Yesterday, deer season concluded and I was fortunate to kill a doe during the last half hour of the late muzzleloader season. I started the season in September by bowhunting in Alleghany County, North Carolina and finished it yesterday in Franklin County, Virginia. I ended up killing 10 deer, 9 in Virginia and 1 in West Virginia.
Elaine and I don't buy any meat from a store, so freezing a good supply of venison is essential for our 2012 food supply. We easily eat 8 or 9 deer every year, plus share some with family and friends.
It is always sad when deer season ends, as it has been such a big part of my life outdoors for the past 3 1/2 months. On the other hand, I am going squirrel hunting next Saturday and am looking forward to the change of pace. I also have to give two smallmouth bass seminars this month and that too will be a nice change.
Meanwhile, today, I have to clean much of my deer hunting gear, much of it has been piled onto my work room bed - and that is a real mess. Today, for lunch Elaine and I are dining on venison tenderloin and wineberry pie - celebrating the bounty of the season. Then it will be time to clean the chicken coop and let our birds free range in the yard for several hours.