Today was the only doe day for Craig County during Virginia's early muzzleloader season, so I went to our 140-acre tract there. The forecast was for morning long rain, so I brought along a pop-up blind, so I could hunt without becoming wet.
I had been to our Craig land twice earlier this autumn, both times pursuing turkeys. On those two occasions, the turkeys had never come close enough to shoot despite my scattering gangs both time. I did see good numbers of deer both times, once, in fact, spotting 13.
This time, however, I saw a gang of eight turkeys ambling by at a distance of just 35 yards, and the only two deer I saw were 125 yards away, well out of my range, especially given the terrain and underbrush. Random chance has not operated in my favor on my three visits to the property this year.