It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by and deer season is over. As December ends it’s time to oil the rifle and put it back in the gun case until next fall. I finally picked up all of my hunting stuff and washed all of those clothes that I’ve been hearing about laying around the house for the past 3 months.
I was glad I cleaned out my pack because a bottle of year old doe pee doesn’t smell any better when you find it next deer season than it does now. A sharp knife always makes the job go faster so I make sure to sharpen all of them that way I’ll be ready to go again when the time comes. The end of deer season is always depressing but fulfilling.
It’s a bummer because you have to wait 9 months to deer hunt again, but a freezer full of venison is the gratifying part knowing that there will be several delicious meals to come. I like to leave my trail cameras out to see what bucks made it, but some are already starting to drop their antlers now.
As the snow continues to fall and pile up in January and February, I shift my hunting focus to small game. Rabbit, grouse, and squirrel seasons are in and provide a great opportunity to get outdoors especially if you know a good buddy with dogs.
On the warmer days that I can’t hunt I have a lot of brush to cut out of shooting lanes and around food plots. I’ve found it’s a great time of year to do this as it’s not too hot, the bugs aren’t pestering you, and there are no leaves on the trees. I’ll do anything to help keep the cabin fever from setting in.
It’s never too late or early when it comes to thinking about deer hunting. With snow covering the ground, fresh tracks are revealed and travel ways become more evident.
The winter months are a perfect time to set some traps and take care of the predators.
I’ve already eliminated one coyote from my hunting area. And it’s just a good excuse to get out of the house and take in the cool, crisp air.
Keep your eyes open as you never know when you might come upon a shed antler. I just had to talk about strategizing and deer hunting one last time. A walk in the winter woods is always interesting and unique and blinding at times when the sun reflects on the white landscape. Looking back, like I always do at the end of every year, I couldn’t have asked for a better deer season and can’t wait to see what next year will bring. The hunt for the big buck I was after and finally ended up putting my tag on is one I’ll never forget. That’s what keeps me coming back and why I’m fascinated with the whitetail deer and enjoy the pursuit of the hunt. The tenderloin from the doe during the late antlerless season will taste great as well.
I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to all of my fellow West Virginia outdoorsmen and women. I hope you find plenty of time on the river or in the woods enjoying what we are blessed with living in wild and wonderful. Take care until next time.