Today was a LONG day. It rained from sunrise to way past sundown. We wore rain gear all day. It was 54 degrees when I woke up and the barometric pressure was falling at 28.89-wasn’t expecting much movement in the woods. It was drizzling lightly so we decided to head out to our new morning stand. This new stand was high on a ridge that we were told was a pinch point for deer traffic when they were going between two fields; shown as the blue arrow below.

Map of Keck Hill

Map of Keck Hill

We were in the stand early enough and luckily Marti had put the heavy camera arm bracket on the tree the afternoon before. She was having to put a tree umbrella up this morning and I had to make an extra trip back to the truck to get my tie strap for my safety harness-but we still had about 20-30 minutes of darkness by the time we got settled. Climbing this tree and getting stuff strapped up in the dark was nothing to Marti since she scales those stands like a monkey….

Marti scaling trees like a monkey

Marti scaling trees like a monkey

This stand was going to be a little more difficult to hunt since we were sitting on the same tree back to back with the tree in between us making communication almost impossible without getting up and talking through the Y in the tree trunk or Marti having to put the camera mic in my face so she could hear through the plugged in headphones–but we managed.

We didn’t see anything and around 9:30 a.m. we decided to come down out of the tree and head to camp to see what our second draw location had to offer. Our new location was a set-up just outside of a freshly harvested corn field. This particular area was getting rave reviews by all of the staff members and John Campbell himself. You can find a picture of the property below. The GPS coordinates are not to our stand but at the edge of our property, you can get a good picture of what we are hunting from that info on Google Earth. The coordinates are N37 degrees 59.745 and W088 02.826 and here is an aerial photo of the property.

Second Draw Property

Second Draw Property

After looking at our second property and discussing with the guides that this would be an afternoon setup, we decided to do a little scouting in the South end of our first draw property where we were finding humongous rubs and a few scrapes. The rub line and trails we were finding went right by our stand, however the cover and brush is extremely dense and the trail is over 55-60 yards from the stand.

Worn out deer trails from heavy deer traffic

Worn out deer trails from heavy deer traffic


Awesome rub

Awesome rub

Geotagging a scrape on the Garmin Oregon 550T

Geotagging a scrape on the Garmin Oregon 550T

We headed back in to regroup and we both took a nap before the afternoon hunt in our new spot. The naps worked well because neither one of us fell asleep on stand. 🙂 I got soaking wet and Marti, who had the high priced camera equipment was dry from the knees up under the tree umbrella.

Soaking wet on the outside and dry on the inside...thanks to RedHead Tech3 raingear

Soaking wet on the outside and dry on the inside...thanks to RedHead Tech3 raingear

Marti and the high priced camera equipment nice and dry under the tree umbrella...lucky her!!

Marti and the high priced camera equipment nice and dry under the tree umbrella...lucky her!!

With the rain getting harder and making it more unethical to bow hunt for the loss of a blood trail due to the rain, we decided to call it a day. We packed out early before the deer moved in off of the ridge and busted the stand. When we were headed out we saw an Albino doe crossing the road. I didn’t have my camera out so I took this picture quickly with my Blackberry so it is not the best quality. But how neat to see an Albino deer in real life at 15 yards? I hope we can get some footage of her since she is in our new area.

Albino Doe

Albino Doe

We were back early enough to get our nightly interview done and to get some clothes washed. Oh, and for me to spend 45 minutes picking “STICK TIGHTS” out of my hunting clothes, Oh the madness!! I now can show you 5 different variations…I think I prefer snakes over stick tights.

Yep, you guessed it...more STICK TIGHTS!!!

Yep, you guessed it...more STICK TIGHTS!!!

Tomorrow is Day 4 and we will be high on the ridge on Keck Hill in the morning and in the North Field for the afternoon hunt. I am REALLY excited about the North Field afternoon hunt….I hope I have some great stories to share with you in tomorrow nights blog.

© Nancy Jo Adams 2009

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