Today was the first day of deer season and the whole thing was rather surreal. I have never hunted this early (today is September 1) except for a trip I took to the South Carolina Low Country in 1989 where the season begins in mid August.
But this year, Roanoke County has an urban archery season that began today. I arose at 4:30, drove 20 or so miles from my Botetourt County home to the next county over, Roanoke, and climbed into a tree stand and affixed the safety harness.
At 6:30 A.M., I could glimpse a rabbit 35 yards from me and a few minutes later, squirrels started cutting on oak and hickory nuts. But as the hours passed and the temperature continue to rise, the heat definitely became oppressive. Meanwhile, no deer showed.
Finally at 9:50, I descended from the tree and walked over the Roanoke County suburban lot that I was afield on. A series of houses, all on approximately five-acre lots, surrounded the property I was on and none of them had deer on them, or least seemed to have any from my vantage point.
By 10:30, I was on my way home, totally baffled about how to go about this suburban deer hunting exercise. I will try again Monday, weather permitting.