well for the first time in several years i was able to take the whole first week off. me and my boys headed up thanksgiving night and had a good weekend relaxing and cutting firewood.
my brother got in sunday afternoon and we all hit the woods early on monday. one twin went with my brother and one went with me.
this year i was hunting with my new 7600 carbine in 35 whelen and my one son was using a 760 carbine in '06 we bought off a fellow HPA'er.
the other son was using my marlin 336 SDT 30/30 and my brother as always hunted with his 10" 30/30 contender pistol.
first day was nice weather where we hunt on SF in 4A and there was some shooting around us but i only knew of 1 doe being taken. none of us saw any deer which was pretty disappointing. next morning we hunted in a downpour for a few hours and then put the guns away and went for a nice drive in the countryside and ate snacks and pop. not an ideal way to spend the 2nd day but there was absolutely no action and i had to take my boys home that afternoon for school anyway.
Wednesday my brother and i hunted an area we used to hunt many years ago. i had a herd come by mid-morning with 2 small bucks in it. i really wish my boys were with me then but not the case. i had a doe tag but really wanted to hold out for a buck.
My brother went home wednesday and i was solo the rest of the week. unfortunately it looked like everyone else in the county went home too because there was no one in the woods on thursday and i saw nothing.
friday i decided to hunt the mountain top i had scouted the past few years. i knew the deer moved through there naturally but it is really thick. i was on stand by 6:30 and about 8:20 i saw some deer off to my right. the first one was tiny. i kept scoping for a buck while they poked around but no luck. i decided at that point to pick out a decent sized doe and shot it with my whelen.
Not a huge one but definitely good eating size. i got it back to the truck and hunted for a buck the rest of the day but no luck. when i got back to camp i decided to skin it and was really surprised how easy it came off when it was warm. i usually let them hang a few days but not anymore. warm skinning is a LOT easier than cold.
i hunted saturday and saw zero again. not a great way to end the week but thats the way it has been for the past 7 or 8 years around there.
got up sunday and quartered the deer and got it packed in the cooler.
closed down camp for the year and headed home to butcher the deer.
it was a great trip to camp. and deer or no deer, i wish i was going to be sitting here tomorrow morning instead of at home.