I had one of those great evenings last night, even though I didn't shoot a deer!
First time in a ground blind and it worked like a charm. Sat on a filed edge (no trees suitable for my LW) where I glassed deer previously. 5 deer total (no horns this time) came out during shooting hours!
: 1. there is not enough ambient light in the blind to light my Trophy Ridge pins.
2. With the mesh windows slightly open the Skeeters WILL find there way in- need to bring Thermacell in the blind! 3. Doe Bleat calls WORK (more on that in a min.)
The first does came out 80 yards out and just worked their way across and out of range. It was getting late so I hit the Heat Bleat and 2 more does popped out 50 yards from me! The worked in to 38yrd and I drew on the lead doe. This is where I discovered I couldn't see my pins, just a black stick in my sight.
I did my best and wouldn
t you know my arrow clipped the mesh on the window and fell WAY short. ALSO, my CE lightned nock that worked so well at the range FAILED to light!
So, as the does ran off I blew my Heat Bleat and they froze in their tracks! One walked off while the other kept coming back slowly. So, I kept bleating and each time she came right towards me!!! She finally came into 32 yards and I let my 2nd arrow fly. THWACK!!! This one had a HOMEMADE lighted nock
(see posts on AT) and it worked PEFECT
. Watched her run up the field edege towards the back corner and marked the spot. Arrow was still in her as she ran off. Waited...packed up my gear and blind, then headed for my deer when right where I saw her go down I see an hear several coyotes. What an awful sound! I backed out since I had no desire to fight that many yotes for my deer. I guess I need to start packing a sidearm! I have NEVER had them find a deer so fast. Needless to say, I was bummed about the final outcome and my empty freezer, but nonetheless was pleased with the success in scouting, stand/blind placement, and pure excitment of the evening.
Hope to return this weekend and actually bring back backstrap and pics!