Season 1 is complete.
Seven deer got to ride in the back of my truck.
We each got two with bow.
Total cost? Way too much and I don't want to know!
Experience and memories? Priceless!!!!
My learning curve has been straight up this year. Never having hunted before you can imagine all my trials and tribulations figuring out hunting strategies. I've never owned a modern bow and did everything myself from d-loop to broadhead tuning for me and my son's Martins. I processed 5 deer, having never done more than cut up a steak and eat it prior to this season. I learned how to make sausage. Yum!!!
I went from total greenhorn status to having somewhat of a clue in one season. For that, I have a lot of people to thank including many here on this forum. Thanks to all who have helped me!!!!
My boy got four deer and I got three, he isn't going to let me forget that fact.
We have made a few families happy with meat they didn't have to buy so that is nice feeling.
I learned that my shooter size is bigger than my son's and it hurt his feelings when I said I wouldn't have shot that. Next year I will try keep my mouth shut. I will also keep instilling that you need to let little bucks walk. If you need to fill a tag with a small deer make it a doe.
One of the most valuable things I learned is to know what the size of the quarry is before passing judgement on them. I let a lot of shooters go early in the season because I was thinking a whitetail deer was a lot bigger than they really are. I didn't pass on any trophies, but there were a lot of shooters I didn't shoot.
Here is a list of some interesting whitetail deer facts that you may not know. I took these from this site http://biggestwhitetaildeer.com/whitetail-deer-facts
- The heaviest whitetail deer on record weighed 402 pounds when field dressed. It was taken by a Minnesota hunter in 1926 and had an estimated live weight of 511 pounds.
- Two whitetail deer can produce 35 offspring in 7 years.
- The U.S. whitetail deer population consumes 100 billion pounds of native plant food per year or almost 132,000 tons per day.
- Virginia deer hunters donate 365,000 pounds of venison to soup kitchens and food banks annually in their Hunters for the Hungry program.
- The typical whitetail world record shot by Milo Hanson in 1993 Saskatchewan scored 213 5/8 and had an inside spread of 27.2 inches.
- Whitetail deer can run up to 40 miles per hour.
- Whitetail deer can jump a 9 foot high fence.
- Whitetail deer can swim 13 miles per hour.
- Whitetail deer can long jump 30 feet.
- Whitetail deer and mule deer are the only deer species native to North America.
- Whitetail deer are fully grown at 4 1/2 years old.
- Female whitetail deer (doe) are in heat for 30 hours. If they are not bred they go back in heat 28 days later.
- Whitetail deer antlers grow as much as 1/2 inch per day in spring and summer, making them the fastest growing animal tissue known to man.
- Whitetail deer fawns weigh between 5 and 7 pounds when born.
- Whitetail deer fawns can walk slowly on shaky legs 20 minutes after being born.
- It's estimated there are 30 million whitetail deer in the U.S.
- Whitetail deer have an average life span of 8 to 11 years.
- The oldest whitetail deer on record lived to be 19 years old.
- The average whitetail deer stands 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds.
We may never have as good of season as this one again. So I am going to be proud of our accomplishments and figure out what we can do better next year.