I am back! It has been a little over 3 weeks since I had my baby. Seriously – 3 weeks?!?! It is almost like hunting season when I am so anxious for it to get here and then I blink and the season is over. 3 weeks. Mind blowing!
This past week, Dad and I entered to get doe permits for the upcoming season. Dad decided to put in for a landowners permit, which allows him the opportunity to get drawn twice. The way the lotto works is that there is a certain percentage of doe permits per WMD (wildlife management district) for landowners. Once that number of permits are drawn, the rest of the landowners get put in for the general drawing… essentially giving each landowner two chances to get drawn. We won’t know until September if either of us are getting a doe permit.
I am not sure that I could shoot a doe. I have shot one before and I like shooting bucks better! There is also this weird mom-thing going on and I dont know if I could shoot a doe. I have always said that if I saw a doe with a fawn or yearling that I wouldnt shoot it even though I know that the fawns and yearlings are old enough that they could fend for themselves, but if I get a doe permit, I dont think I would shoot one this year. That could change if I find myself in my tree seat and a doe steps out alone in front of me.
Anyway, in entering the lotto, I realized that opening day is not until the first Saturday in November. For as long as I can remember, it has always been the last Saturday in October. It is how I celebrate my birthday! Now, I wont be in the woods until Nov 2. It feels weird. My countdown is thrown off! The only positive thing is that my baby will be one week older when I leave him with my Mom to head into the woods… and I hope there will be a better chance of snow since the season goes until Nov 28th.
I would gladly take the snow! There is nothing more fun than tracking deer in the snow. Seeing where they are going and seeing how old the tracks are. And there is nothing more beautiful than a deer standing in the woods, snow on the ground and the green of the softwoods behind him. It makes the colors pop out against a white backdrop. It also makes clean up easier when you can use snow to wipe off your knife =)