Wolc123 Posted January 2 Share Posted January 2 New Year New Forum January 1 morning: second last “hangover” Holiday ML hunt at home from big box-blind up front (our house), I didn’t see anything but the creek rising. Maybe I should have went out back after church, because my neighbor texted me a picture of 6 deer headed towards my back turnip plot at 1:30 in the afternoon. I doubt that would have panned out though, because after shooting two and missing one on that plot in 2022, they seem to scent check it from downwind, before emerging from the heavy cover. January 1 evening: last two hours at my trailer-park stand over at my parents place with my crossbow. That stand is too close (300 ft) to a row of double-wides (most of whose residents are in FL for the winter) to use a firearm. I accidentally dropped my seat cushion, right at sunset, and then heard twigs snapping behind me. Two antlerless deer were heading towards me at 75 yards but veered off into the swamp at 50, not offering a clear shot. That was all seen until I gave up at 20 minutes after sunset, when it got too dark to see in the thick woods with all the snow melted. I ended 2022 with slightly more than 3 average sized deer in the freezer. I would have liked to have had one more in reserve, but that should be just enough to get us thru, until the early September antlerless season. I sure hope they have that again this year. By the looks of all the local wmu 9F deer that survived hunting season, they surely ought to. We will definitely run out of red meat before the early NZ ML week in mid-October. At least there is plenty of room for fish in our big freezer. I hope to have more time for fishing this year, having just about completed my old barn dismantling/new barn build projects which consumed most of my free time the last year. nywaw, Skillet, 9jNYstarkOH and 6 others 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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