Decided to get away Wednesday and Thursday to finally get in the woods to do some looking around. I know its late to be just now doing some scouting, but it was the first opportunity I've had. Anyway, got to the WMA I normally hunt and started scouting some of the thicker areas close to the parking area which most people bypass. Didn't see much there so headed to another area bordering some private property. Before I reached the border I could hear the landowners' cows cutting up something awful. I looked ahead of me and saw 4 deer (3 mature does and a yearling) moving off the private land onto the WMA. After they passed I hurried to a spot about 20 yds from where they crossed. As soon as I got there, I noticed another doe headed my way. She passed by too far and too quick for a shot. Right behind her came a yearling doe but she was also moving much too fast to attempt a shot. So I'm still standing at the ready with an arrow knocked on high alert when here comes a third doe. This one is not a mature doe but not a this year's fawn either(perfect eating size). She's picking her way through the cover of palmettos and briars and is able to get by without offering a shot. I'm getting pretty disgusted by this point when I notice the third doe circling back. She gets to within 18 yds before presenting me with a decent shot (quartering away) so I let it fly. After being hit she runs into a clump of palmettos stops for a couple seconds and then makes one final attempt to run but falls with 10 yds of where I shot her. The sound hadn't even died down from her death throes when a fourth doe shows up and passes by without any sign of being spooked. Talk about an action packed 5 minutes.
I think I can count this as a successful scouting trip. This spot is now a high priority waypoint in the GPS. This was my first kill with my new Bowtech Allegiance. My old faithful Simmons Land Shark 160gr broadhead continues its string of short blood trails.
Sorry no pics, but I was unable to find my digital camera. So when the 35mm film is developed I'll post the pics if it's not too long from now.
Looking for some information on finding Catalpa worms. Does anyone know where I could find some? Frozen or live, does not matter. Will travel to pick up also.
Anybody hear any reports from the muzzleloader hunt this weekend @ Lake Ophelia NWR?
I am not new to this site as I monitor it daily. Just new to posting. Wanting to know if there is anyone who has hunted or scouted the Indian Bayou Area (US Army Corps of Engineers)? Am thinking about giving it a try late this season(after all gun hunting for deer is over) or possibly hunting it next season. Am interested in hogs and deer and not afraid to do some walking to get away from the crowds. Is it heavily hunted? Any information to get me started would be appreciated.