Well, we sure had an interesting opening few days for our firearm deer season. We received so much rain I told the grandkids we were going to sit in our deer blind with a fishing spear and just spear the deer we wanted as it swam by. Then out where we hunt between 10 a.m. and noon we received about 4-5 inches of snow along with all the wind that came with it. Life sure can be interesting at times.
We heard a few shots during the morning of opening day but after that through today it has been rather quiet. There are those that are seeing a few deer, but there are a whole lot more seeing very few. Of course with the crazy weather we had the deer could have stayed bedded down somewhere.
But as I have always said there is a lot more to enjoy in having a successful deer season than just being successful in getting a buck. There is family after family that looks forward to just getting together out at camp for a few days and enjoying the good times together.
My dad passed away almost 50 years ago but whenever I spend time deer hunting he is still with me. I would hate to say how many times I find myself doing something dad taught me about hunting back in the 50’s. If anything I sure wish my dad was around to see all the toys we have now that we use when out hunting. Back in the “good old days” all we had was red-plaid hunting outfits, footgear that let you freeze your feet, and a stump to sit on and warnings not to move no matter what. Life sure was fun no matter what you had to put up with back then.
I should maybe also add that some of the best eating a person can come across is at hunting camp. I have to admit I have never heard of anyone starving to death while spending time at deer camp. In fact, it seems there is usually way more food than the crew can handle.
I guess the biggest change in the hunting camps now is the fact that women are allowed to join in on the time spent at camp. In fact with the grandkids that get to come up she is the main one to keep life interesting. I only wish that the rest of the grandkids lived close enough to spend time at hunting camp with us.
I always tell my grandkids in life none of us know how many times we will be able to get together and enjoy each other. So we should make sure we go the extra mile to get together and have fun with each other.
I have to admit I think I enjoy getting out in the woods and just sitting enjoying things as much as I do getting a deer. With just Wifee and me at home now there is no way we really need a deer. In fact it would be hard to justify needing a deer so much that I just had to get one. So hunting from a recliner in front a fireplace could be a lot more enjoyable at my age.
The wolf season is going on now and there is some success being reported up here in the U.P. There is not a wolf hunt going on in our area but there is in other parts of the U.P. I have no idea how one would go about hunting a wolf or if it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and getting a chance to shoot one. Of course this is the case in most hunting experiences, “being in the right place at the right time.”
I tell the grandkids I have sat places where there was not a buck scrape, rub, or sign in the area and bagged a nice buck that happened by. I have also sat in places where I had pictures of four or five different bucks on a trail camera and got skunked.
So if you are still in the hunting mood, just go out there and hope you are in the right place at the right time when a nice buck walks by.