Thanks! My buddy shot the second deer a 9 pointer. It was his first time hunting and first deer ever! He was tall and heavy. I told him that he was lucky to kill a deer his first time hunting and to kill a nice buck too, most hunter don't. I was just glad to have someone to hunt with. We shot our deer less than 5 minutes apart.
We live in Altus, Ok. We're in the Air Force. We hunt both public and private land. I was able to get permission to hunt 200 ac of private land this year. We shot those two bucks on private land. I shot another 8 pointer with my bow on public land earlier in the season.
Congrats to both you and your Buddy on a couple of fine deer! Seems to me that with some careful planning you might just be able to plan your mid-tour leave around hunting season My very understanding wife saw me do just that when we were stationed in Germany and I came back to the states for 3 weeks to hunt. I do hope you can plan something for next year!
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....