I went out this morning with my BIL and my wife's cousin on the property we hunt that is partially owned by my wife's cousin to do a long slow quiet push to an elderly friend of my wife's cousin and his nephew's wife who were on stand. We started moving through a stand mixed hardwoods then a stand of large conifers and back into a very long expanse of mixed hardwoods. We saw deer ahead of us almost from the start. About half way through the push, I don't call it a drive because it is quiet and slow, just to get the deer moving but not running full tilt, we heard a shot we thought came from the area of the elderly hunter. When we reached the end of the drive we found the elderly hunter had shot at a nice buck we moved his way and the woman had gotten cold and was not in her stand when we arrived, something I won't comment on. We searched for blood and hair for a long time and searched the ground the buck and 12 doe that were with him had gone after the shot. Not one hair, not one drop of blood, all of us are experienced trackers so we were sure he missed his shot. It was beautiful day to be out trying to help others be successful, cold but not too cold. We were successful in moving deer towards the standers, they were not successful at putting one or two on the ground. That is hunting. I am done for the season, I had a great season I put a doe in the freezer in Oct andI saw a lot of deer, my group took several deer, including two great buck and some nice doe, and we left a bunch for seed, you can't asked for more than that. I hope some of you were successful today in putting some meat on the ground.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!