Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The clock has been set

Ever notice how you see an abundance of deer through most of the year but when September rolls in, sightings seem to thin out?
I'm convinced deer-especially bucks-have a clock in their brain that tells them this is the time of the year not only to chase does, but to be on the lookout for anything out of place in the woods.
Many times bucks will stand and stare at you, then continue to browse, in no hurry or not a bit anxious to send the white flag up and head for the swamp.
These days and more so as we get colder, it's a different story. Sneaking into Fort Knox and the gold depository is probably similar to easy up on a nice buck without him knowing you're there.
Like the famous fort, they have built in radar, those huge ears that make for great listening devices, and speed that can get them out of Dodge quicker than you can take a sight on them.
That's not to say you shouldn't be out and about scouting; figuring out where to set up blinds, and keeping your eyes open for all sorts of sign including droppings, well used trails, and bedding areas.
But if you think you are going to walk up on a wall hanger and get a shot without him making some much as a sniff or snort, think again. Those shots are few and far between and always lucky.

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to the Outdoor page in the Oakland Press and your articles. Long time ago we were able to read many outdoor subjects most everyday. Kids would have their picture taken with their first big fish, but now only rarely. Now the Outdoor Page happens sometimes on Thursday, but again, not this week. I miss the Outdoors.