Tonight we were sitting at the end of a point that meets a nice edge. The winds were already whipping pretty good as we snuggled into our natural groundblind at almost exactly 2pm. I made this blind in a giant red oak blow-down earlier in the season. It puts us about 30 yards off the edge which is caused by a really old clearcut bordering mature oak forest.
It's a great spot to catch bucks cruising the edge looking for does or any deer coming out of the thicket. We had the cold NW wind slightly quartering into our face right back up our entry route. That makes everything pretty much perfect.
3pm came. Nothing.
4pm came. Nothing. Man, this is unusual. But the wind is really cranking now, so who knows.
Walker kept saying things like: "This is disappointing, we froze our butts off all day for nothing". "How much time now? We're not gonna see anything".
I feel bad for him, because he doesn't get to hunt much at all, but I know all too well that this is just hunting. I told him a few times, "You have to stay vigilant up until the last second, because it can go from nothing to deer in less than a minute."
Suddenly at about 4:45 we both hear something trotting towards us. Turns out to be a really big doe. With nothing following it that I can see and time fading, I tell Walker to get the gun up and take the safety off.
When the doe stops at about 17 yards, Walkers getting ready to shoot when the doe suddenly gets nervous (saw Walker move the gun) and bolts out to about 45 yards. With her standing broadside I tell him to shoot...shoot. BANG!!!!
Clean miss. (as far as I can tell). I looked all over and couldn't find any sign of a hit where she spun in the leaves, but I'll go back tomorrow and double check and do a quick grid search in daylight just to be absolutely certain.
At least he learned the all important lesson that it really does only take a few seconds to go from zero to deer.
At the end of the day, he thanked me again for taking him out and so did his dad. I really do enjoy youth day. One of my favorite days to hunt.
Hope everyone that got out made some memories.
Edited by Matty, 11/23/13 - 06:52 PM.