Although I had been bowhunting for four weeks during Virginia's urban archery season, there was still great anticipation in going hunting in Craig County this morning for the start of the regular archery season.
At 8:20, I saw my first deer, but the doe was 60 yards away and heading away from me. But a few minutes later, I spotted four does and they were all heading toward me. I began to breathe harder, positioned myself for the shot, and waited for them to arrive. However, when they quartet moved to within 50 yards, they stopped coming and even bedded down.
And there they remained until 6:20 when one doe arose and headed away from me. Where the other three went, I have no idea. I had meant to go back to my XTerra for lunch, but I decided that doing so would spook the bedded whitetails.
So, counting the time I spent on stand in the dark, I ended up being in a tree stand today for 13 hours and 15 minutes and never came close to shooting at a deer. Such is bowhunting sometimes.