This past weekend, I got numerous reports about great deer movement and rut activity. Many hunters I spoke with think it was about as good as it can get for any weekend of the season! In the western part of central Alabama.
I spent my weekend hunting with my granddaughter who has become quite a good young hunter and is so much fun to spend time in the deer woods with that it makes an old veteran hunter like me smile and remember how excited I used to get when I saw a deer not to mention how pumped up I was when a buck walked out! We hunted on a prime spot at our family farm in Tuscaloosa on Saturday afternoon. It is a big grrenfield that is 200 yards wide and 400 yards long and is simply known as number four field. It is surrounded by a hardwood swamp just about a mile from the Warrior river and is a deer paradise!
We got in the stand early, about 2:15, and we sat patiently unitil five does came out in a small greenfield behind our stand just visible through about a 100 yard scope of woods. Not long after they came out at about 3:30, a very nice heavy racked 8 pointer stepped out in the field and Anna Faye started asking if she could try to take a shot at him. Since he was on the other side of a thick stand of small saplings, I told her I did not think it would be a good shot and she fussed that she was sure she could get him even through the trees. I asked her if she wouldn’t feel bad to miss him or even worse to wound him and allow to run off and die in the swamp. All of a sudden, they spooked and all cleared out of the field so that ended that debate. It was almost 5 pm before we saw anymore deer and She was getting mighty dissapointed the 8 pointer had not came to 4 field. About then a nice 7 pointer with a good size boddy and nice rack stepped out of the woods on the other side of the field about 200 yards away. He was soon followed by five other bucks with various small to medium racks and a single doe.
I first though he was one on the “no shoot list” but as he walked closer I could see he was not a buck with kickers that Travis told me not to shoot. Anna Faye was so excited when I told her she could shoot him and I had to tell her to calm down and take some deep breaths before she lined up her shot!
She was in a state of full blown “buck fever” and finally got her composure and I coached her to take her time, focus on the sights and squeeze the trigger. BAM! she fired and he shot straight up and then piled up dead in his tracks! She had made another great shot and the buck was hers! Excited, she handed me the rifle and ran out to get a closer look at her buck! It was a great hunt and one this old hunter will remember for years to come. I think she will too!
There were several nice bucks taken and down in South Alabama there was a couple of Monster bucks reported taken in the wiregrass. In Abbeville, a hunter took a huge buck from a peanut farm and he was a drop tined monster! At 181 and 4/8s that is quite a rack!. There have been several free range Alabama bucks taken this season that scored from 160s to almost 200 and when you can find free-range, true wild bucks across different areas of the state that is a very good sign for the future of Alabama Deer Hunting!