Once it was light enough to see across the field and into the woods a bit, I started to scan the trees and beyond for movement. Unfortunately, I was using my rangefinder to assist me, as I had forgotten my binoculars (forgetting to add those to my own essentials - shame on me!). Today, it really hindered me. The rangefinder helps, but is nothing like actual binocs. But, I hunted on. On one particular scan of the woods, a slight movement caught my eye. Actually, it was more of a sudden stop in movement. Through the lens of the rangefinder, I squinted to make sure I knew what I was looking at. A buck was standing about 10 yards into the woods & had just paused to scan the field. Although I couldn't see a lot of detail, I could easily make out the large body, lighter hair inside his perked ears & under his chin/neck, and horns. It was pretty obvious - this was a niiiiiice buck. His antlers weren't super light, but had more of a brown tone to them, leading me to think it was this guy:
The rest of my hunt was fairly uneventful, even though I sat until a little after 11 am. I did, however, hear 2 bucks sparring in the woods over my right shoulder. Even though I never saw them, it was very entertaining to listen to their little tussle. The photo below was snapped on Sunday morning. No idea if these are the same guys I heard on Saturday, but boys will be boys, huh?
All in all, though, I would say it was a very active and successful weekend, wouldn't you?
I can't wait to do it again soon... Happy hunting!