AHT Contributor, Greg Johnston Reports From the Stand:
The action is heating up here in Western New York. I hunted Livingston and Ontario Counties this Saturday and Sunday where I encountered some decent action – including one of my Hit List deer.
Deer movement is on the increase and this week’s cold snap shouldn’t hurt things. I hunted our Livingston County Farm on Saturday where I encountered over a dozen deer, including one decent buck that I wasn’t able to get a good look at.
Sunday was warmer and sunny, but I hopped in the stand anyway for an afternoon hunt. I didn’t have high hopes, but movement was swift throughout the afternoon. I was able to grunt in one of the bucks on my Hit List, but he locked up at 30 yards, behind a blow down. With a bad angle and a tree in my way I had to watch him walk.
If it hadn’t been for that tree, I’m guessing this entry would have had a different headline and topic, but hey, that’s why we hunt. It’s worth noting that I also encountered a 1.5 buck who was clearly in the seeking mode.
I’d say it’s just a matter of time before we start seeing those older more mature bucks on their feet and cruising during daylight hours. So, if you’ve got the time, I’d suggest you plant your rear in the seat of a stand somewhere. The clock is ticking…
Be sure to check back weekly as I continue to chronicle my season and monitor deer movement here in the Northeast.