Yesterday was my last day to get out for the D-16 (General-rifle) season, and I was debating between a highly frequented public place near our local mountains, or a place down where I used to work but hadn't been to much lately.
I don't like crowds, and talking with a fellow hunter (Gatorfan), he said "Why not go with the bow?". I hadn't thought about that. I guess I could kill one at 10 times the distance with a rifle, but have to compete with 100 other yahoos doing the same. Or, I could go to our local archery only spot, and try my luck. Those deer haven't been pressured too much in a month or so. Plus, i knew there were turkeys there, and I could always try to stick one of them. However, considering I have never shot any animal with a bow, this would be a ballsy move.
So I went up to the hill and got out of the truck and heard the turkeys right away on the roost. I went to the same place where some darn Tom has busted me the last 2 springs, when I walked underneath his roost both times. This time, I circled around, but not far enough, as I popped over the ridge only about 40 yards from the tree. 2 of them flew out, and a few more stayed behind, cackling up a storm. I backed off to the top of the ridge, where there was also some decent deer sign. I set up on that trail, only 100 yards from the turkeys. Waited an hour or so, the turkeys went the other way, and I didn't see a deer. Stalked around for 3 hours or so to no avail.
I did drive around for a few minutes when I left, and saw a doe right near another friends stand. I parked and circled around behind her to see if there was a buck with her. There wasn't, so I took off. On a side note, I only saw one other truck on the entire mountain.
Fun day in the woods, none the less. I will be back up there in a week or 2 with the bow. Also, I am gonna nail that son of a #%$@ Tom this spring if it's the last thing I do. I found his track about 100 yards from the tree later in the morning, and from tip to tip of his toes, it's as wide as my thumb tip to pinky tip on my hand. @^$#%^!!!!!