The landowner had a new place for me. It is really nice that he is always looking out for deer whenever I am hunting his ground. It might have something to do with the fact we are neighbors.
South of his house near the levee is a line of trees in a low lying area. They are not really noticeable, but deer come out of the reserve to the west and move along the tree line to the next stand of timber to the east. In the spring and early fall you can see them moving along in a line all strung out.
The suggestion was to hide in a small equipment shed at the end of the road and wait. He also told me to come in the evening about 4:30 PM and bring binoculars to look to the west and be prepared when they come out of the reserve. They would have about a mile of open ground to cross. The road running north and south was closed due to flood damage and to repairs being done on the levees.
There was a mixture of does and bucks in these herds of deer running across his ground. Many of them had shed their antlers. For identification purposes, a hunter should look at the back of the leg right where the gland is on the back leg. Here the hair is a little longer and black. If that is seen, and there are no antlers, he is a shed buck. He is legal. My license states anterless deer only, and sometimes it is hard to tell them apart.
I pushed myself back into the shed next to some equipment. I could see to the right and left if I stood up, but focused on the ground to the west.
As I faced straight west, eight deer came in from the east behind me. They took their time, stopped and stared at me, then slowly moved on. My gun was leaning on a post about three feet from me and I was not sure if they could see me in the shadows. A really big buck with a nice rack just stood there and stomped his foot a couple of times, then moved off. Several does that would have been really close shots, stopped, stared, then wandered off.
The wind was to the north, and I was amazed they did not wind me. I had generously drenched my hunting clothes with a new product I had found from Bass Bro.
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|I had followed the directions on the bottle and sprayed my coat, gloves and boots. They did not wind me and I could feel the breeze coming in from the north on the back of my neck. I was facing straight south.
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The next morning my wife took the deer to get it processed, and the people at the meat shop came out and said “My that is a really big boy.” They see lots of deer so I know it was, as they put it a “really big boy.” That tells me how big the others were in the herd and how healthy the deer are along the bottoms.
Next year, the plan is for a really nice small doe.