First off, I have no complaints about this year's deer hunting for me. I was lucky enough to harvest a very nice Kentucky buck on opening day of rifle, while using a very rare rifle. I have enjoyed many forays into the Tennessee woods as well, but have not been so lucky in my home state. I did see two very nice shooter bucks during M/L season in Tn, one in each of the two small parcels I can hunt. One even posed for me at about 60-75 yards (seemed to stick his tongue out too), but was just over the property line where I'm allowed to hunt, rendering him off limits to me.
The other was seen on my early scouting trip and again on opening day of Tn. M/L, but only offered a very poor shot opportunity, which I passed up. Yes, I have continued pursuing both these bucks, knowing full well both could be dead, to absolutely no avail. And, yes, I have seen several smaller bucks and numerous does in easy shooting range, but have chosen to pass them up in my quest to get one of those mature bucks I had already seen. The closing of our very liberal gun season in Tennessee is fast arriving, this coming weekend.
As always, I enjoyed every minute I've spent in the woods this year which has included sits in pouring rains, sits in wind and snow and many cold, frosty mornings we all dream about as we wait for the upcoming sesons. I may not punch another tag at this late time or I may finally choose to take a mature doe for one of the landowners (need to keep them happy) but I have enjoyed, immensely, all the hunting I've been blessed to have done, both alone and with family.
I do also have an "ace in the hole" as I have an upcoming hog hunt scheduled for Georgia come mid January. This will be our fifth trip to the same place and we have enjoyed great successes in some of our earlier hunts. This hunt, however, will be extra special in that we are sponsoring a service member who was severely wounded in Afghanistan in November '11. We have a free 4 day hunt for him along with a very special surprise he has no idea about. I will be sure to report back here to you all on that hunt, harvest or no harvest because I have grown to understand that the joy of the hunt is in the hunt and in sharing "the hunt", rather then in the harvest made on any particular hunt.
Best of luck to all continuing to enjoy this wonderful sport known as hunting and I wish everyone of you, whether hunting small game, waterfowl, predators or big game the best of luck and my wish for you to enjoy every minute that you are afield enjoying the bounty of this wonderful nation!
This is what every day I get to hunt looks like to my eyes: