I have always had Good luck the opening weekend you can read how my weekend went this year, here are my field notes from this weekend. I hope you enjoy!
Saturday 11-04-17 – Morning Hunt:
5:00 am: Making Coffee! The best part of waking up is coffee, especially this early. 5:30 am: Drinking Coffee and sitting watching for the deer to start moving around. It is very humid with no breeze at all. The moon is very bright tonight so its easy to tell there aren’t any animals moving around right now.
6:00 am: Still no breeze and very humid, UGH! I can hear what sounds like a hog across the river and something else walking through the tall grass to the right of me where I can’t see. This is giving me some hope! 6:30 am: Not much has changed its still dark and I’m hearing animals move around, but nothing in front of me.
7:00 am: The Sun is starting to come up and making it easier to see. The humidity really sucks and still very little breeze. I can still hear the hog across the river and the animal to my right has stopped moving around. My Feeder is about to go off and It should bring in whatever is on my right side waiting to be fed. 7:30 am: My Feeder went off and I can see clearly now. The animal to my right ended up just being a fawn and it is quite enjoying all the corn and protein my feeder just gave out. Usually when the feeder goes off the deer come running pretty quickly, but not today. The hog from across the river run through an opening so I can see it run off. Very nice!
8:00 am: The little fawn basically ate all of the corn and protein and has moved along. I am getting very inpatient and need to stand up because my leg is falling asleep, but trying to sit still and not make much noise. 8:30 am: I finally stand up and stretch out my leg quietly, and two whitetail and two axis does run across the property. DOH! I sit back down quietly and wait to see if they come back.
9:00 am: The deer didn’t come back as I thought they would. I am getting very inpatient again and need to move around again. I tell myself one more hour and I’m done. 9:30am: The fawn came back for round two of eating and and I leave at 10 am.
5:00 pm: Instead of coffee, I start this hunt with a nice cold beer! I know I know, I shouldn’t drink and hunt at the same time but it did help numb my misery from this morning’s hunt, and its just one beer. This weather is much nicer. No humidity and a much better breeze. It is a little warm but I still have hopes of deer coming out so I can add some meat to my freezer. 5:30 pm: I am all set up and ready. I sit and await, while listening to the birds chirping and the squirrels rummaging around trying to find food. It makes me feel at peace just listening and watching nature.
6:00 pm: My feeder goes off and I wait for the deer to come and eat. I hear lots of movement coming from all directions, but nothing insight yet. I believe this is going to be a good evening. 6:30 pm: The fawn is back and has a few friends. They are twin yearlings, which isn’t something I will shoot. The squirrels are still running around and making tons of noise, which is good for me so I can’t move around a little and get another beer.
7:00 pm: The Sun is going down and all I have seen are the really young deer. I still have some time though and I’m hoping with all of the other wildlife activity a reasonable sized deer will grace me with their presence. 7:30 pm: The Sun is going down quickly, so I have limited time left to shoot a whitetail, but I still see wildlife moving around. A brave little squirrel jumped up within 5 feet of me and ran across the railing. It scared me quite a bit and I wanted to shoot it pretty badly, but I resisted the temptation.
8:00 pm: The Sun is down and I decide to go home and end this hunting adventure. I could and should have stayed and waited to see if the axis deer would come out, but I decide to hunt another day. Stay tuned for Sunday’s hunt. I should post it tomorrow!