My wife was supposed to join me, but she wasn't feeling well and had a ton of stuff to do for work (she's a teacher and is writing her lesson plans.) Heaven has a special place for teachers! She does look pretty mean with that rifle right?
I didn't get out of bed quite as early as I hoped to, mostly because I was just tired from the past week. I showed up at Mr K's property, the nice guy who lets me hunt his land, and started to gear up for a day in the woods.
A few things to keep in mind when you are in the deer woods in November, is that you will hunt longer if you are comfortable. That's why keeping warm, having a snack and bringing along things to keep your mind busy is so important.
Here's my field bag. I have some trail mix, my journal, a camera, two books ( I can never just concentrate on one), an electronic handheld poker game, my smart phone and a tumbler of coffee. Never, ever forget your coffee!
Another item I like to carry are hand-warmers. I like the Zippo hand-warmers the best, as it is reusable and only requires lighter fluid. These things are nice and fairly inexpensive, I would suggest giving them a try.
So, off into the deer woods!
I didn't see a lot of deer this morning, except for a few does when I was coming in. So, I kept my mind busy doing other things.
Of these, I tried screwing around with the camera and taking some photographs of my surroundings.
And I even tried my hand at some watercolor pencils. For whatever reason, I bought some watercolor pencils and a note back several years ago. I found them again and threw them into my field bag for a "just in case" kind of thing. I think it turned out fairly well!
So, I left around noon and went home for lunch. The woods were pretty loud that day with gun shots, and it seemed like people were just shooting to shoot. On my way out, I found two bucks high tailing away from the area I hunt, totally terrified. I think most of the deer were probably spooked from all the hunting pressure. The place I hunt has started to get a reputation for having deer along it, and I think people are starting to pressure it more and more. I hope it doesn't become a major issue!