I am taking my last hunt for the season this Thursday and Friday with my favorite hunting partner, my granddaughter. Even though the rut has almost ended where we hunt in Tuscaloosa county, the deer have been moving well and we have high hopes of bagging that “Big Buck”. But, what hunter doesn’t? I have had a number of hunters to send me photos of big bucks that have taken or seen recently so there is always hope for a last minute trophy. Frankly, I am looking for a couple of last weekend does to put in the freezer and could care less about a rack. But my hunting partner is all about a rack with drop tines so it would be nice if her wish came true!
I have hunted less this season than anytime I can remember in my adult life since I pretty much dedicated all my season to being the guide. Anna Faye has has been the gunner and I am just the instructor and guide. And you know what? it has been the most awesome deer season I can remember. Watching her get so wound up waiting for a deer to show up, seeing the glow on her face when a buck steps out and watching the pure delight when she is standing over a nice Alabama white tail buck has been an incomparble experience for me.
Unfortunately, the down side to 55 years of shooting deer is that the “new” was worn off along time ago and for many years, I failed to recognize that fact. Anna Faye brought back the memories I once relished as a child, the trembing excitement that the first glimpse of a deer coming through the woods brought to my young heart, the rush of adrenalin brought about by a set of antlers on a deer that seemed huge immediatley before the trigger was pulled and the sensation of being a world-beater brought about by standing over a buck and lifting his head for a photo of the trophy!
WOW! It is almost as fun when it is your child or grand child who is sharing that wonderful moment with you!
I have received several photos of bucks still “out there ” on 2 different properties that I am fortunate enough to get to hunt. Check them out!
Next Week my focus will shift to spring turkey hunting mode and that is my real passion as far as hunting goes, so I am always ready to get out in the spring woods and listen for the sound of a spring gobbler “rattling the trees” calling those hens!
Until next week, good hunting to you!