Sunday, October 13, 2019

I hemmed and hawed about going hunting today. I watched the Yankees/Astros playoff game and didn’t get to bed until midnight, and I only got five hours of sleep the night before. The sign I found on Saturday made it a little easier to get out of bed, but it was still difficult.

Although I didn’t use to mind the early season, I’ve come to the point in my life that I don’t enjoy it as much anymore. It could be because I have a zillion other things going on, or it could be because it seems like it’s almost always in the 70s while trying to hunt. However, the buck sign I found yesterday demanded a little bit of my attention.

I’ve put on a lot of miles already this year. Amazingly, I’ve found a few places where big bucks seem to be working. I found an area where a pretty good buck is working within sight of the road. Since I’ve never hunted the place, I got going and figured I’d give it a whirl. I had about an hour and a half drive to get to my destination, but the excitement I felt about the sign I had found made the drive seem effortless.

It was a great morning to sit. When I got out of the truck, the thermometer in my truck read 36 degrees. It was just about right for an early season hunt. I sat for about four hours and didn’t see any animals. It felt good to be in the game, and it kind of kickstarted me into wanting to start playing the game. I’m hoping that one sit will give me the motivation that I seem to be lacking this year.

After hunting, I helped my father the rest of the day. We had a lot of work we needed to get done, and we made a day out of it. We basically finished everything we set out to accomplish, which made the day even better. We should both be ready to start hunting regularly now that muzzleloading season is rolling into view in the Adirondacks. There are still a lot of leaves on, but their beginning to fall quickly.

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