The weekend for me began midday Friday as I hiked down through the soggy Navasota river bottom in the near freezing rain hunting for deer and pigs. Here in the Brazos Valley the rut is in full swing judging from all the deer activity during daylight hours.
As many hunters know, the more mature the buck is the more likely he is to be active primarily at night. It is only during the rutting season that these big boys will make a daytime appearance revealing their presence chasing a breed-able doe. Add to the mix foul weather like what we've experienced lately and you've got the recipe for success in taking that big buck.
I don't like sitting for long in a box blind or a tree stand and I will hit the trail as soon as its light enough to see. Being on the ground stalking and still hunting requires much more attention to the games ability to detect your presence in their environment.
My style of hunting depends heavily upon my ability to defeat the deer's acute sense of smell, sight and hearing. Cold, gray, wet weather aids the hunter as it mutes those highly developed senses deer use to survive.
A deers hearing and eyesight are excellent but both can be defeated by the careful stalker. The one sense that never fails to spook a deer is smell. We humans must really stink (or at least I do) because I've never had a deer doubt it's nose! Which is why a deer will circle around downwind when their other senses fail to identify the danger. I can't tell you how many times I failed to see or hear a deer just to have it snort and flee as I passed and moved upwind of it. When it comes to deer, the ears and eyes will deceive but the nose knows!
Saturday my daughters Rugby team had their annual alumni game and being a proud papa I did my part to support those rough and rowdy Aggie Women on that cold, wet and windy field of honor! Yes, I got the game on video as the alumni schooled the current team! GO AGGIES! Jason's Deli is sponsoring a groupraise.com fundraiser for the Women's Rugby team Monday November 25, 2013 starting at 5PM. You can show your support as I will by dropping your receipt into the box at the counter..
Sunday started early with preparations for the holiday Thanksgiving meal at church and recording Sunday services beforehand. I'm sure other congregations do likewise but we sure can lay out a feast fit for a king at First Christian Church!
By 3PM I was back out in the woods sneaking around looking for one of several nice bucks I'd come to know but still looking for Mr. Big. I'd say that conditions Sunday afternoon were about as good as it gets for my style of hunting. Cold, wet and tired I enjoyed the whole day and weekend thoroughly very thankful to be alive in Texas and so are the bucks for the moment!