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SC Bucks Browsing the Tecomate Seed Remote Food Plot
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  Buck in the Tecomate Seed Food Plot

After the Eagles game Friday night I knew it was going to be cold the next morning, so I put some extra layers of clothing in my McKenzie Scent Fan Duffle Bag and let that baby roll all night long.  In retrospect I was glad that I did because it was pretty chilly out there the next morning?and yes, I smelled like dirt!  With the cold weather, all the scrapes, rubs, and rut activity going on, I was excited about going and sitting over one of our fall, Tecomate Seed food plots the next morning. 

If you?ve been following any of the Tecomate Seed Food Plot Journey over the course of this past year, then you know that we?ve been working hard putting in food plots in various locations.  I went out to the ?power line plot? this past Saturday morning and had a pretty neat hunt.  The power line plot has Tecomate?s Max Attract & Ultra Forage in it.  It sure is coming along nice by my rookie food plot creator standards.

We?ve got a tower stand placed about 1/3 the way down this plot.  We put it here so that we could easily see to the bottom of the food plot.  I like this stand because it?s in a good location and it?s provide a spacious setup from which it?s easy to film.  Oh, and there just happens to be a nice scrape about 20 yards down from the stand as well. 

I arrived very early so that I could get in the stand and give myself time to get situated and ready for the sun to rise.  As I walked through our food plot to the stand it was easy to see that the Tecomate Seed Ultra-Forage & Max Attract was growing well.  This stuff was higher than my ankles in many places.  With the low-levels of rain that we?ve had this year I was pretty pleased with the growth.  I opted to walk through the plot versus around it because there were dry leaves all on the side of the plot and I was trying to be quiet.  Walking through the plot rather than the edge helped reduce the amount of noise I made entering and I wasn?t worried about spreading a lot of scent in the plot because of McKenzie?s Scent Fan Bag + Atsko?s odor elimination products that we?re using this year. 

When I arrived to the tower stand I put out some doe estrus and then left the bottle open at the base of the stand.  The power line acts as kind of a ?wind-tunnel? and with all the recent talk and signs of rut I wanted this estrus scent to blow down the plot in hopes of luring a buck into the area.  I was hopeful that a buck would come through to eat and then smell the scent and work his way up the plot?at least that was my mental picture of what would be neat to happen and get on film! 

WeHuntSC.com - The Tecomate Seed Setup

I sat there in the dark for a little while and tried to get everything situated.  Carrying a camera, tripod, gun, bag, etc makes for a little extra work and requires some extra time to set up.  I finally had everything up and was ready to watch the sun rise.  I sat for a little while when I noticed a deer enter the food plot at the very bottom left.  I could tell the deer had a decent size, but yet wasn?t huge.  It was still kind of dark and it made it a little difficult to see?and even more difficult to film (so sorry for the initially dark footage at the beginning of the video below).  The whole time I was watching this deer I thought it was a doe.  It wasn?t until after reviewing the film that I learned that it was actually a small buck.  The raw footage isn?t quite as dark as the footage in the video below?when YouTube encodes the video there is a little bit of quality lost in the encoding.   As I sat in the stand thinking this deer was a doe I was pretty pumped because I thought there was a good chance that a buck may be coming behind shortly thereafter.

WeHuntSC.com - Buck in the Tecomate Seed Food Plot   
Buck in the Tecomate Seed Food Plot  

This first deer stayed in the plot for a little bit and I zoomed in and out trying to get more light in the camera.  I even moved the camera once trying to get it closer to me (you?ll see the bump(s) in the video).  The deer was just browsing and poking its head up and down.  I could see the deer ?winding? as some call it.  He was putting his nose up in the air and seemingly inhaling so as to smell what?s in the air.  I felt sure that the estrus scent I put out was making its way down the power line.  Though, thinking this deer was a doe, I didn?t really care that it smelled the estrus.  Either way I was pretty pumped because a deer came in the plot early and that signaled to me that deer were moving in my area. 

After seeing this deer my heart was pumping a little so I was very focused looking for anything that might be trailing shortly thereafter.   Sure enough about 15 minutes later I saw another deer enter the plot from the same direction?this one had a bigger body.  I zoomed in with the camera and got the deer in the video screen.  When I saw the rack I knew it was a good deer, but I knew that I wasn?t going to shoot it.  I wanted to, as the saying goes; let him go so he could grow.  I was sitting there with my rifle in my lap with the barrel leaning against the railing of the stand and with the tripod and video camera just to the right of me.  It may not sound like it, but in those few seconds it?s a lot to manage in between operating the video camera,  getting the gun up, and paying attention to deer in front of you (without spooking him).  I?m trying to learn the art of managing this all at once. 

Seeing these deer come through made me realize just how quick I?ve got to be ready to get my gun up if I want to shoot.  If the deer don?t stop, eat, or spend any time in the plot, then there are only a few seconds that you have to react.  If I would have wanted to, I could have probably got a shot off at this larger deer, but the shot would have been rushed a little and I don?t like taking shots in a hurry if I can help it.  He?ll be bigger next year!

Hoot, I did some commentating in this video for ya!

Ultimately, it was a good trip in the woods for me.  You don?t always get to see deer, but I was fortunate enough to see some on this hunt.  It also felt good to see some bucks in the area and to have them browsing on the food plot that we spent a lot of time installing.  Hopefully these two will make it for a couple of years and will hang around to walk in front of the camera again. 

Regards,

Clint

 




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