Heading out tomorrow morning sot-so-bright, but plenty early for the first day of modern firearm deer season.
My plans involve me heading out tomorrow morning, and potentially spending two nights in my truck. No camper, no tent, but I do have a nice bench back seat. Originally, I planned on just hunting from the house...it's only about a two hour drive from where I live to where I am hunting, but...start doing the math on gas, and leaving the house at 3:30, and not getting back until 8:30...that's a long, expensive day. If the truck thing doesn't work so well the first night, I might even break down and stay in the cheapest motel I can find in the area...it would still be cheaper than driving back home.
Ummm...yeah, it's pretty ghetto. I have all my stuff packed in the living room....sleeping bag, blanket, plenty of spare clothes(can't have enough skivvies). For food I have a cooler with some water, P&J sandwich's, a box o' pop-tarts, and two of my MRE's.
If anyone wants to wish me luck, I could sure use it...I've never hunted in this particular area before. I am planning on working the northern foothills of the Blue Mountains...the western foothills, outside of Dayton are supposed to be a zoo, so I am going to drive the extra 45 minutes to head in from the north, out of the town of Pomeroy. For a while I was thinking of heading to Bethel Ridge, which is where I hunt elk, and at least I know the area, but...the deer hunting success rate is something like 10% there. The north-east corner of the state, where I have hunted before, had a 35% success rate last year, but this year they raised it from a 3pt minimum buck to a 4pt minimum. The Blue Mountain foothills have a 38-42% success rate...and still have the 3 point minimum. I felt that had to give me a bit better chance, even going in blind.
Heck...since I'm thinking the first part of my Saturday is going to be just looking around for a promising area I might even sleep in a bit. All getting a bright and early start will do is present me with temptation...I'm sure I'll see myself some promising buck right off the highway, and then see none for the rest of the weekend.
Never mind, if I keep that kind of rationalization up, I'll never leave the house...