Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Shotgun Deer Season One

Shotgun Deer Season one opened here in Iowa last Saturday, December the 6th. The season runs from December 6th - 10th. As you may have heard from Darrell over at AlphaTrilogy - Iowa experienced some high, cold winds, for those brave enough to head out to try their skill at bringing down a deer or two. Checkout his hunting experiences with friend Dana and Dana's cousins.
This year I didn't have my license on day one. It wasn't until the evening of Sunday, day two, I went out to wait for the deer to come through with the "normal" evening routine. Which didn't turn out to be routine. Nobody showed up on cue. Not even an orphaned fawn or two scratching under the Oak trees for acorns. Of course, earlier in the day, there was a mixed entourage touting their presence in our front yard and just beyond the fence of the North pasture. It wasn't until my mentor/ neighbor went through his field, that there were any signs of the much hunted animal, at a distance to great for my shotgun to do much good. Several bucks and does were headed for the cornfield north of our North pasture. Monday, day three, I spent some time in the funnel area I worked on this fall. Saw a fawn resting...it would get excited and move just a little further away when I would stand up occasionally to assess the situation. As the chill started to set in from inactivity I went on a search. Looking in a tried and true location it brought an adult sighting, but with a loud exiting snort it wasn't going to stay around to become a target. The story goes if you wait long enough the deer will return to the same spot it left. I didn't wait for it to return. Gun activity in the surrounding countryside drove some does to run across open territory into the safety of the tree line seperating our tilled fields. Very majestic leaping as they swiftly ran for what they perceived as the corridor to safety. Merlin, my mentor, has gotten a doe and button buck so far. Last night, day 3, I heard a couple of shots ring out around 5:00 P.M. pretty close to my house. It was Merlin, he was chasing a deer I had moved along from my yard after my return from scooping our drive in the preparation for another round of weather. He said he had a chance at a 10 point buck and let it walk because he thought the venison would be too tough. I encouraged him to get that guy if the opportunity repeated itself. The technique in cooking older animals is low heat for an extended period from the reading I have done. Today, day 4, we have frozen rain built up on the surfaces with snow changing to blowing snow by the end of the day. If I don't get out today or tomorrow, onto season two from December 13th - 21st. I bought two landowner tags to tempt fate... or the weather. ;)

15 comments:

The Hunter's Wife said...

Good luck! We have had a ton of rain this morning. I hope it doesn't freeze here later today. It is suppose to switch over to snow.

CDGardens said...

The Hunter's Wife - Thank you Jody. I will go out and learn more about the world of deer...whether one comes inside with me or not. ;)

workhard said...

animal killing is cruel dude........
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CDGardens said...

workhard - What I see as cruel is that the possibility of animals starving or dying from disease because of overpopulation. Not to mention all the car accidents they cause every year.

They provide food for peoples tables...the underprivileged as well.

You are entitled to your opinion, as I am mine. ;)

SimplyOutdoors said...

Good luck when you head out again. We had quite a cold spell up here as well.

CDGardens said...

Simply Outdoors - Thanks for the "good luck" wish.

I hear places North and East of here are in for some measurable bad weather precipitation.

Hope you all stay safe.

Windyridge said...

Muzzle loader season just started here. My son got his first deer, a doe on opening weekend and my husband shot a buck on opening day (I think) of bow season but they are still hunting hard. Deer have been scarce since.
Good luck, I'm sure you will bag a deer.

CDGardens said...

Windyridge - The deer know when it is time to stay away from the routinely traveled paths. ;)

Thanks for the good hunting wish. Good luck to your guys as well...

Tom Sorenson said...

Well, good luck!

And - is workhard serious? Bashing on someone's site and then having the adacity to leave their own web address in the comments? Wow. That's rich.

CDGardens said...

Tom Sorenson - Thanks for the "good luck" wishes.

Workhard only needed to gain some attention, I'm sure. Entitled to his opinion...like I am to mine. ;)

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Othmar Vohringer said...

Good luck to you. Our hunting season closed today. It is official now that I could not fill my deer tag this season. I hunted hard for a very special deer and we have had a few “meetings” but never connected. Nothing to worry about, waterfowl season is still open until January 18.
-ov-

CDGardens said...

OV - Thanks for coming by...Our first season closed today, the second shotgun season begins on the 13th.

It looks like you will get another chance to make a connection next year with that very special deer.

The deer stayed in the timber line this evening. The one pictured in this post. They used it as a base from which to travel out to the fields to find corn or soybeans.

At almost dark they arrived up by the house. To late to get back out...;)

Marian Love Phillips said...

Do you have a rifle season? Wishing you GOODHUNTING!!! :)

CDGardens said...

Marian Love Philips - Thanks Marian!

The only place in Iowa that Rifle Deer hunting is allowed are in the two lower tiers of counties. The only season center fire rifles can be used is in the January Antlerless.

I wouldn't have any trouble hitting a deer with a rifle and scope. ;)