My dad and I were able to sneak away for a couple of days of bow hunting in central West Virginia this week. Since I killed a doe on my regular base license, and didn’t buy any extra tags, I had to go to my dad’s land to have a chance to kill another deer (landowner’s child privilege). I took off Monday, Tuesday and most of Wednesday so that I would be able to relax a bit. We had some beautiful weather, and it was great to watch the sun come up from a tree stand again. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot of deer activity. I saw a few, and almost shot a doe, but she refused to take that last step to open up a good shot. I think the deer activity was restricted because of the full moon. It was clear that the deer were up and moving late into the night, which also put them up and moving mid-day instead of morning and evening. I should have made sure to be on stand in the middle of the day, but I was not in the woods at the right time. On Wednesday, on the way home, we saw a bunch of deer on the side of the interstate. That was about 11 AM.
I was a bit frustrated with the movement of deer, but I guess that is what hunting is all about. It is hard to head into an area and find the perfect stand when you only have a day or two. Since the full moon threw off the feeding schedule of the deer, typical hot spots were suddenly cold. I guess I should have been able to adjust accordingly, but for this trip, the deer won the battle.
It won’t be long till rifle season comes in!