Saturday was opening day of Virginia's firearms deer season, so I took my son Mark deer hunting on one of our properties in Craig County. While discussing where to place my son so he would be safe and have a good chance to kill a deer, I positioned him high on a ridge.
But walking away from him, I suddenly decided to move him further down the ridge, which I did. Then I went to my ladder stand where I had planned to hunt from. But I decided to hunt from the ground about 15 yards in front of the stand.
Both decisions turned out to cost us both deer. For at 8:15, two deer walked under the stand and would have presented an extremely easy shot. Instead, the whitetails spotted me, snorted, and fled.
Meanwhile around 9:30. a deer walked in front of Mark, but he was too low on the ridge to see the deer clearly, which was also behind brush. Before we went hunting, I told Mark that we had a 60% chance of killing one deer between us and a 25% of us both tagging one.
Instead because of my indecisiveness, we both went home empty handed.