I picked up night-shift this weekend for overtime. This week is the first time they've posted overtime in the building since.. March? April? So I picked it up. After hearing the wind whipping around today while trying to sleep, I'm almost glad I missed out on opening day. The first time I'll be able to get out in the woods is Thursday/Friday. So we'll see what deer are still around. Saw a 6 point walk through last time I bow-hunted 2 weeks ago, but he was out of range. If it'd been rifle season, it'd be a different story.
Didn't even get a tag this year. The only ones available were so far away it would have probably been a full day drive to get to the hotel, then a week long stay in a hotel prior to the season to scout things out. Then it would have been another few days to a week to finally shoot one.
Tags, hotels, gas and meals would have been close to $1,000. It's just not worth it.
Most years I can go stay with family, but with Covid nobody was going to let anyone stay over
Instead I went in on a half hog and a 1/4 side of beef with my family and it cost me $500.
I hunt vicariously through my son since he keeps the freezer full of venison. Shot a 5 point on one side last weekend. The other side appeared to be removed by a bigger buck earlier in the season. It was a bit of a long shot in a small opening in the brush, so he only scoped one side of the rack before a clean kill. The place we go keeps us in 8-point bucks or larger most years. We are very fortunate.
I'm kinda pissed off at myself right now. I'm out in the blind, as I type this (wonders of modern technology, eh?) and just had an opportunity at a really nice 6+ point buck. Came through the woods almost head-on straight in towards me, I got all excited, had the rifle up and ready, he went behind a group of trees, and I kept waiting for him to pop out the other side. Rocked my head back and forth a bit trying to peek around the trees to see where he was, but he must have seen the motion and didn't like it because he started bounding off. Never stopped. It's early yet, so maybe he'll swing through again tonight. It would make my day if I could update this post with a picture of a downed buck.
Edit: Needed to add a bit. I haven't shot a deer in two years, I think. Small 3 or four point, if I remember right. So this 6 would have been the biggest buck I've ever shot. My heart was beating harder today than when I shot my bear a few months ago. So I think I'm pissed at myself for letting my excitement win out over my patience. I know I shouldn't have moved, should have just let the deer take his time akd get to where I needed him to be to take my shot, but the excitement of seeing a buck, a nice buck no less, when I usually am not seeing anything this time of the year, got the better of me. Learning experiences. I don't care how old you are or how long you've been doing it, there's always something to find out that you didn't know yesterday.
I much prefer getting skunked to taking a bad shot an leaving a wounded animal out in the woods.
My largest deer ever was a 7 pointer. I took a bad shot at it. It was ass at me, but I could see antlers to 1 side. I figured if I shot to the anterior side of the hind end, I'd either kill it or miss. I killed it, but it was so marginal I should have never taken the shot. I nicked the shoulder blade, and bone shrapnel went into the neck. After seeing how close I came to leaving an animal in pain running around, I am much more picky about my shots. My basic point is, don't have too much regret over the shot not taken.
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