Well I had an evening come open so I grabbed the front stuffer and hit the woods, public woods . I had it mind to find a spot that other hunters would have not hunted so I went to an oil well that is loud and no one's first choice. I hadn't been there before but I wanted to find a spot quick with some sign and was able to do just that. Found a little clearing with plenty of heavy trails crossing. The oil rig was about 300 yards away and clanking something awful. It was perfect! I found a spot on a slight ridge with a small bush/tree to break up my outline.
Used the old Plumb hatchet to clear out a quick spot then settled in. For you traditional muzzle-loading enthusiast avert your eyes from my setup. I love the vintage ones too but I need all the help a hunter can get on my few trips I make it out. Rifle is a CVA Optima Pro Elite .50cal with a Bushnell 4x32 scope shotgun scope. So it's basically a single shot 30-30.
Well my plan of hunting the spot no one else probably has to find the deer looking to avoid a hunter WORKED! Except too well
About 30 mins before shooting light expired a doe came up from behind on basically the same path I walked in on. She came up on my right so quiet I never heard her. Just saw the flicker of movement from the corner of my eye. Knew immediately it was a deer. Plan was to sit still, let her get by me and then make a clean shot. Instead she stopped dead even with me about 3 yards or so and locked eyes with me. Since I'm right handed that made shoulder the rifle in any subtle fashion impossible. She bounded off after a few seconds and turned to look back at me from just inside the treeline. I could have taken a shot but there was a lot of debris I would have been shooting through. So the right call was to pass on the shot. I sat in hopes that maybe the rut started early and buck would be following but no luck.
So overall it was a good time and in spite of the oil rig it was relaxing and peaceful and the fresh air and smells felt good and I love those heart attack encounters. I would do it all over again! Hopefully the next hunt ends with meat cooking pics instead of gear...
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