Re: And why you should not hunt with the JLK or A-Max...
""By then my optics were fogging from the cold, the sun was coming up in my eyes, fog was developing in that corner and I was trying to shield my riflescope eye with my non-trigger hand.""
Glad to see you are having such nice hunting weather [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
We sat in unheated tripod stands at minus thirty-one this week, from dawn to dark, watching dorky deer eat alfalfa like pigs. Lots of 130-140 class deer "bit the dust" but a wise old sage (whatever the hell a sage is..) once said, "You ain't never gonna kill a big buck if you use your tag on a little buck". Makes for a hell of a good excuse, although I did see three or four 120-130's that need to grow up a bunch.
I'm starting to believe that this late in the season many of the baited deer have lost some of their wild instincts since they will eat out of the guide's hands [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] One guide slapped a buck on the butt as he chased a doe right beside the quad that the guide was sitting on. Just like wild kingdom...
Naturally the big bucks remain relatively crafty but the youngsters get about as wild as kittens.
Bait hunting in Sask is a great opportunity to read books about moon phase, scrape lines, rutting behavior such as lip-curls etc. while you wait for a buck to walk over to the baitpile - sometimes for his last meal. If it wasn't so damn cold it would have been plum relaxing, sitting in a little tent c/w a swiveling boat-seat twelve feet off the ground, nice zippered windows that offer excellent view of the pile of feed.
The outfitter and guides we were with are very hard working folk who know the forest, and the cook was superb - they earn their money. But bait hunting for whitetails is a little on the canned-side if you want a lot of action.
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