15. September 2010 16:31
There is just something in the Autumn air, something that makes this season much more special than the others. The cool breeze and sweet aroma outside. The sight of reds, yellows and oranges brightening the forest canopy. The farmers working their land to bring in the years harvest.... Alright, I know I am not really fooling anyone here. Bowhunters making their way afield is what makes Autumn everything that it is to me.
Sure Fall would still be a wonderful time of year, even without deer season. But, the first sighting of the coming seasons deer sign is what is exciting and special to me. There is just something about walking up on the first rubs and scrapes for the impending deer season. It makes my mind race trying to match wits with the buck who left his calling card for all to see. Where did he come from? Where was he going? The possibilities are nearly endless.
These two rubs are located just outside of a clearcut bedding area. Although that bedding area is not located on property I can hunt, I can at least try to take advantage of the deer entering or exiting it from the property I have access to.
This is a field edge scrape located about 100 yards away from the closest bedding area along a bean field.
This scrape is located deep in the timber on public land. I found it on a bench just above a deep run off gorge.
After seeing these signs of Autumn it really hits me that soon I will be out doing what I love, chasing whitetail deer and enjoying the tranquility and solitude of the great outdoors. No TV, radio or computers, just the critters and I. I will be soaking as much of it in as possible.
Good luck to everyone, I hope you have a season to remember.