The secondary part of my day and my reason for going was that I had been advised by those who get to hunt more than I do that I was missing out on some quality squirrel woods and, if I had the legs to hike to it, I could have a third and possibly forth spot to use and keep the rotation really fresh. I figured what the he!!, let's walk.
I will have to say that this time, nobody was fibbing. You know, first trips to places where the land marks are unknown and the distances are guess work can sometimes be a little unnerving. I suppose this would have been as well were it not for my compass and all the amazing things I ran into along the way. Of course, there were freaking squirrels everywhere and walking with the first coat of leaves down it was like walking on a snare drum. Needless to say the number of shots I could have actually made given the speed with which I scared them away today was way down so I took very few... and the wind foiled a couple of those. Sneaky tree critters and their moving freaking trees. Wind is cheating... ;-)
There are some more good pics here. Needless to say I am a little bit sore from the extra miles I put in today but the variety and beauty of the places I saw made it worth it. I was in a stand of timber today as old as any I have ever been in and the canopy was just amazing. The deer sign was everywhere and I think I owe a couple of friends a bottle of something for the tip. Exploration, it seems, = Good. Maybe I should go back when the wind isn't howling all around and I can nab a few of these critters.
The field I was looking for...
The field pictured here was the first destination. Find this and hunt the north west side of it and then on west until the big stuff ends. The turn north and up the ridge... What a day. Can't wait until tomorrow. Day 2 awaits and, with any luck, has a lot more sitting and a bit less moving... JP's legs are getting sorrer by the minute here. Old age sucks.
The Perfect Fall Sky