Over the years, I have kept detailed records of every deer and turkey I have ever killed, including the day of the week. Today, Saturday, I just returned home from muzzleload hunting in Franklin County in the morning and Botetourt County in the evening. And though does were legal quarry in both counties today, and I went to the farms that have been most productive over the past few years, I never saw a doe the entire day.
With the peak of the pre-rut going on right now, one would think I could manage to see at least one doe. I did glimpse one deer, a nice, little six pointer that was probably 1 1/2 years old. I had no intention of shooting him, so predictably he came within 10 yards of me before he became alarmed and then ran off only 40 yards. The youngster then continued his mad search for a doe. The little buck did not seem to have any more skill at finding a doe today than I did.
My Saturday deer hunting this year has, in a word, been horrible. I have not killed a deer on this day and many of those outings have resulted in me not seeing any whitetails. Conversely, my Monday through Wednesday hunting has been outstanding.
Of course, one thing that needs to be written is that I have hunted far less this year because of my Lyme Disease. I just have not had the energy to go afield as often as in the past. In January, I will go to my doctor for another round of blood tests. I am hoping that I will receive a good report.