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Enjoying the hunt

November 20, 2009 - Ron Deuter
As the first week of deer season comes to a close, I am still waiting for an opportunity to take a buck. But, deer or no deer, I am simply enjoying the calm, quiet atmosphere of the woods.

I saw nothing the first few days I hunted, but late this week I had my first encounter with a buck. I was slowly walking down an old logging trail heading for a place to sit up on a small ridge. I came up to a little bend in the trail and standing right in the middle of the path was a buck and a doe, probably less than 50 yards from me.

Problem was the buck was too young. He had only nubs on his head.

The deer saw me right away and immediately began stomping his hoof. I stood still to watch. Only a second-year hunter, I was curious to see how this situation would play out.

The deer kept stomping for a few minutes as the doe stood at his side. Finally, as I continued my approach, the two deer scooted off into the woods. They didn’t run very far, as I could see them through the trees as I passed.

Pretty exciting coming across a couple of deer like that. I can only imagine how fast my heart will be pounding when I am within range of my first mature buck.


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