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the same frame as my buck the previous
year - a 4½-year-old - so I decided early
on to leave him alone in hopes he'd make
it through again. As it turned out, he'd be
harvested in early November by another
hunter on the property. I was very happy
to congratulate him.
But since I knew that buck would be
off-limits for me, I was hoping a new buck
would move onto the farm once the bucks
shed the velvet from their antlers in early
September.
And I got my wish.

WAITING OUT THE HUNT

On Sept. 12, my bean-field camera got
a few early-morning pictures of a largebodied 9-point.
He returned late that evening, then,
evidently, went elsewhere.
On Sept. 22, he made another appearance - again late in the evening. I hoped he
was using the same bed my buck from the
previous year had used, about 150 yards
from the field. But his late-night appearances made me believe he was traveling
a much farther distance.
With the season just eight days away,
I decided I would stay out of the area
entirely until I captured a daylight picture
of that buck, or another I wanted to hunt.
On opening day, I sat in an observation
stand, grateful to have the opportunity to
be up a tree with my bow. Warmer temperatures kept me from hunting any more
during the season's first week.
I wanted to be patient and not push in
to an area in less-than-ideal conditions,
and I worried about the higher chance
of losing meat if I had to leave a deer lay
overnight. In my "infinite wisdom," I also
reasoned the temperatures would limit
deer movement.
Not so. I checked the bean-field camera
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midday on Oct. 7 to find the 9-point had
been in the field, in daylight, on Oct. 1, 3
and 4. He might also have been there in
daylight after Oct. 4, but my camera had
evidently malfunctioned in the midst of
getting pictures of him.
I'm rather glad it did; I already had to
swallow enough pride.
But I was excited to see he'd started
moving in daylight, and maybe on somewhat of a pattern. I still kick myself for
thinking movement would slow with high
temperatures, especially now since I've
seen multiple times when a warm front
seemed to put a mature buck on his feet.
Looking at the weather for the days the
9-point was on camera, I saw the wind
primarily was out of the west. With the
buck's daylight movement in westerly
winds, and given where he was entering
the field, it seemed clear to me he was
using the same bed as my buck from the
previous year.
The problem was a westerly wind
allowed him super-secure access to the
field. He could scent-check the corner of
the field he was unable to see, and could
see whatever he couldn't smell.
I knew hunting him in westerly winds
would be very risky. But he had a consistent pattern, and I wasn't going to wait.
The westerly winds, however, would
mean I'd need to find a tree to the south
of where he regularly entered the field,
allowing my scent to blow parallel to
him. There was only one tree I could get
in and, fortunately, it was within shooting
distance. But it would put me only 14 feet
off the ground, with no cover.
When I hung my stand, however, I
realized the wind didn't seem as risky
as I initially thought. It was out of the
northwest and, dropping dried milkweed
from the platform, I could see my wind
would blow parallel to him briefly, then



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