JPH, great thread and I like reading everyones posts
I am fortunate enough to hunt pretty much every day of the NY season. At first I was seeing deer pretty much every sit, but then it slowed way down. I also took the biggest buck of my life this year. But whenever I would sit out and not see deer there would be certain things that I know I was only seeing at the time that make each hunt special and worth going out. I would see something and say to myself, "that alone was worth coming out for". Watching the sun rise or set, being out for the first snow, seeing ducks and geese come and land into a pond and listen to the ducks "chatter" as if they were a bunch of gossiping women, being able to see the leaves change color and see how beautiful they look, bringing my friend hunting with me who just got into it this year. There are many things that make each hunt special and each time I'm in the woods special. What is really rewarding to me also is seeing the positive impacts I have on our land such as seeing food plots come up after all the time and sweat it went into planting those, watching the deer eat at them, watching my apples trees I had planted growing leaves and how I still managed to get them all in the ground even though the deer flies were unbareable, and with some TLC an apple tree I use to hunt by finally had apples for the first time in 3 years. I also loved sitting on my uncles porch and watching the deer in the early season feed in a field as 3 of the bucks were in velvet (no monsters a 5pt, 4pt, and spike but it was still awesome to see them pretty much every night) There are just some things people dont understand about the woods, all I know is that it is more than words can describe.