Deer hunting is no walk in the park. It takes preparation, planning and strategizing. You would know if you have ever tried it before. Some people believe in luck, others in chance and some in superstitions. Everyone has their own routine, but we all have the same goal. To leave the season with at least one kill under our belts and to add to our count. This is the in and outs of being a deer hunter and the preparation and time that goes into every successful hunt.
The night before: There is a lot of preparation during this time. You start by packing your backpack. Making sure you have food and water and extra warm clothing. Then you check the weather to figure out what to wear. You pick your weapon of choice and the ammo. You figure out what woods to go to and where to place yourself based on the wind and other circumstances. Lastly, make sure to go to bed early.
The day of the hunt:
5:00 a.m: Your alarm clock goes off again after hitting snooze a couple of times, but it's time to get dressed. You're tired even though you went to bed early because you were up half the night second-guessing all of the plans you made the night before.
5:45 a.m: You load up your vehicle and head out to the woods to beat the sunrise.
6:00 a.m: You arrive at the woods and meet up with all of you buddies before heading out. You talk about the weather, where they are setting up camp, and what weapon they are using today.
6:30 a.m: It's time to get ready to head to your spot. You bundle up and load your weapon before double checking that you have everything. Then you head off.
7:00 a.m: You found your spot and get settled in and comfortable for a long day of sitting. The sun is now rising and the woods is coming alive. Let the waiting begin.
8:00 a.m: It's getting warmer and the birds are being nosey. You haven't seen anything yet, but the day is still young.
9:00 a.m: You've been watching some squirrel play and find food, but still no deer. You're starting to become bored so you decide to eat your breakfast.
10:00 a.m: Still no deer, but you did hear some shooting to your left. This gives you hope that something is moving around. You play on your phone for a little while to make the time pass.
11:00 a.m: Just as your about to call it quits, you see four deer to your left off in the field. You get in position and hope they come your way.
11:10 a.m: A doe is leading the herd and comes right for you. She stops in the perfect position. You pull back the hammer, aim, then pull the trigger. She absorbs the bullet and drops to the ground.
11:15 a.m: You check to see if she's dead and tag the deer. It's time to get her to the truck to gut her.
11:20 a.m: You gut the deer and register it before taking it to the deer butchering shop.
12:00 p.m: You drop the deer off and pick out the meats and flavors you want everything to be. They tell you it'll take about a week and they'll give you a call. You are now done after a successful day of hunting and you're ready for a long nap.