I finally took a little time off work to spend a serious time in the woods. So, I had Friday morning and evening and Saturday evening in the woods. This also happen to be opening weekend of early muzzleloader season, but I was bow hunting so it didn't really matter.
Friday Morning, I got in the woods nice and early with a friend of mine and we had good hopes for the day. Well, the day started off rocky when my friend pushed something out of the woods as he walked to his stand. I could only hear it running, it was way too dark to know what it was. As the morning went on it was clear not much was moving and it just was not meant to be for me. I ended up seeing no deer at all.
Decided to try a different spot, one I had not hunting recently but have hunted in the past in Loch Raven. Got in the woods very early and was enjoying a beautiful fall afternoon. On my way to the tree I setup in I bumped 2 does from a thicket, course they took off running and that was that. Again other than a billion squirrels that came in waves from behind me that I was ready to kill them all, I saw no deer. Another hunt I got blanked.
Headed back to one of the my regular spots in Loch Raven that I normally see deer. I got in the woods nice and early and started waiting. The wind wasn't great, as it was a bit gusty, but it finally died down closer to dark. I could hear everything for at least 100 yards. I again heard what seemed like hundreds of squirrels, it was likely only about 20 or the same few over and over again. As dark set in I again saw no deer. This is the first time I have had 3 blanked hunts in a row in a very long time.
Where did all the deer in Loch Raven go, or in general?
I heard a number of stories today (Sunday) about people that were out muzzleloader hunting this weekend and they saw little or nothing as well while hunting. Most people said everything they saw was bedded down before they ever got in the woods.
So it was a busted weekend for.... How did everyone else do? Any luck bow or muzzleloader hunting this weekend??