With warm temperatures and less than ideal wind directions, I had a hard time identifying 3 top tier stand choices for the next evening (the following morning being a rainout) and morning hunts. That said, I sent dad’s buddy to the stand where the mature 8 point was photographed at 4:00 PM 4 days earlier. It’s a stand I always get excited about hunting, but he saw a grand total of 1 deer in 2 sits there…his only luck in Ohio was crappy, I’ll be honest.
I hunted with dad both sits and we enjoyed reminiscing on past memories as we made new ones. Our evening hunt was back in the cut corn field where I saw a handful of bucks and does the prior Friday night. We had 4 does come out early as well as a good looking yearling buck. There was plenty of residual corn in the field and I fully expected the deer to keep piling in.
Before the buck realized the does were in the other end of the field, a guy came traipsing in the field just 45 minutes before the end of shooting light. Of course the deer ran off, and I had to get down out of the stand and walk 50 yards towards him to wave him off of the rest of our evening hunt. Classic public land hunting debacle.
The does must have spooked pretty good because we never saw them again. With light fading, I got aggressive and beat the antlers together for a solid minute. Almost instantly, a 2 year old buck – decent height and mass, not wide and couldn’t count points – came popping out of the hedgerow 300 yards away and came to within 45 yards in a stiff-legged walk. He circled downwind and never caught our scent, but we couldn’t close the last couple steps to get a shot. In the 3 or so minutes watching him approach, we failed to notice another buck – a yearling basket rack – coming from the opposite direction to check things out.
All in all, a good sit with 4 does seen and 3 different bucks.
The next morning was a bust with a guy coming in off private land to set up within 60 yards of us at daybreak. A roaming pheasant hunter intruded around 9:00 AM and we were back at the truck by 10 with no deer seen despite the weather conditions that improved quite a bit from the past several days of humid warmth and rain.