I firmly believe that Opening Day is similar to Christmas in my book. Think about it, we set trail cams, check topographic maps for key hunting locations, scout our areas in the off season all with the anticipation of the next season and Opening Day. With that anticipation is always the thought of what type of trophy I will harvest this season and all of the factors that could make this season better than the last. So, back to Christmas…if you have an Opening Day let down, it feels like you just opened up a pair of scratchy wool socks from Great Aunt Thelma. However, just remember that Opening Day is the first day of many during the season and one day this season you may tag the trophy of your life (or at least the year) and then…..it will feel like you just opened up that brand new shiny bicycle that you wanted for Christmas when you were five!!!
Soooo, I know many of you emailed us asking if Andy or I was out in the woods on Opening Day. Opening Day was a bust for Andy and as for me? Well, like many of you, Thursday was a work day for me and I was itching to hear about what was coming out of the woods this year. So, after work I headed down to my local sporting goods retailer and made a beeline to the pro shop for the newest gossip. There were a ton of us milling around picking up this or that that we felt that we needed or was lacking in the woods on Opening Day. It was either that or the Opening Day let down had many of us in need of a pick me up. As for hunting in Loch Raven, from most accounts the morning started off slow and as the rain set in so did the deer. Many people told me that they saw a little movement in the early morning and as the rain got heavier, the deer stopped traveling. This was of no surprise to me and I figured that the rain would play a major factor in the day’s activity. After all, when it is rainy and nasty out, I don’t relish mucking around in it and neither do the deer. They tend to bed down during periods of nasty weather.
I few folks said that they saw movement but got winded right away, so here is my opinion. It is important to play the wind anytime you are hunting, but especially when the rain is blowing in from a certain direction, thereby giving your location away. So, pick a location in which your stand is set up downwind from a likely source of food or bedding for the best shot. Next, don’t where your camo to places that will smell up your gear. While I love chatting with my fellow hunters in the pro shop, I am still amazed at how many people come in the store in full camo, this nullifies and makes it pointless to wash your camo in scent free soap and keep it stored in plastic containers. Even if you are going home to wash it, you are still putting foreign scents in your camo that may or may not wash out in your scent eliminator clothing wash. I am also surprised as to how many people go out for breakfast in full camo. Remember bacon can smell good to us but imagine how pungent that scent would be for our furry friends. Just some food for thought as the season begins.
While it was great to talk to fellow hunters in past couple days, I am anxious to hear about your stories…our readers are the opinions that are important to us. So please comment below to share…Did you have an Opening Day let down or a great success?