I took off work a little early, went home and changed, and then headed out. I met up with my buddy at a grocery store named Soelberg’s, which I quickly renamed Zoidberg’s. Twenty minutes later, we parked the truck, unloaded the ATV, and started up the mountain.
The place we chose to go, was the place I scouted out earlier in the year. It takes 30 minutes to drive up to the trailhead on the ATV, and then another 45 minutes to hike up the trail to get to the top. It was cold, and sprinkled a little snow on us, but overall, the weather was quite nice.
We arrived up top close to 5:30 and there were deer everywhere. We probably saw over 20 doe while we were up there. However, no bucks. What I did find, was a good game plan for the next day because we saw how they were moving around. Plus, we didn’t see too many other people. Nobody was up top, but we passed one guy coming down as we were going up, and then saw another ATV while we were up there. By the time we made it back to our ATV, it was dark. Traveling the mountainside in the dark isn’t very fun.
While I was up there, I saw another twenty head of doe. After crawling all around, I decided it was time to head down the mountain and find another spot. As I came down off the first rise, I spotted a nice two-point buck grazing in the meadow. He was over 200 yards away, which was a very long shot for my muzzleloader (I hunt with a traditional style muzzleloader which is really only effective out to about 150 yards). However, since it was the first buck I’d seen, I took the shot anyway. I missed and the buck ran up the hill. Just to be sure, I went to check and couldn’t find any blood. I tried to get close to it, but it was onto me by that time and got away.
As I drove down the mountain, I came upon a herd of six doe grazing on the hillside. They were about 100 yards away from me. I wanted to see how close I could get, so I got off the ATV and started walking. I took video of it. I got about 50 feet away from them before they boogied out. I’m not sure if they were too concerned with my ATV (which I left running) or if they just couldn’t tell what I was. They were looking right at me, but I got the feeling that they couldn’t really “see” me if that makes sense. Too bad I didn’t have a doe tag. I would have had over ten opportunities to shoot by this time.
After that, I went to another canyon. I didn’t see any deer, but I did come across a good looking coyote. It took off before I could stop and get my gun out.
I picked a spot and hunkered down. I didn’t see too many deer, maybe about ten or twelve doe, but not the two-point I had shot at the previous day. I stayed out later than usual and it was dark before I got the ATV. By the time I got home, my body was sore from all the hiking, and I was beat.