9. February 2009 11:12
Went out shedn' today. I put about 4 more hours on the boots during this outing. I have nothing to show for it though but some muddy boot tracks in the corn fields....
With about 1 hour and 15 minutes of light left I could see the deer starting to come out into the field a few hundred yards away. Knowing how rough our winter has been on the herd this year I quietly backed out and let them have the field. I decided to go for a ride to finish out the day.
We have had between 1 and 2 feet of snow for well over a month and it just started melting off two days ago. The once again exposed ground really got the deer up and moving around. About an hour of driving today yielded 72 deer sightings (not one deer was carrying any antler). In comparison, I had saw maybe a dozen deer the whole month of January. Seeing that many deer this evening with no antler what-so-ever gives me some extra motivation to get out there after the shed antlers before someone else or the rodents get them.
All of the deer that I saw today were either in cut corn fields or pasture type fields. What are you seeing in your area?
I have to say though, it was nice to see some whitetail again!