I took a trip up to the Promised Land area (Bruce Lake) today for a little reminiscing from back in my youth. This is the area my Grandparents lived, I hunted with my Pop, and spent many many hours running around the woods as a kid.
I had the place totally to myself...not another car in the parking lot. It was 28 degrees...dead calm....soft snow for sneaking quietly. I was going to take the 17 Rem for coyotes but decided on taking the 243 just incase I decided to be stupid and shoot a deer.
Then it turned into the weirdest day in all my years of hunting or even being in the woods. I went in the main trail and cut off one one of the trails I am familiar with. I havn't run this loop in many many years and nobody else did since it snowed Wednesday night. According to my GPS I did a 6.1 mile loop total and didn't cut a single track in the snow. No deer tracks...no turkey tracks...no coyote tracks...no fox tracks....no rabbit tracks...I didn't even see sign of a squirrel in the snow. I made two stands calling for coyote in the loop by swamps; and other than two nosey crows, that is the only wildlife I saw. I didn't even see a chick-a-dee, woodpecker, or blue-jay. Not even a bird chirp.
It was like the area was totally void of wildlife....very weird. If someone bet me a $100 I couldn't find any animal sign in that stretch I'd of taken that bet in a heartbeat...and apparently out $100 about now.
The walk did bring back lots of memories though. I sat at the very place I saw my Pop shoot quite a few deer. He always got them around 10am. The 3 rocks he had stacked up for his seat are still there and at 10am I parked my butt on them.
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good story and great pics. its fun to go to the old spots and remember the good ole days.....btw im not sure you would legally be permitted to take the 17 during deer season but im not a wco maybe one could confrim this.
take a kid hunting and fishing it will keep them out of trouble