Driving down our road and in the countryside the past few days I've spotted a half dozen does with fawns out in the bean fields in broad daylight. First fawns I've seen this year and all were good sized and appeared to be grazing. All but one doe had twins
A doe has been coming out to the apple tree by my house lately and eating the half ripe drops. Only saw more than one out there a couple of times so far, most years there are several that keep the drops cleaned up.
On my way home today there was a lone wolf standing in the road about a half mile from my house. I slowed down and it just stood there and looked at me until I was within probably 30 or 40 yards and then it slowly walked off in the woods. Made a mental note to slip a gun in my back pocket when I take the dog out - just in case I see a porcupine.......or something!
Fawns down here are all good sized and about the same size. Not so for those we saw east of Cedarville this weekend. Wide range in size with some little tiny ones which looked like they were just getting around. Several does with just one fawn.
Habituated wolves are bad medicine.
A .22 would suffice for porkies, but "something" might dictate 9mm or larger and perhaps with a laser!
Recent excursions to Fish Point on Saginaw Bay for waterfowling and downstate for grandson baby sitting suggest the rut might be starting. Noticeably more early AM and dusk deer movement as well as a spike in fresh roadkill on both rural roads and interstate highways. Also observed more coyote and fox roadkill than seen over the summer, maybe victims of fresh meat uptick.
Yesterday I found large deer tracks in the back yard and the first 2019 scrape at a traditional spot out behind the pole barn where there is an opening in the hedgerow.
More than 2.5 inches of rain earlier in the week and then snow last night. Soybeans not already off won't be combined for a while, and corn harvest will probably be late too. Maybe a repeat of last year where we did not see any deer to shoot at until next to last day of regular season.
Time to check scope zeros and POI of some Barnes lead-free TTSX loads for up north.
Well, the rain gauge topped off at 3 inches and the back lot is pretty soggy. The better to show deer tracks and there were a bunch today.
The hedgerow scrape is twice the size and there aren't any dropped apples on the ground from the legacy apple tree up the hedgerow.
So up went the trail camera. Set it up to cover the hedgerow opening and the scrape this side of the opening. The scrape has two dug up parts on either side of a bush with red berries. The scrape is wide but not deeply dug up so I expect I'll get a small buck on the camera...we'll see.
Elder brother-in-law has gimpy foot so I let him set a popup blind on the edge of the hedgerow about 35 yards N, across prevailing winds, from the hedgerow opening. He took a doe from that spot next to last day of season last year.
Pulled the camera chip this morning and found photos of a couple of 4 points and a 6 or 8 point. One of the 4 pointers has one upright antler and one that sticks out horizontally to the right just above his eye.
Bucks, with one exception, showed up only at night, does both day and night.
Glad to see the bucks even if they can't hold a candle to the ones Drilling Man has!