By Gus Congemi, of Live the Wild Life
Three minutes. That’s all it can take.
It’s always amazed me that three minutes can change the whole dynamic of a hunt. I sat for four days in Ohio without seeing one deer. Sitting on field edges from daylight to dark every day.
Finally, we made a change and I set a stand back in the timber. The first afternoon I didn’t see an animal. The next morning I saw my first Ohio buck of the year on stand. Then a whole pile of doe worked by me in the afternoon.
On Saturday morning I got in the stand in the dark, far enough from any field so as not to disturb any deer out feeding. An hour or so after daylight I heard that unmistakable sound of rustling leaves, knowing a deer is coming. He was coming in from behind me, I had a decoy out, he stopped off-camera, stareing long and hard at the decoy, but not coming right in. He started working away from me and I had a split second to decide to take the quartering away shot, at 30+ yards. The arrow hit its mark and I recovered him within a hundred yards from where he was hit. Three minutes from the time I first heard the deer to the time he was shot, and it changed the entire hunt.
Sitting long days not seeing an animal can make you doubt yourself and question your decisions on a hunt, but three minutes can change everything. Stick it out. You’ll be glad you did.