Had the chance to hunt up in McMinn County yesterday on Opening Day. I've only been hunting for a couple of years, so still learning quite a bit. For instance...

I took my Mossberg .270 bolt action) to the hunt. Got to the site, but had to walk about 200 yards in to the ladder stand in the woods. I made the mistake of lading the gun before my trek through the woods. When I got to the stand about 6:30 AM I realized my clip had fallen out. I retraced my steps back to the car, but it's a gonner. Hoping it's not too hard to replace. I grabbed some extra shells, and walked back to the stand. I had to load it for single shot. I won't make that mistake again for sure!

By the time I got settled in the stand, the second time, it was close to 7:00 AM. Too late for my liking. Didn't see a deer until almost 10:00 AM. I was standing up to get down, when a good sized doe came bounding through the thickets from my left about 30 yards out. I stuck around another hour after that hoping a nice Buck was trailing her.

This is the start of my third deer season, and the first time I've actually seen a deer while hunting. Would have loved to take down a buck yesterday, but happy to enjoy the woods and relax while watching squirrels.

Here's to the next time...
Hunting for Four Years
Looking to bag my first deer!
Gun Hunter, Interested in Bow Hunting