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It is not very often that I have difficulty coming up with a title for a blog post, but this hunt was special for me in many ways. I could have called it shoot a buck and save a doe because that was my deer hunting goal this season. With the declining deer herd across the Midwest and specifically decreased deer sightings on the farm over the entire past year, I wanted to lay off the does this year. And because I hunt only for meat, any buck would do. I could have titled it something about paying dues because as you will read, that thought was going through my head as I was waiting for a deer to show. Or I could have called it being blessed with one more deer. A little more than half the meat we eat comes from wild animals my husband and I take off our farm. We needed one more deer this season to ensure we would not run out of venison before...
The great thing about a trip to the woods is not knowing what exactly is going to happen.
After a miserable week of hunting my state’s deer gun season with very few deer sightings and warmer than normal temperatures that kept deer movement to a minimum, I was quite happy for a bit of snow on the ground a couple weeks later. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. A day or two after a fresh 6 inches of snow, the weather was calm and clear and I had a day off of work. It was a perfect day for a walk through the woods looking for fresh deer tracks. I was hoping I could figure out where the deer were moving as they certainly were not moving through all the traditional high deer traffic areas on the farm. Yes I was on a mission to figure out those blankety-blank deer prior to the bonus deer gun season coming up the following week.
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