Early-season encounters a good sign

The good news is I’m seeing some deer early in the archery season.

The bad news is I have yet to release an arrow.

I thought today was going to be the day when at about 8 o’clock I noticed a spike buck headed my way with more deer following. The trick with multiple deer, especially at close range, is keeping an eye on the deer you don’t plan to shoot and the deer you intend to shoot.

Minimal movement is key. If you have a group of five deer, and one spots you, the gig is over usually.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how relaxed these deer were. They came in directly downwind and didn’t spook a bit. I have been hunting this year with buck urine as a cover scent hanging in a nearby tree. In three cases this year, the scent seems to relax the deer.

Today’s encounter was more of the same. I had a spike, a 5-point, and a 6-point within range, but none were a deer I would consider shooting. I’m happy to be seeing deer, happy to watch the sunrise, happy to be in the woods.



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