Columbus Day Buck October 13, 2014 Barry County, MI near Battle Creek or Kalamazoo Evening hunt Hunting a ESE wind for a stand in a big white pine that overlooks a big prairie fen along a creek to the South and is on the South side of a red oak ridge that also happens to be a nice funnel between two ag fields. The part of the fen to the South is 100 yards to the creek to the South, and the ridge /funnel is about 100 yards wide running East and West directly North is a bean Field and 100 yards West is corn field. The ridge connects 3 bedding areas and can be hard to hunt because of swirling winds. E, SE or ESE winds are best. I hunted opening day October 1st about 300 yards West of this stand because all of September every deer on my farm was hitting an old White Oak that was dropping early. October 1st I saw nothing. White Oak was done. October 13th was a different story. I walked the bottom of the oak ridge to get to the stand and the ground was covered in great big red oak acorns. There was also two fresh scrapes right under my stand. I remember texting my brother-in-law that I'd never felt so confident in a stand location in October. Had a couple doe come in from the Northeast early afternoon. Then about an hour before dark I had a 5 pt come directly from the Southeast came right underneath me and fed up the ridge, the 15 minutes later a little 1.5 yo 8pt came exact same direction and did same exact thing. They worked their way over the ridge out of sight so I decided to do a couple grunts from the call. Next thing I know there is a 3.5 yo directly SW of me at 40 yards looking for the buck that made that grunt. The trail he was on took him broadside directly South at 27 yards. Drew back and he stopped in the wide open and thwack. Sent a grim reaper through him. He wasn't huge probably 125". I was happy with him. I don't have any pics on my phone. I think he was coming off his bed which I believe was about 250 yards Southwest of me in a thick patch of brush out in that Fen. He was probably going to hit those scrapes at dark but I called him out early. That's my only buck in that time period, but I've had some encounters during that time here and there through the years.