I moved to spot # 2. North of Oakland, Iowa the Nisnabotna River meanders through the western Iowa countryside. Crop land on each side and timber along the river bank make this stretch of ground excellent deer habitat. The landowner has the same problem other farmers have where woods, water, and grain are in abundance. The habitat is ideal for the deer and other wildlife. That is good for people like me, but not the farmer. The farm I am going to hunt looses about twenty acres of corn per year. I am very welcome.
The focus was on does. He told me he did not see a lot of bucks. The farm holds a lot of does. This is the same situation that I found on the farm down by the river. This is a good deal for me, as I am interested in meat, and I do not care about a big rack on the wall or in the garage.
I went out in the middle of the afternoon to look things over and locate the places I should set up and be concealed. I met with the landowner and he gave some tips on where he has seen the traffic. This is what I found.
|Looking South towards the end of the timber.|
|Looking North along the first lane. The bank on the right rises about 15 to 20 feet.|
I found a place at the start of the first lane, and planned to hunt close to the bank when shooting time opened. I was going to hunt here regardless of the wind. The theory was the deer would be coming in from the fields and entering the woods at the south end. If the wind is south, all the better. If it is north, I just need to get back deeper against the bank. I planned to spray some of Bass Pro's finest spray that made me smell like a pile of dirt.
Read the column next week to see how the theory worked out.
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Good hunting, good fishing and good luck. Hank