So, I did make it out this past weekend for opening day 2012 CO Archery Deer (and Elk, but I only have a deer tag for this season). Watching that sunrise was great, so I thought I would share a picture.
I sat along a ridge above a creek glassing while the sun came up. By ~7:30am, I had not seen anything, and I decided to hike down to the creek to see if I could find any fresh tracks. Along the creek, I did find some mountain lion tracks, but no deer tracks. I hiked around for the rest of the day, and all I managed to find were recreationalists out and about, as well as one guy practicing with his blackpowder gun. I did not get to hunt into the evening due to prior commitments.
When I scouted this spot about a month ago, there were deer tracks all over the place. On Saturday, I didn't find a single fresh deer track anywhere. I know that with as dry as it is, it is difficult to find tracks, but I still think I should have come across some tracks. Between the mountain lion, increased recreationalists, blackpowder shooter, and dry conditions, it does make sense that the deer found somewhere else to be on opening day. However, it was still a little disappointing. On the bright side, it was a day hunting, and I should be able to make it out there a couple more times in the next month.