There is good, and bad, and thankfully it's mostly good - even without getting a Buck.
It was my two oldest grandson's first 'true' hunting trip. We slept out under the stars, outside the cabin, because the Meteor Shower was in full bloom. Above the light pollution, with an obstructed view, we watched fireball after fireball. We were woken several times when the Coyote's called to each other. We caught, and released, a tarantula we spotted under our cots as we were searching for a dropped pair of socks. We were up and headed to the top of the ranch by 5am. The fireballs still creating quite a show in the sky.
We ate pizza the first night... breakfast burritos opening morning... salami sandwiches for lunch, and steak with cornbread and beans for dinner.
All in all... quite a memory. Now the bad...
I'm sure some of you experienced this as well, perhaps not quite as badly we we did, however, since my ranch is located in a very hot location. It was HOT... my pickup, usually pretty darn accurate, registered 113 degrees as we drove in to the ranch. It must have been after 10pm before the temperature dropped below 95 and I don't think it ever dropped any lower than 88 or so. My ranch is baked, bone dry, driest I've ever seen it. I figured that would actually increase our chances for getting a Buck but alas... no shortage of does, a couple of spikes, but we saw no legal bucks. They are there... but experienced though I am I am NOT familiar with finding them is such extreme heat. Mostly I looked for sign hoping to figure out how they are dealing with this heat wave... but I saw little.
Now I found this next bit odd... the does, and spikes, were all 'moving' even during the heat of the day. I spotted ONE doe bedded down out of spotting perhaps 50 does during the weekend. The spikes were also on the movie... not as near the few watering holes as the does but not in the high brush like they usually are. Like most opening days the does, and young bucks, were showing little concern for us... but this weekend I think it was even more so. Perhaps it's the heat, but we drove by several does getting within 30 feet and they merely ganced at us casually and went about their business.
Most importanly, my grandson's caught the 'fever'. <smile> Our hunting times after this opening weekend will be hard to come by... school and youth football both underway. We'll take some evening trips but probably only two more overnighters. Hopefully it will cool off.
Hope you guys enjoyed opening weekend... I'm sure you did. <smile> - JamesJM