As of yesterday and today, I was able to pass on several bucks from the 120 - 140” range but no does. It seems like the deer are moving out in the open again (and in day light). That was a welcome sign after weeks of unbelievably slow action from almost every spot I hunted from. Maybe it’s the cold weather? Maybe it’s the left over rut action? Maybe both?
I’m not going to gun hunt tomorrow, so I’ll be missing the action if there is any. I hope the deer are still moving throughout the week though! I’m looking forward to some serious bow hunting next week if the weather holds out. I like to sit out a few days every now and then just for a rest. By taking some time off, I’ll look even more forward to hitting the timber when the times come. Hopefully, we’ll still have some cold weather for next week too. I was speaking to some friends today from MN. and they were telling me that they have been fighting closed roads, schools, etc. from all of the snow they had. It’s the same in ND. too. Hopefully, we’ll see some of that also as long as the temps stay in the 20’s. That single digit stuff (and below) doesn’t work too well for these deer here in Illinois.
One interesting thing for me is that I’ve been seeing some of the deer come back into my areas that I had on trail cameras early in September and October. That’s a good sign for me as I’m still looking for a couple of nice deer that seemed to vanish from my grounds. It also could be a sign that these deer are transitioning back to their feeding and early season habits already. I hope that’s true because I would really like to target them and have something particular to hunt. There’s a real bruiser of an eight pointer that I think would go in the 160” range, that I would love to get. Unfortunately, he drifted away from me early in October. I also saw some really nice 150” class deer on my trail cameras and in person that I would really welcome back too! Come to think about it, a transient or two would be a nice surprise!
Keep the reports coming in! We should be getting some good stories soon, as December is an awesome time to hunt. Keep sending pictures too! I posted some really nice photos at the Non Typical Hunter website lately, so check them out also. http://www.nontypicalhunter.net/rack-room.htm