It was 41 degrees this morning and windy when we stepped out of the door. We were headed to the original stand we hunted on the first day. I had placed a deer cam in the area of the stand and while we were scouting I found so many rubs that I lost count. I actually was able to do a little scouting on day 4 in this area so I was feeling good about the area….still didn’t care for the actual stand set up and the exact position of it…but at this point in the challenge it was going to have to do.
We were settled in the stand just before 6:00 a.m. but didn’t see a single sign of wildlife the entire morning, outside of the feathered kind. We decided to come out of the woods at 9:30 a.m. so that we could go to the North Field and set up our hunting spot for the afternoon hunt. The night before we seen over a dozen does, a couple young bucks and one really nice buck but all of them were about 250 yards from where our stand was set up. So we decided to move down toward the East end of the field closer to where they were coming out. We had originally decided to put up burlap around the base of the shooting house to make a ground blind. When we got there, I noticed that the windows in the shooting house were rather big and about waist high. I told Marti that I thought I wouldn’t have a problem shooting a bow in the shooting house and ran to the truck to grab my bow and an arrow with a field point. The shooting house was a 4’x6’x6′ enclosed house with an aluminum ladder extending up to a platform deck.
The shooting house made us think of a cool play house or club house…this sparked the idea to mark it as our own little afternoon club house…this is too funny. Marti put up a camo burlap curtain in the door so that we could keep it open and free to film or shoot from.
We made a sign to hang on the door just for giggles and grins. Of course we didn’t leave it…that would have really confused the guides the next time they took hunters to this shooting house. All I could think of was the Little Rascals He-Man-Woman-Haters-Club the whole time we were walking away as I was giggling about it.
Marti was able to put the Third Arm camera arm on the corner post of the shooting house–she thinks of everything. She was working that camera like a pro!!
It rained several times while we were in the stand and once rather hard. We were high and dry and giggling about it the entire time. We had a doe and two yearlings come out on the field at 4:45 p.m. By 5:30 p.m. there were over a dozen does, a spike, a small 8 point and a 120 class 8 point in the field. Several does were about 40 yards from the shooting house at just about the time that the 120 class buck came out. Marti told me the does were in front of the shooting house and I decided to wait a little bit longer since the big buck might be right behind the two bucks that came out. Well, as Murphy would have it, that didn’t happen. Then for some reason a doe blew and everything ran off the field. With about 10 minutes of shooting light left they started to file back out on the cut corn field. But not close enough in time to get a shot on camera. We packed up and headed back to camp.
So far only a doe and one buck has been harvested and the buck scored 113.5 which was well under the required 130+ classification for points. That team lost their hunter points and camera person points. So a doe harvest or a qualified buck harvest can still win this event. Tomorrow morning is the final hunt in this event. Can Team Artemis pull it off???
© Nancy Jo Adams 2009