Since I'm here, I'll start.
My Favorite weapon is by far my BowTech Diamond Razor Edge. I feel most comfortable with it. If I had to chose, I would shoot my bow over my rifle any day. I like my rifle but I don't feel like I'm as accurate with it because it's a lot heavier than my bow. I do love rifle season though so don't get me wrong, I'll probably look into shooting sticks to help me keep my 270 steadier while trying to reach out and touch those deer.
My all time favorite game is chasing the white tail deer. It's hard and they are so smart, and when I fool one, it feels like a huge success. Now when I talk about fooling one, I'm not talking about harvesting one. I have had several experiences where I have been in the right place, at the right time, in the right wind with a deer so close, I could spit on it. The feeling of my heart pounding and adrenaline pumping is like no other because deer don't just walk up to you unless you have them fooled. (well, I did see a vid last year of a young buck licking a hunter posted by an HPA member. That was crazy but most of the time, it's unnatural). Archery is my main season. Mostly Early Archery. Can't seem to get my hiney out in the bitter cold in the late season. I'll see if I can do it this year! lol
I love small game squirrel too! I remember harvesting my first squirrel with the same gun my dad used and calling him and telling him what I did. He said I'll never forget it and I could take you all to the spot where I harvested him and show you the tree he was glued to the side of.
As for hunting with a partner, I have a few people I love to hunt with. My dad is number one. He has been a big hunter all his life and I will never forget when he'd bring the deer home and we would sit in the garage and I'd watch him skin his deer. It's something I did from an early age. He would cut his antlers off and feed the cat the brain and we'd take the meat upstairs and I'd sit on the counter by my dad and watch him meticulously seperate the muscles and make his cuts, wrap and paper and mark his cuts and freeze them. I've learned so much from just watching him that I process my own and help him do his to this day. I didn't get to hunt with Dad last year because of his health but this year looks good.
My brother my other hunting partner. Love this guy to death! We beat up the woods last year and didn't harvest a deer but we tried and came out closer. We made a deal with each other that if either one of us got one, we would split it. That's how desperate we were. Our private land was run over by the gas companies and it had the deer just running scarce. This year should be better since it's been over a year since their completion.
My son and my step son. We have plans of some serious small game squirrel hunting this year! Can't wait! Oh and some of you guys may remember that buck my son took in 2009. He hasn't harvested since.
I also like to hunt alone. Archery season is my time alone. There is something about watching the sun rise and fall in the woods that brings me closer to God and know that everything will be okay. I know tomorrow is never promised but tomorrow always comes. This year, I'm looking forward to it more than ever. I've had some difficult times this past year and and the woods are my prozac. lol May even have a good silent cry when I get settled in just to let it all go and know that God is watching over me and it'll all be okay.
I'm going to use this week to grab my license and doe tags and buy a new hat my 1 year old German Rottweiler decided to eat.
I'll be heading down to the shop to have 3 arrows fletched cuz money is tight but they are still usable after close inspection. I'll pick up some broadheads and if I forget anything then I'll just cope through it like I always do.
I can't wait!