Holding nothing but a slingshot? Acted like you scared him? At dusk? Wasn't carrying a gas can, was he? Burying bodies? Illegal grow? Suspicious as hell. Abnormal. You startled him because he was doing something he did not want to get caught doing, imho.Saw a few does n fawns last evening after three younger guys (or kids) with a dog were shooting ground squirrels with a shotgun down the hill from me. Then just around last light a guy walks up on me with nothing but a slingshot. Guy acted like I scared him but I was just sitting there glassing. Tried to make small talk but I wasn’t interested and packed up my stuff to leave as he walked away same time. I hung around for a few more minutes before heading back and as I came off the hill I saw him driving away. When I parked and hiked to my glassing spot there were no vehicles around.
This am was mostly does n fawns, 15 deer total, 2 spikes before smoke hazed out my view.
One week left.
GoodluckSeen a dozen deer, spike, fork, and one that I was afraid to look at his rack because I would’ve gotten buck fever.
I packed my stuff as soon as I ranged him at 1200+ and cut the distance to 675. Of course when I got here he’s gone but his does are still here napping so hopefully he comes back out to join them before Sunday. He’s the best I’ve seen this season and even if he’s just a fork he’s a big mature buck.
Fingers crossed on this one.
Where are you at in the bay? Most of the good butchers are East of the Bay Area. I do all of my own butchering, I’d highly recommend taking the plunge and doing it yourself.