We dropped Fred Lutger off at a secluded food plot on the top of a sprawling hill, the highest place on the property. Mike Ditchler hunted a place nicknamed the Point. Both hunted in ground blnds. Fred’s was hidden in a clump of cedar trees and the Chef’s was on a portable 8-ft high raised platform made by Woodsey Too Treestands. The Duck went to his Windmill stand and I hunted the Last Barn area.
Soon after good daylight Fred saw a lone doe walk along the outside edge of the trees in the picture above. A minute later a monster buck came into view, nose down, on the scent trail of the doe. The big racked buck angled in Fred’s direction, just like the doe had done; but did not come close enough for Fred to shoot. Afterward Fred saw some a young buck on the same trail and later on a handful of gobblers pecked around in the food plot but never got in bow range.
The Chef saw a doe walk through to his right. An hour later he noticed a mature buck and a doe 80-yards out in the trees to his left, they were heading in his direction. Chef waited at the ready. The Point is near an old rusty fence that has an intersecting, even more rusty, fence. The doe ducked under the intersecting fence and the heavy beamed 8-point buck jumped over it and fell in behind the doe and they walked along the fence on the opposite side and went out of view through the trees.
For lunch we drove to the closest town Hamilton and ate at ASHER CAFE. The food was more than great and Kelsie’s service was, as usual, extraordinary.
Fred returned to his morning stand and saw a few does. Chef went to another food plot called the Corner and heard loud grunting noises in the thick woods behind him andsome wild hogs burst out nearby. The nearby game camera there got their picture. But the hogs didn’t stay long and the Chef didn’t get a shot off.
Once again it was back to the Junction 36 to eat and watch the last game of the 2016 World Series. She game was on one of the smaller TV Screens and the owner refused to turn on the sound. Plus she made us leave early. Eventually we heard that the mighty CUBS had won. With that news I hit the hay to get half-way good nights sleep.
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