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Waiting for a deer
November 23, 2011 - Lisa Reed
I went deer hunting with my husband for the first time. I met him for lunch and then we listened to the Packers game on the truck radio.
While driving in the woods, we did see a fawn. When the radio antennae snapped off the truck on our way through the woods, we lost the game until we found a different station.
At about 1:30 p.m. we decided to walk into the woods and sit until dark. As soon as I got out of the truck, Pat sprayed me with Scent Away. Deer hunters believe that spray helps attract deer, but I have to say it did not smell good and probably repels the deer.
The walk into the woods was almost a mile through the snow and rough terrain with a portion uphill. We arrived where Pat wanted to hunt that day and set up a ground blind. I attached the orange cover to the top so we would not get shot by other hunters.
We then set up our bucket seat and portable backpack seat inside the blind.
This is when I heard gunshots. Obviously the shots were by other hunters quite a distance away.
Since I brought cans of soda for us to drink, Pat opened the cans quietly so the deer would not know humans were nearby.
He complained the cans were too noisy every time I went to get a drink and dinged the can.
I also brought gummy worms to eat as a snack and everytime I grabbed one the bag made noise and he would give me a dirty look.
I was wearing snowpants and everytime I rubbed my mitten on my leg he would warn me with a look that said, ‘stop making noise.’ He even told me not to move my head so much as the deer could see in the blind that I was on the hunt for the deer.
When I sniffled or coughed, he made sure to remind me not to.
At one point, he wanted me to wear some face-mask he brought for me, but I refused. I guess I should not have even breathed. I think at one point he did tell me to not breathe. LOL.
When I got tired of watching and seeing no deer, I decided to take a nap. Pat says I was quiet while I slept. But he didn’t see a deer then either.
You have to know my husband and that he is a die hard hunter. He hunts all 10 days of the season, sitting all morning and all afternoon.
I have to say we didn’t see much, but we did hear the birds and an owl. A bird perched onto the open window of the blind, but Pat says I scared him away.
We sat for 2.5 hours and we didn’t see any deer. I think it was because of the heavy, wet snow on the trees from the snowstorm the night before, so the deer were not moving.
But Pat would believe it’s because I made too much noise.
Whichever, next time I sit in a blind it will be without him. And I will bet you I see a deer and maybe even get a big buck.
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