Friday, November 30, 2012

Weekend Warriors... Unite!

Three weeks without bow hunting during deer season can drive a person insane. I know this from firsthand experience. During the past three weeks my priorities had changed and while I lived vicariously through many of you, it was still difficult not being out there. I could almost see my deer tag shriveling up as time passed. Even without being out there I remain positive. This Sunday will allow me a full day of hunting and I am beyond excited for many reasons.

First and foremost, I get to be in the great outdoors. I have been blessed to have traveled to Colorado and enjoyed some wonderful countryside. To say it is beautiful is one thing, but to see it firsthand is beyond words. I have been scouring new areas of public land this year and it yielded some great findings!

Colorado. Where dreams do come true.
 
Second, I get to hunt with one of my friends and hunting buddies. My other good hunting buddy is stuck working all weekend and while I am happy he has a job, I am bummed he cannot join us. Then again, he's been slaying ducks left and right. Can't wait to share one of his gear reviews next week!

Third, we get to go to one of my honey holes that I have left untouched all year. It's public land, a challenge to hunt and absolutely beautiful. I am hoping to see an abundance of wildlife. Plus, I am after this guy who only seems to come out in the late season with a couple of does. 

I took this pic with my camera phone through my binos in 2011.

The weather has finally turned around here and it's been raining all week. The temps have dropped (yes, I said dropped) to the mid-sixties. That alone makes me happy. We do have a full moon, but with all of the cloud cover and because I know this area well, I know there will be deer around. It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Best of all, as much as I would like to take my first California animal, I would feel just as great if Brett was able to arrow his very first animal with a bow. That would be one heck of an experience. I was able to enjoy it last year when my friend Michael arrowed his first animal and I hope to repeat it this year!

All in all, the season has been chock full of shifting priorities, new events, spending more time with family and supporting others. While I haven't been able to get out as much as I wanted to, I have still been blessed with so very much. Blessed with a wonderful and supportive family, great friends, great company relationships, and new opportunities that I can't wait to share when the time is right. To all that will be hitting the woods this weekends, whether on the ground or in a tree, best of luck and be safe out there!

6 comments:

  1. Best of luck to you Al! Hopefully you'll have a shot at that buck this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a very rainy, wet hunting day. First trail was closed, second one was closed, third one had nothing moving and the fourth was closed. It was an insane day of driving around and mainly scouting. Happy to get out, but it was discouraging to log so many miles and not see one deer, but it happens.

      Delete
  2. Get some, and be safe out there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We got some wet weather and hiked a few miles. There were 25+ mph winds, too. That was the worst part.

      Delete
  3. It is time! Your patience has been rewarded once with the elk, now comes the hybrid. Get 'em Al!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, I have a few more days where I can get out with my buddies. Just hope some of the areas open back up so I can at least have a chance.

      Delete