Took the day off and travelled to a 20,000 acre eastern cedar swamp about an hour from home. This swamp is public land but due to the terrain there are no trails (walking or ATV). The only way back there is by canoe or kayak. The first section has some open water close to the access but things quickly become passable only by canoe or kayak. This swamp is legendary in the local annuals for monster bucks as it is so difficult to hunt. Many bucks here die of old age without ever crossing paths with a hunter.
I put in and paddled back about 1.5 miles on the lookout for patches of deciduous trees. The broadleaf trees are on isolated patches of ground that is 2 or 3 feet higher than the surrounding swamp and are typically magnets for deer. I spotted one such patch and spent the next 20 minutes trying to find a place firm enough for me to get out of the canoe.
Finally found a spot and spent the next 20 minutes trying to cover 100 yards to the dry patch of trees. Finally got there and found lots of track, rubs and 2 fresh scrapes.
I sat on the ground 20 yards downwind overlooking the scrapes with 3 possible shots. The afternoon passed uneventfully and at last light I packed up and made my way back to the canoe (took me 40 minutes to cover the same 100 yards in the dark) and paddled out. All and all a good time even though no deer were harmed. Would have been an interesting challenge to to get a deer to the canoe.
Shortly after put in on the open water stretch:
Trying to get ashore: