Hunting season has been weird this year. The high moments have been great and the low moments haven’t really been that bad – just puzzling.
The season started off great with a nice big tom during the soggy spring turkey season. I then spent the sumer working my tail off on household projects to make sure that I could enjoy the hunting season. Heading into fall I had a milestone dove shoot that I will remember forever.
Then my luck ran out…
I usually hunt squirrels a LOT during the early fall and always put a couple in the freezer. This year despite plenty of acorns on the ground and my hunting buddies all having luck I was striking out. This was the first puzzle because all the conditions were right for successful hunts. The only explanation I can come up with is that my favorite spot has been discovered by someone else and they’ve cleaned out the woods. Very possible and the price for hunting on public land.
Deer season was another disappointment and it ended with me resolving to find a new spot before next season. My uncle’s farm is just too unreliable and I miss having venison to eat. This was all compounded by the number of mind-numbing hours I spent in the stand determined to take a whitetail.
Goose season seemed to start on a good note. I killed a goose on opening day and there were plenty of birds in the area. But they refused to fly over the farm for most of December. We logged close to 40 hours in the field with nothing to show for it.
On NYE we tried for a mixed bag, hunting doves at dawn and rabbits afterwards. The doves wouldn’t cooperate and landed outside of gun range to feast on corn. The excellent rabbit spot we found on the WMA last year had been mowed (why, oh why would they do that?) We went home skunked.
This past Saturday I’m hoping we finally headed back in a positive direction. The geese were finally flying and flying low at that. Two limits and we left the farm all smiles. Murphy posed with our haul. He earned his pay for the day by knocking down a crippled bird with a hard charge and then standing on it until we could finish it off.
As of this writing the 2011-2012 season ends in exactly 50 days. There’s a lot more hunting to do but I sure hope it’s more consistent. Either way, we’ll be out there doing what we do.