I continue to struggle during Virginia's urban archery season. This morning (Saturday) I was on stand an hour before shooting light, hoping to make sure that I did not bump any deer coming to my Roanoke County stand. I succeeded in that task and then spent the next hour in the dark not hearing any deer and the first five hours of daylight not seeing any.
I decided to go home for lunch and a nap and was back on stand shortly after 3:00 P.M. I had moved the stand about 10 yards and felt like I had make the logical decision as I was right where two travel lanes crossed with food along both of them.
However, the deer were not impressed with my logic and I spent the evening watching whitetail after whitetail pass by me, seven in all, just out of shooting range. Finally at around 7:15, a doe and a fawn came within shooting range, I drew back, but could not release the arrow because it was simply too dark to attempt an ethical shot.
After the duo departed and I climbed down from my hang-on, I moved the stand to the tree where all the previous deer passed by. I am hoping this little change will pay off on Wednesday when I return to the property. I am very, very frustrated.