For those following the blog, you may recall my Oct. 5th entry on "The Importance of Your #FirstDeer". Well, I'm proud to say that Luke did it! He got his #FirstDeer on Nov. 16th shortly after 10:00 am. See the photos below.
Hunting with a 9 year old can be difficult. It isn't as easy when it comes to scent control and getting to a morning hunt on the edge of a food plot without bumping every deer in the county. As a result, I took a new tactic. Luke definitely wanted a morning hunt, so I had to get creative on how to get him to the stand. I decided to drive him in on my John Deere Tractor. That's right....we drove to the stand using the tractor right at shooting light.
My annual hunting vacation started Nov. 6th. I had scheduled time off through the 16th, giving me 11 full days to try to get the job done. As with past years, it took a few days to put the pieces of the puzzle together. By Nov. 10th, I had most of the information needed setting the stage for a fantastic hunt the morning of Nov. 13th.
The buck I was after was initially named The Trident Buck. This was because his left G2 had awesome mass and was in the shape of a spear. This buck showed up on trail camera Oct. 19th. I had never seen this buck before, but as in past years, this was about the time for new bucks to take up residence. He definitely became a regular with seven different visits documented on all four property trail cameras (see photos and video below). These visits helped me pattern the buck and develop the strategy needed to get the opportunity. That opportunity came on Nov. 13th and he proved his name needed to be changed. Meet the Iron Buck!
I wrote the following from the stand on Nov. 11th. The pinnacle of the season happened in the immediate days following, but I wanted to present in chronological order. There will be two other posts following this that details our successful hunting season. Thanks for following......Andy
This is officially the midpoint of my annual time off to hunt. It seems that each year while spending hours in the woods there are moments where I begin to question why? Why get up at 4 am? Why suffer when it is cold, rainy, or windy? A Twitter message summed it up best.....spending days on a 27" platform in a tree is a different kind of crazy. So I thought I would take a moment to reiterate why the deer hunting quest.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.