Outdoor Skills – Hunting Q&A

Last season I hunted over some scrapes made by a big 6-point buck here in Pennsylvania. I waited all morning and saw nothing. As I was leaving my stand, I came face-to-face with the deer. The buck cautiously moved around me, always keeping an eye on me as I stood there motionless, then stepped from behind a tree at 30 to 35 yards. I drew and missed when the deer jumped the string, and the buck trotted off. Will that deer ever come back to check his scrapes, or even come back to that area? --W.

Hmm. I’ve hunted in Pennsylvania and found that a “big 6-point” there is what hunters in many other states would consider a medium-size deer, probably a 2-1/2-year-old buck. This is confirmed by the fact that the deer saw you, yet circled close enough for a shot. My guess is that he’d come back again, maybe even the next day. A really mature buck would have been gone in a flash and probably wouldn’t return to his scrapes except at night.