It was a warm morning, about 63 degrees, and I wondered if the deer would move at all. At least two deer scattered from their beds near my tree stand, and I scampered up into the darkness, leaving most of my gear on the ground, ropes dangling from my harness to ensure a safe gear pickup once I was clipped to the tree and seated in the stand. Once I was set up in the dark, another deer let loose an alarm call, which is a common occurrence on this piece of property.
As the sun rose, I saw the bounty of acorns all around me and wondered if it would help or hurt. Long story made short - it doesn't help on a day when the air temperature is at 63 and rapidly headed toward 70. 100 yards behind me in the swamp, I saw a doe and her two fawns. They never moved closer. Around 30 minutes after sunrise, a buck came from behind me and feasted on acorns right below the stand, paying me no mind.
|End of the hunt, safely on the ground.|
In the end, I let him walk. Unlike past years, my dedication toward summer practice made me feel pretty confident that I could have killed that animal multiple times - I don't feel that it is a mystery at all.
I didn't see another deer in the next 90 minutes, and decided to lower my gear down, unclip myself from the tree, and mozy down the ladder (still tied into a harness loosely around the tree and ladder, of course). It was great to have a well planned hunt also executed well, without incident or mistake. Hope I can parlay that into the next hunt and hopefully a successful harvest!