Daddy and Donna gave me a muzzle loader for Christmas a few years back in hopes that I might finally get a chance at a buck IF I made up for opening weekend before the woods are full of people.
The first season I was unable to make it to the lease because Miss Brooke was expected at any time. The following season Hurricane Ike and Operation: Meagan's Wedding took me out of commission.
But this year...I was finally able to be in a deer stand on opening morning!!! (Not my deer stand which is currently under about 5 feet of water...but A deer stand.)
Date: Opening morning.
Location: Ken's stand.
Sighted at the break of dawn: Several does, yearlings, a spike, a very young 6 point and a very mature 4 point.
Time: 9:00 AM
Everything has just left the food plot, when two bucks walk in. A two year old 6 point and a nice 8 point, probably about three and half years old.
I have never seen so many antlers in all my life! Don't get too excited. These are not Boone and Crockett antlers I am talking about here. They wouldn't even make the outtakes reel for Bone Collectors or Primos Outdoors...but I rarely get the privilege of seeing a mature buck when I am on the deer stand. To see five bucks in a matter of a couple of hours is amazing to me.
Thanks to Daddy's tracking skills and Jim's willingness to drag this deer a quarter of a mile to the ATV...I am able to show you MY VERY FIRST BUCK!
(Don't judge my fashion sense too harshly. Make-up and hot rollers are not needed to entice a deer. And consider the camouflage to be the native attire of deer leases everywhere.)
Saturday evening, Will took the muzzle loader with him to his stand and brought home his own trophy. A nice mature doe for the freezer.
Unfortunately, Bri never found her a hog. (Neither did I, for that matter.) And Jim will have to fill his tags come November when we head back home for the Thanksgiving hunt. Hopefully the water will reside between now and then and we will be able to find a piece of dry ground to sit on.
Hope you had a productive weekend too!