Wow, I was going to start a thread about a spooked buck. Here's my story.
Friday morning I saw nothing out of my ladder stand so I decided to go somewhere else. An old guy in my club told me about a section that no one has been hunting so I decided to check it out. I took my lever action 30-30 (iron sights!) a seat cushion and a rattle bag. I walked down the old logging road and the brush was pretty thick on both sides but there were lots of hardwoods and acorns everywhere. The topography was such that it fell away steeply on both sides of the road. My strategy was to step into the brush on the side with the wind in my face and look down a draw until I had some good shots. Then I would sit and rattle a bit to see if I could get something to come up. Hammer back, safety off. After 45 minutes I would push the safety on, go back to the road and try to find another spot. It was a fun way to learn about that section. I reached the end of the road and found a good sized scrape. I was standing there facing into the wind, trying to figure out where to go when some squirrels started to bark. I thought I had been busted when I saw some movement in the brush. There's a deer walking straight toward me from up wind. I looked at the scrape about 3-feet from me and thought, "There's a buck coming up here to check this scrape!" I raised the 30-30 and froze, waiting for him to get out of the thick stuff. He got to about 25 yards and seemed to not have a care in the world. I couldn't count the points but his antlers were way outside of his ears. He took one more step and I pulled the trigger and the hammer fell. "CLICK" The safety was still on. He froze. He did that little head fake where he pretends to bend down and eat then lifts his head quick to see if anything moved. I pulled the hammer back. "click click" He bobbed his head side-to-side, snorted and was gone. I looked at my watch and it was 12:20 PM. He would have been the buck of my season but I forgot the safety. As I walked out, I found a good spot where I could sit with some cover and watch that scrape. I marked it with a reflective tack and some flagging.
So here's my idea for going back. He's spooked and probably won't come back during the day for a while. I need to encourage him to do that. I'm thinking of getting some of that dominant buck urine in a little spray bottle. I値l hunt one of my ladders Thursday morning until about 9:30 or 10 AM. Then I値l go to back to that section, spray the dominant buck urine on his scrape and leave. I値l hunt somewhere else Thursday night. Friday I値l do it again. Dog hunt Saturday (club doesn't allow still hunting on dog hunting days) and try to not get tore up at a neighbor痴 Halloween party (wife says we have to go). Then go back to that road Sunday morning or afternoon ready to ambush him. The idea is to make him think another buck is hitting his scrapes during the day and maybe he値l come out again to confront him. What do you think? Will this work or can you think of something better?
Eats shoots and leaves.