Virginia's general firearms season ended yesterday with only the late bow and muzzleloader seasons to come in December and early January. I have hunted a great deal and am exhausted from the season, which started on September 7 with the Urban Archery one. I have killed 10 deer in Virginia and West Virginia, plus two Old Dominion fall turkeys so Elaine and I should have enough meat for 2014. We don't buy meat from supermarkets except for the occasional organic chicken.
I have long believed that the secret to killing deer is no secret, that just going and going afield is the way to be successful. I went deer hunting 41 times to kill those 10 whitetails - a terrible success percentage in any kind of sport, game, or pastime. I never saw a buck worth shooting, as the biggest one I espied all fall was a 2 1/2-year-old 6 pointer that I actually encountered when I was turkey hunting. Yet, I don't mind my lack of success in locating a trophy buck. Despite the constant drumbeat of big buck stories in the outdoor magazines I write for, I believe that most deer hunters are like me - that is, being thrilled when they kill a doe.
Our woodpile is also "long and tall," so Elaine and I are in good shape in that department, too. My plans for December are to take other folks deer and turkey hunting and for me to try to kill a doe during the late muzzleloader season. I also need to start work on some habitat improvement projects behind the house. All in all, I look forward to being outside in December, especially during the holidays.