On Sunday October 25th Johnny and I packed the truck again and headed back to Knox County Illinois to hunt with good frineds Carl and Polly. Our intent was to stay until both of us filled our tags, but good old Mother Nature had different plans. Just before leaving, we checked the forecast, which looked to only have a few showers in the week to come.
Our first and second nights were spent in the 5th wheel listening to the pouring rain pounding the roof. Only a few showers for the week? We should have known not to trust the weather man! During one six hour stretch, Carl's gauge measured 2.5" of rain. I hardly call that a shower.
This creek was ankle deep when we first arrived and came up around 7' overnight.
When the rains finally settled we hung a couple more stands, checked out some sign and put out two Moultrie I40s and two Moultrie D40 trail cameras.
Over the couse of the next 8 days we spent many long hours on stand with little to show for it. The combination of the full moon and fields of standing corn really put a damper on the deer movement. This past Wednesday, November 4th, Johnny and I decided that we would throw in the towel for a few days and head back to WI to get a bit of work done and come back down closer to the new moon. All was not lost though, as the trail cameras started to take an inventory of the bucks cruising the property at night.
Check out a few of the bucks below that have made it to the "hit list" and a couple others that look to be good up and comers for the next couple years.
Jack (and the Beam Stalk)
These last two pics are hard to tell if this is the same buck or not. What say you?
Once again, the truck is packed and we're ready to head back south in the morning for our final trip of the year. It'll be interesting to see if anyone new showed up on the cameras while we were gone! With any luck, we'll let the air out of a couple of these boys!
Good luck to all still out there and shoot straight!