Well, the opening of muzzleloading deer season didn’t turn out as I had hoped. The weather hadn’t been as cooperative as I had wanted, which kept the farmers out of their corn fields. Which in turn, kept the deer in the corn fields. So, unfortunately for me (but not for the deer), I didn’t see any through the last few days of the hunt.
I was a bit apprehensive on the first day since none of the corn fields were being worked on when I got there. But that first morning, I saw 5 mule deer does running about 200 yards out from where I was sitting. They never did come into my area that day, but I had hopes for the remaining 4 days.
The second day was different though. I had a doe come running by me right after sunset. She was about 40-50 yards out. I decided to let her go since I still had 3 days left. Bad decision. She was the last deer I saw during the day for the rest of the week.
I sat on a different stand the next day, came up empty. Went back to my original stand on the 4th day. Nothing. I saw more deer at night driving back to camp then I did during the day. It was certainly disappointing. But hey, that’s why it’s called hunting and not getting, right?
I would love to go back this weekend, as I’ve heard that a few farmers are cutting the corn. Not sure if I have the time or not. Most likely, I’ll be back out there in December during rifle season, braving the cold again. Believe me, I’d rather fight the mosquitoes than the frigid cold temperatures like last year.
There’s always next time. Keep your powder dry.