It's opening day of Virginia's early muzzleloading season, and, as I write, an hour before shooting light. My two muzzleloaders, a Knight Bighorn and a Thompson Center Triumph, have been patterned, but they reside currently in my gun case.
The problem is the weather. The forecast has improved somewhat, but for much of the day the prediction is that rain and/or brisk winds will occur. Here in Botetourt, only bucks are legal, and that means that I would have to have a mature 8 pointer come by my stand as I am not interested in shooting a young buck.
Of course, I could drive to Franklin County where the landowner called me last night and invited me to come. But that is a 124-mile round trip, and I still don't like the look of that sky. But doe season is open today in Franklin, and I could also pursue turkeys before going on deer stand. Maybe, I should take my crossbow and go out and hunt behind the house...maybe not though because if the rain returns it would be difficult to track a whitetail's blood trail.
So here I sit undecided.