I haven't hunted for the past several weeks as I have been busy taking other people afield. My biggest thrill was sitting beside a novice adult hunter who killed his first deer the day after Thanksgiving.
So I went back to bowhunting today. I have always struggled to kill a deer during the December bow and muzzleloader seasons. And today was no exception. I arose early, decided to hunt from a ground blind, and proceeded to not see a whitetail all morning.
At 10:00 A.M., shivering and hungry, I decided to call it a day. Outdoor writers often write about the second rut that occurs in December and what a great opportunity it is for individuals after trophy bucks. Personally, any day in December when I can spot a deer of either sex of any age is a good one for me.
I have long held the view that the second rut is mostly a creature of outdoor writers in need of selling a story.