This time of year is always difficult for me, work is always busy (even more this year) and of course football has started. So, my Sunday scouting trips are limited around the football schedule and getting out in the woods is limited by work. Work has been very up and down this year so some days I have very little to do, others there is not enough time in the day. This past week I was able to get out in the woods mid week several days, but ended up paying for it later and ended up working this weekend. I missed out on the Saturday morning hunt, but I know lots of people were out. Saturday evening was rained out which is when I could have gone and after last year and sitting out in a thunderstorm and getting soaked the idea of going hunting when you know it's going to rain just was not for me.
So today when the weather is picture perfect, it is Sunday, the one day a week that we cannot hunt. I was planning a scouting trip today, but was invited to the Baltimore Ravens game and that quickly won over going scouting. As I sit here and watch Sunday night football, I am also looking at maps and trying to decide where I want to hunt this week, as I hope to get out at least twice. Early season can be so much fun, but yet so challenging as well. Many times deer could be 30 - 40 yards away and you will never even see or hear them. The thick foliage makes it very hard to see once your up in a treestand, depending on where you are of course. As the weeks continue to roll by we will start to see more rubs and in another 3 - 4 weeks we should even start seeing scrapes. That means that special time of year that we all look forward too and cannot wait for is quickly approaching and everyone should be putting there time in now so they can spend time in the woods then. We also will very soon start to see the leaves falling from the trees which always makes hunting more exciting and really makes it feel like fall. Ah, fall, my favorite season of the year!
For those of you who did make it out Friday and/or Saturday how did you do? Did you see anything good or were you lucky and harvest a deer? Or were your trips similar to a lot of what I have been hearing about and you didn't see much of anything?