Sunday, January 3, 2010

Closing the Seasons.

With deer hunting season coming to a close this year it's time to re-cap my adventures in the wild. In late summer I plowed and planted a small food plot then with the help of my grandkids and dad built a 2 man blind and watched the food plot grow. Fortunately approximately 2 weeks before bow season started the deer disappeared from my hunting area. I hunted from my blind, from my stands and even hunted by large trees throughout my hunting area but nothing, not a single deer was to be found. Muzzleloader season and special antlerless season came and went and still no deer. I scoured the woods on my hunting area for any signs of deer using the area but with no prevail. Rifle season then opened but by then I had already became so disguished with my hunting experience this year that I'd just about given up hunting for the year. All I could think about was the deer I'd seen last year and throughout the spring and summer months of this year and just knew they had to be somewhere in the area. Then 2 weeks before the end of rifle season came I finally got a break and found deer even though they were only does at least hope had come back that they would bring with them the bucks. January 2nd, 2010 I was able to go hunting with one of my grandkids ( Bobby Rubio )and we were in the woods watching a big bottom with 3 ridges coming into it. At 7:30 a.m. Bobby spotted 3 dogs in the bottom heading up one of the ridges. 5 minutes later the dogs struck a trail and began chasing deer through the woods. We both waited and watched the woods carefully for deer and had hopes of seeing a buck but everything was does, 5 to be exact. After about 30 minutes of the dogs chasing deer through the woods and barking loudly I decided we wouldn't see any more deer that morning so we headed home. January 3rd, 2010 I was to go hunting again with another of my grandkids ( Cody Botkins ) but when I got up and checked the weather report on the internet I found out the temperature was 9 degrees and a weather advisory issued for the area and decided we neither one of us needed to be out in that kind of weather so we opted to stay home in the warm house and Cody returned to bed to sleep in under the covers. Come spring I'll be out looking for new property to hunt and planting food plots all over again. Hopefully next years deer hunting will be a better year for me and my grandkids then this year was as it can't get any worst. Hope everyone had a better year then mine was.

6 comments:

Walter said...

When you make your food plots next year, maintain a plowed area around the outside edges. Check the plowed area for human tracks. You might find that someone is leaving human scent in your plot.

Look me up if you want to try some Southeast Georgia Hunting.

Matt said...

Sorry to hear you didn't get a deer, but it sounds like you're doing a lot to get your grandkids involved in the sport. Hunting with kids is tough. I've been taking mine deer hunting for three years now and still haven't gotten one while one of the kids is with me.

The 2010 hunting season will be here before you know it!

deerslayer said...

Walter; I don't think that is the problem. I think the problem is the dogs running loose in the area chasing the deer and the poaching but I'llgive it a try anyway just to find out for sure. Thanks for the suggestion and the visit.

deerslayer said...

Matt; your right as far as hunting with the kids. It is tough butI have found that if you work with them all year on sitting still and watching the woods they learn better hunting ethics by hunting season and the chances of seeing deer are better for all.you can even take a book or magazine along to pass the time. 2010 Hunting season will be here before we know it so we have to start now for the 2010 season. shed hunting helps with the kids too and gives you an idea where the bucks were before their spring move for next fall.

deerslayer said...

BOYD; Don't really know what you said as it was all lines and dots but thanks for the visit to my post.

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