There is a little place I like to bow hunt from the ground. It is on thick public land, an there is really no sense in trying to hang a stand. I hunt there on occasion, and have had some success in rattling in some small bucks. I have yet to see a big one.
The other day, I had some time to kill, so I thought I’d walk in and do a little rattling to see if there were any takers. Everything felt right about that morning.
I snuck in quietly along the river’s sandy banks and up into the timber edge where I knew I had good cover and a couple shooting lanes. As always, I sprinkled a little doe urine in my vicinity before I hit the horns
You really have to get the picture here. I sit one a small bow blind stool. I lay my bow on the ground to rattle, and then quickly pick it up and knock my loop in case a buck comes running. On this occasion, it wasn’t long before I heard the rustling of foot steps in the leaves of the timber floor. The only problem was that they were coming from behind me.
I sat on my little stool, frozen like a statue. My heart pounded. I felt both excitement, and fear. I’ve see the reports of people getting attacked by bucks all ‘roided out on the rut. As the sound grew closer, I couldn’t take it any more.
I whipped around on my stool in a defensive posture, and what did I see? The cutest little Bobcat kitten staring back at me. He was only a few feet away. I thought, “Wow, what a cute little kitten”. Then, however, I noticed his Mom. She was not so amused at me being there. The kitten took for cover, and the Mom sat and growled. Though I wasn’t overly concerned , this was a confrontation I did not want to have. I softly talked her out of doing anything stupid, and away she went.
I felt relieved when the Bobcats scurried away, so I continued my hunt. Not for long though. Every sound I heard from behind me made me nervous. I couldn’t focus on the hunt, so I packed it up for the day.
Bow hunting from the ground is not the most practical way to hunt. It can be pretty darn interesting when you have such close encounters with wild life, but take caution. Close encounters with wild life can be dangerous. I just happened to luck out this time.