First off, Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! I hope you make it a great day with family!
Well me and the Father-In-Law got out for a day of deer hunting yesterday. It was a beautiful day to be out. Morning was cold and crisp, temps were in the teens. We had enjoyed a sunrise but no deer graced us with an appearance
We made our way slowly through some thick brush and checked pockets of cedar trees. Here's the FIL ready and anxious with his Savage 111 in 30-06
my gear for the day, pack and good old, and I mean old, Remington 700 BDL in 30-06
and here's yours truly doing the best "Great White Hunter" impersonation
Well the evening proved much more interesting. We were hunting public land and arrived at a spot early and got setup on a hill overlooking some thick creekbeds and a small green wheat field. I abide by the first to the spot gets it. If I see a vehicle or hunters already there I move on to the next spot. AS EVERYONE SHOULD! So after an hour of getting setup another hunter drives his truck past mine and parks 200 yards from where we are hunting. Then proceeds to walk through the middle of the creekbed area. He saw us as he stared at us on the hill for a set time and then continued on. Grrr. Well it was too late to go somewhere else so we decided to stick it out and hunt the small wheat field. Well we heard shooting all around us so hopes were low. Then right at dark a doe and a very good buck made it into the wheat field. The doe bolted towards us crossing the field and then looked right at us. We couldn't move. She stared for a bit while the buck was feeding in the back of the field. Then the doe began stomping at us. We were busted. The buck became alarmed and like a flash they both bolted the field.
That's how it goes sometimes. I'm still thinking about that buck and probably won't soon forget. Well it provided some excitement to end the day. It has the FIL hungry to continue the journey of harvesting his first deer. We're getting closer each time. Sometimes it starts to feel like the first one is the hardest...
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