This has been one of the best year's I've had Deer Hunting. In fact, I'll go ahead and say that it has been the best ever. Why?
I've been down here 3 weeks, the longest time I've spent hunting ever. Yet, I haven't gotten a deer. In fact I haven't even seen as many as I have in years past. My two favorite Honey Holes have seem to have dried up. The usual scrapes and rubs aren't there and I haven't seen much of any other sign either.
However what has made this year truly special is that a long time friend and former solider that I served with drove all the way from Pittsburgh, on a whim, to hunt with me for 3 days. I was humbled, honored and reduced to tears. Khoury, you have no idea what that meant and means to me. I can't wait for you to come back next year and every year after that.
Then my friend and former ASC Board of Director John Kopecky is down here for his first Deer Hunt. I've got him outfitted with a shotgun, stand and fall arrest system. I'm setting him up along the pipeline where he have a really god chance of seeing deer along with being able to watch in the woods. Especially, if he goes up in the tree as high as I go, about 30 ft. You can see a whole lot more of the woods the higher you go. Whether or not he gets one, I hope he he has a good time, and becomes part of our Deer Camp. And John has friend that want's to come, but couldn't make it this year.
Then my friend Pat is also down here. This is his third year, and he's as excited this year as he was his first. He got two deer last year. Both firsts for him a doe with bow and buck with his shotgun.
Even if I take nothing*, this is the best year of deer hunting ever.
*Even though as of this post I haven't taken anything with my bow, I still have this afternoon, and then Firearm Season opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Hope Spring Eternal !!!