By: Crystal Cockman
As I sit in a deer stand on a cold, early morning on one of the last few days of this year’s season, I realize I’ve not my written any articles about deer hunting this year, and as something I do a lot of and find great joy in, I’d like to take a minute and reflect. I think perhaps my lack of focus on writing about deer season this year may come partially because I am now in my fifth year of deer hunting, which I know still makes me a rookie in comparison with most folks, but I feel each year that I’ve learned more and more, and I’ve written about a lot of the lessons I’ve learned already, and the experiences I’ve had. But truly every season has its own special stories to share, and this has been no exception.
One thing that never ceases to amaze me is truly how often I see some interesting critter when I hunt, other than the deer of course. This year that included raccoons for the first time. I had a big boar raccoon come right to the base of my tree stand during muzzleloader season, before I finally made some noise to alert him to my presence and we locked eyes briefly before he rushed off. One fun early season hunt, I arrived to my stand to find a 3-point deer bedded down in some privet by the branch, and watched him for more and an hour just lay there and snack on it, until a family of three raccoons startled him and he roused himself and sauntered off. That same evening I got a nice 2.5 year old six point just minutes before shooting time was up (my new scope paying off), which was the biggest antlered buck I took this year. This year also included spotting coyotes for the first time, a pair of grey foxes, and nine wild turkeys on two different occasions. [Read more…]