Well... just got back (about an hour ago) from 4 days in Hocking Hills and also Vinton county on the land that Meade Paper has their experimental 15,000 acre forest. Man it was cold!!! Of the 4 days, I only saw 4 deer yesterday at 5:00 about 100 yards but no clear shot. 4 days and only one day of seeing deer... except the one we almost hit driving back to our cabin last night! It was close call. Literally inches away from deer/car collision. Not the way I want to bring home venison. We ran into a few other hunters and seemed not many saw deer. I don't know if it had to do with the temps or just that those two places are hunted real hard during gun seasons, so the deer go noncturnal. Anyway it as lots of fun, did I say it was cold? It was freezing. The cabin we stayed at in Hocking Hills near the Lodge was decent, perfect for 3 guys on a hunting trip.
So we are up one of the 'mountains' in Vinton County on the Meade land. It snowed just about the whole weekend on and off. So I was able to notice a bunch of tracks. I noticed some odd looking tracks and thought they were too big to be coyoute. My first thought was it had to be a bear paw. When I told m buddies what I thought I saw, they told me there are black bear in there. That's good to know!
So Muzzleloader season is over in 1 minute. Back to the bow for just a couple more weeks. I don't want to eat a tag sandwich but the way it looks, I may be doing just that.