....more Late August Archery Season Scouting in Florida's Big Bend...or why would anyone do such a thing?
With less than three weeks before our first quota hunt, there is no the to waste. Yes it is hot, the mosquitos thick, snakes and gators abundant, tropical storms brewing, but also the early acorns are maturing and the bucks are beginning to rub and patterns beginning to emerge. And this is is very valuable time for archery hunters, especially on public lands where there are no feeders, food plots or high fences to ensure game patterns and movement.
This is difficult scouting with no assurance of success, or as my grandfather would say, "if was easy, everybody would be doing it".
The first acorns are falling from the Post Oaks or Iron Oaks as they are also called. with the swamps filled there are clear "edges" and hogs and deer moving along them.
Bucks are beginning too mark there territory with rubs and scrapes.
And yearlings are loosing their spots.
Even the young bucks seen to be acting more deliberate these days.