Didn't ever see one of these pop up this year. We're through Turkey season and rut in most of the country. How have you guys faired?
Managed to finally get a swamp buck out of Francis Marion in SC, was a whirlwind of an afternoon. About 2:30 a big 8 came to my grunts and I completely whiffed 2 shots at him. Was down in the dumps when a spike and a 5 came out right around 4:15. He didn't make another step so no track, get him back to my stuff then realize I've got a full drag by myself with a dead phone about a quarter mile in the dark. As the sun sets I figure I can just follow the thick swamp edge on my right and I'll eventually end up on the road. A few hundred yards in I unknowingly crossed the swamp and suddenly the thick edge was on my left. I got lost as hell. Luckily there were some people shooting late at the range down the road and it was just within earshot. A few 'help' calls followed by their recall shots got my bearings right and I got out of there but I left the deer. Called my wife gave her the run down told her not to worry and I went back in to finish the drag. By the time I was leaving forest property I realized no matter how fast I drove I wasn't making the processor so I stopped on for some beer and made a quick U turn to gut this thing out (which would have made the drag much more tolerable if I had just done this to begin with). All things said and done, missed a wall hanger shot a mature 4yo 5 point (body weight probably around 135 - which is a pretty solid FM buck), been sore for the past two days, absolutely will not be in there again without a buddy nearby.