Young bucks don’t seem too concerned with the arrival of hunting season and will chase does regardless. Big bucks, however, know when opening day arrives and quickly alter their movements.
Through modern technology we can scout deer like never before. With trail cameras we can pinpoint deer movement, arrival times and consistency of travel in and out of the woods we hunt.
But here’s the deal. No matter how much time we spend in the woods, we are only part-time hunters, hunting full-time deer. And a trophy buck is a totally different animal. Through what nature gives them, they can pattern us much better than we can pattern them. They know when and where we enter the woods. They know how often we are there and that our presence means danger. You can be sure all of our careless travel in and out of the areas we hunt will put them on high alert.
So this year, maybe try something different. Go into the first week of gun season with a renewed passion for getting the job done at mid-day. Remember to eliminate any barriers keeping you from staying in your stand all day. Bring a book, pack a lunch or play on your smart phone. Even more important, sit in the most comfortable stand you have and always remember, “sore butts save bucks’ lives.”
It’s easy to tell the rut has kicked in as evident by the number of good bucks being collected. Here is this week’s report listing those hunters who have taken deer to one of our area’s state check-in stations or checked-in their harvest electronically. This information includes weights after field-dressing.
Cory McGuire — 180-pound, 10-point buck; Ryan Shuey — 115-pound doe; Robert Blume — 160-pound, 10-point buck; Todd Combs — 160-pound, eight-point buck; Ralph Harvey — 185-pound, eight-point buck; Neil Fowler — 160-pound, eight-point buck; Ryan Shuey — 160-pound, nine-point buck; Noel Evans — 115-pound doe; Steve Martin — 145-pound, seven-point buck; Cory Carter — 180-pound, eight-point buck; Jim Martino — 120-pound doe; Herschel Conyers — 107-pound doe; Jerry Rose — 150-pound, eight-point buck; Shawn Stevens — 190-pound, nine-point buck; Jerry Rose — 120-pound doe; Mike Gammans — 125-pound, two-point buck; Chuck Nunnally — 60-pound doe; Steve Nunnally — 60-pound button buck; Jeff Vanover — 75-pound doe; Zack Huff — 172-pound, nine-point buck; Clint Lawson — 120-pound doe; Mark Watson — 170-pound eight-point buck; Steven Wright — 125-pound, seven-point buck.
John Martino is the Tribune’s outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.