It`s been a very strange year in Indiana so far this deer season. My sightings are down, and so far, no tag notched. I`m hunting in eastern Putnam County, and am far enough away, (I think), from the worst hit areas of the EHD outbreak, that our local herd shouldn`t be affected. That being said, I`m at a loss to explain the lower deer sightings.
My nephew on the other hand, hunts in Own County, near Poland, and in recent years past, they`ve killed some bruiser bucks, and have always been nearly tripping over does. He tells me that so far this season, they`ve seen ZERO deer. That`s unheard of where he`s at. I`m beginning to wonder if the DNR hasn`t downplayed exactly how severe the EHD outbreak was in the hardest hit areas. After all, tags won`t be sold if there are no deer to hunt.
Fortunately, (if there are any deer around), Indiana`s muzzleloader season opens this Saturday, Dec. 6, and runs thru Dec. 21. I`m heading to the range as soon as possible, but likely won`t be until this Saturday, so I`ll miss opening day of muzzleloader. I hope to work up a load for my Knight Disc Extreme with the new Black Horn 209 black powder substitute. I`ve traded emails with Toby Bridges, and he tells me it`s everything it`s advertised, so I`m excited about getting it done.
Here`s hoping the deer are more visible/plentiful during the next 2 1/2 weeks, and that we can get a tag notched. The freezer`s empty.