CT’s archery deer season opened on Sept 15th. This afternoon after work, Alex and I headed out to some private land where I have a 2 seater ladder stand. Alex and Vicki both got to go out with me last year (1 at a time), but I hadn’t taken any deer with them in the stand. Alex was on lookout duty with the binoculars.
It was a nice afternoon, so I leaned back against the tree and told Alex to wake me if he saw any deer. A few minutes later I felt him bump into me with his elbow as he shifted in his seat. The he did it again. I opened my eyes and he was glued to the binoculars looking straight ahead. I glanced at the ground in front of the stand and saw 3 deer moving in at 35 yds away. I whispered “you could have warned me sooner” but apparently they had materialized out of the brush. A few minutes later, the large doe paused long enough broadside at 25 yards for me to take a shot.
We needed to wait a while anyways, and I heard her hit the ground not too far away, so we settled back into our seats. After all, we still had 1:15 minutes of hunting time left. Over the next 45 minutes, we were treated to a pair of young does hanging out about 15-30 yards from the stand and another mature doe 40-50 yards away. If the mature doe had ever been in a clear lane, we would have doubled down on the harvest.
Alex helped me follow the blood trail, field dress, and haul the doe out. She was a very nice mature doe.
I stopped by the house to drop off Alex who was cold; it’s already getting into the 40s at night in September! Vicki is excited that she gets to spend some time hunting with me, and Amanda is a little disappointed that she isn’t old enough yet. But Amanda is quite willing to inspect the harvest.