Just another early season hunt...
It was warm this evening, over 70 degrees. On my way home from work I had thoughts about not hunting tonight, maybe get a little work done at home. The pre-rut hasn't really begun yet, it was too hot, i wasn't sure which stand to go to, and i was running a little late. Damn work interfering with my bow hunting again, unacceptable. Either way, i was getting close to my hunting spot and needed to make a decision. About that time my brother called to get my opinion on where he ought to climb tonight. He had mentioned that it was nearly 10 degrees cooler back home than at my place and he was expecting to see a monster tonight. That short discussion put my mind into hunting mode and i knew the decision had already been made, I was going to the woods. The real question was what stand to get in. I never get into a stand if the wind is wrong, with or without good scent control. This particular evening the wind was out of the south, perfect for my funnel stand at the Turkey Ridge farm. This stand is in a narrow funnel of timber that connects a corn field to a switch grass field and another larger woodlot. This is the first year I've hunted this property and don't know much about it. I've had a camera up at this site for a few months but haven't captured any photos of good bucks. This was my first time hunting this stand. It was a long, lonely evening. I did see one small buck just before dark. Even in only seeing that 1 young buck, i was happy. Anytime I can spend in Creation is better than time spent somewhere else. I then checked my trail cam card after the hunt and was pleasantly surprised. I had a buck that is likely 140-150 inches. He didn't have much mass but he sure was tall. Because of this I named him stiltz, with a z. Z's make wordz way cooler. Now, I've not shot a buck over 140 so understand that I'm no expert nor am I greedy. But I have had several 150+ inch deer on cams this summer so I'm just not sure if I should shoot ol' stiltz. There is supposed to be a cold front coming in tonight and if it does I will be hunting Turkey Ridge again in the morning.
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