I need to catch up...
December 5-8, 2013
The 2nd firearms season was not too good. The short of it was I saw 2 does on the run at 80 yards Thursday morning. Didn't see a deer on Friday, had other obligations on Saturday, and the weather turned to crap on Sunday so I opted to watch football from my recliner.
Bring outt he smoke pole!
December 13, 2013
I made my way to my campground stand pre dawn with a light cover of snow yet on the ground. It was about 4 degrees. I saw two deer cut by at about 60 yards before legal shooting time and it was too dark to make out whether they were bucks or does. But, about 5 minutes into the legal shooting time, I had 7 more deer come down the same trail and turn towards me. All does, I picked out a large doe in the lead, and the 50 cal barked. She plowed snow for a bought 30 yards and gave it up. I saw one more deer after that, a small button that I gave a pass.
That evening, I went to a different stand, the stand I had taken by buck from with bow. I had a fawn come in about a half hour before dark, fallowed by a doe. The doe stopped and looked right at me, smelled and went back where she came from. The fawn was clueless and kept eating 15 yards in front of me. While the doe was out of sight, I was able to adjust my positioning, anticipating the mothers return to her young. And when she walked back into my view the 2nd time, the smoke pole brought home a muzzle loader opening day double.
December 15, 2013,
With a fresh 6 inches of snow on the ground a couple of buddies and I took to the ditches and whacked 5 more roosters. The birds were holding tight and every one was shot over point. I love good dog work.
I've been blessed with another bountiful hunting season. That makes 6 deer in the freezer for my family this year. Two nice bucks and 4 doe. Until the late season, I'll be hunting horns from here on out if I choose to hunt deer anymore. I have that new crossbow that I haven't used yet, so if the weathers right, I may be out there. Otherwise, the rest of the year will likely be concentrated on Pheasants, I need to get the dogs out as much as I can before the end of the year. I haven't hunted them as much as usual to this point, and they need to earn their keep.
Live to Hunt, Hunt to Live.