A good day of hunting today; I saw 5 turkeys, 6 grouse, and 2 deer. One of the deer was about a 4 point buck and would have given the nicest shot ever had it been an anlterless deer. The other deer I saw just before quitting time running away as I left the woods, I was not able to identify it. All of the grouse but one I saw when they flushed, the last one I saw before it flushed all puffed up with its tail fanned out.
I had two deer cross in front of me on the road on the way home in the truck. One was a small antlerless deer, but the other was a buck, a very very big buck, however, the ground where both of them were at is posted ground for a private hunting club.
Fall break ended for me today so its off to college tomorrow. Hopefully, I will make it home for a Friday evening and Saturday hunt before the season ends.
Today I did a lot of sneaking through the woods; it was a rainy day so it was a good day for that type of hunting. I saw quite a few squirrels, but no deer. At the end of the rainy day my gun went off with out hesitation, which is a huge improvement over last year.
I had a good start to Muzzleloader Season. At about 7:30 AM three antlerless deer came out of the woods and started moving towards me as they were feeding. One of them finally stopped about 17 yards away from me presenting a shot between a couple trees. I took the shoot with my flintlock and had great ignition and had a solid hand when the gun fired; I felt sure I had made a hit on this deer. I took time to clean the barrel good with a wet patch and a few dry ones and then reloaded. Then I walked to the spot where the deer had been standing and was unable to find any blood or hair. My bullet had left a trace on the ground on beyond the deer so I think I made clean miss. Later that day I looked around the area where the deer had headed for after I shot and still did not find anything, so I am convinced I missed.
Later that day when I walking through some brush I saw a buck; probably had about 5 or 6 points. A few minutes later I saw an antlerless deer that seemed like it might have been a button buck, however, it did not present me with a shot.
On the plus side at the end of the day when I fired my gun, to empty it again, it went off without hesitation. Since I am on fall break from college I have Monday and Tuesday to try again! So, I am really looking forwards to spending some more time in the woods!
Yesterday, I came home from college for the weekend and got a little dog training in. My brother has been training our bagel/basset in my absence and has her finding rabbits pretty well. She is still has trouble keeping the sent after she finds a rabbit though.