Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020

Traditionally, today has been a really good day for us. We’ve killed some great bucks on Halloween over the years. Most of them have been in areas around fresh scrapes.

I had Barry drop me off this morning, so he could take my truck and come and go as he pleased. I just told him to get me at dark beside the road. He’s hunted with me before, so when I told him where to go to check out the scrapes, he headed there.

When he dropped me off, the thermometer in the truck said 17 degrees. I tried a few new things today. I decided I would walk in my lightweight pants and carry my lined bibs with me. I’ve had the bibs for a long time, and they are super lightweight. I figured I would give it a try and see how it worked. I also bought some boot covers from Josh to see how they work. I was impressed with everything. The bibs worked great, and the boot warmers were even better. I sat until about noon and never got cold. My feet stayed toasty the whole time.

The area I sat had a dusting of snow from yesterday. There were some tracks in it, so that gave me a little extra incentive to wait them out. After putting six hours in, I decided nothing was going to happen.

I wandered around during the middle part of the day. I cut two people’s tracks, and didn’t see too terribly much sign. It didn’t appear that the deer moved too much today. It was an idea day today. When I headed into the woods at 5:00 a.m when most others were still sleeping, I had a feeling that today was going to be the day. Everything lined up in my favor, but for some reason, I’ve never had much luck around the time of a full moon. I’m not sure why, but that time period has never agreed with me. When I packed it in for the day, I hadn’t seen one living creature. I never saw a bird, squirrel, chipmunk, deer or anything else. That definitely doesn’t give me much confidence for tomorrow, but I’ll be out there grinding again. Here are a few pictures from my day. As you can see, it was pitch black when I started. The only think looking back at me was the moon.

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