For the 3rd season in a row I didn't take a deer. Once again it wasn't due to a lack of opportunity during the rifle season, heck, I had a deer in the scope on opening day. It was due to passing on the chances during the rifle season, holding off until the Muzzle loader season.
This was my 3rd ML season, and all 3 have been dramatically different in terms of the weather. I started the rifle season using the 3 wheeler, graduated to the snowmobile for the start of the ML season, and was back on the 3 wheeler by the end of the ML season.
Tho I haven't been successful during the ML season, it has become my favorite season. One of my biggest mistakes over the last 3 ML seasons has been not making the adjustment to the season. I don't get out of my rifle season habits. Our rifle season happens during the peak of the breeding phase of the rut when there is a literal flurry of whitetail activity. By the time our ML season starts whitetail activity has settled down to almost a stand still in comparison to the rifle season.
Hopefully I've finally learned my lesson
Heck it only took 3 years
Next year for the ML season I'll have to change my scouting, and hunting tactics.
One of the best things that happened this ML season was that I got back into some country that I haven't been into since the early 90's. It's changed a lot since then due to logging activity. It wasn't until the last Saturday that I got into it, but loved what I saw, and intend to put a lot of time into the area during next years ML season. It's also going to be a great grouse hunting area. I'll start scouting the area this coming weekend. At this point I don't believe that I can start scouting too early for next years ML season
Saying that I wasn't successful may be a bit strong, I did have an excellent time in the woods this Fall, and as said, the ML season has become my favorite season, so I guess that either way, in the end I'm a winner