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Deer Hunting 2009

November 18th, 2009

Deer Hunting 2009

Another adventure at deer camp comes to an end with no buck to show for the time and effort in the deer blind this year.  Hunting deer is quite honestly a lot of luck and being in the right place at the right time.  On Sunday morning, opening day, I packed up my gear and walked the awesome walk in Death Valley to the deer blind at about 6:15 AM.  It was a relatively warm morning (42° F) and the stars were clear and plentiful.  Seeing all the stars in the morning is quite possibly my favorite thing about walking out to the deer blind in the dark.  I love it!

Once I arrive out at the hunting hide, I unpack some of my gear, turn my flashlight off and enjoy the dark and quiet for a few moments before daylight breaks and lights up the sky.   The air is clean and the windows are dusty and covered in spider webs.  I’ll clean those off a little later when I can see with more sunlight.  The deer in the area are moving around slowly, and it wasn’t until about 8:00 AM that the first sign of deer in the valley were seen wandering to the south.  Three does walked around for about 20 minutes and then decided to take the South Trail out of the valley.  It wasn’t until much later in the day that they came back out to take another look under the apple tree for more tasty morsels.  I can’t remember a nicer opening day at deer camp.  The best joke of the weekend was that you could sit in the Deer Blind with khaki shorts, a hawaiian t-shirt, and drink margaritas while deer hunting this year. At the end of the day, no bucks were seen in Death Valley and my day ended without taking a shot.  Despite the lack of targets to line up the cross-hairs on, I still enjoyed my comfy spot in the woods that allowed me to watch the sunrise, the sunset, and all that happened in between. It was not a wasted day at all!

Monday morning came early and it was much colder than the previous morning (25°F).  Another hike out to the deer blind reveals more stars with the flashlight OFF and the grass is a little more crunchy today.  Ah, well, that’s the way it goes sometimes.  My feet ended up getting a little cold, but I was able to warm them up and make it through the morning.  The valley opens up a little early today, with a singleton Doe walking out of the aspen with a layer of frost on her coat.  It appears that she just got up out of the grass where the frost collected on her fur. A few minutes later, a small spike buck appears on the scene, and wanders down Death Valley too. He is a nice looking deer, but certainly not large, let along have the horns to be a viable target for the buck-pole. As the 10:00am hour arrives, I notice that I’m not going to be successful much longer as Tahoe is going to need some water and a hunt today. As I pack up my gear, I wish I could enjoy another day in the blind but the lure of hawking calls and I am off for another hunt. Another deer season ends unsuccessfully, but it is very enjoyable with the Uncles and Cousins that also come each year.  The big buck will have to wait until another time.

The buck pole was not empty, however. My Cousin nailed this 9-point buck early on opening day!  Opening day was a success for one hunter at deer camp and I await the final tally from the entire crew at the end of the week.



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