Well, after a two week absence and missing the peak rut, I finally made it out yesterday afternoon. I've had a slow season this year, with only 5 sits so far. Normally, I would have a couple dozen sits this far into the season, but.... being understaffed at work I've been having to fill in... at the expense of my season. Oh well... thats' life.
Anywho, had a great time in perfect weather ~ cool northerly breeze after the hard front the night before. In all, I had 4 bucks grace my hunt over a 3 hour period, all w/in easy chip shots of 7 - 15 yds. Two were yearling 6 pt's ~ last years twin spikes, plus a yearling 8pt, plus a really beautiful 9pt ~ a mainframe 4x4 with a crab claw on the tip of the right beam. Although he's not that wide, 15" - 16", he's got great mass thruout and very tall tines, especially the G2's at 10+" each, and G3's at 8+" each. His brows are pretty good at 3+" too. He's got an interesting symmetry with his main beams ~ the ends curl inward towards each other with a sharp hook ~ with maybe 3 to 4" between the tips. Pretty cool looking dude.
The only reason I watched him and not dropped the string is because he looks and acts so young. He's a small bodied deer, maybe 125# dripping wet. The strange thing is, he has such a great rack on him already, with me guessing he's 2.5yo, 3.5yo tops (but his body size doesn't come close to matching that age). Maybe he's just genetically a small bodied deer, destined to be a lightweight like Sugar Ray.
I was sitting a ladder stand on the edge of a meadow with a primary scrape 20yds to my left. The yearling 6's & 8 sparred out there with each other off and on for a solid hour. This 9pt even joined in a couple of times... just playing....pushing and shoving like friends who arm wrestle. No aggression, no anger, no hard hitting... just playing. But boy, he sure has a great rack.... right on the borderline of my shoot/no shoot policy.
Time will tell if I made a sound decision or not.
This afternoon's hunt.... Hog Hollow. I've got a date with 007.