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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Home 2F, Camp 2G & 2F
Re: For me this deer season has stunk
To the dedicated deer hunter this time of the year is a trying thing if you are still hunting...not only do you have days and days invested you got to play the mental game of the one or two day deer hunter who came out and scored right off the bat. I mean God bless them they make up the bulk of deer hunters and those bucks mean the world to them too..but i am trying to teach dedication to it to my kids because in the long run they will have more success and enjoyment in PA that way, the best method of the new PA deer woods IMO. Sure those opening day run-ins will happen every year to thousands of guys and will be based on where that buck chose to be right before daylight the Monday after Thanksgiving, you can't control it and he just can't avoid the number of obstacles. That is big test to the worth you give the commitment as soon as the leaves change or even while you work the woods for habitat change in mid-february.
As the saying goes...it is the journey...it may not pay off this year or even next year or it may pay off on a opening day run in for you next year when you just can't believe the luck you had.
I have actually gained weight this Fall from sitting on my duff so much in a tree, and not walking with my Mrs or doing any of the normal planned out eating we have been doing to get into shape, or working the woods on Sundays...I am tired in the evenings by 8 PM no matter what, my truck looks like a it has been sitting in a junk yard, I think my smile is harder to find, and my gear is in a corner of the room I just climb into and come out ready to hunt....just all stuff to remember when you walk up to that downed buck this year, or next, let it all out then and remember the worth and journey and value. It is not easy, but til then head up, no shortcuts, be sincerely happy for all that tagged and you share the woods with and "it only takes a second". Tomorrow has alot of seconds.
"Only takes a second to change your season" Dad, 1980