This year's archery season is quickly coming to a close... How sad is that? The seven and a half months we have to wait until we can once again hit the woods or what many of us call our second home is a very long time. So the last 10 days of the hunting season are without fail when I attempt to spend as much or more time in the woods than I do at the beginning of the year. I have been unsuccessful at taking a trophy this season thus far, buck or doe. I plan to spend these last 10 days doing everything I can to harvest 1 or more deer. So as I approach these last days, I looked back on my hunting season. I saw some good deer early in the year and during rut with the misfortune of them all being far away. I passed on a bunch of does and smaller bucks early in the year in hopes of something bigger. Do I regret any of those outings? Not a one, in fact I enjoyed every minute, I would not change it for the world. I do wish some of those deer had been closer, or perhaps some of my hunts had less drama with them, but it's hunting and you go expecting nothing but the great outdoors and some time enjoying nature.
Reflecting back on the earlier part of the year will hopefully allow me to be successful over the next ten days, why you ask? Well, because the deer have started to herd up for the winter, and a lot of times they go back to early fall patterns only targeting different food sources due to the time of year. So if you add the knowledge of travel patterns earlier in the year plus where the current food sources are together, you just might have a good game plan.
The off season has it's highlights as well, and we will be talking about them over the next few weeks, but the upcoming ten days are the last chance until the 2012 - 2013 hunting season and that just seems so far away!
I will be updating each day as I head out in the woods, hopefully I have some good news to share more than once!
If you are hunting the next ten days let us know what you see and if you harvest anything! We love hearing from our readers and would love some photo's to go along with the stories! Good luck!