Opening day in the woods

by Nov 4, 2019Hunting in Maine, Whitetail Deer

Opening day in the woods

Welcome back!

Saturday kicked off Maine’s rifle season for deer hunting and I made a point of sitting in my stand for the whole day.  I packed a lunch, some water and snacks and climbed up at 6am.  It was a perfect day to be in the woods.  The sun was warm, the breeze was at a minim

About an hour after legal time, this spike horn walked down the path that I had walked down.  He smelled the wind but either couldn’t smell me or couldn’t figure out what I was.  He wasn’t spooked and he stayed around for a few minutes before continuing on his way.

I basked in the sun and kept my eyes peeled for any mid-day movement. I had three large does skirt the treeline in front of me but I let them pass so that I could continue my search for the big buck that I am after. 

Legal time ended at 5:53pm and I climbed down and met up with Dad and Hubs.  We had a beautiful doe that Hubs needed to tag and bring to the butcher.  We have fresh meat heading into the freezer.

There is snow in the forecast and I am eager to return to the woods and my quest for the big buck.

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