Alright, so the headline is misleading. There is no recipe for tag soup as there are a million and one ways to make it. My 2015 California deer season was short-lived and was a great recipe for tag soup. I was able to get out only a few times with the bow and twice with the rifle, but saw very few deer and none in range. While I may be eating tag soup, it's not that the season wasn't successful. I was able to go scouting with a new bow hunter, hunt with some friends who I have been hoping to hunt with for a long time, and I was able to see some beautiful countryside. That ranks as a success in my book.
My favorite time to hunt deer in SoCal is during December with my A31 tag. It gets cold, frigid in fact, and the deer are moving a lot more. Unfortunately for me, my contractor flaked on me for a couple days and could only work one particular day. That day just happened to be the last day of the hunting season. I was pretty bummed that I couldn't make it out to hunt, but priorities had to come first.
So now that 2016 is here, my focus is going to be getting in Colorado shape, hunting some pigs, and hopefully doing some seminars again. I miss getting out to Bass Pro and sharing what I have learned, hearing your hunting stories, and meeting experienced and new hunters. With your help and requests I will put together a plan for this year to give a couple seminars encompassing archery, hunting, glassing, or anything else you want to learn about.
With all of the rain we are getting this week I will be out after pigs soon. They are going to be tearing it up. Anyone looking to get out and hunt some pigs? Anyone want to get together and shoot up some targets? Shoot me a message and we'll see what we can do.
I hope you all have a great 2016 and I look forward to meeting more of you! Happy hunting, stay safe, and enjoy the ride!