Update guys! This Fall has been busy and finally got to hunt my 15 this past weekend. The plots all came in nice and are mowed down.
Nov 1 AM - Saw 5 doe and 3 young bucks. There was a 4 point bumping some does around even! They liked the crabapple tree which is directly below my blind. I hunted the pine tree stand on the S side of the main plot, closest to my car.
PM - Rain moved in so I sat the blind. Had a spike move early, then nothing til right before dark. Then the deer parade started. Is was nasty, rain, wind and they just came pouring out on the N side plot. Lots of does and some more little bucks. Maybe 10-12 deer that night, 4 little bucks.
Nov 2 AM - Back in the stand from the previous AM. Very similar...cold, does moving early and 2 small bucks coming back E to W to bed, later in the morning.
PM - I decided to get back in my timber sanctuary as thats where all the deer were and I wanted to catch a big boy earlier before dark. Climbed a tree in my climber and had a button buck step out of a tree top on the ground. He was bedded right in it! After that I had 3-4 does/fawns coming in from the swamp and from the N. All milling around, browsing, heading towards the destination plot. About 5:15 I heard some water splash in the swamp and saw my shooter get out of his bed and move off into swamp away from me. Wow was he cooling looking. I thought OK, we're in the game now. 2 more little bucks came out of the swamp and were sparring while standing in some flooded timber...what a sight. Well an hour later a hot doe ruined it for me. I figured he would follow those does to the plot right by me....but a hot doe came from the plot with a young buck chasing. They ran all over making lots of noise and he was grunting like crazy. 2-3 other bucks joined her and off they go into the swamp. The shooter stood up, jumped out of his bed and ran directly after the party, right out of my life and off into that huge swamp to the west! That about wrapped up that night.
Nov 3 pm - Slow. One doe in the back woods by where all of those bucks came out of the swamp. I climbed in a nest of trees back there next to my 2nd blind, and it was a killer spot! The deer just didnt show. I thought for sure I was going to kill that night.
Nov 4 pm....I got access from my neighbor to come in from the N, as the wind was out of the S for the first time in 3 days. I snuck in with my lone wold mobile setup and sat over 3 fresh scrapes, in a thick transition/funnel. It was Nasty out again!!! but saw 2 doe in the southern plot and had 2 doe come right under me as planned. This setup will be killer in the future and is my only setup for a southerly wind.
Bucks just weren't after the does all weekend except for that one doe. Im hoping its still early here. Back to work for a week then off in the timber again!