Great morning folks,
I'm pleased to report a 61° temperature this morning from GrandkidvilleFL.
I left deer camp Sunday morning at 5am, arrived at the Halfway House about 1:20pm. I unloaded stuff, loaded up stuff and in three hours but the road heading farther south. Deb was watching the weather and said there was heavy snow predicted for northern Ohio. We drove to Dayton, spent the night and rolled out again at 5am. We beat the snow by about 10 miles. The ******* Limo pulled into the kid's driveway about 7:45pm last night.
Deer camp was an adventure as it is each year. The was at least a foot of snow opening morning. I hunted in the hills as the walking was very quiet. I was very encouraged by the sign i saw up in the Oaks. I did sneak up on two doe to within 40yds. Second day tracks were leading downhill into low wet country but I chose to stay high & dry. No deer were seen that day.
Third morning as I was climbing I saw 4 wolves moving through the woods at about 100yds. It was first light but they were easily distinguishable in the snow. They stopped, trying to decide if I might be food. I let out a whoop and they moved on & up. No need to follow, those wolves would scatter any deer that were around. I headed back to the 4wheeler to a different place to give a couple miles separating me from them.
I jumped two deer that were bedded in the thick young woods. As I made my way up into some rolling hills, ridges and ravines i was again encountered by the deer sign. I moved across the ridge tops as a bit more snow was falling.
I looked across over two ridges i saw something that just didn't belong. At 90yds I scoped a brown lump at the base of a big Oak. It was a bedded deer all curled up. After watching for a minute I was it's head was tucked into it's belly. I could make out a horn so I watched a bit more. The headed moved a bit & I could easily see he was a legal buck. Now the decision process, shoot - don't shoot. My hunting buddy said he needed a deer & to shoot one for him. I aimed & shot. The 150gr Nosler hit and the buck straightened but could not get his feet under himself. After a few seconds his head swayed around like Stevie Wonder. Then it flopped over.
It turned out to be a decent 8pt that measured about 12" inside.
Turns out I was just a few hundred yards up hill from Little Trap Falls.
The down hill drag only took about a half hour. I loaded the buck onto the 4wheeler & was back at camp by 2pm. Larry will eat well this winter.
Edit to add: the morning heading home from deer camp saw a temp of 7° in the hills above Lake Superior. As I moved along into the lower valley to the east the temp dropped. I saw -12° as I went by Tyoga Creek in Houghton county.