I made a last minute decision to try to fill a deer tag late into firearm season and to hit up a new spot. Hunting at least for me doesnâ€™t end well with impromptu decisions and poor scouting on public land but at least the weather was nice. I had some family engagements in the area so I had to make the most of the local woods.
Lakes are far from freezing over.
Million of acres of public land.
First location. Only had one deer come in but it was too dark to make a shot.
Pretty peaceful the first day when I had the woods to myself.
2nd location. At the bottom of this hill is a crossroad, lots of critters use it but nothing but chickadees, crows and eagles to keep me company over the past few days. I was very happy to find a new range, I ranged it at 600 yards. Once again I pick the wrong season, tons of turkey activity but it's far from turkey season. I was happy though not to hear or see any coyote or wolf activity.
On the way home things warmed up and the snow was gone. Maybe I'll fill an IL tag this year.
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