Days 1 and 2… Rough Start!!!

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Perspective –

  • The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.

If you guys have been tracking some of the events that have been going on in my life over on Facebook you will have noticed that I haven’t really had a chance to hunt like I would like to, but in the in grand scheme of life it is no big deal.  I am just glad my mom is doing better and that she is going in the right direction.

Before my mom got sick, I was able to get out twice.  The plan was to sit a nice scrape line that I had found in some really thick cover.   This spot was tight and the shots were going to be close and quick.   Below is a picture from my ground blind.  The blind itself isn’t anything special just a bunch of juniper and mountain mahogany branches cut and placed in a semi-circle.   Some people like to build small fortresses when they make blinds but I like to let my camo work.  These deer really pick-up on when there habitat has been altered. When you hunt country like this you just need to really be on your game and alert… These little deer just show up… No warning,   If you are lucky you will catch the flicker of the ear or maybe a tip of an antler.

You can’t really see it in the picture but there are three scrapes under that little alligator spruces in the center of the picture.

So how did it go? Pretty well, I had 4 deer come thru, 2 bucks and 2 does.  The bucks were little forky’s, could I have killed them?  Yeah probably, but it just wasn’t there day to take a ride in the back of my truck.

Overall, it was a good hunt.  This is a little spot that I will return to.

DAY 2

I usually don’t like to hunt the same place two days in a row so I decided to sit a water tank that I had a nice deer coming into.   A few days before the season I went in there to pull the card from my camera and I found that the tank was iced over… Brrrr… Poor animals couldn’t really get a good drink of water.  So I opened up the ice, DANG it was cold.

This spot isn’t too far off the road but it is really tricky to find.  So I like to get there just at sun-up so I don’t make too much noise.  Below is a neat little picture that my trail camera picked up of me breaking the ice.

I look like Harry Potter with a wand…

This is what my spot looked like once I got settled in.

So how did it go?  Well, I got a nice tan.. NOTHING came in.  Pretty rough but I am not ready to give up on this spot, bucks are going to need to water and this is a great little spot.  So, I might visit it later but it just wasn’t meant to be on this trip.

What are my plans now?  Well, I am going to be pressed for time but there is a another ridge line that I might hunt.  I just need to put in my time and get lucky.  The good thing is that I am not seeing a ton of mule deer and I think that the rut is a little late in my area.  I just need to put myself in the position to succeed… That means putting in my time.

STAY TUNED…

J