimpse of the twelve days that I hunted there. When he got home, he e-mailed me the picture and confirmed what I was thinking. To make things better, I had saved one of the hundreds of pictures that we had of him the previous year and he is standing in the same position as the only picture we got of him this year. In the area I hunt, we get a lot of different deer on camera every year but to the best of my knowledge we have never gotten the same buck two years in a row. The split G2’s give it away that it’s him, but man has he packed on the mass from the year before! Not just the antler mass but tine length and body weight, also.
As I said earlier, last year I had a ton of pictures of this bad boy and never got a shot at him. He was there almost every day. This year he showed himself one time last week but Mick hasn’t checked the camera since then to see if he has came back again. I will definitely check the camera when I get down out of that stand in the morning unless I get an up-close look at him before that!